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1. Announcements

On Wednesday, April 15, Drs. JC Lee, Santosh Khadka, and Iswari Pandey will conduct a panel presentation of their research work. The event is titled “Transfers & Transactions: Globalization, Multiliteracies, and Higher Education” and will take place from 2:15-4:00 p.m. in the Colleagues’ Room of the Sierra Center. Leaders from Sigma Tau Delta, Associated Graduate Students of English, Critical Theory Club, Graduate Reading Series, and Northridge Creative Writing Circle will help to host. Please join us in celebrating the vital research work of our newest faculty members.

Faculty and staff are invited to a discussion of David Levithan’s novel Every Day, CSUN’s 2015-2016 Freshman Common Reading. On Wednesday, April 15, Dr. Mark Stevens (University Counseling Services director) will focus on themes related to empathy-building and diversity (12:30-1:45 p.m. in SH 439, CIELO). On Thursday, April 16, our own Kent Baxter will discuss the book with a special focus on Young Adult literature (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in SH 439, CIELO). For more information or to RSVP: call x6535 or see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/events/facultystaff-book-discussions-every-day.

2. Reminders

The SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Summer 2015 Student Writer Scholarship is now open. Please share this invaluable opportunity with your students. Each year the SCBWI sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program. This is an invaluable opportunity for young writers! SCBWI is now accepting applications for the 2015 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, July 31-Aug. 3. Deadline: April 15, 2015. Visit http://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/student-writer-scholarship/ for the application process.

3. Opportunities

Call for Papers: the American Association for the Advancement of Science–Pacific Division will hold a Symposium in the Science and the Arts and Humanities Section on “Coping with Climate Calamities: How the Humanities and Social Sciences Might Cure Our Eco-despair.” Date and place: June 14-17, 2015, at San Francisco State University. The symposium seeks papers and presentations about efforts in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that address underlying psychological disturbances that originate from dread over far reaching climate disruption. Please check the AAAS-PD website for more information about the 2015 meeting itself and for detailed instructions for submitting an abstract: http://associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/2015SANFRANCISCO/index.html. Also feel free to contact the organizer, Robert L. Chianese (one of our Emeritus Professors of English), at rlchianese@gmail.com. Due date for abstracts: April 10.

BKi is currently looking for someone with good communications skills to help support Marketing, Education & Outreach for energy efficiency programs at BKi, focusing on single-family home energy efficiency retrofits. The new candidate would have the opportunity to learn about what our state and county are doing to promote green living. They will get to participate in both the nitty-gritty program implementation by staffing, for example, information booths at local festivals and fielding homeowners questions, and in higher level communications by supporting, for example, the development of communications strategies that are reviewed by our state regulators. For more information, see http://www.bki.com/careers.html.

Granada Hills Charter High School is currently interviewing for Academic Tutor positions. $15/hour. Tutor students in a variety of academic subjects, assist students with the development of study skills, and mentor students in the areas of academics and college preparation. Applicants must submit their resumes to mpalafox@ghchs.com and their available schedule. For more information, call Maribel Palafox, AHA/Parent Engagement Supervisor, at 818/360-2361 (extension 315).

4. Achievements

Irene Clark gave a presentation on Friday, March 20, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, Florida. Her talk was titled “Threshold Concepts, Antecedent Genres, and Risk Aversion.”

Scott Kleinman was awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant. For more information on his achievement, please see http://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/news/professor-scott-kleinman-awarded-digital-humanities-start-grant.

Martin Pousson sold a new short story, “Feathers,” to Epoch for its upcoming issue. Two other stories, “Altar Boy” and “The Fox in the Trap,” have just been published in the current issues of Five Points and StoryQuarterly. All three stories are from his upcoming novel, Black Sheep Boy.

Linda Rader Overman, one of our alumna and lecturers, is featured in an article published by the University of Cumbria, where she recently earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing. For the full story, please see http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/Public/VCO/Documents/Communications/Publications/Connect/2015Spring.pdf.

Elyce Wakerman will be reading from, discussing, and signing her novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, at Diesel Bookstore on Sunday, March 29 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Diesel is located in the Brentwood Country Mart at 225 26th Street, Santa Monica.