Spring 2013 Newsletter

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English Department
Rhode Island College

Honors and scholarships celebration
The English Department’s annual celebration of scholarship and award winners, inductees to the English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, and writers of honors theses is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 12:30-2 pm, in the Faculty Center South Dining Room. Please come to congratulate these great English majors and enjoy some snacks.

Each year, the English department gives a substantial amount of money to our students in the form of awards and scholarships. This year’s winners are Catherine Wagner (English Faculty Writing Award/Critical, $1800), Danyelle Mulin (English Faculty Writing Award/Creative, $1800), Jessica Aspeel (Donald Lyons Scholarship, $1140), Gabriel Morrison (Amy Thompson Prize in Children’s Literature, $85). In addition, professor C. Annette Ducey left a major bequest to the English department to fund awards to deserving students. Winners of Ducey awards this year will receive amounts ranging from $500 to $6745, depending on need as calculated by the RIC Financial Aid Office. Ducey winners are Allison Bryer, Colleen Conley, Jordan LaRose, Jessica Mandeville, Gabriel Morrison, Jonathan ReCasino, Juan Siliezar, Michael Swift, and Catherine Wagner. Sigma Tau Delta inductees: Jessica Aspeel, Allison Bryer, Kelsey Dubeau, Andrew Gorman (grad student), Christopher Miller, Danyelle Mulin, and Juan Siliezar.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!

Garrigue award winner
Congratulations to Philip Johnston, winner of the Garrigue Award for excellence in creative writing. The award will be given to Philip at Cap & Gown on May 1.

Shoreline launch party
will be Wednesday, May 1, in Alger 110 beginning at 6 pm. The celebration will feature (brief) readings from selected contributors, raffles for door prizes and delicious finger foods, and punch. This will be the first chance to purchase copies of the 2013 issue- ($3 per copy or 2 for $5). Shoreline warmly invites all RIC students, faculty, and staff to attend. The launch party is always fun. Come and bring your friends!

Professor Emily Danforth’s novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the Young Adult category. Dr. Danforth will be joining her fellow New England/New York Lambda finalists (in all categories) in a reading at Bluestockings Books (172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington in NYC) on Wednesday, May 14, at 7 pm. The awards will be announced at a ceremony in NYC in June. The paperback edition of Cameron Post will be released this May in conjunction with an audiobook edition available from audible.com. …Professor Maureen Reddy received the George N. Dove Award from the Mystery and Detective Fiction Caucus of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association. The award is given annually for “outstanding contributions to the serious study of crime fiction”… Writing center tutors (and English majors) Brittany Richer and Katie Carroll presented at the Rhode Island Writing Project Spring Conference on March 9. Their session title was "Developing a Community of Hungry Listeners,” and they invited three students from North Providence High School to speak as part of their presentation.

Recent publications
A short story by our Writing Center Director, Claudine Griggs (“Growing Up Human”), appeared in the December 2012 issue of Leading Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy (a print magazine); another publisher, Escape Pod, has contracted for an audio version of the story to be released in June 2013. Her collaborative book chapter, “Assessing Faculty/Staff Writing Retreats,” written with Ellen Schendel, Susan Callaway, and Violet Dutcher, is scheduled for publication in Working with Faculty Writers from Utah State University Press, edited by Anne Ellen Geller and Michele Eodice, due out in April 2013.

Interested in an internship?
Internships are terrific opportunities to get experience in the workplace and to make contacts that could help after graduation. The English Department offers an internship in Rhetoric and Writing each semester. Students work 10-12 hours per week and participate in 2-3 hours per week of coursework. RIC English majors have interned at Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, the RIC Office of Public Relations and Communications, the Rhode Island Writing Project, the Jewish Voice and Herald, easyeventplanning.com, and Rhode Island Public Radio, among others. If you are interested in an internship for the 2013/2014 academic year, please contact Dr. Michael Michaud (mmichaud@ric.edu).

Survey of employers by AAC&U (good news for English majors)
According to the April 9, 2013 issue of Inside Higher Ed, the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ annual survey of 318 employers, both private companies and nonprofits, shows that “executives care more about their new hires' thinking, communication and problem-solving skills than they do about their undergraduate majors.” The survey shows that executives especially want people who can write well, think clearly, and solve complex problems—all skills that the major in English emphasizes. Employers also want to see that potential employees have some experience using those skills in a workplace, preferably via an internship.

Read more at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/04/10/survey-finds-business-executives-arent-focused-majors-those-they-hire#ixzz2Q4aDXrut Inside Higher Ed

Summer plans?
The English Department has a large number of courses running in the summer of 2013. Our brochure with detailed information on each of them is on our webpage (ric.edu/English), with hard copies available outside the department office (CL264). If you have fallen off the four-year track by dropping a course or two or just not always taking at least 15 credits per term, summer is a great time to catch up and get back on that track. Registration is now open for both sessions; session I is May 20-June 28 and session II is July 1-August 9.

Major drama
Adjunct faculty member William Pett will be playing Leonato in the Mixed Magic Theatre production of Much Ado About Nothing in July in Pawtucket, RI.

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