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Volume 40:5

November 7th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:5)

1. Announcements

For those of you dreaming of FERP-ing (and who is not, either in the near, the in-between, or the far, far  future), this year’s deadline is February 20, 2014. Details can be found at http://www.csun.edu/~facacct/forms/general/ferp-faqs.pdf.

Sigma Tau Delta has issued a CFP for its upcoming conference, isms: An Exploration into the Invisible Barriers of Classification, which will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at CSUN. Sponsored in part by the CSUN English Department and the Distinguished Speaker Award, the event will feature Keynote Speaker Keynote Speaker: Dodie Bellamy: author of Academonia and The Buddhist. Both graduate and undergraduate creative and scholarly works are  invited that explore, scrutinize, dismember, as well as defend or create the isms that restrict or empower in seen and unseen ways every day. Potential topics include:  Blended and Multi-Genres: Hybridity, Liminality, Interstitiality; Slipstream, Speculative, Surrealist Narratives; Creative Non-Fiction; Poetry, Poetics, Lyric Essays; Globalization; World Literatures, Post-Colonialism, Cultural Studies; Popular Culture, Film Studies, New Media; Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies; Pedagogy, Narratology, Rhetoric and Composition; Unlikely Juxtapositions in Literature, Film, Art, etc.; New Approaches to Gender, Race, Class, and Politics; Linguistics; Identity, Identities, Identification(s).Proposals of 250-350 words should be submitted to sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com by December 18th, 2013.  Abstract/proposal should include proposer’s name and contact information. This conference is always terrific, so please let your students know and mark your calendars now.

Here’s an exciting event coming up next Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room, Four Alumni Poets/ Four First Books of Poetry, a reading and publication panel that is not to be missed. The event will feature four CSUN Creative Writing alumni reading from their recently published first books of poetry and answering questions about their path to book publication. The readers are Ellen Kelley, Dan Murphy, Sharon Venezio and Kim Young. All are invited to attend.

Another special evening will take place tomorrow evening when the GRS hosts its last reading of the semester, featuring three amazing readers:  Freddy Garcia (poetry)  James Bezzera (fiction), and Gina Srmabekian (poetry/fiction). The event will follow our department meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room (with just enough time for dinner between). Here’s hoping to see you there!

CSUN graduate student Melisa Malvin-Middleton will be having a scene from her dark comedy play Actor Kid showcased at the Other Space Theater (at the Actors Company) on Thursday, November 21 at 7:45 p.m. The evening, which will also feature the work of two other playwrights, promises to be an enjoyable one, so do come out if you can to 916 N. Formosa Ave. in West Hollywood, CA 90046.

Mona Houghton and Kate Haake will be reading with other What Books authors at Stories Bookstore on Saturday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m., and again, at the Last Bookstore, on Sunday, November 17 (check bookstore for time).

Even though it’s not Thanksgiving yet, now is the time to mark your calendars for the Department Holiday Party, which will take place this year on December 6. Yes, we’re still at the mid point in the term, but don’t blink. The holidays (and finals) will be upon us soon.

And after the holidays end, please consider attending the Faculty Retreat, which will be held on the CSUN campus on Monday, January 13th , and on Tuesday, January 14th, will feature an outing to visit to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. If you wish to attend, please visit the Retreat website to register (direct link to registration page: http://www.csun.edu/senate/facretreatregistratiion ).  The deadline is December 2.

2. Reminders

Now is the time to be nominating your best students for our various Department awards. And while you are at it, please help spread the word among students who may be interested in applying directly. (And do let them know that if they are receiving financial aid the receipt of an award may affect their aid.) Unless otherwise noted below, all application materials must be submitted by the applicant to the English Department office (Sierra Tower 706) by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Please submit one hard copy of each required document. Application forms for individual awards (when required) are available in the English Department office (ST 706). Essays and scholarly work submitted for consideration must have been completed between December 1, 2012 and November 13, 2013.  (Don’t forget that papers completed at the very end of the fall 2012 semester will be eligible for these awards.) If you have any questions about these awards, please contact Dr. Lauren Byler, Chair of the Awards Committee (lauren.byler@csun.edu) or Dr. Jackie Stallcup, Chair of the Department of English (jackie.stallcup@csun.edu)

The Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize

To commemorate Oliver W. Evans, his colleagues and friends have established an annual prize of $400 to be awarded to the author of the best piece of prose, critical or creative, submitted in an upper-division English course during the academic year. Faculty may nominate students for this award by submitting their papers to the English Department office, and students may nominate themselves by similarly submitting their papers.  The award will be made by a committee appointed annually by the Department of English. Application Materials: one hard copy of the student’s paper

The Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature

To commemorate Eva Latif, her colleagues and friends offer an annual prize of $400 to the author of the best piece of writing, critical or creative, by a student on the subject of children’s literature. Faculty may nominate students for this award by submitting their papers to the English Department office, and students may nominate themselves by similarly submitting their papers.  The award will be made by a committee appointed annually by the Department of English. Application Materials: one hard copy of the student’s paper

The Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship

A prize of $500 will be given each year to the student whose achievements in the study of Business Communication are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.  This award honors the work and business contributions of Philip E. Love, a local businessman who wishes he had completed his degree before entering the professional world.  With this scholarship, he aims to encourage academic achievement.  This award is given by his family. Application Requirements:  applicant must be a CSUN student enrolled in at least 6 units in the semester in which the award is bestowed, minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Materials:  completed Philip E. Love Scholarship application form (available in ST 706), faculty recommendation form completed by the applicant’s English 205 professor, business writing sample completed between April 30, 2013 and November 13, 2013 (2-page maximum), personal statement describing applicant’s understanding and commitment to strong business communication skills (1-page maximum).

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship

In memory of Linda Nichols Joseph, an English major who graduated from CSUN cum laude in 1981, up to four prizes of $2,000 each will be awarded every year to undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies.  Particular consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need, who have taken a non-traditional path to college, or who demonstrate engagement in the discipline and/or commitment to further study in English.  However, all applicants who meet the minimum GPA criterion are encouraged to apply Application Requirement:  minimum 3.5 overall GPA Application Materials: completed application form; letter discussing the applicant’s qualifications for the award, including issues such as financial aid, and/or engagement in the discipline, and/or commitment to further study in English (1-2 pages); résumé or curriculum vitae; two letters of recommendation; Financial Aid release form (attached to application form).

The William L. Wilson Award

A scholarship of $1,600 will be given to an English major who plans to teach at the secondary level.  This scholarship has been established to honor the memory of William L. Wilson, a career Army officer who taught high school for many years upon his retirement from the U.S. Army.  He pursued his own continuing education throughout his lifetime and always taught by example the qualities of honesty, compassion, and justice.  The scholarship is intended to recognize and encourage students who work diligently to get their degrees and achieve their career potential in spite of additional obligations such as work or family. Application Requirements: Applicants must be either junior or senior English majors going for a secondary single-subject teaching credential; they must possess qualities associated with being a strong classroom teacher, and have at least a 3.0 GPA in their major. Application Materials: completed application form; personal statement describing the applicant’s path to becoming a teacher (350 word max.); one letter of recommendation (or recommendation form) from an English faculty member, who will submit this letter directly to the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Lauren Byler.

The Peterson Morley Award

An award of $1,000 will be bestowed annually upon a student currently enrolled as an English major at CSUN in either the undergraduate or graduate program, who plans to enter the teaching profession at any level.  Applications from students who demonstrate financial need to complete their studies will be given particular attention.  This award is given in honor of Annamarie Peterson Morley, a professor at CSUN from 1965 to 1980, who taught with warmth, grace, humor, and wisdom.  She was an elegant and humane woman, a model for teachers and students. Application Requirements: For Undergraduate Students:  registered as an English major, minimum 3.0 overall GPA, registered for at least 12 units in the subsequent semester.

For Graduate Students:  registered in the English graduate program, minimum 3.25 GPA, registered for at least 6 units in the subsequent semester. Application Materials: completed application form, personal vignette of a classroom experience that has motivated the applicant’s desire to teach (3-page max.), unofficial transcript, two letters of recommendation, Financial Aid release form (attached to application form).

3. Opportunities

The Fence Books submission Portal will be OPEN for Entries November 1-30, 2013 for The Ottoline Prize, which awards publication and $5,000 to a book-length work of poetry by a woman writing in English who has previously published one or more full-length books of poetry. The submission fee is $28, and all entrants receive a complimentary subscription to Fence. The winning manuscript will be published in the Spring of 2015 by Fence Books. To submit, please go to https://fence.submittable.com/submit. And good luck to all poets.

Summer Literary Seminars has announced its 2014 Literary Contest! One of the largest contests in North America, it will be held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine, with prizes sponsored by the Center for Fiction, St. Petersburg Review, and the esteemed Graywolf Press. Prizes include publication and free or reduced attendance any one of the 2014 SLS programs – in Vilnius, Lithuania (July 13 – 26, 2014); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December 2014). For more information, please see contest guidelines.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi‘s poems, “Privacy,” “Bones” and “Skinned Aces” appear in the current issue of Pool–an online poetry journal. Her poem “Litany with Garbage Keeper and Bones” was featured last month online by the literary journal Rattle. Her long poem “Cooperation” has been accepted for publication by Spillway, which will also run a short interview with her in its forthcoming special issue featuring long and short poems. Her article “Thingness” appears in the Autumn 2013 issue of The Gettysburg Review. On September 20 she gave a poetry reading at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, as part of their Literary Southwest series.

Kate Haake’s essay, “The Interstitial Practice of Wonder,” appears in the current issue of Interfictions Online, a Journal of Interstitial Arts (http://interfictions.com). More excitingly, an excerpt from Sean Pessin’s autoethnography, “Memory of the Process,” written in English 652, appears along with it.

Last year’s graduating senior Karlee Johnson, now an MFA student at San Francisco State, was recently selected as one of the top 25 entrants for her story “Mouth Wisdom” in Glimmer Train’s August 2013 Short Story Award for new writers. And in truth, it’s a wonderful story.

Angie Misaghi and Noreen Lace participated at the annual ECCTYC (English Council of California Two Year Colleges) Conference in Anaheim, CA on October 25. They presented a session on student engagement activities and assignments.

