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  • Literature Through The Lens: Portraits of Women from Exceptional Stories December 1st at Green Valley Spa
    by Dawn McLain
    Published - 11/29/12 - 07:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (St. George, UT) – Green Valley Spa and Resort and Jan Brooks Synergies are proud to sponsor and host "LITERATURE THROUGH THE LENS: Portraits of Women from Exceptional Stories" featuring the photography of Katie Patterson Hulett.

    The event will be a community forum featuring Carole Coombs, owner of Green Valley Spa; DSC faculty members Dr. Randy Jasmine English Department Chair, Dr. Theda Wrede and Dr. Ame Comeford; DSC English students Katie Hulett and Jesse Cook and community activist Nicole Lee. Each panel member will discuss their research and thoughts on a specific topic related to the project and female characters in literature, specifically, the importance of strong female role models in literature with different emphases on the fundamental role gender plays in interpretation. After the presenters share, audience members are invited to participate in a facilitated open community Q & A forum.

    Student Presenters will include:

    A 2012 Dixie State College graduate, Rachel A. Robins is a poet who moonlights as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher. Rachel is married to Justin Robins and together they are raising three amazing children who provide endless inspiration for Rachel's writing: "The Nature of a Mother" (poetry)

    Kat Morrill is finishing her senior year as a theater major at Dixie State College. She works as the chief theater electrician at DSC and designs lighting for many genres of performance. Reading has always been a hobby of hers, and she is pleased to be a part of this event: “Religion and Gender Roles in So Far From God”

    Aspen Stoddard is in her third year attending Dixie State College and is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in English with a creative writing emphasis. Above all, her passions lie in learning and understanding the human experience: Short Story: “Just Free”

    Morgan Dewey graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Dixie State College and is an alumni member of Sigma Tau Delta. Morgan has carried the skills from Dixie's English Program and has recently signed her first Paranormal-Romance novel, Hero, to a literary agent and is waiting for the opportunity to be published. Morgan is married to Shane Dewey, fellow Dixie State College graduate, and has recently become a mother of two and is living life to the fullest: Franz Liszt’s Consolation #3, piano solo.

    Summer Mosgofian-Barry is creative, passionate, curious, ingenious, hyper and easily-distracted. She lives with her husband and two daughters in St. George, UT and hopes to teach secondary students, preferably 8th graders, in the fall: “Education and Female Empowerment in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre”

    Micki Ericksen currently attends Dixie State College and will be graduating with her English Education degree this Spring. Micki recently won a national scholarship competition sponsored by Military Spouse Magazine and The Home Depot with her essay about her experiences as the wife of a soldier. She is honored to be presenting her short story, Drenched, at this event: “Drenched” (short story)

    Erika Larsen is a recent graduate of Dixie State College’s English department. Her senior thesis, titled “Tales of War: Afghanistan’s search for recognition and national identity through literature,” focuses primarily on fiction and non-fiction written by native Afghan authors.

    Panelists will include:

    Jesse Cook is a senior at Dixie State College. He is a literary studies major focusing on American literature between 1867 and 1945. He is an active member in Dixie’s chapter of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and currently serves as its vice-president.

    Katie Patterson Hulett is an English major at Dixie State College, with an emphasis in Literary Studies. She loves being a student and learning so much about life through literature. She's also an international wedding photographer who delights in traveling with her husband to new places and challenging herself creatively. Katie would like to earn her MFA in film making and combine her love of literature with her passion for understanding and documenting life. She is currently serving as the co-president of Dixie's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

    Ken Marrott’s poetry, prose, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Permafrost, The Quarterly West, The Southern Quill, Cell Poems, Poetry Magazine, Bombay Gin, and the Sugarhouse Review. He has presented his critical work both nationally and internationally and his essay "The Mirror Above the Bar: Self-Reflection and Social-Inspection in Hemingway's 'A Clean, Well-Lighted Place'” was added to the Bibliography of Hemingway Studies in 2011. Ken holds an MA in British and American Literature from the University of Utah and is pursuing an MFA from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where he was the 2012-2013 recipient of the Jack Kerouac Scholarship. A proud alumnus of Dixie State College and Alpha Pi Epsilon, Ken reads, writes, and teaches in Salt Lake City. Ken was a founding member and very first president of Dixie's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

    Dr. Randy Jasmine is the chair of the Department of English at Dixie State College. His background is in multi-ethnic, African-American, and Southern American literature. He has also written and presented on topics as diverse as George Gissing, Charles Dickens, and rock music in popular culture.

    Dr. Theda Wrede is an associate professor of English at Dixie State College. She specializes in environmental and Western literature as well as teaches courses in Literature and Culture and Mult-iethnic Literature. She has written on a variety of themes, including co-editing a collection of essays devoted to the study of James Dickey.

    Dr. AmiJo Comeford is an associate professor of English at Dixie State College. In addition to her writing and research on popular culture, particularly the works of Joss Whedon, she teaches courses in literary theory, gender and literature, and women's literature.

    Event Details:

    WHAT: A free pictorial exhibit and community forum with Dixie State College English student presenters and professors and a community reception.

    WHEN: The photographic exhibit will be showing in the grand hall at Green Valley Spa and Resort, November 30, 2012 through December 2, 2012 from 9am-6pm daily.

    On Saturday, December 1, 2012:

    5:30-6:30 pm Literature LIVE!

    Dixie State College students will present poetry, music, creative non-fiction, and critical analyses on topics relating to the photography project.

    6:30-7:15 Reception

    Light refreshment and beverages, FREE and open to the community!

    7:30- 8:30 Community Forum on Literature Through the Lens

    The event will also feature a silent auction to benefit Sigma Tau Delta Honor Students. Items will include products and services from the following sponsors: KCSG Television, The Senior Saver Guide, Write It Up!, St. George Massage and Green Valley Spa.

    2013 Calendars, note cards and bookmarks featuring the exhibit portraits will be available for purchase as a benefit fundraiser for the DSC English Department Honor Students: Sigma Tau Delta.

    RSVPs are requested; contact Janice Brooks at (435) 628-8060 or janice@greenvalleyspa.com.

    About Sigma Tau Delta

    Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society that was begun in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. Its purpose and mission is to honor those students who have illustrated through their academic performance that they are devoted to the study of language and literature and committed to fostering an appreciation for the discipline both at an academic and larger community level. The society is interested in fostering and furthering literacy and creativity and seeks to provide opportunities for its members to be involved in activities that accomplish these goals, at both an academic and civic level. We are committed to academic excellence and strong civic responsibility. By living up to our basic values of Sincerity, Truth, and Design, the organization and its members believes that the study of language and literature can play an active role in engaging people of diverse beliefs, attitudes, and backgrounds in civil, problem-solving discourse. For more information or to support this organization, please contact Ami Comeford at acomeford@dixie.edu.

    About Green Valley Spa

    Green Valley Spa is a four-diamond resort. The spa, which has been lauded in Spa Finder, Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines, is noted for its integrated mind-body programs which include gentle arts to guided hikes through Southern Utah’s red rock country, life coaching sessions to boot camp workouts, stress reduction and quick weight-loss programs. For more information visit: www.greenvalleyspa.com.

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