Volume 39:10

January 23rd, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Are you looking for funds for your research or creative work? Would you like funds for travel, collaborators, and stipends for your students? Are you interested in starting a new center or establishing, a contract with state, city, or local agencies? Do not be intimidated by the competition for external funds. A number of CSUN faculty have been successful in obtaining grants and contracts and can provide useful “tips” by sharing their experiences. Bring your lunch, listen to your colleagues, and ask your questions for a Q & A session with successful external grantees. The Brown Bag events will take place in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: February 11 and 26; and March 4, 12, and 18. Of special interest may be the February 11 session, on Student Research & Student Success: NSF, NIH, and Foundations, and the March 18 session, on the US Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Foundations.

Or, if you are just looking for money to sponsor speakers or workshops for this spring semester, consider applying to the Academic Programming Fund. This fund provides supplementary support for academically related activities and events only (e.g., guest lecturers, workshops, performances) and the application process is easy – a one page proposal (and budget) describing how the proposed activity or event supports a course or other academic program. Collaborative, co-sponsored, interdepartmental or inter-college events or activities are encouragedFor more information, or application forms, please see Jackie’s January 23 email or contact Juana Mora’s office.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Faculty Awards. The deadline for nominations is February 22; supporting materials will be due March 22. The 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)
*Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200)

Details, including nominating procedures and forms, are available at  http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html Questions maybe be directed to the Faculty Senate Office, X3263, or heidiw@csun.edu.

Meantime, it’s Northridge Review submission time again, with the magazine soliciting new material for the issue to be compiled this term and published next fall. This really is an important opportunity for students, so please let them know to go to Submittable.com, sign in, and follow the guidelines there. Submissions are limited to 5000 word total per student in fiction, playwriting, and/creative nonfiction, and/or five poems per student. Names should not appear on the manuscripts, and the deadline is February 18.

On Monday, February 25th at 4 PM in JR 319, Professor Kevin O’Neill will be giving a talk in Irene Clark’s English 651 class (Rhetoric and Composition Theory). His talk is titled “How Many Friends Did Plato Have?: Rhetoric and Self-Presentation in Classical Athens.” Dr, O’Neill, who has expertise in both classical rhetoric and new media, will argue that rhetoric developed as a set of strategies for self-presentation in a culture in which love of public honor was a central value. He will also expand on the topic to include some remarks on Plato’s rhetorical strategies. You are welcome to bring your class, but please let Irene know in case she’ll need a larger room.

Don’t let stress get you down. Join the Spring 2013 Staff/Faculty Wellness Program, which begins January 28 and will be held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall. This Kinesiology Staff/Faculty Wellness Program, sponsored by the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing and the College of Health and Human Development, has been designed to expand your limits of strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.All participants are required to complete participation forms and a short health pre-screening. For more information, please see http://jack.csun.edu/ichwb/faculty-staff-wellness-program/

And while you are getting fit, you might want to get informed at CSUN’s BizFed – Daily News LA Mayoral Candidate Forum on Thursday, February 7, from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. in the VPAC. Come here LA mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry, and Emanuel Pleitez in discussion with  Austin Beutner, former special deputy to Mayor Villaraigosa and founder of Evercore Partners moderator, and the Daily News of Los Angeles as our partner.

As a result of amendments to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and the issuance of Executive Order 1083 (Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect), all CSU employees now have an obligation to report suspected or known incidents of child abuse or neglect. Look for details in the coming weeks.

Finally, here are some upcoming HR events you might not want to miss. For more information, please see Additional information and registration links for all of these sessions can be found in this issue of HR News.

*In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, all CSUN staff and faculty are invited to participate in free Biometric screenings on February 13th and 21st, or take part in an eight week Weight Management Series which kicks-off on February 4th.

*Retirement planning beyond CalPERS, a talk with Dr. William Jennings, Interim Vice President of University Advancement and Emeritus Dean of the College of Business and Economics and Dr. Michael Phillips of our Finance, Real Estate and Insurance Department, on February 27.

*”How to Feel More Encouraged During Discouraging times,” a talk with Dr. Mark Stevens and Dr. Julie Pearce of University Counseling Services on February 5.

*And on Friday, February 8, in the USU’s Northridge Center, HR’s Spring 2013 Keynote Speaker,  Dr. Iris Firstenberg, will present a discussion open to all faculty and staff on “Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes.” Dr. Firstenberg is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at UCLA and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Management at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and teaches seminars on creativity and innovation for a variety of organizations including numerous fortune 500 companies.

2. Reminders

All College of Humanities Faculty and Staff are invited to the All College Meeting with President Diane Harrison This meeting will provide an opportunity to meet our new President who will share important information regarding the university. When: Monday, February 11, 2013. Where: Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Time : 4-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

CSUN has a new transit station  at the intersection of Darby Avenue and Vincennes Street. Check it out.

Spring elections for positions in faculty governance will be held in March. Nominations for faculty officers (Vice President and Secretary), for Senators-at-Large (6 positions), and for one CSUN representatives to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the Faculty Senate meeting on February 7. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please notify Steven Stepanek, CSUN Faculty President, or any member of the Faculty Senate by February 6. Also, as a reminder, faculty award nomination forms are due on February 22. The faculty award selection committees will be set up in March. If you have an interest in serving on a faculty award selection committee, please indicate so on the University Service Form (form is on the Senate website).

And if you are going to be late or absent, please remember that University policy requires that, as far in advance as possible, you  must notify Frank De La Santo in the main office, ext. 3431. Staff will post a sign on the doors of classes canceled due to faculty absence, but late-for-class or late-for-office-hours will NOT be posted. In addition, please let Frank know when you plan to go to conferences, etc., providing the dates/times they will be out of the office. Finally, according to University policy, “sick leave will be charged…from the onset of such an absence until the employee resumes attendance at the campus….” For example, if you have a MW class are absent all week due to illness, you will be charged for forty hours (all five days). If you miss the Monday session due to illness, then return to class on Wednesday, you will still be charged 16 hours of sick leave (for Monday and Tuesday). However, if you’re able to perform normal activities on Tuesday and notify the main office that you are resuming them, no sick leave will be charged for Tuesday.

3. Opportunities

Daring Pride is soliciting LGBTQ related fiction and/or poetry from talented young graduate students who have not yet published a book. The fiction/poetry contest will accept submissions by mail and online form January 20, 2013 to August 20, 2013. For full guidelines and information, please contact Ben Dralle at ben.dralle@glbtbookstore.com.

For students: If you have any bright and very promising students who would be interested in a three-month internship in Congress, consider letting them know about the annual Congressional Internship Program, one of several Panetta Institute-sponsored programs designed to encourage and develop future leaders of this nation. The program provides students with an intensive, two-week orientation at the Institute in Monterey before they begin work with members of California’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. for approximately three months each Fall.  A full scholarship covering all costs is awarded to each intern, thanks to the Panetta Institute and its patrons. Students selected to participate are appointed by university presidents from the 23-campus California State University system, Santa Clara University and Dominican University of California. Selection is based on exemplary scholastic record, interest in politics and potential for a public service career. For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Also for students: Writers at Work has announced its annual fellowship competition for emerging writers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. First place in each genre receives: $1000, publication in Quarterly West, and free tuition and a featured reading at the 2013 summer writing conference. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013, and the reading fee is $20 per entry. For more information, please go to www.writersatwork.org.

