Volume 38:14

April 19th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:14)

1.  Announcements

Apologies to all whose Thursday’s Notes shows up in their inbox looking a bit funky (for example, no nice spaces between entries). This seems to be a browser issue and the woeful inelegance can’t be helped. However, please be reminded that the Notes also appear on the English Department webpage, where they can be read in their original and intended format.

The Graduate Reading Series (G.R.S.) would like to invite you, your friends, and your family to the final reading of the 2011-2012 academic year! Several excellent graduating graduate students will be performing their work. Please plan to come and show appreciation for all the hard work they, and by extension you, do in this program. Save the date:  Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room. For those of you who have question or comments, or want to get involved, please email Hudit Simonyan, hudit.simonyan.972@my.csun.edu; George Fekaris george.fekaris.36@my.csun.edu; Jon Beadle jon.beadle.50@my.csun.edu,; or Sean Pessin, sean.pessin.38@my.csun.edu.

Also on Saturday, April 28, the NCWC would like to invite you and all to the final undergraduate student reading of the 2011-2012 academic year! This reading will feature graduating seniors reading their work and will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room.

On April 27 from 10 am to 5 pm, M.A. candidates will hold a conference entitled “Looking Askew: Odd-Angle Approaches” in JR319 as part of their culminating experience. Graduating students will present their finest work covering multiple facets of literature, theory, composition and genre.  Dr. Jeffrey Kahan (PhD, Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham) will be the  keynote speaker. Dr. Kahan’s main talk is entitled “New Shakespeare, ‘now improv’d with nobler Lustre’: A Selection of Imitations and Forgeries (1710-1820).”  Afterwards, Dr. Kahan will hold an interactive workshop on how to successfully publish in the humanities based off his new book.  The event is free and food would be served.  All are welcome to attend.

All interested students are invited to attend an information session about the CSUN Credential Program and English Subject Matter Option on Wednesday, April 25, in JR 319, the English Reading Room.  A CSUN Credential counselor will answer questions about credential procedures, possibilities, pathways in this excellent opportunity to learn about this possible pathway with your English degree.  Any additional questions you might  have about the English Subject Matter Option will also be addressed. Light refreshments.

Interim President Harry Hellenbrand will be giving the opening address at this year’s Faculty Retention Workshop for Chairs and Tenured Faculty, which is being held on Monday April 23, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the USU. This year’s event marks the 2nd installment of the Educational Equity Committee’s new three-part approach to our annual Faculty Retention Workshop.  Last year, the 1st installment, as many of you will recall, was designed for the Pre-tenured Faculty only.  The Spring 2012 Faculty Retention Workshop (2nd installment) will be for Chairs and Tenured Faculty only, while the 3rd installment (Spring 2013) will be designed for Deans and Associate Deans.  The goal of the Faculty Retention Workshops is to gather information and report on best practices for both retaining our diverse CSUN faculty and creating a campus climate that promotes educational equity.

Anne Kellenberger is once again imploring us to send her our best students for next year’s SI positions. This is a win/win situation for all concerned. Our students get jobs and a great learning experience, their students get terrific SI’s and a great learning experience, and Anne keeps running her truly daunting program as expertly as she has this year. Please do take a moment and send her your recommendations. Both she and your students will be grateful.

2.  Reminders

If you haven’t RSVP’d for the upcoming retirement gala at Irene Clark’s home, 1314 Comstock, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 28, you’re in luck, because the actual party is not May 28, as announced in the last TN, but April 28, instead, which is nearly upon us. Please do come to help thank Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, and Pat Watkins for all their wonderful work over all these wonderful years, and to wish them the very best at whatever in the world may be coming next.

Just a quick reminder to vote in the College’s Spring elections by going to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HUMELEC and casting your vote. This ballot will be open until Wednesday, April 25, at 8 a.am.

And another ongoing vote is the CFA strike vote. Vote online or in person next week and make your voice heard.

English Department Award deadlines are fast approaching. All applications, nominations, and materials (five copies each) must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Please support your students and our program, and consider nominating promising students, or encouraging them to apply, for the following awards. (For details or more information, please contact Pat Watkins, Chair, Awards and Amenities Committee.)

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award ($500) for the best written scholarly or creative work that takes some element of the natural world as a central focus.  Undergraduates only.

The Annamarie Peterson Morley Award ($1000) for a currently enrolled English major planning to become a teacher at any level and possessing a minimum 3.5 grade point average.  Undergraduates and graduates.

The George Morley/Annamarie Peterson Scholarship ($1,000) for a currently enrolled English major in need of financial support and possessing a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  Undergraduates and graduates.

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English ($2000) for the currently enrolled classified graduate student in English whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty to be the most distinguished.

The Mahlon Gaumer Award ($500) for the best close, critical analysis of a work of English or American literature, with an emphasis on the use of language, given to a classified graduate student currently enrolled in the academic year in which the award is given.

