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Students anticipate Soundings debut

Soundings, Oklahoma Christian University’s annual literary arts journal, prepares to unveil this year’s work to showcase artistic student talent at the Unveiling tomorrow night.

The journal serves to promote a creative outlet for students, faculty and alumni submitted works of literature and visual art. The Soundings journal is published annually through the Department of Language and Literature and the Rho Mu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.

The artwork submissions for the journal began in early January. Then, the staff members participate in an anonymous voting process to decide which submissions will be included in the journal. Although not all pieces are accepted, the staff wants to remind students of art’s subjectivity.

Kalie Palmer, a senior English writing major, is this year’s Soundings senior editor. According to Palmer, the journal’s purpose is to eliminate academic binaries for a greater sense of community across majors.

“Our goal is to let everyone see what we’ve been working on all year,” Palmer said. “Soundings is always a community effort between those on staff and Oklahoma Christian as a whole. We like to take this time to show off the talent at Oklahoma Christian.”

Cami Agan has been the Soundings sponsor for the past three years. Agan said the journal creates a deep impact on campus with each issue.

“The journal is a way of bringing all students who value creativity together from all departments into a single volume,” Agan said. “Soundings is a great way to introduce people to the kinds of talent we have on campus. We give copies to prospective students and to alumni as a way of connecting people to the department.”

This year’s staff includes Kalie Palmer, Sydney Scott, Ian Jayne, Megan Madison, Sheila Ellis, Laine Weatherford, Angela Stevenson, Cynthia Knox, Kevin McGuire, Tori Willis, Lisa Pergi and Paige Fisher.

Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the Soundings staff worked to produce the journal featuring works of individuals throughout the Oklahoma Christian University community. Senior English writing student Weatherford said she is especially excited that Soundings added a musical dimension to Unveiling.

“I am especially excited to hear our musical submissions,” Weatherford said. “Campus musicians submitted recordings and we selected a few to perform at the event.”

Freshman journalism student Paige Fisher said she is looking forward to the community aspect Unveiling provides.

“I am most excited for Unveiling because I want to see the journal,” Fisher said. “I think it is going to be a really fun time for everyone to gather together and appreciate the artwork and literature created by their classmates, professors and alumni.”

The Unveiling will be at the Refuge April 8, from 7-9 P.M.

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