Volume 40.4

October 10th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40.4)

1. Announcements

For those of you in the RTP process, fall brings not just the occasional shower of rain and change of leaf, even here, but also classroom visitations, PIFS, and sometimes a frazzled nerve or two. In order to calm these and provide critical information, the CFA-CSUN Chapter will be hosting a Retention, Tenure & Promotion Workshop for all new and probationary faculty, personnel committee members, department chairs, and deans. Learn the guidelines and understand the processes outlined in the new CFA/CSU contract and yet to be updated “Section 600.” This workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 16, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Juniper Hall 417 and includes lunch! To ensure sufficient handout materials, please RSVP to CFA office at (818) 677-5919 or cfa.office@csun.edu.

The next event in this month’s Faculty Development Fall Teaching Series will feature Prof. James E. Sefton of the History Department with a talk titled, “High Standards: Holding Students Accountable.” A long-time champion of student achievement and effort, Jim has recently revised and shared his characteristically brief and to-the-point list, “Academic Tactics for Freshmen,” which you can find online under “Timeless Advice . . . .” in the main column at http://www.csun.edu/afye/. The event will take place on Thursday, October 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Whitsett Room (SH 451), and please RSVP to wendy.say@csun.edu.

On October 30 from 2:30 to 3:30 in JR 319, Tina Torres, the new Director of the Credential Office, and credential counselors will be talking about the various opportunities available for teaching, providing information about their credential programs, and answering questions.  All students — both undergraduate and graduate — are invited.  Students are sure to find the information valuable, even if they are ambivalent about becoming teaching.

On Wednesday, October 23, Mona Houghton and Kate Haake will be reading with What Books Press at LA’s first annual Lit Crawl. The nationwide phenomenon known as the Lit Crawl will be held in two rounds at twelve different NoHo locations. Round 1 goes from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Round 2, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.. And then there’s an After Party, from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. (tickets, $15). Houghton and Haake will be reading with other What Books authors, Rod Val Moore, Chuck Rosenthal, and Gail Wronsky in Round 2 (7:30 to 8:30 p.m.) at the ACME Comedy Theater (21+) at 5124 Lankershim Blvd.

2. Opportunities

MIT is looking to hire a Tenured Associate/Full Professor in Comparative Media Studies to begin in September 2014. A Ph.D. and an extensive record of publication, research activity, and leadership are expected. Expertise in the cultural and social implications of established media forms (film, television, audio and visual cultures, or print) is as important as scholarship in one or more emerging areas such as media industries and production practices, games, social media, new media literacies, software studies, and transmedia storytelling. Candidates should demonstrate a record of effective teaching and thesis supervision, significant research/creative activity, relevant administrative experience, and international recognition.

Here’s one for students: Courtesy of the  EOP AB 540 Initiative Committee, eight $500 scholarships will be awarded to currently enrolled students in good academic standing at the end of this fall semester. This scholarship aims to support and encourage AB 540 students at CSUN in pursuit of academic excellence. Preference will be giving to CSUN students currently enrolled un AB 540s. Check with Marvin Villaneuva for application guidelines, which  will include a one-page single spaced essay. The  deadline is Monday, November 4, 2013; applications must be dropped off in Jerome Richfield 240.

And another for students, a new national literary magazine dedicated to the work of outstanding undergraduate creative writing,The Quaker, at  www.thequaker.org. Please let your student writers know.

3. Achievements

Stephanie Harper has been named a HASTAC Scholar for 2014. The HASTAC Scholars program is an innovative student community with Scholars coming from 75+ universities and dozens of disciplines. The Scholars community works at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences, blogging, hosting online forums, developing new projects, and organizing events that center around rethinking pedagogy, learning, research & academia for the digital age. HASTAC (pronounced “haystack”) is an alliance of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities.

Jacqui Meisel‘s piece, Simple Pleasures, has been published in the Essay/Memoir section of the Moon Magazine’s October issue.


Volume 40:3

September 26th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:3)

1. Announcements

CSUN Research Fellows Program, funded collaboratively by the Office of the Provost, the Colleges and the Library, is once again inviting tenured and probationary faculty to submit proposals to become a Research Fellow. Nine research fellowships will be awarded each academic year (one per College and one in the Library). The CSUN Research Fellows Program provides 12 units of reassigned time and a small research support budget for those who are selected.  Faculty who are interested in becoming a Research fellow must submit proposals, no longer than five pages, including any additional budget request up to $5,000 to the Dean’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on January 24, 2014 on the College-provided proposal form, available on the College website. Go ahead; don’t be shy. And good luck to all.

President Dianne Harrison and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Harry Hellenbrand invite all candidates who will be reviewed in the RTP process this year, including faculty under review for retention, tenure, and/or promotion in rank to Associate Professor as well as faculty seeking promotion in rank to Professor, to attend a “Retention, Tenure, and Promotion” informal discussion on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Ferman Presentation Room at the Oviatt Library. Members of reviewing agencies such as Department Chairs, members of Department and College Personnel Committees, and Deans and faculty planning to seek promotion in rank in future years are also invited and encouraged to attend.

On September 30 and October 1, CSUN will be hosting a two-day event, “Higher Education in the Brave New World.”  This symposium is part of a continuing series of events hosted by CSU, Northridge on “CSU: The Next 50 Years.” The focus of this symposium will be on changing delivery and learning models to prepare students for whatever in the world may be coming next, and will feature two days of exciting panels and speakers. Registration for the event is now open; please visit: http://www.csun.edu/senate/symposiumregistration for additional information and to register.  There is no registration fee to attend but registration is mandatory due to space limitations. General registration will be restricted to approximately 100 attendees.  It is possible to attend just one of the event days if you schedule does not permit attending both days. Please register by September 25 (which, oops, was yesterday but if you are quick about it and there is room, late registrants might still be accepted).

Also on Monday, September 30, English and Chicana/o Studies will jointly be sponsoring an important panel discussion, “Massacre, Migration, Memory, and the Search for Justice in Guatemala and the United States.” Speakers will include Oscar Alfredo Ramirez Castaneda, survivor of the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala, now living in Massachusetts; Castaneda’s father, Tranquilino Castanedo, a farmer and survivor of Dos Erres who, for nearly 30 years, believed his children and pregnant wife had been killed; Fredy Peccerelli, founder of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation; and Scott Greathead, litigation lawyer and member of Human Rights First. The discussion will take place in the Whitsett Room, from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.

This year’s Faculty Retreat will be held on the CSUN campus on Monday, January 13th , and on Tuesday, January 14th, will feature an outing to visit to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. At this time, proposals are invited from faculty who wish to talk about how they build engagement and connect with the campus, local, and greater Los Angeles community. The online proposal form is available at http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreatproposal, and the deadline to submit your proposal is October 21, 2013.

University Counseling Services will be having an Open House on Wednesday, October 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Bayramian Hall 520 Plan to stop by to learn more about how they can help us help ensure our student success.
Tonight is the night for the Northridge Creative Writing Circle’s inaugural event. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in JR 315 and feature a reading and Q & A by Cheryl Klein (fiction) and Jamie Fitzgerald (poetry), the Director and Associate Director of Poets & Writers, West. Both readers will be able to answer questions about Poets & Writers and their services, their experiences in their MFA programs at Cal Arts and San Diego State, as well as their experiences in the publishing world and as active members of the local literary community. And today is also the day of a NCWC fundraising event at Chili’s Northridge, where 15% of the proceeds will go to the NCWC. The event will go on from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, so if you are hungry, consider doing your part to help support our writing community.

2. Reminders

This is a quick reminder that the Amenities Committee asks you to please contribute to our annual fund, which finances the holiday party, refreshments for department meetings, and celebrations for faculty and staff retirements and other milestones. Contributions (in the form of cash or checks) should be given to Marlene Cooksey (ST 704). Checks should be made out to “Amenities.” (Please don’t put cash in Marlene’s mailbox.) Suggested contributions are the same as last year: Professor $70, Associate $50, Assistant $40, Lecturer $10. Thank you for helping us to fund department events and to reimburse those who shop for these events!

I know we are all looking forward to the New Oviatt Library Learning Commons ribbon cutting and reception on October 3, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., but just in case it slipped your mind, it’s coming up next week. Tour the Commons with its open and flexible technology-enhanced study spaces including ergonomic, modern furniture, laptop checkouts and new interactive digital signage. Also showcased will be the expanded new Freudian Sip Coffeehouse featuring its famous chocolate covered eclairs and the Learning Resources Center, now located on the Oviatt Library 3rd floor, East Wing. Welcome and  opening remarks by Oviatt Library Dean, Mark Stover, with additional program remarks by President, Dianne F. Harrison; Provost, Harry Hellenbrand; and VP for Student Affairs, William Watkins. RSVP at http://library.csun.edu/GrandOpening by September 25th (which was, again, yesterday). For more information contact Sarah Sayeed (818) 677-7629.

Also in the not to forget category, the deadline for Probationary Faculty Grants is coming up, on October 1, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

And for those of you for whom these various applications (or just the fifth week of the term) cause stress, there is always Kathy Leslie’s English yoga every Wednesday at 12:30 in JR 319.

3. Opportunities

The 38th Comparative Drama Conference, featuring playwright David Henry Hwang for a stimulating conversation about contemporary theater, has issued a call for papers reporting on new research and development in any aspect of drama. Papers may be comparative across nationalities, periods and disciplines; and may deal with any issue in dramatic literature, criticism, theory, and performance, or any method of historiography, translation, or production. Hosted by Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland, and featuring playright David Henry Hwang for a stimulating conversation about contemporary theater, the conference will take place April 3 to 5 in 2014. The deadline for submission is December 3, 2013.

The deadline for The Missouri Review’s Editors’ Prize competition is coming up soon — October 1. This award, one of the most highly respected in the country, offers a wonderful opportunity for both emerging and established writers: past winners have been selected for the Best American series — and all first-place winners receive a featured publication in The Missouri Review, $5,000, and a paid trip out to our spring reading and reception. Submission guidelines can also be found at  http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/.

