Congratulations MFA Poetry Students Josh Brown and Mary Angelino —2012 Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship recipients. The $4000 Individual Artist Fellowships are unconditional, non-matching awards made directly to individual artists in recognition of their artistic abilities. Awards are based on the creative excellence of works submitted for review and are awarded to a limited number of artists of outstanding talent
The English Department would like to welcome its two most recent members, Professor Elías Domínguez Barajas (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago) and Joshua Byron Smith (Ph.D. Northwestern University), both of whom will be joining the department in the Fall of 2011. More information on each of them may be found on our Faculty page.
The Literacy Team worked with children in classes, developing individualized and focused lesson plans for skills in which Belizean students were weak, as determined by standardized tests and their teachers and principals. We visited four schools and were able to address four grade levels at each school over four weeks.
At a community-wide even, Belizean students who had participated in the writing lessons and workshops brought their work and shared it with out booth's visitors and family members. To promote reading, the town mayor read a book to the children, and students were awarded books and prizes for their efforts, some proudly reading their work aloud.
In addition, we tutored at-risk students in an after-school program and helped with two elementary school fundraisers. We also volunteered at the Adult Literacy Program which is run by citizens of Dangriga. There, UA students worked one-on-one with adult learners on issues of literacy and language to help them with skills needed to pass the equivalent of our GED.
While there, we were in a small earthquake, the first in memory for residents of Dangriga. The epicenter was across the ocean in Roatan, Honduras, with a Richter scale reading of 6.9. In a town made of concrete block constructions and wooden house on stilts, with limited media and technology, and dirt roads, many students later said that they gained a deeper appreciation for the kinds of infrastructure that aren't found in Belize, but that are common in the United States. One of the initiatives of this program is to not only work within development, but to better understand the issues at stake and the challenges faced by people of other places. In and out of our project tasks, we were given many opportunities to do this.
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