Extra Credit Opportunity: Panel Discussions on Role of US Military in Foreign Policy

  The Departments of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences and Military Science proudly present: The US Military’s Role as an Instrument of National Policy
Panel Sessions at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
10:00 a.m. ­ 2:00 p.m.
Governors Room, Overman Student Center, Pittsburg State University
The U.S. Military has been a key part of U.S. National Policy and may have an increasingly vital role. While we all know that the U.S. Military stands ready to fight and win the nation’s wars, it has also been given the mission of deterring aggression, protecting U.S. citizens at home and abroad and assisting other agencies to further other U.S. interests as directed by the President.
The purpose of this panel is to give the audience a view of what the Department of Defense uses to further the foreign policy goals of the U.S.  Some of them are either unknown to the audience or only partially known.
10:00 ­ 11:00   Session I: Department of Defense and the United States Army
MAJ George Johnson, United States Army Chemical Corps; MAJ Marc Melton, United States Army, Armor;MAJ Tom Donatelle United States Army, Field Artillery
11:00 ­ 12:00   Session II: United States Air Force and Navy,Strategic Response to World Events
                        MAJ Nate Dillon, United States Air Force, Special Operations Command; Lt. Commander Andrew Cummens, United States Navy
12:00 ­ 1:00    Lunch break
1:00 ­ 2:00     Session III: Foreign Security Assistance
                        MAJ Joe Royo, United States Army Special Forces;Lt. Colonel Juvenal Diaz, Infantry Officer, Colombian Army

Extra Credit Opportunity: Ceramic Artist Lecture/Exhibit

Ceramic artist Paul Morris will display his sculptural potter in an exhibit titled “Sustaining Persistence” in the Harry Krug Gallery November 8 – December 8, 2011.
Morris’ work is an interesting connection between the human body, how the body exists in nature and how nature in turn affects the body. He writes, “My ewers have a strong sculptural figurative presence and serve to explore issues of durability regarding our personal and collective embodiment of the world.”
He will deliver a public lecture in Room 103 Porter Hall @ 2:00 pm on Tuesday November 8 followed by a reception. The lecture and reception are free and everyone is invited!


Grading Blogging: Last of the Multiple Choices

Aside from some confusion between Axum and Ghana, and between Sufi, Shiite and Sunni (more about that later), the questions people had the most trouble on were

  1. In order to maintain “Bread and Circuses” for the citizens of Rome, the Collosseum was the site of
    1. gladatorial contests
    2. children’s festivals
    3. baking competitions
    4. all of the above
  2. 1001 Arabian Nightsgets its title from
    1. the knights of the Crusades
    2. the story of Scheherazade
    3. the tradition of daylight fasting
    4. Buddhist folktales

The answer to Q54 was not (d), and while 1001 Nights may have some connection to global traditions, that’s not what it’s mostly about.

Also, to my surprise, over half of the class chose not to attempt the extra credit.

Extra Credit Opportunity: Austrian Organist

the Fisk Organ Recital Series, in cooperation with the Southeast Kansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will present Austrian organist Wolfgang Reisinger in concert this Sunday, November 6, at 3 pm in McCray Recital Hall. Dr. Reisinger serves as director of music for the Archdiocese of Vienna and is one of that country’s premiere artist/teachers. He has prepared a very interesting program of diverse organ literature, and he will conclude the concert in typical European style, with an extended improvisation. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Marchant in the Department of Music (x4476).

Extra Credit Opportunity: Diwali Night

Namaste and Hello Everyone !!!
The much awaited Diwali Event by the Indian Student Association is almost near.
The Diwali Night would be at the Crimson and Gold Ballroom, on 6th November, 2011 from 05:00 PM until 06:30 PM.
The event would feature Indian cultural events such as Bhangra Dance, Bollywood Songs, Indian Ethnic Fashion Show, Fire Works Show, a delicious mouth watering Indian Cuisine and a lot more to look out for. Come, be part of it, and experience the Indian culture closely.
The tickets for the event would be available at the International Programs and Service Office, 118 Whitesitt Hall.
The tickets would be priced at $ 12.

Extra Credit Opportunity: Poet Geoffrey Nutter

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Pittsburg State University will feature poet Geoffrey Nutter. Nutter will be reading some new poems as well as from his most recent book Christopher Sunset at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Governors Room of PSU’s Overman Center. The event is free and open to the public. Following the reading, there will be a reception in the Heritage Room of the student center.

Nutter, who is assistant professor of creative writing at New York University, has a writing style that has been described as “powered equally by sunlight, virtue, wonder, and humility.” Former student Montreux Rotholz, now a poet and creative writing professor at University of Iowa, describes Nutter’s work enthusiastically: “Geoffrey’s poetry is morosely optimistic and remorselessly lush. It frolics. It tells ghost stories and frightens the children. Often the poems feel grand, sweeping, but they have, sunk in them, little wells of clear and beautiful image. All this to say, he is an enormously talented poet.”

Nutter has had three books published: A Summer Evening in 2001 (winner of the Colorado Prize), Water’s Leaves & Other Poems in 2005, and Christopher Sunset in 2010. His poems have been widely anthologized, including in The Best American Poetry, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Poems by Younger American Poets.

This will be the third event in the annual Distinguished Visiting Writer series, which brings nationally acclaimed authors, poets and writers to PSU. The DVWS is sponsored by the English department and the Student Fee Council.