The The Truth About the Fact, an international journal of literary nonfiction published by Loyola Marymount University, has issued a call for submissions of literary nonfiction essay, memoir, and/or commentary (1000-5000 words), literary nonfiction narrative poetry, and black and white art and photography.  The deadline is December 31, 2013, and work can be submitted by email to editor@thetruthaboutthefact.com.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews will have an essay in the Spring 2014 issue of Western American Literature, which will be a special edition on American Indian literature.  “The Significance of the Frontier in Comanche Poetry” discusses Sy Hoahwah’s collection, Velroy and the Madischie Mafia, in light of Frederick Jackson Turner’s famous essay titled “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” suggesting the influence of a Comanche (rather than American) exceptionalism.  Also, his prose poem titled “I (Thunderheart) N.Y.” (which you can read on his office door) will be reprinted in Good Medicine, an anthology of American Indian humor.

Martin Pousson has been invited to speak on a panel at the West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, September 29. The Identity in Fiction panel will be moderated by Cheryl Klein, of Poets & Writers, and will take place in the LGBT Lounge, upstairs in the West Hollywood Library, 2:15-3:15. The event is free and all are welcome.

Elyce Wakerman’s article, “Reinventing Your Career After Retirement,” can be found at  nycitywoman.com.

Volume 40:2

September 12th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:2)

1. Announcements

It is with a considerable sadness that we note the recent passing of Charles Hatfield’s father-in-law. Charles is away back east with his family, but he and his family are also here in our thoughts and hearts during this time of loss.

The New Oviatt Library Learning Commons goes live! Please mark your calendars for October 3, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., to celebrate the ribbon cutting and reception of this important new campus resource. Tour the Commons with its open and flexible technology-enhanced study spaces including ergonomic, modern furniture, laptop checkouts and new interactive digital signage. Also showcased will be the expanded new Freudian Sip Coffeehouse. The Learning Resources Center in its on the Oviatt Library 3rd floor, East Wing. Welcome and  opening remarks by Oviatt Library Dean, Mark Stover, with additional program remarks by President, Dianne F. Harrison; Provost, Harry Hellenbrand; and VP for Student Affairs, William Watkins. RSVP at http://library.csun.edu/GrandOpening by September 25th. For more information contact Sarah Sayeed (818) 677-7629.

The date of the Wings/New Voices Awards Ceremony has been changed. Please make a note of it. The new date is October 11th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. The event itself remains an important and moving one and we hope to see everyone there to help celebrate these special student achievements.

And while we are on the subject of showcasing student achievement, you won’t want to miss the inaugural evening of the Graduate Reading Series. This Friday, September 13, the GRS will feature readings of fiction by Laura Dunlap and Chris Espinosa and of poetry by Lusine Makarosyan.

Take 2: CSUN Stretch goes YouTube live (again). Please take a moment to watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6qN0bj7go0.

CSU Fullerton’s chapter of the internationally affiliated English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, will be hosting the Far Western Regional Conference for the second year. The conference, “Visions of Texts: Representations of Textual Symbols, Images, and Motifs,” will take place on Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16, and be focused on the visual representations of symbols, motifs, and texts, as well as on the way texts are portrayed or changed in adaptations and translations. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, the weekend will be provide a great opportunity to introduce students to conference environments and to encourage academic involvement off campus. The full CFP can be found here. Conference fee, $25.

The Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCURR) will be hosted this year at Whittier College and will feature two creative writing panels to be made up of undergraduate creative writing students. These two panels, one for poetry and one for fiction, will be juried by award winning poet, Tony Barnstone. To apply, students should submit either one poem or a selection of poems (max 40 lines) to SCURRpoetry@whittier.edu or one story of up to 3,000 words to SCURRfiction@whittier.edu. Submissions must include the student’s full name, undergraduate institution and genre of their work, and a page number in the top right corner of every page. Registration is now open and the deadline for submissions is October 7th. Students will be notified of their acceptance on November 1st and the Conference is set for November 23rd.

In conjunction with W. W. Norton’s publication this year of the Centenary Edition of Robert Hayden’s Collected Poems, the University of Michigan will be holding a conference on November 1 celebrating Hayden’s life and poetry. The keynote address of the conference, to be held in the Rackham Amphitheater, will be delivered by Harryette Mullen, Professor of English and Creative Writing at UCLA, a Guggenheim Fellow (among other honors), and a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other luminaries scheduled to prevent promise to make this an exciting event, especially for Hayden fans.

The Peace Corps is looking for English majors! With thousands of volunteer positions available worldwide, 43% of which are in education assignments, the Peace Corps provides an excellent opportunity for our graduates to live and work abroad, gain practical job experience, use benefits like grad school partnerships, and do a little good in the world. A BA in English qualifies candidates for secondary Education English teaching assignments. Please let your students know that there are currently 670 openings for these positions, some of which may be filled by them!

Errata: The last edition of these notes announced that for the second year in a row, had won the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program writing prize had gone to an English major, Anna Isikikian. In fact, it’s the sixth year in a row that an English major has won this prize. Many thanks to Audrey Thacker for keeping better track of these things than I do.

2. Reminders

Travel requests are due with Tonie by Friday, October 4. Forms are available at http://www-admn.csun.edu/travel/. Don’t forget to get yours in. You’ll be glad you did

Safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Here, again, is a link our “Emergency Operation Desk Reference for Faculty,” http://www-admn.csun.edu/dps/emergency/ppt/faculty/html/index.htm . Read it and be prepared! And make sure to stock a pair of earthquake shoes and a sweatshirt in your office, just in case. My sister keeps a hard hat with her car supply kit. Won’t you look smart rescuing your colleague when the time comes.

Selling books to buyers on campus is against University policy. Don’t sell them books and tell them, please, to go away so we will not need to remind them, yet again, about our University policy

Do, however, donate books to AGSE, which will be having their annual book sale, starting September 17. Just think of it as that much less to dusk, and it’s for a good cause.

Don’t forget these important deadlines from Faculty Development: for the Fall 2013 Faculty Development Competition for Attending Teaching Conferences, is September 11, 2013; and for the Probationary Faculty Support Program, October 1, 2013. Probationary faculty, you know who you are and what an important opportunity this is. Go get those units; you’ll be glad you did. For additional information, please see the faculty Development website. And good luck.

And it’s Open Enrollment period again. From Monday, September 16 and to Friday, October 11, 2013, you have to opportunity to revaluate your benefits and make changes that make better sense for you and your family. This is an opportune time to evaluate your benefits and what makes the most sense for you and your family. Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective January 1, 2014. For details, see http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/benefits/enrollment/open-enrollment-2014.pdf.

3. Opportunities

Anyone interested in teaching for the GE Aesthetics and Culture Path, this is just a reminder that proposals are due this Sunday, September 15, to gepaths@csun.edu. They are interested in particular in lower division courses that are going to be taught next Spring but all proposals will be welcome. Course proposal forms are available at http://www.csun.edu/gepathways/faculty.html, The stipend for participating in the path is $750 for two semesters of path teaching and attendance at a few path meetings.

The Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for its MA/PhD graduate program. A medium-sized department with internationally recognized strengths in many fields, and UCSB offers funding packages for every graduate student in the program. With a particular focus on guiding each our student towards innovative and often groundbreaking research is reflected they have eight research centers where students and faculty are able to work collaboratively on projects, talks, and conferences. Each center focuses on different specialties, including digital humanities and the culture of information, American cultures, early modern studies, modernist and postmodern Anglophone literature and the cultures that produced it, Hemispheric methodologies and research, literature and the environment, literature and the mind, materialism and aesthetics, and medieval literatures. These centers frequently collaborate together on events and projects, and students are encouraged to be involved with more than one. This work across periods and areas of specialization nicely dovetails with the interdisciplinary PhD emphases on campus. English Department application deadline for Fall 2014 is December 15, 2013.

Here’s a paying market for our undergraduate writers! Please let them know The Blue Route is currently reading submissions for issue #11, tentatively scheduled to come out in January 2014. Please encourage your students to submit their very best poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction. Full archives and submission guidelines are available at http://widenerblueroute.org/, and the deadline for submission is Friday, November 8th.

Also currently seeking submissions is The Oklahoma Review, an online journal published by the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University. The Oklahoma Review will be accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry until October 15. Submissions may be sent via email to okreview@cameron.edu. My name is Melissa Johnson and I am on the staff of The Oklahoma Review, an online journal published by the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University. The Oklahoma Review will be accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry until October 15. Submissions may be sent via email to okreview@cameron.edu. Guidelines are attached. If you could pass this information along to any students or faculty who might be interested, the editors would greatly appreciate it.

And for those recent MA poets among you, the Stadler Fellowship offers an opportunity to receive professional training in arts administration and literary editing. Stadler Fellowships are designed to balance the development of professional skills with time to complete a first book of poems. Stadler Fellows assist for twenty hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch, Bucknell’s nationally distinguished literary journal. Fellows also work as staff members and instructors in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June. The Fellowship stipend is $20,000. In addition, each Fellow is provided health insurance, office space in the Stadler Center, and housing. Depending on circumstances, Fellows are either housed in a furnished apartment in the Poet’s Cottage or provided with a stipend to seek housing on their own in Lewisburg. This year, the Stadler Center will select one Fellow for the 2014–15 academic year. The Fellowship will extend from August 2014 through June 2015. The application deadline is October 1, 2013. For guidelines and to submit an application, please use the Stadler Center Application Portal at http://www.bucknell.edu/script/stadlercenter/applications/.

4. Achievements

First year graduate student Angela Blair and last year’s recipient of the Joseph P. Morley and the Anna Peterson Awards, has received a Graduate Equity Fellowship! Congratulations, Angela.

Robert Chianese does it again. Here is a link to his current article in American Scientist on Agnes Denes and on of her major eco-restoration projects http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/regeneration-on-tree-mountain. This article is the last in his series on Earth Art. Stay tuned here for what Bob comes up with next.

Irene Clark‘s “Review of _A Teaching Subject: Composition since 1966_, new ed. by Joseph Harris” has been published in _Teaching English in the Two Year College_ (Volume 41.1 September 2013.).

Our very own Tonie Mangum has won not one, but two graduate fellowships — the Graduate Equity Fellowship and the  Jolene Koester Presidential Scholarship. Way to go, Tonie! You have well earned these important distinctions.

Alum Jacqui Meisel successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at Lancaster University in the UK in June and was awarded the degree of PhD in Modern Literature on September 2. The dissertation title is “The Deepest South: A Comparative Analysis of issues of Exile in the work of selected women writers from South Africa and the American South.” Congratulations, Jacqui, for this well earned distinction.

