We have new additions in our Prairie Lands family. Sara Capra (1998 Institute) has a son, Caelin Alesio, born April 2: 7 lbs 8 oz; 20 inches long. Stefanie Lyle, (2004 Institute), has a daughter, Abigail Caroline, born April 11: 7 1bs 2 oz; 20 inches long.
Donna Klein (2003 Institute) is a St. Joseph School District Teacher of the Year Finalist. Donna teaches grade 3 at Coleman Elementary School.
Mary Lee Meyer, (2002 Institute) our PLWP technology liaison, andDiane Goold, (1998 Institute) NIE director for the St. Joseph NEWS-PRESS, will be facilitating workshops this June about "Digital Literacy," and "PowerPoint" at Stanberry High School (Mary Lee) and "Newspapers in Education" at the St. Joseph News-Press (Diane).
MWSU’s English faculty members Dawn Terrick (2000 Institute),Meredith Katchen (2007 Institute), and Bill Church accepted the Conference on Basic Writing’s 2008 Innovation Award for Western’s exemplary Developmental Writing Program, Eng 100 Introduction to College Writing, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in New Orleans in April. The innovations, including an annual student publication, writing groups, and sequenced assignments using a textbook created by the course instructors were developed by Dawn as Developmental Writing Director in collaboration with ENG 100 faculty, including Tom Pankiewicz (PLWP Institutes Director).
Ann Dotson (2006 and 2007 Institutes) and Terri McAvoy (1998, 2006, and 2007 Institutes) represented Prairie Lands at the NWP’s annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D. C. As a part of that meeting, they were part of the Missouri Writing Projects Network delegation which met with Senator Claire McCaskill. They also provided Northwest Missouri’s U. S. House Representative Sam Graves with a booklet of student writings from St. Joseph Skaith Elementary School Students. We note with pleasure that Representative Graves has signed the 2009 "Dear Colleague" letter in support of funding for NWP.