For you: The NEH Summer Program is currently accepting applications for its 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. The 20 seminars and institutes for summer 2013 will address the following topics. For a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2013, along with eligibility requirements and contact information for the directors, please visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs.

And while you are at it, you might want to consider applying to  direct a summer program for college faculty or schoolteachers on a humanities topic of your expertise. For more information, please see  NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes at http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes, or NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops at http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/landmarks-american-history-and-culture-workshops-school-teachers.  The deadline to propose a summer program for Summer 2014 is March 5, 2013. Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss 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.

4. Achievements

Nate Mills’s article “Cleaver/Baldwin Revisited: Naturalism and the Gendering of Black Revolution” was published in Studies in American Naturalism 7.1 (2012): 50-79.

Stephanie Satie‘s play, Leon’s Dictionary is one of the top 3 finalists in The JCC Metrowest and Jewish Play’s Project annual Playwriting Contest. The 3 finalists will be read February 9 at the JCC Metrowest in West Orange, NJ. One winner will have a production at the 14th St. Y in NYC. And her newest solo play, Silent Witnesses, based on conversations and interviews with Child Survivors of the Holocaust will have one performance at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. More information to follow regarding tickets.

Volume 39:9

January 17th, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Here’s hoping everyone had a fabulous holiday, New Year, and break–restful, productive, and with at least a little bit of fun. Here we are again, though, and doesn’t it already seem like such a long time ago? Meantime, welcome back, all!

Eloise Klein Healy, who in the eighties and early nineties taught as a full-time lecturer in our Department (some of us still remember those days) and was the founder of CSUN’s Women’s Studies Program , has been named the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and will, for the next two years, serve as the official ambassador of Los Angeles literature, using the office as a platform from which to promote the city’s writers and the potentially transformative qualities of poetry and the written word. She is also the founder of the MFA program at Antioch University and the founding editor of Arktoi Books, Red Hen Press’s imprint of books by lesbian writers, as well as the founding director of CSUN’s own Women’s Studies Program. The author of seven collections of poetry, Eloise will publish her newest book, A Wild Surmise, in both print and audio in March.

It’s time to start thinking about what you would most like to do with 3 units of reassigned time next year as the annual CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards is coming up. Open to all full-time and part-time faculty and designed to provide the opportunity to receive a mini-grant of up to $5,000 or 3 units of reassigned time to pursue scholarly and creative interests, the deadline for this year’s competition is of applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013.  Proposal guidelines and application materials are available at http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/forms/. For more information, faculty may also contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at x2901.

And while you are at it, try going for the Grand Prize and applying for a Research Fellows Award.  Founded in 2007 by Provost Harry Hellenbrand, the CSUN Research Fellows Program is funded collaboratively by the Office of the Provost, the Colleges and the Library and provides 12 units of reassigned time and a small research support budget to each of the nine Fellows selected per year (one per College and one in the Library). Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of four elected members of the college faculty and the Associate Dean or a designee appointed by the Dean. Applications must be reviewed by Chairs and submitted to the Office of the Dean by January 21, 2013. Please attach a CV to the application, which is available from Elizabeth Adams’ office in Undergraduate Studies. The committee will make a recommendation to the Dean who will then announce the final decision and award the research fellowship on February 28, 2013.

And for those graduate students among us, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies is pleased to announce Graduate Fellowships of $5,000 for Spring 2013. Twenty fellowships will be awarded to graduate students who want to undertake a research project or a creative activity supervised by a CSUN faculty. While the project may be part of the student’s thesis, it is not a requirement. Students do not need to completely finish the project in the spring semester. However, it is expected that a significant part of the project will be accomplished during the award. Although these are merit-based fellowships, students must have a FAFSA on file. Additional information and application can be found at http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/sfo/index.html. Any questions, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (818) 677-2138.

As previously announced in the last TN, Kathy Leslie, our inestimable yogi and friend, has once again offered to guide us in a community yoga practice on Wednesday, from 12:30 to 1:30, in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319). As someone who used to roll her eyes at yoga until it saved my life and cured my feet, at least in part because of this very same community practice, I can’t say enough about what a valuable gift Kathy has given to so many of us. (And no, you don’t have to be flexible, coordinated, or strong; you do, however, need to be able to breathe. As another of my yoga teachers is fond of saying, “You can live a long, happy life without doing yoga, but you can’t live a long, happy life without breathing.”) The group is small at present, so please come on down and join us. You will be glad you did, guaranteed.

All College of Humanities Faculty and Staff are invited to the All College Meeting with President Diane Harrison This meeting will provide an opportunity to meet our new President who will share important information regarding the university. When: Monday, February 11, 2013. Where: Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Time : 4-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) of California State University, Northridge will be hosting its annual Open House on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 11 am – 1:30pm in BH 110. Please stop by and find out more about the excellent services they provide in their ongoing efforts to change the world for people with disabilities.

Good news: for those of you (or your students), who are worried about electronic publication of theses, a 2011 Chronicle of Higher Education survey found that more than 82 percent of the journal editors would consider manuscripts revised from openly accessible ETD’s.

2. Reminders

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to get your office hours to Frank. He has also requested, as usual, your course syllabi (electronic preferred)– that is, of course, provided you have finished yours. Let this be another, very gentle reminder then–classes are starting next week. It’s time.

Per Provost Hellenbrand’s recent reminders, University policy requires us to be both flexible and sensitive with regard to course exams (and, presumably, other time-restricted course requirements) and religious holidays and student observances. If there’s a conflict, we’re to accommodate the student. Better yet, try not to schedule such requirements when a conflict is likely to occur.

3. Opportunities

And here’s from our former student, Rebbecca Brown, now a full-time lecturer at Hunter College in New York and spending this spring semester on a Fulbright Fellowship in India this spring:  The International Conference on Dalit and Indigenous Studies March 2013 will be held from March 21 to March 23, 23,2013 at Kannur University in Managattuparambu, Kannur, Kerala, India. The Department of Studies in English, started in 1974 as a Centre of Calicut University, is organizing an International Conference on the theme “Dalitality as a Global Paradigm : Theorising Indigenous Studies” with the objective of globalizing Dalit and Indigenous Studies in the backdrop of the global condition that once again places the Dalit and Indigenous people at the receiving end. The conference aims to identify the challenges and foreground the issues theoretically and socially at a wider platform exploring means to address them.

While we’re at it, Rebbecca didn’t ask, but I know they are looking for books where she is. Now that the last book drive is over, does anyone want to organize sending books to India?

Garrett Doherty, former Managing Editor and Editor of Crazyhorse, has started a new online writer’s juried journal, Sixfold, that sounds like an interesting project. Sixfold is a completely writer-voted short-story and poetry journal. The writers who enter vote to decide who wins the $1000, $200, $100 prizes and decide the content of each issue in three rounds of voting, with each writer participating having an equal vote. It’s an online workshop environment, too: by the end of the three rounds of voting, you read, evaluate, vote, and write comments on 18 other writers’ manuscripts, as well as receive up to 6, 24, or 78 votes and comments on your own manuscript from other writers, depending on how far it progresses through the three voting rounds. Full details at www.sixfold.org. Please help spread the word. Pass it on to anyone — writer, student, colleague, etc. — who might be interested. Also at Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SixfoldJournal, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/SixfoldJournal.