Martin Pousson sold a new short story, “The Skinwalker,” to be published soon by Epoch in their Winter 2013 issue. And another short story, “The Revelator,” will be published in The Rattling Wall 4, alongside new work from Ben Loory, Bruce Weigl, and Susan Straight. Both stories are from his collection-in-progress called The Nerves.
Stephanie Satie has been invited to bring her solo play, SILENT WITNESSES to The Whitefire Theatre for a 6-week run (Sundays only at 7:30) beginning September 22 and running through October 27. The Whitefire is in Sherman Oaks at 13500 Ventura Blvd. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. Stephanie has also been invited to perform at The United Solo Festival – the world’s largest International solo festival – on Theatre Row in NY, Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. Finally, she and her director, Anita Khanzadian have just been given a Collaboration Award of $750 by the Women in the Arts and Media Coalition (WAM).

5. One major: Infinite Passions/Infinite Possibilties

This from Danielle, even the New Yorker (ever the New Yorker?) is weighing in:  http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/08/why-teach-english.html?mobify=0 .

And from Bob Chianese, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/opinion/the-humanities-in-crisis-not-at-most-schools.html?_r=0.

Volume 40:1

August 29th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:1)

1. Announcements

Dorothy Rankin

Before launching in to our traditional welcome’s back and hope you all had great summers and it’s going to be a great year ahead (all of which in due time), I’d like to urge us all to take a moment to remember our feisty colleague, Dorothy Rankin, who passed away last spring after our final TN. Dorothy earned her MA degree from our department in 1975 and taught as a lecturer among us for more than thirty years. Well known for her passion and indefatigability — and indeed, she continued teaching well into her eighties and into her final months of her life — Dorothy will be remembered for her spark, her liveliness, her steadfast devotion to CSUN, her students, and teaching in general, and she will be sorely missed. It is also worth adding that, in the words of Evelyn McClave, “for a couple of years, Dorothy went over regularly to help take care of Lesley Johnstone’s mother (and of Lesley).  She cooked, cleaned, brought food….  Dorothy was one of the most selfless people I have known.  She was modest about her contributions, accomplishments, and generosity of spirit.” Although Dorothy requested no memorial service, we can still all take a little time individually to think about her and to raise at least a metaphorical glass to her memory.

In other sad news, lecturer Nancy Taylor’s much beloved father, Charles (Chuck) R. Taylor, passed away on August 6. Our hearts go out to Nancy in her time of bereavement. Here, too, is a link to a moving eulogy Nancy wrote for her father and would like to share with us: http://confessionsofahawaiianprincess.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/a-tribute-to-my-father/.

But the start of the year is also a time for reunion and excitement about the coming year, so here’s a big welcome back to you all, with hopes everyone had terrific summers. The road ahead is full of new challenges and opportunities, and now is the time to embrace them with fervor and conviction.

Beginning with a mini-doc to help us celebrate who we are and what we do. This comes to us from Irene Clark who, having chaired a panel at last year’s AGSE conference in April of undergraduates reading from their literacy narratives, arranged for the students to get a stipend and be filmed through the Digital Humanities program. The students are fantastic and can be seen here https://vimeo.com/72868194.

In case you missed it, we got a raise! The California Faculty Association and the California State University has reached an agreement on reopener bargaining. Of the $38 Million set aside by the Chancellor for faculty and staff increases, all faculty members will share a total of $19,234,400. This one time money will be distributed as a flat dollar amount General Salary Increase (GSI) instead of a percentage. The goal was to get at least some money into every faculty member’s base salary. The estimate is roughly around $1,000 for full time faculty and a pro rata base for part time. Well, ok, don’t spend it all at one time. But really, it is a start.

As you are no doubt aware, this first week of classes has brought with it several crime alerts. Please take note of them and be careful out there!

There has been a change in the Department administrative structure, that includes the new position of Associate Chair, to be held by Anthony Dawahare. But wait, what happened to the prior position of Associate Chair, held by Kate Haake, (me)? In the interests of rotating more faculty through various administrative positions to create a deeper pool for the eventual election (many years from now) of a new Department Chair, the position of Associate Chair will now be shared between a “first year” Associate Chair and a “second year” Associate Chair. Well, officially, Kate Haake (I) am the “Senior Associate Chair” (because I am older than Anthony is younger?). Welcome to Anthony in his new position, and please send your students to both of us for major advising as we are always happy to meet with them.

Please invite your students to Freshman Convovation: Thursday 9/12 at 6 p.m. Onthe Oviatt Lawn to join our new students in celebrating not just the start of a new academic year but also the start of their academic careers. And it’s yet another chance, as well, to support the common reader this year by listening to keynote speaker, Edward Humes, author of Garbology. Faculty and staff are also invited, and if you need good reasons, please see http://www.csun.edu/afye/Ten-Reasons-to-Attend-Freshman-Convocation.html.

And — this just in — please come yourself to a Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor White, currently scheduled for September 9, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in the Plaza del Sol. An official campus wide message with full details will be sent soon and will also be posted on the President’s Office website at http://www.csun.edu/president. But for now, mark your calendars and plan to be there for this important event.

Annual Open Enrollment is September 16 through October 11, 2013. If you wish to make health benefit enrollment changes, contact your Benefits representative and submit the appropriate forms and documentation between September 16th and October 11th. Additional Open Enrollment information, including CSU rates, will be sent to you in the near future.

CSUN Fee Waiver Benefit Application Goes On-Line ! Eligible CSUN employees can now apply for the CSU tuition Fee Waiver Benefit through the myNorthridge portal. When you access “Apply for Fee Waiver Benefit” on the Human Resources / Employee pagelet, your name, CSUN ID, Bargaining Unit, and other identifying information will automatically populate. You will just need to answer who is using the waiver, the campus attending, academic status, and dependent information (if applicable). The deadline to submit a Fee Waiver application for the Spring 2014 semester is September 20, 2013. Additional information on the Fee Waiver can be obtained on the Fee Waiver website, or by contacting the Fee Waiver Coordinator at feewaiver@csun.edu.

For the second year in a row, the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program has awarded it writing prize to a paper written in an English class, and this year, by an English major. Congratulations to Anna Iskikian, recipient of the 2-12-2013 Jewish Studies Essay Contest for her paper, “A Comparison of Fictitious Histories in Jewish American Literature.” This recognition comes with a $250 prize, which we hope Anna has enjoyed.

Dr. Adrian Perez-Boluda, associate professor of Spanish in the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department at CSUN, and the current president of the Omega Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, wants us to know that one of the main purposes of Phi Beta Delta is to promote activities that support international scholarship. Phi Beta Delta is available to assist you with any project that involves an international aspect, and would be happy to help with rooms for presentations, advertising your events, and providing refreshments. Please contact her at adrian.perez-boluda@csun.edu, or Professor Marta Lopez at marta.lopez@csun.edu, for more information or to let them know if you would like help this term. They would like to hear from you before October 1st.

Sigma Tau Delta will be hosting two upcoming fundraising events. The first event is today, August 29th at the California Pizza Kitchen at 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge. The event is all day and all that you have to do is show up with a copy of the Fundraiser Flyer (available from Sigma board members or on the 7th floor, just to the left as you exit the elevators) and 20% of your total total bill will go to our Sigma Tau Delta chapter. Be sure to produce the flyer at the time of purchase. And enjoy the food, along with the most excellent company you are sure to run in to there. The second event is the Second Annual Sigma Tau Delta Garage Sale, taking place this Saturday, August 31 from 7:00am-3:00pm at 14827 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, CA 91342. The Sigma board and members will be selling everything from electronics to clothing to help raise funds for our upcoming events.

Michael Schofield’s Jani Foundation, dedicated to providing educational and social support for children with severe mental illnesses, is having a Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiser to benefit Santa Clarita Valley K-6 SED Children’s Social and Educational Programs. The event will take place on Saturday, September 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Valencia Lanes (23700 Lyons Ave., Newhall), and and will feature a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and of course, plenty of bowling. Five  person teams, $25.00 per person. If you can help, please contact Michael Schofield  at mschofield@janifoundation.org for details. The deadline for sign- up is September 6.

2. Reminders

Even though the first week of classes is almost over (hold on to your hat), it’s worth reminding ourselves again that the new SOLAR wait list is in effect through the first week of classes. If you give our permission numbers and students use them, you could end up with an over-enrolled class. Starting in week two, permission numbers will be needed to enroll and you can safely add students at the time off whatever personal waiting list system you may have devised.

Frank De La Santo has recently circulated his ever-helpful Beginning of Semester Notices. Here you will find vital information about such critical issues as office hours, attendance policy, faculty absences, keys, fire alarms, wait lists, copying, etc. Even though some of us have been so reminded what feels like countless times already, just as we advise our students to review all the words in our syllabi, it useful to review these for ourselves. (I did, and I’m glad I did.) Frank’s Notice is chock full of information we won’t need to bother asking anyone about. Finally, if and when we do need to ask for help, please let’s all remember how very hard our staff does work for us and for our students and how cheerful and accommodating they are about it. Or, as my mother taught me, always say please and thank you, and always with a smile.

3. Opportunities

It’s time to think of the famous writers and scholars you’d love to bring to campus this year to wow your students and enrich the experience of us all as the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs (GRIP) has it Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program. Applications may be submitted in one of two categories: Category I applications (up to $700) request support for classroom visits or department seminars by a guest lecturer, and Category II applications (up to $1,800) request funds for individuals or small groups of scholars with broad appeal to the university community to participate in artistic performances, public lectures, or topical conferences. (Please note that International speakers may have up to 30% of honorarium withheld for taxes.) Applications are available from GRIP and the deadline is September 16.

The deadline for the Fall 2013 Faculty Development Competition for Attending Teaching Conferences is September 11, 2013.  Funds have been set aside to support faculty to attend teaching conferences in their field.  Applicants need not be presenting to apply for funds.  Please see the Faculty Development website for more details.
The photo of pile of booksProbationary Faculty Support Program provides 3 units of reassigned time to support probationary, tenure-track faculty in their first through fifth years in meeting the qualifications for RTP.  The deadline for the Spring 2014 competition is October 1, 2013.  Please see our website for more details. And good luck to all probationary faculty!

4. Achievements

As our faithful readers know, one of the most awaited features of TN is this space saved for student and faculty achievements. Since it was a mystery to me for many years as to how to get my own work noticed in this venue, I’ve decided to start this year with an open invitation: whenever you or your students or anyone connected with CSUN English achieves or publishes something to be noted here, just send me (Kate Haake) an email to let me know. This is a good way to share your good work, and we are always happy to celebrate it with you.

To wit, Irene Clark has learned that her article,  “Addressing Genre in the Writing Center,” published in 1999 in _The Writing Center Journal_, is being translated into German for a an edited book comprised o fundamental texts about writing theory, writing instruction, and peer tutoring. The German title of the article will be “Genre im Schreibencentrum” and will be published by  UTB Barbara Budrich Publishers. On June 26th, she presented a paper titled “Writing and Learning in General Education” at a conference titled “Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer” held at Elon University. On August 6th, she gave a full day workshop at Santa Monica College titled “Helping Students Write Effectively: Conceptual Understanding, Practical Suggestions.”

And here is some most extraordinary news:  Mona Houghton‘s book of two novellas, Frottage & Even As We Speak, has been selected as a Foreword Review 2012 Gold Award recipient in the category of literary fiction. Congratulations, Mona!

Scott Kleinman has a busy summer putting your tax dollars to work. June and July were spent putting the finishing touches on Lexos, a text analysis tool produced by the NEH-funded Lexomics Project. Try it in your research and with your students. Lexos is particularly good at helping students engage closely with the content of the texts they are studying. After a quick trip to Digital Humanities 2013 in Nebraska, where Lexos was demonstrated, Scott traveled to Fairfax, VA to work as a developer for One Week | One Tool. This NEH-funded project brought together twelve digital humanists to create a useful tool over the course of a week; the result was Serendip-o-matic, a search engine that re-creates the experience of serendipitous discovery of archival research. In between Nebraska and Fairfax, Scott learned that he had been awarded a $200,000 Scholarly Editions and Translations grant from the NEH to produce an online Archive of Early Middle English. That project gets up and running in October.

English students Au Jung Chang, Lorie Hamalian, Yollotl Lopez, and Rolando Rubalcava have been awarded California Pre-Doctoral Fellowships. They were among seventeen students selected from 221 applications, so the competition was very keen. Congratulations and good luck to them all!

5. Go Anywhere/Go English

And in the ongoing interests of our recruitment efforts, here’s introducing a new TN feature — this week titled Go Anywhere/Go English. In the weeks ahead, we will be trying out more titles until we settle on our final tagline, but the point is to feature more reasons to advocate what we do. Each issue, I hope to post one or more links to articles, research, or musings on the benefits of being an English major. As you come across them in your own reading, please let me know so I can include them here. And maybe, as the year goes on, we can include some perspectives from our own students. For now, in addition to the article we looked at for the faculty retreat (Why English majors are the hot new hires. http://goo.gl/4T82mp) here are a few more to get us started:

Why major in the humanities? Not just for a good job — for a good life. http://goo.gl/Jm7X1l

Why I hire English majors. http://goo.gl/IL16Gd

And from a forum of blog posts by English majors themselves (http://goo.gl/lDWV9V): Careers for English majors.http://goo.gl/MrOODw

Finally, for a few laughs (although, reader discretion is advised, these may not be for the faint of heart or highly sensitive), 31 awesome perks of being and English major, at http://goo.gl/AO9vwX

Volume 39:17

May 16th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 39:17)

1. Announcements

A very special kudos to English Department graduates, the humblingly undeterrable and indefatigable Erick Gallegos, BA in Literature and Creative Writing, and the phenomenal mother/daughter duo, Dana Cobern Kullman, B.A. in Literature, and Ilyse Kullman, B.A. in Literature and Art, for being three of the seven featured graduates in this year’s commencement festivities. Read all about them at http://csuntoday.csun.edu/media-releases/determination-hard-work-for-cal-state-northridges-newest-graduates/. They are impressive.

And kudos, as well, to the following recipients of this spring’s English Department Awards:

Nina Moon Ahn: the Anamarie Peterson Morley Award, given each spring to a student currently enrolled as an English major at CSUN, who plans to enter the teaching profession at any level.

Chelsy Berry: the Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award, given to an undergraduate CSUN student who is the author of the best written work on some aspect of the natural world or environment.

Freddy Garcia: the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, awarded each year to up to four undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies (one of two given in spring 2013)

Eun Hae (Jennifer) Lee: the William L. Wilson Award, given each year to an undergraduate major in English who plans to teach at the secondary level.

Danielle Orozco: the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, awarded each year to up to four undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies (one of two given in spring 2013)

Trista Payte: the Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English, given each year to the graduate student whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

Sean Pessin: the Mahlon Gaumer Award, given to a CSUN graduate student who is the author of the best critical essay on English or American literature-with an emphasis on the use of language.

Laurisa Reyes: the George Morley/Annamarie Peterson Scholarship Award, given each spring to a student, currently enrolled as an English major at CSUN, who demonstrates the need for financial support to continue his or her studies.

Gina Srmabekian: the Henry Van Slooten award, given to any student in English 258, English 259, English 275, or English 355 who has written an essay (open topic) that best demonstrates “a passion for the English language.”

Nicolas Wheaton: The Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship, given each year to the student whose achievements in the study of Business Communication are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

We are proud and pleased for these students, and for all our graduates, who make teaching at CSUN a true pleasure and honor. And we’d also like to note that the competition this year for the various rewards was especially keen, and to thank all the faculty who took the time to nominate students and write letters on behalf of their students.

Commencement will take place on Wednesday May 22 at 6:30, with our usual department festivities to celebrate our graduates and award winners just before:  3-5:30 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room (JR 319). Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
And here’s one more congratulations to MA student, Christian Cardenas, for being accepted to teach in the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) program. Christian and his new bride leave for Japan in July for what is sure to be a grand life adventure.

On a sadder note, Ian Barnard will be on leave of absence next year while taking on a teaching and research opportunity at Chapman University. Surely we will miss him, but wish him the best of luck.

And in case you missed it, the Critical Theory Club had a wildly successful final event of the year — Critical Theory “Death Match” on The Dark Knight Rises with Drs. Ranita Chatterjee and Charles Hatfield, which by all accounts went swimmingly. There were about 45-50 people in attendance and fun was had by all, with debate style presentations and a lively group discussion with students with students not only from the English department, but from all over campus! What a way to end the year!

2. Reminders

Finals started on May 13 and run through the 18th, and grades are due 5 working days after you give the final.  The very last day to turn in grades is Friday May 24 at noon.  We’ll spend the afternoon here on the 24th tidying up any issues that arise (there are always a few of us who forget to hit “submit” after completing the roster, for example!)  It’s extremely helpful for the staff for you to get your grades in as soon as you can.

Here’s another warning that parking could be tough next week. Remember to  plan extra time to find parking and/or arrive at work early.  The most impacted parking areas will be the “B” lots and structures between Darby and Etiwanda avenues. If your normal parking area is not available, consider main campus parking areas away from the Commencement ceremony at that time, such as the “G” lots on the east side of campus, the D6 lot along Halstead Street, and the large lots north of the University Park Apartments along Lassen Street. And if you do find yourself in a trying situation, maybe think of it as an opportunity to develop greater empathy for our students.

3. Achievements

Martin Pousson‘s short story, “The Revelator,” was just accepted for publication at The Rattling Wall. His poem, “El Salvador,” was published in Chaparral, and his novel, No Place, Louisiana, was optioned for film development by a HBO production team. He also gaave readings recently at Vermin on the Mount, at 826 LA, and as part of a PEN Center USA Literary Panel.
Ronik Khachatoorian, who graduated in 2008 with BA’s in English/literature, Microbiology, and Medical/Biotechnology, graduated in Winter Quarter 2013 (end of March) with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at UCLA, where he studied the hepatitis C virus and discovered a potential therapeutic. Currently Ronik is  doing a postdoc at UCLA.
All English Department faculty and staff  have made it through another academic year, and that’s a fabulous achievement worth celebrating all summer long. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful summer break, filled with whatever it is that makes your summers grand. We look forward to hearing about your adventures when the 2013/2014  AY begins in the fall. Meantime, don’t blink — and have fun.

Volume 39:16

May 2nd, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 39:16)

1. Announcements

We begin this issue of Thursday’s Notes with a special tribute to and recognition of our amazing students and the very special announcement of where at least some of them will be headed in the fall and what they will be doing and what they will be doing. Many of these students received multiple offers, but at least as As ever, we’re going to miss them but naturally wish them the very best. Meantime, congratulations to them all.

Caitlin Benson, 2012 BA in Literature, has accepted an offer from UCLA to join their Ph.D. program in English.

Alissa Binder, 2012 Creative Writing BA, has been accepted into the MFA in Writing Program at CalArts.

Nick Burden, 2013 Creative Writing BA ’13, has been accepted into the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC.

Gayane Haroutyunyan, 2013 B.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry) will be attending the MFA program in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

Naomi Carrington, 2013 MA in Rhetoric and Composition, will be attending the university of Texas, El Paso, with full support. But that won’t be for a while yet, because next year Naomi will be headed to Rwanda on a Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistantship), which is 9 months long.  Naimi be working at the university level, teaching English to various degrees (writing, ESL, reading), and will also be implementing two personal side projects. Her first project is to help Rwandans overcome aftereffects of the 1994 Genocide by offering English pedagogy enrichment courses for teachers who were trained in/only teach in the French language. The courses will consist of linguistic study, collaboration, pedagogy, and more. Her second project is to join forces with One Laptop Per Child where I will train teachers, develop lesson plans, and help install in the less urban areas of Rwanda. Congratulations, Naomi, on your success and good work.

Stephanie Dotto, 2013 BA Creative Writing/Narrative, will be attending Kingston University’s MFA Creative Writing program for fiction (located in Kingston, England).

Kristen Ingram, 2013 Literature BA has been accepted into the MA program in Media, Culture, and Communications at New York University.

Karlee Johnson, 2013 Journalism BA with Minors in both Creative Writing/Narrative and Queer Studies, will be attending the Creative Writing MA Program at San Francisco State University.

Sidney Jones, 2013 BA Honors/Literature,  will be attending Sidney Jones (undergrad lit major) has accepted an offer of admission to the Ph.D. program in English at Ohio State University, and has been offered a University Fellowship as part of her funding package.

Gina Lawrence, 2013 Composition and Rhetoric Rhetoric MA, will be attending the University of Texas, El Paso, Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition Program on a fully funded Fellowship that will have her busy teaching various levels of composition.

