Allison Hedge Coke (English) was named a 2005-07 Fellow for Black Earth Arts. She was one of nine individuals selected for the honor. Black Earth Arts is an arts collective based in Wisconsin. It was established in 2005 as a "literary think tank" that includes poets and writers from across the country, representing a broad spectrum of literary genres. Hedge Coke is a memorist, activist, labor poet and American Book Award winner. Other fellows are: Wisconsin/Michigan nature writer and poet Robert Alexander; Connecticut-based John Briggs, an aesthetics and physics writer/photographer and senior editor of the Connecticut Review; Massachusetts slam poet Richard Cambridge; New York feminist fiction writer Elizabeth Cunningham; Alaskan poet and essayist Barbara Flaherty; Chicago-based fiction writer and dramatist Deborah Holton; Iowa Public Radio commentator, poet and essayist Mary Swander; and Seattle-based American Book Award-winning poet Judith Roche. The Fellows were selected for their work bridging disciplines, cultures or genres. They will meet annually in Wisconsin for a workshop dedicated to exploring the question of how to heal divisions between literature and science, politics, and the sacred.
The Art and Design Studios North Building addition was among 37 post-secondary projects recognized as examples of "outstanding design" in the November issue of American School and University. The magazine's annual architectural portfolio issue features facilities that "excel in their goal of providing innovating, exceptional environments for learning." Projects are judged by a panel of school and university administrators and education architects. Duce Simmons and Associates, the architect for the Art and Design addition, submitted the project for award consideration.