1. Announcements

Cheryl Spector has student success wallet cards (produced by Matador Momentum) for you and your students. The cards have a QR code that takes users to a comprehensive list of CSUN student resources. If you would like a card for yourself, or cards for all your students, please let her know (via email) and she will do her best to put them in your English Department mailbox. (sheryl.spector@csun.edu)

Responding to the climate emergency, a worldwide climate strike from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27, 2019 has been called with support from young people and labor unions. The General Secretary of Amnesty International issued a public request to more than 27,000 schools around the world, asking that they allow students to participate in the climate strike. The Labor Federation, representing 30 million workers, has called on all unions to join the strike. High schools in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles are already organizing for the strike, and there will be similar actions at CSU campuses. Faculty and students at CSUN are organizing a strike action locally to take place tomorrow, Sept 20. If interested, please meet at 10:30 a.m. between the Oviatt Library and Sierra Tower. The event organizers are requesting not only your participation, but that you announce the strike to your classes. For more information, visit https://globalclimatestrike.net/start/.

The Banned Books Readout (with Pizza) will take place today from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room in the Oviatt Library. This year’s theme is Censorship & Comedy, and the guest speaker is Beth Lapides, comedian and author of Did I Wake You?: Haikus for Modern Living. For more information, visit https://library.csun.edu/events/banned-books-readout-2019.

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS).
The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following sessions and workshops:

Get Inspired Session! Online Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. or
Wednesday, October 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Oviatt Library 30

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

2. Reminders

Please email your syllabus/syllabi for the Fall semester to Wendy Ventura at wendy.vertura@csun.edu.

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

3. Opportunities

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce the following the Spring 2020 grant cycle:

Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants–up to $1000 per faculty member applicant

Student Scholar Grants–up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching

Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Mauro Carassai has published “Why Data Sciences Increasingly Need the Humanities” in Inside BIG DATA (https://insidebigdata.com/2019/09/12/data-sciences-need-humanities/).

Frank De La Santo has been selected for the 2019-2020 cohort of the CSUN Shine from Within program. The program was developed to advance the university priority on employee success. CSUN Shine from Within is a cross-divisional staff development cohort program for advancing core competencies, developing a sense of connection and community with other individuals and units across campus, broadening understanding and knowledge about the university and other divisions, and investing participants more deeply in the mission of the university and its planning priorities.

Noreen Lace published How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party (ReaDLips Press, 2019), a collection of short fiction. For more information visit https://www.amazon.com/Noreen-Lace/e/B01B2GBSH4.

Mandy Macklin (B.A. ’09 – Literature; M.A. ’13 – Rhetoric & Composition) graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in English (Language & Rhetoric) and accepted the position of Teaching Faculty/Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Antioch University Seattle.

Congratulations to all!