Volume 42:08

January 28th, 2016 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:08)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon



How shall we say adieu to Jackie Stallcup…..with difficulty….first, since She Shall Return in a semester …and second because she worked so hard for us for multiple years.                                                                   And she did it with spirit and heart . . . Many Thanks Jackie


Welcome, Kent, in your new incarnation as chair.  Happy New Year and Good Luck

A Good Spring Semester to us all

For a bit of news about Dr. Harry Stone and his gift to the Oviatt Library see  http://library.csun.edu/eNews/Winter-2015/thanks-dr-harry-stone

College of Humanities Academic Programming Fund Proposals Due February 8 by 5 pm

AGSE and Sigma Tau Delta have joined forces to host a conference 4/16-17. Submission Deadline February 19th for proposals for Explorations of Text and Writing in Creative, Historical, Sociopolitical, Pedagogical and Metaphysical Spaces. Please Do tell your Honors students, Grad students and other likely interested folk.

Faculty Award Nominations Due February 19th.  In recent years some English Dept men have won. Let’s nominate some deserving women and some deserving men!


First Week of School ~ you could use permission #s BUT remember students still have portal control and will take all your openings even as you dole out #s and Rise above Cap….                                             Best to wait until 2nd Week

February 12th ~ last day to drop on solar, last day to add with a permission # (please remind your students to avoid running around and the run around–get it done by this date)

February 19th ~ last day to add or drop with instructor signature (please remind your students to avoid the hassle and sorry but no that comes later)

The main office will be busy–ask your students, please, to email you (not call the department)


Local Opportunity to let yourself be heard on 2% versus 5%. Chancellor’s Open Forum this Friday 1:30-2:30 at Plaza del Sol. You don’t have to go to Long Beach only across campus. If you want to show solidarity for 5% Wear your free red shirts given out late last year or Wear any red shirt/blouse. To not disturb the forum in process come by 1:00/1:15 please.

Comics and Visual Culture, a symposium on Saturday Feb 27th at the University Student Union.  Students may submit their work until Feb 1st. Contact Professor Frances Gateward or Charles Hatfield for more information.

Probationary Faculty Grant Due March 1 by 4pm  Do the proposal so you can get a little more time to do your research.

2016 Beck Grant to support Learner-Centered Instructional Projects Due March 1 by 4pm


So Many People working hard and Getting Results!

Alumni Cody Deitz’ chapbook of poems Pressed Against All that Nothing was published in the Native Blossoms Chapbook series of Yak Press. Leilani Hall describes the poems as “poems of addiction, recovery, fraternal love, and a Ginsberg-like faith that there is salvation in poetry.” Cody is now working on his Ph.D. at U of N. Dakota.

Iswari Pandey’s book South Asian in the Mid-South: Migrations of Literacies has been released by the U of Pittsburgh Press. Ellen Cushman from Michigan State U calls it “Timely. Relevant. Important . . .”

Stephanie Satie’s Silent Witnesses will be at the 13th Street Repertory Company in New York City March 17th thru April 3rd.  “Revealing and powerful . . .” according to the Tolucan Times.  If the snow clears and you are in New York, you may want to see it.

Noreen Lace’s novella _West End_ has been published by REaDLips Press. Looks interesting…..


Christian Cardenas, one of our grad students, published Jigsaw Japan: 10 Secrets about the JET Program as a kindle edition.  It provides an inside look at teaching English in Japan.  This book has been called “honest and funny.”

The 2nd edition of Irene Clark’s book College Arguments: Understanding the Genres has been published by Kendall Hunt. It was written with Emmanuel Sabaiz-Birdsill and includes material by Andrea Hernandez, Lida Perez, Enrique Solis, and Cesar Soto. Check it out…

Joseph Galasso’s “Small Children’s Sentences are ‘Dead on Arrival’: Remarks on a Minimalist Approach to Early Child Syntax” was published in the Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development (V3 N4 2015). Sounds interesting.

Kudos to All!


until another Thursday ˜


Volume 42:07

December 3rd, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:07)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon



northern lights……………as we approach a southern California winter and the end of the Fall semester…….yes, We are about to wrap another one, successfully…


Taps V Gastropub (sounds better when the Valley is changed to V)–the place to be 12/6 at 8pm for the fresh and dynamic Bar Plays.  Northridge Playwright Workshop (from Rick Mitchell’s Experimental Playwriting course). Free entrance plus food and drink. Come to 18673 Devonshire (Devonshire and Reseda). Contact Rick for more information.

Holidaze Party brought to you by Santosh and his merry band of amenities folk–ye shall be asked to sign up quite soon/maybe yesterday in the mailroom.  December 11th 12:00-2:00

Comics and Visual Culture Conference February 27th in the student unionThis conference is dedicated to student research on all things comics related.  Contact Charles Hatfield for more information.


The Registration Deadline for the 2016 Faculty Retreat (1/19 and 1/20): Rediscovering CSUN is tomorrow Dec 4th

Wings and New Voices submissions due Dec 16th and 18th–Contact Jennifer Lee and Rachel Dulaney for information.  Collection in mailroom and main office.

Turn in Final Grades by Tuesday December 22nd Noon.  If you need assistance, PLEASE do seek it early when staff are still on campus, way before 5pm on the 22nd (when it will be too late to reach out and help you).


If you are looking for a holiday opportunity to do a bit of good–a local, convenient one, then contact Terrie Mathis.  Big Buddies Student Club, which pairs college students with homeless or underprivileged kids, is collecting toys–new or used.  Terrie puts a box outside her office ST 806 but check with her for collection times.


Kathy Leslie let us know that Andrelisa Livingston, a former 494IP Intern, snagged an Editorial Assistant Position at Sage Journals in Thousand Oaks–proof that Intern classes and hard work and talent reap rewards.  Congratulations Andrelisa!!

Noreen Lace’s poem “Grandma’s Tour” was published in the Nov/Dec issue of Pilcrow and Dagger.

