Spalding University https://spalding.edu What do you want out of life? Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:20:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 McClure Talks Compassion with Religion News Service https://spalding.edu/mcclure-talks-compassion-with-religion-news-service/ https://spalding.edu/mcclure-talks-compassion-with-religion-news-service/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:30:49 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14506 Religion News Service reporter Adelle M. Banks recently spoke with … Continue reading

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Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., poses with a replica of the rowboat she used in 1999 to become the first woman to row alone across the Atlantic Ocean. She had just spoken to fellow presidents of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks - See more at: http://archives.religionnews.com/multimedia/photos/rns-college-president-a#sthash.JevrXE1j.dpuf

Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., poses with a replica of the rowboat she used in 1999 to become the first woman to row alone across the Atlantic Ocean. 

Religion News Service reporter Adelle M. Banks recently spoke with President Tori Murden McClure about her journey from adventurer–she was the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean–to president of Spalding University, which has been certified as the world’s first compassionate university under her direction.

Committed to living compassionately, McClure encourages Spalding students to be leaders in service, striving to meet educational goals while helping others along the way and improving their communities.  In an interview with reporter Banks, senior TaNaa’ Davis reflected on how McClure encourages students, soon after their arrival to campus, to take an active role in being more socially conscious:

“She was letting all of us know in her speech that basically being of service to others — it’s not something you do; it’s a lifestyle,” Davis, a social work major, recalled of McClure’s talk with freshmen. “You live to serve.”

To read the full Religious News Service article, click here.

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Alumna Appointed to the Arizona Commission on the Arts https://spalding.edu/alumna-appointed-arizona-commission-arts/ https://spalding.edu/alumna-appointed-arizona-commission-arts/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:41:35 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14461 Spalding graduate Lisa Jayne has been appointed to the governing … Continue reading

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Spalding MFA alumna Lisa Jayne

Spalding MFA alumna, playwright and theater director Lisa Jayne is to serve on the governing board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Spalding graduate Lisa Jayne has been appointed to the governing board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Jayne will replace Dr. Robert Breunig of Flagstaff who completed his second 3-year term as a Commissioner in July 2014.

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 49-year-old agency of the State of Arizona charged with supporting a statewide arts and culture sector. The agency’s mission is to imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

Commissioners are appointed by the Governor to serve 3-year terms on a 15-member governing commission in support of the agency’s mission.

Members are selected for their demonstrated ability, good judgment and experience in arts-related fields. In addition, Commissioners are appointed to provide diverse cultural, gender, experiential, generational and geographic representation. Commission members attend board meetings, participate on committees, chair review panels, award grants and formulate policy consistent with enabling legislation.

Jayne grew up in Gilbert, Arizona, attended Northern Arizona University for her undergraduate degree and received her MFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the Artistic Director of White Mountain Regional Theater in Show Low, Arizona, and teaches/directs productions at Northland Pioneer College in Snowflake, Arizona. Her plays, including One Week: An Uncommon Love Story, The Obituary and Coeur d’Alene, have been produced at White Mountain Regional Theater and Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Department.

 

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Psy.D. Students Shine on Match Day https://spalding.edu/psy-d-students-shine-match-day/ https://spalding.edu/psy-d-students-shine-match-day/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:59:02 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14443 Working toward a doctoral degree is an arduous task, and … Continue reading

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Spalding University School of Professional PsychologyWorking toward a doctoral degree is an arduous task, and no one knows this better than the Psy.D. students of Spalding’s School of Professional Psychology (SOPP). Nonetheless, after five or more years of course work, thousands of clinical practicum hours and incalculable hours invested in dissertation writing, the day that makes it all worth it finally comes: Internship Match Day.

This year’s Match Day took place on February, 20. For doctoral-level psychology students, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Match Day is the culmination of years of preparation to meet internship requirements. Similar to the matching programs for medical residents and students of pharmacy, dentistry and other health professions, APPIC is a national, computer-based matching program.

Spalding achieved an 86% match rate overall of students placed with internships, above the national average of 75.6%. Spalding’s rate exceeds the national rates for both Psy.D. and PhD/Ed.D. applicants (71.8% and 80%, respectively), according to APICC.

Spalding students have matched  at well-known institutions, such as the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kennedy Krieger/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Their areas of focus include pediatrics, adults, forensics and health.

“The results are a huge testament to the superb education and training provided within the SOPP,” says Dr. Brenda Nash, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training. “We’re proud of our program and especially our students.”

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Knight Sells Novel to Scholastic https://spalding.edu/knight-sells-novel-scholastic/ https://spalding.edu/knight-sells-novel-scholastic/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:51:25 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14397 Scholastic has purchased Saving Wonder, a middle grade novel written … Continue reading

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Alumna Mary Knight (at center) raises a toast with agent and Spalding faculty as she signs Scholastic contract.

