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Volume 39:15

April 18th, 2013 | Posted by glyvan in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Annoucements

Dusters

Dusters, by Colleen Schaeffer

It is with enormous sadness that I announce the loss of a dear friend and colleague, Colleen Schaeffer, who was killed with her husband in a single car accident on March 25 when their SUV went off Highway 4 in San Joaquin County. A well-loved, longtime member of our lecturing faculty and a graduate of our MA program, Colleen was known for her indefatigable energy, her early pioneering and seminal contributions to online instruction, her tireless devotion to her students, and her humor, her warmth, and her very good friendship to so very many of us. Retired in 2007, Colleen had moved to northern California and found great happiness and new artistic freedoms in her life beyond CSUN, both as a writer and as a visual artist. As she wrote to Amy Reynolds in March, 2011, “By the way, I have been having the most amazing and crazy year. I was asked to hang my art in a local winery and now in a restaurant in Folsom. I was also asked to donate two pieces of art for auction to support different community needs. At the same time, I am meeting a ton of people via this wonderful publication I am volunteering on. Aside from the sense of community, something I miss with you all, is the writing that comes to me to edit. What a joy!” Please join her friends and colleagues for an informal celebration of her life at Acapulo Restaurant in Northridge on Wednesday May 1st from 4 p.m. to 6 p..m.. As many of you may remember, Acapulco is where she used to gather with other beleaguered TA’s for their much-needed TA “therapy” sessions. We look forward to hearing your stories and remembering Colleen. We hope you can join us. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to Nancy Taylor (nancy.taylor@csun.edu) by Monday, April 29th, at noon. There is a public Facebook page with additional information: https://www.facebook.com/events/278323742302098/?context=create.

On happier news, we have a new addition to our ever growing extended family and want to welcome another brand spanking new member of the human race, Eloise Charlotte Christolear, delivered to Katie Christolear on April 1, 2013, some time before 11:08 a.m., when the email news first broke. As for specifics, in Katie’s own words, “Eloise is/was 7 lbs 3 oz and 19 in long. Is it past tense since maybe she’s lost or gained weight in 6 hours? Where’s the manual for this baby?”

And it being the end of the year, the English Department is pleased to announce that up to $12,350 in scholarships and awards will be given to CSUN students this spring.  Application forms are available in the English Department Office, Sierra Tower 706 (818-677-3431). FOR MORE INFORMATION about these awards and scholarships, see http://www.csun.edu/english/awards.php

For undergraduate students:

  • Henry Van  Slooten Scholarship: $500.  Requirements: Essay from 258, 259, 275 or 355 demonstrating passion for English language.  Nomination by faculty required.
  • Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award: $500. Requirements: Creative work (poetry, fiction, drama) or essay on an aspect of the natural world written for a class or conference or publication. Students may self-nominate. Faculty nomination also allowed.
  • Linda Nichols Joseph Merit Scholarship: $2000 (up to two available). Requirements: English major; min. 3.5 overall GPA; cover letter; resume; three letters of recommendation; financial aid release.
  • Philip E. Love Scholarship:  $500.  Requirements: English 205 assignment; min.3.0 GPA; enrolled in at least six units in spring 2013; application; one-page personal essay; one faculty recommendation.
  • William L. Wilson Award:  $1600.  Requirements: junior or senior English major (any option) who plans to be a teacher; 3.0 GPA in English courses; potential to become a strong teacher;  application; 350-word personal essay; one letter of recommendation. Nomination by faculty required. 

For graduate or undergraduate students:

  • Annamarie Peterson Morley Award:  $1,000. Requirements: English major; minimum 3.5 GPA; application; 1-3 page personal essay; two letters of recommendation; financial aid release.
  • George Morley/Annamarie Peterson Scholarship: $1000. Requirements: English major; min.  3.0 GPA; application; 3-5 page personal essay; two letters of recommendation; must enroll in 12 units during semester following award; financial aid release.

For graduate students:

  • Mahlon Gaumer Award:  $500.  Requirements: Critical essay on English or American literature with emphasis on language; application form.
  • Mitchell Marcus Prize:  $3,000.  Requirements: classified Grad Student;  min. 3.75 GPA; application; writing sample; resume; personal statement; two letters of recommendation.