University Recognition Celebration for Annual Principal Investigators February 11th at the Valley Performing Arts Center. Enchao Shi is a Co Principal Investigator for a grant funded by the US Department of Education.  The grant is designed to facilitate the development of curriculum and conduct outreach activities with the goal of launching an interdisciplinary Modern China Studies minor.

Kudos to All!!!


until another Thursday in the Spring Semester ~

Volume 42:06

November 12th, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:06)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


                                               red turkey

a bit of R & R headed our way as we enter the last weeks of the semester ……for those of you grading at the end of this month, know that some rest is in sight……or at least some pie


Today Nov 12th 2-3:30 No Màs Muertes for lack of water and other basic human necessities. Part of the Central American Studies Lecture Series, with Gene Lefebrve, CoFounder of No More Deaths, an organization dedicated to stopping the deaths of migrants crossing the desert.

Latin American Film Fest beginning Today Nov 12th–15th…For more information, go to   http://www.csun.edu/social-behavioral-sciences/events/2015-latin-american-film-and-art-festival 

“Sisters in Islam” & the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia, a book talk by Dr. Azza Basarudin Nov 17th 4-7, Oviatt Library–Ferman Presentation Room

“The Role of Chinese-Language Writing in Chinese American Transnationalism” by Professor Xiao-huang Yin of Occidental College Nov 19th 2-3:30 Manzanita Hall 361

Dorothy Barresi will read at Book Soup Bookstore with poets Lynne Thompson and Carine Topol Friday Nov 20th 7pm. You All are invité–8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood.

32nd Annual Powwow Nov 28th 10am – 9pm at CSUN Plummer Lawn: Dance, Music, Children’s activities, Arts/Crafts Vendors/Raffle (Scott Andrews has tickets now)…..Put away the cranberry sauce and come and walk off some calories.

Stepanie Satie will be performing her solo play Silent Witnesses at UC Berkeley as part of their Jewish Studies, Arts, and Lecture Series Jan 28th. The play is based on interviews with child survivors of the Holocaust.


Hope you All showed a Vet some love yesterday in one form or another even if you be anti-war.  If not, there is still time this weekend.

Department Meeting mañana………..Steve is doing Snax….Survey Says, Grad business and more…

Fall Awards <a pleasure for our students and for us> Help the Amenities committee give away some $–Help round up student submissions and Write those shorter/easier Recommendations.          Deadline Nov 24th


CSUN Portfolio Challenge/Win $300. First Place or $200. Second Place or $100. Third Place.  Please tell all your students about this opportunity. Deadline 5pm Nov 20th An entry requires two entries that showcase a personal achievement or experience from a job/internship to a hobby. For more info, Send your students to            http://www.csun.edu/it/portfolium-challenges

Apply for the Distinguished Speakers Fund, due by Nov 23rd 5pm in the Dean’s office.  Be sure and use the new form that Sheena recently sent us.

CSUN has received a $250,000. gift to provide future teachers working with Armenian students a strong foundation in Armenian culture and language.  The TF Educational Foundation will create annual scholarships for Liberal Studies students in ITEP with a minor in Armenian studies.


Katherine Mason published her short story “Shade” in the online magazine Hobart. Her work has previously appeared in Monkeybicycle–love that title–and other venues.

Scott Kleinman presented “Text Analysis with Lexos” for the NEH funded workshop Building and Strengthening Digital Humanities through a Regional Network at San Diego State U October 23rd.

Bob Chianese’s Art Inspired by Science: Imaging the Natural World is now an e-publication.  It is based on his commentary about an art exhibit he co-juried.  Check out   http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/589276

Michael Bryson delivered his paper “An You Be Mine, I’ll Give You to My Friend: The Dawn Song, Marriage, and the Authority of the Father in Romeo and Juliet and Paradise Lost” at the recent Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference in Portland, Oregon.

Dorothy Barresi’s timely poem “Income Gap Widens as Jobs Increase” appears in Askew (issue 17). “Pleasure” is in Spillway (#28). And “Cloud Chamber”and “What I Worry about at Night is Not what I Worry about in the Morning” are also forthcoming in Chapparal.  plus……..Dorothy gave a poetry reading with graduate students Freddy Garcia, Lusine Makarosyan and Socheata San for the Redondo Beach Poets Series at the Coffee Cartel in RB.  In case you have lingering doubts, CSUN ruled.

Kudos to All!


until another Thursday ~

Volume 42:05

October 22nd, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:05)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


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cooler………….say it with me           Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve by remembering the dead or partaking of colcannon (potato and kale or cabbage), cider, apples, or soul cakes      or   Bewilder your familiars with a disguise.


Symposium on “Transnational Perspectives on the Middle East, North Africa and Beyond: Gender, Conflicts, and Social Transformations” Oct 26th 9:15-5:30 Whitsett Room

Redondo Poet Series Oct 27th 8pm with Dorothy Barresi, Freddy Garcia, Socheata San and Lusine Makarosyan at Coffee Cartel coffee shop.  Poetry at the Beach 1820 S. Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach…Wish I could be there

2016 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow award is accepting nominations for faculty members engaged in high quality, high impact research.  Deadline Oct 30th 5 pm.

Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award is accepting nominations for exceptional faculty, staff, and administrative mentors. Deadline Oct 30th 5 pm.

The Dean is working on this year’s holiday card and she is looking for an appropriate poem. Submit your poem to leilani.hall@csun.edu

Lecture on “Ritual Worship of Trees, Mountains, and Stones in Northern India” by David Haberman of Indiana University. Nov 2nd 9:30-10:45 Ferman Presentation Room, Oviatt Library

Phenomenal Woman Panel Discussion on issues important to women in 2016 presidential elections Nov 9th 4-6:30…RSVP was due 10/16 but check with humaastu@csun.edu  if you want to attend

CFA is conducting an important election  I Voted Sticker


Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman Panel Discussion with Linda Overman, Cheryl Spector and David Gerrold Oct 24th 1:00-3:00 p.m. West Valley Regional Branch Library 19036 Vanowen Street, Reseda

“Mexican American Women in Sports and Their Struggle for Gender Equality” with José Alamillo Oct 28th 2 pm   Sequoia Hall 104

“Power in the Classroom: Teaching Ethnic Studies–from theory to policy and practice” with Professor Christine Sleeter, Professor Theresa Montaño, José Lara, and Luis Alejo, Assembly Member  Oct 28th 4-6 pm Noski Auditorium.

