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Goodnight MOO

Posted by Joyce on August 13, 2013

The Texas Tech MOO hosted its last class discussion this summer. We will be decommissioning the old Linux box some time this fall.

You’re invited to a farewell to the MOO this Thursday evening https://www.facebook.com/events/1398829590342517/). But we would also invite you to write a paragraph of your recollections of being a learner/teacher/participant in our MOO to be collected in either an article or an archive for the history of this program.

MOO

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Congratulations to Debra Burleson

Posted by Joyce on June 4, 2012

Dr. Burleson successfully defended her dissertation on Tuesday, May 29. Her dissertation is titled “Hospitalists’ Perceptions of Communication and How They Navigate Communication Challenges Within the Hospital Setting.” Committee includes Dr. Amy Koerber (chair), Dr. Ken Baake, and Dr. Sean Zdenek.

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Irvin Defends Successfully

Posted by Joyce on December 3, 2010

Lennie Irvin successfully defended his dissertation this afternoon. His title is “A Grounded Theory of Rhetorical Reflection in Freshman Composition” and his committee is Rice (chair), Kemp, & Rickly.

Congratulations, Dr. Irvin

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Irvin Defense 12/3 @ 3:30

Posted by Joyce on November 29, 2010

Lennie Irvin defends his dissertation this Friday (December 3, 2010) in Lubbock, room 358, 3:30. His title is “A Grounded Theory of Rhetorical Reflection in Freshman Composition” and his committee is Rice (chair), Kemp, & Rickly. You’re all invited.

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McMichael defends successfully

Posted by Joyce on October 14, 2010

Congratulations to Lonie McMichael on a successful dissertation defense this afternoon. Lonie’s project is titled “The Dynamics of Fat Acceptance: Rhetoric and Resistance to the Obesity Epidemic.” Her committee includes Dr. Amy Koerber (chair), Dr. Craig Baehr, Dr. Laura Beard, and Dr. Rebecca Rickly.

Congratulations, Lonie!

 

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McMichael Defense Scheduled

Posted by Joyce on October 7, 2010

Lonie McMichael will defend her dissertation Thursday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m., in English 107. Lonie’s dissertation is titled “The Dynamics of Fat Acceptance: Rhetoric and Resistance to the Obesity Epidemic.” Her committee includes Dr. Amy Koerber (chair), Dr. Rebecca Rickly, Dr. Craig Baehr, and Dr. Laura Beard. All are welcome to attend.

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Henschel Dissertation Defense Scheduled

Posted by Joyce on July 21, 2010

Sally Henschel defends her dissertation Aug 2, 11-1, ENG 450

Title: Authoring Content for Reuse: A Study of Historical Practice and Current Implementation into the Technical Communication Curriculum

Committee: Carter (chair), Barker and Kemp

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Evil Empire

Posted by Joyce on June 2, 2010

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Online PhD Cohort Takes Name

Posted by Joyce on May 30, 2010

As is traditional with new PhD cohorts, the 14 new doctoral students in the online program have chosen a name, Something With A Six.  They join 5 previous cohorts to form an online doctoral program of 56 students. All the cohort names are as follows:

  • Frodotypicals (or Frodos)
  • M² (or Em-Squares)
  • Third Degreez
  • Quadrophonics
  • Fifth Iteration
  • Something With A Six (or SWAS)

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Christy Barbee to Leave as of Feb 5

Posted by Joyce on January 25, 2010

After seven years of service as the department’s graduate program assistant, Christy Barbee is leaving the Department of English for a promotion to Unit Coordinator at the TTU Advising Center. Christy’s final day here will be February 5.

The 2005 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award of Excellence for exceptional service, Christy has always been conscientious about the job she does and has contributed daily to both the efficiency and humanity of the department.

She has organized the annual Graduate Student Recruiting Weekend, bringing approximately 30 prospective students to campus to meet with faculty and other students. In this effort, she has coordinated lodging and catering as well as transportation to and from the airport and managed travel reimbursements to visitors and payments to hotels and restaurants. She has been indefatigable in making sure that all invited guests (both students and their partners) were taken care of before, during, and after their visit and would leave with a positive impression of Texas Tech University and the Department of English.

She has made sure that correspondence with prospective students is timely, friendly, and informative and has been meticulous in keeping track of applications and admissions. She has carefully prepared the letters to admitted students, including specifications for their stipends and the duties associated with their appointments as GAs/TAs/GPTIs.

She has assisted with scholarships and awards, tracking applications, creating and printing award certificates, and assisting faculty in organizing the department’s annual awards reception.

She has always made time to visit with graduate students and to appreciate their anxieties and difficulties (financial, emotional, and cultural) in adjusting to Lubbock and managing graduate school.

She has tackled a growing job (growing with the graduate programs) with impressive sensitivity, courage, creativity, and grace. She has adapted to change and risen to challenges, always ready to offer a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. We are immensely grateful that she did all of this with us and for us.

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