Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dr. Stanley Hauer

In my two years at the University of Southern Mississippi, I, like every other student, have encountered numerous professors along the way. Some have been great. Some have been less than great. However, even fewer have had the ability to really speak to me as a student. Dr. Stanley Hauer has been one of the few who has taught me much more than the works of Shakespeare and other great writers of early British literature. This semester has been my first encounter with Dr. Hauer, and I hope it is not my last. Although he announced his retirement early in the semester, Dr. Hauer promises to come back to USM occasionally to teach a class or two. I cannot fathom the wait list for anything he decides to teach. I first heard of Dr. Hauer when I changed my major to English last year. He was recommended from every peer that I spoke with. I can honestly say I have never heard a foul word about Dr. Hauer. That in itself is a great accomplishment. Having Dr. Hauer for my first section of British literature has been nothing short of fantastic. I'm thankful for all that he has done for the sake of education. Dr. Hauer, you will be missed, not by myself alone but by all of the students you have inspired throughout the years.

Photo courtesy of The Student Printz

Here's a link to an article written by Michelle Holowach, a coworker of mine, wrote about Dr. Hauer's retirement. 

The Student Printz

With the school year drawing to a close, I have been looking back and reflecting on my time working as a journalist for The Student Printz. I was first hired in July of 2010, and I began writing in August of the same year. I have learned a lot about journalism since my beginnings at The Student Printz. Writing in journalistic style is quite different than writing as I typically do in my English classes. However, the challenge has been greatly beneficial to my writing skills overall. With my story assignments each week, I have learned a lot about things occurring in and through the university. However, throughout the year I have discovered that entertainment writing is my strong suit. I wrote a series of stories on Charlie Sheen recently that received a lot of positive reception from readers. Incorporating humor with factual information is what I enjoy most in the journalistic writing process.

Next year, I have been chosen to act as "Managing Editor." This new title requires me to manage the writing staff as well as write stories for the paper as I did this year. I will be a member of the overall editorial board for The Student Printz. The editorial board acts as the brain of the newspaper. We decide what stories to cover as well as what direction we would like The Student Printz to follow over the course of the next academic year. Mary Margaret Halford, a good friend of mine, will be "Executive Editor." Knowing her has been a pleasure. She is a highly qualified individual for the job. I look forward to working with her as well as seeing her thrive in her position of leadership directing The Student Printz. 

Southern Miss to the top!

Here is a link the The Student Printz's website. The Student Printz homepage

Here's a few links to some of my favorite articles I enjoyed writing.

Monday, April 25, 2011


I created this glog for my library science class. I centered my glog around my recent visit to William Faulkner's grave while I was visiting friends in Oxford, Mississippi. I thoroughly enjoyed by trip. Being an English major, seeing the same surroundings as one of my favorite authors is quite an enlightening experience. The glog features various pictures I personally took as well as a borrowed image, many links to a few websites pertaining to William Faulkner, and a link to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech from 1950.

Would you like more information on glogging? Here is a free presentation created by a user on Slide Share that further explains the ins and out of glogging. Glogging Presentation, "Glog On"

You can check out my glog on William Faulkner's grave site here:

Image courtesy of Millsaps College (

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Legacy

     As a student at the University of Southern Mississippi, I take much pride in being a member of this institution. To express my gratitude for having the opportunity to be a member of the golden eagle family, I joined the student alumni association, The Legacy.  I am quickly approaching my junior year, and I intend to continue my involvement with The Legacy. It has proven to be a vital organization on campus, inspiring students to strive for excellence and to always commemorate their time at Southern Miss.