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StFX faculty, staff spend productive week at 6th Annual Writing Retreat

February 23rd, 2018
Participants at the 6th Annual Writing Retreat

Close to 20 StFX faculty and program staff from across campus gathered this week to write in a shared space during the 6th Annual Faculty Writing Retreat, say organizers human kinetics professor Dr. Mel Lam and psychology professor Dr. Erin Austen.

“Some worked on preparing their research for publication, others worked on book reviews, and/or research grant applications. The retreat ran from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily over the Reading Week,” they said. 

Writers took a break to eat lunch together, which was catered by Sodexo and sponsored by the Office of the AVP Research. During the lunch break, attendees had an opportunity to share what they were working on with the rest of the group, to engage in conversation, and to get to know their colleagues from other departments, programs, and disciplines.

“As always, the writing retreat provided a supportive, motivating and productive environment to engage in the writing process. The atmosphere was one of collegiality,” Drs. Lam and Austen say.

“We thank the attendees for making this year’s retreat a success. We thank Dr. Richard Isnor, AVP Research, for his continued support of the retreat.  We thank Sodexo for the food, and Conference Services for arranging the space. We are already looking forward to the next retreat where we will welcome both newcomers and returning writers.”

The retreat had a record number of participants registered: Deb Vossen (Human Kinetics), Christina Holmes (Health), Riley Chisholm (Sociology), Nancy Forestell (History), Charlene Weaving (Human Kinetics), Kailin Wright (English), Patti Hansen-Ketchum (Nursing), Maria Soledad Paz-Mackay (Modern Languages), Naima Chowdhury (Coady), Erika Koch (Psychology), Dan Kane (Human Kinetics), Connie Clement (NCCDH), Ronald Charles (Religious Studies), Mel Lam (Human Kinetics), Erin Austen (Psychology), Ornella Nzindukiyimana (Human Kinetics), Wojciech Tokarz (Modern Languages), Ann Bigelow (Psychology), and Linda Darwish (Religious Studies).

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