Kevin (Hee-Seong) Lim is from South Korea and a Fulbright scholarship grantee. He received his B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from Chungnam National University (CNU) in South Korea and he is pursuing Master’s degree in English literature at Iowa State University. His interest areas are contemporary American fiction and Film Studies.
Josh Prindle received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Iowa State University. He returned there to pursue his Master’s degree and is currently in his second year as a graduate student. His current research involves Wilkie Collins and the representation of opium in the author’s works. In his first year as a graduate teaching assistant in the Speech Communications Department, Josh enjoys not only teaching Speech Communications 212 but also learning pedagogical strategies with his fellow teaching assistants, and various other shenanigans along those lines. Josh’s research involves Victorian literature, but he also enjoys science fiction and contemporary literature.
Ashleigh Mills is a MA student in English literature. Previously, Ashleigh earned her BA in English Education from Iowa State University in 2011. She stayed with the university as Science Bound’s summer program’s Language Arts instructor teaching literacy and composition to Des Moines Public School students (9-12). Currently, she teaches English 150 and is working on completing her thesis. Research interests include 20th century Modernism, F. Scott Fitzgerald, comedy/drama.
Brenda Tyrrell graduated summa cum laude from Iowa State University with a B.A. in English and Classical Studies, as well as a World Film Studies minor. She has presented papers at multiple conferences on topics ranging from film analysis to Steampunk. She is a first year MA Literature candidate, teaches English 150, and is an active member of Sigma Tau Delta. Her current research areas involve critical theory and late Victorian/Edwardian literature. More specifically, she is interested in H.G. Wells and disability studies, a topic she anticipates her thesis will cover. She is also interested in looking at what constitutes a female heroine in Wells’s early novels in relation to the New Women Movement. In her “free time,” Brenda enjoys reading and researching not only H.G. Wells, but other late Victorian writers as well, such as Oscar Wilde and Grant Allen. She also loves watching and critiquing movies with her daughter, walking and bicycling, as well as exploring and creating new ways of vegan cooking.
Imelda Wistey is a second year M.A. student in English Literature and an English 150/250 instructor. This fall semester, Imelda co-teaches an Honors Seminar on The Hobbit with current grad student and instructor, George McCollum. Imelda received her BA in English and a minor in Classical Studies from Iowa State University, ultimately deciding to pursue her Master’s degree at Iowa State as well. Her research interests involve the power of narrative: how stories, such as mythology, fairytales, and legends, from different cultures and time periods, written or spoken, have a basis in human experiences and how stories are interrelated. She also enjoys Gothic literature and hero narratives and hopes to apply these elements in her thesis.
While pursuing her Master’s degree, Imelda also volunteer coaches for the Iowa State Women’s swim team and continues to swim competitively, training under head coach, Duane Sorenson as a post-grad athlete. As an undergrad, she competed for Iowa State from 2011-2014, accumulating 68 wins during her college career, receiving All-Conference and All-Academic honors, as well as representing Iowa State at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and 2014 NCAA Championships. She remains the school record holder in the 100 breaststroke and was the previous record holder in the 200 breaststroke. Recently, Imelda became a member of the Philippine National Team. She competed internationally for the Philippines in Singapore at the Southeast Asian Games this past June, earning a bronze medal as a member of the 400 Medley Relay, and reset the Philippine 50 breaststroke national record. Her goal is to race in the 2016 Rio Olympics for the Philippines and other international competitions in the future.
Dividing her time between her roles as a student/teacher and athlete/coach requires determination and persistence. Therefore, Imelda believes that her desire to succeed as both an academic and an athlete helps her balance her time as she strives for her goals. She is grateful to Iowa State University for the opportunity to pursue her passions.