Volume 42:04

October 8th, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:04)
Chair: Jackie Stallcup Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon

Can it really be the 7th week?  Soon Summer shall be over and we will ease into November with dreams of a few days off for turkey or pie or a short trip or just simply nada—-a bit of R & R


“Remixing Sovereignty” with Tall Paul, Indigenous Hip Hop Artist, Oct 15th Noon Plaza del Sol sponsored by Gender & Women’s Studies, American Indian Studies, and the Civil Discourse and Social Change Initiative…Sounds Fun

“Everything Marx”–panel discussion with Chris Higgs, Steve Wexler, and Nate Mills at the Critical Theory Club Oct 15th 7:00 p.m. Contact anthony.garcia.36@my.csun.edu  or  enrique.solis.860@my.csun.edu   for location.

Celebrate another issue of The Northridge Review Oct 16th begins at 7:00 at the Planetarium BP 31200 (across the lawn from ST) Snax and Great Readings–always a fun time!

Mona Houghton and Elyce Wakerman will be signing their novels at the Local Authors’ Showcase–Burbank Public Library 300 N. Buena Vista St Oct 17th 1-4. (Mona’s work: Frottage & Even as We Speak and Elyce’s – A Tale of Two Citizens: a Novel) I’ve taught Even as We Speak in a contemporary lit class–popular with students but have not had the pleasure yet of reading A Tale of 2 Citizens…Have You?

“Streamapalooza! Insights into Copyright and Media for 21st Century Educators” with a variety of speakers and lunch. Wednesday October 21 8:30–4:00 Oviatt Library. To RSVP http://library.csun.edu/events/copyright-2015

“The Sexy Female Sport Supporter: Media Depictions and Supporter Reactions” Oct 14th 2:30-3:45 with Kim Toffoletti from Australia at Sequoia 104

“Mexican American Women in Sports and Their Struggle for Gender Equality” Oct 28th 2pm Seminar with Jose Alamillo at Redwood Hall 253



Please let Wendy know by tomorrow Oct 9th which classes you want to use for student evaluations. Isn’t the Sponge Bob cartoon cute?

Let’s help keep our teaching community running smoothly even though we are all busy. Each of us can do at least one teaching observation and some of us can squeeze in a second observation.  You need not return to your computer and pound out a letter (oh maybe that was typewriters).  Now we have a simple check off/easy comment form.  Composition and Business Communication need the most help.  Find a few names and check the schedule Jackie provided to choose someone close to your schedule for ease of completion. Contact the committee head to make sure your chosen one is not already dancing with someone else (spoken for).  Claim your credit too–remember to turn in the form to Marlene afterward.

Health and the other Benefits–Open Enrollment for the new year ends tomorrow Oct 9th. Find out how much it will cost and what you can get if you need it…..

How did they come up with the name DOODLE and what could it mean? Well, pas grave/no worries. Let’s do the Doodle poll with Tonie for the subject matter interviews.  It is a bit difficult to schedule faculty in pods of two. Help Tonie and give her your preferred day and time.  Or if you know someone you would like to work with for an interview and you two can (pre)agree on day and time, you can add that info to the comments section. Most of us do only one of these and if it doesn’t help to whistle while we work, it does help to share out the work. Many hands…

Oct 16th 3-5 Wings & New Voices Ceremony–USU Grand Salon…we can’t do the traditional salon with a Marquise or Gertrude Stein but we can support our newest student writers plus good snacks.

RSVP BY OCTOBER 23RD to attend the celebration of Shane Frelich’s life on Oct 30 4pm Valley Performing Arts Center.  Attendees are requested to wear cheerful clothing rather than the traditional black clothing. In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to an education fund for Shane’s children    https://www.gofundme.com/shanefrehlich


Campus Sustainability Day Oct 20th 9:30-2:00 Presentations about Urban Agriculture, Tech & Solar, and Backyard Ecology.

