Archive for February, 2011

Careers in Non-Profit

0 Commentsby   |  02.25.11  |  Announcements, Career Planning & Information, Job & Volunteer Opportunities

The 2nd Annual Careers in Non Profit Event will take place on March 8th, from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Hunter Welcome Center.

Students will be able to talk with representatives from Boys and Girls Club, Disability Resources, Love & Care Ministries, and the Noah Project.

The Keynote Speaker will be Janet Ardoyno, VP of Agency Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Light snacks will be served.

Students should RSVP to

Information Session – ACLE – Teach English in Italy

0 Commentsby   |  02.25.11  |  Announcements, Career Planning & Information, Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Monday, March 7th | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Living Room | McGlothlin Campus Center

Two ACU students, Matthew Hale and Trevor Cochlin will be speaking about their experiences with the ACLE organization. They will explain how they taught English through sports, music and a variety of other activities at summer camps throughout Italy.  Students should RSVP through ACU CareerLink

Spanish Studies Program @ Instituto Franklin

0 Commentsby   |  02.15.11  |  Announcement, Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors, Study Abroad


FALL 2011


PROGRAM DATES: Sep. 1 – Dec. 16, 2011

LOCATION: Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (SPAIN)

The University of Alcalá was founded in 1499 by Cardinal Cisneros. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe. UNESCO granted the University the distinction of World Heritage Site in 1998.


  • Academic registration: 12-15 credits to choose from the Spanish Studies Program offer and/or regular courses at the University of Alcalá
  • Credits issued by the University of Alcalá
  • Cultural activities in all courses, such as visits to museums, corporate visits, governmental institutions, etc, which provide students with a challenging learning environment
  • University of Alcalá student ID
  • We offer medical, travel and third party damages insurance to requesting students
  • Orientation sessions
  • Guided tour of Alcalá
  • Guided tour of Madrid
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • University services: computer room, libraries, sport complex and all university services
  • On site coordinator which supervises students´ stay and helps them with any issues which may arise during the program
  • 24h emergency on-call service
  • Homestay with families (including three meals/day and laundry service once a week). Our families have much experience working with students and helping them integrate into Spanish culture
  • Spanish tutor who meets individually with students to help them with language acquisition and questions
  • Volunteering opportunities for interested students throughout the semester


  • Spanish courses for all levels: from beginners to near-native fluency
  • Courses in the areas of international relations, history, culture and civilization, business, literature, and courses for bilingual students
  • The Spanish Studies Program is accredited by the University of Alcalá, and evaluated externally every semester by ICE (Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación) as well as by internal evaluations

For more information:

Application for English Department Scholarships

0 Commentsby   |  02.14.11  |  Advising Information, Announcements, Scholarship


The English Department at ACU offers the scholarships listed below to English and English-Education majors on a competitive basis.  To be eligible, students must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students when applying and must plan to return to ACU in the fall after the scholarship award is announced in the spring.  Previous recipients of scholarships are invited to reapply. The amount of the awards varies from $1000 to $1500 per semester.

The Watson Scholarship
  • Awarded for character, scholarship, and need
The Garrett-Watson Scholarship
  • Awarded to an English major with at least a 3.0 GPA
The Ellis Scholarship
  • Awarded to students with unusual potential in the profession of English whether in writing, teaching, editing, or other areas
The Mima Williams Scholarship
  • Awarded to excellent students of language and literature with creative and social competence who plan to teach and who are good all-around students
  • Recipients should plan to teach in either college, middle school, or high school; have a record of compliance with university rules; have an outstanding moral and spiritual reputation; excel academically but also be well-rounded, not strictly an English scholar; and show unusual potential as a teacher.  Need is not a factor.
The Jack Welch Scholarship
  • Award based on character, academic ability, and financial need

How to Apply

  1. Prepare a one-page letter of application outlining your eligibility for an English scholarship.  Be sure to describe your career goals, your financial need (if applicable), activities that indicate your good character, and your academic performance while enrolled at ACU.  Also, please detail any scholarly work you have done or scholarly activities you have been involved in (e.g., original research, paper presented or published, awards or publication for creative writing, participation in a conference).
  2. Prepare a one-page résumé outlining your academic work, your extracurricular activities, and your employment history.
  3. Submit the resume and letter of application to Dr. Shankle, ACU Box 28252 or Chambers 308.

Deadline:  February 28, 2011

Vickie Smith, 1948-2011

0 Commentsby   |  02.07.11  |  Announcements, Faculty Spotlight

Vickie Smith

Vickie Smith, instructor of English, passed away on Saturday, February 5, after a brief illness.  During exploratory surgery on January 24, doctors discovered widespread cancer.  Prof. Smith lived the last days of her life as she had all of her life, with a passion for the Lord.

Prof. Smith earned her MA in English from Abilene Christian University in 1992 and began teaching for the English Department in 1992 (part-time) and in 1995 (full-time).  She taught first-year English, sophomore literature, and Business and Professional Writing.

If you ever had a class with Prof. Smith, would you post a short remembrance?  We’ll use some of your comments in the memorial service.