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King University News :: Submissions Requested by for QEP Writing, Photography, & Graphic Design Contest

King’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) committee is calling for submissions for the first ever QEP Writing, Photography, and Graphic Design Contest. The contest is part of the upcoming week-long celebration of QEP, which will take place Oct. 6-9. The contest is open to students, faculty, and staff.

“We are working to bring an awareness campus-wide to the idea of quality enhancement,” says Kim Holloway, associate professor and chair of Technical and Professional Communication and director of Quality Enhancement Plan. “QEP represents the best practices for the King community. One way of thinking of QEP is as our signature curriculum improvement project on campus.”

The Quality Enhancement Plan describes a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue(s) related to enhancing student learning. In 2007, King University faculty determined the QEP topic that would have the broadest impact was improvement of written and oral communication skills. For the next five years, the same topic will be retained. However, a new focus will be announced during the upcoming QEP week.

“With the topic of written and oral communication at the core of QEP, a contest involving writing, photography, and graphic design is a perfect fit,” says Holloway. “In addition, because New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb will be our featured speaker, focusing on Appalachia as the theme for the contest is appropriate.”

McCrumb will spend time during the week with several classes on the main campus in Bristol as well as give an evening lecture on writing, which will be free and open to the public.

King students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to enter their submissions for the contest. Written entries may include poetry, fiction, or non-fiction short stories, 500 words or less. All entries, whether written, photographic, or graphic design must have an Appalachian theme resonating through the work. Sharyn McCrumb will judge all submissions. The winners for each of the three categories will be announced at a picnic for the King community on Thursday, Oct. 9 on the Oval. The three winners will each be awarded $50.

All entries for the contest are due by Monday, Sept. 29 and should be hand delivered to Kim Holloway’s office located in room 107 of Bristol Hall. Entries may be placed in the box just outside her office door as well.

For more information on the QEP writing, photography, and graphic design contest contact Kim Holloway at 423.652.6326 or