The Gong – Volume 1, Number 4 October 2017 – Shorter University

From the Editor’s Desk

Hello all!

Can you believe the middle of the semester is here already? The years seem to be going by faster and faster; I’m thankful for a fall—a time when life seems to slow down. I’m not sure how many brain cells I have left due to this season of midterms, so I’ll leave you with the more wise and coherent words of Rainer Maria Rilke on fall.

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.” –from Letters on Cézanne

Keep pushing onward!
Hannah Cauthen

Spring 2018 Registration Dates

October 30th—Traditional Seniors, Juniors, Education majors, and Honors Students (60+ credit hours)

November 6th—Traditional Sophomores (30-59 credit hours)

November 13th—Traditional Freshman (0-29 credit hours)

Student Achievements

Three students recruited to submit to literary publication
Alayna Welker, Kristin Towe, and Anna Lundy were recently contacted by Z Publishing House to submit poetry to their “Best Emerging Poets Series.” This collection will feature a book from each state featuring the best up and coming poets; the best will be selected from these poets and their work will be collected into a book for the whole country. The publishers recruited these students by discovering their work in The Chimes—all the more reason to submit!

Abi Valdes awarded scholarship for essay
Senior Early Childhood Education major Abi Valdes was awarded the William W. and Catherine M. Kelley scholarship for an essay she submitted. The essay was written for a class conducted by Dr. Bost, Assistant Professor of English.

Nathan Gaydosik explores Europe through study abroad
In the Spring of 2017 I had the privilege of studying at the American Business School in Paris with VERITAS Christian Studies abroad. The program was a tailor-made fit for me, as I was able to take classes for my Human Resource Minor, French, and participate in a Missions Practicum. While I was there to study, I learned more from daily life than I ever learned from books or classes. Daily extracurricular activities included visits to the Louvre, the Musée D’Orsay, the Musée des Invalides, attending Ballet at l’Opéra, plays in the Latin Quarter, and naturally walking the streets of the most beautiful city in the world. I dined like a Frenchman in our host home nearly every night, experiencing the wonders of French cuisine, blissfully picking up a bagu

ette from the boulangerie in between our metro stop and our apartment, experiencing the French joie de vivre.

Though the cathedral of Notre Dame is the epicenter of the city, Christ or any religion is not, and the Church must strive to be a presence in the everyday lives of the people. The Leys, IMB missionaries in Paris serve the Senegalese population of Paris, by providing love, support, and community and by presenting the gospel as often and clearly as t

hey can. The most incredible blessing during my time in France was the opportunity to walk alongside the life and mission of the Leys and yet somehow call that “school”. I cannot overstate the profound impact Paris had on my worldview, my education, and my faith. I implore each American to invest some time in visiting not solely France, but any European country, and to learn from them, because I guarantee it will add value to your life.


Featured Student Poem

A Blustery Day
Kristin Towe

There is a force–invisible
that dances through the air
it tiptoes over blades of grass
and flings far out my hair

There is a force as sweet as fall
before it fades away
and in this force we place our hopes
and fears for all our days

There is a force surrounding me
as I wander my ponderous path
and it is the force that picks me up
and carefully puts me back down

And as the days depress me
as days are wont to do
I feel the force surrounding me,
the old becoming new

The Chimes—Submissions due December 1st

To find more info on submissions and to submit your work, please click here.

Faculty Papers and Presentations

Dr. Marcia Bost

“From Dissertation to Book.” Rhetorical Society of America workshop participant. University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN. 25-27 May 2017.

“The Unboxing of Teché: Thinking Outside the Algorithms.” Workshop coordinator with Xiaobo Wang, Georgia State University. Computers and Writing conference, University of Ohio-Findley, Findley, OH. 1-4 June 2017.

Dr. Julie Pond

“The Timeless Book: The Past, Present, and Future of Margaret Wise Brown.” Presenter. Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference. Tampa, Florida, June 22-24, 2017. Session 7D.

Department Organizations and Publications

English Club

Presidents: Jessica Lee and Katherine Tate

They read. They write. They eat doughnuts.

For an English lover, a club doesn’t get much better than that.

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The Chimes

Editor-in-Chief: Hannah Cauthen

An esteemed group of students dedicated to the creation of a first-class literary magazine.

Named after the very magazine that they create, this prestigious organization has been operating for over 130 years. In only the past couple of years, The Chimes has made extraordinary strides in the fields of literature and art, one of their greatest accomplishments yet being the bold transition to an online format.

To see The Chimes 102nd edition, visit

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Sigma Tau Delta

President: Madison Hunt

The Shorter English Department’s honor society.

Sigma Tau Delta consists of highly skilled students dedicated to gaining knowledge and experience in the fields of English and literature. Induction into the honor society begins during a student’s sophomore year of college.


Drawing of sheep with bell around neck.



An English departmental newsletter dedicated to the celebrated success of students.

Each semester, professors submit the best essays from their first year composition and other writing classes, and the best of the best are selected by committee.

Click here, if you would like to see previous winners and the newsletter itself.





PancakesThe Breakfast Club

Every Friday at 8 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Rome Hall, Room 105

Join us for a literary morning to discuss books we are reading in class, enjoy lively discussion, and partake of food, fun and fellowship with your Shorter classmates.

SouthWord Literary Festival

November 3rd and 4th
Chattanooga, TN

A festival featuring 40 members of the Fellowship of Southern Writers ready to share their writing knowledge! There will be workshops, panel discussions, book signings, and more.

Sigma Tau Delta Induction

November 14th, 7pm
Location: TBD