Jada Augustine has been appointed the new Portfolio Coordinator for the English Department’s Stretch Composition Program. Congratulations, Jada! Jada replaces Nicole Warwick, who has accepted a full-time faculty position in the Writing Program at UC Santa Barbara, beginning in Fall 2013. Congratulations, Nicole, and thank you for your many years of service to our department!

For those of you nearing retirement, or even just dreaming of your golden years, CFA will be hosting a Pensions & Benefits Workshop facilitated by Jonathan Karpf, from CSU San Jose. The workshop will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 11:30  p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Sequoia Hall, Room 250A.  Please RSVP by emailing cfa_no@calfac.org, or call the CFA Office at (818) 677-5919. (RSVPs not required, but appreciated for food count.) Lunch will be provided.

Speaking of retirement, Academic Affairs invites you to a Retirement Reception for Penelope Jennings, whom many of us have worked with and relied on over the years. Please come out to celebrate her hard work and service on Friday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Orange Grove Bistro. And do RSVP to iliana.carvajal@csun.edu  by Friday, April 26, 2013.

On May 4, 2013, in the Lakeview Terrace room at the Student Union, CSUN will host the first ever DH SoCal Research Slam. The event will bring Digital Humanities researchers together from around Southern California to present their work in an informal series of short presentations, poster sessions, and conversations. The Research Slam will showcase work done across the region and help create opportunities for learning about and collaborating in the Digital Humanities. Please stop by to see what people are doing.

The Graduate Reading Series (GRS) invites you and yours to their second reading of Spring 2013. On Friday April 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (almost immediately following our department meeting), they will be turning the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319) into the graduate reading room. Come marvel at the works of Christian Cardenas (fiction),  Lesley Gouger (playwriting), and Arthur Kayzakian (poetry). As always, they will provide light refreshments (some left over from the meeting, in case you haven’t had enough) and most excellent company. Come if you can. It means a lot the students when

On Friday, April 26th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Bobby Lopez‘s Myth Goes to the Movies presents a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the the 1963 film Tom Jones. The screening will take place in Rm 113 of Nordhoff Hall and begin at 4 p.m. and be followed by guest speaker, Tim Dean, at 6:15. Noted Queer Theorist and author of Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (University of Chicago Press, 2009), Dean will give a talk titled “Was Tom Jones a Sex Addict?” Also featured will be the Research Gallery of  Lopez’s ENGL 477, 473, and CLAS 315 classes.

The Long Eighteenth-Century Reading Group is pleased to announce that the semester’s final meeting will take place on May 1st at 7pm in Sierra Hall 102. In keeping with our cinematic Austen theme, they will discuss Sense and Sensibility after a viewing of Ang Lee’s film adaptation. Please join us for an evening that is sure to deliver lively conversation and delicious food! Contact Stephanie Harper (stephanie.harper.15@my.csun.edu) or Hannah Jorgenson (hannah.jorgenson.22@my.csun.edu) with any questions.

OnThursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room, the CSUN Office of Graduate Studies, the CSUN Linguistics/TESL Department, and the CSUN Linguistics Student Organization are sponsoring a presentation of “Understanding & Teaching Grammar through Discourse” by guest speaker Dr. Marianne Celce-Murcia, Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A faculty member at UCLA for 30 years, Dr. Celce-Murcia is interested in language teaching methodology and in applying her Ph.D. in Linguistics to the teaching of English as second or foreign language and the training of ESL teachers to teach grammar and pronunciation using a discourse-centered approach.

Finally, you won’t want to miss this Saturday’s debut performance of Kristen Castro’s “Garden of Eve” at Round Up, a Rocking Country Music Extravaganza at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and music starts at 11 a.m. Kristin is one of our undergraduates, and “Garden of Eve” features features Elton John’s bass player Matt Bissonette and professional drummer Sergio Gonzalez from the TV reality show “The NEXT.”  Castro’s band consists of 6 GRAMMY Camp® alumni musicians from California, Arizona, and Michigan.  Her set will showcase a mixture of country, folk, indie and pop music – including classic covers from country music’s biggest names and Castro’s original songs.  Come join in the fun!

2. Reminders

If you’re finding it hard to believe we’re approaching, already, the end of the semester, this may help: year-end reports are due from all committee chairs (you know who you are) by Thursday, May 2. And then you are done.

Please be sure to let me know any good news you have heard from your students regarding their futures in graduate and professional schools, so their good news and achievement can be featured in the final TN, which, like the end of the term, is fast approaching.

3. Opportunities

The Office of Community Engagement has just announced three types of grant opportunities for the coming year:  1) Course Development Grants ($1,000) to revamp an already existing course to include service learning opportunities for your students; 2) Disciplinary Grants ($2,000): One faculty member can apply to do a project with students in the community; and 3) Interdisciplinary Grants ($5,000): Two or more faculty from different disciplines can apply to do a joint project with students in the community. Grant applications are available from the Office of Community Engagement in SH443, or from joyce.burstein@csun.edu, and are due by April 22.

APAPA Bay Area College Summer Internship Program is currently searching for college students of the Asian Pacific Islander background interested in gaining firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs. Internships this year will include Mayor Ed Lee (San Francisco), Mayor Jean Quan (Oakland), and Congressman Mike Honda (San Jose). This is a great opportunity for college students interested in pursuing a career in public service or community leadership. For more information, please contact  Jcheng@apapa.org. The deadline to send applications is May 1.

Fugue only has 2 weeks left to submit to their annual writing contest. The contest prize is $1,000 to a poet and $1,000 to a writer of either fiction or nonfiction for prose. The submission period is open until May 1st, 2013, with winners announced in late June/early July of 2013. Winners and runners-up will also be published in the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Fugue, and all other entries are considered for publication as well. For more information, please  www.fuguejournal.org.

4. Achievements

Neil Citrin has just had three pieces published in the April issue of the online journal Danse Macabre. Start by going to http://www.dansemacabreonline.com. Click on the current issue (Cosmos), the “poetry” tab and then the tab marked “Drei durch Drei.” (German for “three by three”). It’s got music and a lot of graphics so it takes a bit to load. Enjoy.

Scott Kleinman has been selected to participate in the NEH-funded One Week | One Tool: A Digital Humanities Barnraising. The project will bring together a group of thirteen digital humanists to build a digital tool. Beginning with an intense six days of planning and building this summer at George Mason University the group will over the next year outline a roadmap, develop and disseminate an initial prototype, lay the ground work for building an open source community, and make first steps toward securing the project’s long-term sustainability.

Trista Payte has won an Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award for her writing project, “Domesticism: Sexuality, Maternity, and Domesticity in Contemporary American Fiction.” The Award caries with a stipend of $1500 and will be presented at the ART annual awards luncheon on May 11, where Trista will read from her work.

Brittney Rodriguez, an English Lit major graduating this coming May, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Jewish Studies Program Minor Award. This $350 award recognizes the senior with the highest academic achievement overall and in the Minor, and who shows exemplary commitment to the field of Jewish Studies.

We had a trio of CSUN representation at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: Danielle Spratt delivered her paper “‘More than an invisible agent': Effluvia, Empiricism, and ‘Rational Probability’ in King’s ‘The Eunuch’s Child” and chaired the panels “Remapping ‘Scientific’ Travels I & II” and “By the Author of David Simple: New Approaches to Sarah Fielding II.” Hannah Jorgenson presented her paper “Teaching the Impossible in Sarah Fielding’s The Governess.” And Stephanie Harper presented her paper “‘An Account of a Fray': Attachment Theory and Lockean Reason inThe Governess” in addition to chairing the panel “By the Author of David Simple: New Approaches to Sarah Fielding I.”

Volume 39:14

March 28th, 2013 | Posted by glyvan in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

We begin this issue of the Thursday’s Notes with the most spectacular news that our very own Cheryl Spector has received  the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina! This prestigious national award, now in its 24th year, honors college faculty, administrators, staff and students for outstanding work on behalf of first-year students and for the impact their efforts have on the students and culture of their institutions. Spector was one of 10 educators from around the country recognized for their work on behalf of first-year college students. Here in the Department we know Cheryl to be a fierce and indefatigable advocate for the needs of students in general, and of first year students in particular, so it’s especially great to see her get this important recognition on the national stage. Cheryl‘s work for first-year students includes such critical programs as Freshman Common Reading Program and University 100, as well as a year-round series of workshops offering professional development to faculty and staff who work extensively with CSUN freshmen. Now about that copy of Garbology — have you signed up for yours yet, or gone to a discussion group? All you have to do to get your free copy (assuming they’re still available) is commit to talking to at least one first year student next year. How about three or four? Try it — you might change a life. In the meantime, our warmest congratulations and gratitude to Cheryl, who has most certainly earned this award.