Sean Pessin, 2013 Creative Writing MA, will be attending the MFA Creative Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design. Described by Director Sarah Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum as this years “top recruit,” Sean has received a generous funding package and is eagerly awaited at Otis.

Auggie Samie, 2012 Creative Writing/Narrative BA, has been accepted into the Ph.D program in Humanities at the University of Chicago with an emphasis on Near Eastern Cultures and with a fellowship.

Mychal Schillaci, 2013 Creative Writing/Narrative BA has been accepted into the MFA in Writing Program at CalArts.

Olvard Smith, 2013 Creative Writing BA, will be attending the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers on a full scholarship.

We also want to congratulate and warmly welcome back the following graduating seniors and other CSUN alumni who will be returning to our own MA program in the fall: Eric Kufs, Brittney Neff, Angela Blair, Taylor Farnsworth, Amanda El Khoury, Kayla Lopez, Nicholas Jerrems, Kimberly Miller, Azure Glover, Freddy Garcia, Jordan Guevara, Angelika Hakopyan, Lizette Hernandez, Deanna Herbert, Ellen Moreh, Kheim Nguyen, Christopher Pruitt, Arthur Maturo, Rosa Colato, Sherece Usher, Chelsea Turner,  Gayaneh Navshadian, Kimberly Sanders, Marilyn Serafin, Kirk Sever, Shelly Steinberg, Steven Rivas, Jennifer Rodrick, Robin Smith, Sarah Swanson, Gina Srmabekian, Enrique Solis, Eduardo Valladolid, Jennet Troy, and Jonathan Mejia.

As previously announced in a mysterious computer glitch, our good friend and colleague, Barbara Kroll, has generously donated a cash gift of $3000 to the Department for the improvement of faculty lives. Barbara would like us to enjoy our retreats more, or have cleaner offices, or better and more nutritious food at our various gatherings. And so we shall. Thank you, Barbara. Even though we know how good retirement has been good for you, we miss you.

And another new addition to our growing extended family and the human race arrived just yesterday, May 1, 2013, to the daughter of our own Marlene Cooksey, a grandson born to Vanessa and Andrew who will join his brother Henry and be known as Sam. Sam came in to this world 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and all are doing well.

In other happy news, the English Department has again been well recognized by this year’s University Faculty Awards. Congratulations to Michael Bryson, recipient of the 2013 Preeminent Scholarly Publication Award, and to Rick Mitchell, recipient of the Exceptional Creative Accomplishment Award.

Dorothy Barresi is being honored this year for having finished her 25th year at CSUN. Congratulations, Dorothy, and welcome to the club.

Tomorrow, May 3, English 698D will be hosting their conference titled “Paradigms: Redefined & Redesigned” in room JR 319 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Panels span a diverse range of topics with a focus on all three options: literature, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. The guest speaker is Yetta Howard from San Diego State University, whose presentation, “Flexing the Paradigmatic Muscles of Sexuality and Music,” will conclude the event. You will not want to miss this!

StoryCube is back. How about sharing highlights of your university experience with the CSUN StoryCube project? The goal is to collect and preserve the oral history of our campus by recording the stories and memories of individual members of the faculty, staff and student body. unity. The StoryCube booth is set up near the front entrance of the Matador Bookstore and interviews are being scheduled to take place Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 29 to May 10, and during Commencement Week, May 21-23. To set up an interview time, please email the StoryCube staff at storycube@csun.edu.  For more information about the StoryCube project, see http://www.csun.edu/storycube/index.html or visit the booth.

And here’s an excellent opportunity to donate some of those books collecting dust on your bookshelves: BookMentors, a new nonprofit to give, get, and talk books for public schools, has just launched. On their platform, teachers can request the books their students need and donors can fulfill teachers’ requests. Teachers and donors can also share information about their favorite children’s and YA literature. Check them out at http://www.bookmentors.org. This could be a great connection.

Congratulations to Martin Pousson and Danielle Spratt, who were both elected as representatives to our Faculty Senate next year.

2. Reminders

The final department meeting of the year will take place next Friday, May 10, from 3 to 5. This promises to be an exciting time, chock full of year end reports and plans for the retreat and next year. Even in this busy time, it will be good to be there to review all the work we have done this year.

The College of Humanities Commencement this year will be Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. on the Oviatt Library Lawn. Do turn out and celebrate with our students. Before that, we will be having our annual Department Reception, honoring the achievements of our English graduates.

And another chance to recognize their achievements is this year’s Honors Convocation, which will be held Monday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Libary Lawn.

But before then, finals week is Monday, May 13, to Saturday, May 18. And grades are due on May 24. Please do your part to ensure that this process goes seamlessly again, at least on our end.

And after that, stay tuned for the new Moodle 2, which will happen on May 28, 2013, for the start of the summer semester. On this date, Moodle 2 will be available to you and all students at moodle.csun.edu. Before the go-live date, Moodle 2 will continue to be available for you to preview the new layout and begin to develop content. You can view courses for 2011 and 2012 and create new courses for summer and fall 2013. To do so, log in to m2.csun.edu with your CSUN user ID and password. Please note that any 2013 courses you’ve added or changed since January 8, 2013 will be migrated to Moodle 2 this summer. Also, you might find the following list of resources and workshops for using Moodle 2 helpful: What’s New in Moodle 2?; What’s New in Moodle 2? video; Getting Started with Moodle 2; Moodle Student FAQs; Moodle Faculty FAQs. A list of workshops is also available on the IT Training Page and you can sign up by using the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty Technology Center at ftc@csun.edu or (818) 677-3443.

And there’s this: the College of Humanities needs people to serve for the College Personnel Committee election. As Dean Say has reminded us, “the review and evaluation of our colleagues for promotion and tenure is, perhaps, the most important responsibility members of the faculty are charged with as the future of the University rests on the decisions made in this arena.” Also, with very few exceptions, tenured faculty are required to serve. If there are not additional nominations by tomorrow (Friday, May 3, 2013) at 5:00 pm, the name of every eligible faculty member in the college will be placed on the ballot and those elected will be required to serve.

3. Opportunities

Calling all Drabble writers. The Daily Sundial and Bill Willingham, author of Fables, have joined forced to create a new drabble contest, open only to CSUN student. the winning drabble will be published in the Daily Sundial, and its author will receive a hardcover edition of Fables, Vol. 1, autographed by Bill Willingham, and a personal, 15-minute writing critique over the phone from Bill Willingham. Students should submit their dribbles to ane@csun.edu. The Sundial will than select 5 finalist and Mr. Willingham will pick the winer. Only one drabble per student. (And for those of you not in the know, a drabble is a 100 word short story.) On your marks, get set…

Students are also invited to submit essays to the Jewish Studies Essay Contest and compete for a $250 prize. They may use work written for ANY CSUN class, from Spring 2012 – 2013. The essays will be judged based on Jewish Studies content, quality of writing, clarity of argument, and originality. The essay may take the form of a case study, a report on research, or an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, sociological, or theological. The entry must be the original, unpublished work of the student. Entries must be submitted by May 13, 2013, in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Sierra Hall 194, by May 13, 2013.

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) seeks motivated, flexible, and detail-oriented, interns to serve in her district office. Enthusiastic self-starters interested in learning about the inner workings of a congressional district office are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate has a strong commitment to serve the community, excellent communication skills, and thrives in a team environment. This unpaid internship is a great learning experience for graduate and undergraduate students interested in gaining real-world experience in public service. Interns provide administrative support, work on special issue-based projects, and are offered the opportunity to attend meetings and briefings throughout the district. Residents of the 40th Congressional District are encouraged to apply. Hours are flexible, but a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week is required. Please send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Alfonso Alfaro at alfonso.alfaro@mail.house.gov. The deadline is May 17, 2013. For more information please call (323) 721-8790.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi gave a poetry reading on April 17 at Moorpark Community College.On April 20, she conducted a panel on “Poetry in the Moment” at the L.A. Times Book Festival on the USC campus. Later that day she gave a poetry reading from new work written during her Sabbatical Leave.

The current issue of American Scientist magazine has the third of Bob Chianese‘s Earth Art essays, this one on Andy Goldsworthy’s “Running Wall” sculpture (at Storm King Art Center along the Hudson in New York.) You can find it on line at http://www.americanscientist.org.

Joseph Galasso‘s article, “The Role of the Private and Public in Education” will be published in the online edition of the May-June issue of Academe (American Association of University Professors).
CSUN was well represented by three of our British Romanticism graduate students at the recent annual British Women Writers Conference held this year at the University of New Mexico on April 4-6, 2013: Norma Aceves presented “Disabled Body Politics: Closeting Nymphomaniacs and Subverting Narrative Customs in Charlotte Dacre’s Zofloya”; Lorie Hamalian‘s paper was “Defining Gender Boundaries Through Kinship Systems and Reciprocity: the Custom of ‘Gift Exchange’ in Eliza Fenwick’s Secresy: or, The Ruin on the Rock”; and Corri Ditch gave a talk called “The Myopic Reading of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Work and its Influence on the Custom of Camouflaged Feminism in the Romantic Period.”
And in remembrance of our dear friend Colleen Schaeffer‘s lifelong achievements, an artist’s sketchbook, dedicated to celebrating her life, will be placed in the English Department mailroom. Those of you who knew Colleen are welcome to write your memories of her in the book. There will also be some markers and colored pencils if you wish to draw something in her honor. The book will be available until 2p.m. on Wednesday May 8th. At that time, we will be sending to to Colleen eldest brother who will share it with her other siblings as well as her nieces and nephews. Also, if anyone wants to send anything to her family, Amy Reynolds has her brother’s address and can include it in the package we send to Colleen’s brother.

Volume 38:5

October 27th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:5)

1. Announcements

  • CSUN students, Sean Pessin and Norma Aceves, have founded a new Critical Theory Club, generously sponsored by Dr. Ranita Chatterjee as the Faculty Adviser. The group had its first meeting on October 21, with about fifteen students gathering together for a rousing discussion of Michel Foucault’s, A History of Sexuality, V1. This organization will be meeting monthly and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Each meeting the group will decide on the texts to be read and the board will invite different professors to join and help moderate discussions based on the readings for the given meeting. These discussions are led by two student leaders each session, which will change from month to month. If you have any questions regarding this organization or have any suggestions, please email Norma Aceves at norma.aceves.427@my.csun.edu or Sean Pessin at s.e.pessin@gmail.com. Congratulations to all involved! And please spread the word.
  • An important reminder from Dorothy Clark: November 4 is fast approaching when some of us us will have the opportunity to participated in the new and improved exit interview process. If you are among those called to serve, you should already have heard from Tonie. (And if you haven’t, don’t feel left out–there will be another round of exams in the spring.) Students will prepare discussions of their two literary texts and provide a five item bibliography for research done on one of those texts TWO days before the exam day; the essay portion of the exam has been eliminated.
  • Now is the time to mark your calendars, and RSVP, for a memorable address by President Koester, Reflections on a Career as a Woman in Higher Education. Koester will be the guest speaker for the Fall 2011 Leadership Forum on Women’s Issues, which will take place on Thursday December 1, 2011, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Student Union Thousand Oaks Room. Please help celebrate her distinguished career, of which we have been, at least in part, the fortunate beneficiaries. Sign up for the session at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CYK83D2, and plan to arrive ten minutes early so you can sign-in.
  • Dean Say is calling for student writing that may be appropriate for the College of Humanities holiday greeting card. Last year, the card featured a poem by one of Dorothy’s Barresi’s students, and while this call has been directed specifically to those of us who teach creative writing, there are closet writers everywhere, so if you see anything in the next couple of weeks you think might work, please send it to me for consultation with the CW Committee, which will pass along several for the Dean to consider.
  • Speaking of closet writers, the Romance Writers of America has invited interested scholars to apply for its annual Research Grant competition, which seeks to develop and support academic research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers by providing up to $5,000 in research money to a qualified scholar. Deadline for proposals is December 1, 2011, and complete guidelines are available at http://www.rwa.org/cs/academic_research_grant/overview.
  • And for your students, please consider the Judicial Internship opportunity sponsored by CSUN’s Department of Political Science, an excellent opportunity for any student interested in a law career. Students may come from any major, but must be upper division, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and supply a statement of interest in the law. Appilcations for Spring Semester are available at http://www.csun.edu/judicial/, and the application deadline is Thursday, November 17, 2011.
  • Looking into the future, the 2012 Faculty Retreat will be held on January 17-18, 2012, on the CSUN Campus. The Retreat title is, “Painting CSUN’s Canvas.” Once again, registration fees will be waived and attendance registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Staff are welcome to attend, and newer faculty members and lecturers are also especially encouraged to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn more about the CSUN campus, the CSUN culture, and the exciting research and innovative projects currently underway. There will be a special track of sessions just for new members of the faculty. The deadline for faculty and staff to register is Friday, December 9, 2011. A link to the registration site, and the presentation proposal form, is on the Faculty Senate website: http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreat.html.
  • And looking far into the future, you might want to mark your calendars for the Honors Convocation 2012, scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Oviatt Library, and the College of Humanities commencement ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Oviatt Library. Additional details will be posted at http://www.csun.edu/commencement as we get closer to the event dates.

2. Reminders

  • Here are some more details, as promised, on CSUN’s upcoming Powwow, which will take place on November 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the field by the Chicano House (not far from the intersection of Reseda and Plummer). Admission is free. (Parking fees apply.) American Indian music and dancing, of course, along with a children’s activities table. Bring your family and friends to this special event.

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • On October 13th, Irene Clark gave a presentation at the California State English Council meeting. It was titled “Joining the Scholarly Conversation: A New Culminating Experience for the MA degree in English.”
  • Angie Misaghi and Noreen Lace presented a session at the ECCTYC 2011 Conference in Burlingame, CA on October 21, 2011. The presentation was “Using Social Media in the Composition Classroom” and focused on the effective use of Facebook for classroom assignments.
  • Martin Pousson has a new story, “Three Boys,” accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of the Los Angeles Times-bestselling Slake. “Three Boys” is part of his story collection-in-progress, The Nerves. He also has been invited as one of five featured Los Angeles writers in the Third Annual Literary Crawl. The PEN Center USA’s Noir Crawl, part of the upcoming Night & The City Festival, starts with a reading at The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, October 29.
  • Both the GRS Reading, on October 14, and the Northridge Review Reading, on October 21, were tremendous successes, good fun, and inspiration. Congratulations all!

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:3

September 29th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:3)

1. Observation

It is probably not my place to say so, but this issue of EOTN is being published a day and a half after our library and other parts of campus were closed due to a threat of violence for many hours (but who was counting?), during which we all received multiple emergency updates from our campus administration and police regarding a “man who indicated he had a gun.” There were bomb squads and SWAT teams and yellow tape and nervous students and personal decisions we all had to make. So, like I say, even though it is probably not my place to say it, we might all want to acknowledge, at least privately, and be grateful that, faced with a very difficult situation, the University made some hard calls and did a good job of keeping things going and keeping us safe.

2. Announcements

  • For those of you with students who may not be headed to law school, you might be interested in the Enhancing Student Success on the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) workshop sponsored by our own Anne Kellenberger (Coordinator, Learning Resource Center Writing Programs)and Sharon Klein (English/Director, Writing and Reading Across Disciplines). The workshop will be held on Monday, 10/3/2011, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, in the Writing Center, Bayramian Hall 414. Maybe they’ll end up in law school after all!
  • And whether or not you have students headed to law school, you probably have students interested in the LGBT Civil Rights Lecture by Lieutenant Dan Choi, on National Coming Out Day–Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 pm in the Northridge Center, University Student Union.  The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets will not be issued; seating at the event will be first-come, first-served. Faculty members may reserve seats for their classes. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Shanell Tyus, Manager of USU Events at shanell.tyus@csun.edu or 818-677-4171.

3. Reminders

  • Don’t respond to fraudulent emails that ask for account information, especially those that seem to be from some legitimate webmail or tech support source (“we will be undegoing regularly scheduled maintenance, and access to your mailbox via our mail portal will be unavailable for some time during this maintenance period,”). If it asks for account information and you provide it, you will be sorry and may get a virus.
  • And for your students who may need support, don’t forget the following resources available to them: our ever-exemplary Humanities Adivising Office downstairs in JR 240, (818) 677-476; the Learning Resource Center (818) 677-2033; University Counseling Services, (818) 677-2366; Disability Resources, (818) 677-2684; CSUN Help Line (818) 349-HELP (4357).

4. Events

  • RESCHEDULED: The Northridge Review reading has been rescheduled to October 21, in the VPAC Room 181, at 7 pm. Please come celebrate another successful publication and the amazing work of our fantastic creative writing students.
  • While we’re on the subject of our fantastic creative writing students, you won’t want to miss the first Graduate Reading Series event of the year.  This one follows our next Department meeting, at 7:00 pm on October 14, in our own JR 319.

5. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • Scott Andrews will have four poems, “Greasy Grass Fantasy,” 1-4, in the next issue of Yellow Medicine Review A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought.
  • Robert Louis Chianese, Emeritus Professor of English, has been selected as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science–Pacific Division (2011-2012). Bob taught in our department for forty years (1969-2008), where he developed numerous interdisciplinary courses, linking literature and the humanities with areas such as history, art, sociology, psychology, ecology, religious studies, and philosophy. For many years he team-taught a literature and science course with Prof. Joyce Maxwell of Biology. Over the last twelve years and since retirement he has offered symposia linking literature and the arts with science at the annual meetings of the hundred-year-old AAAS-PD. As the first non-scientist president of this organization, Chianese will continue offering cross-fertilization projects linking various disciplines, with a symposium and reading last June on Poetry and Science, and a symposium and juried exhibition of “Art Inspired by Science” the year before.
  • Congratulations to Sharon Klein for being awarded a $250,000 large grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission for her project, “Enhancing Quality for Teachers of Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.” This is a local grant, with the bulk of the funding going to support 25 teachers who work primarily with DHH students to work their ways through the new national Common Core Standards in the Language Arts that California ratified, focusing especially on the Speaking and Listening standards. Sharon will be working with SPED colleagues Rachel Narr-Friedman and Ellen Schneiderman to design workshops (beginning November 5th) and projects to find ways of applying the new standards and of using them to advance both students’ language knowledge and use and teachers’ understanding of some of the helpful linguistic underpinnings–both formal and sociolinguistic underpinnings. This is an important project and wonderful news all around!
  • And from the other side of the world, our own recent graduate, Tommy Vinh Bui, writes to us as a Peace Corps Volunteer from Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda, where he is serving as an education and community development volunteer working at a pedagogical college in Kazakhstan. Good work, Tommy. But we can do good work from here too by helping Tommy with a project he’s envisioned involving a classroom correspondence. As Tommy writes, “Many of my students are profoundly interested in American culture and I feel this is a good opportunity for some cultural exchange. If you could inform the teachers in the department (or anyone you feel that would be interested) about my proposal, I’d greatly appreciate it.” If there are classes where this would work–or if you know of others–this seems like a great opportunity. Let’s think about it.

6. Faculty Development Opportunities

  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects has alerted us to a wide range of grant opportunities with upcoming deadlines. For more information, please see the Open Funding page athttp://www.csun.edu/humanities/grants/openfundingopportunities.html and/or discuss with the Humanities Grant Officer at your earliest convenience. (Hmm, that position is currently vacant, but you can still contact the office of the Dean.) Current oppartunities include, but are by no means limited to: NEH, Collaborative Research, (deadline, 12/8/11); Folger Shakespeare Library Research Fellowships (deadline, 11/1/11); NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grants, (deadline,1/24/12); and the Endangered Language Fund Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Legacy Project (10/17/11).
  • Google teams with the CSU. Space is limited–don’t miss out on new exciting webinar opportunities, covering such topics as: Modern search literacy: Leveraging literacies to get quality from popular tools (11/4); Believe it or not: Authority and credibility (11/18); More Google resources for education: Scholar, Books, Patents (and more!) (12/2); and Extending your search skills: Staying relevant in a changing world (12/16). Staying relevant, what could be better? For more information on and to register for these, and other, webinars, please see http://ctfd.sfsu.edu/event/series/google-fall-webinar-series-for-the-csu-community.htm

7. Jobs and Opportunities

  • Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois, seeks applicants for two positions:  Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition, specializing in histories of rhetoric, and Assistant Professor in Children’s and Young Adult Literatures.
  • Otis Books / Seismicity Editions is calling for submissions of manuscripts of poetry and prose (fiction or non-fiction) in the English original or in translation. Deadline is December 15, 2010. Send a hard-copy of your manuscript (only one per author, please) to: Graduate Writing program, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90045, ATTN: Seismicity. Be sure to include complete contact information (postal and email addresses, as well as a telephone number). Selected manuscripts will be announced February 1, 2011. For more information, please visit: http://www.otis.edu/seismicity/.

