Volume 40:10

February 20th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

The 18th Annual CSUN Student Research and Creative Works Symposium was on Friday, February 14th, and CSUN’s English students were well represented, with oral presentations from Yollotl Lopez, Susana Marcelo, Katilin Pollard, and Dylan Altman. Congratulations to all the students for their impressive work, and to Yollotl especially for taking First Place in the College of Humanities. Ten of the student winners will go on to represent CSUN at the 28th Annual California State University Student Research Competition at CSU East Bay on May 2 and 3, 2014, and here’s wishing Yollotl best of luck there!

This  just in from From Bob Chianese: The new president of Cal State LA  is William Covino, a graduate of our English MA program and one-time student of Bob’s, now a personal friend. Here is a profile of him from the LA Times, www.latimes.com/local/le-me-calstate-la-20140101,0,4970135.story, and thanks to Bob for bringing our attention to this neat news.

The 2014 Terry Piper Lecture is fast approaching. Dr. Laura Rendón will be giving her talk,“Leveraging Student Strengths to Support Student Success” next Monday, March 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the USU Northridge Center. Dr. Rendón is the Distinguished Professor of Higher Education & the Co-Director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Her research interests include student access and success issues related to low-income, first-generation students, Latino/a students in higher education and contemplative education. This event will be co-hosted by the divisions of Student Affairs & Academic Affairs at CSUN. Previous distinguished speakers in the Terry Piper Lecture Series have included Vincent Tinto (2013) Marcia Baxter Magolda (2012).

If you know of any students interested in working for intelligence, the 8th Annual Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence Colloquium will take place on Friday April 11, 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature an analysis of a challenge project by Ryan Hansen and a presentation by the students of the Winter Strategic Intelligence Seminar as well as a number of representatives from agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community, federal law enforcement, the GAO, the U.S. State Department, and a private corporation. Invitations and registration forms will be available soon. For more information, please contact Bobby Lopez at rolopez@csun.edu.

Good news for students needing a little extra help — and for their instructors — the LRC is now offering a variety of workshops on topics that are frequently encountered there, including MLA and APA format, writing Personal Statements, helping students learn to find their own errors, and preparing for the Writing Proficiency Exam. Students can sign up for most of these workshops on line at www.csun.edu/lrc.

Speaking of the LRC, Ann Kellenberger is, once again, looking for promising students to be SI leaders next fall. Please let her know now if you have students you want to recommend as she need to identify, interview, and (provisionally) hire them before the end of March if they are to receive priority registration.

2. Reminders

The deadline for  faculty awards nominations is tomorrow, but there is still time to put forward the names of those colleagues of ours you admire most. These awards honor:  Outstanding Faculty (up to 2 awards, $1,700 each), Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship (up to 3 awards, $1,200 each), Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) ($1,200), Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) ($1,200), Extraordinary Service ($1,200), and Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200). The nomination is fairly straightforward, and then you (and your nominee) will have another month to gather supporting materials.For full information, please see http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity awards, sponsored by CSUN’s office of Research and Sponsored Projects, are also coming up, which a March 3 deadline at 5 p.m.. This annual competition offers recipients either a $5,000 mini grant OR three units of release time to pursue their research and creative interests. Probationary faculty are especially encouraged to apply! For more information, including guidelines and application forms, please see http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/campus-opportunities.
Also, two grant opportunities in Faculty Development are coming up:
1) The Faculty Development Competition to Attend Teaching Conferences provides funding toward conference registration costs for faculty to attend teaching conferences or pre-conferences.  Faculty do not have to be presenting at the conference to receive funding.  Deadline:  Monday, February 17, 4pm.  You can find more information on our website:  http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/spring-2014-competition-to-attend-teaching-conferences/.
2) The Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects grants provide up to $6000 (toward reassigned time, stipends, or materials) for projects that aim to support improvements in student learning.  Deadline:  March 14, 4pm.  More information on our website:  http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/2014-15-beck-grant-rfp/

3. Opportunities

The 2014 Panetta Congressional Internship Program is now accepting applications. One CSU student from each campus will be chosen to participate in the Fall intern program which sends the student to Washington to work for a member of the California Congressional delegation. A scholarship covers all expenses. This is a wonderful opportunity for students, open only to sophomores and juniors who have not yet applied for graduation, so please spread the word. Applications are due by Friday, February 21, 2013, at 4 p.m. in the Undergraduate Studies office (UN 215, MD 8203). For more about the program and how to apply, go to PanettaInstitute.org. And feel free to contact Mary Ankeny in the Undergraduate Studies office if you or your students have any questions.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews has three pieces accepted by The Yellow Medicine Review: a poem titled “Ethnic Ambiguity” and two works of flash-fiction, “The Lone Ranger’s Black Veil” and “Stomp Ground Time Machine.”

