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Department News

Warm Welcome to new faculty member, Assistant Professor Danielle Fuentes Morgan, who specializes in African American Literature and will be joining the English Department in the Fall.


Faculty Accomplishments
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Simone Billings
Simone Billings in Summer 2015 served as a discipline-specific reviewer for US Fulbright applicants in the field of Creative Nonfiction.  In Fall 2015 she served as an evaluator of conference submissions for the annual convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students. In January 2016, the sixth edition of The Well-Crafted Argument (co-authored by Billings and Fred White, Professor Emeritus), became available from Cengage Publishing.  In January 2016 Billings served as the External Reviewer for the English Major at Pepperdine University.  In March 2016 she will accompany two senior English majors, officers of our chapter, to the annual convention of Sigma Tau Delta, held this year in Minneapolis.  Helena Isabella Alfajora will be presenting "Ozymandias' Paradise in the Sonnets of Michelangelo, " and Natalie Grazian will be presenting "Venus Reborn."


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Michelle Burnham
Michelle Burnham's essay, "Finding the Early American Pacific," appears in the most recent issue of the online journal Common-place. It describes her recent book project, as well as her only effort to learn how to surf.
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Juliana Chang
Juliana Chang, Review essay of War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work, by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials. Twentieth Century Literature 61, no. 4 (519-527).
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Theresa Conefrey
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.
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Diane Dreher
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.


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Ron Hansen
Ron Hansen's novel The Kid, on the life and death of the outlaw William H. Bonney, will be published by Scribner in November. 
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Denise Krane
Denise Krane and the HUB writing partners have been busy planning the Northern California Writing Centers Association conference, which the HUB will host at SCU on April 2nd, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Russell Carpenter from the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity at Eastern Kentucky University. The conference will kick off with a workshop ("Supporting Multilingual Writers in Writing Programs & Writing Centers: Principles & (Best) Practices") by Dr. Dana Ferris on Friday, April 1st. For more about the conference, check out the site!
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Tim Myers
Tim Myers' essay "Learning the New House" has been accepted by America:  The National Catholic Review, and his "More Alike Than We Are Different," about diversity in children's books, is out from The Children's Book Review.  His recent children's book The Thunder Egg earned a strong review from School Library Journal, and his upcoming Full of Empty got a good review from Kirkus.  His earlier Basho and the River Stones has been reprinted in the Junior Great Books 3 anthology. He also has a new story in Exterminating Angel Press:  The Magazine. as well as a story and an essay, "Story Like Sun Shedding Light," in Storytelling Magazine. His listicle "Improved Terms for Known Stuff"  appears on The Drunken  He was interviewed recently on the W3 Sidecar blog and on KKUP's Out of Our Minds poetry show.
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Aparajita Nanda
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.
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Tricia Serviss
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.

English Alumni and Student Recognition
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Blye Pagon Faust, '97
Blye Pagon Faust 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.

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Jenna Morgan, '16
Jenna Morgan has been accepted into Stanford's STEP Program.

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Tanya Schmidt, '15
Tanya Schmidt is finishing up her Master's at NYU this year.  For doctoral work in the field of Renaissance literature, she has so far been accepted by UC Irvine, Vanderbilt, NYU, CUNY, and Cornell.

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Jacob Wilbers, '15
Jacob Wilbers has been accepted so far to law schools at Georgetown; Cornell; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Southern California; and the University of Caliofrnia, Berkeley.

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Sigma Tau Delta Conference
Simone Billings accompanied two students to read their work at the annual convention of Sigma Tau Delta.  Helena Isabella Alfajora read “Ozymandias' Paradise in the Sonnets of Michelangelo” in a panel on British Lyric Poetry; Natalie Grazian presented her short story “Venus Reborn” on a panel of Original Fiction with the theme of Myth and Fantasy. Natalie, pictured left, won 2nd place in the convention awards for Best Original Fiction!  The prize earned her $300. Congratulations, Natalie! 



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