Category: Central Washington.

In case you care?

I highly doubt that anyone actually cares about my course curriculum, but I do and I’m super excited to start classes! So I figured I’d post the classes I’ll be taking over the next two years for everyone to see.

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Theatre Studies Specialization required courses:
In addition to the MA core of 15 course credits, students must complete the following:

Master of Arts – Theatre Core

Required Core Courses Credits: 15

Component 1: Research and History Credits: 11

Component 2: Dramatic Literature Credits: 10

Select 10 credits from the following courses:

Component 3: Focal Area Credits: 9

Select a minimum of nine credits from the following:

Component 4: Foreign Language   <— Ay caramba! I guess I need to brush up on my Spanish.

In order to place students in the best position possible for entry into nationally recognized PhD programs, a minimum of two years of at least one foreign language at the undergraduate level with a minimum grade of B or better in all terms is required. This may be completed prior to admission or while enrolled in the Theatre Studies program.

Total Credits: 45

The Plan.

The plan from the beginning…

When I graduated from FSU, I knew I wanted to go to grad school for theatre studies. Since schools only admit students for the fall semester, I made the decision that I’d get a job (one that I could like enough, but not one I’d love. I didn’t want a job to prevent me from returning to school). I would work for a year or two and then go to school.

Well, I did end up in a job that was okay enough. Although, any interest I might have had in banking or the banking industry left me at least six months ago. I also got an internship at a local theatre, to get some production experience and reconnect with the world of theatre.

In the meantime I researched and applied to several graduate school programs for theatre studies.

Cut to the present.

I put in my two weeks notice at the bank. My last day is August 21st, which couldn’t possibly come any sooner. I’m waiting to find out when my last day of Doubt will be, we got extended one week, with the chance of another week. As of right now, the 23rd is my last day at the theatre, although that could change to the 3oth.

On the 31st of August, my mom and I fly out to Seattle/Ellensburg to apartment hunt/sign a lease. We’ll also take care of some paperwork at the school and explore both Seattle and Ellensburg for the first time. We fly home on the 3rd of September.

I’ll be back in Florida for literally just a weekend, long enough to pack everything near and dear to me, into my car.

Then on September 7th (although it might be the 6th), my dad, Charlie and myself will take off in my little focus and spend the week driving across the country. The only definitive stop that we have planned, as of right now, will be in Nashville to visit the best friend and my second family.

So after a week on the road, dad and I will hopefully arrive in Ellensburg on Friday/Saturday the 11th/12th and spend the next couple days getting furniture and setting up the apartment. I’m not bringing any real furniture, so I’m having to buy all new stuff. IKEA here I come! Actually, I figure if I check out the classifieds, craigslist and IKEA shop, I should be able to get what I need and not break the bank.

Hopefully everything will be set up and I’ll be good to go by 16th, because dad flies home that day and I’m officially on my own!

The theatre MA students are having a bar-b-que on the 21st at one of the faculty’s house. I have an advising meeting on the next Monday or Tuesday. Then classes start Wednesday, September 23rd!

And away we go!

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Dean Cycles Across Washington to Raise Money for CWU

August 4, 2009

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — It’s a good thing Marji Morgan’s in shape. The Central Washington University dean cycles upward of 1,500 miles a summer, so her latest challenge — to ride 300 miles in five days — will be tough but not impossible.

Morgan, dean of Central’s College of Arts and Humanities, decided to ride the 300 miles in an effort to raise money for the college. She first got the idea after reading a story about another fundraiser ride held last summer for a veterinary clinic.

“I thought: I love to cycle, and this would be a fun, good way to raise money,” Morgan says.

During the trip, Morgan and other riders will travel up to 60 miles a day. They will start in Oroville, Wash., and travel through Tonasket, Twisp, Winthrop, Chelan and Cashmere. They will leave Ellensburg Aug. 29 and return Sept. 3.

“We will be cycling over two 4,000-feet mountain passes,” Morgan states. “We have a fundraising goal of $15,000. The money will go toward 10 students grants of $1,000 each and two faculty grants of $2,500 each.”

The group has already raised some money but is not yet close to its goal. People can sponsor the riders by visitng the Support Cycling for Arts and Humanities Web site on My Central.

The list of other riders isn’t final, but so far, music professor Chris Bruya is on board, as is his wife and nine-year-old daughter, who will follow the riders in a van donated by CWU. Music student Birken Owart and University Writing Center Director Teresa Joy Kramer will also ride. Alumni Association Director Jim Armstrong will join the group on the last day’s ride over Blewett Pass.

Kramer rides with Morgan on a regular basis, but she admits the trip intimidates her.

“I do ride quite a bit, but this is the longest ride I’ve ever done,” Kramer says. “But it’s a great cause. We’ll be pedaling to raise money for students and faculty. And as we travel through those areas of north-central Washington, we’ll be stopping and talking about CWU.”

