Archive for October, 2010

Radio Gospel France now accessible on Iphones

0 Commentsby   |  10.31.10  |  Language Tools

Radio Gospel France is now heard by millions in and around Paris.  I met Paul a few years ago in Paris when the radio station was just starting.  French people love to hear their Christian music.  Their office is in Vaux-Sur-Seine just outside of Paris.

You can now download for free the Radio Gospel app. to your Iphone.  Just do : radio gospel.  You can hear a lot of Christian songs both in French and English.  Yann Opsitch

Critical Language Scholarship Program 2011 Application Now Open – Deadline: November 15, 2010

0 Commentsby   |  10.29.10  |  Announcement, International Studies Major, Programs

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2011 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students.

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, described at The deadline to apply for the 2011 CLS Program is November 15, 2010.

Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

To access the online application, or for more information about the CLS Program, please visit the CLS website at or email

Heather Brown

0 Commentsby   |  10.29.10  |  Alumni Spotlight

Extreme Right - Heather Brown

As both an undergraduate and graduate student at ACU in the English department, I spent some of my most formative years walking the (two) halls of Chambers.  My history with ACU goes even farther back as many of my family members attended and I spent large chunks of my childhood summers there attending the leadership camps.  I love ACU because she gave me the tools I need to excel in the odd job I have found myself in.

After graduating with my Ma of English lit in 2009, I worked for a year as an adjunct teaching English in a community college.  During the summer, after a fruitless job search, I was gearing up for another year of starvation, and I got a call from a woman who had been a church mentor to me when I was in high school.  She asked if I was still looking for a job, and I indicated that I absolutely was.  She said, “Well, I’ve got one for you.  Call this number.”  The number turned out to be Bill Harris, the chair of the English Department at The University of Texas at Brownsville.

It turned out that their freshman enrollment had exploded, and they needed a full-time  teacher to commit to taking a job if offered so that they could push through creating the position.  I told Bill that I would take it, and he said he’d call me back.  The next 45 minutes were the longest of my life.  Amazingly enough, he called back and said the position was approved.  I had a week and a half to move my life down to the border before beginning of the semester meetings started.

My students here are poor, many of them with only the most elementary understanding of English.  They are attending a university with open admission because, for many, it is the only one that will take them.  They are incredibly special.  My time at ACU, where I thought that if I heard the word diversity one more time, I would scream, prepared me in a special way to show love to these kids.  If there is anything I learned about God while I was at ACU, it was that, to paraphrase Judith Ortiz Coffer’s lovely poem, if God is not omnipotent, at least He is bilingual.

How to Register for classes

0 Commentsby   |  10.28.10  |  Advising Information, Announcements

Check for holds—Do this BEFORE the day you register

  1. Log in to myACU.Click on Banner—top left of screen.
  2. Click on Student & Financial Aid.
  3. Click on Registration.
  4. Click on Registration Status.
  • Make sure there are no holds on your account, if you have one it will prevent you from being able to register on Wednesday.
  • If there is a hold, call or stop by the Depot at 674-2300.

Look up available classes—Do this BEFORE the day you register

  1. Log in to myACU.Click on Banner—top left of screen.
  2. Click on Student & Financial Aid.
  3. Click on Registration.
  4. Click on Look-up Classes—choose Spring 2011 and hit submit.
  5. Scroll through the departments and choose the one you need (ex. Math, English) and hit class search. (Note that Bible classes are found at BIMM-Bible Test (BIBL), etc.)
  6. Look for the class you need and write down the CRN number; this will be the number following the class name, such as: Fundamentals of Communication—14607—Coms 111-01.
  7. Write down the CRN (14607) for each class.  You will need this when you register.
  8. Make sure to map out your class days and times so that they do not overlap.  The class days and times will be listed below each class section.
  9. Write down several CRN numbers for each class (if you can), so that you will have multiple options in case one of the classes you want to register for is full.
  10. To determine how many seats are available in the class, click on the title of the class, which is linked and highlighted in blue.

