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SPRING 2002 Editor: Karen Dandurand
Editorial Assistant: Traci N. Lewis

Calendar through December 2002

1 Summer/Fall registration begins
15 Archival copies due at Grad.  School for May graduation
19 Candidacy Exam Workshop, 1:00  p.m. Nicholson Library
1 Last day of Spring classes
5 "I" grade conversions due  from  Fall 2001
11 Commencement
30-31  Candidacy Exams

1 Applications for August  Graduation due at Grad. School
2 Orientation for new and  returning summer students,  6:00 p.m. 111 Leonard
3  Summer I classes begin

1  Language Exam sign-up  deadline (Univ. Testing  Services)
4  No classes
5  Last day of Summer I
8  Summer II classes begin
15  Archival copies due at Grad.  School for August graduation
18  Language Exam sitting (Univ.  Testing Services)

8  Last day of Summer II
21  International student advising
22-23  Candidacy Exams
23 International student registration  (International Affairs)
25 Orientation for new and  returning students, 6:00 p.m.

111 Leonard Hall   
25  Late registration
26  Fall classes begin


from the Director:

I am glad to be back in this position that I held on an interim basis for a semester and two summer sessions in 1999 and 2000.  My thanks go to all my colleagues for their support during this transitional semester.

A major focus of the Literature and Criticism program this year is student recruitment, especially for our unique Ph.D. summers-only option, where enrollment has fallen steadily for the last few years.  Our recruitment efforts, begun under Martha Bower as Director and led by Jim Cahalan, are already yielding promising results, with cards from our new poster coming back at a steady rate and several positive responses to our targeted emails.  Thanks to all of the
faculty who served on the poster committee and donated graduate-assistant hours for developing the email list--and of course to all of the graduate assistants for their work. 

New and returning students who are at the course-work stage of the program will find much to interest them in the course descriptions in this newsletter.  Once you have had a chance to consider the courses being offered, you should contact your advisor.  Tom Slater is advisor to M.A. Literature and M.A. Generalist students, and I advise
Ph.D. students.  I look forward to talking with each of you--in person or by phone or email--in the weeks ahead.  I welcome the chance not only to assist you in choosing courses for Summer and/or Fall but also to help with your long-range planning.  One of the best things about this job is the opportunity to meet all of our graduate students and to work with each of them in designing a successful course of study.

   Karen Dandurand, Director
   Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism 

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