Día de los Muertos–Oct 29th 6-10/Night of Offering outside Chicano House. Guests are welcome to bring food or flower offerings. Tell a story of someone you are remembering. Light refreshments.  Presentation Oct 30 2-4 by Professor Xochitl Flores-Marcial at Library Fermin Presentation Room  Celebration Oct 30th 5:30/6:00 until midnight courtyard between Sierra Hall and Jerome Richfield with ofrenda viewing, music, arts and crafts…Definitely worth seeing the student work–incredible creativity and work

If you would like to address some of your concerns about the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Part One of “Dealing with Workplace Violence and Fear or Threats of Violence” will be facilitated by Anne Glavin, CSUN Chief of Police and Kristina de la Vega, Vice President of Human Resources October 28th 9:30-11:00 2nd Floor Training Room, Department of Police Services


Jutta Schamp did a poster presentation at Yale in July. “The Right Brain, the Unconscious, and Postcolonial Trauma: Post-Jungian Undercurrents in Anton Nimblett’s Sections of an Orange” at the International Association of Jungian Studies and International Association of Analytical Psychology.

Then she took her Post Jungian presentation of Sections of an Orange on the road to Detroit. She did a panel presentation at the Midwest Conference on British Studies at Wayne State U in September.

Impressive Jutta!

Irene Clark gave a presentation/workshop for the Social Science Writing Project, titled “Developing Effective Writing Assignments.”

Chris Higgs’ nonfiction manuscript, As I Stand Living, was named a semi-finalist in the Cleveland State U Poetry Center Book-Length Essay Competition. Chris also has an essay in the upcoming issue of Gorse, an international literary journal: “How to Write Experimental Fiction in Five Easy Steps.”

Shaun Cullen’s essay “The Innocent and the Runaway: Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Racial Melodrama and the Epistemology of Ignorance” will appear in the Journal of Popular Music Studies (March 2016). His essay “White Skin, Black Flag: Hardcore Punk and the Racialization of Sound” is forthcoming in Criticism. And he presented a paper, “Rockin in the Free World: Neil Young and Cold War Liberalism” at the Association for the Study of the Arts annual meeting in September. Plenty of Pop Culture Production!

Kudos to All!


until another Thursday ~

Volume 42:03

September 24th, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:03)
Chair: Jackie Stallcup Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


plenty to do…and I mean this in a good way

Today Sept 24th: 10:00 AM ST 703 Brown Bag Discussion — Literature Curriculum

Today Sept 24th: 6:30 Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall– A Conversation with Jeph Loeb from Marvel Entertainment and Charles Hatfield.  Space is limited/Do RSVPhttp://www.csun.edu/humanities/comics

Panel Discussion– Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby  September 26th 1pm Noski Auditorium  Ask Charles for more information as he is our resident comics expert.

“The First Emperor of Qin and His Empire”–China Forum Lecture  September 26th 3:30-5:00 Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room…Professor of History Wei Cao from Shaanxi Normal University and the Chief Curator of Emperor QinShiHuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum.

“Goldstar, Groupon, and Gilt: How artists and promoters maximize their concert promotion using value partners” Panel Sept 28th 6:30-8:00 Cypress Recital Hall (Networking Reception 8-9 Cypress Rm 101) put on by CSUN Music Industry Program and CSUN Music Entertainment Association.  The diverse panel will be moderated by Amanda Harrison–contact her for more information.

“Borderlands Sovereignty and the Shared Experience of Indigenous Women”–Guest Lecture September 29th 2:00-4:00 (reception 4-5) Whitsett Room…Professor Tracey Bunda and Dr. Kathryn Gilbey visiting Indigenous Australian scholars from the University of Southern Queensland.

Marrow Donor Registry Drive (ages 18-44) If you were wondering what you could do to honor Shane Frehlich’s life and good work at CSUN, you may want to register  September 29th 10-4 at Redwood Hall (a bit of paperwork and a cheek swab). Note that Cheryl McMillan, a staff member in the Office of Alumni Relations needs a marrow transplant. We often want to do something and sometimes we are too far away and/or unable.  This is an opportunity for those seeking one.

“Promoting Academic Honesty” Panel October 8th 12:30-1:45 Whitsett Room.  This panel is sponsored by Academic First Year Experiences, CFA and Faculty Development and includes light lunch. RSVP by Oct 6th.  For more information ask Cheryl Spector, who by the way was showcasing two very interesting websites at the last University Writing Council meeting. (Academic First Year Experiences and Multilingual Writers Working Group). 