4. Achievements

Robert Chianese has become invited columnist for the American Scientist magazine, writing on relationships among the humanities, arts, and sciences, an invitation that followed his presidential address, “Art Inspired by Science,” to the American Association for the Advancement of Science-Pacific Division in June; which published his book on this topic this year. What multiple honors for a non-scientist!  Chianese’s initial four or five essays have already been accepted for publication in upcoming bi-monthly issues of the American Scientist journal and constitute a series of evaluations of just how ecologically “green” some iconic works of Earth Art actually are. The title for the series is HOW GREEN IS EARTH ART? His first essay, on Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty,” appears in the current January/February 2013 issue, available at news stands and on line at http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2013/1/spiral-jetty.

Graduate alum, Tiffany Palioungas has been accepted into the Teach for America Corps in Los Angeles.

Graduate student Trista Payte has had one poem and one story published by Uno Kudo, Volume 2: Naked, a literary art journal published by a collective of artists and writers from across the globe. In this volume, the journal explores the theme of “being naked” through a unique blend of short stories, poems and artwork that reflect highly talented artists’ interpretations of the word  to create a “must have look into the future of art and literature.”

Elyce Wakerman‘s essay, “My Visit to Poland,” was published in the 2012 edition of the Mezricher Tribune, a Hebrew and English journal that is printed annually in Israel.

Closer to home, the following students won our Department Awards last term.

Northridge Review Fiction Award: Karlee Johnson, for her story, “Truth Ingest”

The Rachel Sherwood Award: Tiffany Eddy, for her poem, “Two Knives”
Honorable mention: Gina Srmabekian, for her poem, “Invocation to an Engineer”

The Eva Latiff Award: Jason Gallaher, for his paper, “Negating Racial Stereotypes for Young Readers through Linda Sue Park’s A Single Shard and Joseph Bruchac’s Skeleton Man

The Oliver Evans Award: Gina Srmabekian, for her essay, “Where Everything’s Made Up and the Titles Don’t Matter”

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Awards: Angela Blair and Joanna Bradbury

Congratulations all!



Volume 39:8

December 6th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

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1. Announcements

It’s beginning to look a lot like the end of Fall Semester. I know everyone is swamped right now, but in a week or two, I hope you are blissfully sipping some egg nog next to a holiday fire and enjoying a blissfully serene day, whatever that looks like to you, but without any grading. This TN comes loaded with news and all best wishes for a wonderful break and holiday season, and throughout the coming year. (Or, as I used to tell myself when I was in graduate school, this will all be over soon..)

So let this be the very first announcement for Spring 2013, that Kathy Leslie will again be teaching yoga on Wednesdays, from 12:30 to 1:30, in JR 319. All are welcome and all feel better once they have taken the plunge (or the lunge) and joined the other department yogis. Like my yoga teacher says, the hardest thing about yoga is getting to class. Hope to see you there.

College can be stressful enough, and no student facing financial difficulties should go hungry. The Health Education Student Organization, is striving to ease that burden by sponsoring the first “No Student Hungry During Finals” Food Pantry to be held next Monday, December 10th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Balboa Room, in the Northridge Center. If you know any CSUN student who might be struggling financially, please let them know about this free event. Confidential registration is requested (for planning purposes only), but not required, and you can do so by emailing first name only to StudentPantry@yahoo.co. And for students fortunate enough not to be facing financial hardship but wanting to help, let them know that they can email the food pantry too. Donations are greatly appreciated. Checks should be made out to HESO and can be dropped off in the Health Sciences office in Jacaranda (2nd floor), to be put into Dr. Burke’s mailbox.

Anne Kellenberger is looking for SI recommendations (again). If you have any promising promising upper-division or grad students interested in working in the Supplemental Instruction program, please let her know at anne.kellenberger@csun.edu . They need to be good writers and role models, responsible, mature students, who are articulate and poised enough to lead a class of twenty first-time freshmen for two hours per week. They do not need to be majors, but they do need to be able to talk intelligently about writing.  SI Leaders work 9 hours per week and earn about $11.00 per hour. Please do let her and/or your good students know–this is a great opportunity for them, and Anne most assuredly needs our help. This fall, for example, she had 105 SI leaders working in English and, with appropriate cultural credentials, in other departments, and she is already looking for next fall!

On Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m., the Northridge Playwrights’ Workshop will present readings of new student plays, monologues, and stand-up comedy. The event, which is free and open to the general public, will take place in the Little Theatre (Norhoff Hall 121), and feature the following students: Marysol Atkinson, Joseph Cardena, Darlene Camberos, Luis Cervantes, David Feldman, Jordan Guevarra, Ryan Lewin, Lucero Luna, Melanie Miulli, Nicole Moncree, Vanesa Morales, Olivia Patrick, Daniel Pelaez, Darius Popenhagen, Edward Trinidad, Jennifer Vela, and Devin Wood.

Campus Quality Fee proposals are now being accepted for the 2013-14 year for  initiatives that support advancements in student use of technology or provide student support services. The proposal document is accessible from the Campus Quality Fee (CQF) website located at: http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/campusqualityfee/ and must be submitted by midnight on December 17, 2012.

Here’s the latest from HR: 1. Please don’t forget to participate in President Harrison’s Make CSUN Shine Brighter new program by logging on to the program website at http://www.csun.edu/MakeCSUNShineBrighter/ and sharing your ideas. 2) If you do not currently participate in Direct Deposit and wish to obtain your December Pay Warrant on Monday, December 31st, please read the Payroll Administration item on December 31st Pay Day and Pay Warrant Pick Up at http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/payroll/, where you will learn that in order to be able to pick up your pay on December 31, you will need to fill out an intent to do so form by December 21, and won’t be able to cash it, anyway, until January 1. And, 3. As part of the State’s Pension Reform Act of 2013, the Additional Service Credit Purchase Option known as “Air-Time,” will be eliminated for CalPERS members effective January 1, 2013.

And now, looking even farther into the future – far, far into the future – please save the date, Friday, May 17, 2013, for President Harrison’s investiture. The event is anticipated to begin at 2:00 p.m. in the VPAC, with a reception following. More details will be forthcoming as planning proceeds, but mark your calendars now.

2. Reminders

Not as if this needs any reminding, but here we are at the end of the term (and how, really, is that possible?), which means, among other less happy things, that the Department holiday party will also soon be upon us on December 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with awards being presented at about 1:30. Don’t miss this opportunity to take a break from grading and celebrate the season, each other, our students, and the successful conclusion of the fall semester in what is always a gala affair! And don’t forget the sign-up sheet now available, bearing in mind that the Department will be providing sandwich fixings and drinks.

But first, regarding finals, don’t forget that final exams may not be rescheduled without written approval from the Department Chair and College Dean. Full details can be found in the Provost’s memo, at http://www.csun.edu/facultyaffairs/memo/.

And after finals, please don’t forget that grades (yes, you have to grade them) will be due NO LATER THAN 4:30 p.m. Friday December 21st. This deadline ensures that the staff has plenty of time to do all the things that they need to do to finalize the semester and get all our grades in. Please post yours as soon as possible, and then enjoy your well deserved break. When everyone has done so, everyone can do the same. If you have any questions or concerns about this, contact Jackie.

Spring 2013 text book orders are still overdue. If yours are still outstanding, they’re another two weeks later than they were at last posting. Please get yours in as soon as possible to ensure you’ll have books at the start of next term by emailing Ken at 0150txt3@fheg.follett.com and CC’ing Frank on the email. Ken can also be contacted by phone at 818-677-2932.

And one last time, registration for the 2013 Faculty Retreat, “CSUN Shines:  Illuminating Pathways to Success” is now open.  If you have already registered to attend, “thank you!” Otherwise, please click on this link to register:  http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreat.html. The Retreat will once again be held on the CSUN campus on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the University Student Union Northridge Center.

