Volume 39:3

September 27th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 39:3)

1.  Announcements

Congratulations to our new lecturers’ representative–Tina Love, who will be attending department meetings as Lecturer Representative; and Amanda Harrison and Angie Misaghi, Composition Committee Reps; Noreen Lace, Educational Technology Committee Rep; and Pat Swenson, Literature Committee Rep. We appreciate your participation–and that of everyone who put their names forward–and look forward to working with you.

We have been reminded by Chancellor Reed and our campus Academic Affairs division that “using the classroom to inform students about Proposition 30, including dismissing class early and speaking to volunteer students who remain after class, crosses the line into inappropriate political advocacy.”  We have also been directed to the guidelines for political and election issues in the CSU, which can be found in the Office of General Counsel Elections Handbook at http://www.calstate.edu/gc/Docs/ElectionIssues.pdf.  “It is impossible,” the Handbook states, “to establish clear or bright lines that apply universally in every situation, because the law is premised on reasonableness and balance, and the facts are different in each individual circumstance.”  The Handbook also states, “Factual  information about consequences that will result from the passage or failure of a political measure, even including some value judgments and opinions, may be acceptable so long as moderate in tone.”

Sigma Tau Delta, AGSE, 4Humanties@CSUN, Associated Graduate Students in History, and various individuals have joined forces with Better World Books, a “for-profit social enterprise or social business venture” that “uses the power of business to change the world,” to run a book drive that will benefit the literacy initiatives of Books for Africa (http://www.booksforafrica.org). If you have  unwanted college-level books published within the past 10 years (highlighting/writing in the books is fine) that you would be willing to donate to a good cause, please put them in the hall designated for later pick-up or leave them in the donations box in the English mail room. The drive will begin sometime later on in October, but it’s not too early to start clearing out now. Sub-Sahara Africa is in dire need of textbooks, and this is your chance to help.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will be presenting poet Michelle Bitting at CSUN this Thursday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Oviatt Library, Room 25. Bitting, a fourth-generation Angeleno, is author of the DeNovo award-winning Good Friday Kiss and the just-released Notes to the Beloved. Her poems have been published widely, including in American Poetry Review, Narrative, and L.A. Weekly. Dancer, actor, musician, and community activist, she teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. And mark your calendars now for the next NCWC event–Ben Loory reading on October 25, also at 7:00 p.m.!

The College of Humanities announces a Call for Proposals for Academic Programming Support open to all full- and part-time faculty in the college. Funding from this source will provide supplementary support for academically related activities and events only (e.g., guest lecturers, workshops, performances). Funding from this source will not be allocated to support individual faculty stipends, curriculum development, travel, faculty research or creative projects, materials or resources for faculty or student training, and/or to hire student assistants. Please submit your one page proposals (including budget summary and contact person email and phone number) describing how the proposed activity or event supports a course or other academic program to: Academic Programming Fund, College of Humanities, SH 461, mail code 8252. But be quick–the deadline is Monday, October 1, by 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

For the last couple of years the College of  Humanities has featured the work of a creative writing student on the Dean’s office holiday card.  Believe it or not, it’s time to be thinking of this again!  The Dean’s office is looking for a poem or excerpt from something that captures the spirit of the season—but not specifically religious or Christmas-y (more something that evokes winter, etc) and needs to have it no later than Halloween so that they can get the card designed and to the printer.  They might also be willing to accept artwork—but it would basically need to be black and white because we don’t do full-color cards. Be on the lookout for high quality work, and pass it along to me (Kate Haake) when you find something good.

Provost Harry Hellenbrand cordially invites you to the 4th Annual Research Fellows Colloquium on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room, Oviatt Library.  Come and hear our distinguished faculty speak about their research.

The CSUN Faculty Retreat Planning Committee also shines, and for the 2013 Faculty Retreat has adopted the title “CSUN. Shine. Illuminating Pathways to Success.” This year’s retreat will be held on the CSUN campus on January 14 and 15, 2013. Faculty interested in making a presentation at the retreat are invited to submit proposals that think about illuminating pathways to their personal and professional successes at CSUN.  The presentation proposal form is available at: http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreat/proposalform2013.doc . Additional information on registering for the Faculty Retreat will be sent to all faculty in late October.  The Retreat website will include updates as planning proceeds; be sure to visit: http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreat.html .

The Faculty Mentor Program & Educational Opportunity Program is accepting nominations for the 2011-2012 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards. The nomination deadline is Friday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m. These awards are presented to faculty, staff, and administrators who have been exceptional mentors at CSUN.  Faculty, staff, and administrators may be nominated for these awards, which recognize exceptional mentoring of past or present CSUN students; a holistic approach to mentoring, including academic and personal support and in informal and intangible ways; and support of the university’s commitment to the success of students of diverse backgrounds and communities. A reception honoring the recipients will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Whitsett Room, fourth floor of Sierra Hall. The nomination deadline is Friday, October 26, 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Glenn Omatsu, Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program, EOP Central, University Hall 205 (campus mail code: 8366); e-mail:  glenn.omatsu@csun.edu.

On-line training is  now available to help faculty and staff recognize and support students may be in distress.  We are pleased to also provide training that addresses the specific needs and challenges of student veterans, whose numbers are expected to grow on our campus.  The skills acquired in these sessions will help us to promote wellness within our community and make speedy referrals, when necessary, to the appropriate campus resources.

Just a heads up that the Associated Students will be sponsoring a non-partisan Political Fair on Bayramian Hall Lawn on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  This is open to any/all group wanting to distribute and share information on candidates and/or ballot initiatives for the upcoming elections.  The event will include the use of amplified music from 12:30 – 1:30.

On October 13, Kate Haake and Mona Houghton will be reading with What Books author, Chuck Rosenthal, at Bart’s Bookstore in Ojai at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please see the Bart’s webpage at http://www.bartsbooksojai.com.

2.  Reminders

Please be sensitive to University policy regarding religious observances. Although we have made it through the Jewish High Holy Days, there may be other occasions on which your students will be absent due to a religious holiday, which they should be allowed to observe without negative consequences in class.

As previously announced, you are invited to a book release party for Rick Mitchell’s new collection, Ventriloquist: Two Plays & Ventriloquial Miscellany, at The Last Bookstore, Downtown Los Angeles (453 S. Spring St.), on Friday, September 28th, at 8:00 p.m. The reading will feature actors (and a dummy) performing excerpts from Rick’s play Ventriloquist Sex. Also, on Sunday, September 30th, at 5:00 p.m., Rick will be giving a book-related presentation, The Art of Ventriloquism,” in the Poetry Corner at the West Hollywood Book Fair (West Hollywood Park). For further information on the first event: http://lastbookstorela.com/ai1ec_event/rick-mitchells-ventriloquist-two-plays-ventriloquial-miscellany/?instance_id=17529.  And for info on the second event, please see: http://www.westhollywoodbookfair.org/?page_id=3744.

Also, again, at the West Hollywood Bookfair, on September 30, Mona Houghton will be speaking on a What Books Panel from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Poet’s Corner. Immediately after, also in the Poet’s Corner, Kate Haake will be reading from her new novel (which, ok, has been described as a “long modernist poem that looks like a novel”) with the actual poet, Gail Wronsky.

3.  Opportunities

So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2013 issue! This issue will feature poetry and nonfiction contest winners, as well as fiction and visual art. Submissions will be accepted from August 15-October 15 through the online submissions manager at http://sotospeak.submishmash.com/submit. Full submission guidelines are available at http://sotospeakjournal.org/. Looking into the future, the judge for their Spring 2013 Poetry Contest will be Danielle Pafunda and for the Spring 2013 Nonfiction Contest will be Julie Marie Wade. Winners will receive prize money and publication, and finalists will also be published. The contest entry fee of $15 will include a free copy of the Spring 2013 issue for all entrants.

The Oklahoma Review, an online journal published by the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University,  will be accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry until October 15. Submissions may be sent via email to okreview@cameron.edu.

4.  Achievements

On July 26, Joel Athey aced the 4th hole at Balboa Golf Course using a 4-iron on the 172-yard par 3. This is his second hole-in-one; the first was in Kansas in 1968. Joel’s playing partner was Don Brownlee, outgoing chair of Speech. For non-golfers, a ready distance comparison: a center field home run at Dodger Stadium travels 400 feet, or 133 yards.   And a person hitting a home run doesn’t have to nail a target the size of a teacup. Many golfers never make a hole-in-one in their lifetimes because it takes skill plus a whole lot of luck in the bounces.

Scott Kleinman taught a workshop on text mining at THATCampSoCal (The Humanities and Technology Camp). He also led a follow-up session and session on regional collaboration in the Digital Humanities. THATCampSoCal was also attended by Ashley Chang and Joshua Spurgeon, two students from his current course on Literary Criticism and Analysis in the Digital Age, as well as by Kristin Cornelius and Michael Green, two graduates of his course on The Technology Textuality from previous semesters.

Fred Field, who is still an official member of the English Department but who will remain one of us even after he leaves for Linguistics in the spring, has been offered a contract from Cambridge University Press for a book tentatively titled, Spanish and English in the United States:  The Collision of Two Giants.  Now, Fred cheerfully notes, all he has to do is write a 300-page book.

Volume 39:2

September 13th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 39:2)

1.  Announcements

Congratulations to this year’s English Department Personnel Committee, Dorothy Clark, Anthony Dawahare, Sharon Klein, Martin Pousson, and Beth Wightman. Thanks in advance for your very good work.

The September 19 deadline for the 2012/2013 Distinguished Speakers Program is fast approaching. Applications may be made in two categories: 1)  for up to $700 to request support for classroom visits or department seminars by a guest lecturer, and 2) for up to $1,800 to 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 can be found at http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/events/faculty.html. And let’s get some money to bring some of the accomplished and fascinating people we know to make a visitation this year!

Speaking of distinguished speakers, on Thursday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon, CSUN’s brand new Department of Linguistics is pleased to co-sponsor, with the Department of Political Science, a conversation with Henry De Sio, Jr., Former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama and 2008 Chief Operating Officer at Obama for America, in which he will offer lessons from the campaign trail on leadership, organization, and the power of words.

You’re invited to a book release party for Rick Mitchell’s new collection, Ventriloquist: Two Plays & Ventriloquial Miscellany, at The Last Bookstore, Downtown Los Angeles (453 S. Spring St.), on Friday, September 28th, at 8:00 p.m. The reading will feature actors (and a dummy) performing excerpts from Rick’s play Ventriloquist Sex. Also, on Sunday, September 30th, at 11:30 a.m., Rick will be giving a book-related presentation, The Art of Ventriloquism,” at the West Hollywood Book Fair (West Hollywood Park). For further information on the first event: http://lastbookstorela.com/ai1ec_event/rick-mitchells-ventriloquist-two-plays-ventriloquial-miscellany/?instance_id=17529.  And for info on the second event, please see: http://www.westhollywoodbookfair.org/?page_id=3744.

Also at the West Hollywood Bookfair, on September 30, Mona Houghton will be speaking on a What Books Panel from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Poet’s Corner. Immediately after, also in the Poet’s Corner, Kate Haake will be reading from her new novel (which, ok, has been described as a “long modernist poem that looks like a novel”) with the actual poet, Gail Wronsky.

