Fri, Feb. 28

Encore Evening for 'Ginny' Chanda Thursday

‘Ginny’ Chanda

‘Ginny’ Chanda

CLARKDALE -- The public is invited to join Yavapai College as they honor Virginia "Ginny" Chanda at the annual Encore Evening with Emeritus Faculty Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Verde Valley Campus Community Room (M-137).  

Ms. Chanda will read selections from her novel Psy Mind: Deadly Reckoning.

A question-and-answer session will follow the reading. Guests will enjoy the free evening's conversation, desserts and refreshments. 

The event will mark the third year that Yavapai College has hosted an Emeritus evening.  

The idea was created in response to many Universities' concept of the "last lecture."  Distinguished faculty are nominated and selected by committee.

They are then invited as a distinguished emeritus for an encore lecture. This evening is a chance to see the contributions this individual made both inside and outside the classroom and have an open discussion of stories, teaching strategies and current projects.  

Ginny Chanda has over a 30-year history with Yavapai College, starting in 1979. Hired as a full time English faculty, Ginny taught a range of courses from Composition to Creative Writing to Shakespeare.

Around 1990 Ginny segued into Liberal Studies and from there she became the Division Chair for the newly formed Division One.

It was in this capacity that Ginny was exposed to Cambridge University, after acting as one of the faculty sponsors for an honors program trip to England.

Ginny continued to attend summer school at Cambridge alternating between Shakespeare and History. Ginny retired in 2006 and has embarked on the retirement project of writing novels

Ginny moved to Arizona from her hometown of Chicago after having received her Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor's degree from DePauw University in Indiana.

For more Information on the Emeritus Evening, please contact Jason Whitesitt, English and Humanities Faculty, at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus, 634-5463.

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