And here’s a big welcome back to Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Eloise Klein Healy, who is coming to read for us April 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. in JR 319. Eloise, who taught in this department in the waning decades of the twentieth century and founded CSUN’s Women’s Studies program, is an amazing Poet who has published numerous collections of poetry, including The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho (2007); Passing (2002), a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize; and Artemis in Echo Park (1991), which was also nominated for the Lambda Book Award. As an editor, Eloise is also active in the world of small-press publishing. She co-founded ECO-ARTS, a venture combining ecotourism and the arts, and in 2006 established Arktoi Books, an imprint with Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian writers. She was the Grand Prize winner of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival Competition, and other honors include grants from the California Arts Council and the City of Los Angeles, residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Dorland Mountain Colony, and several Pushcart Prize nominations. Eloise’s work has been featured in many anthologies, including The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave (2001), Another City: Writing from Los Angeles (2001), and The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place (1999). After CSUN, Eloise went on to found the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she won the inaugural Horace Mann Award. In 2012, she was appointed Los Angeles’s first poet laureate by mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. This promises to be a very special evening so do try to be there if you can.

Speaking of Eloise, on April 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., Red Hen Press will be sponsoring a reading at the Annenberg Community Beach House with her, Cecelia Woloch, and Nathalie Handal. Like Eloise, Cecilia is is a esteemed past member of our lecturer poetry faculty, and this evening, too, promises to be a very fine one. The Annenberg Beach House is at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, and it really is right on the beach, with a nice cafe adjacent. Admission is free, but parking is $3 an hour or $8 a day, unless you are 62 and have already purchased your senior lifetime beach parking pass available to any California resident for $2. If not, and you’re eligible, maybe now is the time.

Irene Clark, Dorothy Clark, Sandra Stanley and Nate Mills have been awarded 3 units of reassigned time by the COH Faculty Fellows Selection Committee for Fall 2013.  Congratulations and happy writing to all four of them!

Kate Haake will be giving a reading/talk titled, “Habits of Dreaming: Writing Into the Future,” at Santa Monica College on Tuesday, April 23, at 11:15 a.m. The event, which is free, will take place in HSS 165.

Mona Houghton and Kate Haake will be presenting with What Books Press at the Ojai Wordfest on Saturday, April 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will feature readings from Kate and Mona, as well CSUN’s Ramon Garcia, and Rod Val Moore, of Valley College Karen Kevorkian, of UCLA, and with a special appearance of the artist, Gronk, who provides all cover art for What Books. A discussion of “Art and Writing” will follow the reading.

2. Reminders

If you didn’t order your graduation regalia, well, it’s too late now. But don’t let that stop you from coming out and celebrating our fabulous graduates on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 in the evening. Well, plan to be here early for our annual Reception and Awards Ceremony too.

Please take the time to vote in the College’s Spring Elections: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HUMN. You will be voting for the following: Faculty Senate, three Senators (two year term);  one Lecturer Representative (two year term); Advisory Committee; and one Academic Grievance and Grade Appeals Board (two year term). The election will close on Monday, April 22nd at 5 p.m.

And don’t forget, either the Academy of American Poets Prize Competition, now accepting submissions for the 2013 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. To enter, students should submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet with student’s name, address, phone number, email address and the titles of poems submitted to the English Department Office in ST 706. Poems may be any length or style. Names should not appear on the poems. All work must be typed and submitted in duplicate for judging. Submissions are judged anonymously. The winners will be announced during the English Department Commencement celebration. For more information please contact Leilani Hall, at (818) 677-3428 or leilani.hall@csun.edu, or Dorothy Barresi, at (818) 677-0911 or dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

3. Opportunities

Assigned time for seeking assigned time — what could be better? Research and Graduate Studies has just announced the Grant Application Support Program and the Large Project Support Program, which provide  reassigned time to support seeking external grants. Faculty funded by this program will be required to submit at least one external grant application requesting at least $50,000, and to resubmit the proposal if the initial proposal is unsuccessful. Guidelines and forms can be found at can be downloaded from our http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/index.html.

Or, if you want to get a taste of the administrative path, Juana Mora will be leaving the College of Humanities Associate Dean position for other, not to say greener, pastures in GRIP (thank you, Juana, and we will miss you!), and here is your chance! Internal candidates (that would be you) applying for any position on campus (state or auxiliary) must apply through the myNorthridge portal. Once you log in to the portal, go to the Human Resources/Employee pagelet. Click on View Job Openings/Apply. You will see the open positions. Click on any position to see the full description. And good luck!

