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DEILing You In (1990-2008)

Our alumni effort, which began in 1990 under the Directorship of Braj Kachru, was spearheaded by Laura Hahn (1986) and me. At that time, our MATESL program was in the unit called DEIL, Division of English as an International Language. From that acronym we created the name of our newsletter for alumni, DEILing You In (DYI), as documented in the Spring 1990 issue of DYI. It was our intent that the publication would keep MATESL alumni informed of happenings on campus and in the lives of fellow alumni.

In Fall 2008, DEIL merged with the Department of Linguistics. With the final issue of DYI in Fall 2008, that era in our alumni effort came to an end. A new era began in Spring 2010 with the publication of the the Department of Linguistics Newsletter for Alumni. In the interim, we did not lose interest in our MATESL alumni. Quite the contrary! Your ranks continued to grow--now exceeding 1240--and we continued to collect tidbits about our graduates. The Spring 2010 issue of the Newsletter for Alumni took over where DYI left off and allowed us to renew our regular contact with you.

Thanks to the 1999-2000 editor of DYI, Jean Czaja, we still have our Alumni Update Form that gives you a way to keep us informed of changes in your email and postal addresses and of developments in your personal and professional lives. I hope you will avail yourself of this opportunity to feed us the latest scoop.

A complete record of DYI is available in this archive. While it was being published, the newsletter was distributed with the email addresses of alumni. Out of a concern for privacy, we do not include such contact information in the PDF documents here. As always, if you wish to locate a classmate, please send your inquiry to me, and I'll let you know what contact information we have (unless the classmate has asked that the email address be used only for notification purposes). This is a courtesy extended to MATESL alumni only.

Please stay in touch. Let us hear from you so you can keep on hearing from us!

Our best wishes,

Wayne Dickerson, Chair
Alumni Relations & Capital Development Committee
dickerson at

Past Volunteer Editors of DYI

From the beginning of DYI, we were fortunate to have the generous help of the following talented editors. They are all MATESL alumni, except for Wayne Dickerson, who served as interim editor during one period. Thanks to them all!

Fall 1990 - Spring 1993

Laura Hahn, founding editor

Fall 1993 - Fall 1994

Portia Williams

Spring 1995 - Spring 1999

Anna Kasten

Fall 1999 - Spring 2000

Jean Czaja

Fall 2000 - Spring 2001

Wayne Dickerson

Fall 2001 - Fall 2008

Patti Watts