Last summer, Scott Kleinman was part of the One Week | One Tool Team that developed the web application Serendip-o-matic, a “serendipity engine” that extracts key terms from your chosen text and delivers similar results from the vast online collections of the Digital Public Library of AmericaEuropeanaTrove Australia, and Flickr. We are now happy to announce that Serendip-o-matic has won the Best use of DH for fun category in the Digital Humanities Awards 2013!

Stephanie Satie gave four performances of Silent Witnesses at River City Repertory Theatre in Shreveport, Louisiana.  She was also  also invited to return in 2014 to the United Solo Festival on Theatre Row in NYC (as one of a few Encore performers)  after her sold-out performance of Silent Witnesses last November. Finally, she was just invited to join the League of Professional Theatre Women.

And in a  more exciting news from our creative writing students, CSUN has yet another Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train New Writers Competition. Gina Srmabekian (BA, CW, 2013; current graduate student) has joined the ranks of CSUN finalists of Glimmer Train’s best new writers! Gina joins past honorees, Karlee Johnson (BA 2013) and Justin La Torre (BA 2013), with her phenomenal story, “Damages.” Congratulations, Gina!

Volume 40:9

February 6th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

It’s always nice to begin these Notes with a warm and enthusiastic welcome to new members of the Department, never mind the human race. And this one goes to the very recently arrived Isla Marie Voorhis, who was born on January 27, 2014, at 11:14 p.m., to Morgan and John Voohis. Weighing in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces, Isla joins brother Declan,  who surely doesn’t quite know yet exactly has hit him. Here’s sending best wishes and all good luck to this happy new plus one family.

And now for a little creative writing celebration: Ani Bakhchadzyan and Djinji Jimenez, B.A. 2011, will each read from their graduate thesis as part of the CalArts M.F.A. program. The reading will take place at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.

More immediately, our own Martin Pousson will be reading a short story for the last of The Rattling Wall book tour events to promote the release of the new issue. The event will take place at Book Soup in West Hollywood on Tuesday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m.  All are invited and warmly welcome.

It’s the start of another bright and shiny new semester, and the Northridge Review is once again accepting submissions. Please encourage all student writers to participate in this important opportunity to join the ranks of the long list of accomplished writers whose first works appeared in the Northridge Review. Poetry, fiction, playwriting, and creative nonfiction submissions are all welcome, with these stipulations:  fiction, drama and creative nonfiction, 5000 words max; poetry, 5 Poems max.  Please submit work at the following site: https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit. The submission deadline is February 28.

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend “Enhancing the Academic Potential of our Students,” on Friday, February 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the USU Grand Salon. This is the first in a series of interactive and action-oriented discussions exploring CSUN’s best practices and challenges that affect student retention and graduation rates. Please RSVP  to Robin Ferguson at: robin.ferguson@csun.edu by Monday, February 10, 2014. And please bring a smartphone if you have one. Also, there will be yummy refreshments.

Speaking of faculty development, Faculty Development has moved and can now be found in University Hall 215 (Undergraduate Studies suite). Stop by to see their new digs and learn all about their development opportunities.

For example, Faculty Development is distributing a REVISED RFP for the Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project Grant, which you can find at http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/category/grants/ Please use this updated form for your submission. Deadline is March 14, 2014.

Or, if you’re looking for funding to attend a teaching conference, apply to the Faculty Development Competition for Attending Teaching Conferences! The Spring 2014 RFP is now available.  The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2014 in UN 215.  For more information, visit the website above.

But if you’re thinking, instead, that maybe it’s time to give back, your opportunity to serve is just around the corner. Spring elections for positions in faculty governance will be held in March. Nominations for faculty officers (Faculty President, Vice President and Secretary), for Senators-at-Large (6 positions), and for one CSUN representative to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the next Faculty Senate meeting on February 13. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please notify Shane G. Frehlich, Faculty President at shane.frehlich@csun.edu, or any member of the Faculty Senate, including our own Martin Pousson, Danielle Spratt, and Cheryl Spector, all of whom serve on the Senate (thank you!). Nominations are due by February 12.

