The Department of Geography celebrated the GISDay with collaboration with InforGraph and SurveyTEQ by inviting 29 10th graders to teach them about GIS and the geoinformatics and its roles in many disciplines. Dr.Reem Al-Kharouf, the head of the department, spoke to the participants and welcomed them. She stated that this event is a good example of the cooperation between the University and local community. She advised these students to major in applied sciences such as Geography and mentioned that Geography as a disicipline and GIS in particular might offer them great opportunities in their future careers. The coordinator and the head of the organizing committee, Dr. Rana Jawarneh also explained the goals of this celebration and inclusion of school students, announcing that this Day will be an annual tradition and the department is looking forward to expanding the level of participation by inviting more companies and speakers. Many activities were held ranging from lectures by InfoGraph and SurveyTeq into Geocaching activities. At the end of the event, the participants were recognized by Dean of the Faculty of Arts. InfoGraph and SurveyTEQ also distributed goody bags for the students. The organizing committee for this event included Dr. Rana Jawarneh (Chair), Dr.Reem AL Kharouf (member), Dr. Khaled Hazaymeh (member), Dr. Areej Refai (member), and Dr. Ali Megbil (member

The Department of English has organized a workshop titled “Finding Your Research Path in Linguistics”. The workshop, which was presented by Dr. Osama Omari, aims at making the graduate students at the department more aware of the standard methods of research in theoretical and experimental linguistics. Part of the goal was also to provide students with some tips and strategies in how to write a good thesis proposal, especially as many of them are about to start working on their thesis research. It is worth mentioning here that this session is part of a continuous series of workshops organized by the department to support the academic and professional success of its students.

Invited by the Department of English Language and Literature at Yarmouk University, Dr. Richmond Eustis, a visiting Fulbright Professor, gave a talk titled "Ecocriticism: A View of the Pastoral in American Literature."

Dr. Eustis explained that Ecocriticism is still a new field in Literary and Cultural Criticism. According to him, Ecocriticism focuses on studying the place, environment, nature and land in different literary and cultural texts. Besides using class, gender, ethnicity, and identity to approach and analyze a literary text, one can use environment and nature when analyzing a literary and cultural text, according to Dr. Eustis. 

He also talked about the development of this critical and cultural field, and the opinions of critics, as some view it as essential in the field of cultural and literary theories while others do not. In addition, he mentioned its practical and theoretical foundations as well as its textual and rhetorical manifestations in the study of literature and culture.

Moreover, Dr. Eustis tackled the concept of pastoral literature and its classifications: classical pastoral literature, critical pastoral literature that is critical of urban life, and ideal pastoral literature that glorifies the pastoral and rural life and neglects the hardships that rural people encounter.

In a Q & A session, moderated by Dr. Abdullah Al-Dagamseh, Dr. Eustis addressed various questions raised by the audience. The chairman of the Department of English Language and Literature, Prof. Yousef Bader, the Faculty members of the Department, and some students attended the talk.

Students at the Department of Modern Languages took part in the global literary contest—The Goncourt Prize (French: Le prix Goncourt) —recently held in Beirut. The contest was organized by the Middle East office of Francophone University Association (French: Agence universitaire de la Francophonie) for the year 2015. Dr. Batool Muheisen—the contest's coordinator at the Department of Foreign Languages—indicated that the award is interested in French Literature and is given by Goncourt Academy to the best prose work in four literary forms: Novel, Short Story, Poetry, and Biography. Dr. Muheisen stated that Yarmouk University represented by a team of students from the Department of Modern Languages has participated in the first part of the contest held in Amman in the presence of Salwa Nacousi—Education and Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy (French: Attachée de Coopération universitaire).   Students had to choose the best novel among 15 novels written in French to win the Goncourt Prize. Luckily, Our team chose Mathias Énard's Compass  (French: Boussole) which won the Goncourt prize for the year 2015: the final stage of the award was held in France.
As declared by Dr.Muheisen,Yarmouk University represented Jordan for the first time in the second stage of this contest which was held in Beirut earlier this month. This participation sheds light on one of the important goals of the University, represented by its administration and professors, which aims at encouraging its students to read French Literature. On the other hand, professor Yusuf Abu Al-udous, dean of the Faculty of Arts, asserted that it is important as well as a privilege for Yarmouk University to represent Jordan in this global contest. Such kind of participation in international contests and programs gives students the opportunity to compete against and alongside other students in scientific and literary contests. It also allows them to gain experiences that help them have more social and academic adjustments through employing their newly acquired experiences in their academic achievements.    
 
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