Stephanie Satie will be presenting her new solo play, Silent Witnesses, based on interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust, on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the South Pasadena Public Library, at 1115 So. El Centro St. South Pasadena, CA 91030. Telephone, 626-403-7335. Refreshments will be served.

The Graduate Reading Series (the GRS) team invites you and yours to our first reading of Fall 2012. Come hear the fiction of Miles Simon, the poetry of Cody Deitz, and the dramatic works of Jessa Reed, while enjoying light refreshments and the company of CSUN’s wonderful creative writers. Friday, September 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., we’ll turn the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room into the graduate reading room. They hope to see you there!

Of special interest for those of you who work extensively with Freshman, don’t miss the new Fresh Connections roundtable on Thursday, September 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Whitsett Room (SH 451). Join presenters Erin Delaney (English and BCFS/AFYE) and Kim Henige (Kinesiology and BCFS/AFYE) to learn new strategies for teaching time management (including this Academic Planner assignment<http://www.csun.edu/afye/documents/Planner-Assignment.docx>) and for engaging freshmen in the classroom. And bring your best strategies to share! The session will repeat on Friday, September 14, from 3:00-4:00 p.m., again in the Whitsett Room. Please RSVP to CIELO<http://www.csun.edu/cielo/> at x6535 with your choice of Thursday or Friday. More information about the roundtable:  http://www.csun.edu/afye/BCFS-AFYE-Roundtable-Fresh-Connections.html.

The University Student Union at California State University, Northridge is proud to announce the Grand Opening of two new resource centers on campus, the Veterans’ Resource Center  (http://vrc.csun.edu/) and  the Pride Center (http://pride.csun.edu/). Both centers are a result of student-led initiatives and have been serving the campus community since the first day of this Fall semester. The Grand Opening for the Veterans’ Resource Center was yesterday, so if you weren’t there, you already missed it. But there’s still time to make the Grand Opening of the Pride Center, next Thursday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m., in the Pride Center itself.

2.  Reminders

Do not forget, please, the first department meeting of the year, which is tomorrow, 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room. We’ll be discussing the MOU and other things. And there will be refreshments!

Do not forget, either, to post your office hours on the department webpage.  Here’s how:  log in to the English Department administrative system by clicking “Faculty Login” in the top right corner of the English Department web site.  (If you have forgotten your user name or password, click on the “forgot password” link on the log in page.  You will be sent a new password and a reminder of your username.  If you have not yet been assigned an account, contact Tonie Mangum (antoinette.mangum@csun.edu), and she will create an one for you.) After logging in, click “Office Hours” in the main navigation menu. Make sure that the current academic session (Fall 2012) is selected in the dropdown menu and then enter your office hours in the form. Your office hours can be a maximum of 200 characters. When you are finished, click the “Save” button, and your office hours will appear automatically on your profile page. If you need to change your office hours at a later date, you can login again and follow the same procedure.

And another important thing not to forget is the Wings/New Voices ceremony, in which the fabulous work of our students is recognized and celebrated. In the words of Irene Clark, this event “reminds us of why we entered this profession. It will make you happy.”  The ceremony will take place on Friday, September 21st from 3:30-5:30 in the Grand Salon. Light refreshments served. And please encourage your students to attend as well.

We are now in the Open Enrollment period for a wide range of our employee benefits. If you are looking to switch health plans or sign up for a Health or Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, now is the time to do it.  Open Enrollment ends on October 5.

Also due by October 5 are travel requests. Here is the form  http://www-admn.csun.edu/travel/forms/travel-approval-form.pdf. Fill it out and submit it to Tonie, or you may be flying the redeye.

And while you are at it, Tonie wants to know which classes you would like to have student evaluations done in this fall. Please remember that all full-time faculty, beginning in their second year, who are being considered for retention, tenure or promotion will be evaluated in all of their classes. The rest of us get to choose two classes for review. The deadline for letting Tonie know which two these will be is September 27.

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, September 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.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 urged to attend.

Those of your who are teaching one of our GE courses such as 208, 255, 258, 259, 275, 300, 306, 311, 313, 316, 333, 364, or 371 might want to consider participating in the GE Paths. Curious? For more information, see the project webpage at http://www.csun.edu/gepaths/.

Just in case you missed this, CSUN has a new CSUN Today news webpage, and the COH webpage is new too. You can check them out at http://csuntoday.csun.edu/ and http://www.csun.edu/humanities/. Both look great!

And while we’re on the subject of webpages, there’s also a new CSYou, the California State University’s new systemwide employee intranet. This site marks the first time all CSU employees, regardless of location, can access employee-specific information from one location. You can find it and log in at http://csyou.calstate.edu. There’s also a cheat sheet at http://www.csunalumni.com/Schools/CSUNorthridge/Bemail/Files/CSYou-Cheat-Sheet-Campus.pdf that can help you figure out what this site can do for you. Please let me know when you do.

Jackie was gentle, but I’ll be blunt–don’t sell your textbooks to text book buyers, especially if you got them free. That’s against University policy. Just a thought–it’s probably best not to sell books to them at all, as this simply encourages them. If you have used books (NOT desk copies or other textbooks you have received for free from publishers) you don’t want to give to students for their sales or to your local library for the tax deduction but do want to sell (for their enormous resale value?), it’s generally probably best to take them to a proper used book store. Maybe try The Last Bookstore, officially ranked as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful bookstores. That alone will make it worth your trip.

3.  Opportunities

The department has had an inquiry from Daniel Holmes, Activities & Volunteer Coordinator at Sunrise Senior Living of Woodland Hills who is looking looking for someone to help enrich the cultural experience of the Sunrise residents. Specifically, he’d like someone to come in twice a month to facilitate a class or discussion group devoted to poetry. The sessions would take place in the early evening or afternoon and last an hour.  For more information, Holmes can be reached at 818/346-9046. Please do help spread the word–this could be an amazing opportunity for the right person. Preference will be given to upper level students and/or TA’s who are looking to earn community service hours, but Holmes is will to work with “fresh talent” provided the desire is there.

Also for students: Senator Feinstein’s Los Angeles office is looking for highly motivated college students for internship positions for the fall, winter, spring, and summer sessions and will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.  Successful applicants will support Field Representatives and Staff Assistants in drafting memos to the Senator, scheduling or attending meetings with staff, constituent letters, conducting background research, phone calls, document requests, morning press clippings, research projects, and attending events with the Senator when she is in the area. The office is looking for polite and friendly students with some familiarity with the American political system and current events. Additionally, strong writing and communication skills are a plus. The position will require a minimum of 12 hours per week, but hours will be flexible, according to student schedules.

Now that we have a contract, we need to turn our attention to the November election and do what we can to ensure that the Governor’s Tax Initiative (Proposition 30) passes and increase our funding and halt this year’s tuition increases. Check with our local chapter of the CFA if you want to contribute to this effort (or to the defeat of the Koch brothers-sponsored Proposition 32) this effort by doing some phone banking and community walking.  (And that’s not saying anything about the rest of what’s at stake in this election!)

4.  Achievements

Irene Clark’s review of Mary Soliday’s book, Everyday Genres: Writing Assignments Across the Disciplines, appeared in the journal Composition Studies (Spring 2012, Vol 40,Number 1).

Kate Haake’s new novel, The Time of Quarantine, was an SPD Bestseller last summer.

An excerpt from the Japanese translation of Jack Solomon’s “The Signs of Our Times” is being used as part of the entrance examination to Tokyo Gakugei University.

Volume 39:1

August 30th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 39:1)

1.  Announcements

Welcome back to one and all after what I truly hope will have been fabulous summers filled with rest, fun, adventure, and maybe even a little reading or writing or other good work so that you are retuning fully recharged and happily optimistic and energetic about the coming year which, all at once, is upon us.

And a big welcome, too, to the newest members of our Department–Lauren Byler and Marlene Cooksey. We are very glad to have you joining us and wish you both the most seamless of transitions and the best of years ahead.

This not quite just in but at the very top of our announcements is the fabulous news from the Leilani Hall household, now larger by one brand new member of the human race. Leilani Hall and husband Joshua are the new proud parents of Ethan Thomas Hall Freedman, born July 14 at 4:33 p.m. in New Delhi, India, weighing in at 8 lbs, 4 oz, and measuring 20 inches, head to toe. Although subject to more red tape in his first days of life than most of us will be in a lifetime, baby Ethan is thriving and all are safe and well in Northridge. What an amazing saga this baby has already lived, and so it begins. Big hugs all around and welcome, too, to Ethan!

So, too, for new TA Morgan Mayreis-Voorhis, who gave birth to her new son, Declan Voorhis, on 7/6/12 at 4:19am. Baby Declan weighed in at 9lbs, 13oz, and was 21.25 inches long!  Well done, and best wishes to the new family.

This year’s Freshman Convocation will be held on Thursday, September 6, at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Lawn. All campus faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and support this welcome celebration of the Class of 2016. Keynote Speaker will be Chitra Divakaruni, author of this year’s Freshman Common Reading, One Amazing Thing.  Divakaruni will lead an informal faculty-and-staff discussion of her book at 4:00 p.m.in the Oviatt Library’s Ferman Presentation Room. A reception will follow the Convocation. There are lots of ways for faculty to participate in this event, so if you are interested, please visit the website at http://csun.edu/nso/convocation. Meantime, welcome, Freshman!

And while we’re on the subject of the Freshman Common Reading, please do what you can to support this important project. Details can be found at http://www.csun.edu/afye/One-Amazing-Thing-Book-Groups.html. Be current. Read what everyone else is reading. Talk about it with students. And use it, if you can, in class.

Speaking of freshman, please mark your calendars for the upcoming Wings/New Voices ceremony, in which the fabulous work of our students is recognized and celebrated. In the words of Irene Clark, this event “reminds us of why we entered this profession. It will make you happy.”  The ceremony will take place on Friday, September 21st from 3:30-5:30 in the Grand Salon. Light refreshments served. And please encourage your students to attend as well.

Closer to now, indeed this very night, Sigma Tau Delta is hosting a fundraiser at Chili’s. 15% of all purchases made by people who can produce flyers (available on the elevator board and from representatives at Chili’s) will be donated to Sigma Tau Delta. Please come out and support our fabulous honors students.

Thanks in part to a grant from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, Bobby Lopez will be organizing a series this fall and spring called “Myth Goes to the Movies,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of six legendary films: The Music Man, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. No, Cleopatra, It’s a Mad Mad Mad World, and The Birds. The first event will feature a guest appearance from Ms. Shirley Jones, who played Marian the librarian in the 1962 version of the Music Man opposite Robert Preston. Please encourage students to come to this event and spread the word. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a viewing of The Music Man, beginning at 4:00 PM in the Armer Theater, followed by a guest appearance from Ms. Shirley Jones. Please contact Bobby if you need further details.

And don’t forget that if you’ve hosting an event, the Dean’s office want to know. Please send the following information to Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu):  Event title, start date, end date, event description, event website, contact person (phone and email), sponsor, cost, and location.  And please attach a flyer if you have one.  You can request, for example that the event be shared with other colleges, or with such campus institutions as the Institute for Sustainability, or the Library, or the Matador Involvement Center, or NCOD Events, or the Office of the Provost, or the University Events Calendar, or the Valley Performing Arts Center. Just let Noreen know and she will take care of the rest. And a big thank you in advance to Noreen and the COH for helping us spread the word!