But let’s not forget the achievement of others. Nominations for this year’s Faculty Awards are still being accepted with a February 21 for the receipt of nominations and a March 21 deadline for the receipt of all supporting materials. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement by our esteemed CSUN colleagues and include:  Outstanding Faculty (up to 2 awards, $1,700 each); Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship (up to 3 awards, $1,200 each); Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) ($1,200); Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) ($1,200); Extraordinary Service ($1,200); Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200). For full information, please see http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html.

Or, if you’d rather serve on the Awards Committee, this will be set up in March. Please indicate your interest in this committee on the University Service Form on Senate website. This is an excellent way to see what our colleagues have been up to across the campus, which can range between humbling and inspiring.

Dr. Laura Rendón will be giving the 2014 Terry Piper Lecture: “Leveraging Student Strengths to Support Student Success” on  Monday, March 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the USU Northridge Center. Dr. Rendón is the Distinguished Professor of Higher Education & the Co-Director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Her research interests include student access and success issues related to low-income, first-generation students, Latino/a students in higher education and contemplative education.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a freshman advising appointment, you might want to attend the upcoming roundtable,”Advising in Brief,” to learn more about working in partnership with CSUN’s advising staff to support freshman success. This roundtable will be led by Conchita Battle (Director, Advising Resource Center/EOP) and Elizabeth Riegos (Director, College of Science and Math SSC/EOP) and take place on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the CIELO Faculty Lab (SH 422). And yes, light refreshments will be served. But be quick; space is limited. Please RSVP to AFYE at x6535.

Finally, don’t miss out on the upcoming, Spring 2014, extravaganza composition Book Fair, to be held on February 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room. Come enjoy the festivities as textbook sales representatives showcase their newest composition books and resources. All faculty are welcome, and refreshments will be served!

2. Reminders

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This is a not so gentle reminder to not be a copy hog. Sometimes, this happens without us even knowing — i.e., printing to the copier is copying, two-sided copying is two copies per page. And always remember: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle–Only you can prevent copy waste!

3. Opportunities

Just to keep it on your radar, next year’s Competition for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards deadline is Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. For more information, including guidelines and application forms, please see http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/campus-opportunities. And let’s not miss this opportunity to keep up the English Department’s impressive record of terrific scholarly and creative work by all.

And here’s one for current students. Carmen Ramos Chandler of Media Relations has reached out to let us know about an opportunity with Robin Toma, Executive Eirector of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, who is looking for students/graduate students who can help organize and archive the commission’s records, which date back to the 1940s. This is a great job for anyone interested in knowing more about Los Angeles’s racial history. Anyone who might be interested should contact Carmen directly at carmen.chandler@csun.edu, and she will put them in touch with the appropriate people. And thanks to Chelsea Turner for passing this on as it does sound like an interesting opportunity.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi’s essay, “Spooky Knowledge,” which reviews five new books of contemporary poetry through the lens of a postmodern poetic gnosticism, has been accepted for publication by The Gettysburg Review and will appear in their forthcoming Spring issue. She has had three new poems accepted for publication:  “What We Did While We Made More Guns” has been accepted for publication in Volt.  “Tenderness” and “What Those Who Qualify Will Receive,” have been accepted for publication in New Ohio Review.  On January 11 she gave a poetry reading at the Pop Hop Bookstore in Highland Park with former graduate students Dan Murphy and Kate Martin Rowe, who did the Department proud. No surprise there, though, with such stellar poets. Wish we all could have been there!

Mona Houghton has a new story, “Big Bug Love,” in the Fall 2013 issue of FictionWeek Literary Review, which we can, in fact, all read and enjoy at http://www.fictionweek.com/fwliteraryreview/fictionweekliteraryreview.html.

And in a bit of exciting creative writing news, two of our students have been recognized by the AWP award-winning literary journal Cargoes. Current undergraduate Brandon Krause has won the 2014 Cargoes literary journal prize in poetry. Brandon will receive a prize of $200 and his poem will be featured in the next Cargoes issue. And Justin La Torre, BA 2013, was named as a finalist in the Cargoes short fiction prize.

Nate Mills‘s essay “Playing in the Dark, on the Left, and Out of Bounds: Nelson Algren, World War II, and the Cross-Racial Imagination of Blackness” has been published in MELUS (MULTI-ETHNIC LITERATURE OF THE UNITED STATES) 38.4 (Winter 2013).

Justin La Torre, B.A. 2013, (yes, the same Justin La Torre of Cargoes fame above) has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train New Writers contest, a prestigious national competition of more than 1000 entries for short stories.  Justin joins Karlee Johnson, BA 2013, as the second CSUN alum to be so honored by Glimmer Train.