English Department Events, 2014-'15
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.
Several English professors also attended the event.
Below: (from left) Dr. Brent House, Dr. Kim Vanderlaan, and Dr. Christina Fisanick.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Department Chair: Margo Wilson
Department Secretary: Carrie DeFigio