Compiled by Kate Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:2

September 15th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:2)

1. Acknowledgments

  • Kudos to our new Chair for having so graciously and seamlessly navigated these first daunting weeks of fall semester.
  • And kudos to the rest of us for getting through too.
  • And thanks to our ever diligent, hard-working, and good-natured staff for helping us do it.

2. Announcements

  • The Wings/New Voices Student Awards Ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, September 23rd, from 3 to 5 in the Grand Salon. Please come help celebrate the achievements of our students–and their families and teachers!
  • The Northridge Review Fall 2011 Issue is about to hit the stands.  We are having a celebration of the event on Oct. 14, 2011 starting at 7PM.  The reading is taking place in VPAC  LA 181. Please announce to your classes.  Please come.  Please invite your friends.  It’s going to be a great party.
  • Please also announce to your classes that the Northridge Review is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2011 Issue. The deadline this semester is Sept. 23rd. Guidelines: Poetry (up to 5 poems) , Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Drama (5000 words). No Names on Manuscripts. Cover Sheet: Titles, Name, Address, Phone and Email. Send or drop off: Engl. Dept. ST 706. You can find these guidelines on the Engl. Department web page under publications athttp://www.csun.edu/english/northridge_review.php.
  • The Civil Discourse and Social Change (CDSC) initiative has announced its second year kickoff event for the 2011-12 academic year, a lecture/workshop by Reverend James Lawson on Monday, September 26, 2011, 4:00-6:45 in the Northridge Center, USU.  For more information about this event and others, please see http://www.csun.edu/cdsc/.
  • HOP 1:  Provost Hellenbrand has invited us to join him on Wednesday, September 28, for another kickoff event of theHybrid/Online Pedagogy (“HOP”) Community of Practice, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM in the Whitsett Room (SH 451), on Wednesday, September 28.  Come learn about issues in online education, connect and collaborate with  peers, work on research projects and publications, promote quality and professionalism, and lead and shape the future of this community.  And please RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/68LCWMR.
  • But wait, there’s more: The Fall Teaching and Learning Bytes series also kicks off on Tuesday, September 20, with Elio Spinello from Health Sciences and a representative from Apple presenting on publishing e-texts with ePub. Future topics include lecture capture, clickers, podcasting, video storytelling, and “backwards” assessment.  These sessions will take place every Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:00 PM in Oviatt 30 or online.  For more information visit the Teaching and Learning Bytes website http://www.csun.edu/at/teaching/tlb_schedule.html.
  • The Office of Sponsored Projects has announced its fall information sessions, which will be held at the following times:  Friday, September 16, 9:00 am to 11:00 am; Wednesday, Setpember 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; and Thursday, September 22, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  This is a good opportunity to learn more about how to take advantange of good opportunities to obtain support for your research and creative activities from federal, state, corporate, and foundation sponsored programs.
  • Speaking of which, here is one: On behalf of Academic Affairs, Faculty Development is pleased to announce that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Spring 2012 Probationary Faculty Support Program is now available in both PDF and Word versions at http://www.csun.edu/facdev/grants.htm.  Please note that  the Spring 2012 Probationary Faculty Grant program is restricted to second through fifth year tenure-track faculty.
  • Starting September 1, 2011 Applications will be accepted for the 2012 Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at: http://nationalacademies.org/ford.
  • NEH Summer Stipends program; $6000 to selected individual applicants who wish to pursue research or projects—such as articles, books, digital materials, translations, etc.— intended for wide dissemination to humanities scholars and/or general audiences. Projects may be at any stage of development.  Interested faculty members will apply independently but must be nominated by the the College of Humanities, so let us know if you would like to apply. Deadline, September 29.http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html.
  • The American Council of Learned Societies’ Collaborative Research Fellowships are awarded to selected small teams of scholars for collaboration on a single, substantive research project demonstrating the value of both collaborative research and inquiry into the humanities. Awards are intended as salary replacement—for full-time research while on academic leave—at set values based on academic rank ($35K for assistant professor, $40K for associate, and $60K for full), plus up to $20,000 in collaborative funds (travel, materials, research assistance, etc.), with the total award based strictly on these criteria and limited to $140,000. The fellowships are limited to projects primarily focused on research. Successful applicants will initiate their projects between July 1, 2012, and September 1, 2014. For additional information about the program, including a sample application, see: http://www.acls.org/programs/collaborativeACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship; up to $140,000; deadline: September 28. http://www.acls.org/programs/collaborative.
  • The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) is pleased to announce its next conference in Malibu, California at Pepperdine University in August 2012. The conference theme will be “Nature and the Popular Imagination.” Proposals deadline, April 1, 2012. http://www.religionandnature.com/society/conferences.htm#malibu

4. Reminders

  • Personnel ballots are due tomorrow, September 16, in the ballot box in Martha office.  Please don’t forget to seal and sign–not the little, inside, secret envelope, but the big outside one the little one goes in.  And if no one can read your signature, also, please print your name.  And, please vote.
  • This just in:  SOLAR is being updated.  For a week.  Please mark your calendars–from October 5, at 6:00 pm, to October 11, at 6:00 am, both the Student Administration (SA) and Human Resources (HR) modules will be unavailable.  That means, no class rosters, no grades, no compensatory history, no unofficial transcripts.  When they’re done, we’ll have one-click access to such services as such frequently used services as class rosters, class schedules, permission numbers, recording grades, etc.  For more information on this exciting change, please tune your computers to the newly released youtube documentary, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MiU851R-DI.
  • Important clarification: In the last riveting issue of Thursday’s Notes, we were reminded of changes in the advising protocols for this year that include a re-routing of initial appointments to the CoH Advising Office, in JR 240. The list of department advisers still seeing students included only undergraduate advisers. PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT GRADUATE ADVISING REMAINS IN THE DEPARTMENTRanita Chatterjee, is still our indefatigable Graduate Adviser (though she keeps saying this is her last year), and Irene Clark is our equally indefatigable (and enduring) Composition and Rhetoric Adviser.Kate Haake (me) will be seeing Creative Writing graduate students this year. IMPORTANT NOTE: All graduate students see Ranita first and for all non-option-specific questions regarding their degrees.
  • Undergraduate advising remains as announced in last Thursday’s Notes (although not last Thursday)–first, to the CoH Advising Office (often affectionately referred to as “Shelly’s Office”), and then to Dorothy (subject matter), Kent (JYI, FYI), and me (literature, creative writing, honors, etc.).
  • Here, again, is the weblink and access information for Martin Pousson’s outstanding English assessment moodle page. Thanks again, Martin. Terrific work! Now we will all be able to stay current on and contribute to our assessment activities. Do remember to collect and submit data year-long. Moodle site name: English Department Academic Assessment; password, ST708; link, http://moodle.csun.edu/course/view.php?id=23617.
  • The Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program (DVSP) is a program designed to bring well-known speakers to California State University, Northridge. Applications may be submitted in one of two categories. Category I applications (up to $700) request support for classroom visits or department seminars by a guest lecturer. Category II applications (up to $1,800) request funds for individuals or small groups of scholars with broad appeal to the university community to participate in artistic performances, public lecture, or topical conferences. Please note that International speakers may have up to 30% of honorarium withheld for taxes.  For more information, contact Hedy Carpenter at (818) 677-2138. Application Deadline: September 19, 2011.
  • Linda Overman’s car was broken into and its contents stolen in parking lot B-2. This is a sad reminder that ours is a large urban campus and we need to be vigilant, taking care in the parking lot and probably, also, in our offices. Our concern goes out to Linda. So perhaps it is a good time, also, to remind the Department of a series of public safety workshops hosted by the Department of Police Services this semester. Don’t miss out on important tips about such topics as, “How to Make your Home a Safer Place,” “The Basics of Pepper Spray Defense,” “Has Your Identity Been Compromised?” The identity you save may be your own.  For more information about these workshop, please see the Safety Workshops flyer, available at,http://www-admn.csun.edu/police/crime/.
  • The Employee Assistance Program also hosts a variety of workshops and support activities to help us deal with the stress of our lives. There’s a book group, fitness and wellness sessions, mindfulness sitting sessions–even yoga. For more information about these opportunities, please see http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/eap/calendar.html.
  • And Human Resources also has an outstanding lineup workshops, on such life-transforming topics as asset management, insurance, home ownership, and retirement. For more information, please see http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/communications/current.html#fall. (This webpage also includes information about the EAP sessions noted above.
  • Also, we’ve been asked nicely not to move chairs from one room to another, so please, let’s not.
  • And have you filled out your doodle poll page to let Tonie and Dorothy know about your availability for exit interviews and indicated your preference of literary texts to them?  There’s still time…
  • While you’re online, you might want to friend the CSUN Creative Writing page and find out what our student writers are up to.  Thanks for this project go to Leilani.
  • Finally, it’s not time to order books for spring yet, but it is time to start thinking about ordering books for spring–just in case you’re still stuck in fall semester.

4. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • Scott Andrews published a review of Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing this summer in The Tulsa World, his hometown newspaper.  His blog entry titled “Ice Kobe” was purchased to be printed in Connecting with Cultures, a popular culture textbook from Pearson due out this year.  Congratulations Scott!
  • Fred Fields’ new book, Bilingualism in the USA: The case of the Chicano-Latino community has been published by John Benjamin Publishing Company. The book provides an overview of bi- and multilingualism as a worldwide phenomenon by taking the Chicano-Latino community of Southern Californias as a detailed case study relevant to nearly every bi- and multilingual community irrespective of nation, language, and/or ethnicity. Congratulations Fred!
  • Martin Pousson had one story and two poems accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of Rattling Wall, the PEN Center USA literary journal.”The Masked Boy,” a story from The Nerves, a collection of stories in-progress, and “Hoodoo” & “Voodoo,” two poems from Mississippi River Anthology, a collection of poems in-progress, will be published in the Fall 2011 issue. Congratulations, Martin!

 

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair