WVACET Conference held at Potomac State


English Instructors attending the WVACET Conference included (l-r): Richard Hunt, Tom Sydow, Deanna Armentrout, and Susan Eastman (all from Potomac State); Tanya Bomsta (Marshall University); Randy Oldaker (WVU-Parkersburg); David Robinson (Marshall University); Potomac State Campus Provost Leonard Colelli; Nancy Nanney, and Robert O’Brien (both from WVU-Parkersburg).

The English Department at Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU) recently hosted the West Virginia Association of College English Teachers (WVACET). Campus Provost Leonard Colelli was the keynote speaker.

The two-day event covered various topics including language, creativity, teaching composition, and the arts in addition to a roundtable discussion. During the Language Session, Robert Mitrik, from WVU Institute of Technology, gave a presentation on “Storytelling & Semiotics in Interactive Digital Environments.” R.A. Oldaker, WVU Parkersburg, gave his presentation on “Mercian: The Marginalized Anglo-Saxon Dialect.”

Creative readings presented by PSC faculty members consisted of Tom Sydow’s “Moses” and “Tango” and Steve Oberlechner’s “No Small Thing” and from Marshall University (MU) in Huntington, Kelley Martin’s “Saving Things.”

During the Teaching Composition session, Tanya Bomsta, also from MU, presented “Teacher, Will You Be My Friend?”: Using Social Media in First-Year Writing Classes and Kayla Kreuger McKinney from WVU presented “Being a Little More Victorian: Nineteenth Century Mentoring Models and the Composition Classroom.”

Nancy Nanney, from WVU-Parkersburg, presented during the arts session with “The Centrality of Two-Dimensional Images in Three-Dimensional Dramatic Settings: Perception, Conception, and Reception (or Deception?) Conference coordinator and PSC faculty member Richard Hunt also presented at this time with “All Scattered Like Dry Leaves”: Structure and Veracity in Woody Guthrie’s “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos.”

The conference ended with a roundtable discussion moderated by PSC faculty member Susan Eastman and a business meeting. The College hosted the conference earlier this spring as well.