Día de Los Muertos Events:

Noche de Ofrenda–share stories and honor those who have passed Oct 29th 6-10 pm Chicana/o House. Bring food or flowers to honor the dead.

Presentation: “Words about Día de Los Muertos: Indigenous Perspective”with Xóchitl Flores-Marcial, Ph.D Oct 30th 2-4 pm  Ferman Presentation Room, Oviatt Library

Día de Los Muertos Annual Celebration Oct 30th 5:30-Midnight begins in breezeway between Sierra Hall and Jerome Richfield and then proceeds to Chicana/o House on Plummer…music, food, and muertos arts and crafts for sale.  A Very Interesting and Fun Time!!


CFA is conducting an important election

Advancement to Graduation Event this saturday Oct 24th 8:30-4:00 USU Northridge Center begins with Dr. Donald Asher on Graduate Admissions Process. This event includes Ranita Chatterjee’s “How to Compose a Successful Statement of Purpose” workshop PLUS prepare for GRE/GMAT and Finance your Graduate Education.  There will also be informational tables for graduate study at CSUN.  Please announce to your undergrads and grad students.

Build Poder (si se puede) Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research–Information Sessions Oct 22 at 3:30 and 29 at 6:30 SQ 104 AND Application Workshops Nov 12 3:30 and Nov 19 6:30 SQ 104

CSUN’s Desert Performance lab invites all students to a Halloween Party Oct 30th 6pm JR319. Wear a costume and bring your original work to perform…refreshments. Call for Submissions for original work for the Holiday Show Due Nov 1  Submit to Desert Performance Facebook Page Inbox or to Professor Mitchell.

Sustainable Lawn Alternatives Workshop NOV 4th 12:30-1:30 Oviatt Library 16 Garden Level.  Space Limited so register today–check sustainability on CSUN web

America Recycles Day Nov 12th 10–2  Bookstore Lawn–convenient…Volunteers needed–check sustainability on CSUN web if you want to help and we know the planet needs some help

Register for 2016 Faculty Retreat by Dec 4th…Theme is “Rediscovering CSUN” on January 19th and 20th.  A good way to meet faculty from across the campus in a more relaxed atmosphere.


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Sage Publications announces the release of the Vietnamese translation of Online Teaching in the Digital Age by Pat Swenson and Nancy Taylor.  Nice Cover/Good Teaching Tips!

Martin Pousson’s story “Father Fox” will be featured in the next issue of New Orleans Review. This story is from his forthcoming novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy.

Irene Clark and Shaun Cullen gave a presentation/workshop “Writing an Effective Thesis: Entering the Conversation” for the Thesis Bootcamp Program.

Scott Andrews helped celebrate the 50th annual Western Literature Association conference in Reno, Oct 15-17th. He read his piece “This is a Story about the Plains.”  He also presented “Landscape as Process: Jeremy Singer’s Dinetah Paintings” (dinetah–among the people in Navajo) on another panel. Wish I could have been there.  And he chaired the “Postwestern Provocations” panel. A busy scholar…

Kudos to All!


cfacfacfa is conducting an important election


until another Thursday~

Volume 42:04

October 8th, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:04)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


Can it really be the 7th week?  Soon Summer shall be over and we will ease into November with dreams of a few days off for turkey or pie or a short trip or just simply nada—-a bit of R & R


“Remixing Sovereignty” with Tall Paul, Indigenous Hip Hop Artist, Oct 15th Noon Plaza del Sol sponsored by Gender & Women’s Studies, American Indian Studies, and the Civil Discourse and Social Change Initiative…Sounds Fun

“Everything Marx”–panel discussion with Chris Higgs, Steve Wexler, and Nate Mills at the Critical Theory Club Oct 15th 7:00 p.m. Contact anthony.garcia.36@my.csun.edu  or  enrique.solis.860@my.csun.edu   for location.

Celebrate another issue of The Northridge Review Oct 16th begins at 7:00 at the Planetarium BP 31200 (across the lawn from ST) Snax and Great Readings–always a fun time!

Mona Houghton and Elyce Wakerman will be signing their novels at the Local Authors’ Showcase–Burbank Public Library 300 N. Buena Vista St Oct 17th 1-4. (Mona’s work: Frottage & Even as We Speak and Elyce’s – A Tale of Two Citizens: a Novel) I’ve taught Even as We Speak in a contemporary lit class–popular with students but have not had the pleasure yet of reading A Tale of 2 Citizens…Have You?

“Streamapalooza! Insights into Copyright and Media for 21st Century Educators” with a variety of speakers and lunch. Wednesday October 21 8:30–4:00 Oviatt Library. To RSVP http://library.csun.edu/events/copyright-2015

“The Sexy Female Sport Supporter: Media Depictions and Supporter Reactions” Oct 14th 2:30-3:45 with Kim Toffoletti from Australia at Sequoia 104

“Mexican American Women in Sports and Their Struggle for Gender Equality” Oct 28th 2pm Seminar with Jose Alamillo at Redwood Hall 253



Please let Wendy know by tomorrow Oct 9th which classes you want to use for student evaluations. Isn’t the Sponge Bob cartoon cute?

Let’s help keep our teaching community running smoothly even though we are all busy. Each of us can do at least one teaching observation and some of us can squeeze in a second observation.  You need not return to your computer and pound out a letter (oh maybe that was typewriters).  Now we have a simple check off/easy comment form.  Composition and Business Communication need the most help.  Find a few names and check the schedule Jackie provided to choose someone close to your schedule for ease of completion. Contact the committee head to make sure your chosen one is not already dancing with someone else (spoken for).  Claim your credit too–remember to turn in the form to Marlene afterward.

Health and the other Benefits–Open Enrollment for the new year ends tomorrow Oct 9th. Find out how much it will cost and what you can get if you need it…..

How did they come up with the name DOODLE and what could it mean? Well, pas grave/no worries. Let’s do the Doodle poll with Tonie for the subject matter interviews.  It is a bit difficult to schedule faculty in pods of two. Help Tonie and give her your preferred day and time.  Or if you know someone you would like to work with for an interview and you two can (pre)agree on day and time, you can add that info to the comments section. Most of us do only one of these and if it doesn’t help to whistle while we work, it does help to share out the work. Many hands…

Oct 16th 3-5 Wings & New Voices Ceremony–USU Grand Salon…we can’t do the traditional salon with a Marquise or Gertrude Stein but we can support our newest student writers plus good snacks.

RSVP BY OCTOBER 23RD to attend the celebration of Shane Frelich’s life on Oct 30 4pm Valley Performing Arts Center.  Attendees are requested to wear cheerful clothing rather than the traditional black clothing. In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to an education fund for Shane’s children    https://www.gofundme.com/shanefrehlich


Campus Sustainability Day Oct 20th 9:30-2:00 Presentations about Urban Agriculture, Tech & Solar, and Backyard Ecology.

Día de los Muertos–Oct 29th 6-10/Night of Offering outside Chicano House. Guests are welcome to bring food or flower offerings. Tell a story of someone you are remembering. Light refreshments.  Presentation Oct 30 2-4 by Professor Xochitl Flores-Marcial at Library Fermin Presentation Room  Celebration Oct 30th 5:30/6:00 until midnight courtyard between Sierra Hall and Jerome Richfield with ofrenda viewing, music, arts and crafts…Definitely worth seeing the student work–incredible creativity and work

If you would like to address some of your concerns about the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Part One of “Dealing with Workplace Violence and Fear or Threats of Violence” will be facilitated by Anne Glavin, CSUN Chief of Police and Kristina de la Vega, Vice President of Human Resources October 28th 9:30-11:00 2nd Floor Training Room, Department of Police Services


Jutta Schamp did a poster presentation at Yale in July. “The Right Brain, the Unconscious, and Postcolonial Trauma: Post-Jungian Undercurrents in Anton Nimblett’s Sections of an Orange” at the International Association of Jungian Studies and International Association of Analytical Psychology.

Then she took her Post Jungian presentation of Sections of an Orange on the road to Detroit. She did a panel presentation at the Midwest Conference on British Studies at Wayne State U in September.

Impressive Jutta!

Irene Clark gave a presentation/workshop for the Social Science Writing Project, titled “Developing Effective Writing Assignments.”

Chris Higgs’ nonfiction manuscript, As I Stand Living, was named a semi-finalist in the Cleveland State U Poetry Center Book-Length Essay Competition. Chris also has an essay in the upcoming issue of Gorse, an international literary journal: “How to Write Experimental Fiction in Five Easy Steps.”

Shaun Cullen’s essay “The Innocent and the Runaway: Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Racial Melodrama and the Epistemology of Ignorance” will appear in the Journal of Popular Music Studies (March 2016). His essay “White Skin, Black Flag: Hardcore Punk and the Racialization of Sound” is forthcoming in Criticism. And he presented a paper, “Rockin in the Free World: Neil Young and Cold War Liberalism” at the Association for the Study of the Arts annual meeting in September. Plenty of Pop Culture Production!

Kudos to All!


until another Thursday ~

Volume 42:03

September 24th, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:03)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon



plenty to do…and I mean this in a good way

Today Sept 24th: 10:00 AM ST 703 Brown Bag Discussion — Literature Curriculum

Today Sept 24th: 6:30 Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall– A Conversation with Jeph Loeb from Marvel Entertainment and Charles Hatfield.  Space is limited/Do RSVPhttp://www.csun.edu/humanities/comics

Panel Discussion– Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby  September 26th 1pm Noski Auditorium  Ask Charles for more information as he is our resident comics expert.

“The First Emperor of Qin and His Empire”–China Forum Lecture  September 26th 3:30-5:00 Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room…Professor of History Wei Cao from Shaanxi Normal University and the Chief Curator of Emperor QinShiHuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum.

“Goldstar, Groupon, and Gilt: How artists and promoters maximize their concert promotion using value partners” Panel Sept 28th 6:30-8:00 Cypress Recital Hall (Networking Reception 8-9 Cypress Rm 101) put on by CSUN Music Industry Program and CSUN Music Entertainment Association.  The diverse panel will be moderated by Amanda Harrison–contact her for more information.

“Borderlands Sovereignty and the Shared Experience of Indigenous Women”–Guest Lecture September 29th 2:00-4:00 (reception 4-5) Whitsett Room…Professor Tracey Bunda and Dr. Kathryn Gilbey visiting Indigenous Australian scholars from the University of Southern Queensland.

Marrow Donor Registry Drive (ages 18-44) If you were wondering what you could do to honor Shane Frehlich’s life and good work at CSUN, you may want to register  September 29th 10-4 at Redwood Hall (a bit of paperwork and a cheek swab). Note that Cheryl McMillan, a staff member in the Office of Alumni Relations needs a marrow transplant. We often want to do something and sometimes we are too far away and/or unable.  This is an opportunity for those seeking one.

“Promoting Academic Honesty” Panel October 8th 12:30-1:45 Whitsett Room.  This panel is sponsored by Academic First Year Experiences, CFA and Faculty Development and includes light lunch. RSVP by Oct 6th.  For more information ask Cheryl Spector, who by the way was showcasing two very interesting websites at the last University Writing Council meeting. (Academic First Year Experiences and Multilingual Writers Working Group). 

Nominations for Honorary CSUN Degrees for 2016 are Due Oct 30th. Nominations and selection process are confidential. For more information    http://www.csun.edu/president/honorary-degree-nomination

To Conserve Water: Physical Plant Management is removing grass and replacing it with drought tolerant plants. In order to prepare for this Brown is the New Green. The grass will not be watered and it will turn brown–thus making it easier to remove and then replace. Or maybe it will turn yellow, which is a good thing–A Major CSUN effort to help the Planet and California. This is only one of the water saving efforts of CSUN. There has been a 15% water use reduction according to Austin Eriksson. Sustainability Program Manager. You can help by reporting a leak if you see one.


For those of you looking to evaluate and/or change your benefits, the Annual Open Enrollment period is from September 14th to October 9th.  Use the website, read your booklets, talk to benefits and make your choices.

As Santosh let us know, the Amenities Fund is low, low, lowest. It funds the social lubrication that keeps us from mere nods as we pass from copy machine to elevator to classroom and back. It pays, for example, for refreshments to keep us sparring in a lively manner at department meetings, and the holidaze roundup party. Do consider contributing.  All donations accepted, including partial payments and reminders should you desire. Suggested (a bargain for the entire year): Professor–$70.00, Associate Professor $50.00 and Assistant Professor $40.00.

Under the Sea Family Fun Zone Sept 25th 4-7 just north of the Sol Center in the University Student Union.

What will YOU do when there is an emergency at CSUN????    INFO = POWER  so check out the Emergency Desk Reference for ideas:   http://www.csun.edu/emergency/emergency-desk-reference


If you didn’t win a course release via lottery at the beginning of the semester, maybe you want to apply for one now.  Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program (course release or grant) Due Sept 30th  Hone your proposals, and get your signatures.

What about a Summer Stipend beginning with your second summer here . . .  Apply for the Probationary Faculty Research Program.  Due November 16th

Open House for those considering teaching secondary school  Oct 6th 1:30-2:30 JR 319 ESM/FYI/JYI advisors and the head of the Credential Office will provide information on these programs. Refreshments…Come and meet us and ask your questions.  Tell your students!

New Voices and Wings Publication Ceremony–who doesn’t like to be published…who doesn’t like to be recognized for it  Oct 16th 3-5 USU Grand Salon…a good time for our students and us with yummy Refreshments.  Do come!

The 2016 University Faculty Retreat will be January 19th and 20th.  If you want to make a presentation on the theme “Rediscovering CSUN” your proposal is DUE Oct 19th. More information to follow on registration.

If you are interested in a Transnational Writing Group–ask Santosh Khadka for more information.

The Oviatt Library received a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Grant from the NEH and the American Library Association for public programs from September 2015–April 2016. There are several participants in these programs, including Central American Studies, Chicano Studies, CSUN Veteran’s Resource Center, Tia Chucha’s, San Fernando, Glendale, Van Nuys Libraries, Rancho Camulos and the Museum of San Fernando Valley. There will be diverse and fascinating film screenings, workshops, and exhibits. See Oviatt Library ENews Fall 2015 for more information  http://library.csun.edu/eNews/Fall-2015/featured-connecting-communities

Save Water–Take a Selfie.  1. Save Water   2.  Draw the logo of a large drop of water on your hand (yes) with CA in the middle of the drop  3. Take a selfie  4. Tag friends and tell California how you are saving water    #KeepSavingCA     See Sustainability website for more information…


Nazanin Keynejad and Eric Kufs have been awarded the prestigious Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Award, which designates them as Sally Casanova Scholars.  This award includes funding for a summer research program, travel to a national symposium, and other costs associated with applying to doctoral programs such as visits to institutions.  Their faculty mentors are Danielle Spratt and Steven Wexler.

Kudos to Nazanin and Eric, who are well on their way to a successful future!

For those of you who knew her when: Iris Shah was inducted into CSUN’s 50 Year Club at the annual Founder’s Day Festivities.  Treat yourself–follow the link,  and check out the third picture to take a look at Iris    http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/university-new/history-comes-alive-at-2015-founders-day

Let your light shine and let me know: email RosaMaria to broadcast/post here


until another Thursday ~



September 10th, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 42:02)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon



Dr. Shane Frehlich, Faculty President and Professor of Kinesiology, passed away Friday Sept 4th after his long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (as noted earlier in the President’s announcement).  A memorial service–a celebration of his life will be held October 30th at 4:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.


The first of the season Graduate Reading Series this Friday September 11th at 7:00 p.m. Brett Hymes, Jesse Clemens, and Emilio Sotelo will be reading for us.  Always a good time with refreshments!

CSUN’s Sustainability Day will be Tuesday Oct 20th 9:30-2 pm in the USU Northridge Center.  “Building Resilience” is this year’s theme.  Help the planet sustain herself–she needs us!

I find the Professional and Personal Development Calendar for 2015-2016 particularly useful.  In addition to yoga and Walkability Wednesdays, one can learn about the Benefits and Wellness Fair  September 22nd 9-11 a.m. (in case you want to ask questions about your health benefits, etc). There are CalPers Seminars to plan for retirement (See Bob Noreen and Beverly Rousseau below for the other benefits of retirement)–two Seminars on Sept 24th. And for the personal direct touch, there are one on one CalPers benefit consultations in addition to workshops on Living in Earthquake Country and Dealing with the stress of living in earthquake country and those other miscellaneous stresses.  Check it out:  http://www.csun.edu/development/training


Tomorrow September 11th is the last day for students to add a class with a permission number and the last day for students to drop a class on the portal (without signatures).

From September 14 — September 18th at 4 p.m. students must use the 4th week Change of Schedule Petition for Undergraduates (available on CSUN website).  They will need your signature and the Associate Chair’s signature (either Kent or RosaMaria).  For your Convenience: If you will not be available to approve or deny and sign due to lateness of student request or your schedule, you can email both Kent and RosaMaria and give us permission to either approve or deny for you and sign in your place.  It is important to send your email to both of us since we can’t anticipate which one of us the student will visit (depending on our office hours). Our hours are as follows: Kent  Mon 12:30-2, Wed 12:30-2, Thurs 2:30-3:30; RosaMaria Tues 1:45-4:45, Wed 1:40-3:50, and Thurs 10-12:20.  Please do not email Jackie about 4th week changes because she must forward them to Kent and RosaMaria (thus causing a delay).  If you have a question about these changes, please email RosaMaria or Kent.


Submit your work to the Northridge Review! 5 poems or 5000 words max for other genres–Deadline September 25th  Online Submission   http://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit

Sheena Malhotra, Special Assistant to the Dean, encourages us to apply for the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program due September 30th by 5:00 p.m. It takes a little work to apply for that course release or grant support for student assistants or travel but it always brings a smile to our face when we get one.  Apply if you can.

The Beck Grant 5 Gears Program Faculty Learning Community is also accepting applications until September 16th by Noon. $1000. Stipend

Jennifer Lee is working with AGSE on what graduate students want to learn outside of the classroom.  She is looking for volunteers to help with the Career Opportunities and Professional Development Workshop Series.  Email Jennifer to let her know how you can help.


Asking if there is life after retirement, Bob Noreen, former Department Chair, responds: I’ve traveled to 65 countries, continue to supervise ETS scoring, was appointed by the U.S. State Department to a panel that reviews Common Core Curriculum initial test assessments, review the assessments of the four vendors who provide the exams and now plans to review K12 educational standards.  Better than a rocking chair, Bob asserts!

Beverly Rousseau, who retired from CSUN last year, is not using the rocking chair either. She just published Inside Stories, a book of short stories (using her pen name Jo Rousseau).

Linda Rader Overman published her essay “Adiós Margarita Cansino, Hello Rita Hayworth” in Starbodies and the Erotics of Suffering.  Both titles sound intriguing!


Correction from last issue: Nikki Eschen-Solis teaches at CSUN.  It is Alex, her wife, who teaches at ELAC.


until another Thursday ~


Volume 42:01

August 27th, 2015 | Posted by RosaMaria Chacon in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 42:01)
Chair: Kent Baxter Compiled by: RosaMaria Chacon


Well, we are all sweating a bit (perspiring for the dainty among you) so it must be the end of August and it must be the start of a New School Year.  I hope we have all had our Wheaties or Caffeine in whatever form you take it and are ready for the challenges, frustrations, and riches of a New Year.  The Best to Us and to Our Students.



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The wonderful arrival of Joseph DeGraffenreid June 12, 2015 (6 pounds and 8 ounces and 19.5 inches)–Happy and Healthy!!! Congratulations to Michele DeGraffenreid and Garret!

Nicole Eschen Solis (previously Nikki Eschen) as of June 10, 2015–a small beautiful ceremony on the beach in Kauai. She married her partner Alex Solis. Congratulations to Nicole and Alex!  Nicole now teaches at East Los Angeles College.

and Complimenti to Jackie — she will be the Special Assistant to the Dean during the Spring Semester,   we shall miss her

Donors to the English Department:

The family of Thomas Matthew Magness (who graduated from the English Honors Option San Fernando Valley State in 1968 with a passion for writing) have decided to establish a fund for graduate student travel to conferences between $1000–$2000 per year. He passed away this year, and his sister and her husband want to honor him.

Dorothy Rankin, one of our longtime lecturers who passed away last year, left $20,000. in her will.  Her dear friend Faye Hogan added $5000. to create the Dorothy Rankin Endowment Fund for professional development opportunities for lecturers (with 1 year and 3 year appointments). Dorothy continues to Give.

Irene Clark and her husband Bill have established a $50,000. endowment for the Irene Clark Fund for Rhetoric and Composition.  This fund will provide an award for an essay written for the Rhetoric and Writing minor or the Rhetoric and Composition Masters degree. It will also provide grants for graduate students in the Rhetoric and Composition option to present a paper at conferences in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy studies. Irene, with her husband, continue to nurture and encourage in her chosen field–her passion.

Such generosity and paying it forward! How wonderful for Rhetoric and Composition students, Graduate student travel, and Lecturers.  Bravo!


Freshman Convocation Thursday Sept 10 6:00 p.m. Oviatt Library Lawn/Keynote Speaker-David Levithan, author of Every Day –the Freshman Common Reading for 2015.  Come if you can.

Although we are nearing the end of the week, let’s remember that the students are still in the driver’s seat in terms of adds.  If there is a spot they can take it, so let’s be careful to not overuse permission numbers and accidentally fill our classes to the brim. Next week, we can safely add with permission numbers.

Frank De La Santo recently sent us the Beginning of Semester Notices which provide useful tidbits on offices hours, attendance policy, faculty absences, keys, copying, etc.  Sometimes there is new information and sometimes, we might want to peruse it once again to help ourselves find out how to do something or avoid problems.

Our Staff is Really Wonderful and I like to let my students know not to contact the office to find me or ask questions because the staff has enough to do. And the students can email me, even at 3am, although I don’t answer until the next day.

If you want to post something in Thursday’s Notes, do send RosaMaria an email.


Aug 29th 4-7 opening reception for Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby curated by Charles Hatfield who encourages you to drop by anytime (CSUN Art Calleries).  He and Michele also invite you at 7:30 to his house for an informal get together at their house 18101 Kinzie Street  (just two blocks from the Galleries). RSVP for after party and email Charles for further info.

The Friends of the Oviatt Library are calling for submissions for their inaugural San Fernando Valley Award for Nonfiction (to recognize and promote important contributions to written work about the San Fernando Valley).  Works in the categories of history, social and behavioral sciences, physical and life sciences, biography and autobiography, and nonfiction humanities must be received by December 1, 2015.  An award of $750.00 with an Honorable Mention of $250.00 will be presented.  For more information, see http://library.csun.edu/Friends/nonfiction-award.

Faculty Workshop  Thursday Sept 17th 3-5 pm   Rooting Out Unconscious Bias  in Sierra Center/Colleagues Room.  Facilitators: Meryl Marshall-Daniels and Marcella De Veaux will address how Unconscious Bias can show up during hiring or as new faculty join CSUN and explore the parameters of this issue.  To register email marcella.deveaux@csun.edu

The West Valley Regional Branch of LA Public Library will be hosting a panel in Sept/Oct on Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman.  If you are interested, contact Daryl Maxwell though I know some of you already volunteered      dmaxwell@lapl.org

The Youth Policy Institute is looking for part-time Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Academic Tutor for Pacoima schools.  $11.00-$13.00 hr/20-25 hours weekly. Looking for currently enrolled or college grad who has completed freshman English, Algebra II or equivalent.   http://www.ypiusa.org    to apply

The Youth Policy Institute is also looking for a part-time Gear Up Lead Tutor $13.00-15.00/20-25 hours weekly.   www.ypiusa.org    to apply


The U.S. Department of Education has approved a continuation award for Enchao Shi and Lulu Smith (Foreign Languages) for their project “Promoting and Expanding Access to Modern China Studies at CSUN” for $57,691.  (a small part of the much larger grant). The first year of the project went so well that it was extended.  Congratulations Enchao and Lulu.

Martin Pousson’s short stories “Two-Headed Boy” (Antioch Review) and “Feathers” (Epoch) will be published in Fall issues.  Another short story “Father Fox” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award. His invited essay on the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will be published in The Advocate in September. From the Advocate to the Grand Opening of the new Pride Center in the USU–Martin will be a featured speaker.  Onward to Comic Con–Long Beach–he will be a featured panelist on LGBTQ genre literature. Always in Motion Martin–Good Work.

Noreen Lace’s poem “The Kiss” will be published in the August/September issue of Pilcrow and Dagger. A Hearty Congratulations!

Nate Mills has two pieces out recently– “Playing the Dozens and Consuming the Cadillac: Ralph Ellison and Civil Rights Politics” Twentieth Century Literature (61.2 2015) and “Writing Brotherhood: The Utopian Politics of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man” in Lineages of the Literary Left (U of Michigan 2015). His monograph, moreover, Figure in Rags: The Lumpenproletariat and the Black Marxism of Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Margaret Walker is under contract with U of Massachusetts Press. Impressive, Nate!

Jared Thomas (MA CW 2014) has been accepted into the USC Sol Price Graduate School of Public Policy. Happy Studies!

Zachary Jensen (BA CW 2015) founded Angel City Review, an online Literary Magazine.  Check it out at   http://www.angelcityreview.com

And More Success for Prior and Current Creative Writing Students!

Mike Browne’s (BA CW 2015) short story “Ritual” was published in USC’s  Fractal Magazine

Teresa Cordova (BA CW 2015) had two poems “The Art of Opening Up”and “Whine and Whiskey Solution”  published in Angel City Review

Ros Perez (BA CW 2014) had two short stories “Mouse” published in New Legends Anthology and “Plague” in My Favorite Apocolypse Anthology

Thea Manalang (BA CW 2015 and current MA student) has been named the new Fiction Editor of Angel City Review and also had a story “The Lighter” published in Angel City Review

Douglass Weissman (BA CW 2009) was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Family Matters Short Story Award for “The Silent Riot of Waiting”

Kudos to All


If a note is missing, I attribute it to being tech challenged and I thank those who patiently gave of their time, energy, and knowledge so this could come out instead of being buried in the dregs of August.

until another thursday~

Volume 40:33

May 13th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:33)

1. Announcements

Thursday’s Notes is delighted to publish this special issue that showcases the myriad achievements of our students and alumni.  We wish them continued success in their academic, scholarly, and professional endeavors!

Kimberly and Ian Carroll celebrated the arrival of Cassandra Teaman Carroll on March 30.  Cassandra weighed in at 7 lbs 14 oz at birth.

Emily Olsen and husband Casey welcomed their new child into the world, Kiera Elizabeth, on May 10 (Mother’s Day). Kiera weighed in at 8 lbs 13 oz at birth.

Congratulations to the fortunate parents of both families!

Come and hear the creative writing students of 698D read from their final work.  The event will begin this evening at 5:45 p.m. with refreshments and conviviality in the Linda Nichols Joseph Room (JR 319).  The reading will commence at 6:00 p.m. Class books will be on display and are also available for ordering.  Please join us for a festive and enjoyable evening.

If you can’t make today’s reading, members of the class and other alumi will be reading at Stories Bookstore in Echo Park on May 24 (Memorial Day). Look for details in the coming weeks and plan now to make CSUN Creative Writing part of your Memorial Day celebration.

The English Department cordially invites you to our Student Recognition and Awards Reception on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in  (JR 319). Presentation of the awards starts at 4:30 p.m.  The Reception precedes the College of Humanities Graduate Graduation Ceremony at 6:00 p.m.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. This event is sponsored by the CSUN English Department and the Associated Graduate Students of English.

Elyce Wakerman will discuss and read from her novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, Friday, May 15, as part of a fiction showcase at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, CA.  The program starts at 8:00 p.m.

2. Reminders

Grades are due by Friday, May 22.  Jackie Stallcup, the English Department Chair, has requested that all instructors do their best to get grades in by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday May 21. Friday is essentially the start not only of summer, but also of the Memorial Day weekend, and it may be difficult to sort out any last minute problems that might arise.

3. Opportunities

Editing job.  A registered nurse and former CSUN graduate student, Joie Winnick, is seeking an editor to do some light editing for a book she wrote and illustrated.  If interested, please contact her at 818/783-2629 or 818/783-4684.

4. Student and Alumni Achievements

Nina Moon Ahn (M.A. 2014 in Literature) will be entering the Ph.D. program in English at Northwestern University with full funding for five years in the Fall.

Stacee Bucciarelli (née Barcelata, MA 2006) was awarded a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from Loyola University, Chicago.

Cody Deitz  (M.A. 2015 in Creative Writing) will be entering the Ph.D. program at the University of North Dakota with full funding for six years in the Fall.

Melissa Filbeck (M.A. 2014) will be joining the English Ph.D. program at Texas A & M with full funding and a Graduate Merit Fellowship in the Fall.

Noreen Lace’s story, “The Girl I Loved in Middle School,” has been accepted for publication by Number Eleven Magazine for their seventh edition (forthcoming Spring 2015).

Yollotl Lopez (M.A. 2014 in Literature) will be attending NYU with 5 years of funding (with an option of 6 years of funding if she teaches four semesters) in the Fall. She was also awarded the McCraken fellowship with an additional summer stipend for all 5 years.

Hayarpi Movsesian (B.A. 2011 Honors English and M.A. 2014 in Literature) will be joining the Comparative Literature Ph.D. program at UC Santa Barbara with six years of full funding (including summers), multiple fellowships, and a funded opportunity to do research in St. Petersburg, Russia and Provence, France, in the Fall.

Laurisa Reyes had three novels published while a graduate student at CSUN: The Last Enchanter (Tanglewood Press), Contact (Hallowed Ink Press), and The Crystal Keeper (Skyrocket Press) as well as a poem published in Camas: The Nature of the West.  She also has two poems accepted for publication in Westwind and riverSedge. She won 2nd place in the 2014 Rosemary Young Adult Romance Writers of America Contest, and she was a finalist in the 2015 Serendipity Young Adult Discover Contest. The magazine for which she is an editor in chief, Middle Shelf Magazine, was a Maggie Award finalist.

Dana Roth has been offered a paid editorial position with Creative Age Publishing upon completion of her internship this semester.  (To date this year, three English 494 interns have moved on to paid positions with their intern organizations.)

Rosalba Ruiz (M.A. 2011 in Creative Writing) has published her first book, Mary, the Mother of Jesus–a Biography.  She wrote an initial section of the biography to fulfill the requirement of her M.A. thesis.

Miles Simon (MA 2014) will be attending the Ph.D. program at the University of Rochester (with full funding) in the Fall.

Ryan Skinnell (M.A. 2007 in Rhetoric and Composition) has accepted a tenure-track position at San Jose State University as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Writing Program Administrator starting Fall 2015.

Robin Smith (M.A 2015 in Creative Writing) has been accepted to the graduate program of the University of North Dakota with full tuition remission, a teaching assistantship, a generous stipend, and health insurance.

Jenny Troy presented three pieces of writing over the past year.  The first piece, titled “Divorce,” was presented at the SAMLA Conference held in Atlanta last November.  The second piece, titled “Dating in the Digital Age” (a fictional work based on true stories), was presented at the AGSE Conference at CSUN. The third piece, titled “Environmentalism Through the Theological Lens:  Practical Applications of Christianity and Chinese Religions, an Example of How English Studies in Critical Thinking Might Move Away From the Philosophical to the Operational in Careers Outside of Academia,” was presented at the Sigma Tau Conference this Spring.

5. Faculty Achievements

Cheryl Spector gave an invited lecture for the Virginia Yerxa Community Read program in Colusa, California, on April 25. Her talk was entitled “Out Far and In Deep: The Things They Carried.”

Thursday’s Notes is edited and compiled by Anthony Dawahare.

Volume 40:32

April 29th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:32)

1. Announcements

The end of the semester is only 3 weeks away, and IT has determined the following Grading and Exam Dates:
· Instructors may begin entering grades Friday, May 1.
· Finals week is Saturday, May 9 – Friday, May 15.
· Students can begin viewing grades on the Portal starting Friday, May 15.
· Grades are due by Friday, May 22.

Jackie Stallcup, the English Department Chair, has requested that all instructors do their best to get grades in by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday May 21. Friday is essentially the start not only of summer, but also of the Memorial Day weekend, and it may be difficult to sort out any last minute problems that might arise.

2. Reminders

English Majors and M.A. students in the Literature Option: if you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may apply for the Dr. Susan Curzon Scholarship Award in the amount of $2,000. You must submit two letters of recommendation. The deadline is May 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Apply at: csun.starsscholarshipsonline.com/STARS/Default.aspx.

The deadline for submitting materials for the Spring 2015 Student Awards is today, April 30., by 4:00 p.m. Please submit hardcopies to ST 706. For more information on the awards, see http://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/awards-prizes.

3. Opportunities

Paid Freelance Writer Position. The Discovery House, a residential drug treatment facility in Reseda, is looking for someone to write approximately 40 articles of about 500-750 words each on the subject of drugs, addiction, and treatment. If interested, contact Nancy J. Abrams at (818) 479-7229 ext. 317 or NAbrams@TheDiscoveryHouse.com.

4. Achievements

Irene Clark gave a talk on April 16 at Soka University titled “Academic Writing and the Issue of Transfer.”

Irene Clark was a keynote speaker on April 24 at the Second Annual Critical Transitions Conference at Woodbury University, “Rhetorical Transfer and Visualization.” Her presentation was titled “Writing Transfer Across Disciplines.”

Stephanie Satie, one of our lectures and alumna, has been awarded CSUN’s Exceptional Creative Accomplishments Award. She will be honored at The Honored Faculty Reception on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the USU Grand Salon. Please click this link to open the invitation flyer: http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/hfr-flyer.pdf. Please click this link to RSVP by May 11: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/honored-faculty-reception-rsvp.

Stephanie Satie’s latest solo play, Silent Witnesses, is published as part of Indie Theater Now’s digital theatre library. It can be read digitally at www.indietheaternow.com/play/silent-witnesses.  Stephanie performed the play on Wednesday, April 22, at Antelope Valley College.

Thursday’s Notes is edited and compiled by Anthony Dawahare