Volume 42:01

August 27th, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:01)
Chair: Jackie Stallcup Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon

Well, we are all sweating a bit (perspiring for the dainty among you) so it must be the end of August and it must be the start of a New School Year.  I hope we have all had our Wheaties or Caffeine in whatever form you take it and are ready for the challenges, frustrations, and riches of a New Year.  The Best to Us and to Our Students.

Announcements

 

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The wonderful arrival of Joseph DeGraffenreid June 12, 2015 (6 pounds and 8 ounces and 19.5 inches)–Happy and Healthy!!! Congratulations to Michele DeGraffenreid and Garret!

Nicole Eschen Solis (previously Nikki Eschen) as of June 10, 2015–a small beautiful ceremony on the beach in Kauai. She married her partner Alex Solis. Congratulations to Nicole and Alex!  Nicole now teaches at East Los Angeles College.

and Complimenti to Jackie — she will be the Special Assistant to the Dean during the Spring Semester,   we shall miss her

Donors to the English Department:

The family of Thomas Matthew Magness (who graduated from the English Honors Option San Fernando Valley State in 1968 with a passion for writing) have decided to establish a fund for graduate student travel to conferences between $1000–$2000 per year. He passed away this year, and his sister and her husband want to honor him.

Dorothy Rankin, one of our longtime lecturers who passed away last year, left $20,000. in her will.  Her dear friend Faye Hogan added $5000. to create the Dorothy Rankin Endowment Fund for professional development opportunities for lecturers (with 1 year and 3 year appointments). Dorothy continues to Give.

Irene Clark and her husband Bill have established a $50,000. endowment for the Irene Clark Fund for Rhetoric and Composition.  This fund will provide an award for an essay written for the Rhetoric and Writing minor or the Rhetoric and Composition Masters degree. It will also provide grants for graduate students in the Rhetoric and Composition option to present a paper at conferences in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy studies. Irene, with her husband, continue to nurture and encourage in her chosen field–her passion.

Such generosity and paying it forward! How wonderful for Rhetoric and Composition students, Graduate student travel, and Lecturers.  Bravo!

Reminders

Freshman Convocation Thursday Sept 10 6:00 p.m. Oviatt Library Lawn/Keynote Speaker-David Levithan, author of Every Day –the Freshman Common Reading for 2015.  Come if you can.

Although we are nearing the end of the week, let’s remember that the students are still in the driver’s seat in terms of adds.  If there is a spot they can take it, so let’s be careful to not overuse permission numbers and accidentally fill our classes to the brim. Next week, we can safely add with permission numbers.

Frank De La Santo recently sent us the Beginning of Semester Notices which provide useful tidbits on offices hours, attendance policy, faculty absences, keys, copying, etc.  Sometimes there is new information and sometimes, we might want to peruse it once again to help ourselves find out how to do something or avoid problems.

Our Staff is Really Wonderful and I like to let my students know not to contact the office to find me or ask questions because the staff has enough to do. And the students can email me, even at 3am, although I don’t answer until the next day.

If you want to post something in Thursday’s Notes, do send RosaMaria an email.

Opportunities

Aug 29th 4-7 opening reception for Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby curated by Charles Hatfield who encourages you to drop by anytime (CSUN Art Calleries).  He and Michele also invite you at 7:30 to his house for an informal get together at their house 18101 Kinzie Street  (just two blocks from the Galleries). RSVP for after party and email Charles for further info.

The Friends of the Oviatt Library are calling for submissions for their inaugural San Fernando Valley Award for Nonfiction (to recognize and promote important contributions to written work about the San Fernando Valley).  Works in the categories of history, social and behavioral sciences, physical and life sciences, biography and autobiography, and nonfiction humanities must be received by December 1, 2015.  An award of $750.00 with an Honorable Mention of $250.00 will be presented.  For more information, see http://library.csun.edu/Friends/nonfiction-award.

Faculty Workshop  Thursday Sept 17th 3-5 pm   Rooting Out Unconscious Bias  in Sierra Center/Colleagues Room.  Facilitators: Meryl Marshall-Daniels and Marcella De Veaux will address how Unconscious Bias can show up during hiring or as new faculty join CSUN and explore the parameters of this issue.  To register email marcella.deveaux@csun.edu

The West Valley Regional Branch of LA Public Library will be hosting a panel in Sept/Oct on Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman.  If you are interested, contact Daryl Maxwell though I know some of you already volunteered      dmaxwell@lapl.org

The Youth Policy Institute is looking for part-time Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Academic Tutor for Pacoima schools.  $11.00-$13.00 hr/20-25 hours weekly. Looking for currently enrolled or college grad who has completed freshman English, Algebra II or equivalent.   http://www.ypiusa.org    to apply

The Youth Policy Institute is also looking for a part-time Gear Up Lead Tutor $13.00-15.00/20-25 hours weekly.   www.ypiusa.org    to apply

Achievements

The U.S. Department of Education has approved a continuation award for Enchao Shi and Lulu Smith (Foreign Languages) for their project “Promoting and Expanding Access to Modern China Studies at CSUN” for $57,691.  (a small part of the much larger grant). The first year of the project went so well that it was extended.  Congratulations Enchao and Lulu.

Martin Pousson’s short stories “Two-Headed Boy” (Antioch Review) and “Feathers” (Epoch) will be published in Fall issues.  Another short story “Father Fox” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award. His invited essay on the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will be published in The Advocate in September. From the Advocate to the Grand Opening of the new Pride Center in the USU–Martin will be a featured speaker.  Onward to Comic Con–Long Beach–he will be a featured panelist on LGBTQ genre literature. Always in Motion Martin–Good Work.

Noreen Lace’s poem “The Kiss” will be published in the August/September issue of Pilcrow and Dagger. A Hearty Congratulations!

Nate Mills has two pieces out recently– “Playing the Dozens and Consuming the Cadillac: Ralph Ellison and Civil Rights Politics” Twentieth Century Literature (61.2 2015) and “Writing Brotherhood: The Utopian Politics of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man” in Lineages of the Literary Left (U of Michigan 2015). His monograph, moreover, Figure in Rags: The Lumpenproletariat and the Black Marxism of Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Margaret Walker is under contract with U of Massachusetts Press. Impressive, Nate!

Jared Thomas (MA CW 2014) has been accepted into the USC Sol Price Graduate School of Public Policy. Happy Studies!

Zachary Jensen (BA CW 2015) founded Angel City Review, an online Literary Magazine.  Check it out at   http://www.angelcityreview.com

And More Success for Prior and Current Creative Writing Students!

Mike Browne’s (BA CW 2015) short story “Ritual” was published in USC’s  Fractal Magazine

Teresa Cordova (BA CW 2015) had two poems “The Art of Opening Up”and “Whine and Whiskey Solution”  published in Angel City Review

Ros Perez (BA CW 2014) had two short stories “Mouse” published in New Legends Anthology and “Plague” in My Favorite Apocolypse Anthology

Thea Manalang (BA CW 2015 and current MA student) has been named the new Fiction Editor of Angel City Review and also had a story “The Lighter” published in Angel City Review

Douglass Weissman (BA CW 2009) was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Family Matters Short Story Award for “The Silent Riot of Waiting”

Kudos to All

 

If a note is missing, I attribute it to being tech challenged and I thank those who patiently gave of their time, energy, and knowledge so this could come out instead of being buried in the dregs of August.

until another thursday~

Volume 40:33

May 13th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:33)

1. Announcements

Thursday’s Notes is delighted to publish this special issue that showcases the myriad achievements of our students and alumni.  We wish them continued success in their academic, scholarly, and professional endeavors!

Kimberly and Ian Carroll celebrated the arrival of Cassandra Teaman Carroll on March 30.  Cassandra weighed in at 7 lbs 14 oz at birth.

Emily Olsen and husband Casey welcomed their new child into the world, Kiera Elizabeth, on May 10 (Mother’s Day). Kiera weighed in at 8 lbs 13 oz at birth.

Congratulations to the fortunate parents of both families!

Come and hear the creative writing students of 698D read from their final work.  The event will begin this evening at 5:45 p.m. with refreshments and conviviality in the Linda Nichols Joseph Room (JR 319).  The reading will commence at 6:00 p.m. Class books will be on display and are also available for ordering.  Please join us for a festive and enjoyable evening.

If you can’t make today’s reading, members of the class and other alumi will be reading at Stories Bookstore in Echo Park on May 24 (Memorial Day). Look for details in the coming weeks and plan now to make CSUN Creative Writing part of your Memorial Day celebration.

The English Department cordially invites you to our Student Recognition and Awards Reception on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in  (JR 319). Presentation of the awards starts at 4:30 p.m.  The Reception precedes the College of Humanities Graduate Graduation Ceremony at 6:00 p.m.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. This event is sponsored by the CSUN English Department and the Associated Graduate Students of English.

Elyce Wakerman will discuss and read from her novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, Friday, May 15, as part of a fiction showcase at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, CA.  The program starts at 8:00 p.m.

2. Reminders

Grades are due by Friday, May 22.  Jackie Stallcup, the English Department Chair, has requested that all instructors do their best to get grades in by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday May 21. Friday is essentially the start not only of summer, but also of the Memorial Day weekend, and it may be difficult to sort out any last minute problems that might arise.

3. Opportunities

Editing job.  A registered nurse and former CSUN graduate student, Joie Winnick, is seeking an editor to do some light editing for a book she wrote and illustrated.  If interested, please contact her at 818/783-2629 or 818/783-4684.

4. Student and Alumni Achievements

Nina Moon Ahn (M.A. 2014 in Literature) will be entering the Ph.D. program in English at Northwestern University with full funding for five years in the Fall.

Stacee Bucciarelli (née Barcelata, MA 2006) was awarded a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from Loyola University, Chicago.

Cody Deitz  (M.A. 2015 in Creative Writing) will be entering the Ph.D. program at the University of North Dakota with full funding for six years in the Fall.

Melissa Filbeck (M.A. 2014) will be joining the English Ph.D. program at Texas A & M with full funding and a Graduate Merit Fellowship in the Fall.

Noreen Lace’s story, “The Girl I Loved in Middle School,” has been accepted for publication by Number Eleven Magazine for their seventh edition (forthcoming Spring 2015).

Yollotl Lopez (M.A. 2014 in Literature) will be attending NYU with 5 years of funding (with an option of 6 years of funding if she teaches four semesters) in the Fall. She was also awarded the McCraken fellowship with an additional summer stipend for all 5 years.

Hayarpi Movsesian (B.A. 2011 Honors English and M.A. 2014 in Literature) will be joining the Comparative Literature Ph.D. program at UC Santa Barbara with six years of full funding (including summers), multiple fellowships, and a funded opportunity to do research in St. Petersburg, Russia and Provence, France, in the Fall.

Laurisa Reyes had three novels published while a graduate student at CSUN: The Last Enchanter (Tanglewood Press), Contact (Hallowed Ink Press), and The Crystal Keeper (Skyrocket Press) as well as a poem published in Camas: The Nature of the West.  She also has two poems accepted for publication in Westwind and riverSedge. She won 2nd place in the 2014 Rosemary Young Adult Romance Writers of America Contest, and she was a finalist in the 2015 Serendipity Young Adult Discover Contest. The magazine for which she is an editor in chief, Middle Shelf Magazine, was a Maggie Award finalist.

