- Professor's Text on Writing Enters Second Edition
- Office of Communications Receives Honors
- Music Professor Releases Book On Expressive Conducting
- SU SPLASH Receives Coveted NASPA Award
Oxford University Press is publishing a second edition of On Writing Short Stories, edited by Professor of English and Creative Writing Tom Bailey. The book is one of the most popular texts used in the teaching of creative writing.
The first edition of the textbook is currently in its seventh printing. With a foreword by literary legend Tobias Wolff and chapters by short story masters Francine Prose, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank Conroy, Andre Dubus, Robert Coles and C. Michael Curtis, the book examines the art and craft of short story writing and offers the student of short fiction advice on technique. A chapter by Bailey on the elements of short fiction is also included in the text.
Before joining the faculty of Susquehanna University in 1999, Bailey taught in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University. His work has earned him a Newhouse Award from the John Gardner Foundation, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for fiction and the Mississippi Arts and Letters Fiction Prize. His writing has been anthologized in New Stories from the South and noted in The Best American Short Stories. In addition to On Writing Short Stories, Oxford University Press published Bailey’s instructional text The Short Story Writer’s Companion. Bailey also has published a collection of short fiction, titled Crow Man (Etruscan Press, 2003), as well as two novels—The Grace That Keeps This World and Cotton Song, both of which were released by Random House’s Crown Publishing Group under the imprint of Shaye Areheart Books.
Susquehanna University’s marketing and communications efforts have been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Communicators in Education (CUPRAP) and the American Graphic Design & Advertising competition.
In the CASE District II regional competition, the Office of Communications won bronze awards in four categories: institutional identity programs, for Susquehanna’s new graphic identity; student recruitment packages, for the university’s latest generation of admissions materials, including the new viewbook, application packet and save-the-date postcard magnet; individual events, for a Carnegie Hall sesquicentennial concert and promotion of the event; and general institution relations, for a science research video posted on the school’s Web site. CASE also recognized University Relations with a silver award in the “creativity on a shoestring” category for its thank-you card to annual fund contributors.
District II is the largest of CASE’s eight districts, encompassing schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Mary-land, Delaware, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Ontario, Canada.
CUPRAP gave two nods to the communications office as part of its annual CUPPIE awards competition. The summer 2008 issue of Susquehanna Currents won a gold award in the magazine category. The issue was the debut of the magazine’s new design with expanded sections and feature article content. In the feature article category, the office won a silver award for “The Susquehanna River: A Laboratory for Study.” Assistant Director of Advancement Communications Victoria Kidd wrote and researched the feature story for the Fall 2007 issue of Susquehanna Today.
The office’s design staff also won recognition for its work in the annual American Graphic Design and Advertising competition. The winning publications were a “Supporting the Sciences” direct mail piece and the “Athletics & Recreation” brochure, both produced by Creative Services Manager Nick Stephenson ’99 and graphic designer Steven Semanchik ’08. The pieces will be published in the American Graphic Design & Advertising’s 25th anniversary annual. Due out in November, the publication provides international exposure to the winning submissions showcased in the book.
“We’re very pleased with the recognition we’ve received from the experts in our field,” says Gerald Cohen, assistant vice president for communications. “The competition for these awards is intense, pitting Susquehanna against some of the finest institutions in the country. We all work very hard at presenting Susquehanna as the fine institution that we know it is, and these awards are a tribute to all those who worked on the projects.”
A conductor’s methods for drawing full expression from wind orchestral repertoire is the topic of a new book by Eric L. Hinton, assistant professor of music and director of bands at Susquehanna University. Conducting the Wind Orchestra: Meaning, Gesture and Expressive Potential was released in December by academic publisher Cambria Press.
The book examines ways to elicit expression from a selected body of works, including John Corigliano’s Overture from Gazebo Dances, Karel Husa’s Introduction and Fanfare from Music for Prague 1968, Edward Gregson’s Celebration and Richard Rodney Bennett’s Morning Music.
The relationship between analysis, interpretation and physical gesture is discussed as part of the art and craft of conducting. Hinton also explores the idea of meaning in music, including how meaning arises from performance in both musical and other ways. In short, Hinton considers what is “behind the notes.” The conductor, Hinton writes, acts as a mediator, taking the work and all relevant information into account as it is prepared for performance.
In addition to his position at Susquehanna University, Hinton holds a doctorate in conducting from the Birmingham Conservatoire/University of Central England and was made an Honorary Fellow of that institution for his contributions to the Conservatoire and to musical life in the West Midlands of England. Hinton also holds a master’s of music degree in conducting and a bachelor’s of music degree in education from Northwestern University. While in England, he was musical director and conductor of the Telford New Symphony Orchestra, as well as principal conductor of the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra and the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
SU SPLASH (Students Promoting Leadership and Awareness in Serving the Homeless) has been recognized by The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as one of the top programs of its kind in the nation. The program, which received a silver award in the “Careers, Academic Support, Service Learning, Community Service and Related” category for 2008–09, placed second behind American University and ahead of Vanderbilt University.
This is the third consecutive year Susquehanna has won an award in this category, and the first time it has received a silver award. SU’s Hurricane Response Teams won a bronze award in 2006–07, and SU CASA (Susquehanna University Central America Service Adventure) received a bronze award in 2007–08.
Founded with a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in 2005 and jointly sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain and the Center for Civic Engagement, SU SPLASH is an intensive service-learning opportunity for incoming first-year students. Each summer, 20 selected students work alongside SU faculty, staff and upper-class mentors on service projects and learning activities focused on homelessness. During these week-long immersion experiences, students serve homeless populations in the Susquehanna Valley and Washington, D.C.
Contributing writers to The ‘Grove are Sondra Zanetto ’09, Stephanie Beazley ‘10 and Victoria Kidd.