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November 18th, 2014

1. Announcements

English majors! Check out the English Career Board’s new theme: “Jobs for Writers”! This month the Career Board (7th floor, outside of ST 716) features salary, requirements, job markets, and other pertinent information for writers, technical writers, and editors. Also be sure to check out the robust selection of current job openings for writers on our jobs’ clipboard. Please do not remove the job postings but feel free to take a picture with your phone or to take notes.

The English Department Awards Committee has extended the deadline for submission of all materials for student award consideration. Submissions must be turned in at ST 706 before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26–the day before Thanksgiving break begins.

The 18th CSU Symposium on University Teaching will be held at CSU Los Angeles on March 13 and 14, 2015. This year’s theme is “grit,” a quality that helps students persist and graduate. The symposium provides an opportunity for our campus to showcase instructional innovations developed by faculty. Due date for proposals: Dec. 5. Apply at www.calstatela.edu/cetl/csu-teaching-symposium.

Eric Hershberg and Dennis Stinchcomb from American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) will present on the causes and context of unaccompanied children migrating to the United States from Central America on November 20, 2014, 11:00-12:15, Sequoia Hall 104.

2. Reminders

Ian Barnard will give a talk entitled “Upsetting Composition Commonplaces” for the Undergraduate Studies Stretch Writing Program Series on December 5, 2:00 p.m. in the Library Presentation Room.

3. Opportunities

The Academic Resource Center at Los Angeles Valley College is piloting an embedded tutoring program, similar to the Supplemental Instruction program at CSUN. They are looking for three English tutors who would be available for ten hours a week in the Spring Semester. Some of the duties of the tutors include: attending the main class three hours a week, planning and conducting two workshops a week, conferencing with students one-on-one and online, and submitting weekly paperwork. The compensation for tutors at LAVC is competitive. Please contact Holly Batty as soon as possible if you are interested. Her contact information is holly.batty@csun.edu or battyhk@lavc.edu.

CSUN’s IT division is looking for a Communications Assistant who will be helping the Director of Planning and Communications in designing and completing communication and marketing projects to promote technology services to CSUN students, faculty, and staff. He/she will also maintain and develop creative content for the division’s webpage and social media presence along with print publications (e.g. newsletters, brochures, flyers, end-user documentation, infographics and other promotional materials). In addition, the IT Communications Assistant will also perform other related projects and general office duties assigned. The position is open to CSUN undergraduates and graduates who possess excellent writing and have a general awareness of communication and marketing concepts. If interested, please contact Bianca Blasquez at cio.student@csun.edu.

Tongue & Groove, a monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo, seeks an intern to co-produce readings/literary events in town. For more information, contact Conrad Romo at 323/931-1200.

The Granada Hills Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library hosts a classics book club that is currently reading James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Many of the members have indicated that they are having difficulty with the book. Pam Rhodes, the Senior Librarian, seeks a graduate student or professor willing to volunteer their time to help with this book discussion. The Library can only offer appreciation as payment. The discussion of the novel will be on November 25, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the library. The club usually meets for an hour. If interested, please contact Pam Rhodes 818/368-5687.

4. Achievements

Nate Mills’s review essay “Louis Althusser and Academic Marxism” appears in the November/December issue of Against the Current.