Honoring Mary Jo Turley

A note from our editor in chief, Dr. Mickey Harris:

turleyIn its earlier incarnation as the Writing Lab Newsletter, the publication was put out through Purdue University, until Purdue ended its connection. But during that time, some of you who subscribed to WLN and/or sent in submissions for possible publication may have interacted with Mary Jo Turley, our secretary, who handled subscriptions, manuscripts, etc. I was saddened to learn that Mary Jo passed away in a traffic accident earlier this month. And while I don’t like to be the bearer of such sad news, I realize that some of you may want to join me in honoring the memory of a truly good woman whose humanity and grace—and sly humor—were constantly present in her work.

After Mary Jo and I both retired, we’d meet around town and always vow that we’d have lunch together soon, but that didn’t happen as often as it should have. Such a reminder of our mortality as well as the need to appreciate people around us—those whom we work with, whom we personally enjoy being with, and whom we depend on to keep on doing the great work that they do.

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Byron L. Stay’s Retirement Roast, by Carl Glover

Byron back in 2008

Byron back in 2008

I am the Rev. Dr. Carl Glover, and I am a writing center evangelist.  I have been blessed for the past 23 years to serve under the leadership of my mentor, colleague, fishing buddy, friend, and fellow evangelist, Dr. Byron L. Stay.

For more than 30 years, Byron Stay has spread the Writing Center Gospel to the far corners of the earth.  You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has done more to advance the Writing Center Movement.  One might call Byron the “Billy Graham” of the Writing Center World.

His list of accomplishments are legion:

  • Founding member of MAWCA as well as the National Writing Centers Association (now IWCA).  Served as President of both organizations.
  • Co-edited several W/C books, wrote numerous articles pertinent to W/Cs.
  • Founded the NWCA (now IWCA) Press
  • Winner of the Distinguished Service Award (the W/C world’s equivalent of the purple heart)
  • Has run 18 marathons with more on the way
  • Avid motorcyclist, chess player, and a fine trumpet player, as he will demonstrate in a minute. Continue reading