Nominations for Honorary CSUN Degrees for 2016 are Due Oct 30th. Nominations and selection process are confidential. For more information    http://www.csun.edu/president/honorary-degree-nomination

To Conserve Water: Physical Plant Management is removing grass and replacing it with drought tolerant plants. In order to prepare for this Brown is the New Green. The grass will not be watered and it will turn brown–thus making it easier to remove and then replace. Or maybe it will turn yellow, which is a good thing–A Major CSUN effort to help the Planet and California. This is only one of the water saving efforts of CSUN. There has been a 15% water use reduction according to Austin Eriksson. Sustainability Program Manager. You can help by reporting a leak if you see one.


For those of you looking to evaluate and/or change your benefits, the Annual Open Enrollment period is from September 14th to October 9th.  Use the website, read your booklets, talk to benefits and make your choices.

As Santosh let us know, the Amenities Fund is low, low, lowest. It funds the social lubrication that keeps us from mere nods as we pass from copy machine to elevator to classroom and back. It pays, for example, for refreshments to keep us sparring in a lively manner at department meetings, and the holidaze roundup party. Do consider contributing.  All donations accepted, including partial payments and reminders should you desire. Suggested (a bargain for the entire year): Professor–$70.00, Associate Professor $50.00 and Assistant Professor $40.00.

Under the Sea Family Fun Zone Sept 25th 4-7 just north of the Sol Center in the University Student Union.

What will YOU do when there is an emergency at CSUN????    INFO = POWER  so check out the Emergency Desk Reference for ideas:   http://www.csun.edu/emergency/emergency-desk-reference


If you didn’t win a course release via lottery at the beginning of the semester, maybe you want to apply for one now.  Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program (course release or grant) Due Sept 30th  Hone your proposals, and get your signatures.

What about a Summer Stipend beginning with your second summer here . . .  Apply for the Probationary Faculty Research Program.  Due November 16th

Open House for those considering teaching secondary school  Oct 6th 1:30-2:30 JR 319 ESM/FYI/JYI advisors and the head of the Credential Office will provide information on these programs. Refreshments…Come and meet us and ask your questions.  Tell your students!

New Voices and Wings Publication Ceremony–who doesn’t like to be published…who doesn’t like to be recognized for it  Oct 16th 3-5 USU Grand Salon…a good time for our students and us with yummy Refreshments.  Do come!

The 2016 University Faculty Retreat will be January 19th and 20th.  If you want to make a presentation on the theme “Rediscovering CSUN” your proposal is DUE Oct 19th. More information to follow on registration.

If you are interested in a Transnational Writing Group–ask Santosh Khadka for more information.

The Oviatt Library received a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Grant from the NEH and the American Library Association for public programs from September 2015–April 2016. There are several participants in these programs, including Central American Studies, Chicano Studies, CSUN Veteran’s Resource Center, Tia Chucha’s, San Fernando, Glendale, Van Nuys Libraries, Rancho Camulos and the Museum of San Fernando Valley. There will be diverse and fascinating film screenings, workshops, and exhibits. See Oviatt Library ENews Fall 2015 for more information  http://library.csun.edu/eNews/Fall-2015/featured-connecting-communities

Save Water–Take a Selfie.  1. Save Water   2.  Draw the logo of a large drop of water on your hand (yes) with CA in the middle of the drop  3. Take a selfie  4. Tag friends and tell California how you are saving water    #KeepSavingCA     See Sustainability website for more information…


Nazanin Keynejad and Eric Kufs have been awarded the prestigious Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Award, which designates them as Sally Casanova Scholars.  This award includes funding for a summer research program, travel to a national symposium, and other costs associated with applying to doctoral programs such as visits to institutions.  Their faculty mentors are Danielle Spratt and Steven Wexler.

Kudos to Nazanin and Eric, who are well on their way to a successful future!

