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University to celebrate 15th annual issue of “Ampersand” at April 19 reveal

(April 11, 2017) – On Wednesday, April 19, Carson-Newman University’s Appalachian Cultural Center will host a celebration for the reveal the latest issue of “Ampersand.” Free and open to the public, the 4 p.m. event will be held in the University’s Appalachian Cultural Center.

“Ampersand,” an annual journal published by the University’s English and Art Departments, features the work of student editors, poets, photographers, designers, and artists. The publication is the result of a collaborative effort of students under the direction of Professor of English Dr. Susan Underwood and Professor of Art Julie Rabun.

“Dr. Underwood and Professor Rabun have worked tirelessly to direct, lead, and encourage students from across the disciplines,” championed Dr. Jennifer Hall, director of the Appalachian Cultural Center. “What a wonderful closing event to celebrate the hard work, learning, and creativity of this academic year.”

““Ampersand” is not only a celebration of creative energy and diversity, but it also provides a wonderful forum for cross disciplinary collaboration,” explained Rabun. “In the space between the many lines of poetry and prose, students have learned the nuances of making a cohesive and meaningful document that leaves a footprint of their brief presence at Carson-Newman. The experience has been and continues to be a vital and rewarding testament to the importance of the creative arts.”

Underwood adds, “This year’s “Ampersand” is our 15th annual issue. Yet again, Carson-Newman’s talented students have edited, designed, and collaborated across disciplines to publish a sample of the creative arts being fostered on our campus. We are so proud of the work this team of students has accomplished.”

The event caps an Appalachian Cultural Center spring line-up that has included readings by celebrated authors Cahal Dallat, Anne-Marie Fyfe, and William Woolfitt, as well as a ceremony recognizing Steve Dean, Creator of the Heartland Series, as the 2017 Outstanding Educational Service to Appalachia Award.

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The University has over 2,600 students and offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.

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