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1. Announcements

This week, the Careers in English Majors speaker series welcomed Morgan Forman, Campus Recruiting Coordinator with Ernst and Young. Ms. Forman shared insights into the field of human resources as a career option, and gave lots of valuable advice for English majors making career choices. Don’t miss our next speaker, April Lindh from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, who will talk about the nonprofit and grant writing career path. Ms. Lindh will be speaking on Wednesday, October 29, from 12:30-1:30, in ED1127; contact Kathy Leslie for more details.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, distinguished professor, author, and Nobel Prize for Literature finalist, will speak on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall, Cypress Hall 158. This event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

2. Reminders

On October 29, the English Honors Program will be holding its annual Open House in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room (JR 319) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please announce this event to your students, and encourage them to come. Our Honors Program is a bright light that we’ve been hiding under a bushel for too long, and we want to tell as many students about it as we can.

Call for nominations for 2014 Dorsey mentor awards. The “Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award” is presented to faculty, staff, and administrators who have been exceptional mentors at CSUN. Nomination Deadline: Friday, Oct. 24, 5:00 p.m. A reception honoring the recipients will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5 to 7 p.m.

Rick Mitchell is the CFA Union Representative for the English Department. Please feel free to contact him at rick.mitchell@csun.edu for any union-related matters.

3. Opportunities

The Office of Community Engagement is hosting “Last Minute Service Learning Grant Advice” for Spring 2015 applications on November 3 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. and on Nov. 4 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the CIELO Conference Room 422, Sierra Hall 4th Floor. Dr. Joyce Burstein, CE Director, will preside.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi’s long essay-review, “Divided: Brain Theory and the Poem’s Story,” has been accepted for publication and will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Gettysburg Review. Two poems, “You’re Welcome” and “No, No–I’m Happy for You,” are forthcoming in “Corners of the Mouth: A Celebration of Thirty Years of the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival.” “Tenderness” and “What Those Who Qualify Receive” appear in the current issue of The New Ohio Review. A new interview with her will appear on the online forum of Silk Road, a literary journal that published four of her poems last year.

Alum Linda Rader Overman successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at Lancaster University in the UK last November and was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in Creative Writing this October. The dissertation title is “Pictures on the Wall of My Life: Photographs to Life Writing to Fiction, An Ekphrastic Journey.” She wants everyone to know that even at 63 years old, it is never too late!

Stephanie Satie was invited back on Sunday, October 19, to the United Solo Festival in N.Y with her solo show, Silent Witnesses, based on interviews with child survivors of the Holocaust. She will also be back at the Odyssey Theatre Sunday afternoons starting mid-January. On Saturday, November 22, she will be at the Workmen’s Circle reading the letters of Eleanor Roosevelt for Terri Baum’s solo play, Hick, A Love Story about Lorena Hick who was Eleanor’s lover. Terri Baum has received great reviews in San Francisco, and Stephanie is delighted to help her out.

Elyce Wakerman’s novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, will be published by Yucca Publishing in February 2015. You can read about the months preceding delivery in her monthly blog, “Birth of a Book,” at http://ewakerman birthofabook.tumblr.com.