On Tuesday, September 4, from 1 to 2 p.m.,  some of last year’s award-winning faculty will be holding a panel in the Whitsett room. Join Joyce Burstein, from Elementary Education, Eric Garcia, from the Oviatt Library, and Jerald Schutte, from Sociology, winners of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching/Counseling/ Librarianship award, as they share their advice at the start of the semester. And there will be coffee and cookies.

For those of you who need a little break in the week, Kathy Leslie has returned to us (welcome back, Kathy), bringing with her her lovely yoga class. All interested yogis will be meeting in the Linda Joseph Nichols Room on Wednesdays this fall, from 12:15 to 1:15. If you haven’t tried it before, now is a great time to do so. The class is open to all who are encouraged to come when they can. Don’t worry if you have to come late or leave early, or even if you can’t touch your toes. Bring a mat and come find out how yoga can really change your life (and this from someone who, for the better part of her adult life, rolled her eyes at yoga).

Finally, since no official announcement was made last spring, it’s worth noting here that the CSUN Native American PowWow last spring won the Diversity Award.

2.  Reminders

The first Department meeting of the year will be held on Friday, September 14, at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Please plan to be there and continue to good work we started at the Department retreat. And for those of you who will be attending the Chair’s Advisory meeting, this first one will take place on Monday, September 10, at 12:15 p.m. in ST 703.

If you’re thinking of doing any university-related foreign travel, first–lucky you, and have a wonderful trip. And second (or perhaps this should be first, but never mind), please consult the new university foreign travel policy, which includes, but is not limited to, pre-paperwork and the requirement to obtain Foreign Travel Insurance through CSUN’s Risk Management office. Tonie can help. Bon voyage!

Or, if you have a secret hankering to be University Writing Council chair for 2012-13 (or if you know anyone else who does), Elizabeth Adams is looking for nominations. The deadline is Friday, August 31st, though, so please be quick.

Also, if you can’t get enough of our amazing students, or are just a soft touch in general, please remember that there will be no penalty this year (at least so far) for going over your course cap limits. Some students can’t get any classes; some need only one to graduate. (A word, though, of caution, it’s probably a good idea to confirm their stories before you award priority where priority might not be warranted.)

And here, again, is the list of campus resources available for students who might need some extra assistance.  Jackie distributed this earlier via email, and I am including it here for future reference.

And here’s just another reminder that SOLAR waitlisted students may show up in your Moodle, so use caution when using the “email all” function. Students are struggling enough with enrollment–let’s please not dishearten them further by sending them emails about yet another class they haven’t been able to get in to. Academic technology is working on this and hopes soon to have sorted things out. (This lingering trace of the shadow student also applies to those who have dropped your class, who may have to be manually purged from your Moodle lists.)

3.  Opportunities

Please bookmark the College of Humanities funding opportunities webpage at http://www.csun.edu/humanities/grants/openfundingopportunities.html and check it frequently. Grant opportunities coming up include ACLS Fellowships to fund replacement time (six to twelve months) for scholarly pursuit of a major project, the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships for untenured faculty, and the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for recently tenured scholars. More opportunities are listed on the COH website and will be posted as they come up throughout the year. This is a valuable resource, and given the new CSUN commitment to applied research, it is important for those of us in Humanities to bring in outside dollars too.

The 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award is still open for submissions. But poets, you will need to be quick–the postmark deadline is August 31, 2012. Prize includes $3000 and publication. For more information, please see http://redhen.org/awards-2/bsa/.

Further in the future, Arizona State University is hosting the 18th Annual Southwest English Symposium (SWES) on February 15th-16th, 2013. This year’s conference is titled “-isms, -ologies, and -istics: Conversations Across the Disciplines” and the goal is to bring together scholars for an interdisciplinary conversation about the theories and ideologies that both unite and isolate us within academia. Please visit  http://english.clas.asu.edu/swes2013 for more information.

Omnidawn Publishing has announced its first annual Fabulit Fiction Chapbook competition, which joins its award winning poetry contest.  The deadline is October 15, and the winner will receive a $1,000 prize, publication of the chapbook with a full color cover by Omnidawn, 100 free copies of the winning book, and extensive display advertising and publicity. Full details are available at http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/fiction/

4.  Achievements

One important function of Thursday’s Notes, as we all know, is to make note of faculty achievements, but some of us try to keep a low profile by garnering recognition during the summer months. So we begin with  Evelyn McClave’s recognition as one of the Princeton Reviews best 300 professor in America, with a 2010-2011 ranking of 13 on the top 25 of ratemyprofessor.com. If Evelyn likens the recognitions as being equivalent to “Greatest Mom in the World” award, what can we do but envy her children? Really, Evelyn, way to go. (And yes I know that technically Evelyn is no longer one of us, but I know I speak for others when I say that she will always have an honorary place in English.)

Next up is Charles Hatfield, super-academic-hero of the Comic-Con and recipient of this year’s Eisner Award for the best academic book in the comics field. Charles’ book, Hand of Fire, is a study of the legendary comic book figure Jack Kirby, co-creator of Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk. According to Slate.com, Hatfield waxed emotional in his acceptance speech, raising both fist and voice to declare, “I want to thank my subject, one of the greatest narrative artists of the 20th century—Kirby lives!”

Dr. Robert Chianese, Emeritus Professor of English, CSU Northridge, delivered his Presidential Address, “When Art Connects to Science,” to the 200 scientists and students at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division, held this June in Boise, Idaho.  Chianese has been President of the Pacific Division for the academic year 2011-2012. He is the first non-scientist president in the organization’s 100-year history. This western division, with its 27,00 members, is one of four divisions of the national AAAS, which publishes the weekly Science magazine. Chianese’s address was based on his recent AAAS-PD book, Art Inspired by Science,  which  grew out of an art exhibit he co-curated at Southern Oregon University in 2010 that displayed the works of thirty-five artists from throughout the United States and included a hundred paintings, watercolors, sculptures, and constructions inspired by science techniques, ideas, and theory, as well as from mathematics.

For the fifth year in a row, a student from Audrey Thacker’s ENGL 371 course (“Issues in American Jewish Writing”) won the annual Jewish Studies Essay Contest, sponsored by the Jewish Studies Department. Kelly Anderson‘s essay, “The Plot against America: A Thoughtful Conclusion,” won the honor and its $250 prize for her excellent rumination on the text and its controversial conclusion. And, Audrey notes, she’s not even an English major. Maybe we should look into that.

From June 17th to 22nd , Irene Clark attended a five day seminar in Raleigh Durham titled, Elon Research Seminar on Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer. On July 19th, she presented a paper at the Writing Program Administration conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was titled “Academic Writing and Transferability: Print and New Media.”

Alum Abby Pikop McMillen had an opinion piece on remembering Ray Bradbury published this summer in the Santa Clarita local newspaper.  Read it here:  http://www.the-signal.com/section/33/article/68183/.

Alum Patricia Colton‘s indie novel was nominated for the Foreward Reviews’ Book of the Year award in the genre of Fantasy. You can read about it here:  http://www.smdp.com/Articles-local-news-c-2012-06-11-74195.113116-Author-nominated-for-book-award.html.

Volume 38:16

May 24th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:16)

1.  Announcements

It is with bittersweet pleasure that I submit to you this year’s final edition of Thursday’s Notes, which has weathered, like all of us, some transitions and challenges over the past nine months. Looking back through these posts, it strikes me again how productive we have been as a faculty and how resourceful and resilient. Kudos to Jackie for her spectacular first year as Chair, and to all the rest of us for the hard, good work we have done. Although this hardly needs announcing, summer is at last upon us. Here’s wishing everyone all good things in the several months ahead, which I hope will be restful and regenerative. But first, one last set of Notes.

Which begins with one more accolade for all of our graduating seniors!  The Honors’ Convocation on Monday, May 21, and the English Department Awards Ceremony and Reception (more on that below) and the College of Humanities Commencement, both on May 23, were, as ever, moving and successful events. More kudos to us all, who taught our award-winning graduating seniors, and to the graduating seniors, for finally graduating, and to the rest of our students, whom we also commend.

Moving on, and alas, Shelly Thompson is leaving the College of Humanities SSC/EOP Office to become, hooray, the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. Although we will miss her very much, we can’t not be thrilled for her too, and I know I speak for all of us when I wish her the heartiest of congratulations.

And for those of you who want to keep busy this summer, the Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID) (that’s the articulation agreement we are still working on with the community colleges) is pleased to announce that course descriptors for English are now available for our review. This means they want our help in ensuring widespread consensus about the most appropriate preparation for students earning an associate degree in English and then transfer as English majors to CSU. To do so, please log on to the C-ID website and provide feedback on the draft C-ID course descriptors for English. Here’s how:

  1. Go to www.c-id.net and select the “Descriptors” page from the menu on the top of the website.
  2. Choose the “Comment on Descriptors” link.
  3. Click the “Register Here” link if you haven’t already registered for access to the review area.
  4. After registration, a confirmation email with your password will be e-mailed to you immediately. You must click the confirmation link contained in that email message to enable your password so that you can log in to C-ID’s review area. Your e-mail message will be sent by noreply@c-id.net, so please check your spam mailbox if you do not receive it and add this address to your safe sender list.
  5. Use your email address (username) and password to login to the review area.
  6. Read the draft descriptors in your discipline area or related areas having impact on your discipline.
  7. Comment on the draft descriptors, indicating what you feel could use improvement, or any other feedback you think would be relevant or useful. Please note it is just as important that you comment when you are in agreement with the descriptors.
  8. They will keep your email address on file and send you email updates when additional or revised descriptors become available for comment in your discipline.
  9. Please do all this by June 15.

Once the C-ID descriptors are finalized, colleges will be asked to submit their Course Outlines of Record to C-ID, to ensure courses in Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC)-aligned degrees are aligned.  The C-ID course descriptors are at the heart of the TMC and are the curricular foundation; they identify the essence of the course content.  Your participation as a discipline expert is critical at this time. Your articulation officer will facilitate the submission of course outlines.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications through September 27, 2012 for their 2013 Summer Stipends program. Successful applicants receive an outright award of $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. And if you are interested in applying, tomorrow, May 25, is the deadline for letting the Dean’s Office know.

Bob Chianese will be signing copies of his new book, Art Inspired by Science, in Ventura at the Bank of Books bookstore, on Saturday June 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. You can purchase a copy at the bookstore, the last one in Ventura, which is a warehouse of used books with sections of new books written by both contemporary and local authors. Bob will also make a brief presentation about a few works of art in the book. The Bank of Books is located in Ventura at 748 E. Main Street.

And Mona and Kate will be reading from their new books on May 31st at Chaucer’s Bookstore in Santa Barbara, in case you are looking to get away twice.

2.  Reminders

If you haven’t turned in grades yet, there’s still time. But do get them in by tomorrow, Friday, May 25, and be sure to click all the buttons to make sure they’ve been properly submitted.

Dean Say has asked us to be reminded of and to share widely CSUN’s Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Policy, which is available at  http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/relations/drug_free_campus.htm.  The website features useful information about work-related problems and health risks associated with alcohol and other drug abuse problems.  Also listed are campus and community resources available to faculty, staff, and students. Please take a moment to review this important information. The Dean further reminds us that we cannot serve alcohol in class or at school-related events. Students, as well, cannot bring alcohol for individual consumption or for distribution at school-related functions.   There is a process by which one can petition to serve alcohol, but this must be pursued in advance of the function.

Please turn your 319 key in to Frank as soon as you no longer need it. We have desperate need of them.

3.  Achievements

Six rhetoricians/compositionists from the CSUN English Department participated in The Inaugural Southern California Rhetoric and Composition Research Symposium at UC Irvine on May 4: Norma Aceves, Jada Augustine, Ian Barnard, Irene Clark, Stephan Topf, and Nicole Warwick.

Irene Clark‘s review of Mary Soliday’s book, Everyday Genres: Writing Assignments across the Disciplines, has been published in the Spring 2012 issue of the journal, Composition Studies.  Irene has also received a Research and Creative Activity grant for her proposal titled “Genre Awareness, Rhetoric, and Transferability: Students’ Perspectives.”

Nate Mills presented “Samuel Steward, Eldridge Cleaver, and the Practice of Materialist Sexual History” at the Queer Places, Practices, and Lives Conference at the Ohio State University.

On Thursday May 17th, Pat Swenson and Nancy Taylor (along with Hillary Kaplowitz from Instructional Technology) will present “Creating a Dynamic and Interactive Online Classroom” at EduSoCal’12, to be held at Loyola Marymount University.

And the winers are…

This, again, is the time of year when the Departments announces the recipients of its various awards and distinction. Although many of our here are a few of the stand-outs this year:

 The $500 Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English for the essay written in English 258, 259, 275, or 355 which best demonstrates a “passion for the English language”  has been awarded to John Kubler for his essay, “Does Poe Condone Revenge in ‘The Cask of Amontillado’.”

 The $500 Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award for the best written scholarly or creative work on some aspect of the natural world or environment has been awarded to Megan Magers for her essay, “Near a Body Buried.”

The $250 Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize for the English Honors student whose thesis is judged to be the best thesis submitted during that academic year is being shared this year by Melissa Filbeck for her thesis, “A Tale of Three Hymens:  Abstinence and Agency in Pamela, Twilight and Fanny Hill,” and Trista Payte, for her thesis, “Either I’m Nobody or I’m a Nation:  Strategies for Post-Colonial Selfhood Explored through Pantomime, The Dragon Can’t Dance, and The Mimic Men.”

The $1000 Annamarie Peterson Morley Award for a currently enrolled English major planning to become a teacher at any level has been awarded to  Megan E. Betry.

The $1000 George Morley/Annamarie Peterson Scholarship for a currently enrolled English major in need of Financial support has been awarded to

The last $500 Finestone Award given to a graduate student whose thesis is in the study of literature and is considered by a faculty panel as the most distinguished has been awarded to Lilit Manucharyan for her thesis, “The Representation of Women and the Transmission of Armenian Ethnic Identity in Twentieth-Century Armenian-American Literature.”

The $2000 Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English for a currently enrolled classified graduate student in English whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty to be the most distinguished has been awarded to Sean Pessin.

And the Academy of American Poets Award goes to Robin Smith for her poem, “blue into blue.”  Co-Honorable Mentions were given to Jaclyn Hymes for her poem, “Plumage,” and to Itiola Stephanie Jones for her poem “Palms Open, Love Fading.”  This year’s judge was Kim Young, CSUN alum and author of Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (The University of Utah Press) and the chapbook Divided Highway (dancing girl press, 2008).

Finally, César Soto has also been awarded 2012’s Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student which is a university-wide award open to all Master’s students. César was featured at the Honors Convocation on May 21st and his story was a moving inspiration for all. For more on Cesar, please see the Daily News at http://www.dailynews.com/ci_20682293/award-winning-csun-grad-student-heads-notre-dame.

Congratulations all around, and one more big thanks to the Amenities and Awards Committee for their hard work overseeing these awards and and to everyone else who worked on behalf of these students.

4.  Opportunities

Lisa De Niscia has written to let us know about her new publishing company, Whitepoint Press.  She is excited about discovering new writers who want an alternative to the New York publishing and is very open to writing (fiction, poetry, and non-fiction) that takes risks. Please let your students and former students know that Whitepoint Press is now accepting submissions for consideration of publication.  Guidelines can be found at http://whitepointpress.com/submissions/.

If you know of any talented student writers, NorthStar Moving is looking for a writer/copywriter with a strong handle on English language who is able to follow directions well. Starting salary is $9 an hour for copy writing, letter writing, blog writing, writing responses to clients, etc. It’s a fantastic learning opportunity for students needing experience.


And so it ends, at least for now.  One more round of applause to our entire community for making it through another year. And very best wishes for wonderful summers all around.

Also, please note the vacation photo above.  Those of you who so desire, please send me your own vacation photos from this summer for possible inclusion in the inaugural EOTN of the 2012/2013 Academic Year, which will be upon us in a blink.

Signing off for the 2011/2012 year, Kate Haake.

Volume 38:15

May 3rd, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:15)

1.  Announcements

In sad news, we have lost another member of our CSUN English faculty extended family with the passing of Lila Fink on April 20.  Born on April 30, 1930, Lila was originally from Milwaukee, and was a long-time parttime lecturer at CSUN; Lila also taught at Pepperdine and East L.A. College.  Known as real dynamo who loved to talk and teach lit, she used to hold forth in the mail room to any and all and was tireless when it came to pushing students. As the April 29, LA Times obituary reads, “Lila was a great traveler and enjoyed visiting over 100 countries. Lila is survived by her husband Fred, a marriage that was great for almost 63 years, her children Steve, Larry, and Patty, seven grandchildren, one great grandson, and twin great grandchildren due in July, who will all miss her. Lila was a good bridge partner for Fred. She was also an expert at solving crossword puzzles. Lila was a superb cook. We’ll miss her cooking and her endless love and support.” An online guestbook can be found at http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/latimes/guestbook.aspx?n=lila-fink&pid=157206840&cid=gbsrchres

In sad and happy news, on Saturday, April 27, members of the English Department gathered at the home of Irene Clark to honor, celebrate, and say goodbye to too many wonderful people. The day was warm, the food, fantastic, and the tributes both funny and moving as a good time was had by all and we learned a few secrets, to boot. These are the colleagues we will be missing next year: Rei Noguchi, Pam Bourgeois, Pat Watkins, Patrick Hunter, Elyce Wakerman, and (now I am teary all over again) our very own Martha Alzamora. Congratulations to them all and our very “best wishes” for whatever in the world may be lie ahead in the next part of their lives that is coming. And thanks, as ever, to Irene Clark for her gracious and generous hosting of a very special event. Thanks, too, to Kathy Leslie, for another wonderful slide show of the event, which can be found at http://albums.phanfare.com/slideshow.aspx?i=1&db=1&pw=BwFvXg3Y&a_id=5560618.

Speaking of good times, the recent dedication of the Linda Joseph Nichols English Reading Room, previously known as JR 319, was a huge, and hugely moving, success. If you missed it, take the time to read the plaque in her honor now in the Reading Room. We remain both touched and grateful for her unexpected gift, and so are the future students who will benefit from her scholarship fund.

And in completely happy news, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious teaching honor, the 2012 Teacher of the Year Award,  goes to Northridge alumna and ex English Major, Rebecca Mieliwocki, who earned a single subject credential in English in secondary education from Cal State Northridge in 1996 and is known for her “unconventional” teaching techniques.  A seventh-grade English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, Mieliwocki was recognized on April 24 by President Barack Obama  in a ceremony at the White House. “Students learn best when they have the most enthusiastic, engaged teachers possible,” she said in a statement, and ok, it’s worth at least noting she might have some pretty good models for this in her past.

Speaking of enthusiasm and engagement, retired Professor Robert Chianese is forging ahead with his impressive work in what looks to be a second career of intense involvement with the connections between the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.  As current President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science—Pacific Division, Bob continues to promote the humanities in numerous ways, including featuring work on science-based fiction at the upcoming AAAS Pacific Division 93rd Annual Meeting in Boise this June. Bob also has a new book Art Inspired by Nature, with comments on more than thirty works of contemporary art, including paintings, and sculpture–some made by hand, many assisted by machine and computers–from an exhibit at the Schneider Museum in Ashland, Oregon that Bob co-curated, and including discussions on the ends and methods of art and science as ways of knowing. Congratulations, Bob!  Keep up the good work, but not too good, or you will make us look like slouches.

And a great big thank you from your students to all of you who took the time to nominate them or to write support letters for the soon-to-be-announced Department Awards. And another big thank you to the Amenities and Awards Committee for all its hard work in making these selections. We await your decisions with keen anticipation and real pride in our most deserving students.

Meantime, the Department hosted a highly successful visitation with external reviewers, James Kincaid, of USC, and Lisa Weston, from CSU Fresno. The team had a series of meetings with faculty, students, and administrators, and, as above, we also await their report with keen anticipation.

And now that we’ve told them our stories, we might want to memorialize at least some of them in the CSUN Story Cube, now returned for its second year. How about sharing highlights of your university experience with the important project, which aspires 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. You make the university what it is today, so help us document what it means to be a part of the CSUN community. The StoryCube booth is set up near the front entrance of the Matador Bookstore and interviews may be scheduled to take place Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm, April 30 to May 11, and during Commencement Week, May 22-24. To set up an interview time, please email the StoryCube staff at storycube@csun.edu<mailto:storycube@csun.edu>.

On Friday, May 11th, the Northridge Playwrights Workshop will present performances of new student writing. The show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in JR 319, will feature aesthetically innovative plays, comic monologues, and free refreshments. For further information, please contact Professor Rick Mitchell (rick.mitchell@csun.edu).  Also, on May 20th, SPIT will be presenting a bunch of plays and monologues from English 512 at Two Roads Theatre in Studio City.

The  Center for the Digital Humanities is creating an “Undergraduate Digital Showcase” for the best digital projects by undergraduate students. The program is being undertaken as part of the Humanities Undergraduate Outreach Project of the 4Humanities initiative, a multi-institution consortium that advocates for the Humanities. The Undergraduate Digital Showcase will display five of the best student projects on the Center for the Digital Humanities web site, and the showcase may also be duplicated on the 4Humanities site. A “First-Year Feature” subcategory will highlight the most outstanding digital project by a first-year student on a subject in the Humanities or a closely related field. All formats are accepted, and projects can either be individually or collaboratively authored. Projects must be nominated by a faculty member. If you would like to nominate a student project from one of your classes during the 2011-2012 academic year, please e-mail the student’s name and the project URL, or send the project as an attachment (if it is not web based), to Scott Kleinman (scott.kleinman@csun.edu). Please check that your students agree to having their work made public in the showcase before nominating their projects. The deadline for nominations is May 15.

Graduates students at Binghamton University are excited to announce the return of the national Writing By Degrees annual conference, the nation’s oldest graduate student run creative writing conference. Binghamton University invites graduate student poets, prose writers, essayists, and critics from all theoretic and aesthetic backgrounds to submit paper or panel proposals by September 1. This year’s conference will take place at the historic Bundy Mansion & Museum in Binghamton, New York, on October 19-20, and will feature panels, readings, and presentations by accomplished keynote speakers, as well as other events and informal gatherings, and a key note address by Marie Howe and Catherine Sneed. For more information and the call for papers, please see Writingbydegrees2012@gmail.com should you have any questions about the event or submissions.

But you don’t have to go all the way to New York to be impressed by graduate students, as Dorothy Clark’s 698 D class amply demonstrated on Friday, April 30, with their culminating conference, “Looking Askew: Odd-Angle Approaches.” Congratulations on a highly successful day and to all our soon-to-be-new-MA’s.

Please inform your faculty that the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs will conduct a Faculty Fulbright Program Workshop on May 9, Wednesday, from 10 to noon, in Room 211, University Hall.  The latest information on Fulbright application will be presented and former Fulbrighters at CSUN will share their personal and academic experiences abroad on Fulbright awards.   Refreshments will be served. We are very pleased to announce that two of the five CSUN students who applied to the Fulbright Student Award Programs this year were recommended by the U.S. Fulbright Commission.  One of the students, Grady Turnbull, a graduate of our special education program, was awarded the English Teaching Assistantship to Serbia and a second student, Andrew Taylor, a student in multimedia, was an alternate for the ETA award to Malaysia.Please RSVP via e-mail to Dr. Justine Su at zsu@csun.edu by May 7, and we hope to see many of you there!

Finally, for the second time in the still new 21st century, the California Faculty Association has voted, by a resounding 95%, to authorize a strike in our current stalled contract negotiations. Please stay informed through the CFA. A spokesperson for the Chancellor’s office was heard last night on NPR to assert that there are only a “few outstanding” issues separating the two sides, but that’s not what we hear from the Union. Maybe it’s time to dig out your pickets.

 2.  Reminders

It’s a busy time of year in any event, so mark your calendars now and plan ahead to attend the 2012 College of Humanities Graduation, on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. on the Oviatt Lawn, with the English Department Reception and Awards Ceremony immediately preceding. If you can be there for your students and their families, it will mean the world to them.

Also, don’t forget the Honors Convocation on Monday, May 21,at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Lawn, another very special occasion.

But before we get between here and then, there is finals week, from Monday, May 14, to Saturday, May 19, with grades due by Friday, May 25. Hang on to your hats, and don’t wish for time to go too quickly because it always does.

It probably also needs also to be said that, looking ahead, the 2012 Composition Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd, from 12:30-3:30, with the Department Retreat tentatively scheduled the following day, on Thursday, August 23. But this information is for planning purposes only–don’t give up on summer before it’s even here.

3.  Achievements

Scott Andrews presented “Julia Kristeva and the Pups: Theorizing a Tlicho Abject” at the recent Native American Literature Symposium in Albuquerque, N.M., and his review of Sy Hoahwah’s poetry collection, Velroy and the Madischie Mafia, appears in the most recent issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures.

MA Student Kristin Cornelius has won one the 2012 Kairos award for Graduate Students and Adjuncts for Teaching. The $500 award is given by Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy to graduate students and/or adjuncts in the field of computers and writing based upon service, scholarship, and teaching.

Nate Mills presented “Writing Civil Rights Politics: The Dozens and Conspicuous Consumption in Ralph Ellison’s Three Days Before the Shooting…” at the Stephen J. Meringoff Seminar on Ralph Ellison, a session of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers Conference at Claremont. On other most excellent news from Nate, his  2011 dissertation “Ragged Figures: The Lumpenproletariat in Nelson Algren and Ralph Ellison” has been awarded a ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award by the University of Michigan and the Clarence D. Thorpe Dissertation Prize by the English Department at Michigan. Congratulations on both counts!

Jutta Schamp presented “What’s Cooking? Food, Alchemy, and Individuation in Anton Nimblett’s Sections of an Orange and Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming’s Curry Flavour” at the conference “Narrating the Caribbean Nation” at Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K., April 14-15.

Our amazing poet and alum Dan Murphy has had a poem,  “Faithless II,” accepted for publication in the esteemed literary journal Field.

And Kate Haake (me) and Mona Houghton, will once again be reading from their new books tomorrow, May 4, at 7:30, at Stories Bookstore in Echo Park, and then again at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library on May 17, at noon.

4.  Opportunities

Summer job opportunities for 74 college students are now available through the L.A. County Arts Internship Program. Descriptions of and contacts for the internship positions are posted on the Arts Commission’s Web site, at  www.lacountyarts.org. Interested students should act as soon as positions are posted and apply directly to the organization offering the internship, not the Arts Commission. The organizations make final candidate selections quickly as internships begin on June 1.  Graduating seniors who complete their undergraduate degrees by September 1, 2012 are eligible, as well as undergraduates. The positions are for 10 weeks and pay $350 per week. Interns also take part in educational and arts networking activities generously funded by The Getty Foundation. Through the program, interns gain real work experience to strengthen their resumes and develop business skills that can be put to use in their future careers. Please let your students know.

The office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcon, along with local education based organizations, is looking to organize a Summer Speaker Series for Youth in their Community Room at the City Facility located in Pacoima. They are looking for Speakers to speak on a variety of topics, whether its career and life choices or lecture on a specific topic such as financial aid, access to higher education or historical events. If you are interested in speaking to youth with the intent to inspire them to be successful in life or educate them on a subject matter that you specialize in, please contact Jaime Rodriguez,Education Liaison, at jaime.p.rodriguez@lacity.org, or (818)-485-0600. They are looking to coordinate as many events and activities for youth during the Summer before students go on Summer Break. Also, if you or students are interested in holding a Summer workshop for youth in the area as well, please respond. Finally, if you know of Summer internships, paid or un-paid, Summer employment opportunities or volunteer opportunities for youth, please let the office so they can share with local schools.

5. Very Special Announcements:  Our Amazing Students

And now, as promised, the good news you have all been waiting for as to where our students will be headed next year and what they will be doing. This is a good year for our graduating seniors. And please accept my public apologies in advance if I’ve neglected anyone, but here is what’s been reported to me to date.  And with one more TN to go in this academic year, if anyone has been left out–or receives late good news–there will be time for additions and proper announcements two weeks hence. Meantime, congratulations to them all. We will miss them, but wish them all the best.

As noted in these notes before, Cesar Leon Soto was accepted to the University of Maryland and Marquette University in Milwaukee packages and is excited to be continuing his studies in British Romanticism. As the spring progressed, Cesar was also accepted at Fordham and Notre Dame, also with good financial packages.  Cesar, in fact, was accepted, with funding, at all seven doctoral programs to which he applied, and–the envelope, please–has decided to accept the offer from Notre Dame, which includes the Joseph L. Gaia Distinguished Latino Studies Fellowship. In addition, Cesar was awarded the prestigious Ford Fellowship, which among its several benefits includes an annual stipend of $20,000 for three years of doctoral work, as well as the opportunity to be mentored by a former Ford Fellow and thereby gain access to the national Ford Fellows Liaisons network.  Cesar wishes to thank his mentors again, Ranita Chatterjee and Irene Clark, for writing him letters as well as for their constant support. He also wants to thank Julie Carlson (English, UCSB) and Margarita Nieto (Chicano Studies, CSUN) for writing letters of recommendation for the Ford Fellowship. And a warm thank you to CSUN’s English department–professors, administrators, colleagues, and friends for always providing an intellectually stimulating environment filled with friendly faces and ready smiles.

Loretta McCormick (B.A, M.A. 2011) was accepted into Ph.D. programs in English with Creative Writing dissertations at both the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, the alma mater of our own Leilani Hall, and the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  After visiting both places, Loretta has decided she can’t miss the chance to march with beleaguered state workers (yes, there, too) in Wisconsin, where we will be looking for her in news footage.  And Loretta has been offered funding, too, including a first year fellowship along with a four-year TA-ship.

Kathy Torabi has been accepted to doctoral programs in Medieval English literature at UC Irvine, Arizona State, and Texas A&M, and will be attending Texas A&M with full funding. Kathy has also received the Texas A & M University Diversity Fellowship.

Marina Mularz has been accepted into three MFA programs in Fiction: Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, and Butler University, and is thrilled to be returning to the Midwest, from which she comes, to earn an MFA at Northwestern University. All are invited to stay with her if they ever want to visit the great city of Chicago.

Djinji Jimenez has been accepted into the California Institute for the Arts MFA writing program in fiction and the Antioch LA low residency MFA program. She is thrilled to be attending Cal Arts.

Zach Fromson has been accepted into the UC Riverside MFA writing program in fiction.

Ramsey Mathews was accepted by and will be attending the MFA program in poetry at Cal State Long Beach.

Ani Bakhchadzyan has been accepted into four MFA programs for Fiction: CalArts, California College of the Arts, CSU Fresno, and CSU San Bernardino, and has also been placed on the wait list at the New School. She was offered a full fellowship at CSU Fresno and a partial fellowship at CalArts. She will enroll in the CalArts program in Fall 2012.

Kelly Moreno has been accepted into the Law School at the University of New Orleans.

Steve Bockover has been accepted into the MFA program in Fiction at Mills College. He will enroll in Fall 2012.

Jared Thomas (B.A. Fa ’11) has been accepted and has enrolled in the MA program at CSUN.

Cody Deitz (B.A. Sp ’11) has been accepted into the MA program at CSUN and will enroll in Fall 2012.

Eric Barnhart (B.A. Sp ’11) has been accepted into the MA program at CSUN and will enroll in Fall 2012.

Miles Simon, Deanna Herbert, and Jacklyn Himes have been accepted into the MA program at CSUN and will enroll in Fall 2012.

Volume 38:14

April 19th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:14)

1.  Announcements

Apologies to all whose Thursday’s Notes shows up in their inbox looking a bit funky (for example, no nice spaces between entries). This seems to be a browser issue and the woeful inelegance can’t be helped. However, please be reminded that the Notes also appear on the English Department webpage, where they can be read in their original and intended format.

The Graduate Reading Series (G.R.S.) would like to invite you, your friends, and your family to the final reading of the 2011-2012 academic year! Several excellent graduating graduate students will be performing their work. Please plan to come and show appreciation for all the hard work they, and by extension you, do in this program. Save the date:  Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room. For those of you who have question or comments, or want to get involved, please email Hudit Simonyan, hudit.simonyan.972@my.csun.edu; George Fekaris george.fekaris.36@my.csun.edu; Jon Beadle jon.beadle.50@my.csun.edu,; or Sean Pessin, sean.pessin.38@my.csun.edu.

Also on Saturday, April 28, the NCWC would like to invite you and all to the final undergraduate student reading of the 2011-2012 academic year! This reading will feature graduating seniors reading their work and will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room.

On April 27 from 10 am to 5 pm, M.A. candidates will hold a conference entitled “Looking Askew: Odd-Angle Approaches” in JR319 as part of their culminating experience. Graduating students will present their finest work covering multiple facets of literature, theory, composition and genre.  Dr. Jeffrey Kahan (PhD, Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham) will be the  keynote speaker. Dr. Kahan’s main talk is entitled “New Shakespeare, ‘now improv’d with nobler Lustre’: A Selection of Imitations and Forgeries (1710-1820).”  Afterwards, Dr. Kahan will hold an interactive workshop on how to successfully publish in the humanities based off his new book.  The event is free and food would be served.  All are welcome to attend.

All interested students are invited to attend an information session about the CSUN Credential Program and English Subject Matter Option on Wednesday, April 25, in JR 319, the English Reading Room.  A CSUN Credential counselor will answer questions about credential procedures, possibilities, pathways in this excellent opportunity to learn about this possible pathway with your English degree.  Any additional questions you might  have about the English Subject Matter Option will also be addressed. Light refreshments.