For those of you who knew her when: Iris Shah was inducted into CSUN’s 50 Year Club at the annual Founder’s Day Festivities.  Treat yourself–follow the link,  and check out the third picture to take a look at Iris    http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/university-new/history-comes-alive-at-2015-founders-day

Let your light shine and let me know: email RosaMaria to broadcast/post here


until another Thursday ~



September 10th, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 42:02)
Chair: Jackie Stallcup Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


Dr. Shane Frehlich, Faculty President and Professor of Kinesiology, passed away Friday Sept 4th after his long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (as noted earlier in the President’s announcement).  A memorial service–a celebration of his life will be held October 30th at 4:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.


The first of the season Graduate Reading Series this Friday September 11th at 7:00 p.m. Brett Hymes, Jesse Clemens, and Emilio Sotelo will be reading for us.  Always a good time with refreshments!

CSUN’s Sustainability Day will be Tuesday Oct 20th 9:30-2 pm in the USU Northridge Center.  “Building Resilience” is this year’s theme.  Help the planet sustain herself–she needs us!

I find the Professional and Personal Development Calendar for 2015-2016 particularly useful.  In addition to yoga and Walkability Wednesdays, one can learn about the Benefits and Wellness Fair  September 22nd 9-11 a.m. (in case you want to ask questions about your health benefits, etc). There are CalPers Seminars to plan for retirement (See Bob Noreen and Beverly Rousseau below for the other benefits of retirement)–two Seminars on Sept 24th. And for the personal direct touch, there are one on one CalPers benefit consultations in addition to workshops on Living in Earthquake Country and Dealing with the stress of living in earthquake country and those other miscellaneous stresses.  Check it out:  http://www.csun.edu/development/training


Tomorrow September 11th is the last day for students to add a class with a permission number and the last day for students to drop a class on the portal (without signatures).

From September 14 — September 18th at 4 p.m. students must use the 4th week Change of Schedule Petition for Undergraduates (available on CSUN website).  They will need your signature and the Associate Chair’s signature (either Kent or RosaMaria).  For your Convenience: If you will not be available to approve or deny and sign due to lateness of student request or your schedule, you can email both Kent and RosaMaria and give us permission to either approve or deny for you and sign in your place.  It is important to send your email to both of us since we can’t anticipate which one of us the student will visit (depending on our office hours). Our hours are as follows: Kent  Mon 12:30-2, Wed 12:30-2, Thurs 2:30-3:30; RosaMaria Tues 1:45-4:45, Wed 1:40-3:50, and Thurs 10-12:20.  Please do not email Jackie about 4th week changes because she must forward them to Kent and RosaMaria (thus causing a delay).  If you have a question about these changes, please email RosaMaria or Kent.


Submit your work to the Northridge Review! 5 poems or 5000 words max for other genres–Deadline September 25th  Online Submission   http://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit

Sheena Malhotra, Special Assistant to the Dean, encourages us to apply for the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program due September 30th by 5:00 p.m. It takes a little work to apply for that course release or grant support for student assistants or travel but it always brings a smile to our face when we get one.  Apply if you can.

The Beck Grant 5 Gears Program Faculty Learning Community is also accepting applications until September 16th by Noon. $1000. Stipend

Jennifer Lee is working with AGSE on what graduate students want to learn outside of the classroom.  She is looking for volunteers to help with the Career Opportunities and Professional Development Workshop Series.  Email Jennifer to let her know how you can help.


Asking if there is life after retirement, Bob Noreen, former Department Chair, responds: I’ve traveled to 65 countries, continue to supervise ETS scoring, was appointed by the U.S. State Department to a panel that reviews Common Core Curriculum initial test assessments, review the assessments of the four vendors who provide the exams and now plans to review K12 educational standards.  Better than a rocking chair, Bob asserts!

Beverly Rousseau, who retired from CSUN last year, is not using the rocking chair either. She just published Inside Stories, a book of short stories (using her pen name Jo Rousseau).

Linda Rader Overman published her essay “Adiós Margarita Cansino, Hello Rita Hayworth” in Starbodies and the Erotics of Suffering.  Both titles sound intriguing!


Correction from last issue: Nikki Eschen-Solis teaches at CSUN.  It is Alex, her wife, who teaches at ELAC.


until another Thursday ~


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.



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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!


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.


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


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

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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

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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 Rader 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

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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.