Owart competes in the Whisky Dick Triathlon each year, and according to Morgan, “is the most in shape of all of us.”

“Most bike tour events require that you pay for them,” Owart says. “I can’t pass up a free tour!”

Owart started cycling many years ago and said he considers it a great way to commute. It’s also a good way for him to cross-train for cycling and running competitions.

Morgan started cycling when she was a graduate student at Tulane University in New Orleans, La.

“When I was just about to turn 50, I was determined to show myself I could still do the stuff I did in my 20s,” Morgan says. “I hadn’t cycled in a long time, but I went on a six-day bike tour through wine country, and I made it. When I moved here in the summer of 2005, I started up again. I feel much more comfortable riding here than anywhere else because there’s more room on the shoulder and less traffic.”

For more information about the event, visit and click on the Support Cycling for Arts and Humanities link

Original Article

Procrastination is not an option.

For the past week, I’ve been diligently reading Graduate Study for the 21st Century. Reading this book BEFORE going to school is probably the best advice I received thus far. That being said, I’m also freaking out just a bit. The book doesn’t sugarcoat a thing. It appears that my days will be filled with reading, writing, studying, teaching, etc. Basically, the library, Starbucks and my office will be my best friends and the only places that I’ll be hanging out. It’s okay though, because it’s what I want.

Anyway, in order to make sure that I am successful in grad school, I’ve started to envision how I’m going to handle my workload and life schedule.

  • I’m starting to try and switch myself over to a regular sleep schedule. Asleep by 10 or 11pm, up by 6 or 7am. I’m struggling at the moment, but hopefully if I keep with it for the next month or so, it’ll be a bit more natural by school time.
  • Also, there’s no such thing as homework anymore. My plan for my weekdays involves waking up at a decent time and working on reading assignments, papers, etc., regardless of when they are due. No more procrastination. If I work everyday, the workload should be way more tolerable. I hope.
  • I also need to make sure that I plan for exercise on a daily/regular basis. The author of the book actually stresses the importance of working out, both to stay healthy and keep my sanity.

I also need to work on reversing any leftover bad student habits from college. Mainly, I probably need to cut down on my facebooking, compulsive checking of e-mail and generally getting distracted. Overall disconnecting from the world (and my phone) long enough so that I can accomplish work.

I need to constantly remind myself to have trust and faith in my ideas and abilities. Silly I know, but I often question the validity of my thoughts in class discussions and my writing. It only hurts me in the long run.

Also, I want to make sure all of my teachers know me. I want to utilize their office hours early in the semester to introduce myself, so that as the semester progresses, I’ll feel comfortable asking for assistance on papers, etc.

Since I have about two months till school officially starts I’m trying to read as much as I possibly can. Today I decided to add some writing books to that list. I figure I could definitely use a grammar lesson and my writing in general could improve. Perhaps writing in this blog on a daily basis, combined with reading writing books, I’ll find my writing groove just in time to crank out some crazy long papers. Grad school, oy.

* Random Fact: CWU is on the quarter schedule, which will be an interesting transition from using the semester schedule at FSU.

That’s all for now. Happy Monday everyone!

I’m legit.

Today I submitted a picture and verfied my e-mail address to the guy who coordinates the Central Washington website. I’m now officially listed on the faculty/staff webpage. EEEEK!

Check it out!

I also got my package from Amazon. Graduate Study for the 21st Century.


It looks like a thoroughly exciting read. [Sarcasm.] Apparently it’s the book that my introduction to graduate studies class will be using. It was recommended that we read it before arriving at CWU, so this is what I’ll be reading during Doubt. I’m trying to recall all my good student practices that have been in hibernation since I graduated from FSU two years ago.  I want to do this right. I want to be an excellent student and scholar. I really think that two years off and taking classes only in subjects that truly interest me will be a big help. I’m only slightly concerned about the massive amounts of work that accompany grad school and how I probably will have zero free time. Such is life though, right?

From One ‘Burg to Another ‘Burg

I’m about to embark on one of the biggest adventures of my life, thus far. In less than two months, I’m packing all of my belongings into my car and moving to Washington state. The first big adventure will be the cross country road trip. St. Petersburg, Florida to Ellensburg, Washington… a mere 45 hours of driving and 3000 miles, just myself, my dad and my cat, Charlie. Expect lots of pictures, twitter updates, facebook status’ and the works. I’ve never seen any of the mid-western states! Then starting in September, I’ll begin life as a graduate student at Central Washington University, pursuing a masters degree in Theatre Studies. I’m extremely excited. I want to do this blog as a way to document all of my adventures and new experiences, as well as keep in touch with family and family. I think it’s going to be really interesting to move to such a different place. I’ve only ever lived in Florida. I’m taking a big leap of faith moving so far away and not knowing anyone in the area, but to me, that’s what makes it so exciting and challenging.

So here is my blog,  chronicling life adjusting to grad school, life in Washington and everything that comes with starting over someplace completely new.