Interim President Harry Hellenbrand will be giving the opening address at this year’s Faculty Retention Workshop for Chairs and Tenured Faculty, which is being held on Monday April 23, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the USU. This year’s event marks the 2nd installment of the Educational Equity Committee’s new three-part approach to our annual Faculty Retention Workshop.  Last year, the 1st installment, as many of you will recall, was designed for the Pre-tenured Faculty only.  The Spring 2012 Faculty Retention Workshop (2nd installment) will be for Chairs and Tenured Faculty only, while the 3rd installment (Spring 2013) will be designed for Deans and Associate Deans.  The goal of the Faculty Retention Workshops is to gather information and report on best practices for both retaining our diverse CSUN faculty and creating a campus climate that promotes educational equity.

Anne Kellenberger is once again imploring us to send her our best students for next year’s SI positions. This is a win/win situation for all concerned. Our students get jobs and a great learning experience, their students get terrific SI’s and a great learning experience, and Anne keeps running her truly daunting program as expertly as she has this year. Please do take a moment and send her your recommendations. Both she and your students will be grateful.

2.  Reminders

If you haven’t RSVP’d for the upcoming retirement gala at Irene Clark’s home, 1314 Comstock, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 28, you’re in luck, because the actual party is not May 28, as announced in the last TN, but April 28, instead, which is nearly upon us. Please do come to help thank Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, and Pat Watkins for all their wonderful work over all these wonderful years, and to wish them the very best at whatever in the world may be coming next.

Just a quick reminder to vote in the College’s Spring elections by going to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HUMELEC and casting your vote. This ballot will be open until Wednesday, April 25, at 8 a.am.

And another ongoing vote is the CFA strike vote. Vote online or in person next week and make your voice heard.

English Department Award deadlines are fast approaching. All applications, nominations, and materials (five copies each) must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Please support your students and our program, and consider nominating promising students, or encouraging them to apply, for the following awards. (For details or more information, please contact Pat Watkins, Chair, Awards and Amenities Committee.)

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award ($500) for the best written scholarly or creative work that takes some element of the natural world as a central focus.  Undergraduates only.

The Annamarie Peterson Morley Award ($1000) for a currently enrolled English major planning to become a teacher at any level and possessing a minimum 3.5 grade point average.  Undergraduates and graduates.

The George Morley/Annamarie Peterson Scholarship ($1,000) for a currently enrolled English major in need of financial support and possessing a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  Undergraduates and graduates.

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English ($2000) for the currently enrolled classified graduate student in English whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty to be the most distinguished.

The Mahlon Gaumer Award ($500) for the best close, critical analysis of a work of English or American literature, with an emphasis on the use of language, given to a classified graduate student currently enrolled in the academic year in which the award is given.

The Richard Lid & Helen Lodge Scholarship ($500) for a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary Education to help pay fees for graduate work.

The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English ($500) for an essay written in English 258, 259, 275, or 355 which best demonstrates a “passion for the English language.”  By professor nomination only.

Just in case you are looking for fun on Saturday night, Kate Haake and Mona Houghton will be reading from their new books at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA at 8:30 p.m. (And thank you to all of you who have come to listen already.) Two more readings are coming up:  Friday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Stories Bookstore in Echo Park; and Thursday, May 17, at 12 p.m. in the downtown Central Library.

3.  Achievements

Linda Rader Overman presented “Ekphrastic Narrative: A Genre Focalizing Image and Text,” an excerpt from her dissertation, at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference at University Nevada, Las Vegas on Wednesday March 14, 2012.

César Leon Soto has been awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, which among its several benefits includes an annual stipend of $20,000 for three years of doctoral work, as well as the opportunity to be mentored by a former Ford Fellow and thereby gain access to the national Ford Fellows Liaisons network. This year there were over 1,300 applicants and only 60 fellowships awarded. Fellowships are administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies.  César has also been awarded 2012’s Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student which is a University-wide award open to all Master’s students. César will receive the award, and his name will be announced, at this year’s Honors Convocation on May 21st.

Danielle Spratt has received an NEH fellowship to participate in the summer seminar “Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries,” which will take place at the University of Missouri.  At the end of March, she also presented ” ‘A large, uneven thread’: Spectacles and the Anatomy of Attention in Tristram Shandy” at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference held in San Antonio; she also chaired two panels at ASECS.

Volume 38:13

April 6th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:13)


Linda Nichols Joseph ’81

in honor of the establishment of the 

Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarships 

and for the naming of the

Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room

Thursday, April 12, 2012

4:30–6:30 p.m.

Dedication ceremony and reception

Jerome Richfield Hall 319

For questions, please call (818) 677-1300

or email special events@csun.edu

Linda Nichols Joseph

Linda Nichols Joseph ’81

Linda Nichols was a native of the San Fernando Valley, where her family had settled from Arkansas in the 1930s to raise cattle and grow citrus crops. As a child, she rode horses and enjoyed the outdoors.

Having graduated from San Fernando High, Linda enrolled in community college and then transferred to San Fernando Valley State. When her father died, however, Linda left college life for full-time work at age 19. In 1978, then married to James Joseph, Linda took the opportunity to renew her studies at California State University, Northridge. Three years later, at age 40, Linda graduated cum laude with a degree in English.

Linda’s love of reading and literature, and of her alma mater, remained with her throughout her lifetime. When she passed away in 2011, Linda left a significant legacy for the university, endowing the Linda Nichols Joseph ’81 English Merit Scholarships and providing major support for the English Department.

California State University, Northridge is honored to dedicate the Linda Nichols Joseph ’81 English Reading Room in Jerome Richfield Hall. Because of Linda’s vision and legacy, English students and faculty will have a far richer experience.

Please be sure to RSVP (ASAP!) to special events@csun.edu.  The reception is approaching quickly!

1.  Announcements

And more happy news, we have a new President! Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, president of California State University, Monterey Bay, has been selected by the CSU Board of Trustees as the fifth president of California State University, Northridge. She is expected to begin her appointment this June. For more information about our new hire, please see the main CSUN webpage. Welcome President Harrison!

Unhappy news, keep track of the strike news by checking in on the CFA website or by attending one of the CFA meetings scheduled for April. These meetings are designed to solicit our feedback and concerns about our work environment and goals for the coming year, to share information about the strike vote, and to discuss possibilities for more involvement here in our own CSUN CFA Chapter. Here is the schedule, but if you can’t come to the Humanities meeting, you’re welcome to join any other College’s:  April 10, 12-1pm: Colleges of SBS and Humanities, Sierra Hall 181; April 11, 12-1pm: College of Science and Mathematics, Manzanita Hall 112; April 12, 12-1pm: College of Education, Education 1214/1216; April 16, 12-1pm: College of Arts, Media, and Communication Manzanita Hall 240; April 17, 12-1pm: College of Engineering and Computer Science, Sierra Hall 286; April 18, 12-1pm: College of Health and Human Development, Sequoia Hall 250A; and April 19, 12-1pm: College of Business and Economics, Juniper Hall 4117.

Carmen Ramos Chandler of the Office of Marketing and Communications is once again requesting input for a list of “extraordinary” students who will be taking part in this year’s commencement ceremonies. This list includes not only outstanding scholars, but students who have overcome obstacles to obtain their degrees or have otherwise compelling stories, whether they are single parents working two jobs and going to school full time, have already launched an interesting business, came to this country not speaking a word of English, or are returning students graduating with their son/daughter/grandchild. While they won’t be able to profile all of the students, they will select a number of them to represent our graduating seniors. Please include a brief description of why you think the student deserves to be included in a university media release and in a short video profile for the web, along with a way to contact the student so we may interview him/her, and send them to Carmen at carmen.chandler@csun.edu by April 9.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, which recently became law, directs California Community Colleges to offer Transfer AA degrees that correspond to the most popular majors of students transferring to the California State University, and the same legislation obliges the CSU to accept these degrees. Although the legislation calls for creation of the Transfer AA at the level of individual community college districts, the faculty senates of the two segments have been working voluntarily to create consistent lower-division degree pathways across the state. Each such pathway is called a “Transfer Model Curriculum,” or TMC. Broad adoption of the TMC model by California Community Colleges would facilitate the development of meaningful upper-division coursework for all CSU transfer students, regardless of the college of origin. This is an ongoing project, and anyone interested in serving on the Faculty Discipline Review Groups in English should let Jackie know. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to shape the future.

The Northridge Writers’ Circle is hosting another event on Friday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Whitsett Room. Kate Gale and Mark Cull (both CSUN alums) of Red Hen press will be here for a reading (Kate) and subsequent publishing Q&A (Kate and Mark). The event is free and open to the public.

Stephanie Satie’s latest solo piece, Silent Witnesses, based on interviews and conversations with Child Survivors of the Holocaust, will be presented as as staged reading of Interact Theatre Company’s Festival  Interactivity 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity to be the first to see this piece, which has been five years in the making. Staged readings will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m. and Friday, April 27th, at 8:00 p.m. at Richie’s Alley Theater in the Avery Schrieber Complex in NoHo, 11050 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood.

Cal State Online is an initiative to create a systemwide effort to assist in the coordination of online programs.  For general information regarding Cal State Online, read the open letter to the CSU, found at: http://www.calstateonline.net/news/2012/OpenLettertoCSU.pdf.  The new and improved Cal State Online website http://www.calstateonline.net/  is up and running! If you are interested, please review it.

For all those travelers among you, the University Travel Department is requiring additional information related to Travel Advances and Travel Expense Claims. Please review the new requirements before you fly off on a trip.

2.  Reminders

If you haven’t RSVP’d for the upcoming retirement gala at Irene Clark’s home, 1314 Comstock, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 28, you’re way behind the curve already, but it’s not too late to let Frank know you couldn’t bear to miss saying an official adieu to Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, and Pat Watkins. However, since, technically you were supposed to put your name in before spring break, please be prepared to bring something extra delectable to share–salad, hors d’ouvres, or something nice to drink. And congratulations and all warm wishes and gratitude to Martha, Pam, Patrick, Rei, and Pat!

Also, if you haven’t sent your regalia request to the Dean’s office already, well, on this one, you really are out of luck.

3.  Achievements

Dorothy Barresi will be reading her poems at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival at USC on Saturday, April 21 at 4:30 on the Poetry Stage.  In January she began her second year as Judge for the L.A. Times Book Award in Poetry.  She is also currently serving as Judge for the 2012 Patricia Bibby First Book Competition.  In February she gave poetry readings twice at Beyond Baroque Cultural Arts Center in Venice Beach, and in March at the Tarzana Community Center for the Valley Contemporary Poets.  Her essay “Lost and Found: Jean Valentine’s Poems of Childhood and Motherhood” will be published this year in This-World Company by the University of Michigan Press On Poetry Series.

Haake & Houghton read from their new books, along with Chuck Rosenthal and CSUN’s own Ramon Garcia, to a standing room only crowd at Beyond Baroque on March 31. Upcoming readings include Sunday, April 15, 4:00 p.m., at Book Soup in West Hollywood; Saturday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Last Bookstore downtown (officially known as one of the world’s twenty most beautiful bookstores); and Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. at Stories in Echo Park.