Dana Roth has been offered a paid editorial position with Creative Age Publishing upon completion of her internship this semester.  (To date this year, three English 494 interns have moved on to paid positions with their intern organizations.)

Rosalba Ruiz (M.A. 2011 in Creative Writing) has published her first book, Mary, the Mother of Jesus–a Biography.  She wrote an initial section of the biography to fulfill the requirement of her M.A. thesis.

Miles Simon (MA 2014) will be attending the Ph.D. program at the University of Rochester (with full funding) in the Fall.

Ryan Skinnell (M.A. 2007 in Rhetoric and Composition) has accepted a tenure-track position at San Jose State University as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Writing Program Administrator starting Fall 2015.

Robin Smith (M.A 2015 in Creative Writing) has been accepted to the graduate program of the University of North Dakota with full tuition remission, a teaching assistantship, a generous stipend, and health insurance.

Jenny Troy presented three pieces of writing over the past year.  The first piece, titled “Divorce,” was presented at the SAMLA Conference held in Atlanta last November.  The second piece, titled “Dating in the Digital Age” (a fictional work based on true stories), was presented at the AGSE Conference at CSUN. The third piece, titled “Environmentalism Through the Theological Lens:  Practical Applications of Christianity and Chinese Religions, an Example of How English Studies in Critical Thinking Might Move Away From the Philosophical to the Operational in Careers Outside of Academia,” was presented at the Sigma Tau Conference this Spring.

5. Faculty Achievements

Cheryl Spector gave an invited lecture for the Virginia Yerxa Community Read program in Colusa, California, on April 25. Her talk was entitled “Out Far and In Deep: The Things They Carried.”

Thursday’s Notes is edited and compiled by Anthony Dawahare.

Volume 40:32

April 29th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:32)

1. Announcements

The end of the semester is only 3 weeks away, and IT has determined the following Grading and Exam Dates:
· Instructors may begin entering grades Friday, May 1.
· Finals week is Saturday, May 9 – Friday, May 15.
· Students can begin viewing grades on the Portal starting Friday, May 15.
· Grades are due by Friday, May 22.

Jackie Stallcup, the English Department Chair, has requested that all instructors do their best to get grades in by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday May 21. Friday is essentially the start not only of summer, but also of the Memorial Day weekend, and it may be difficult to sort out any last minute problems that might arise.

2. Reminders

English Majors and M.A. students in the Literature Option: if you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may apply for the Dr. Susan Curzon Scholarship Award in the amount of $2,000. You must submit two letters of recommendation. The deadline is May 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Apply at: csun.starsscholarshipsonline.com/STARS/Default.aspx.

The deadline for submitting materials for the Spring 2015 Student Awards is today, April 30., by 4:00 p.m. Please submit hardcopies to ST 706. For more information on the awards, see http://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/awards-prizes.

3. Opportunities

Paid Freelance Writer Position. The Discovery House, a residential drug treatment facility in Reseda, is looking for someone to write approximately 40 articles of about 500-750 words each on the subject of drugs, addiction, and treatment. If interested, contact Nancy J. Abrams at (818) 479-7229 ext. 317 or NAbrams@TheDiscoveryHouse.com.

4. Achievements

Irene Clark gave a talk on April 16 at Soka University titled “Academic Writing and the Issue of Transfer.”

Irene Clark was a keynote speaker on April 24 at the Second Annual Critical Transitions Conference at Woodbury University, “Rhetorical Transfer and Visualization.” Her presentation was titled “Writing Transfer Across Disciplines.”

Stephanie Satie, one of our lectures and alumna, has been awarded CSUN’s Exceptional Creative Accomplishments Award. She will be honored at The Honored Faculty Reception on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the USU Grand Salon. Please click this link to open the invitation flyer: http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/hfr-flyer.pdf. Please click this link to RSVP by May 11: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/honored-faculty-reception-rsvp.

Stephanie Satie’s latest solo play, Silent Witnesses, is published as part of Indie Theater Now’s digital theatre library. It can be read digitally at www.indietheaternow.com/play/silent-witnesses.  Stephanie performed the play on Wednesday, April 22, at Antelope Valley College.

Thursday’s Notes is edited and compiled by Anthony Dawahare

Volume 40:31

April 15th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:31)

1. Announcements

Interested in a career in the law? Come join us next Monday, April 20, to hear our last Careers in English speaker, Wendy Whiteford. Wendy is an intellectual property attorney and Vice President with Amgen, Inc., and will talk to us about her career in law. There will be time for questions and answers, so if you’re considering law school, join us in Jerome Richfield 319 (The Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room) from 12:30-1:30 on Monday, April 20.

2. Reminders

Faculty and staff are invited to a discussion of David Levithan’s novel Every Day, CSUN’s 2015-2016 Freshman Common Reading. Today, April 16, our own Kent Baxter will discuss the book with a special focus on Young Adult literature (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in SH 439, CIELO). For more information or to RSVP: call x6535 or see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/events/facultystaff-book-discussions-every-day.

3. Opportunities

Attention English Majors and M.A. students in the Literature Option: if you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may apply for the Dr. Susan Curzon Scholarship Award in the amount of $2,000. You must submit two letters of recommendation. The deadline is May 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Apply at: csun.starsscholarshipsonline.com/STARS/Default.aspx.