3. Opportunities

The 2013-14 Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project grants RFP is now available.  The Beck grants provide funds of up to $6000 for projects that promote improvements in student learning.  This year’s deadline is March 15, 2013.  For more information, please see the Faculty Development website at http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/rfp-for-2013-14-beck-grants/.

Faculty Development is also now offering a new funding opportunity for faculty attending teaching conferences, who may now apply for funding toward conference registration fees.  A competition will be held each semester.  The Spring deadline is February 15, 2013.  For more information, please see their website at http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/new-faculty-development-competition-for-attending-teaching-conferences/.

And here’s one more from Faculty Development: In May 2012, five CSUN faculty formed a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) focused on research productivity with a CSUN teaching load. (Some of us will have been here long enough to be thinking, hmm, haven’t we been here before?) The Research Productivity Resource Guide they developed (still a working document and open for input) can be found at http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Research-Productivity.pdf.

Here’s an interesting notice we’ve received from Peter LaBerge, a seventeen-year-old senior in high school from Stamford, Connecticut, who is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of The Adroit Journal (www.adroit.co.nr) and who has asked us to consider encouraging our students to submit work to him. The Adroit Journal is a print literary publication LaBerge created in November 2010 to offer young writers from around the world the unique opportunity not only to submit work for publication alongside numerous established writers, but also to participate in this evaluation process themselves, as part of the journal’s staff of readers and editors. As of right now, the journal has received almost 3,000 submissions of writing and art, and attains a staff of 53 high school and college students from half of the United States, and six other countries. Five issues of the journal have been published to date, including a special issue on Cuban poets from around the world, and in 2013, it will be offering prizes in fiction and poetry. For more information, please check out their website. This sounds like a good opportunity for our students.

Students at Loyola Marymount University are seeking submissions in literary nonfiction, the essay, memoir and commentary for Got Truth? The Truth About the Fact, an International Journal of Literary Nonfiction. 1000-5000 words. Narrative poetry and black & white art and photography. The submission deadline is December 31, 2012, and submissions can be sent via email to editor@thetruthaboutthefact.com. Published by Loyola Marymount University. For more information, please see thetruthaboutthefact.com.

On July 12, 2012, the Barbara Pym Centenary International Conference will celebrate the achievement of Barbara Pym in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of her birth. Abstracts should be 250 words and accompanied by brief biographical details.Please send to Dr Nick Turner, University of Central Lancashire (NTurner4@uclan.ac.uk) by Feb 28th 2013.To register your interest and to receive further details please email Emma Woodward, Conference Officer barbarapymconference@uclan.ac.uk, or call 01772 894500.

4. Achievements

Coming of Age (cover image), by Kent Baxter

Kent Baxter edited, and contributed to, a new collection of essays, published by Salem Press. Reaching from Homer to Sherman Alexie, Critical Insights: Coming of Age features two overview essays and thirteen detailed case studies of coming-of-age stories, explicated by some of the most knowledgeable and insightful scholars in their respective fields. Included in the collection are essays by CSUN faculty Beth Wightman (“’Not Now …. Not Yet’: Developmental Difficulties in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea”) and Tomo Hattori (“Song for a Murdered Cousin: Violence in The Woman Warrior”).

On November 16th, Irene Clark presented a paper at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in Las Vegas. The title of her paper was “Students’ Awareness of Genre and Rhetoric” and it was part of a panel titled “Connecting Around Transfer: Multi-Institutional Research on Writing Transfer.” (She also won $5.) Her essay “Multiple Majors, One Writing Class: Discovering Commonalities through Problematization” has been published in Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Learning: A Guide for Faculty and Administrators (Stylus Press 2013).

Kate Haake published an essay, “Thinking Systematically About What We Do,” in Teaching Creative Writing, edited by Heather Beck and just released by Palgrave Macmillan in its Teaching the New English Series.

Marty Sayles has a book review published in the December 2012 issue of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Vol. 41, no. 8).  The book – Musical Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz by Carol Ann Muller and Sathima Bea Benjamin – examines the role of American and English popular music on South African jazz musicians during the apartheid era.

Undergraduate creative writing student, Olvard Smith, has had a story accepted (his first!) for publication in the online literary journal, The Zodiac Review. Congratulations, Olvard. We will be looking for more from you.

Jackie Stallcup published an essay, “Discomfort and Delight:  The Role of Humour in Roald Dahl’s Works for Children” in Roald Dahl, edited by Ann Alston and Catherine Butler and just released by Palgrave Macmillan in its New Casebooks series.

At “Catastrophes: The 2012 International Conference on Romanticism” held this year at Arizona State University from November 8-11, CSUN was well represented by alumni Cesar Soto (now at Notre Dame), Lorie HamalianRanita Chatterjee and her two Sally Casanova Pre-doctoral students Norma Aceves and Corri Ditch. In a panel called “Mary Shelley’s The Last Man I: Sites of Contagion,” Ranita presented “Our Bodies, Our Catastrophes: Biopolitics in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man.” In “Literal, Symbolic, and Imaginary Violence,” Corri presented “Mary Wollstonecraft’s Death and the Effects of Postmortem Vilification on the Proto-Feminist Ideology of the Romantic Period” and in this same panel coincidentally, Cesar presented “The Catastrophic Sublimity of Romantic Serial Killing: De Quincey’s On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.” Finally, in “Psychological Trauma and the Narration of Catastrophe,” Norma presented “Disabled Body Politics: Charlotte Dacre’s Zofloya and the Catastrophes of the Mind.”

Lauren Byler, Fred Field, and Danielle Spratt have all received COH Faculty Fellowships, which provide three units of reassigned time, for Spring 2013. Congratulations, all!

Volume 39:7

November 21st, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Pumpkin image

Soon we’ll don jackets and scarves

and drift out into the cold, stopping for friends and chocolate stout

heavy like dark cream and smelling of malt. Soon

we’ll start to wonder how we made it through summer

–Cody Deitz

1. Announcements

Congratulations to Cody Deitz, whose poetry (above) will be featured on the College of Humanities holiday card. Cody is a first semester graduate student, whose poems have been published in various literary journals, including the Northridge Review, The Houston Literary Review, Scissors & Spackle, and others. Cody is currently working on a full-length collection of poems.

And while we’re on the subject of holiday greetings, this Thursday’s Notes comes wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving and all good wishes for the coming holiday season.

Please join me in congratulating Gina Lawrence, who has been elected as the new Graduate Student Liaison. Gina will be joining us at department meetings starting in Spring, and we are looking forward to welcoming her.

It’s Department Award time again. Please be on the lookout for exceptional work by students, or exceptional students, and consider nominating them–and then actually do it–for the following awards:


To commemorate Oliver W. Evans, his colleagues and friends have established an annual prize of $100 to be awarded to the author of the best piece of prose—critical or creative—submitted in an upper-division English course.  The department’s Awards and Amenities Committee will judge submissions.


To commemorate Eva Latif, her colleagues and friends offer an annual prize of $100 to the author of the best piece of writing—critical or creative—by a student on the subject of children’s literature. The department’s Awards and Amenities Committee will judge submissions.


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 each fall semester to undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies.

The deadline for all Department Awards will be November 21 (oops, today–hope you got yours in), and the Awards will be distributed at the Department party, on December 14. For more information, please contact Cheryl Spector (Cheryl.Spector@csun.edu), Chair, Amenities and Awards Committee. And good luck to you and your students!

