NDNU Professor’s Talent Enviable in RedRavine.com “ENVY Contest”

Belmont, CA, October 22, 2009 — Students look to their professors for new perspectives, and Notre Dame de Namur part-time professor Jill Ferguson gives a new perspective on envy in her poem “Like Paul”, winner of RedRavine.com’s “ENVY Contest”, held in association with Out of The Blue Films. Ferguson was announced as the contest winner on Tuesday, September 29.

Ferguson’s poem will be featured in an upcoming documentary about envy, produced by Out of The Blue Films, an independent documentary company based in New York City. “Like Paul” examines the flip side of envy, and how it destroys those toward whom envy is directed. Ferguson wrote the poem specifically for the contest, drawing from the experiences of people she knows.

“I was so excited when I found out. I was bouncing off walls,” said Ferguson. “I thought it would be interesting to show the other side of envy. We don’t know how it affects people who are envied. It’s not something that is victimless.”

RedRavine.com posted the “ENVY Contest” on June 11 and accepted entries through August 15. The website asked for a variety of entries about envy, including essays, short stories, poems, paintings, photographs, and music. In addition to using her poem in its upcoming documentary, Out of The Blue films awarded Ferguson with an Amazon Kindle.

Ferguson teaches in the School of Business and Management at NDNU, and is chair of the General Education Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has published three books, has contributed to four and edited eight, and has written over 800 articles. She has her M.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis from NDNU, and her B.S. in Communications from La Roche College in Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit redravine.com, outofthebluefilms.com, and jillferguson.com.