from the Director:
It has been a long, cold, snowy winter--but at last spring is here, and we're looking forward to summer. As I reported in the last newsletter, enrollment of new summers-only students this year promises to be at least as strong as it was last summer, and in addition we look forward to welcoming back our returning summer students. I urge all of you--both summers-only and academic-year students--to plan to be here for our Summer Orientation on Sunday, June 1, at 6:00. We will have introductions, helpful information, and a question and answer session, followed by some good food and casual conversation, shared with the folks in the Composition and TESOL program.
I am delighted to tell you all that we will soon have a new space for our classes that will be much more appropriate for graduate seminars than the classrooms we have been using. We have gotten approval to turn a Leonard Hall classroom into a seminar room, and I am working now on ordering furniture. It will be painted, carpeted, and air conditioned; we hope to have it ready in time for Summer Session I classes. Thanks to English Department Chair Gail Berlin for her help in making this possible.
We are still in the planning stage for our first Alumni/ae Reunion Conference, scheduled for the second weekend in July. I'd love to hear from alums who are interested in helping with plans and arrangements and participating in panels and other events. Our current students will also be invited to take part, both in planning and chairing panels, and I would be happy to hear from them as well. We will do a separate mailing in early May to update everyone; in the meantime, please mark the dates, July 11 - 13, on your calendar and plan to join us here at IUP.
Karen Dandurand, Director
Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism