Volume 40:10

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

1. Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Reminders

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

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

3. Opportunities

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

4. Achievements

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

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

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

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

Volume 40:9

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

1. Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Reminders

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

3. Opportunities

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

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

4. Achievements

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

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

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

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

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

Volume 40:8

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

This issue of Thursday’s Notes begins with a warm welcome back to all. But it also begins with the sad news that the past weeks have seen the loss of two people close to our department.

Tina Love’s beloved husband, Phil, passed away on January 5 after a long and valiant struggle against pancreatic cancer. Words alone cannot express the sympathy we feel for Tina and her family in her loss, but Phil will long be remembered by virtue of the department scholarship already established in his memory. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in memory of Philip Love to Tower Cancer Research Foundation or Cedars-Sinai Cancer Fund at www.towercancer.org or http://giving.cedars-sinai.edu/ (choose “Cancer” from designation drop down box).

This past week has also seen the loss of our emeritus professor, Robert Reid.  A memorial service will be held this upcoming Thursday, January 23 at 2 p.m. at the Hollywood Forest Lawn cemetery at 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., in Los Angeles. In the words of the ever eloquent John Clendenning, “Bob should be remembered for what he positively contributed to the intellectual life of the department. Most important, he was on the cutting edge of post-modern theory. In the 70’s he helped to form an interdepartmental study group that met regularly to explore new ways of thinking about literature and culture…. Those of us who knew Bob then will always honor the freshness of his thinking about a world that was just then beginning to emerge.”

In happier news, here’s hoping everyone had restful and felicitous vacations, not too vexed by the holiday paradox, and that we are all looking forward to an exciting term ahead, just as soon, that is, as we catch our breath.

And to start things off with something exciting, Online Teaching in the Digital Age by Pat Swenson and Nancy Taylor is now available in a Kindle edition.  The paperback and Kindle versions are available on Amazon.com.

Also to kick off the New Year, a number of student-athletes in the Cal State Northridge baseball program will have an opportunity to participate in the new Online Tutoring Program Pilot starting in January 2014. The team will work with our own Andrea Hernandez, the Tutoring Coordinator for the Matador Achievement Center, to prepare for the program in the spring semester. This is a great opportunity for student-athletes to have access to a tutor when they are on the road for their competitive seasons. Head coach Greg Moore is excited for the pilot program, stating, “Imagine sitting down for a tutoring session from any hotel or coffee shop. The versatility and effectiveness of this new program allows our players to utilize the dynamic academic support here at CSUN. Tutoring is as complete on the road and as it is at home.” And we know Andrea will do a fabulous job.

In the not too distant future, the CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards is coming up. Faculty may apply for 3 units of release time or a $5,000 mini-grant. In concert with the campus-wide effort to support scholarly activity by probationary faculty, those who have been at CSUN for 5 years or less are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for the 2014/15 program is Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. For more information, including guidelines and application forms, please see http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/campus-opportunities.

And while you’re brushing up your own research and creative activity aspirations, let’s not forget the achievement of others. Nominations for this year’s Faculty Awards are currently being accepted with a February 21 for the receipt of nominations and a March 21 deadline for the receipt of all supporting materials. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement by our esteemed CSUN colleagues. Awards include Outstanding Faculty (up to 2 awards, $1,700 each); Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship (up to 3 awards, $1,200 each); Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) ($1,200); Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) ($1,200); Extraordinary Service ($1,200); Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200). For full information – criteria, nominating procedures, nomination forms, etc. – please see http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html. Please contact the Faculty Senate Office, X3263, or heidiw@csun.edu should you have any questions on this process.

2. Reminders

Please give Frank your office hours and copies of your Spring 2014 syllabi. He will be happy and so will you.

And please read carefully Frank’s ever handy Beginning of Semester Notice, which is chock full of useful information. For example, keep in mind that SOLAR online registration continues through the first three weeks of the semester. During this period students can add and drop classes willy-nilly, provided, of course, there is space, so expect some movement in your classes. After February 7, adding and dropping is allowed by petition only, and it’s worth reminding students of this as the third week draws to a close.

3. Opportunities

The Council on Basic Writing is pleased to announce the 2014 CBW/CCCC Fellowship, which subsidizes travel to CCCC in Indianapolis, Indiana in March 2014. The Fellowship includes recognition by the CBW of the recipient and a $500 travel grant, generously provided by Bedford/St. Martins. The CBW/CCCC Fellowship supports instructors of basic, preparatory and developmental writing (and similar introductory, stretch and/or accelerated courses) who need financial assistance to attend the 2014 CBW workshop and CCCC. Applicants must demonstrate how and why their attendance will benefit: (1) their students (2) their colleagues (3) their own professional development. The Fellowship winner should plan to attend the CBW Pre-Conference Workshop (the full Wednesday before CCCC). The Fellowship recipient also will be recognized and invited to speak briefly at the CBW SIG at CCCC. For more information, please contact Michael D. Hill at mdhill1@hfcc.edu.

For those of you interested in doing a little summer writing in Utah, the Writers at Work Fellowship deadline has been expanded to January 31. Awarded in each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry), first prize includes $1,000; publication in Quarterly West; tuition for the 2014 conference; and a featured reading at the conference. With two honorable mentions of $250, this is a contest well worth considering. For more information, please see http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/?page_id=1171.

And here’s an opportunity for our students from Granada Hills Charter High School, which is currently hiring in the following positions in their after school program (3:30-6pm) Monday-Thursday. Resumes should be submitted to Applicants must submit their resumes to Maribel Palafox, AHA/Parent Engagement Supervisor at mpalafox@ghchs.com; 818.360.2361

SAT Writing Instructor: $30/hour. To guide and teach students to develop a point of view on an issue presented in an excerpt; to support points of view using reasoning and examples from their reading, studies, experience, or observations; and to follow the conventions of standard written English.

Academic Tutor: $15/hour. To tutor students in a variety of academic subjects, to assist them with the development of study skills, and to mentor them in the areas of academics and college preparation.

Guitar Instructor: $30/hour. Must have an understanding of and a passion for teaching, as well as experience in reading music (sheet music, tablature, etc.), harmony and theory (scales, progressions, techniques, etc.).

Also for students: The Artifice,  an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms (including Film, Anime, Comics, Literature, Arts) and is collaboratively built and maintained by the writers, is currently expanding and looking for students to join its team of writers. Do encourage your students to check it out at http://the-artifice.com; this could be a great start for some of them.

4. Achievements

Martin Pousson was named a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for 2014. The NEA grant was awarded for his short story collection-in-progress, Black Sheep Boy. One story from that collection, “The Revelator,” was just published by The Rattling Wall in December. Another story, “The Skinwalker,” was sold to Epoch for publication this Spring. And a third story, “Flounder,” was just sold to The Antioch Review for publication in the Fall. He read at Shades & Shadows on January 18 and will read at Book Soup on February 11. Way to go, Martin!

Volume 40:7

December 5th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
NORTHERN LIGHTS

A PEACEFUL AND JOYOUS HOLIDAY TO ALL

1. Announcements

For those of you who might have missed our own Jackie Stallcup‘s moment of fame, do check out this article, “For Chairs, the Seat’s Gotten Hotter” (Dec. 2, 2013) by Audrey Williams June in the Chronicle of Higher Education at http://chronicle.com/article/Department-Chairs-Find/143309/.

President Dianne F. Harrison and the Cabinet have cordially invite you and a guest to CSUN’s holiday party to celebrate the good work of our faculty and staff in the Valley Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, December 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The evening will include activities and giveaways including a “let your CSUN shine” talent and karaoke competition — groups are encouraged; pre-registration is necessary.Please reply and signup for the talent/karaoke competition by December 5 (which is today). Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided by The University Corporation and the student a cappella group Acasola will be performing. In the spirit of the holidays, new and unwrapped toy donations on behalf of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission will be collected. For more information or to RSVP, please contact (818) 677-1300, or email holiday@csun.edu.

Also, tomorrow is the deadline for the CSU Symposium on University Teaching submission to be held on March 8 at CSU San Marcos, with a pre conference to be held on March 7. This year’s theme is Cultivating Human Connection in the 21st-Century University, and Faculty Development would like you to know that they have funds available to cover the cost of fees and mileage. For more information, please see http://www.csusm.edu/fc/CSUsymposium/index.html and http://www.csusm.edu/fc/CSUsymposium/call_for_submissions.html

CSUN’s student playwriting club, Desert Performance Lab, will having an all-day (from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) fundraiser on Friday, December 13 at the Pizza Rev on the cross streets of Vincennes and Reseda (9420 Reseda). Please plan to curb those term end hunger pangs by stopping and mentioning the Desert Performance Lab, and 15% of your purchases will go to the club. The club plans to stage a play in the early part of the Spring 2014 semester and needs our help now!

2. Reminders

Don’t forget the Department holiday party, which is tomorrow, December 6, in the Linda Nichols Joseph Room from noon to 3:00 p.m. Take a break from finals and come to enjoy good food and holidays spirits with all who have shared this term together, and be there when our various Department awards are announced and our outstanding students are honored. It’s not to be missed.

Even though grades aren’t officially due until Christmas Eve, please try to get yours in by Monday, December 23 before 4 p.m.. As we all know, department staff must monitor the number of grade rosters left to submit and also be on hand to help with any difficulties that we might have. It’s hard on them to have to be doing this on Christmas Eve and it will be hard on YOU if (as in years past) the governor offers his last minute early Christmas present and lets us all go home early. As Jackie says, please, let’s all celebrate the holidays together on December 23 at 4 p.m. by raising our hands and our voices in a glad shout: “The grades are all in!”

And here’s a reminder of the Faculty Authored Materials policy of the CSUN Faculty Senate available at http://www.csun.edu/senate/policies_docs1.html under the Frequently Requested Policies drop-down menu. The policy spells out the circumstances under which faculty may adopt self-authored works in their courses (2.2) as well as the prohibition against the acceptance of personal royalties derived from the sale of course materials through the bookstore, Quick Copies, etc. (2.3). If royalties, not in excess of 5% of the cost, are charged they must be deposited into a department account and such funds must be used to benefit students (2.4).

Finally, if there are any of you still out there who haven’t ordered books for next term, please do so as soon as humanly possible. The Bookstore, and your students, will thank you.

3. Opportunities

Cargoes literary magazine of Hollins University is pleased to announce it’s national undergraduate poetry and fiction competition, with judges Michael Chitwood, fiction, and Catie Rosemurgy, poetry. Winners will receive a $200 cash prize as well as publication in this year’s Cargoes. Entrants must be a current undergraduate student at a university or college in the United States and may submit up to one (1) short story or three (3) poems. For more information, please email cargoes@hollins.edu. And please let your students know.

Here’s another exciting opportunity for students: Avon Books and Avon Impulse, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers, invite your graduate and undergraduate writing students to submit original romance manuscripts. Three student winners will receive one-on-one editorial consultation, and all entries will be considered for publication! Entries will be judged by the Avon Editorial Team and Academic Marketing, focusing on content, originality, voice, characterization, and romantic plot. To learn more about the contest guidelines and deadlines, please click here.

4. Achievements

Aside from Jackie’s being featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the most notable achievement for this Thursday’s Notes, the final edition of Fall 2013, is one we all share — that once again we have made it through, or very nearly, another memorable semester. And whether this is one of your first and one of many, it is always a mixed and humbling experience to reflect on the weeks we have just passed through. As happy as we all are to be finishing up, aren’t there things about this term we’re going to miss? Here’s wishing everyone fabulous holidays and an equally fabulous winter break, both well earned and richly deserved.

Volume 40:6

November 8th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

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1. Announcements

We begin with wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, with hopes for warm family gatherings and good and plentiful food for all, not to mention at least a small break from grading and other end term obligations. Enjoy.

But really, don’t blink, for although this news will most certainly come as a surprise to at least some of you, we are now in the 13th week of this semester, and next up is the annual holiday party! Please plan to join us for a bit of end-term cheer on Friday, December 6th from 12:00-3:00 p.m. in JR 319. In addition to celebrating the end of the semester and the holiday season, we will also be honoring our hard-working staff members and the student recipients of this semester’s departmental awards. The English Department will be providing a variety of sandwiches (including vegetarian options), crudités, and beverages. The Amenities Committee encourages all who are willing to bring a side, a dessert, or (if you’re really in the holiday spirit) an entrée to the party. If you plan to make an edible contribution to the party, please put your name and the type of food on the list posted in the mailroom.

The Critical Theory Club will be hosting a discussion with Ranita Chatterjee and Kate Haake Friday, November 22 (tomorrow), on the feminine sentence in the Linda Nichols Joseph Room from 2:30 to 4:00.

Campus Quality Fee proposals for the 2014-15 year have been announced. The proposal document is accessible at the Campus Quality Fee (CQF) website located at http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/campus-quality-fee and must be submitted by midnight on December 20, 2013.  Information about the Campus Quality Fee and other alternative funding sources is available at http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/cqfiraarra-comparison.

And it’s NEH time again. Each summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports residential seminars and institutes for faculty who teach American undergraduates.These study opportunities allow faculty and a select number of graduate students to increase their knowledge of current scholarship and advance their own teaching and research. Participants in these two- to five-week projects receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses. Many seminars and institutes take place on American campuses; others are held at sites in Argentina, Belgium, England, Greece, Italy, and Mexico.For a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2014, along with eligibility requirements and contact information for the directors, please visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs. And looking ahead, if you’d like to direct an NEW Summer Program in 2015, the deadline this year is March 4, 2014. For complete guidelines, please see http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes (NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes) or http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/landmarks-american-history-and-culture-workshops-school-teachers. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposals with NEH staff, who will answer questions and critique drafts. Call (202) 606-8500 or send e-mail to sem-inst@neh.gov or landmarks@neh.gov.

The UC Irvine School of Education is looking to lure our most promising students. The school seeks to promote educational success and achievement of ethnically and economically diverse learners of all ages through its research, teaching, and service activities that foster learning and development in and out of school, and focuses on five core issues in contemporary education: equity of opportunity for ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse learners; teaching and learning in science and math; early childhood education and development; out‐of-­school learning; interfaces between technology and education. Their graduate programs include the Ph.D. in Education, with three specializations (Learning, Cognition, and Development; Educational Policy and Social Content; and Language, Literacy, and Technology), the Master of Arts in Teaching; the Administrative Credential, and Multiple and Single Subject Credentials. Please do keep them in mind for students going on in education who don’t plan to stay here.

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2. Reminders

Student evaluations are due by December 3. You received them in your boxes and now you just need to have your students fill them out and return them to Tonie or Frank. Really, it’s simple. In addition to receiving useful feedback from your students, you’ll get to leave class ten minutes early — time enough to grade at least one part of one student paper.

3. Opportunities

The Mills College English Department has announced full tuition fellowships for Fall 2014 in Writing and Community Engagement open to students entering its MA and MFA programs in English. Please help spread the word to all of our students potentially headed to Mills, as this is a great opportunity for them.

Let your students know that CSUN’s CAPTURED Student Research Journal is looking for print, artistic, digital, and multimedia pieces for this year’s online/print edition. The faculty editor, Dr. Theresa White of Pan African Studies, has collaborated with a team of student editors to tackle the idea of identity. What do people identify as in terms of occupation, class, status, gender, religion, interest, sexuality, race, culture, hobbies, etc.? The CAPTURED team wants to uncover the different identities that come together to create the diverse student population on campus as well as how individuals choose to express themselves, whether through text, images, sounds, or a combination of mediums. Check out last year’s online edition as well as past multimedia submissions on www.capturedjournal.com! Email your submissions to capturedjournal@gmail.com by February 14, 2014.

And here is yet another opportunity for students to publish: Westwind, UCLA’s Journal of the Literary Arts, which for thirty years has celebrated the work of UCLA student writers, is now accepting poetry, prose, and art submissions from any person affiliated with a Southern California college or university. Submissions for the current issue (Fall 2013) are open until December 13; submissions received after that will be considered for the Winter 2014 issue. Submissions may be emailed to westwinducla@gmail.com, and, in the upper right-hand corner of each page, should include the writer’s full name, email address, and the college or university with which he or she is affiliated. The email subject line should read: [Genre] submission, author’s name and school. And good luck to all our terrific writers.

black turkey4. Achievements

Congratulations to the following fabulous members of our department, who have been awarded College of Humanities Faculty Fellowships for Spring 2014: Lauren Byler, Irene Clark, Charles Hatfield, Scott Kleinman, Iswari Pandey, and Martin Pousson. Here’s here’s wishing each and every one a glorious and productive three unit release.

Dorothy Barresi‘s long poem, “Bones,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Her poems “Face” and “Penny Impromptu” appear in the Winter Issue of Gettysburg Review.  She will be judging the 2014 Patricia Bibby First Book Prize, sponsored by Tebot Bach.

Ranita Chatterjee‘s article “Gothic Half-Bloods: Maternal Kinship in Rowling’s Harry Potter Series” is now published in  Gothic Kinship, edited by  Sue Zlosnik and Agnes Andeweg, from Manchester University  Press. The book just came out this month!

First year graduate student, Kirk Sever, will have an excerpt of his fabulous poetry featured on the College of Humanities holiday card. Look for it soon in a mailbox near you. And congratulations to Kirk.

Volume 40:5

November 7th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Reminders

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

The Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize

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

The Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature

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

The Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship

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

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

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship

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

The William L. Wilson Award

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

The Peterson Morley Award

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

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

3. Opportunities

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

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

4. Achievements

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

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

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

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

Volume 40.4

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

1. Announcements

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

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

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

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

2. Opportunities

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

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

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

3. Achievements

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

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


Volume 40:3

September 26th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Reminders

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

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

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

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

3. Opportunities

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

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

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

4. Achievements

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

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

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

Volume 40:2

September 12th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

4. Achievements

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. One major: Infinite Passions/Infinite Possibilties

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

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

Volume 40:1

August 29th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Dorothy Rankin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Reminders

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

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

3. Opportunities

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

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

4. Achievements

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

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

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

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

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

5. Go Anywhere/Go English

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

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

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

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

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