Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Footnotes: The English Department Newsletter

Volume 57 | September 17, 2012| Number 2

FROM THE GRADUATE STUDIES OFFICE

Fellowship Payment
Graduate students on fellowship for the Fall semester (8/16/12-12/15/12), will receive their last fellowship payment on 12/16/12.

Conference Travel Grants
Applications for fall 2012 Conference Travel Grants have been distributed by email.  If you did not receive an application please stop by the Grad Studies Office or contact Stephanie Shockey at shockey@illinois.edu. Applications are due to Stephanie Shockey on September 17.

Pictures
Anyone wanting an updated picture should see Chris in 210 EB by September 21.  Updates will not be available to be taken September 4-September 14.  These pictures will be posted in the glass case outside 208 EB.

Congratulations!
Spencer Snow successfully defended his dissertation “Reading the Map: Geographic Space, Reading Publics, and the Shaping of Nineteenth-Century American Identity, 1803-1898.” (Loughran, Ch; Foote, Chai, Castro) on 8/30/12.

Erin Chandler successfully passed her Special Field exam on Medieval Language & Literature (Barrett, Ch; M. Camargo, Trilling, C. Wright) on 9/6/12.


Fall 2012 - Dates to Remember
October 5: Last day to elect credit/no-credit option for a first half-session course or to change
from credit/no-credit option to a regular grade
October 5: Last day to drop a first half-session course
October 19: Last day for student to drop a semester course on Web Self-Service
October 22: Second half-session courses begin
October 29: Registration for spring begins.  Start times vary.  See you time ticket for your exact
enrollment time at UI Integrate Self-Service
November 9: Last day to add a second half-session course
November 16: Last day to withdraw from the current term without a grade of W
November 16: Last day to elect credit/no-credit option for a semester course or to change from
credit/no-credit option to a regular grade
November 16: Last day for student to drop a semester course without a grade of W (without
approval)
November 16: Last day to take final exam for December doctoral degree
November 16: Last day to add name to Dec degree list.  Must use Web Self-Service
Nov 17 - 25: Fall vacation for students
Nov 22 - 23: Thanksgiving Break (all campus holiday)
November 26: Instruction resumes
November 30: Deadline for Graduate Student Academic Services office to receive the final exam
Certificate of Result
December 7:  Last day to complete deposit of December doctoral dissertations
December 7:  Last day to elect credit/no-credit option for a second half-session course or to change
from credit/no-credit option to a regular grade
December 7:  Last day to drop a second half-session course
December 12: Instruction ends
December 13: Reading Day
December 13: Last day to add or drop a second half-session course with approval (a W is recorded)
December 13: Last day to add or drop a semester course with approval (a W is recorded)
December 13:  Last day to change a grade of DFR (in a non-thesis course) or I, awarded last spring or
summer to prevent F by rule
December 14: Last day to complete deposit of December master’s theses
Dec 14 – 20: Final examination period       
December 21:  Last date for receipt of completed petitions in the Graduate College for graduating
students
December 24:  December degree conferral (no commencement)

 

FACULTY ACTIVITIES AND PUBLICATIONS

Bruce Michelson
--- gave a paper, "American Realists in the First Virtual Age," at the University of Rochester conference on “Mimesis Now,”5 April, 2012.

--- began a three-year term asPresident of the American Humor Studies Association, June 2012.

--- gave two NEH-sponsored presentations on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at The Mark Twain Home and Museum, Hartford, CT, 12 and 26 July, 2012.

--- "The Mind-Sciences in a Literature Classroom," in The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain, ed. Melissa Littlefield and Jenell Johnson (Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 2012),  216-232.