Wanted: Pablove Development and Events Intern. Are you interested in learning valuable development and event management skills and fighting childhood cancer with love? Then we want to meet you! Projects include: assisting with and attending fundraising events, researching potential corporate and in-kind donations, administrative tasks related to Development (e.g. mailings and filing), and grant research and some grant writing (no grant writing experience necessary, but writing experience is preferred). We are looking for someone who is detail oriented, has exceptional organizational skills and takes initiative on assigned projects. This internship will give you insight into how a growing non-profit approaches their development strategy. Enthusiasm and a passion for the cause is a must. You must live in or be willing to relocate to Los Angeles. To apply: Email your resume and cover letter to internships@pablove.org.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews reviewed Settler Common Sense by Mark Rifkin for Transmotion, a new, online journal that examines the works of American Indian critical theorist Gerald Vizenor and also works by others through a Vizenor lens. Scott also serves on the journal’s editorial board. In March, Scott chaired a panel titled “Red Reader Response,” and he participated in a panel of recent creative works at the Native American Literature Symposium in Albuquerque, N.M.

Bob Chianese’s poems, “Mud,” “Fire Bug,” and “Friendly Fire,” formed parts of the 2014 Ventura County Museum of Art exhibit: Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fires. An essay he wrote became gallery wall statements, and he gave a poetry reading in the gallery. He also just published a revised, digitally printed edition of Hall Canyon Suite: Photos and Poems of an Unsettled Place. His essay “How Can Art Move Us Beyond Eco-Despair?” will be published in the forthcoming May/June 2015 issue of American Scientist magazine.

Irene Clark gave a talk on April 1 at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. It was titled “Academic Writing and the Issue of Transfer.”

Janet Cross, Kathy Leslie, and Stephanie Satie are recipients of the University Ambassador’s Polished Apple Award. The Polished Apple Award is an honor to all faculty/staff members that have made a difference in one of the University Ambassador’s academic careers here at CSUN. The award ceremony will take place from 9:30am-12:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Grand Salon, USU.

Anthony Dawahare published “’La Poesía Sorprendida’ or the Surrealist Poetic Imagination Against Neocolonial Dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, 1943-1947” in the South Central Review, the official publication of the South Central Modern Language Association. (Special Issue on Dada, Surrealism and Colonialism, Spring 2015).

Nate Mills presented “Marxist Historical Form and the Black Reconstruction of the Southern Past” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in Seattle. His article “Ralph Ellison’s Marxism: The Lumpenproletariat, the Folk, and the Revolution” appears in the current issue of ​African American Review.

Laurisa White Reyes, one of our graduate students, has had accepted for publication two poems (crafted in Dr. Hall’s 609 course last year): “Yours and Mine” in UCLA’s Westwind and “Born Again” in riverSedge Literary Journal. In addition, her novel manuscript, “Memorable,” was just named among the top 20 finalists in the Young Adult Discovery Contest sponsored by Serendipity Literary Agency.

Steve Wexler presented his paper, “Reason-Risk-Cohort,” at the 2015 College Composition and Communication Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Beth Wightman spoke on “”Our Own Islands: Halford Mackinder and the Modernist Island Vernacular” at the Rethinking Irish Modernisms Conference, cosponsored by the UC Santa Barbara Center for Modern Literature, Materialism, and Aesthetics and the Southern California Irish Studies Colloquium, on April 4. At the end of March, she presented “Is e´oil´n na hEíreann? Ellis ni´Dhuibhne’s The Bray House and Speculative Geopolitics” at the annual American Conference for Irish Studies meeting in Ft. Lauderdale.

Volume 40:30

March 25th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:30)

1. Announcements

On Wednesday, April 15, Drs. JC Lee, Santosh Khadka, and Iswari Pandey will conduct a panel presentation of their research work. The event is titled “Transfers & Transactions: Globalization, Multiliteracies, and Higher Education” and will take place from 2:15-4:00 p.m. in the Colleagues’ Room of the Sierra Center. Leaders from Sigma Tau Delta, Associated Graduate Students of English, Critical Theory Club, Graduate Reading Series, and Northridge Creative Writing Circle will help to host. Please join us in celebrating the vital research work of our newest faculty members.

Faculty and staff are invited to a discussion of David Levithan’s novel Every Day, CSUN’s 2015-2016 Freshman Common Reading. On Wednesday, April 15, Dr. Mark Stevens (University Counseling Services director) will focus on themes related to empathy-building and diversity (12:30-1:45 p.m. in SH 439, CIELO). On Thursday, April 16, our own Kent Baxter will discuss the book with a special focus on Young Adult literature (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in SH 439, CIELO). For more information or to RSVP: call x6535 or see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/events/facultystaff-book-discussions-every-day.

2. Reminders

The SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Summer 2015 Student Writer Scholarship is now open. Please share this invaluable opportunity with your students. Each year the SCBWI sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program. This is an invaluable opportunity for young writers! SCBWI is now accepting applications for the 2015 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, July 31-Aug. 3. Deadline: April 15, 2015. Visit http://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/student-writer-scholarship/ for the application process.

3. Opportunities

Call for Papers: the American Association for the Advancement of Science–Pacific Division will hold a Symposium in the Science and the Arts and Humanities Section on “Coping with Climate Calamities: How the Humanities and Social Sciences Might Cure Our Eco-despair.” Date and place: June 14-17, 2015, at San Francisco State University. The symposium seeks papers and presentations about efforts in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that address underlying psychological disturbances that originate from dread over far reaching climate disruption. Please check the AAAS-PD website for more information about the 2015 meeting itself and for detailed instructions for submitting an abstract: http://associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/2015SANFRANCISCO/index.html. Also feel free to contact the organizer, Robert L. Chianese (one of our Emeritus Professors of English), at rlchianese@gmail.com. Due date for abstracts: April 10.

BKi is currently looking for someone with good communications skills to help support Marketing, Education & Outreach for energy efficiency programs at BKi, focusing on single-family home energy efficiency retrofits. The new candidate would have the opportunity to learn about what our state and county are doing to promote green living. They will get to participate in both the nitty-gritty program implementation by staffing, for example, information booths at local festivals and fielding homeowners questions, and in higher level communications by supporting, for example, the development of communications strategies that are reviewed by our state regulators. For more information, see http://www.bki.com/careers.html.