Alumna Mary Knight (at center) raises a toast with agent and Spalding faculty as she signs Scholastic contract.

Scholastic has purchased Saving Wonder, a middle grade novel written by alumna Mary Knight. The sale of her novel is an accomplishment itself and her celebration symbolizes the culmination of a long-sought personal pursuit.

An accomplished writer prior to her enrollment at Spalding, Knight’s professional writing focused on commercial projects, which included promotional video scripts, magazine articles and essays, and curriculum guides.

Knight states that she came to Spalding to learn how to write a novel. “I had always dreamed of writing novels, but I didn’t have a clue how to do it,” she says. “The Spalding MFA program gave me the tools I needed to write fiction and to write it well.”

Knight graduated from Spalding’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing program in 2013. The program, which is based on mentor-student relationships, strives to provide individualized curriculums that facilitate highly developed writing skills. Knight attributes her success to the mentorship he she received at Spalding.

 “My mentors and instructors helped me develop and hone my craft. They taught me how to write for young audiences, while never letting me lose sight of my own authorial style . . . I can sincerely say that I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without Spalding’s MFA in writing program.”

Saving Wonder will be published by Scholastic in the spring of 2016. She is currently working on two additional novels, and she has partnered with a literacy expert to develop “CoreEmpathy,” a K-12 story-based curriculum that cultivates student empathy while developing reading and writing skills.

“I love being a writer,” she concludes.

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And the Grammy Goes to…Faculty Member Neela Vaswani https://spalding.edu/grammy-goes-faculty-member-neela-vaswani/ https://spalding.edu/grammy-goes-faculty-member-neela-vaswani/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:01:26 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14322 At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, faculty … Continue reading

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Neela Vaswani at Grammys 1At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, faculty member Neela Vaswani accepted a Grammy for the audio version of I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousefzai. The audio version of the book, narrated by Vaswani, won Best Children’s Album. Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate to date and is best known for her advocacy work in Pakistan regarding women’s education rights. Vaswani teaches both fiction and creative nonfiction in the Spalding low residency MFA program and is founder of the Storylines Project with the New York Public Library. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning middle-grade novel-in-letters, Same Sun Here, which she coauthored with Spalding faculty member Silas House. Vaswani and House co-narrated the audio version of Same Sun Here, which is available on Audible.

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McCrae’s Poetry Collection Named One of the Top Books of 2014 https://spalding.edu/mccraes-poetry-collection-named-one-top-books-2014/ https://spalding.edu/mccraes-poetry-collection-named-one-top-books-2014/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:56:44 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14206 Forgiveness Forgiveness, by MFA faculty member Shane McCrae, was named … Continue reading

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Forgiveness Forgiveness, by MFA faculty member Shane McCrae, was named No. 3 on a list of the 40 best poetry books of 2014 created by Coldfront Magazine. Forgiveness Forgiveness is a follow up to McCrae’s 2013 collection, Blood, which was ranked No. 1 on the 40 best poetry books of 2013. Founded in 2006, Coldfront Magazine is an online publication dedicated to reporting, reviewing, and evolving discussions on modern poetry and language development.
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Katerina Stoykova-Klemer Inspires, Stars in Award-Winning Film https://spalding.edu/katerina-stoykova-klemer-inspires-stars-award-winning-film/ https://spalding.edu/katerina-stoykova-klemer-inspires-stars-award-winning-film/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:44:10 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14203 Proud Citizen, a feature film inspired by—and starring—MFA alum Katerina … Continue reading

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Proud Citizen, a feature film inspired by—and starring—MFA alum Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, won five awards on the 2014 festival circuit, including Best Narrative Feature (New Orleans Film Festival), Audience Favorite (Knoxville Film Festival), and Best of the Fest (River’s Edge International Film Festival). Stoykova-Klemer, a poet and nonfiction writer in real life, plays Krasi, a Bulgarian national who wins a trip to Kentucky after entering a playwriting contest. Stoykova-Klemer won the Special Jury Award for Acting at the River’s Edge International Film Festival. See a trailer of the film, which was  shot largely in Kentucky.

Stoykova-Klemer, a Bulgarian native who worked as an engineer before turning her attention to writing, translation, publishing, and film, was recently featured in an article in Kentucky Living. Click here to view.