It’s that time of year again to begin sending in your Spring 2013 text book orders. Textbook orders need to be placed as soon as possible in order for the books to be available by the start of the next semester. If you have not yet placed your book orders, please email Ken at 0150txt3@fheg.follett.com and CC Frank on the email. Ken can also be contacted by phone at 818-677-2932.

2. Reminders

Just a reminder that given that this is Thanksgiving week, there will be NO SCHOOL November 22 to November 24.

The end of the semester is quickly approaching and as you may have noticed, we’re going right up to Christmas this year!  (at least this is better than the year when grades were due after New Years!). Finals start on December 11.  To facilitate getting the grades in and to ensure that the staff have plenty of time to do all the things that they need to do to finalize grades, please have your grades posted NO LATER THAN 4:30 p.m. Friday December 21st. Put it on your calendars, please! Then we can all enjoy the last weekend before Christmas and Christmas Eve.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, contact Jackie.

And while you are at it, make sure the department party is also already on your calendar, for December 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with awards being presented at about 1:30. Don’t miss this opportunity to take a break from grading and celebrate the season, each other, our students, and the successful conclusion of the fall semester in what is always a gala affair!

But, as ever, don’t blink, because not long after, the 2013 (that’s right, 2013) shining Faculty Retreat, “CSUN Shines: Illuminating Pathways to Success,” will be convening. If you have already registered to attend, the retreat organizers want to thank you. Otherwise, please click on this link to register:  http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreat.html The Retreat will once again be held on the CSUN campus on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the University Student Union Northridge Center.

The due date for the student evaluations is coming up very soon Wednesday, November 21st (well, today). Please don’t forget to get yours in on time.

But hey, if you’re interested in next summer, here are two opportunities form the Faculty Technology Center, that may help you improve your course design. But, again, you will need to be quick, as the deadline is December 1. (Questions may be directed to deone.zell@csun.edu.)

  • Summer Course Redesign Institute. Redesign your course into hybrid, online, or web-enhanced versions through this two-week cohorted session from June 7 – June 21. Learn how to “flip your classroom”, incorporate best practices, take advantage of technology tools, receive personalized support for your teaching needs, and network with your peers and outside experts. Faculty who complete the Institute receive a $1,500 stipend. Apply to the Redesign Institute
  • E-Text Initiative. Apply for support to create or assemble your own digital teaching materials to engage your students and customize your teaching. Explore tools such as iBooks Author, Softchalk, and Academic Pub. Create materials that are modular, multimedia and interactive that your students can access anywhere, anytime. Priority is given to courses that serve high numbers of students and cover large portions of course materials. Apply to the E-Text Initiative

3. Opportunities

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies invites applications from Instructional Faculty, Librarians, and Counselors for the Grant Application Support Program and for the Large Projects Support Program. These include projects aimed at basic and/or applied research, instructional projects aimed at student success and/or student research, teacher preparation programs, and  creative activities. All faculty are encouraged to apply. Application forms can be downloaded from our website http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/. In addition, two informational meetings will be held on November 14, at 3:00 p.m., in Sierra Hall 203; and November 15, at 3:00 p.m., in Juniper Hall 1131.

Here’s an upcoming conference of possible interest, “Critical Pedagogy & the Creative Writing Workshop,” hosted by Manhattanville College. For more information, please see http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/48787.

Phoebe, George Mason University’s literary journal, is accepting submissions for its annual fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry contests. All winners will receive a cash prize ($500-$1,000), and both the winners and runners-up will be published next year in their fall issue. The contest deadline is Dec. 15, and there is a $15 fee to enter the poetry and fiction contests, and a $12 fee to enter the nonfiction contest. You may submit multiple entries. For more information about the contest and Phoebe, please visit their website at  http://www.phoebejournal.com/.

The editorial staff of Quarter After Eight is excited to announce that it is now accepting submissions for the Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest! Quarter After Eight, a graduate student run journal out of Ohio University, publishes poetry, nonfiction, and fiction that is innovative and quirky, energetic and fun. The contest is dedicated to finding and publishing those little prose gems in each genre: the essay-in-brief, the prose-poem, and the flash fiction story of 500 words or fewer. The reading fee is $15 for three pieces and includes a complimentary one-year subscription to the journal. Please make checks payable to Quarter After Eight. Mail entries, postmarked by December 31st, to: Quarter After Eight, Ohio University, 360 Ellis Hall, Athens, OH 45701. For more information please visit them at http://www.quarteraftereight.org/.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews’s poem “Columbus Day 2092” is included in a book project titled Gambling on Authenticity: Gaming, the Noble Savage, and the Not-So-New Indian that has been accepted by Michigan State University Press.  The book looks at issues of tribal sovereignty and gaming from a variety of disciplines.  The poem originally appeared in Studies in American Indian Literatures.

Kate Haake has an essay on genre, “To Fill With Milk: or, The Thing and Itself,” in the newly released Key Issues in Creative Writing, edited by Dianne Donnelly and Graeme Harper, by Multilingual Matters.

Beth Wightman‘s paper, “Islands of Modernism,” was included in the “Colonial/Anti-Colonial Modernism” seminar at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Las Vegas in October. In November, she participated in the Developing in Honors roundtable on “Maximizing the Honors Budget in Difficult Economic Times” at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Boston.

Volume 39:6

November 8th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Thank you for voting too!

1. Announcements

Proposition 30 sweeps California coast!  (well, excepting Del Norte, Ventura, Orange, and San Diego counties). With Imperial, Mono, and Alpine counties also embracing the measure, the final count in Tuesday’s elections was 53.9% Yes to 46.1% No. “Now we have more revenue,” Governor Brown has said, “but that revenue will be used prudently and judiciously.” Well, here’s a prudent and judicious sigh of relief, and a big thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

President Dianne Harrison has announced a new initiative: Help Make CSUN Shine Brighter. Every few weeks or months, a new topic or issue that can benefit from the innovative ideas and solutions of the campus community will be posted at a campus website, with everyone invited to contribute. To find out the inaugural question, go to http://www.csun.edu/MakeCSUNShineBrighter/ and share your thoughts!

Anthony & Anna Dawahare's new baby, Oliver.

Baby Oliver Dawahare

And in the realm of all bright shining things, please join me in welcoming the arrival of a brand new member of the human race, who will be known as Oliver and who joined the family of Anthony, Anna, and Agnes Dawahare at 12:36 p.m. on Halloween (although possibly only Anna was spooked). Weighing in at a healthy 8 lbs, 5 oz, Oliver is gorgeous to boot! Congratulations to all of them on this truly blessed event.

This next announcement pales in comparison to new human beings, but November is–ta daaa!–National Novel Writing Month, the largest writing event in the world, bringing together 300,000 writers from over 60 countries for one month of literary abandon. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges, no prizes, no fees, and entries are deleted from the server before anyone even reads them. Although the event emphasizes creativity and adventure over creating a literary masterpiece, more than 90 novels begun during NaNoWriMo have since been published, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer, all #1 New York Times Best Sellers.Many university professors have incorporated the NaNoWriMo challenge into their curriculum as an extra credit option. Thousands of ambitious students take on the challenge on top of their regular coursework and gain not only a novel at the end of the month, but also a refreshing confidence in their writing abilities. For more information about resources for students and instructors, please visit www.nanowrimo.org/en/nanouniversity. Please let your students know. And while you are at it, how about you? Don’t you have a novel in you to write before finals? If not you, who? Seems we need all the novels we can get.

And when you are done with your novel, you can celebrate at the department party, so please mark your calendars now for December 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (awards will be presented at about 1:30), when everything will already be different.

Or if you need a little extra time for that novel you’re writing, consider applying for the spring Faculty Fellows Awards, which will provide 3 units of reassigned time or funding for a student assistant or research-related travel to the successful (and happy) candidates. The application deadline is November 21 (but awards are contingent on available funding). Application forms are available in Word format from Associate Dean Juana Mora’s office.

The Fall 2012 Northridge Review had a fabulous launch on November 2 with a large and enthusiastic crowd attending and a host of amazing readers. Congratulations to all involved on yet another beautiful issue filled with good work! And a special thank you to Mona Houghton for making it happen, term after term.

Speaking of excellent reading, the four finalists for CSUN’s 2013-2014 Common Reading are:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo; Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes; The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir by Michele Norris’ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight about Animals by Hal Herzog. The selection committee will choose the winning title for AY 2013-2014 in January 2013. But you still have time to let your opinion be know! For more information (and an invitation to share your own opinion), see http://www.csun.edu/afye/Titles-2013-2014.html.

The Eighteenth-Century Reading Group is hosting their second meeting on Tuesday, November 27th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in ST 701. This is a new group that seeks to advance the conversation surrounding literature from this period among the CSUN community and others, and the first book under discussion will be Francoise de Graffigny’s Letters of a Peruvian Woman. Even if you haven’t read the book, please feel free to come by–all are welcome! Come for the fun discussion, free snacks, and friendly faces, and to be among the first to hear what the next reading is going to be. For more information, please contact Hannah Jorgenson, at, or hannah.jorgenson.22@my.csun.edu, or Stephanie Harper, at stephanie.harper.15@my.csun.edu.

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, CSUN Pride Center and the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program, Office of Graduate Studies, is pleased to be sponsoring a workshop for emerging writers and performing artists offered by Raquel Gutiérrez, a performance writer, playwright, and cultural organizer who has studied in university settings; performed in a variety of locations; and published  widely in such venues as Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing and the Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies. The workshop will address such questions as: How do we invoke our truths in ways that create a dynamic cross-hatched narrative that straddles identity, politics, affect and community building; and how we do create a vernacular around the building of community and other senses of belonging? Using imagery work and a wide variety of experimental situations, participants will develop skills to communicate with text and the body and transform ideas into performance, with an emphasis on both solo and group explorations as well as performance process. The workshop will take place  on Wednesday November 14th, from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., in the Colleague’s Room (2nd floor of the Sierra Center). For more info contact denise.sandoval@csun.edu.

It’s English Honors Open House time again, which offers students a chance to talk about our Honors Option. It will take place on Monday, Nov. 26th, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room (Sierra Hall 451). Please feel free to come whenever you prefer for as long as your schedule allows!

A Post-Apocalypse Budget Update will be being help by Provost Harry Hellenbrand on Thursday, November 15, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Music Recital Hall (Cypress Hall – CY158).

2.  Reminders

The end of the semester is quickly approaching and as you may have noticed, we’re going right up to Christmas this year!  (at least this is better than the year when grades were due after New Years!).  Finals start on December 11.  To facilitate getting the grades in and to ensure that the staff have plenty of time to do all the things that they need to do to finalize grades, please have your grades posted NO LATER THAN 4:30 p.m., Friday December 21st.  Put it on your calendars, please!  Then we can all enjoy the last weekend before Christmas and Christmas Eve.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, contact Jackie.

And even though we’re busy, and always especially so at school, we should take care not to forget about the Department Amenities Fund. Years ago, this fund was established to pay for the holiday party, for retirement gifts and other acknowledgements of our colleagues, and for refreshments at department meetings. The donations requested are modest, but vital for the small things we enjoy as a department. For those of you who have not yet contributed, the suggested donations are the same as last year’s:  Professors, $70; Associal Professors, $50; Assistant Professors, $40; and Lecturers, $10. All donations, in any amount, will be gladly accepted. Please make your check payable to “Amenities” and give it to Marlene Cooksey (ST 704). (And please do not leave cash in her mailbox.) And do it soon–the holidays will soon be upon us.

There will be no Department meeting this Friday, November 9, as previously scheduled. The Department having been efficient and productive and finding itself with no pressing matters, a Department Meeting Holiday has been declared.

But don’t forget the Graduate Reading Series still being held on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the LJN Reading Room (JR 319) and featuring the astonishing CSUN writers, Eric Barnhart (fiction), Raja Visweswaran (playwriting), and Robin Jewel Smith (poetry). Come out and support our graduate students.

Anyone thinking of FERP’ing? The deadline for the 2013/2014 academice year will be February 21, 2013. Tempting? Please see Jackie.

3.  Opportunities

As of September 4, 2012, applications are accepted for the 2013 Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at: http://nationalacademies.org/ford. But do it soon–the deadlines are coming up (November 14 for Predoctoral, November 19 for Dissertation and Postdoctoral).

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Los Angeles office is looking for highly motivated, well informed college students with excellent writing and communication skills for internship positions with flexible hours for the winter, spring, and summer sessions. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, until all positions are filled. Interested students should follow the instructions given on the Intern Application, which can be found at http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/intern-program. Application material, including a cover letter, resume, three academic/professional references (with contact information), and one page writing sample of your choice, in addition to a completed application, should be emailed to internapp@feinstein.senate.gov.  Please have one letter of recommendation emailed to that address as well. Only complete applications will be considered. For more information, please contact please contact Robert Oliver at robert_oliver@feinstein.senate.gov or at 310/914-7300.

A+ In Home Tutors is seeking an experienced tutor for a 10th grade girl in Tarzana. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or above and one to two years teaching or tutoring experience. Female applicants are preferred and the pay is $25.00 per hour. For more information, please see www.APlusInHomeTutors.com, or contact President Diane Lewis at 714/553-0308.

For all those creative writers among us, some of the journals that have written to solicit material include:

Foothill, a poetry journal that publishes work by current graduate students. If you are interested, see the journal at www.cgu.edu/foothill, or contact Brendan Babish at Brendan.Babish@cgu.edu.

Phoenix in the Jacuzzi Journal, a print literary journal.  PJJ is currently accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction (submission guidelines can be found at PJJ‘s Web site: phoenixinthejacuzzi.tumblr.com).

Harpur Palate.  HP welcomes unsolicited, previously unpublished reviews for the web review section of their blog. Reviews may be on recently published short story collections, novels, poetry full-lengths, or poetry chapbooks by emerging or established writers. In terms of length, brevity (2,000 words or less) is optimal, but they will consider reviews up to 5,000-words. Accepted reviews will be published on Harpur Palate’s blog, noted in the Harpur Palate journal, and promoted on Harpur Palate’s Facebook page.  They may be submitted (with a brief cover letter) via our Submittable page. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.

And just up in Ojai, a new online literary journal, The Fiction Week Literary Review, is published twice a year and looking for innovative work. For more information, see  http://www.fictionweek.com/fwliteraryreview/fictionweekliteraryreview.html.

And finally, Cargoes literary magazine, of Hollins University, has announced its national undergraduate poetry and fiction competition. There is a $10 entry fee (make checks payable to Cargoes), and the winners of each genre receive a $200 cash prize as well as publication in this year’s Cargoes. Submissions must be from current undergraduate students at a university or college in the United States who may submit up to one (1) short story or three (3) poems by the January 6 deadline. Mail submissions along with a SASE envelope and entry fee to: Cargoes c/o C. Flerlage, Hollins University, P.O. Box 9274, Roanoke, VA 24020. And good luck to all.

4. Achievements

Here’s a spectacular achievement for all of us–we have made through ten weeks (going on eleven) of this semester, never mind yet another campaign season, and we are still smiling.

Volume 39:5

October 25th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements




Don’t miss the College of Humanities new faculty reception on November 5. Come meet all our new wonderful colleagues!




2.  Reminders

And don’t forget tonight’s NCWC reading by the award-winning and bestselling fiction writer Ben Loory. Loory will read from his short story collection, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin 2011), now in its fourth edition, and recognized by such distinctions as a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program and the Starbucks Coffee Bookish Reading Club. Individually, Loory’s stories have appeared widely, in such magazines as Fairy Tale Review, The Nervous Breakdown, The New Yorker, Space and Time, and Word Riot. Loory has also worked as a screenwriter. And students who have met him praise his warmth, accessibility, affability and all-around brilliance and humor. Come see what they’re talking about, tonight, from  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Nobbs Auditorium of Sequoia Hall (Room 104). All are welcome.

Also not to be forgotten, Bobby Lopez’s “Myth Goes to the Movies” gallery exhibition of student research and panel of War on Terror veterans discussing Veterans, the Middle East, and Reflections on Lawrence of Arabia will be taking place on Thursday, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319). Doors open at At 7:00 p.m. for research exhibits, and the panel–featuring Valvincent Reyes LCSW, BCD; Lt Joseph B. Lonergan; and our very own Melissa Filbeck, Jason Freudenrich, and Pierre Marcos–will begin at 7:30. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and food will be provided.

3.  Opportunities

Stanley Goodfriend, President and Founder of Loansuperstore.com, is looking for a business-savvy, new media-adept intern to raise his online profile. Goodfriend would like to optimize his web presence by making better use of such social networking media as Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as other web tools, like YouTube. This internship requires someone who is a resourceful, creative, and independent problem solver, who can write and design, and who is not afraid of business terminologies. The position is part-time and flexible, and for the right person with appropriate skills, could lead into a half-time paid position. For more information, please contact Stanley Goodfriend at Stanley@loansuperstore.com.

Frasco Investigative Services, a full service investigative firm specializing in insurance claims investigations is currently  seeking candidates for Claims Investigator positions to take statements, primarily concerning workers’ compensation and premises liability claims.  English students may be very interested in this position, as it requires investigators to gather the facts of a claim through extensive interviews and present these facts in a well written report.  The position offers a great deal of flexibility in scheduling and pays according to billable hours. Qualified candidates must have a natural investigative curiosity and instinct, and strong interpersonal, time management and report writing skills. They must also have a reliable vehicle and proof of insurance, a home computer or laptop with internet connection, a cell phone and digital camera.  Bilingual candidates are highly desirable. For more information, please contact Peter A. Goul, Regional Manager, at pgoul@frasco.com.

4.  Achievements

First, some great news from our fabulous graduate students, who attended just got back from the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in Seattle:

Melissa Filbeck read her paper, “From Harper Hall to The Hunger Games: Teenage Female Protagonists in YA Science Fiction,” for the panel Science Fiction I: Gendered Bodies in SF.

Stephanie Harper read her paper, “(Avoiding) ‘The Reprobate State of a Useless Creature': The Value of Women in the Turkish Embassy Letters,” on the panel English (1700 to Present) I. Additionally, she chaired the panel English (1700 to Present) II.

Susana Marcelo read her story, The Modern Ixchel,” on the panel Folklore and Mythology II.

Hannah Jorgenson read her paper “The Aesthetics of Self-Destruction” on the panel Gothic II.

Trista Payte read her paper, “Either I’m Nobody or I’m a Nation: Strategies for Post-colonial Selfhood Explored Through Earl Lovelace’s The Dragon Can’t Dance,” on the panel Postcolonial Literature II.

On Thursday, October 11th, Irene Clark presented a paper at the California State University English Council in San Diego. Her paper was titled “Threshold Concepts and the Teaching of Writing.” Back home, on October 16th, she presented a writing workshop for the department of Human Resources

Joseph Galasso has been busy! His article, “A Brief Perspective on the Role of ‘Private vs. Public': Unions, University, and the Emergent Middle Class in the Context of a Reagan Legacy” will appear in the May/June, 2013 issue of Academe. And the revised edition of his text, Minimal of English Grammar: Vol 1 and Vol 2, will be published in 2013 by Cognella Publications.

Kate Haake‘s essay, “Diptych: Chrysalis, Prayer,” published last fall in Crazyhorse, was selected for the “Notables” section of  this year’s Best American Essays.

Jacqui Meisel attended Citizenship and Belonging: The Triennial Conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) in Denver, October 10 -13. She chaired a panel entitled “Relationships, Citizenship, and Identity in the Work of Octavia E. Butler” and presented a paper on a “Women and Work” panel. The paper’s title is “Dorothy Allison’s Working Women and States of Be/Longing.”

Kent Baxter’s book, Coming of Age, has been published in the Salem Press Critical Insights series, and it includes Beth Wightman’ essay, “‘Not Now . . . Not Yet': Developmental Difficulties in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea.

Volume 39:4

October 11th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

CSUN English faculty with Professor Andrea Lunsford

On Friday, October 5th, eight faculty members from Northridge attended a workshop given by Professor Andrea Lunsford (Stanford University), which took place  at California State University, Long  Beach. The topic was “Social Media and Student Writing” and the attendees were Norma Aceves, Irene Clark, Elizabeth Jurgensen, Gina Lawrence, Michelle Mutti, Ann O’Bryan, Tiffany Palioungas, and Lida Perez.

October also inaugurates an exciting new series of Brown Bag events, co-ordinated this fall by Martin Pousson who is generously stepping in for Leilani Hall while she is on leave. Well, ok, the first one already took place this afternoon (too late for these notes), but warrants announcing anyway, for the record.  And while we are at it, welcome back, Kim!

Poet, alumna, and new CSUN faculty, Kim Young

1. On Thursday, October 11, a 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon, new faculty lecturer, star alumna, and distinguished poet Kim Young was featured in the first Brown Bag event of Fall 2012. Kim read from her award-winning new book of poetry, Night Radio. A CSUN alumna, Kim Young won the Jane Kenyon Scholarship at Bennington College, where she was granted a MFA degree. She is the author of Divided Highway, a chapbook, the editor of Chaparral, and the recipient of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. This Fall 2012, she joined the faculty of the English Department.

2. On Monday, October 15, three new faculty professors, Dr. Danielle Spratt, Dr. Nate Mills, and Dr. Lauren Byler, will be featured in the second Brown Bag event of Fall 2012. From 2:30-4:00 PM in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319) Dr. Spratt, Dr. Mills, and Dr. Byler will present an overview of their research and scholarship. After their presentations, both undergraduate and graduate students are invited–encouraged!–to pose questions during a Q&A about graduate program applications and professional development. Dr. Spratt joined the faculty of the English Department in Fall 2011, with a PhD from Fordham University. She has published work on Swift, Garrick, and Siddons, serves as a 826LA leader, and now advises for the First-Year Integrated and Junior-Year Integrated programs. Dr. Mills joined the faculty of the English Department in Fall 2012, with a Ph.D. from University of Michigan, where he was awarded the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award and the Clarence D. Thorpe Dissertation Prize. He has published work on Ellison, Baldwin, Cleaver, Alridge, and Benjamin. Dr. Byler joined the faculty of the English Department in Fall 2012, with a PhD from Tufts University. She has published work on Dickens and Trollope.

Also coming up, our amazing NCWC crew is hosting another reading by another illustrious LA local literati, the award-winning and bestselling fiction writer Ben Loory, who will read from his short story collection, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin 2011). Now in its fourth edition, this collection was chosen as a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program and the Starbucks Coffee Bookish Reading Club, and was named one of the 10 Best Fiction Books of the Year by the Hudson Booksellers retail chain. Individually, Loory’s stories have appeared widely, in such magazines as Fairy Tale Review, The Nervous Breakdown, The New Yorker, Space and Time, and Word Riot. Loory has also worked as a screenwriter. And students who have met him praise his warmth, accessibility, affability and all-around brilliance and humor. Come see what they’re talking about on October 25, from  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Nobbs Auditorium of Sequoia Hall (Room 104). All are welcome. And while we are on the subject of the NCWC, kudos to all for their first fabulous event of the year, last week’s well-attended poetry reading by the inspiring Michelle Bitting.

Speaking of student clubs, the CSUN Critical Theory Club, whose mission is to bring students and professors together through conversations about theory, has announced it first meeting of the year, which will take place on Tuesday, October 16th from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Sierra Tower 703. They will be discussing Harold Bloom’s The Anxiety of Influence and T.S. Eliot’s “Tradition and the Individual Talent” led by the amazing duo, Sean Pessin and George Fekaris with Dr. Bobby Lopez as their invited professor. Please help spread the word. They are also inviting book suggestions for November meeting, so if anyone knows any really cool theory, please let their President, Norma Aceves, know. For more information, please email them at ctc@my.csun.edu.

Now available for your reading pleasure, past issues of the Northridge Review–almost all of them!–can now be found on CSUN’s ScholarWorks page at http://scholarworks.csun.edu/handle/10211.2/1713. (Follow the link, then click on “Titles” under “This Collection” on the left hand side of the page.)  Also to be found are past issues of Angel’s Flight and Eclipse. This is a great new resource–please let your students know about it.

On Thursday, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319), Bobby Lopez’s “Myth Goes to the Movies” project will be holding its second event, a gallery exhibition of student research and panel of War on Terror veterans discussing Veterans, the Middle East, and Reflections on Lawrence of Arabia. Doors open at At 7:00 p.m. for research exhibits, and the panel will begin at 7:30. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and food will be provided.

Looking ahead, the CSUN Research Fellows Program, funded collaboratively by the Office of the Provost, the Colleges and the Library, will again this year be providing twelve units of reassigned time and a small research budge to the tenured and/or probationary faculty who submit the winning proposals. Nine fellowships research will be awarded each–one per College and one in the Library–and the deadline this year will be January 21, 2013. Stay tuned for additional details, and start working on your best ideas now!

Faculty Development and CSUN Human Resources has announced a series of exciting events for October alone. Highlights include, but are not limited to, The Importance of Ethics: An Inspirational Introduction, presented by Michael Josephson (CHARACTER COUNTS!), on October 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; The Somatic Experience, presented by George Lough, on October 12, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Mentoring on the Run, Part 2, presented by Glenn Omatsu on October 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.–and especially not to be missed, Basic Business Writing, by our own Irene Clark, on October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/co-sponsored-events-for-fall-2012/. And while you are at it, check out the App Harvest–the Faculty Technology Center and Faculty Development are collecting suggestions for apps related to teaching, learning or other educational ventures. Take a minute out of your day to share your favorite app with them at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHg3Qmc2ZlB5cXhtSmZ2Zzg3S0R5dkE6MQ#gid=0.

2. Reminders

If you find yourself in Ojai this weekend, don’t forget about the October 13 reading at Bart’s Books, featuring What Books authors, Chuck Rosenthal, Mona Houghton, and Kate Haake.

3. Opportunities

Creative Age Communications, a publisher of magazines for the professional beauty industry, is looking for interns for the 2012/13 school year (Fall, Spring and/or Summer semesters). Responsibilities include: Writing and editing short articles for their magazines and websites; posting stories on the magazine websites using their content management system; SEO. The more initiative displayed, the more opportunities available. School credit available. For more information on their magazines, please visit www.beautylaunchpad.comwww.nailpro.com, and www.dayspa.com. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: Stephanie Lavery, Editorial Director, SLavery@creativeage.com.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is now in its fifth year of publishing Wordriver Literary Review, a journal which provides a platform strictly for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction written by Part-time lecturers. Past issues have featured work by instructors from all corners of the USA, as well as the United Arab Emirates and the UK. Given the number of talented writers we have among us, the next issue should surely feature one of ours. More information can be found at http://wordriverreview.unlv.edu.

Palooka,  a nonprofit literary magazine in both print and electronic forms, is seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, graphic short stories, graphic essays, comic strips, artwork, photography, and multimedia for their next issue. The editors of this journal see themselves as “determined to find those writers and artists who are hungry and relevant, flying under the radar, producing great works that are going unnoticed by other magazines,” and they claim to read all the words of everything sent to them. Dedicated to publishing the “the up-and-comer, the underdog in the literary battle royale,” they’ve asked us to let our students know, so please pass this information on. More information can be found on their homepage at http://www.palookamag.com/.

The editors of River Teeth invite nonfiction writers to submit their book-length manuscript for the annual River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize!  The deadline is November 1. Submissions can be entered online via Submittable or through the mail.

4. Achievements

Kate Haake, Mona Houghton, and Rick Mitchell all gave readings at the West Hollywood Book Festival, appearing (separately) in the Poetry Corner (books fairs not being all that particular about genre, it seems).

Martin Pousson has published a poem, “El Salvador,” in the current issue of Chaparral (http://www.chaparralpoetry.net/), from his collection in progress, Mississippi River Anthology.

Volume 39:3

September 27th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.  Reminders

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

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

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

3.  Opportunities

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

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

4.  Achievements

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

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

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

Volume 39:2

September 13th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

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

The September 19 deadline for the 2012/2013 Distinguished Speakers Program is fast approaching. Applications may be made in two categories: 1)  for up to $700 to request support for classroom visits or department seminars by a guest lecturer, and 2) for up to $1,800 to request funds for individuals or small groups of scholars with broad appeal to the university community to participate in artistic performances, public lectures, or topical conferences. (Please note that International speakers may have up to 30% of honorarium withheld for taxes.) Applications can be found at http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/events/faculty.html. And let’s get some money to bring some of the accomplished and fascinating people we know to make a visitation this year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.  Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

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

President Dianne Harrison and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Harry Hellenbrand invite all candidates who will be reviewed in the RTP process this year, including faculty under review for retention, tenure, and/or promotion in rank to Associate Professor as well as faculty seeking promotion in rank to Professor, to attend a Retention, Tenure, and Promotion informal discussion on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Ferman Presentation Room at the Oviatt Library. Members of reviewing agencies such as Department Chairs, members of Department and College Personnel Committees, and Deans and faculty planning to seek promotion in rank in future years are also invited and urged to attend.

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

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

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

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

3.  Opportunities

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

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

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

4.  Achievements

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

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

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

Volume 39:1

August 30th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.  Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.  Opportunities

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

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

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

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

4.  Achievements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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