• Fall Colloquium to feature novel selection and personal essays

    Posted: October 25, 2011

    Author: Betsy Compton

    The University of West Alabama presents the James E. Colquitt Faculty Colloquium on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Callaway Schoolhouse, with a Phi Kappa Phi Academic Scholarship fundraising dinner served on the Spence-Moon House patio immediately following the presentation.

    Department of Languages and Literature professor Dr. Joe Taylor will read a selection from his forthcoming novel, “Let There Be Lite.” Taylor is the director of UWA’s Livingston Press. A faculty member since 1990, he has published several story collections and novels, including the critically acclaimed “Oldcat & Ms. Puss: A Book of Days for You and Me.”

    Dr. Susan Cordell, assistant professor of instructional leadership support, will deliver a reading from a personal essay and semi-autobiographical fiction. Cordell is the author or co-author of a host of publications intended to assist educators in the field of library media through perspectives ranging from school bullying and safety in school libraries to strengthening the library system through advocacy.

    Following the colloquium, Phi Kappa Phi honor society will host a dinner to raise scholarship funds. The menu includes chicken and sausage gumbo, corn maque choux, pasta salad, garbanzo bean salad, garlic bread, and an assortment of desserts.

    Although the Colloquium is free to everyone, dinner reservations are required. Tickets for the meal are $8, and additional donations to the academic scholarship are welcomed. Please make reservations by Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. by contacting Mitzi Green at 205-652-3777.

    The Colloquium, which takes place in the fall and spring semesters, is a forum for faculty and students to share original research, scholarship or creative work with the University community.

    Sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies and UWA’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter, the event is named in memory of Dr. James E. Colquitt, a UWA English professor from 1984-94 and winner of the William E. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Teaching. A beloved teacher, a lover of knowledge and a devotee of language, Colquitt was instrumental in establishing the faculty colloquium.

    The Colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information about the presentation, please contact Mary Pagliero at 205-652-3765. For more information about the dinner, please contact Mitzi Green at 205-652-3777.
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