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1.  Announcements




Don’t miss the College of Humanities new faculty reception on November 5. Come meet all our new wonderful colleagues!




2.  Reminders

And don’t forget tonight’s NCWC reading by the award-winning and bestselling fiction writer Ben Loory. Loory will read from his short story collection, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin 2011), now in its fourth edition, and recognized by such distinctions as a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program and the Starbucks Coffee Bookish Reading Club. Individually, Loory’s stories have appeared widely, in such magazines as Fairy Tale Review, The Nervous Breakdown, The New Yorker, Space and Time, and Word Riot. Loory has also worked as a screenwriter. And students who have met him praise his warmth, accessibility, affability and all-around brilliance and humor. Come see what they’re talking about, tonight, from  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Nobbs Auditorium of Sequoia Hall (Room 104). All are welcome.

Also not to be forgotten, Bobby Lopez’s “Myth Goes to the Movies” gallery exhibition of student research and panel of War on Terror veterans discussing Veterans, the Middle East, and Reflections on Lawrence of Arabia will be taking place on Thursday, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319). Doors open at At 7:00 p.m. for research exhibits, and the panel–featuring Valvincent Reyes LCSW, BCD; Lt Joseph B. Lonergan; and our very own Melissa Filbeck, Jason Freudenrich, and Pierre Marcos–will begin at 7:30. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and food will be provided.

3.  Opportunities

Stanley Goodfriend, President and Founder of Loansuperstore.com, is looking for a business-savvy, new media-adept intern to raise his online profile. Goodfriend would like to optimize his web presence by making better use of such social networking media as Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as other web tools, like YouTube. This internship requires someone who is a resourceful, creative, and independent problem solver, who can write and design, and who is not afraid of business terminologies. The position is part-time and flexible, and for the right person with appropriate skills, could lead into a half-time paid position. For more information, please contact Stanley Goodfriend at Stanley@loansuperstore.com.

Frasco Investigative Services, a full service investigative firm specializing in insurance claims investigations is currently  seeking candidates for Claims Investigator positions to take statements, primarily concerning workers’ compensation and premises liability claims.  English students may be very interested in this position, as it requires investigators to gather the facts of a claim through extensive interviews and present these facts in a well written report.  The position offers a great deal of flexibility in scheduling and pays according to billable hours. Qualified candidates must have a natural investigative curiosity and instinct, and strong interpersonal, time management and report writing skills. They must also have a reliable vehicle and proof of insurance, a home computer or laptop with internet connection, a cell phone and digital camera.  Bilingual candidates are highly desirable. For more information, please contact Peter A. Goul, Regional Manager, at pgoul@frasco.com.

4.  Achievements

First, some great news from our fabulous graduate students, who attended just got back from the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in Seattle:

Melissa Filbeck read her paper, “From Harper Hall to The Hunger Games: Teenage Female Protagonists in YA Science Fiction,” for the panel Science Fiction I: Gendered Bodies in SF.

Stephanie Harper read her paper, “(Avoiding) ‘The Reprobate State of a Useless Creature’: The Value of Women in the Turkish Embassy Letters,” on the panel English (1700 to Present) I. Additionally, she chaired the panel English (1700 to Present) II.

Susana Marcelo read her story, The Modern Ixchel,” on the panel Folklore and Mythology II.

Hannah Jorgenson read her paper “The Aesthetics of Self-Destruction” on the panel Gothic II.

Trista Payte read her paper, “Either I’m Nobody or I’m a Nation: Strategies for Post-colonial Selfhood Explored Through Earl Lovelace’s The Dragon Can’t Dance,” on the panel Postcolonial Literature II.

On Thursday, October 11th, Irene Clark presented a paper at the California State University English Council in San Diego. Her paper was titled “Threshold Concepts and the Teaching of Writing.” Back home, on October 16th, she presented a writing workshop for the department of Human Resources

Joseph Galasso has been busy! His article, “A Brief Perspective on the Role of ‘Private vs. Public’: Unions, University, and the Emergent Middle Class in the Context of a Reagan Legacy” will appear in the May/June, 2013 issue of Academe. And the revised edition of his text, Minimal of English Grammar: Vol 1 and Vol 2, will be published in 2013 by Cognella Publications.

Kate Haake‘s essay, “Diptych: Chrysalis, Prayer,” published last fall in Crazyhorse, was selected for the “Notables” section of  this year’s Best American Essays.

Jacqui Meisel attended Citizenship and Belonging: The Triennial Conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) in Denver, October 10 -13. She chaired a panel entitled “Relationships, Citizenship, and Identity in the Work of Octavia E. Butler” and presented a paper on a “Women and Work” panel. The paper’s title is “Dorothy Allison’s Working Women and States of Be/Longing.”

Kent Baxter’s book, Coming of Age, has been published in the Salem Press Critical Insights series, and it includes Beth Wightman’ essay, “‘Not Now . . . Not Yet’: Developmental Difficulties in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea.