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The English Department welcomes you to explore our pages and contact us about the many avenues to explore in English Studies.  English is a comprehensive discipline.  Its scope encompasses a study of the evolution of the language itself, the various types of writing, the literature in English (poetry, drama, fiction, and essay) and the comparative study of literature.  As a course of study, English enables people to express themselves clearly and to read their ideas and those of others in an appreciative and critical manner.  The ideas expressed are boundless, the content emotive, as well as rational.  Contact our secretary, Carrie DeFigio, or our chair, Dr. Anthony Carlisle, for more information.

English Department Events, 2015-'16

Faculty and Students Present Works at Conference

On Oct. 10, 2015, English Department students and faculty attended the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU) Fall 2015 Conference.  Both faculty and students presented their work at the event.

Below, Left:  Lauren Griffith, the English Department's Outstanding English Major, reads her poetry Oct. 10 at the annual fall conference of the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU).  Below, Right:  Dr. Krystia Nora, a panelist at an Author Showcase on Oct. 10 at the annual fall conference of the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU), discussed work her students do to create books in her composition classes.

Outstanding English Major Lauren Griffith reads her poetry at the EAPSU conference, Oct 10, 2015. Dr. Krystia Nora discusses work her students do to create books in her composition classes at the EAPSU conference, Oct. 10, 2015.

English Department Events, 2014-'15

Students Attend Conference

On April 17, 2015, three Cal U English students attended the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU) Undergraduate Conference.  The students presented their poetry at the event.

Below:  (from left) Gina Moriarty, Denni Claycomb, and Zach Filtz.

Cal U students attend EAPSU conference.

English Department Professor Receives Award

On April 11, 2015, Interim President Geraldine Jones congratulated Dr. Kurt Kearcher for receiving the Presidential Merit Award for Service.

Below:  Dr. Kurt Kearcher (left) receives his award from Interim President Geraldine Jones.

Dr. Kurt Kearcher (left) receives his award from Interim President Geraldine Jones.

Cal U Alumna Visits Campus

On Feb. 18, 2015, Cal U alumna Jessica Vogel visited campus to read from her works.  The event was sponsored by the English Department.

Below:  Dr. Carole Waterhouse (left) greets her former creative writing student Jessica Vogel.  Vogel, a freelance writer, read from her creative nonfiction work.

Dr. Carole Waterhouse (left) greets one of her former creative writing students Jessica Vogel.

Poet John Hoppenthaler Visits Cal U

On Feb. 13, 2015, poet John Hoppenthaler visited Cal U.  He is the author of two books of poetry.  A third collection will be released later this year.  Hoppenthaler read from his works in the Chapel at Old Main.

Below:  Top Row, Left:  Poet John Hoppenthaler speaks to the crowd.  Top Row, Right:  The crowd listens to Hoppenthaler recite some of his work.  Middle Row:  (left to right) Interim President Geraldine Jones, Provost Bruce Barnhart, and Dean Mohamed Yamba attend the poetry reading.

Poet John Hoppenthaler speaks to the crowd.The crowd listens to Hoppenthaler recite some of his work.

Interim President Geraldine Jones, Provost Bruce Barnhart, and Dean Mohamed Yamba attend the poetry reading.

Several English professors also attended the event.

Below:  (from left) Dr. Brent House, Dr. Kim Vanderlaan, and Dr. Christina Fisanick.

Dr. Brent House attened the event.Dr. Kim Vanderlaan attended the event.Dr. Christina Fisanick attened the event.

EAPSU Conference Held at Cal U

On Oct. 3-4, 2014, Cal U hosted the Fall 2014 conference for the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU).  Professors and students from the fourteen universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) came together to discuss the topic "Creativity in 21st Century English Studies."  The conference was held in the South Wing of Cal U's convocation center.

Below:  Students who were in attendance included (left to right):  Katelin Delano (East Stroudsburg University), Andrea Cobb (Clarion University), Courtney Wark (Mansfield University), Abbie Lahmers (Slippery Rock University), Anissa Freeman (Shippensburg University), Courtney Dunn (Bloomsburg University), and Shawn Reese (Cal U).

Students who participated in the conference.

Many individuals from Cal U and the community attended and participated in the event.

Below:  Top Row, Left: Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Mohamed Yamba, welcomes the crowd during lunch.  Top Row, Right:  Dr. Brent House introduces speakers during the plenary session.  Second Row:  The crowd listens to Tawni O'Dell's keynote speech.  Third Row, Left:  Dr. Anthony Carlisle gives his presentation "Gettin' Jiggy With It:  Hip Hop and English Studies."  Third Row, Center:  Keynote speaker Tawni O'Dell (left) stands with her mother after addressing the crowd.  Third Row, Right:  Dr. Keat Murray gives his presentation "Error and Emendations in the Fiction of James Fenimore Cooper:  Rethinking Creative Authorship through Scholarly Editions."  Fourth Row:  (left to right) Provost Bruce Barnhart, Interim President Geraldine Jones, and Dean Mohamed Yamba attend the conference lunch.

Liberal Arts Dean Mohamed Yamba welcomes the crowd during lunch.Dr. Brent House introduces speakers during the pleanary session.

 The crowd listens to Tawni O'Dell's keynote speech.

Dr. Anthony Carlisle gives his presentation.Keynote speaker Tawni O'Dell stands with her mother after addressing the crowd.Dr. Keat Murray gives his presentation.

(Left to Right) Provost Bruce Barnhart, Interim President Geraldine Jones, and Dean Mohamed Yamba attend lunch at the conference.

The conference also featured entertainment by several groups and individuals.

Below:  Top Row:  The Vulcanize choir entertains the crowd during lunch.  Second Row:  Civil War-style band Acoustic Shadows of Blue and Gray play for the crowd before dinner.

The Vulcanize choir group entertain the crowd during lunch.

Acoustic Shadows of Blue and Gray entertain the crowd before dinner.

New Student Orientation

On Aug. 26, 2014, the English Department held an orientation for new English majors.

Below:  Back row (from left):  Jerron Corley and Amanda James.  Front row (from left):  Branda White and Kennedy Figas.

New English majors attend the department orientation on Aug 26.

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College of Liberal Arts
Department of English
Azorsky Hall
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
724-938-4070
FAX 724-938-1515

Department Chair: Dr. Anthony Carlisle

Department Secretary: Carrie DeFigio

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