Washington College in the News

By Caitlyn Maltese

Elm Staff Writer

The past couple of months have been very eventful for Washington College in the news. As mentioned in a previous issue, Rose O’Neil Literary House Director and WC professor Dr. Jehanne Dubrow’s collection of poems, “The Arranged Marriage,” received a glowing review in “The Jewish Daily Forward.”

However, Dr. Dubrow wasn’t the only WC community member to make the papers. Assistant Professor of English Dr. Courtney Rydel appeared in a National Geographic Documentary, Chair of the Political Science Department Dr. Melissa Deckman appeared on a W.Y.P.R (We’re Your Public Radio) programming and WC’s VP for Enrollment Management Satyajit Dattagupta was quoted in “University Business” Magazine’s April 2015 Issue.

National Geographic Documentary

Dr. Rydel, WC resident biblical expert, appeared in a National Geographic four-part documentary called “Deadly Journey of the Apostles.” The series aired the day before Palm Sunday on Saturday, March 28 from 7-11 p.m.

According to National Geographic “Deadly Journey of the Apostles,” “Explores beyond the Bible, building new biographies of the Apostles from 2,000 years of history strewn across the globe, including the latest discoveries, controversies and insights.”

The series is comprised of four sections. The first: “From the Holy Land to Africa,” the second: “Jerusalem to the North,” the third: “Messengers to the West” and the fourth: “Travelers to the East.” 

In a statement National Geographic said, “This series explores fresh evidence of the Apostles’ incredible travels. From church historians like Eusebius – to the Apocryphal Acts of Andrew – to the 13th century Golden Legend – we learn of a deadly, dangerous world – plagued by magicians, dragons, Demons, and jealous Kings.”

Along with many other courses, Rydel teaches Bible as Literature. She is also working on a current book project that focuses on “The Golden Legend,” a text the documentary often cites.

According to Dr. Rydel’s WC profile, the text is “a collection of saints’ lives that became one of the most popular medieval books.”

She calls it understudied and argues that it contributes “in important ways to models of gendered behavior and women’s piety, to the history of biblical translation and publishing, and to the development of authorial identity and tradition in English literature.”

Her current book project, “traces the British reception and translation of ‘The Golden Legend.’”

Watch the episodes online at www.nationalgeographic.com or tune in to the National Geographic Channel to catch the second episode Thursday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m., the third episode Saturday, April 18 at 8:30 p.m., or the fourth episode on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. For full show times check their website.

N.P.R. Affiliate W.Y.P.R.’s The Midday Show

On Thursday, March 26, Dr. Deckman appeared on “The Midday Show.” According to an email sent out to the WC community, “The Midday Show” is, “a public affairs show on N.P.R. affiliate W.Y.P.R. in Baltimore.” Dr. Deckman talked on the show’s “Midday Politics” segment, “O’Malley 2016?”

Dr. Deckman is no stranger to public affairs programs on public radio and television. She has previously appeared on “The Midday Show,” and is a “Midday” contributor on politics, and has also been cited in the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun and The Christian Science Monitor.

Nearing the presidential primary in Maryland, the podcast takes a look at, “former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s recent statements and appearances in early-primary states, Hillary Clinton’s anticipated announcement and recent problems, and the field of potential candidates on the Republican side,” according to W.Y.P.R.

On the show, Dr. Deckman claimed that, “[O’Malley] is getting a lot of national attention this week because the media loves a story. What’s really boring is, ‘Hillary Clinton is going to win the nomination. Let’s have the same story for months and months on end.’ They’d rather have a fight.”

Dr. Deckman pointed out how “Obama and the Clinton campaign was a great rivalry. It was great politics. It was great fun for the media—so, they are angling for someone for Hillary Clinton to have some sort of opponent. So, right now, the only other person who is really being serious is Martin O’Malley.”

“Anything’s possible,” she said. “But at this point, I think he’s still a longshot.”

To listen to the full 41-minute podcast, go to http://wypr.org/post/midday-politics-omalley-2016

University Business Magazine

Dattagupta was quoted in an article that appeared in “University Business Magazine’s’ April 2015 issue. The article “Higher ed’s one-on-one approach” by Dawn Papandrea outlines six ways that colleges can “customize outreach to potential students.”

According to the article, colleges must: 1) go granular 2) perfect the timing 3) be a good listener 4) create student communities 5) go back to basics, and 6) enlist help from all. In the fifth section that focuses on going back to basics, Papandrea cited how the “old-fashioned approach” is working wonders for WC.

Dattagupta said, “We’ve really doubled down on who we are. Instead of using a gimmick, we have one-on-one interactions.”

The article mentions how a couple of years previously, Dattagupta decided to end WC contracts with outside marketing consultants and bring the school’s marketing back in-house. It also notes the personal touches WC adds to make students feel more at home such as personalized notecards, personalized parking-spot reservation signs for visiting prospective students a hand-delivered acceptance letter from George Washington himself.

“Most students are so inundated with technology and emails,” Dattagupta said to Papandrea, “That they actually get pleasantly surprised when they get the age-old notecard. They know there’s a real person behind the message.”

According to the article, from 2013-2014 to 2014-2015, WC applications were up 30 percent. This article praises WC for itsw “marketing wisdom in an age of customization.”

To read the full length article, go to: http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/higher-eds-one-one-admissions-approach.

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