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Spanish, English graduate Reisenauer is Outstanding Student, class speaker

The December 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award as selected by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association is Andrea M. Reisenauer. She will also serve as the graduating class speaker during UW-Green Bay commencement ceremonies at the Weidner Center at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Reisenauer, of Sheboygan, is receiving her bachelor’s degree with summa cum laude, or highest, honors, and distinction in the major. She completed double majors in English and Spanish, a minor in Humanistic Studies, and an emphasis in linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language.

She was nominated and selected for each of the two honors — Outstanding Student and class speaker — from among about 435 graduating seniors in the December class.

Reisenauer will accept the Outstanding Student Award at a student awards ceremony Friday night, Dec. 13. The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association has been soliciting nominations and designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976.

Reisenauer compiled a near-perfect gradepoint average over her college career and was a recipient of the University’s Gallagher, Gage, Crandall and Trampe scholarships, as well as a Founders Association Merit Scholarship and the Alumni Association Scholarship. She received the Award for Academic Excellence in Spanish from the UW-Green Bay Modern Languages program.

Reisenauer worked on campus as a tutor for the Writing Center, where she assisted students with English grammar, language and writing on a daily basis, and for the academic program in Spanish. As an instructor for the Adult Literacy Center of Green Bay, she taught basic English language skills to a class of new Somali immigrants.

A president of the student Spanish Club who studied abroad in Spain, she was also active in supporting the student International Club at UW-Green Bay and the exchange network AIESEC International.

Reisenauer’s poetry has been accepted for publication in the literary journals Cicada, Black Heart Magazine, Rock River Review and UW-Green Bay’s Sheepshead Review. Last spring, her essay “The Power of the Educated People” was one of two selected to represent UW-Green Bay in the annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition sponsored by a UW System advisory group promoting the value of the liberal arts.

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UW-Green Bay’s Meacham wins literary journal contest for flash fiction chapbook

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Rebecca Meacham, English and Humanistic Studies, has won a literary journal contest award for her chapbook of flash fiction, which will be published in early March.

“Morbid Curiosities” earned top honors in the chapbook contest of New Delta Review, a literary journal produced by graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts program at Louisiana State University. Meacham’s work consists of 14 stories that are between 290 and 1,000 words long, in keeping with the style of flash fiction, which generally describes very short stories. The entire chapbook will be about 45 pages long.

Meacham’s collection explores the line between private loss and public spectacle in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, with stories often imagined from found things: suitcases, watches, news headlines, school spellers. Events range from the mundane to the extraordinary, with one tale imagining the voices behind the suitcases of inmates in a New York insane asylum from 1910 until 1960. Another story uses the language of an 1870s primer to help students seek revenge on a cruel schoolmaster, while yet another assumes the point of view of a tornado. Twelve of 14 of the collection’s stories have been, or will be, published in journals. Many are available online, and can be accessed via Meacham’s website, http://rebeccameachamwriter.com.

The New Delta Review award was chosen by Mark Yakich, writer and professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans. In reviewing the collection, Yakich reflects on how Meacham uses death and irony in her works of flash fiction: “What I glean most of all here is that while many of us live lives of intentional or unintentional irony, it is death that best ‘enfold[s] the layers of irony’ we’ve lived. As at the end of the story ‘Mrs. Williamson Winds the Watch,’ we view death ‘surprised’ and something to ‘back away’ from, but also we often find ourselves ‘smiling’ to endure morbidity: ‘giddy as a girl carrying the sun in her pocket, poised on the brink of radiance.’ “ That story is one of two set in Wisconsin, written as Meacham was researching the infamous Peshtigo Fire of 1871.

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