As I thought about these three chance encounters, I realized that one of the reasons I have no desire to retire is that it would limit my opportunities to share my love of children’s literature and to make a difference in students’ lives. I consider myself fortunate that my job and my interests so closely align. This fall semester marks the beginning of my 32nd year as a member of the English Department, and as always I am looking forward to teaching my children’s literature class. I am also looking forward to working with all of you as we kick off a new academic year.
News from Our Foreign Bureau — This summer I have been reporting on news about members of our department who have been globe trotting this summer. This week I am featuring Heather Vorhies. I asked Heather about her European adventures, and she sent me the following report:
–University Convocation Thursday, August 20 9:00am coffee, 9:30-11 Convocation
Quirky Quiz Question — Heather Vorhies’s account of her recent trip to Germany reminds me that Heather is not the only member of our department who presented a paper at a conference in Germany this summer. Can you name the other member of our department who presented a paper in Germany this summer?