[Steering] Happy New Year!
Barbara F. McManus
bmcman at optonline.net
Mon Jan 24 12:57:21 MST 2011
The Consortium has exactly $4,304.75 in the bank. We would at least
need to meet online as a Board to decide on a grant.
Cynthia, congratulations on the book and projected symposium. You may
be interested in an article I posted online, "The Nature of VRoma's
<http://www.vroma.org/help/virtualenvironment.pdf>. Also, Daniel Jung
and I have an article on VRoma entitled "Romans Can't Carry Coins in
their Togas" coming out in a volume of the proceedings of the 2009 Greek
and Roman Games in the Computer Age conference. Best, Barbara
On 1/24/2011 1:31 PM, Lennie Irvin wrote:
> Hi Cynthia,
> Congrats on the new prospects for Lingua MOO and Highwired. That
> sounds great.
> Barbara would know the details, but I believe we have something like
> $4K left in our bank account. Not much. I don't believe we have funded
> anything for a while, so I am interested in using these funds or a
> part of them to help with your endeavors.
> The problem may be that our board has been dormant for so long that
> its members many not truly be members. It may take reforming the board
> for us to act in any sort of legitimate way.
> On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 6:12 PM, Cynthia Haynes
> <cynthia.haynes at gmail.com <mailto:cynthia.haynes at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Lennie and all,
> Jan and I wish you all a Happy New Year, too! And we're very
> sorry to hear about your illness, Barbara, and send you our
> thoughts and prayers during your treatment and recovery.
> Congratulations to Dr. Irvin!!!! We're thrilled you have finished
> this chapter in your life and know that great new beginnings await
> you! We continue to hope that the EnCore Consortium thrives, but
> know that our ability to work on it ebbs and flows. Jan is up for
> tenure next year, and has been consumed with completing his book.
> I'm helping with research and formatting, as well as a ton of
> other projects. Happily, Jan learned that MIT Press offered him a
> contract for the book, so he's hard a work on revisions due next
> Now for some other good news and some questions for you all.
> Last fall, Markku Esklinen and Raine Koskimaa (editors of the
> Cybertext Yearbook for the past 10 years) invited me and Jan to
> co-edit a sequel to our collection of essays on MOOs (also 10
> years ago), /High Wired/. The occasion will be the 10th year of
> Cybertext Yearbook, and the 10th year of the 2nd edition of /High
> Wired/. The goal for the volume will be to revisit the role of
> 'text' in virtual worlds. While Second Life has of course
> introduced 3D graphics to synchronous learning, to some extent it
> is nothing more than a MOO all grown up. And while a few MOOs
> continue to thrive, and the technology keeps working even as
> browsers and operating systems get updated, we think the time has
> come to re-inject the scholarly conversation with another look at
> educational MOOs in the context of the 21st century. We will be
> sending some invitations to potential contributors soon.
> In conjunction with this volume, we want to hold a working
> symposium for the contributors, as well as resurrect Lingua MOO
> later this spring. For that we need funds. We are working on a
> grant application, but those funds (if awarded) would not be
> received until next year. In the interim, we wondered whether the
> Consortium is interested in contributing. If this is possible, we
> would write a proposal to the Consortium. We would also like to
> ask Dr. Lennie Irvin to both contribute to the /High Wired/ sequel
> volume, and attend the working symposium (dates to be determined).
> If not for your generosity in seeding the Consortium from your
> family foundation, EnCore would not have thrived for all these
> years beyond version 4.0. Both of these goals, the book and
> symposium, would of course help to perpetuat the Consortium.
> Please let us know your thoughts on these possibilities and
> Best wishes,
> Cynthia and Jan
> Lennie Irvin
> Assistant Professor, Dept. of English
> San Antonio College
> Co-Director, San Antonio Writing Project
> PhD in Tech Comm and Rhetoric, Texas Tech Univ.
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Barbara F. McManus, Professor of Classics Emerita
The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY 10805
Co-Director, The VRoma Project
<bmcman at optonline.net> or<bmcmanus at cnr.edu>
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