The Richard Lid & Helen Lodge Scholarship ($500) for a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary Education to help pay fees for graduate work.

The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English ($500) for an essay written in English 258, 259, 275, or 355 which best demonstrates a “passion for the English language.”  By professor nomination only.

Just in case you are looking for fun on Saturday night, Kate Haake and Mona Houghton will be reading from their new books at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA at 8:30 p.m. (And thank you to all of you who have come to listen already.) Two more readings are coming up:  Friday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Stories Bookstore in Echo Park; and Thursday, May 17, at 12 p.m. in the downtown Central Library.

3.  Achievements

Linda Rader Overman presented “Ekphrastic Narrative: A Genre Focalizing Image and Text,” an excerpt from her dissertation, at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference at University Nevada, Las Vegas on Wednesday March 14, 2012.

César Leon Soto has been awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, which among its several benefits includes an annual stipend of $20,000 for three years of doctoral work, as well as the opportunity to be mentored by a former Ford Fellow and thereby gain access to the national Ford Fellows Liaisons network. This year there were over 1,300 applicants and only 60 fellowships awarded. Fellowships are administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies.  César has also been awarded 2012’s Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student which is a University-wide award open to all Master’s students. César will receive the award, and his name will be announced, at this year’s Honors Convocation on May 21st.

Danielle Spratt has received an NEH fellowship to participate in the summer seminar “Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries,” which will take place at the University of Missouri.  At the end of March, she also presented ” ‘A large, uneven thread’: Spectacles and the Anatomy of Attention in Tristram Shandy” at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference held in San Antonio; she also chaired two panels at ASECS.

Volume 38:13

April 6th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:13)


Linda Nichols Joseph ’81

in honor of the establishment of the 

Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarships 

and for the naming of the

Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room

Thursday, April 12, 2012

4:30–6:30 p.m.

Dedication ceremony and reception

Jerome Richfield Hall 319

For questions, please call (818) 677-1300

or email special events@csun.edu

Linda Nichols Joseph

Linda Nichols Joseph ’81

Linda Nichols was a native of the San Fernando Valley, where her family had settled from Arkansas in the 1930s to raise cattle and grow citrus crops. As a child, she rode horses and enjoyed the outdoors.

Having graduated from San Fernando High, Linda enrolled in community college and then transferred to San Fernando Valley State. When her father died, however, Linda left college life for full-time work at age 19. In 1978, then married to James Joseph, Linda took the opportunity to renew her studies at California State University, Northridge. Three years later, at age 40, Linda graduated cum laude with a degree in English.

Linda’s love of reading and literature, and of her alma mater, remained with her throughout her lifetime. When she passed away in 2011, Linda left a significant legacy for the university, endowing the Linda Nichols Joseph ’81 English Merit Scholarships and providing major support for the English Department.

California State University, Northridge is honored to dedicate the Linda Nichols Joseph ’81 English Reading Room in Jerome Richfield Hall. Because of Linda’s vision and legacy, English students and faculty will have a far richer experience.

Please be sure to RSVP (ASAP!) to special events@csun.edu.  The reception is approaching quickly!

1.  Announcements

And more happy news, we have a new President! Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, president of California State University, Monterey Bay, has been selected by the CSU Board of Trustees as the fifth president of California State University, Northridge. She is expected to begin her appointment this June. For more information about our new hire, please see the main CSUN webpage. Welcome President Harrison!

Unhappy news, keep track of the strike news by checking in on the CFA website or by attending one of the CFA meetings scheduled for April. These meetings are designed to solicit our feedback and concerns about our work environment and goals for the coming year, to share information about the strike vote, and to discuss possibilities for more involvement here in our own CSUN CFA Chapter. Here is the schedule, but if you can’t come to the Humanities meeting, you’re welcome to join any other College’s:  April 10, 12-1pm: Colleges of SBS and Humanities, Sierra Hall 181; April 11, 12-1pm: College of Science and Mathematics, Manzanita Hall 112; April 12, 12-1pm: College of Education, Education 1214/1216; April 16, 12-1pm: College of Arts, Media, and Communication Manzanita Hall 240; April 17, 12-1pm: College of Engineering and Computer Science, Sierra Hall 286; April 18, 12-1pm: College of Health and Human Development, Sequoia Hall 250A; and April 19, 12-1pm: College of Business and Economics, Juniper Hall 4117.

