Student Spotlight: Ryan Downey and Sami Schalk: MFA in Creative Writing, May 2010

Author: Lynn McCormack

To some observers and critics, there is a stark divide between Notre Dame and the communities in the South Bend area. Two recent graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program worked diligently for their two-year tenure at Notre Dame to bridge those worlds, bringing Notre Dame into South Bend’s underprivileged communities, and poignantly likewise, those communities into Notre Dame.

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Stephen Fallon named honored scholar by Milton Society of America

Author: Lynn McCormack

Stephen M. Fallon has been named the 2011 Honored Scholar by the Milton Society of America. The honor is the association’s lifetime achievement award, and past winners include C.S. Lewis, William Empson and Stanley Fish.

“Milton scholarship is an important—and crowded—field in literary scholarship. To be recognized as being at the top of that field is a very high honor,” says Professor John Sitter, chair of the Department of English. “If there were a Nobel Prize for Miltonists, Steve Fallon would be on his way to Stockholm.”

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American Academy Appoints Heather Treseler to 2010-2011 Class of Visiting Scholars

Author: Lynn McCormack

Heather Treseler has been named a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and will spend the 2010-2011 academic year working on Lyric Letters: the American Epistolary Poem, 1945-1985.

She is one of seven awarded fellowships this year as part of the Academy’s Visiting Scholars program, which supports scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers – both post-doctoral fellows and untenured junior faculty – who show potential of becoming leaders in the humanities, policy studies, and social sciences.

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English Alumna Capt. Wendy Sue Kosek, '04, '07 JD received The Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award

Author: Lynn McCormack

As the recipient of the 2010 Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award, Captain Wendy Sue Kosek '04, '07 J.D., is recognized for her distinguished military service and for her dedication to serving her country.

Established in 1985, this award is conferred on an alumnus/alumna (living or deceased) who has distinguished himself or herself in military service. The award is presented in honor of Notre Dame's third president, who was a celebrated Civil War chaplain of the Union Army's Irish Brigade.

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Fencer rejoins team year after transplant

Author: Lynn McCormack

Sometime soon, Ted Hodges may have a difficult letter to write.

A senior English major at Notre Dame with a talent for debate, the 22-year-old fencer from Salina, Kan., isn't used to being at a loss for words.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Hodges' heart transplant (Sept. 16, 2010.)

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New Faculty, More to Come

Author: Lynn McCormack

In a time of academic contraction, the Notre Dame English Department has this year made four new faculty appointments and could make as many as six more by spring.

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