Granada Hills Charter High School is currently interviewing for Academic Tutor positions. $15/hour. Tutor students in a variety of academic subjects, assist students with the development of study skills, and mentor students in the areas of academics and college preparation. Applicants must submit their resumes to mpalafox@ghchs.com and their available schedule. For more information, call Maribel Palafox, AHA/Parent Engagement Supervisor, at 818/360-2361 (extension 315).

4. Achievements

Irene Clark gave a presentation on Friday, March 20, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, Florida. Her talk was titled “Threshold Concepts, Antecedent Genres, and Risk Aversion.”

Scott Kleinman was awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant. For more information on his achievement, please see http://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/news/professor-scott-kleinman-awarded-digital-humanities-start-grant.

Martin Pousson sold a new short story, “Feathers,” to Epoch for its upcoming issue. Two other stories, “Altar Boy” and “The Fox in the Trap,” have just been published in the current issues of Five Points and StoryQuarterly. All three stories are from his upcoming novel, Black Sheep Boy.

Linda Raider Overman, one of our alumna and lecturers, is featured in an article published by the University of Cumbria, where she recently earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing. For the full story, please see http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/Public/VCO/Documents/Communications/Publications/Connect/2015Spring.pdf.

Elyce Wakerman will be reading from, discussing, and signing her novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, at Diesel Bookstore on Sunday, March 29 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Diesel is located in the Brentwood Country Mart at 225 26th Street, Santa Monica.

Volume 40:29

March 11th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:29)

1. Announcements

The AGSE annual conference will take place this Saturday, March 14, from 9:00-4:30 p.m., in the University Student Union. This year’s conference will feature 40 academic papers and presentations by CSUN graduate students and undergraduate students, as well as scholars from CSU Fullerton, CSU Dominguez Hills, and the Otis College of Art and Design. There will also be a panel of CSUN freshmen. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Viet Thanh Nguyen, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Southern California. A well-known and respected theorist in the areas of Asian American literature and culture, ethnic studies, and transnationalism, Professor Nguyen is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002) and the novel The Sympathizer (forthcoming from Grove Atlantic). A program for the conference is located outside the mailroom for your perusal. The conference website can be accessed at https://agsevoyages.wordpress.com/conference-program/.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will host a reading and talk by celebrated poet Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen, named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the LA Times Book Award. Citizen has generated much media buzz, and the NCWC is thrilled to host Rankine at CSUN, in partnership with Sigma Tau Delta, Associated Graduate Students of English, and the Critical Theories Club. The reading is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m., and is free and open to all.

The Careers in English speaker series continues this month with speakers on writing and publishing. On Monday, March 9, Olivia Herstein spoke about organizational communications and the explosive growth of custom magazine publishing; on Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 25, we welcome two more speakers from the field of publishing. Watch for flyers and save the dates! All sessions will be in JR319 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Professor Dorothy Barresi presents a reading by award-winning SoCal poets, Judith Taylor, Patty Seyburn, and Kim Young. The poetry reading will take place on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in JR319 (Linda Joseph Nichols Room). It is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of English and the Northridge Creative Writing Circle.

CSUN and Moorpark College professor and esteemed literary scholar Jeff Baker will discuss the complex and dynamic politics in the novels of Thomas Pynchon. See more at: http://ciapps.csuci.edu/events/Event/Details/143871#sthash.x0SFGVFB.dpuf.

2. Reminders

It’s time to Apply for a Beck Grant! Pitch your innovative learning-centered instructional project and receive funding up to $6000. Proposals for the 2015-16 Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects (aka, Beck Grants) are due March 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. and can be submitted to UGS in UN 215 or emailed to facdev@csun.edu. Click here for more information.

The due date for the College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program for Fall 2015 is tomorrow (Friday, March 13, 5:00 p.m.). For more information, see http://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activites-and-research.

Faculty Development is designing a campus-wide workshop in April to discuss academic integrity on our campus. This is especially important if you teach larger classes and online or hybrid courses. How can CSUN encourage a culture of integrity amongst our students? How can you design higher-level thinking questions to discourage cheating? Consider attending the half-day workshop on Academic Integrity. Faculty Development will pay a small stipend of $100 for your time. Date: April 17, 2015. Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Place: Oviatt Library Presentation Room. Space is limited. Please RSVP your willingness to attend to facdev@csun.edu or click here for more information.

3. Opportunities

The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Department of American Studies, Brown University, seek a postdoctoral fellow in the Digital Public Humanities. Digital humanities often results in projects open to the public, and public humanities work increasingly takes advantage of digital tools to reach and interact with broad audiences. The Center seeks a postdoctoral fellow to help explore the connections between the two fields. This postdoctoral fellowship is a full-time salaried appointment ($50,000) with excellent benefits and research/project support funds each year. It is open only to recent Ph.D. recipients; the fellow must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2015 and no earlier than June 2011. The appointment will be for two years. Please submit a C.V., three letters of recommendation, a sample of public work, and a dissertation chapter before March 13. Here’s the link: http://apply.interfolio.com/28477.

The SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Summer 2015 Student Writer Scholarship is now open. Please share this invaluable opportunity with your students. Each year the SCBWI sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program. This is an invaluable opportunity for young writers! SCBWI is now accepting applications for the 2015 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, July 31-Aug. 3. Deadline: April 15, 2015. Visit http://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/student-writer-scholarship/ for the application process.