On March 22nd, Irene Clark presented a paper at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louise. It was titled “Rhetorical Knowledge and Genre Awareness as Gateway to Transfer.”

Also at CCCC, Ian Barnard chaired and Steve Wexler, Nicole Warwick, Mandy Macklin, and Maria Turnmeyer presented on the panel “‘Stretch’ through the Transnational: Gateway Rhetorics in First-Year Writing. And Jada Augustine chaired the panel “Professional Writing in Transition: Into the World of Work and Back Again.”

4.  Opportunities

Ashley Jean Granillo, one of our former graduate students, curretnly works for  work for Writers Tribe Inc. and LA Writers Lab and is in need of three interns for the Spring 2012 semester. She’s looking for dedicated, passionate,  good writers to do work that will vary from copy-editing manuscripts to basic social media engagements. This is a non-paid internship, available for college credit/discounts for all writing workshops, and the work can be done remotely. If you know any interested students, please have them contact Ashley at lawriterslab@yahoo.com with the subject “Interns Spring 2012.”

Volume 38:12

March 22nd, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:12)

1.  Announcements

It’s always hard to open these announcements with sad news, but our hearts and thoughts go out this week to Amy Reynolds, whose sister, Julia Kay (Bartle) Garcia, passed away in early March after a battle with cancer. Memorial donations are being requested in Julia’s name to either the Braille Institute of America or the American Association of the Deaf-Blind.

On a happier note, on March 8 the campus community was informed that we have successfully completed a rigorous five year reaccreditation process conducted by university faculty, staff, students and administrators; major site visits by external reviewers in 2010 and 2011; and an exit meeting with WASC by Vice Provost Cynthia Rawitch and Interim President Harry Hellenbrand. In the ever articulate and incisive words of our Interim President, Harry Hellenbrand, this affirmation of for a full 10 year “confirms what we already know–that Cal State Northridge is a model learning organization fully focused on student success and learning.” Congratulations to all of us, and a big thank you to everyone in English who worked so hard to make it happen.

Charles Hatfield’sgraduate seminar, English 620HH, will very soon be hosting Los Bros Hernandez, that is, Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez, the creators of the renowned comic book and graphic novel series “Love & Rockets” (1981-present). These three brothers, raised in Oxnard, pioneered Latino, multicultural, queer-positive, and punk-influenced comics. They opened up comic books to issues, identities, and communities that comic books had never had the guts to explore before. This event, which is sponsored by the CSUN Distinguised Visiting Speakers Program and the College of Humanities Academic Programming Fund, will take place on Monday, March 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in JR 319, and is free!

Love and Rockets

Love and Rockets

The English Subject Matter Option and the CSUN Credential Office will be hosting an Information Session on Wednesday, April 25, between 2:00 and 3:00 in the English Reading Room, JR 319. Come hear about teaching options, possibilities, and programs.  Some light refreshments.  Please RSVP with Leslie at x4111.

On Monday, April 9, the CSU Fullerton Linguistics Students Association will be celebrating language with its annual one day symposium. All are invited to join them, from 8:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a day-long series of scintillating speakers, featuring our own Fred Field. Questions may be directed to skngjul@csu.fullerton.edu.

Just before the not to be missed Northridge Review Reading (see Reminders below), the Northridge Writers’ Circle will be hosting the fabulous Brendan Constantine, poet extraordinaire who, rumor has it, aims to make his poetry readings the best thing you do all day. This event will be held in JR 319 and begin at 6:00 p.m.

SPIT (Student Playwrights for Innovative Theater) will be hosting its Spring Festival this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday nights in JR 319, beginning each night at 7:00 p.m. and featuring five plays by CSUN students, Susana Marcelo, Alejandro Lucero, Hudit Simonyan, Erin Neel, and Jennifer Bergus.  Another fantastic event by our fantastic students.

2. Reminders

Please don’t miss the Northridge Review reading, taking place in the Noski Auditorium, on March 23 at 7 p.m.  These students do a terrific job and are always cheered when we come out to support them.

And on March 31, Mona Houghton and Kate Haake will be reading from their new What Books books at 7:00 p.m. at Beyond Baroque in Venice. Reading with them will be Chuck Rosenthal and CSUN’s own Ramon Garcia. And as a special treat, GRONK will be showing slides to accompany the reading. All What Books feature GRONK’s work on their covers.  GRONK Image

3. Opportunities

Please let your students know that Senator Feinstein’s Los Angeles office is looking for highly motivated college students for internship positions for the summer session.  Interns play a crucial role in the Los Angeles office’s daily operations, and we are looking for new additions! Successful applicants will support the Deputy State Director, Field Representatives and Staff Assistants in drafting memos to the Senator, scheduling or attending meetings with staff, constituent letters, conducting background research, phone calls, document requests, morning press clippings, research projects, and attending events with the Senator when she is in the region. This is an unpaid internship, but available for academic credit. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, 3 academic/professional references (with relationship and contact information), and one-page writing sample (topic of your choice) to Stevy_Loy@feinstein.senate.gov as soon as possible.

Volume 38.11

March 8th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38.11)

1.  Announcements

The CSUN English Department was greatly saddened to learn of the loss of Laura Salwet, a graduate student and TA in the Creative Writing Program, beloved and respected by all who met her. Anyone who remembers Laura will recall a real light in our program. Lively, spirited and among the most passionate members of any classroom, Laura represented the best of our Department. She had a tender and poetic sensibility and was a promising writer of hybrid fiction. Her planned narrative thesis featured flashes of poetry and a circling leitmotif of bees. She adored nature and had a giving spirit. Often, she brought gifts from Puerto Rico to professors and meals of sofrito beans and rice to her fellow students. Known for her moral compass and fierce dedication to her art, she held a B.A. from UCLA and was nearing the completion of her M.A. at CSUN, with plans to graduate in Spring 2012. Tragically, though, she passed away from leukemia in September 2011, after a long battle and a difficult relapse. She left behind a husband and a young daughter, and a legacy of elegance and lyricism. She will be missed.

In happier news, we are all glad to welcome Leslie Yamashita, who will be helping us out in a variety of ways while Tonie is on maternity leave, which started yesterday.   You should feel free to drop by and say hello and make her feel welcome.  Meantime, hang in there, Tonie. We are all rooting for you. And good luck.

On Saturday, February 24, CSUN held its 16th Annual Student Research & Creative Works Symposium in which seven of our outstanding graduate student presented: Norma Aceves, Corri Ditch, Kristin Cornelius, Jessica Glick,  Richard McGinis, Sean Pessin, and Paul Rauch.  And the winners are:  First Place goes to Corri Ditch for her paper, “Hamilton and Robinson: Camouflaging Wollstoncraftian Thetic Ruptures with Ventriloquism,” (Faculty Adviser, Ranita Chatterjee); and Second Place goes to Richard McGinis for his paper, “More’s Law and the Problems with Lacan” (Faculty Adviser, Kate Haake).

CSUN graduate students and the AGSE staged another fantastic Academic Conference, “Shattering,” on Saturday March 3, 2012. Or, as Graduate Adviser Ranita Chatterjee reports, “With 36 student presenters (graduate and some undergraduate students), 12 moderators, one keynote speaker who came from UCSB first thing in the morning in a rented car (after experiencing car problems at 8 am), and around 80 participants (about 65 at the 3:40 pm keynote talk), the AGSE (Association of Graduate Students in English) conference this past Saturday was a great success. The panels had an effortless and thematically unified mix of creative writing readings, literary interpretations, and rhetorical analysis that truly embodied the conference title and theme Shattering.”  Rumor has it that the keynote speaker Dr. Julie Carlson, was especially impressed. Well done, AGSE!

And if you liked that one (or if you missed it), don’t forget there’s another exciting student conference coming up. Please plan to be there for “Sex …or Something Like It,” when CSUN’s Sigma Tau Delta will be presenting its annual colloquium. The event will take place on March 17, beginning at  at 8:30 a.m. sharp and continuing until 3:00p.m., featuring panels of undergraduate and graduate students, and a keynote addres, “Pregnant Men, Heteroflexible Women, and Gaga Feminism,” by Dr. Judith “Jack” Halberstam. Free breakfast and lunch included. What could be better?

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle staged the fabulously successful first sponsored reading on February 16,  featuring Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Eric Morago. More than one hundred people turned out to hear poems together. And the CSUN Critical Theory Club had its first meeting of the semester. A fabulous time was had by all discussing Helene Cixous’ “The Laugh of the Medusa” with our many members and  guest moderator, Kate Haake (me), who apparently scowled at all the right people and moments.

Graduate student and TA Kristin Cornelius has recently started a local chapter at CSUN of an international organization called 4Humanities. The 4Humanities Collective is an international organization that “provides an online platform for humanities advocacy.”  The local chapter, 4Humanities@CSUN, is sponsored by the Center for the Digital Humanities, and offers an excellent opportunity for both students and faculty to get involved in multi-institution collaborations. The next meeting of 4Humanities@CSUN will be a project planning session with UC Santa Barbara on Monday, March 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m in JR 319. There will also be an information session from 1:00-2:00 in ST 703. Anyone interested can come to learn what 4Humanities is all about, what kinds of opportunities it offers, and what kinds of collaborative activities are planned. Please help spread the word and encourage all those who might be interested to attend.

Nominations are being sought for the 2012 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.  Four exceptional students will be selected for this award based on academic excellence, campus and community service, and exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome.  Each student will receive a $1,000 award, which will be presented during the Honors Convocation ceremony at the Oviatt Library Lawn on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. All materials must be received in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs by the application deadline which is Monday, April 9.

For those of you who need something to read, the February 2012 edition of the JIL is now in the conference room. And the March/April Writer’s Chronicle is too.

Speaking of reading, the Graduate Reading Series (G.R.S.) would like to invite you, your friends, and your family to the second of the spring 2012 readings. Alejandra Lucero Canaan, Susana Aguilar-Marcelo, and Sanam Shahmiri will be performing their work for the delight of the people who show up. Come enjoy their readings, the refreshments, and the company of your classmates Friday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the English Reading Room, JR 319.  For those of you who have question or comments, or want to get involved, please email Hudit Simonyanhudit.simonyan.972@my.csun.edu; George Fekaris george.fekaris.36@my.csun.edu; Jon Beadle jon.beadle.50@my.csun.edu,; or Sean Pessin, sean.pessin.38@my.csun.edu.

The Spring 2012 Northridge Review is hitting the racks on  Friday, March 23, in the Noski Auditorium at 7 p.m.  (Please note the change of venue.) The celebration will include a lively reading, refreshments, and–a surprise? The terrific and hardworking staff and writers of the review would love for you to join them and bring all your family, friends, classmates, and buddies of all sorts. Be there or be square.

