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Students selected for prestigious literary conference

Released: 03/28/2005

Four LSU Alexandria students will present papers this week at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference on the campus of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

The students will be among the 250 college students from across the nation hand-picked to present their writings at the four-day NULC conference.

Since it was organized in 1985, the NULC has attracted some of the finest undergraduate students from every state to present their papers and hear some of the most important writers in contemporary literature.

To be selected, the students had to submit a sample of their creative writing or literary criticism. Students were notified earlier this semester whether their work had been accepted.

LSU Alexandria students scheduled to attend the conference are John Cady and Cory Rice of Alexandria, Diane Ehresman of Fort Polk and Gabriel Guillory of Plaucheville. Student Janae Borman also was selected to present her paper, but she is unable to attend.

The trip is being funded by donations from friends of LSU Alexandria. This is the third year the University has sent students to the conference.

“The fact that our students have been accepted to the conference indicates that their work is nationally competitive. It is an exciting time to be at LSU Alexandria because we have the chance to work with dynamic and intellectually stimulating students,” said Dr. Arthur Rankin, assistant professor of English.

The conference begins Wednesday, March 30, and concludes April 2. In addition to hearing presentations from their peers, participants will hear from several literary masters, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Norman Mailer.