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2015 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. Important: the AAP is pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. For more information please contact Leilani Hall at (818) 677-3428, leilani.hall@csun.edu or Dorothy Barresi at (818) 677-0911, dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

Dear Service Learning Faculty: the grant cycle for service learning grants is opened. All part time and full time faculty may apply for a grant for the 2015-16 AY. The due date for the completed application is April 3, 2015. There are two new grants for this year: 1) Course development grant Summer Institute ($1,000). This grant will be designed as a 2-day summer workshop to revise a current course into a service learning course. Summer Institute is scheduled for June 2nd and 3rd. 2) Discipline Based Grant ($4,000). This grant has been redesigned to include course redesign at the Summer Institute in June 2-3 ($1,000). For more information, see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/community-engagement/grant-opportunities.

4. Achievements

Cheryl Spector gave an invited lecture titled “Investigation, Imagination, and Invisibility: Longbourn and Nickel and Dimed” at the Santa Monica Public Library on March 3, 2015. The lecture was part of the spring program for Santa Monica Reads 2015. For more info see http://smpl.org/Longbourn2015.aspx and / or http://www.smgov.net/Main/News_Tab/2015_Santa_Monica_READS_features_Longbourn_by_Jo_Baker.aspx.

Volume 40:28

February 25th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:28)

1. Announcements

This Spring’s Careers in English speaker series welcomes speakers from a wide range of interesting career fields. Mark your calendars for the following: March 9th: Marketing and Communications; March 18th: Traditional Publishing; March 25th: Online and Web Publishing; April 20th: Law. All speakers will be in the Linda Joseph Nichols Reading Room, JR 319, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Watch for flyers, and save the dates!

Cheryl Spector invites faculty and staff to participate in a facilitated discussion of David Levithan’s Every Day, the 2015-2016 Freshman Common Reading at CSUN. For details or to RSVP for one of the discussions, see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/events/facultystaff-book-discussions-every-day. (Free copies of the book are available on request to Cheryl, while supplies last.)

CSUN Graduate Student Awards applications are available now and we ask that if you have any outstanding graduate students to encourage them to apply for the following awards: Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students for excellent scholarship and creative activity. The award will support a project that is part of a master’s program. Award criteria include a project description, two faculty letters of recommendation, and willingness to provide a brief presentation of the project at the ARF annual brunch. Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. The determining factors for the award are based on a record of distinguished scholarship, a minimum GPA of 3.5, and contributions to the field. The award recipient will be announced at Honors Convocation. The applications for these awards are available on the following website: http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/student-awards. The deadline is March 16 by 5:00 p.m.

2. Reminders

On March 6, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in JR 319, Dr. Henry Oster will visit Dr. Linda Overman’s class to discuss his Holocaust experience. “Even in Hell, there is hope,” writes Dr. Henry Oster who was five years old when Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. His recently published book, The Kindness of the Hangman (Higgins Bay Press, 2014), tells this gripping tale of the 2,011 Jews who were rounded up by the Gestapo and deported from Cologne, Germany. Oster is one of only two people still alive to tell their story and was recently featured in The Los Angeles Times: “On Holocaust memorial day, a survivor remembers” at http://lat.ms/1EOqqrx. For more information, please contact Dr. Overman at linda.overman@csun.edu.

The CSUN Composition Book Fair will be held on March 9 & 10, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Sierra Tower 703. Join us as our textbook publishers showcase their newest composition materials. All faculty are welcome. Free books and food.

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in the Madden Library at Fresno State is conducting a new conference on censorship. “Outlawed: The Naked Truth about Censored Literature for Young People,” held April 10-12, 2015, will feature some of children’s literature’s best and brightest stars: Jacqueline Woodson, Lesléa Newman, Matt de la Peña, Leonard Marcus, Margarita Engle, Michael Cart, plus nearly 35 panel presenters from across the United States and abroad. They will examine censorship in children’s literature from numerous angles. Sherman Alexie will kick off the conference with a presentation on April 9 at 7:30 in the Fresno State Satellite Student Union. For more information, please see their website at www.outlawed2015.com, or email jcrow@csufresno.edu or call the Center at 559-278-8116.

The Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project grant deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015, by 4:00 p.m. Make sure you plan ahead as you’ll need signatures from your chair and from your dean’s office. Check out the faculty development website for more information: http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/faculty-development-grants.

Tethered by Letters 2015 Winter Literary Contest is calling for submissions in 3 categories. Tethered by Letters publishes writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in TBL’s Fall 2015 Quarterly Literary Journal. Finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions accepted. International submissions also welcome! $800 in total prizes. Visit http://www.tetheredbyletter.com for detailed guidelines. Deadline: February 28, 2015.

3. Opportunities

Positions are available to teach University 100 in Fall 2015. For more information, see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/university-100/teaching-university-100. Please note that there are two announcements: one for University 100 with no specialization, and the other for University 100 for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. The two positions have slightly different requirements. You can apply for either or both (depending on your own qualifications).

Will Greer’s Theatricum Botanicum is offering equity and non-equity Auditions, Professional Internships, and a Summer Intensive Shakespeare Seminar for acting, directing, design, and art management students. For more information, see http://www.theatricum.com.

4. Achievements

Noreen Lace, an alumna from our graduate program and a lecturer, has a short story, “Dad Shining,” forthcoming in Printers Row Journal, a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune.

Angeline Olliff, one of our graduate students and TAs, is a first place winner in the 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium for her Oral Presentation “Encouraging the ‘Risks of Caring’: a Cognitive-Development Approach to Collaborative Learning in FYC Classroom.” She will be going to Sacramento to compete against other statewide winners this Spring.

