Did you hear?... Mark Jenkins recipient of McGaw-Hull Endowed Chair in Creative Writing

Mark Jenkins, Outside magazine's Hard Way columnist, is the first recipient of the McGaw-Hull Endowed Chair in Creative Writing in the University of Wyoming Department of English.

Mark Jenkins, Outside magazine's Hard Way columnist, is the first recipient of the McGaw-Hull Endowed Chair in Creative Writing in the University of Wyoming Department of English. A retired Laramie grade school teacher, who prefers to remain anonymous, donated the new endowment to honor one of her former sixth grade students, Keith Hull. Professor Hull, a scholar and playwright, taught in the English Department, and served two terms as chair, from 1969 until 2000. Because the donor left her home state of Missouri to teach in Wyoming, her endowment sponsors a writer living West of the Mississippi to teach a one-credit course in the English Department every two years. "I feel extremely honored to receive the endowed chair in the English Department," Jenkins said. "The award is especially important to me because I graduated from the University two decades ago with the basic tools to make my way into the world. Now I have the chance to pass on what I've learned." The Chair recognition comes as Jenkins' latest book from Simon & Schuster, The Hard Way, is being released. The Hard Way is a collection of his monthly columns for Outside magazine, which explore the meaning and joy of the physical, outdoor life.


Did you hear?... Mark McCarroll to leave Osprey

Mark McCarroll, Osprey's customer service manager, will be leaving the company after eight years to head up the Recreation Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Taking on the task of filling Mark's shoes is Phil Schmitt, who has worked in all aspects of customer ...read more

Outdoor: Did You Hear?...

>> Every now and then, we receive highly creative prose from subscribers who, because of a loss of brain power or computer power, forget the keys to open their SNEWS news. We received the following recently that deserves printing. May you all be so creative when requesting we dig ...read more

Did you hear?... Jim Meyers to venture full time into writing and photography

SNEWS® received the following email from Jim Meyers, a subscriber, friend and pr coordinator for Outdoor Research / Wild Roses yesterday: Effective May 31, I will be venturing full time into the realms of writing and photography which, I am constantly told, are horrendously ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

For the week of Feb. 8-14 >> In the ongoing infringement and false advertising lawsuit filed by Icon against Nautilus in the Utah District Court in August 2002, a five-day jury trial has been set for March 14. A final pre-trial conference is set for Feb. 15 with Judge Tena ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?…

For the week Oct. 26 to Nov. 1 >> Have you seen the Tom Hanks movie, "The Terminal," where a visitor from a make-believe Eastern country gets held in the JFK airport because his country had a military coup while he was in the air and it basically doesn't exist? In the opening ...read more

Did you hear?... Stevie Sidener is the recipient of the Nikwax DWR Award

Officials from Nikwax Waterproofing Systems announced that sales representative Stevie Sidener of Alpin Sales is the recipient of the prestigious Nikwax DWR (Damn Wonderful Rep) Award for 2001. The award is extended to the entire Alpin Sales team, a sales representative agency ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Thanks to a press leak (damn those inquisitive press folks!), Deal.com broke the news that J.P. Morgan & Co. had begun shopping Marmot for a reported $125 million figure. Insiders have told SNEWS® that they doubt Marmot will go at the current asking price as it far exceeds the ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of Dec. 7-13 >> Just in case you'd begun imagining that the fitness industry wasn't paying much attention to the outdoor market, ACE (The American Council on Exercise) fires off a wake-up call with its fitness trend predictions for 2005. ACE surveys more than 3,000 ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Katina Geralis, owner and founder of specialty retail group Leisure Fitness based in Delaware, is featured in the February 2004 issue of Delaware Today magazine (www.delawaretoday.com). The story, called "A Perfect Fit," details how the University of Delaware PE major was ...read more