Department ofEnglish

Summer 2016

Student, Alumni, and Faculty Achievements

Blye Pagon Faust ('97) won an Academy Award for Best Picture in the 88th Academy Awards for her work on Spotlight and she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film in the 69th British Academy Film Awards. Blye Faust is a producer for Spotlight described as the story of the decade, a scandal of shocking proportions. She helped bring it to the silver screen, where it’s drawn rave reviews.

Tanya Schmidt ('15) is in her first year of her PhD English program at New York University For doctoral work in the field of Renaissance Literature. She wrote and delivered a Ciceronian Latin oration to welcome New York University’s 16th president, Dr. Andrew Hamilton.

Natalie Grazian ('16) (English major, Spanish minor) is thrilled to start working for W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. as a Publishing Sales Representative. This job will have her traveling all over Sacramento and Northern California, paying visits to professors at colleges and universities. She can’t wait to start reading the books she’ll be selling—she figures that learning something new every day will be part of the job. She’s certain her experiences as Fiction Editor of the Santa Clara Review, Writing Partner at the HUB, and President of SCU’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter helped her land the position and gave her the skills to succeed in it. Natalie is looking forward to returning to work in California after two weeks of training in NYC and Portland, Oregon.

Jacob Wilbers ('15) was accepted to law school at Georgetown; Cornell; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Southern California; and the University of Caliofrnia, Berkeley. He will be attending Boalt Law school of UC Berkeley beginning Fall 2016.

Jenna Morgan ('16) has been accepted into Stanford’s STEP Program.

Simone Billings attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Houston TX in April to chair a session (Developing Scholarly Momentum: Action Plans for Faculty, Graduate Students, and Their Mentors) and was paired as a mentor for a beginning instructor from another university. In May Billings delivered a paper, “Ch-ch-ch-changes: Rhetorical Effects of Going from F2F to Online to Hybrid,” at the biennial meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) in Atlanta GA. During May, she also served as a Stage 1 Reviewer of submissions for the 2017 CCCC. In June at the Young Rhetoricians Conference in Monterey CA, Billings will be a presenter on the panel “’Under Pressure’: Burnout, The Traveling Instructor, the Adjunct Instructor, and the WPA.”

Juliana Chang, published a review of essay “War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work”, by Cathy J. Schlund-Vialsv, Twentieth Century Literature 61, no. 4 (519-527).

In November, 2015, Theresa Conefrey gave a paper titled “Technology in the Classroom: Crisis and Opportunity” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science in Denver, Colorado.

Diane Dreher published an interdisciplinary article on Hamlet. Dreher, D. E. (2016). “To tell my story”: Grief and self-disclosure in Hamlet.” Illness, Crisis, and Loss, 24, 3-14.

Marilyn Edelstein presented a paper entitled “Cultural and Gendered Contacts and Collisions in Short Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri and Chitra Divakaruni” at the annual American Literature Association (ALA) conference, held this year in San Francisco, in a session sponsored by the Society for the Study of the American Short Story. She was also invited to present at the ALA’s Symposium on “The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre,” to be held in October, 2016 in Savannah, Georgia.

Ron Hansen’s novel The Kid, on the life and death of the outlaw William H. Bonney, is now out with Scribner.

Denise Krane and the HUB writing partners planned the Northern California Writing Centers Association conference, which the HUB hosted at SCU on April 2nd, 2016. The keynote speaker was Dr. Russell Carpenter from the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity at Eastern Kentucky University. The conference kicked off with a workshop (“Supporting Multilingual Writers in Writing Programs & Writing Centers: Principles & (Best) Practices”) by Dr. Dana Ferris on Friday, April 1st.

Tim Myers has sold a new children’s book, Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates, to Graphic Arts Books. His The Thunder Egg won a Gold Medal from Midwest Book Awards, Interior Design Category, and his Nectar of Story won a Storytelling World Award in the “Special Storytelling Resources” category. He presented two workshops at the SCBWI Spring Spirit Conference in Sacramento and also wrote and performed the narration for Tales of the Old West, a musical revue presented on campus by Dr. Nancy Wait-Kromm and her “Songs & Scenes on Stage” class. Tim won Fifth Place in the Capitola Showcase Songwriters Competition (150 songwriters, multiple judges). His children’s book Full of Empty came out in March. His essay “Water Over Stones” appeared on, “Growing As a Writer” is coming out in The SCBWI Bulletin, and he’s published two poems in journals.

Aparajita Nanda’s “The Absent Presence and the Art of Autobiography in Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father” is now a book chapter in Writing the Self: Essays on Autobiography and Autofiction, ed. by Kirstin Shands et al. (Stockholm: Soderton University Press, 2015). Her entry “Black LA based Novelists ” is now in Oxford African American Studies, editor-in-chief Henry Louis Gates (Oxford University Press, 2015). She recently presented a paper “Re-writing the Human-Animal Divide: Butler’s ‘Amborg’ and Hindu Philosophy” at the conference, Human-Animal Boundary: Exploring the Line in Philosophy and Fiction Part II, University of Macau.

In April, Loring Pfeiffer presented a paper, “Walpole, Loyalty, and Affect” in Henry Fielding’s The Modern Husband, at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tricia Serviss’ book chapter, “Creating Faculty Development Programming to Prevent Plagiarism: Three Approaches,” was published in late 2015 in The Handbook of Academic Integrity. Her presentation at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston in winter 2016 entitled “Coadyuvante as Program Development Paradigm: Using Activist Strategies in WAC/WID Faculty Development” will present ongoing work about American feminist literacies and rhetorical strategies in a writing program administration context.