Volume 40:27

February 11th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:27)

1. Announcements

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Henry Oster to CSUN March 6, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in JR 319 when he visits Dr. Linda Overman’s class to discuss his Holocaust experience. “Even in Hell, there is hope,” writes Dr. Henry Oster who was five years old when Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. His recently published book, The Kindness of the Hangman (Higgins Bay Press, 2014), tells this gripping tale of the 2,011 Jews who were rounded up by the Gestapo and deported from Cologne, Germany. Oster is one of only two people still alive to tell their story and was recently featured in The Los Angeles Times: “On Holocaust memorial day, a survivor remembers” at http://lat.ms/1EOqqrx. For more information, please contact Dr. Overman at linda.overman@csun.edu.

The first Graduate Reading Series of the semester will take place this Friday the 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in JR 319. Please come out and join us for a night of good company and good words. We are excited to feature three readers who are all at different stages of their graduate careers, with three distinct voices that will surely entertain: Lisa Jones, Jenny Troy, and Scott Martin-Rowe.

The CSUN Composition Book Fair will be held on March 9 & 10, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Sierra Tower 703. Join us as our textbook publishers showcase their newest composition materials. All faculty are welcome. Free books and food.

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in the Madden Library at Fresno State is conducting a new conference on censorship. “Outlawed: The Naked Truth about Censored Literature for Young People,” held April 10-12, 2015, will feature some of children’s literature’s best and brightest stars: Jacqueline Woodson, Lesléa Newman, Matt de la Peña, Leonard Marcus, Margarita Engle, Michael Cart, plus nearly 35 panel presenters from across the United States and abroad. They will examine censorship in children’s literature from numerous angles. Sherman Alexie will kick off the conference with a presentation on April 9 at 7:30 in the Fresno State Satellite Student Union. For more information, please see their website at www.outlawed2015.com, or email jcrow@csufresno.edu or call the Center at 559-278-8116.

2. Reminders

Please be aware of upcoming grant application deadlines. The Competition for Attending Teaching Conferences grant deadline is Monday, February 16, 2015, by 4:00 p.m. The Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project grant deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015, by 4:00 p.m. Make sure you plan ahead as you’ll need signatures from your chair and from your dean’s office. Check out the faculty development website for more information: http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/faculty-development-grants.

3. Opportunities

Jennifer C. Lee and Santosh Khadka are co-editing a special issue of Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies on “Multimodality.” For more information, see the CFP at http://jogltep.com/index.php/JOGLTEP/announcement.

The Northridge Review seeks the work of writers newly emerging on the scene as well as the work of established writers. Guidelines are as follows: fiction/creative nonfiction/drama: 5,000 words max, typed and double spaced; poetry: 5 poems max. Submit material for consideration online. Please do not include your name on the submission(s). Please do include a cover letter that includes the title(s) of the submission(s), your name, address, email, and phone number. Poets: if submitting multiple poems, be sure to include each of the titles in your cover letter. The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2015.

VI CSUN Philosophy Student Conference, a one-day student conference open to the whole CSUN community, will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. There is no need to be a Philosophy major or minor to submit a proposal or to participate in the conference. The program will be organized around the presentation of about six student papers (which will be selected by a faculty committee in a blind-review process). Each author will have 15 minutes to present, and each presentation will be followed by a commentary by a Philosophy faculty member as well as by a general discussion open to all participants. The conference program will also include, among other things, one alumni and one faculty keynote speaker, and a session with guest speakers on the relevance of philosophy in other disciplines. The conference will end with a barbecue in a nearby park. For more information, contact Professor Abel B. Franco at abel.franco@csun.edu. Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 20, 5:00 p.m.

The Upward Bound program here at CSUN is currently looking for current CSUN students to work with our high school students during their Summer Enrichment Program. They are looking for both Residential Advisors and Tutors. Any questions regarding this position can be directed to: upwardbound@csun.edu or (818) 677-2515.

Tethered by Letters 2015 Winter Literary Contest is calling for submissions in 3 categories. Tethered by Letters publishes writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in TBL’s Fall 2015 Quarterly Literary Journal. Finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions accepted. International submissions also welcome! $800 in total prizes. Visit http://www.tetheredbyletter.com for detailed guidelines. Deadline: February 28, 2015.

4. Achievements

Itiola Stephanie Jones, one of our recent alums, has been accepted into the prestigious Cave Canem Workshop. Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. For more information about Cave Canem, see https://www.cavecanempoets.org.

Lusine Makarosyan, one of our graduate students, has received an honorable mention for her poem “Summer Fruit” at the 5th Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest. Below is a link to the announcement page:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/702820/c704460907/282260927/b29d939190/. Along with the winners and 4 other honorable mentions, she will be invited to read on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California, at 8:00 p.m.

Enchao Shi was awarded a significant grant from the US Department of Education for his project “Promoting and Expanding Access to Modern China Studies at CSUN.”

Lily Thiemens, one of our graduate students, has won the national Miller Ingenuity Challenge competition, which is dedicated to revitalizing American manufacturing. For more information on the award, see http://www.milleringenuity.com/Challenge.

Steve Wexler presented his paper “Girls vs. Game of Thrones: Mapping Fantasy, the New Reality” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, January 10, 2015.

Volume 40:26

January 28th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:26)

1. Announcements

Welcome back to another fast-paced and intellectually stimulating semester at CSUN! We at the Thursday’s Notes’ News Desk are happy to publish this bottom-heavy issue, as the last section showcases the many achievements of faculty and students over the winter break. This issue also highlights many opportunities that we hope will contribute to future achievements to be published in Thursday’s Notes.

2. Reminders

The annual CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards provide faculty the opportunity to receive a mini-grant of up to $10,000 or 3 or 6 units of reassigned time to pursue their
scholarly and creative interests. The deadline for submission of applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015. Faculty may download the guidelines and application materials from the website: http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/2015-16_RSCA_Application_F.pdf.

