Spanish professor Veronica Dean-Thacker and art professor Jack Girard presented their collaborative research at the Third International Conference on the Image September 14 in Poznan, Poland. Their paper, “Facing the Unknown in the Art and Poetry of Juan Carlos Mestre,” explores the notion of alienation and disenfranchisement in the artist’s visual and written work.
First-year student Spencer Peach was invited by Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden to Washington, D.C., September 19 to attend the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) leaders Policy Roundtable and tour of the East Wing. He was also invited to an end-of-summer barbecue at the vice president’s residence that evening. The events celebrate the next generation of LGBT leaders. Peach is a student activist and co-chair for the Greater Evansville Steering Committee for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Women’s studies professor Simona Fojtová presented a paper titled “Anglo-American Feminist Critiques of Agency“ at a conference in Zlín, Czech Republic, September 5. The fourth international conference on Anglophone studies, titled “From Theory to Practice,” was organized by the Department of English and American Studies at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. Fojtová also presented a paper, “East-European Women’s Stories of Agency in Sex Work Migration,” at a conference on Eastern European women’s stories of migration in the new millennium in Bucharest, Romania, September 21.
The Transylvania Lampas Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa was recognized as a Circle of Distinction at the National ODK Biennial Convention at Charlotte, N.C. Circles of Distinction demonstrate exceptional performance in accordance with national ODK standards. The Transylvania Circle is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its ODK charter this year.
Senior Don Combs was presented the prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal by U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers in recognition of his outstanding public service record and personal development achievements. He was the first to receive the award in the 5th Congressional District, which Rogers represents, and was one of only 177 gold medalists in the nation. The congressional award is given to Americans aged 14-23 and requires 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of both personal development and physical fitness activities, and a four-night expedition. Combs fulfilled the requirements through his positions as president of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity and southern regional chief for the Boy Scouts’ Order of the Arrow. His expedition consisted of a week-long canoe trip with the Boy Scouts.