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Settling In

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Well, it’s officially time to start settling in here at Harlaxton and fully embrace it as my new and temporary home (which is not difficult in the least). Studies are picking up and students are beginning to feel the burden of looming due dates. Of course, none of us want to sacrifice a travel opportunity because we put off our assignments until the last minute, so hopefully, we can all learn some useful study techniques.

Traveling with the Jezreel Expedition

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One of my favorite things about participating in the Jezreel Expedition is all the various opportunities I have for traveling around the surrounding area during field trips. While we spend a lot of time digging, we also get the chance to visit and tour historical sites as well as other places of interest.

Returning to the Jezreel Expedition

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After my first experience with the Jezreel Expedition in 2013, I was really excited to return. It was such a great experience to work in the field and travel throughout Israel. I was only able to return for the last two weeks of the Jezreel Expedition 2014 and it's already been a few days since I got into the country.

Favorite Kibbutz Location


Hilda Torres, Michael Sullivan, and Kelly Goodner describe their favorite locations on the Kibbutz. The Kibbutz Yizre'el is the location where members of the Jezreel Expedition reside during their time at the excavation. 

Day Trip to New Harmony

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This past weekend, some of my friends and I enjoyed a wonderful day trip to New Harmony, a small town about 45 minutes from UE's campus. Originally the site of Robert Owen's Utopian Community, New Harmonie, the town is now a local tourist destination. There are still many remnants of that age and it is a fun place to explore!

Writers Hanging Out: My Trip to AWP

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Since sophomore year, when I first learned that the AWP (association of writers and writing programs) conference was a thing that existed, I have wanted to go. "You mean every year a bunch of writers go to one place and, like, hang out? Sign me up!"



One of the most exciting things I learned when I visited UE way back in the dark ages (2010) was that each year, the creative writing department hosts a senior coffee hour reading. Which meant that if I went here (which, obviously, I did) I would get to stand in front of people and read my writing. In spite of my general shyness, I'm actually a big attention hog when it comes to reading my work, so I've been waiting three years for this moment (which is still a couple months off, in April).

However, one of the even MORE exciting things that's happening in the creative writing department now is the addition of our #readingseries. Two Fridays each month, three fabulous writing majors give a reading in the back room of The Slice. Pizza and readings? What could be better?

I don't read until April, but it's been wonderful hearing my fellow students' work and spending time out in the real world with we writer types (yes, I consider a place accross the street from my apartment the 'real world').

The writing department has a lot of great stuff going for it, but the best part is that we keep adding new, bigger and better things to our program that not only help us to be better writers, but also create a great sense of community.

I'm sad that I'll only get to experience one semester of the #readingseries as a student, but I'm glad I got to see it start. It's going to be a great thing for future majors to get together and share their work--because, let's face it, we're all secretly incredibly proud of ourselves. As we well should be.

Of course, not only writing majors are invited. If you want to hear some awesome people read some awesome words, here are the dates for the remaning #readingseries events this semester (the readings are always at 4pm):

Friday March 7th

Friday March 21st

What to Do? Four Cheap Things to Do Off-Campus


As anyone who has set foot on campus this past couple weeks can see, this is a hectic time of the semester. Papers, projects, finals run rampant. While it’s extremely important to take these seriously, though, you have to take some time off, if only to stay sane. Otherwise you’ll find yourself muttering snippets of the periodic table or reciting a litany of the theories of major literary critics under your breath, even when you aren’t studying, looking insane in the so doing. And possibly going insane, at that. While you can have a lot of fun even in your dorm or apartment (hello, baking cookies and watching Disney movies!), sometimes it’s nice to get off campus for a while, even if only for an hour. See something other than college students pulling their hair out, for once. Of course, there are plenty of things to do in Evansville…but many of them can be kind of expensive. Here are four things you can do for less than $10, to help you stay sane and relaxed during the dreaded Finals Week:


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Today, we all woke up to the wonderful news that all classes were cancelled due to the weather! Snow days at UE are very uncommon, given that the campus is relatively easy to walk around. However, the roads are dangerous today due to the ice that fell over the night.

UE Homecoming 2013

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I had a lot of fun working the Alumni Relations booth at University of Evansville Homecoming 2013! Check out their facebook page to see more fun photos from the photo booth!

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