3. Opportunities

Frog Tutoring is looking to hire part-time student tutors to work with students in the community. To learn more about Frog Tutoring, please visit their website: http://frogtutoring.com/.

CSUN’s Office of Institutional Research is offering a new opportunity for faculty who are interested in student success! The new Learning Habits Faculty Fellows program offers 6 units of reassigned time in 2015-16 as well as support for student research assistants (see attached RFP). For more information, please email janetoh@csun.edu.

The Oklahoma Review, an online journal published by the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University, will be accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry until October 15. Submissions may be sent via email to okreview@cameron.edu. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Bayard Godsave at bgodsave@cameron.edu.

4. Achievements

The Fall 2014 Awardees celebrated at the English Department Holiday Party are:

Hannah Lien (Eva Latif Award) for her essay “The Adult: The Real Children of Treasure Island.”
Angeline Olliff (Eva Latif Award) for her essay “Pierre’s Progress.”
Danielle Orozco (Oliver Evans Award) for her essay “Otherness in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: Transnational identity and the Orientalism of U.S. Cold War Discourse.”
Shetachai Chatchoomsai (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Jeannie Chen (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Jesse Clemens (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Eugenia Coronado (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Bruce Millstein (AnnaMarie Peterson Morley Scholarship)
Aryana Shokat-Fadai (Philip E. Love Scholarship)
Jacqueline Thornock (William L. Wilson Scholarship)

Brandon Krause and Jessy Cruz, English undergraduate students, have both accepted paid positions with the organizations where they served as interns (through the English 494 course). Brandon is now an associate writer with Great American Group in Woodland Hills, and Jessy will be a community representative, working with parents and students at Project GEAR-UP LA. We wish them the best in their new positions.

Nicole Gant, an English Department graduate, will receive a Heroes in Education Award on Jan. 29 from LAUSD Board of Education President Richard Vladovic. The award description states, “The principals and staff from each school in Board District 7 will be asked to nominate one individual to be commemorated at the event. Honorees could include a community member, an involved family member, teacher, staff, or any individual who has assisted in creating opportunities for student’s success or supported school-sites in any way.” Nicole teaches at Port of Los Angeles Charter High School.

Cody Deitz, one of our graduate students, had two poems accepted for the forthcoming issue of Literary Orphans, titled “Concrete, Twin Towers Jail,” and “New Religion.”

Sarah Todd-Balderas, a CSUN English Department graduate, has written an article that will appear in the February issue of California English. “Three Books Changed Everything” is about fostering a love for reading in her classroom.

Congratulations to these fine past and present students!

Dorothy Barresi’s long essay-review “Divided: Brain Theory and the Poem’s Story” will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of The Gettysburg Review. New poems, “Tenderness” and “What Those Who Qualify Receive,” appear in the current issue of New Ohio Review, and “The Lie” and “The Old Soul” appear in the two most recent issues of Nothing New, a graphic arts zine that her son’s UCLA arts collective publishes monthly (take that, peer review police!). Three of her poems will appear in the forthcoming anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond: “Security,” “Poem to Some of My Recent Purchases,” and “Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles.”

Anthony Dawahare chaired a session, “Tillie Olsen and the Location of Hope,” and presented at paper on Tillie Olsen at the MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver.

Martin Pousson just sold his new novel, Black Sheep Boy, to Rare Bird Books for hardcover publication in Winter 2015 as their flagship fiction title. A selection of stories from the novel received a NEA Fellowship in 2014. One of those stories, “Altar Boy,” will be published in the upcoming issue of Five Points, and another story, “The Fox in the Trap,” will be published next month in StoryQuarterly.

Jack Solomon (along with Sonia Maasik) published the eighth edition of Signs of Life in the U.S.A: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers (Bedford/St. Martin).

Elyce Wakerman’s new novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. For information about the book, see: http://www.amazon.com/Tale-Two-Citizens-Novel/dp/1631580140/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422318881&sr=1-1. For Elyce’s author page, see: amazon.com/author/elyce-wakerman.

Volume 40:25

December 17th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:25)

1. Announcements

Thursday’s Notes will suspend publication during the Winter break. From all of us here at the Thursday’s Notes News Desk, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

2. Reminders

Research & Graduate Studies and Faculty Development announce the Faculty Writing Initiative, four new programs to help CSUN faculty pursue their writing endeavors. From writing scholarly articles for publication to engaging in creative writing, there is a program for you! Workshops for full time faculty and lecturers from all colleges are detailed online at http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/resources-training. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and seats are filling fast.

The 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium will take place on February 13, 2015 at the USU Northridge Center. The purpose is to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines. This is a student conference featuring oral and poster presentations to an audience of students and faculty and faculty judges. Based on the recommendations of the judges, cash awards will be presented in each of the oral sessions. For the poster session, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding undergraduate and graduate posters. The online application period starts November 14, 2014 and will close December 22, 2014. The application can be accessed through the following link: https://www.csun.edu/student-symposium.

3. Opportunities

The annual CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship, and Creative
Activity Awards provide faculty the opportunity to receive a mini-grant
of up to $10,000 or 3 or 6 units of reassigned time to pursue their
scholarly and creative interests. The deadline for submission of
applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015. For the instructions and application, see http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/2015-16_RSCA_Application_F.pdf.

4. Achievements

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Dr. Linda Rader Overman, one of our alum and lecturers who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at Lancaster University in the UK last November and was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in Creative Writing this October.

Stephanie Satie received an award for Best Documentary Script from The United Solo Festival in N.Y. Also, she has been invited back to The Odyssey Theatre to perform Silent Witnesses on Sundays at 2 p.m. from January 11 to February 1.