January 8, 2015, 6:30-8:00

Hall of Languages, Room 203 (Auditorium)

Texas A&M-Commerce

The Celebration of Digital Storytelling is a series of multimedia presentations featuring snapshots in the lives of their authors: 5-10 minute video essays guaranteed to move, inform, and enrich their viewers. Not all 18 students in this online course will be able to participate in this event, but a great many will. Join us! The projects featured were created by students in Shannon Carter’s graduate-level course English 697: Digital Storytelling, a workshop in the history and methods of digital storytelling. Objectives included understanding the fundamentals of dynamic digital storytelling, from seeing the story to assembling and sharing it. Students will demonstrate that understanding by assembling and sharing their own, original examples of digital storytelling.

Rebecca McKee, “The Perpetual Power of Story

Shadarra James, “Growth and Hope–Double Blessing

Mike Smith, “Panic and Rain

Megan Beard, “To the End and Back

Laura Catherine, “Not of the Past

Diana Hines, “A Knowledge of Water: Defining a Life at Sea

Shelby Miller, “I’ll Help You Remember

Katherine Gilbreath, “Like Crazy

Tawyna Smith, “Dear Sons 

The following students will not be able to attend this event but invited us to share their work with you:

Jo Anne Johnson, “Losing You

John Lewis, “The Life and Times of J. Ridley Lewis

Laura Langson, “Journeys

Wes English, “Gone Too Soon




















Caroline Carlson, “Dear Baby: A Story within a Story

Ginnette Wafford, “From 13 to 30

Joyce Sample, “A Performance to Remember

Benita Reed, “A Measure of Faith


Writing Democracy across East Texas

Proposal: Anthology, Texas A&M University-Commerce Press:

WRITING DEMOCRACY IN EAST TEXAS: A History of Civic Engagement at Texas A&M University-Commerce (1889-1975)

The proposed anthology commemorates two major milestones in the history of Texas A&M-Commerce, both of which will occur in 2014.

  • 125 years ago, William L. Mayo established a teacher’s college to provide the region’s largely poor farmers and their families with access to higher education, “regardless of previous academic preparation or ability to pay” (Mayo College Catalog, 1896);
  • 50 years ago, this same campus became one of the last two public colleges in Texas to remove “White” as a primary criterion for admission.

The proposed collection will feature creative and scholarly work, alongside archival materials, that illustrate our university’s historical relationship with the surrounding community. Established in 1889 in direct response to community need, A&M-C’s 125-year history of providing local citizens with rhetorical training for civic engagement (Gold 2005, 2009; Carter 2012; Carter and Conrad 2012; Carter and Dent 2013) make it an ideal site for larger questions about a university’s responsibility to the community and a community’s potential influence on the university. To this end, the proposed anthology addresses a range of questions Continue reading