Last week the CRDM program welcomed its newest PhD candidate in Kati Fargo, the first member of her cohort (2008) to clear the prelim exams hurdle. Kati’s reading areas addressed material rhetoric, multimodal composition, and sound studies while her committee consisted of Susan Miller-Cochran (chair), Chris Anson, Vicki Gallagher, and Carolyn Miller. Kati now moves on to
a zombie movie marathon her dissertation, titled “The Sounds of Rhetoric, the Rhetoric of Sound: Listening to and Composing the Auditory in Writing.”
Kati’s early success comes as no surprise to those of us who know her solid work ethic, a work ethic that helped her pass with flying colors and without any addenda.
Need more convincing that Kati is unflappably determined to work and stay ahead? She broke her thumb just a few weeks before her first written exam date and still wrote nearly 70 pages worth of answers with a cast on. 70 pages. 9 functioning digits. She’s like the grad student equivalent of “Rookie of the Year.”
12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, whose late father was a minor league baseball player, grew up dreaming of playing baseball, despite his physical shortcomings. After Henry’s arm is broken during a little league game, the tendon in that arm heals too tightly, allowing Henry to throw pitches that are as fast as 103 mph. Henry is spotted at nearby Wrigley Field by Larry “Fish” Fisher, the general manager of the struggling Chicago Cubs, after Henry throws an opponent’s homerun ball all the way from the outfield bleachers back to the catcher, and it seems that Henry may be the pitcher that team owner Bob Carson has been praying for. (IMDB)
Yup. Exactly like that.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to make outrageous bets with a shady bookie in the hopes that I too can be blessed with superhuman keyboard skills and a remarkable talent for hyper-focus. (I’ll probably just end up with broken thumbs. Hrmph.)
A heartfelt congratulations to Kati from us all!
***Update: Kati’s chair, Dr. Susan Miller-Cochran, had this to say about Kati’s exams process:
Kati’s committee was impressed with the thoughtfulness of her responses to her exam questions, and we’re equally excited about the promise of her dissertation, an ambitious but ground-breaking study of sound in composing. Kati’s work has already garnered the attention of leading scholars in new media and composing, and I’m confident that her current study will prove to be an important contribution to the field.