 

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Spalding’s BFA in Writing program hosts February Literary Salon event on Wednesday https://spalding.edu/spaldings-bfa-writing-program-hosts-february-literary-salon-event-wednesday/ https://spalding.edu/spaldings-bfa-writing-program-hosts-february-literary-salon-event-wednesday/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:11:34 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14151 Spalding’s BFA in Writing program hosts February Literary Salon event … Continue reading

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Spalding’s BFA in Writing program hosts February Literary Salon event on Wednesday

The featured reading begins at 7:30 p.m. with an open mic at 7 p.m. (sign-up begins 6:30 p.m.). February’s featured writer is Teneice Durant, who is the owner and managing editor of Argus House Press, Saudade and Winged City Chapbooks. She became involved with Winged City as a series editor under her late mentor, poet Dr. Rane Arroyo. Teneice is an advocate for chapbooks of all genres, and is the author of four poetry chapbooks: Flame Above Flame (2006), The Goldilocks Complex (2009), Burden of Solace  (2012) and Night for Weeks (2014). Teneice is a  graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in writing program. She recently won the 2013 Kudzu Poetry Prize for her poem “Nectar.”

The Literary Salon takes place at Hillbilly Tea, 120 S. First Street, between Main & East Market Streets. The Literary Salon at Hillbilly Tea is a space where professional and emerging writers can come to share their work in a relaxed and convivial setting with literary fans, readers and other writers. The Salon emphasizes the sharing of new work and is an example of Spalding University’s BFA program’s commitment to supporting the development of young writers.

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Spalding University announces new scholarship for African American women pursuing bachelor’s degrees https://spalding.edu/spalding-university-announces-new-scholarship-african-american-women-pursuing-bachelors-degrees/ https://spalding.edu/spalding-university-announces-new-scholarship-african-american-women-pursuing-bachelors-degrees/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:50:59 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14038 Spalding University announced today the creation of the Patricia Lauderdale … Continue reading

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Spalding University announced today the creation of the Patricia Lauderdale and Barbara Miller Endowed Scholarship, a new endowed scholarship to support African American women who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the university. The scholarship was established by a group of Spalding University alumnae to honor the first African American graduates of Nazareth College, now Spalding University, who graduated in 1951. On Feb. 12, from 5:30-7pm, the university will celebrate the scholarship’s establishment with a reception in Spalding University’s Tompkins-Buchanan-Rankin Mansion (851 S. Fourth St.). Community members are welcome to attend, but RSVPs are appreciated by Feb. 5 by calling (502) 585-7103 or emailing advancement@spalding.edu.

“We are delighted to announce this scholarship, which reflects the importance of Patricia Lauderdale and Barbara Miller’s legacy,” says Bert Griffin, Chief Advancement Officer of the university. “This scholarship will provide educational opportunities for African American women and honor the accomplishments of the scholarship’s namesakes.”

The Patricia Lauderdale and Barbara Miller Endowed Scholarship was founded by a group of alumnae, led by Nazareth College alumna Elmer Lucille Hammonds Allen, class of 1953, a retired chemist from Brown-Foreman and an artist. She worked to establish the scholarship, because she says, “I attribute my professional successes to the education that I received at Nazareth,” now Spalding University, says Allen, who feels the university’s alumni must create “the foundation for those who come after us.”

Lauderdale and Miller were two of 25 African American women who enrolled soon after Kentucky’s Day Law, which made illegal the education of African American and Caucasian students in the same classroom in 1904, was amended in 1950 to permit students to enroll in select integrated education programs. The Day Law was fully repealed in 1954. Lauderdale graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in library science. Later Miller became the first African American faculty member at Nazareth College.

 

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BFA Sparks Alumnus’ Playwriting Career https://spalding.edu/bfa-sparks-alumnus-playwriting-career/ https://spalding.edu/bfa-sparks-alumnus-playwriting-career/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:00:34 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=13829 Eli Keel ’14 enrolled at Spalding unaware that, in the … Continue reading

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Eli Keel ’14 enrolled at Spalding unaware that, in the process of earning his degree, he would discover his life’s work. “Going to Spalding changed the course of my life,” says Keel. “Once I got back in school, it just clicked. Writing is what I’m supposed to do.”

Keel has used his skills and ideas generated in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Creative Writing program to develop his craft as a playwright. He was inspired to submit a ten-minute play to Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun, an annual festival that features local playwrights, directors and actors. “The Choke Room” was accepted and produced as part of the festival, and this subsequently inspired Keel to focus on playwriting for his BFA capstone project.

Prior to his enrollment at Spalding, Keel had an extensive interest in theater. Owing to the fact that his parents were theater educators and freelancers, Keel began acting at age five, and by high school, he had performed with both the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Actors Theater of Louisville. More recently, Keel has worked as an actor and playwright with Theatre [502]. His first commissioned ten-minute play, “Ludlow Quinn Presents: The Tale of Fox and the Chinese Magician,” was performed in September at Baron’s Theatre as part of Theatre [502]’s new Friday series.

Keel says that he would like to “make a living with words.” He plans to continue to write plays, short stories and novels, and attributes these aspirations to his experiences at Spalding.

“If I hadn’t had such great teachers, and such amazing experiences, that probably wouldn’t have happened. There is no perfect roadmap for this process, but Spalding gave me the tools and the opportunities to get it going.”

 

 

 

 

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