Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Students Help Celebrate Dr. Paine’s Retirement

Last Friday in the Massey Board Room, faculty, staff, and students gathered to celebrate Dr. John Paine’s¬† 37 years of teaching and service at Belmont and to wish him well in his retirement. Dr. Marcia McDonald was the master of ceremonies, and interspersed readings from several of Dr. Paine’s favorite writers among the many faculty and student¬†reminiscences.

The following resolution, approved unanimously by the English Department, provides a good though still somehow insufficient summary of his enormous contributions to student and faculty life at Belmont:

Whereas, Dr. John H. E. Paine has served the Department of English at Belmont University for 38 years as Professor of Literature and Professor of Language and as Chair of the Department,

Whereas, Dr. John H. E. Paine has served as professor of undergraduate and graduate studies, teaching exemplary classes in modern, comparative, classical, European, and Japanese literatures, literary theory, and French language and literatures, and teaching courses in the newest frontiers of literature,

Whereas, Dr. John H. E. Paine has served the School of Humanities, the CAS, and CLASS with patience and commitment to high standards on numerous committees and planning groups, including curriculum committees and tenure and promotion committees,

Whereas, Dr. John H. E. Paine was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to France and sabbaticals for scholarly projects,

Whereas, Dr. John H. E. Paine has served Belmont University as its first director of Study Abroad, inaugurating a range of programs for students in all majors at the university, and first venturing into new territories himself to establish study abroad programs and actively participating in NAFSA,

Whereas, Dr. John H. E. Paine has served as the campus liaison to the Fulbright commission, consulting, guiding and supporting numerous faculty and students in their applications for Fulbright grants

Whereas, Dr. John H. E. Paine has served the scholarly community by publications and presentations in comparative literature, by his editorship of the Journal of the Short Story in English and the Japanese Studies Association Journal, and his membership in scholarly organizations including MLA and JSA,

Whereas, Dr. John H. E. Paine has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students, among our best and brightest, over the years, guiding their inquiry and questions, sustaining their drive to write an excellent paper or thesis, and supporting their aspirations for further scholarly study, and continuing connections with them after their graduation,

Whereas, Dr. John H. E. Paine is an exemplary campus citizen and community member in his home town of Franklin, TN,

THEREFORE, the Department of English affirms the nomination of Dr. John H. E. Paine to the status of Professor Emeritus, congratulates him on his stellar career, thanks him for his leadership in the department for into four decades, and most of all, thanks him for his generous spirit, his intellectual energy, and his wisdom that he has shared with us individually and collectively.

Nine Inducted into Sigma Tau Delta

PrintLast Wednesday, nine BU English majors were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors Society. Family, faculty, and friends gathered to watch the cording ceremony. After opening remarks by Sigma Tau Delta sponsor Dr. Charmion Gustke, the honorees were corded by faculty members. Congratulations to these wonderful English majors!

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L to R: Samantha Binnie, Rachel Petty, Hope Moore, Zenna Daker, Chris Tully, Lindsey Knapp, Jacqueline Skokna, Audrey Fenstermaker, and Dr. Charmion Gustke
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Dr. Gustke and Kathleen Albritton

BU English Majors Share the Joy of Reading at Family Literacy Day 2018

As usual, Belmont BU English majors were out in force for Family Literacy Day this past Saturday, sharing their love of reading and books in general!

BU English Majors Honored at CLASS Awards Day

This past Monday in the Frist Lecture Hall, nine English majors were honored at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Awards Day.

The James and Sara King Award, given to “students who have submitted outstanding papers in response to a class assignment” were won by Charlotte Payne, Tom Ebner, and Ben Thomas.

The Ruby P. Treadway Award, given to outstanding students in creative writing, went to Sheyanne Meadows and Audrey Fenstermaker.

Kameron Johnson and Sydney Queen were both honored with The Corinne Dale Award for Achievement in Writing about Gender.

Finally, Rachel Petty won the Virginia Chaney Award, given annually to the outstanding female English major, while Andrew Cox won the Carl Chaney Award, designating the outstanding male English major.

Congratulations to all these outstanding BU English majors!