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Muskingum College Professors Publish Books in 2005

In 2005, three Muskingum College faculty members published well-received books in their academic fields. They are Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jane Varley, Associate Professor of Art Yan Sun, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Sandra Schroer.

JANE VARLEYFlood Stage and Rising, written by Dr. Jane Varley, tells the story of a catastrophic natural disaster from Varley’s deeply personal point of view. In April of 1997, Varley was living in Grand Forks, North Dakota. That town was devastated by a once-in-a-lifetime flood that led to a month-long disaster, and the book is Dr. Varley’s account of both the town’s and her own struggle to survive and rebuild both the town and the spirits of its residents. The book was published by the University of Nebraska Press.

“Dr. Varley has the eye of a poet, with a true poet’s effervescent acuity for the natural world, and she weaves a lovely metaphor for herself and the countryside of her passion in this thoughtful, defining memoir with a story as gripping as a novel,” said Larry Woiwode, author of Beyond the Bedroom Wall and What I Think I Did, in his review of the book.

Dr. Varley is the advisor of First Circle, the college’s annual literary magazine, and teaches writing and literature. In 2003, she received the William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Idaho and her doctoral degree from the University of North Dakota.

SUN, YANLife. Time. Space. Paintings by Yan Sun is the latest volume of work by Yan Sun. A total of 66 paintings are featured in this book, published by the William & Elizabeth Hayden Museum of American Art.

“That Yan Sun will continue to build on his already significant maturity and continue to produce masterful works of art is without question,” writes William deG. Hayden, M.D., Hayden Museum of American Art in Paris, Texas, in the book’s foreword. “The view has the unusual experience of being able to enjoy the picture twice, immediately for its technical merit and subsequently for its explanation of content,” Dr. Hayden continues.

Professor Sun received an M.F.A. degree in painting and drawing from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He earned an M.A. degree in art history from the Xi’an Art Institute, and a B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, China. In 2001, he received the William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching.

SCHROERDr. Sandra Schroer, assistant professor of sociology, is the author of State of “The Union”: Marriage and Free Love in the Late 1800s, published in October 2005 by Routledge.

Dr. Schroer joined the Muskingum faculty in 2004 and earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Her research is focused on multiple aspects of human sexuality and gender.