Greetings from the Department Chair!
As always, please join me in thanking the students working with Prof. Cedric Burrows for putting together this newsletter. As chair of the English department, I am grateful for their efforts, and I am delighted to inform all of you (students, faculty, alumni/ae, FAME members) of the many exciting events that have happened this semester and that are upcoming in the next few months.
FAME (Friends and Alumni/ae of Marquette English) held its annual Shakespeare’s Birthday bash on April 16. This year, friends, students, and alumni/ae read passage from their favorite books or works of Shakespeare. Some participants included: President Lovell, Discovery World CEO (and former English major!) Joel Brennan, distinguished alumna Donna Farrell, Vice President Jeanne Hossenlopp, as well as Deans Rick Holz, Stephanie Quade, and Kris Ropella. My thanks to all these FAME supporters for the gifts of their time and knowledge. For future FAME events, be sure to check out the FAME webpage. And, of course, to support such events, any donations to FAME may be made at the English department’s web page
Curriculum revision has been a way of life in the English department this year.
English students continue their record of first-rate accomplishments.
English faculty continue their impressive research activity in a variety of venues. Just a few of the many accomplishments include:
To see all the books, articles, and journals that our very productive faculty have published or edited, be sure to read our online faculty profiles.
And, finally, please join me in welcoming John Su as the new chair of the English department. John will begin his duties in late May because, as many of you know, I have accepted a position at Purdue University. I want to take this opportunity to wish John and the English department every success and to express my gratitude to all my Marquette friends, colleagues, and students who have made the past 21 years so very, very rewarding.
Happy spring, everyone!
Kris Ratcliffe, Chair (Spring 2015)