Carmen Ramos Chandler of the Office of Marketing and Communications is once again requesting input for a list of “extraordinary” students who will be taking part in this year’s commencement ceremonies. This list includes not only outstanding scholars, but students who have overcome obstacles to obtain their degrees or have otherwise compelling stories, whether they are single parents working two jobs and going to school full time, have already launched an interesting business, came to this country not speaking a word of English, or are returning students graduating with their son/daughter/grandchild. While they won’t be able to profile all of the students, they will select a number of them to represent our graduating seniors. Please include a brief description of why you think the student deserves to be included in a university media release and in a short video profile for the web, along with a way to contact the student so we may interview him/her, and send them to Carmen at carmen.chandler@csun.edu by April 9.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, which recently became law, directs California Community Colleges to offer Transfer AA degrees that correspond to the most popular majors of students transferring to the California State University, and the same legislation obliges the CSU to accept these degrees. Although the legislation calls for creation of the Transfer AA at the level of individual community college districts, the faculty senates of the two segments have been working voluntarily to create consistent lower-division degree pathways across the state. Each such pathway is called a “Transfer Model Curriculum,” or TMC. Broad adoption of the TMC model by California Community Colleges would facilitate the development of meaningful upper-division coursework for all CSU transfer students, regardless of the college of origin. This is an ongoing project, and anyone interested in serving on the Faculty Discipline Review Groups in English should let Jackie know. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to shape the future.

The Northridge Writers’ Circle is hosting another event on Friday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Whitsett Room. Kate Gale and Mark Cull (both CSUN alums) of Red Hen press will be here for a reading (Kate) and subsequent publishing Q&A (Kate and Mark). The event is free and open to the public.

Stephanie Satie’s latest solo piece, Silent Witnesses, based on interviews and conversations with Child Survivors of the Holocaust, will be presented as as staged reading of Interact Theatre Company’s Festival  Interactivity 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity to be the first to see this piece, which has been five years in the making. Staged readings will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m. and Friday, April 27th, at 8:00 p.m. at Richie’s Alley Theater in the Avery Schrieber Complex in NoHo, 11050 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood.

Cal State Online is an initiative to create a systemwide effort to assist in the coordination of online programs.  For general information regarding Cal State Online, read the open letter to the CSU, found at: http://www.calstateonline.net/news/2012/OpenLettertoCSU.pdf.  The new and improved Cal State Online website http://www.calstateonline.net/  is up and running! If you are interested, please review it.

For all those travelers among you, the University Travel Department is requiring additional information related to Travel Advances and Travel Expense Claims. Please review the new requirements before you fly off on a trip.

2.  Reminders

If you haven’t RSVP’d for the upcoming retirement gala at Irene Clark’s home, 1314 Comstock, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 28, you’re way behind the curve already, but it’s not too late to let Frank know you couldn’t bear to miss saying an official adieu to Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, and Pat Watkins. However, since, technically you were supposed to put your name in before spring break, please be prepared to bring something extra delectable to share–salad, hors d’ouvres, or something nice to drink. And congratulations and all warm wishes and gratitude to Martha, Pam, Patrick, Rei, and Pat!

Also, if you haven’t sent your regalia request to the Dean’s office already, well, on this one, you really are out of luck.

3.  Achievements

Dorothy Barresi will be reading her poems at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival at USC on Saturday, April 21 at 4:30 on the Poetry Stage.  In January she began her second year as Judge for the L.A. Times Book Award in Poetry.  She is also currently serving as Judge for the 2012 Patricia Bibby First Book Competition.  In February she gave poetry readings twice at Beyond Baroque Cultural Arts Center in Venice Beach, and in March at the Tarzana Community Center for the Valley Contemporary Poets.  Her essay “Lost and Found: Jean Valentine’s Poems of Childhood and Motherhood” will be published this year in This-World Company by the University of Michigan Press On Poetry Series.

Haake & Houghton read from their new books, along with Chuck Rosenthal and CSUN’s own Ramon Garcia, to a standing room only crowd at Beyond Baroque on March 31. Upcoming readings include Sunday, April 15, 4:00 p.m., at Book Soup in West Hollywood; Saturday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Last Bookstore downtown (officially known as one of the world’s twenty most beautiful bookstores); and Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. at Stories in Echo Park.

On March 22nd, Irene Clark presented a paper at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louise. It was titled “Rhetorical Knowledge and Genre Awareness as Gateway to Transfer.”

Also at CCCC, Ian Barnard chaired and Steve Wexler, Nicole Warwick, Mandy Macklin, and Maria Turnmeyer presented on the panel “‘Stretch’ through the Transnational: Gateway Rhetorics in First-Year Writing. And Jada Augustine chaired the panel “Professional Writing in Transition: Into the World of Work and Back Again.”

4.  Opportunities

Ashley Jean Granillo, one of our former graduate students, curretnly works for  work for Writers Tribe Inc. and LA Writers Lab and is in need of three interns for the Spring 2012 semester. She’s looking for dedicated, passionate,  good writers to do work that will vary from copy-editing manuscripts to basic social media engagements. This is a non-paid internship, available for college credit/discounts for all writing workshops, and the work can be done remotely. If you know any interested students, please have them contact Ashley at lawriterslab@yahoo.com with the subject “Interns Spring 2012.”