Professor/Chair, Department of English
AUTHOR

Mark West

Monday Missive – May 28, 2018

Weddings in Literature — With the world awash with news of the recent royal wedding, now seems an apropos time to write about the depiction of weddings in literary works.  I decided to focus on works that relate directly to courses that we regularly offer in the English Department.

Weddings figure prominently in several of William Shakespeare’s plays, but my favorite is A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  In this carnivalesque play, Shakespeare evokes...

Monday Missive – May 14, 2018

Teacher Appreciation — I had no idea that last week was Teacher Appreciation Week until one of the students in my children’s literature class gave me a card at the same time that she handed in her final. In her card, she wrote that since it was Teacher Appreciation Week, she wanted me to know how much she liked the class. She mentioned that she is a marketing major, and she took the class in order to earn three elective credit hours. However, as she went on to explain, the...

Monday Missive – May 7, 2018

Bookends — I often think of the the beginning of the fall semester and the end of the spring semester as the bookends for the academic year. This year’s bookends were all about our English Department’s commitment to excellent teaching. The academic year started off with the announcement that the English Department was named the recipient of the 2017 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and that Kirk Melnikoff was selected as a finalist for the...

Monday Missive – April 30, 2018

Like a Bridge — On Sunday afternoon a congenial group of Stan Patten’s friends gathered together in the English Department Lounge to share stories about Stan and remember the roles he played in our department and our lives outside of the department.  For those of us who were able to participate in this event, the experience of talking about Stan with others who knew him was a pleasure despite our sadness over his recent death.

After everyone left, I spent a little...

Monday Missive – April 23, 2018

Remembering Stan Patten — Dr. Stanley Ray Patten died on April 18, 2018, but for those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Stan, our memories of him will always be with us.  Here is the link to his obituary:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charlotte/obituary.aspx?n=stan-ray-patten&pid=188789665

Stan taught in our English Department from 1982 to 1999.  During his career at UNC Charlotte, he played a key role in developing and leading our Writing...

Monday Missive – May 14, 2018

Teacher Appreciation — I had no idea that last week was Teacher Appreciation Week until one of the students in my children’s literature class gave me a card at the same time that she handed in her final. In her card, she wrote that since it was Teacher Appreciation Week, she wanted me to know how much she liked the class. She mentioned that she is a marketing major, and she took the class in order to earn three elective credit hours. However, as she went on to explain, the...

Monday Missive – May 7, 2018

Bookends — I often think of the the beginning of the fall semester and the end of the spring semester as the bookends for the academic year. This year’s bookends were all about our English Department’s commitment to excellent teaching. The academic year started off with the announcement that the English Department was named the recipient of the 2017 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and that Kirk Melnikoff was selected as a finalist for the...

Monday Missive – April 30, 2018

Like a Bridge — On Sunday afternoon a congenial group of Stan Patten’s friends gathered together in the English Department Lounge to share stories about Stan and remember the roles he played in our department and our lives outside of the department.  For those of us who were able to participate in this event, the experience of talking about Stan with others who knew him was a pleasure despite our sadness over his recent death.

After everyone left, I spent a little...

Monday Missive – April 23, 2018

Remembering Stan Patten — Dr. Stanley Ray Patten died on April 18, 2018, but for those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Stan, our memories of him will always be with us.  Here is the link to his obituary:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charlotte/obituary.aspx?n=stan-ray-patten&pid=188789665

Stan taught in our English Department from 1982 to 1999.  During his career at UNC Charlotte, he played a key role in developing and leading our Writing...

Monday Missive – April 16, 2018

Thank You, Anita — On Sunday, April 15, 2018, approximately 130 of Anita Moss’s family members, friends, colleagues, and students gathered to celebrate Anita’s life.  As the various speakers recalled their experiences with Anita, underlying themes soon became apparent.  Speaker after speaker talked about Anita’s kindness, her helpfulness, and her words of encouragement.  Anita clearly made a difference in the lives of so many people. ...

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