Registering for Classes

  1. Log in to myACU.Click on Banner—top left of screen.
  2. Click on Student & Financial Aid.
  3. Click on Registration.
  4. Click on Select Term—choose appropriate term (Spring 2011)—hit submit.
  5. Click on Add or Drop Classes—if you receive an error message stating you cannot register at this time, make sure it is your day and time to register (see Advising Agreement form we completed).
  6. Enter your advising release code.
  7. Put in the five-digit CRN’s for the classes you plan to take, click submit.
  • If the classes show up under where you have registered, you are done.
  • If you have an error message, that section may already be full or you should check the Common Registration Errors.  If you still have trouble, contact your advisor or try a different section or class.

Common Registration Errors

  • Degree and/or Major Restrictions – Banner Web may tell you that a course is open only for students of a specific major or program. If you receive this message, either choose another class or contact your advisor.
  • Prerequisite Restrictions – Banner Web may say that you lack the necessary prerequisites to enroll in a particular course. You may either choose another class or see your advisor if you believe you have received this message in error. Common prerequisite restrictions follow in the list below:
    • A specific course – the course in question requires another course to be taken first.
    • A test score – the course in question requires an admissions test score or sub-score (such as ACT or SAT) of a certain level.
    • Number of hours – the course in question requires that the student have a certain number of earned hours before the course is taken
  • Co-requisite Restrictions – Banner Web may inform you that the course for which you are trying to enroll must be taken at the same time as another course. You may either sign up for the co-requisite course or drop the course with the co-requisite requirement. You must enter a CRN for both courses before clicking the “Submit” button.

Sigma Delta Pi

0 Commentsby   |  10.26.10  |  Language Tools

Omega Gamma, the ACU Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi- National Collegiate Honor Society for students of Spanish, was inaugurated on Thursday, October 21st. at Chapel on the Hill.

The newly inducted members are: Lawson Soward (President), Emily Miller (Vicepresident), Leslie Record (Secretary), Aaron Shaver (Communications Officer), Amanda McAdams and Abby Allison.

Professor Dan Mitchell played Spanish songs in this special occasion, including La Malagueña. For more information you may contact the Chapter’s adviser: Dr. Beatriz Walker at Applications for next semester are available at the Department of Foreign Languages. You may also check Omega Gamma’s official blog at: “Prosigamos bajo la Inspiración de España.”

French “soirée”, great success!

0 Commentsby   |  10.25.10  |  French, Language Tools

French “soiree” Thursday October 21, was a great success!  With “crêpes”  and French music… Next

French “soirée”

And now two teams are competing on a puzzle of French regions…IMG_2595

Tea with Christy Tidwell

0 Commentsby   |  10.22.10  |  Announcements, Career Planning & Information

Guest Speaker Christy Tidwell

0 Commentsby   |  10.22.10  |  Announcements, Career Planning & Information

Screenwriting Workshop

0 Commentsby   |  10.22.10  |  Announcements, Career Planning & Information

All English Majors,

I wanted to inform you of a great opportunity for our English majors.

Kris Young, famous screenwriter and Professor of UCLA and LAFSC, is instructing a Screenwriting Workshop via Skype.

He will be going over the three act structure of a screenplay, characterization, format, as well as sharing his experience of being a Christian in Hollywood.

He has worked for established production companies, such as Walt Disney Studios. This is a great opportunity that can benefit our English majors!

It is on Saturday, October 23, 11 am to 12 pm, in the Mabee Library Auditorium (a.k.a. core classroom) attached to the library.

Also, Dr. Willerton’s Seminar 411/412 course can receive research class credit for attending.

Thank you for your time, and have a great day!

FilmFest Co-Chair

On Punctuation by Elizabeth Austen

0 Commentsby   |  10.18.10  |  Announcements

not for me the dogma of the period
preaching order and a sure conclusion
and no not for me the prissy
formality or tight-lipped fence
of the colon and as for the semi-
colon call it what it is
a period slumming
with the commas
a poser at the bar
feigning liberation with one hand
tightening the leash with the other
oh give me the headlong run-on
fragment dangling its feet
over the edge give me the sly
comma with its come-hither
wave teasing all the characters
on either side give me ellipses
not just a gang of periods
a trail of possibilities
or give me the sweet interrupting dash
the running leaping joining dash all the voices
gleeing out over one another
oh if I must
give me the YIPPEE
of the exclamation point
give me give me the curling
cupping curve mounting the period
with voluptuous uncertainty

"On Punctuation" by Elizabeth Austen, from The Girl Who Goes Alone. © Floating Bridge Press, 2010. Reprinted with permission.

On Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor, Friday 14 October 2010 NPR