What Books Press, an imprint of Los Angeles’ Glass Table Collective, is pleased to announce its Spring 2012 list, featuring two books by CSUN faculty, due out March 31. Hugely exciting, Mona Houghton will be publishing her debut work of fiction, Frottage & Even As We Speak, two novellas.  And Kate Haake (me, again) will be publishing a new novel, The Time of Quarantine.  Please come help us celebrate at one or more of the following readings: Saturday, March 31, Beyond Baroque, 7:00 p.m., with Chuck Rosenthal and CSUN’s Ramon Garcia; Sunday, April 15, Book Soup, 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 21, The Last Bookstore (officially recognized as one of the world’s twenty most beautiful bookstores), 7:00 p.m. Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

2.  Reminders

Patricia Kalayjian and Emily Magruder will be hosting the spring meeting of the Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers at CSU Dominguez Hills on March 11.  They are reading Clarence: A Tale of Our Times (1830), by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, edited by Melissa Homestead and Ellen Foster and newly reissued by Broadview.  The meeting will be from 11:30a.m. until 3:00p.m., and lunch will be provided. All are invited. For more information, please contact Beth Wightman.

The Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) is inviting faculty to become readers. The WPE is given eight times per calendar year, and faculty readers are invited on a rotating basis. All readings take place on the Saturday following the exam and begin at 8:30 am. Readers are paid a stipend of $300 for the day and a light breakfast/lunch is served. Come and meet your colleagues from across the campus, share ideas on what constitutes good student writing, and develop a common vocabulary for discussing that writing. Please send a current CV to the UDWPE office at udwpe@csun.edu if you are interested in participating in this collegial activity.

Just a reminder that all full and part-time faculty have been invited to participate in the 2012 graduation ceremony of the College of Humanities, which will take place on May 23, at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Oviatt Library. As before, they have extended the generous offer to provide regalia for those of willing to participate as marshalls or attending faculty, and we are reminded that our presence at the event will have a marked impact on our students and their families. Please remember to fill out your form and send them to the Dean’s Office no later than Tuesday, March 20. Really, graduation is a splendid event.

3.  Opportunities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced its Fellowships competition. This program is almost identical to the recently announced Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The Fellowships support research of value to humanities scholars or general audiences. Designed to be flexible to suit your needs, guidelines allow you to define your audience, type of research, and award period.  Both awards provide a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month, up to a maximum of 12 full-time months ($50,400). While not restricted to faculty from Hispanic-Serving Institutions, those faculty are explicitly encouraged to apply to the Fellowships competition, and individuals are welcome to apply to both programs concurrently. The deadline for submission: May 1. Additional information can be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fellowships.html. Please contact Teresa Morrison, COH Grants & Sponsored Projects Officer, at x6096 as soon as possible if you have any questions about the program(s) or if you’re interested in applying!

The Suisun Valley Review of Solano College is proudly accepting submissions of original poetry, prose, short fiction, and visual media for its Spring 2012 edition.  Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including the contributor’s name, address, telephone number, email, and two or three lines of biographical information, and should be sent to Suisun Valley Review, English Department/Humanities, Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, CA 94534, or emailed to suisunvalleyreview@gmail.com. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for snail mail submissions.

4.  Achievements

Former (and much missed) staff member Kavi Bowerman had a fabulous debut of his new short film, The Red Light, on Sunday, February 26, at the New Beverly Cinema. Congratulations, Kavi! And congratulations, too, to our very own Frank De La Santo for his riveting film debut in this same film.

Fred Field participated in the Program Performance Review of the Linguistics Program at Cal State, Fullerton this past February 17.  He was a member of a three-person review team.

Bobby Lopez’s first scholarly monograph, The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients, was published in October by Rowman & Littlefield’s academic imprint. The first print run seems to have been sold, and on this print run Rowman & Littlefield and Amazon have dropped the retail price to $32. Link to Amazon buy page: http://preview.tinyurl.com/4yxo2lj. Here is the official synopsis: In The Colorful Conservative, R.O.P. López culls important insights into American culture from the works of Phillis Wheatley, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, William Wells Brown, and Walt Whitman. López contends that many of the tensions that emerged prior to the Civil War remain unresolved; thus, the nineteenth century never ended and Americans still live in the literary framework of the 1800s. Beyond political distinctions of the left and the right, there are really four poles: The Left, The Conformist Burkeans, The Anarchist-Nihilist-Libertarians, and The Colorful Conservatives. The Left and the Colorful Conservatives are the two poles most at odds with each other. The Colorful Conservatives, López argues, encompass these five American authors and are the driving force behind many unique paradoxes in the United States’ political culture.

Volume 38.10

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38.10)

1.  Announcements

Spring is upon us, and with it, a host of new retirements. We are happy for them in their new life adventure, but, sadly, we will miss:  Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, Sharon Smartt, Pat Watkins. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., when we will be gathering to celebrate them at a potluck at Irene Clark’s home. The retirement committee will gratefully accept all donations for gifts and offers of assistance with the set-up and clean-up.  Please RSVP to Frank De La Santo in the main office, ST 706. Frank will also collect the contributions.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced its competition for Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This program supports research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Designed to be flexible to suit your needs, the guidelines allow you to define your audience, type of research, award period, and full- or part-time research preference.  The award provides a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month, maximum of 12 full-time months ($50,400). Part-time stipend may be taken for up to 24 months. Proposals must request a minimum of two months’ full-time stipend. The full announcement can be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/AF_HSI.html. And the deadline for submission is April 17, 2012

Martin Pousson will be a featured reader at The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24. The event will celebrate the release of the new issue of The Rattling Wall and is sponsored by PEN Center USA. Martin will read poems and a short story published in that new issue . One of CSUN’s most distinguished alumni, Kim Young, also will be a featured reader with him. Kim is the author of Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Divided Highway (dancing girl press, 2008). Night Radio will be released by The University of Utah Press in September, 2012. Her poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, No Tell Motel, POOL and elsewhere. Founder and editor of Chaparral, an online poetry journal featuring Southern California writers, she holds an MA at Cal State University Northridge and an MFA at Bennington College, where she received a Jane Kenyon Scholarship in poetry.

Dorothy Barresi will be giving a reading for the Valley Contemporary Poets on March 18, right here in the Valley.  Mark your calendars.  Details to follow.

The dean’s office would like to help us promote our events!  Please send event information to Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu), with (please) at least forty-eight hours advance notice. When you do, please include (Noreen wants to know): title, date, description of event and image (if you have one), website, contact information, email, sponsor, cost, location, and anything other pertinent information. You can also request that the event be shared with such other lists as College of Business & Economics, College of Humanities, Institute for Sustainability, Library, Matador Involvement Center, Michael D. Eisner College of Education, Mike Curb College of Arts Media & Communications, NCOD Events, Office of the Provost, University Events Calendar, Valley Performing Arts Center, and other CSUN groups, departments, or programs. This is good news–thanks, Noreen!

Another way to thank them might be for us to “like” them on the new COH Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/CSUN-College-of-Humanities/224957820883813 .  Here, they will be posting information about College events, lectures  and other activities taking place on campus!  What’s not to like?

All CSUN students are now eligible to apply for a $700 Hazing Awareness Scholarship. If you know students who might be interested, please encourage them to contact the scholarship office and request an application or apply online at www.collegegreekbooks.org/cashaward.html. These are rolling scholarships; the next deadline is March 6.

Everyone  is invited to read One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni as part of a Faculty-Staff Book Group this spring.  This book will be CSUN’s new Freshman Common Reading for 2012-2013. Each group meets one time, so you get your choice: March 13 (Tuesday) from 2-3:15 p.m. in CIELO (SH 439); OR March 21 (Wednesday) from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in CIELO (SH 439). Light refreshments and free copy of the book to all participants. Please RSVP to x6535 (Academic First Year Experiences) to reserve your seat. Don’t forget to ask for a copy of the book. More information:  http://www.csun.edu/afye/One-Amazing-Thing-Book-Groups.html. And if you can’t make these, don’t worry–more groups will meet after spring break.

Nate Mills is looking for examples of successful abstracts/proposals submitted to conference and panel organizers for his English 630 graduate students. If you have one (ideally of the 250-500 word variety) that you wouldn’t mind sharing (anonymously, of course) with his class, both Nate and his students would really appreciate it.

Patricia Kalayjian and Emily Magruder will be hosting the spring meeting of the Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers at CSU Dominguez Hills on March 11.  They are reading Clarence: A Tale of Our Times (1830), by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, edited by Melissa Homestead and Ellen Foster and newly reissued by Broadview.  The meeting will be from 11:30 until 3, and lunch will be provided. All are invited. For more information, please contact Beth Wightman.

The Northridge Writers’ Circle will be holding their first members’ reading on Friday, in JR 319, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Come out and hear them–they will be great!

2.  Reminders

Don’t forget Rick Mitchell’s Highways debut.  Highways, in Santa Monica, will be presenting his new, multimedia play, Ventriloquist Adrift; or Porno for Dummies (in which, lo and behold, the author is performing) on Friday & Saturday, February 24th and 25th, at 8:30 p.m. A theatrical exploration of race, identity, and performance in late 19th century America, the dark comedy is informed not only by vaudeville “humor,” but also by relevant historical conflicts (and, of course, by conflicts of today). The Saturday, February 25th show will be followed by an audience talk-back moderated by Anthony Dawahare, and featuring the play’s director, Roger Q. Mason, and the dramatist. To reserve tickets, please call Highways at (310) 315-1459. For further information, please go to the following webpage: http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/rick-mitchell-ventriloquist-adrift-or-porno-for-dummies/.

3.  Opportunities

This just in:  Graduate Studies has announced two exciting awards open to our outstanding graduate students:

  • The Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award:  The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students for excellent scholarship and creative activity. The award will support a project that is part of a master’s program. Award criteria include a project description, two faculty letters of recommendation, and willingness to provide a brief presentation of the project at the ARF annual brunch on Saturday May 12, 2012.
  • The Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award For Outstanding Graduate Student:  This annual award is presented to an outstanding graduate student who has completed or will be completing degree requirements by June 2012. The determining factors for the award are based on a record of distinguished scholarship, a minimum GPA of 3.5, and contributions to the field. The award recipient will be announced at the Honors Convocation.

The deadline for both awards is March 26.  Please spread the word to our students and encourage them to apply.

And for our undergraduate students, Thoreau’s Rooster, A Journal of Undergraduate Creative Nonfiction, is calling for submissions of “personal essays with a narrative touch” for an Editor’s Prize of $200. Please let students know that if they are interested they should email attached entries to rooster@assumption.com, and include in the body of the email a paragraph of biographical information, name of academic institution (CSUN), teacher and teacher’s email, and the writer’s email and snail mail addresses for summer. They can be see on the web at http://www.assumption.edu/rooster.

Also, the FictionBrigade, a digital publisher of flash fiction, is currently soliciting stories that are 50-1500 words, short graphics or art, and videos under two minutes. Starting this year they will be publishing ebooks on a monthly basis, and all topics and themes for each ebook can be found on our website. All contributors whose stories accepted will have their work available through all the major digital channels: Amazon, Apple, Google, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc. Submissions guidelines can be found at www.fictionbrigade.com.

4.  Achievements

The last issue of EOTN featured Cesar Soto’s exciting news about his acceptance into at least two PhD programs. Since then, we’ve had good news from other students too, and it strikes that, in this season of decision and as more of our students celebrate good fortune and achievement, it would be a good idea to start keeping a list. Please let me know as soon as you do when  your students share their own successes with you, and I will feature them all in the final issue of EOTN and celebrate them together.

Kristin Cornelius has received both a Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship and a competitive travel bursary from the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute this summer in Victoria, British Columbia.

Nicole Warwick published an article, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury: Why We Should Include Poetry in the Writing Classroom,”  in the Winter 2011-2012 edition of JAEPL (The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning).