The English Department welcomes you to explore our pages and links 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, Margo Wilson, for more information. Above: Student worker Abby Haburcsak greets visitors to the department.
English Department Events, 2014Celebration of Student Writing
The English Department held its 8th Annual Celebration of Student Writing. The celebration, which featured students' work from various freshman and sophomore Composition classes, was held in the Natali Student Center's Performance Center. Many students attended the event. Freshman Adam Marsh won the award for "most creative." Sophomore Nia-Tayler Clark took home "best in show."
Below, Top Row: Freshman computer science student, Adam Marsh, shows off his project, "Minecraft: Games and Education." Middle Row: Freshmen, Derek Moltz (left, biology-pre dentistry) and Nicholas Beck (right, biology-mortuary science), stand with their poster projects. Bottom Row, Left: Sophomore athletic traiing student, Nia-Tayler Clark, presents her project, "Educating Immigrants". Bottom Row, Right: Dr. Christina Fisanick stands next to portfolios composed by ENG 100 students.
Undergraduate Research Conference at Robert Morris University
Three students, accompanied by Dr. Keat Murray, attended an undergraduate research conference at Robert Morris University. The students, in collaboration with the American Philosophical Society, presented their project "Revitalizing Traditional Iroquois Names."
Below: Shawn Reese (left), Jay Koller (right), and Lauren Griffith (not pictured) present at Robert Morris University.
Tony Norman Visits California University of Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist and book editor Tony Norman visited Cal U. He was greeted by a large group of students, faculty, and members of the community. His two hour talk included a reading from a recent column as well as answering questions regarding the journalism and creative writing fields. After his presentation, Norman spoke with individuals and also signed an autograph for a fan.
Below, Top Row: Tony Norman speaks to the audience. Second Row: A large crowd attended the Tony Norman event. Bottom Row, Left: Tony Norman answers students' questions. Bottom Row, Right: Student Fabian Badges listens as Tony Norman answers questions.
B.A. in English Concentrations:
Secondary School Certification in English
For students who want to teach English or to teach in an allied area, secondary school certification in English and certification in communication (speech communication and theater) are offered in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Services.
English Department Faculty Achievements and Student/Faculty Projects
English Department Events, 2012-'13
Below, Top Row: President Gerri Jones greets visiting poet Kofi Anyidoho. Below, Middle Row: North Carolina poet laureate and former Cal U student Joseph Bathanti discusses his work. Below, Bottom Row, Left: The audience is intrigued by the poetry of visiting instructor Michael Levan, at Right.
Dr. Christina Fisanick Coordinated the Celebration of Student Writing
Below: Dr. Christina Fisanick organized the department's annual Celebration of Student Writing, an event that recognizes the efforts of Cal writing students. The Celebration was held in Natali Student Center on May 2.
Professors Participated at Graduation
Below, left: Dr. Sarah Downey and Below, right: Dr. Anthony (Todd) Carlisle attended the Spring 2013 graduation ceremony.
Farewell to 2013 Retiree Dr. Bill Hendricks
Below: Dr. Bill Hendricks at right, was honored at a spring luncheon. He retired after 23 years at Cal U. Dr Anthony (Todd) Carlisle, at left, was among the well-wishers.
Check out The Spore to find out what the English Department faculty have been up to.
Dr. Sarah Downey Takes the Cake
Some of Dr. Sarah Downey's students baked a "wug" cake to make the fictitious linguistics creature a little more real -- and tasty!
Other Recent Retirees
Below, Top Row: Dr. Madeline Smith retired from the English Department in Spring 2012, after serving as English Department chair for nine years. Bottom Row, Left: Betsy Natali joined her husband, Alan, at Right, at a luncheon celebrating his retirement in Spring 2012.
Dr. Kurt Kearcher Takes Students to Peer Tutoring Conference
Read more in the Spore, above, about Dr. Kurt Kearcher’s trip to Miami with four Writing Center students. They presented at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Kearcher is a member of the group’s steering committee. In the photo, from left, are: Kearcher, Leann Rerko Orris, Theresa Bush, Adam Kavulic, and Nate Folkemer.
Dr. Mark Aune's Shakespeare Class Stages PerformancesThe Spore
Romeo and Julietfirst photo below, from left
second photoAs You Like It
English Department Student Projects
Creative Writing Projects
The Inkwell -- Cal U's Literary Magazine -- 2011 and Earlier
Creative Writing Drama Class Reads Plays at Celebration of Student Writing, Spring 2012
At Left, Mark Budinsky and Alicia Bonus Read Their Work. At Right, Lindsey Hahne, Portia Garrow, and Holly Herbertson Pause During the Celebration of Student Writing. Below, Left, From Left, Sarah Schumaker, Brent Shultz, Garrick Lackey, and Heather Mahnke Celebrate a Successful Play Reading.
Creative Writing Poetry Class, Fall 2011, Students With Experimental Poems
From left, Alicia Bonus with "Bless the Dawn," Chuck Cribben with "What's Not to Love?" and Leann Rerko Orris with her sestina.
Below, From left, Theresa Bush with her guitar poem, and Joseph Smith with his poem written between the lines of a news story about a dead mayor.
Cal Corner, Spring 2014, Journalism III (Editing)
and Writing for Publication Students, Print Online Edition
Cal Corner, Spring 2010
Secondary Education English Student Teacher Showcase
Secondary Education English Students demonstrated what they've learned and been doing in their classrooms. From Left, Top Row: Lauren Caumo, Lora Davis, and Leann Rerko-Orris; From Left, Bottom Row: Theresa Bush, Tim Strother and Maghan Amodei.
Celebration of Student Writing Spring 2012
Celebration of Student Writing Coordinator Dr. Krystia Nora
- Dr. Todd Carlisle
- Dr. Sarah Downey
- Dr. Christina Fisanick
- Dr. Lisa Schwerdt
- Professor Margo Wilson
And to the approximately 200 students who participated.
Student Choice Best in Show Award Winners
Clarissa Hollows, Mackenzie Gregor and Erin Donnely in Dr. Kurt Kearcher’s class
Student Choice Most Creative Award
Emily Lorence in Dr. Krystia Nora’s class
Faculty Choice Award Winner
Carol Mannix for projects in Dr. Lisa Schwerdt’s class and Dr. Sarah Downey’s class
And thank you to the College of Liberal Arts and to California University of Pennsylvania for supporting the Celebration of Student Writing 2012
Dr. Bill Hendricks' World Literature Class, Spring '12
Dr. Krystia Nora's Composition Class
Kristen McKenzie Raps for Intro to Poetry Class
Paige Williams Raps
A Celebration of Student Writing, Spring 2013
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Department Chair: Margo Wilson
Department Secretary: Carrie DeFigio