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is also looking for a director. For questions, details, and/or a copy of the position announcement, f you have any questions please contact, Dr. Christine Mallon, State University Dean, Academic Programs and Faculty Development, at cmallon@calstate.edu, or Dr. Bonnie Paller, current Rotating Faculty Director, at bpaller@calstate.edu.

West Los Angeles College seeks English instructors to teach as adjuncts who are experienced in teaching a variety of writing courses with an emphasis on foundation skills. Candidates must have experience teaching composition online as well as on campus, along with the following desirable qualifications: excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to instruct students with widely varying learning styles using a variety of successful teaching techniques, including creative innovative academic learning environments; demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds of community college students, including those with physical and/or learning disabilities; ability to work with at-risk students and their challenges; and demonstrated record of employing technology in the classroom. Candidates must hold, at a minimum, a Master’s in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition; OR a Bachelor’s in any of the above AND Master’s in linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in reading, creative writing, or journalism; OR the equivalent. Please email Fran Leonard, Chair of Language Arts at Leonarft@wlac.edu.

Grassroots Campaigns is currently hiring Assistant Canvass Directors to run field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, ACLU, The Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Job responsibilities include: recruitment, staff management, canvassing, and administration. After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management.Positions last through August of 2014.Campaign hours can run 80-100 hours per week, including work on weekends. Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000, with health care, paid training, vacation, and sick days included; student loan assistance is available.Positions are available beginning post-graduation, in cities nationwide. Students who are interested should apply directly to Loosi Azarian at lazarian.gci@gmail.com. Grassroots Campaigns is also hiring students for full time summer job positions. To find out more and to apply visit www.grassrootscampaigns.com/2013-summer-jobs-application/.

What Books Press, a Los Angeles collective of diverse literary and visual artists whose work often defies ready classification, will be holding its first open submission period in June and will be considering books of poetry. Check the webpage at http://www.whatbookspress.com for forthcoming details, polish up those manuscripts, and please help spread the word.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews presented a paper titled “Ugido Wado, Mr. Roboto” at the Native American Literature Symposium in Minneapolis, Minn., last week. Although the title is an allusion in Cherokee to the Styx song lyric “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” (Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto), the paper was about the 2011 best-selling novel Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson (a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma). At the conference Scott learned that his poem titled “The Wizards of Wall Street” will be published in a collection of poems titled 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. The poem was written for a blog project of the same name and can be found at: http://99poemsfor99percent.blogspot.com/2011/11/wizards-of-wall-street-by-scott-andrews.html

A large group of CSUN English Department faculty attended this year’s Conference on College Composition and Communication convention in Las Vegas, and a record number of TAs (five) presented papers at the convention. Irene Clark presented a paper titled “Genre Awareness as a Threshold Concept.” Ian Barnard organized a panel on “Objectivity?” and presented a paper entitled “The Resilience of Objectivity” as part of the panel.  Other panelists included Geghard Arakelian, whose paper was entitled “Patriarchy and Colonialism in the Writing Classroom: A Call for Resistance,” and Renee Moreno (CHS), who presented “A Celebration of Subjectivity.”  Ian also chaired a panel, “Remembering Adrienne Rich,” that celebrated Rich’s impact on and significance for the field of rhetoric and composition. Mandy Macklin presented a paper entitled “Language Diversity and the Public Prerogative: A Case Study of an Expanding FYC Program,” Jada Augustine presented on “The Public Value of Teaching Writing in an Intensive English Program: A Problem of Transferability to the FYC Classroom,” Naomi Carrington presented on “World Englishes and English Vernaculars in College Composition: Global Meshing as Standard,” Ann O’Bryan presented a paper entitled “Video Games in the Composition Classroom: Overcoming Sexism, Racism, and Violence,” Norma Aceves presented on “How I Came to Be a Rhetorician,” and Rachael Jordan presented on “Engaging in Digital Public Space: Facebook and Basic Writing Students.”

We have all been hearing good news from our students re their futures in graduate and professional schools. Stay tuned here for a final count, coming to you here when the count is in. Meantime, thanks to those who have already written to keep me updated, and if you have news of this type to share, please do send me the details. And good luck to all students who are still waiting for news of their own!