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CSAL Roundtable Discussion 

Sue Doe wishes to announce that the Center for the Study of Academic Labor (CSAL) will host a roundtable discussion of the CSU “Proposal for Re-Envisioning Faculty Appointments” (authored by the Committee on Non Tenure-Track Faculty –CoNTTF) featuring leaders of the academic labor movement on April 27 at 3 PM. Visiting campus will be Maria Maisto of the New Faculty Majority, Joe Berry, faculty member in the Chicago Labor Education Program and  author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower, John Curtis, former research director of the American Sociological Association, Marisa Allison, founder of the Women & Contingency Database and doctoral candidate at George Mason University’s Public and Applied Sociology Program, and Jim Walsh, University of Colorado-Denver Political Science Professor, social justice activist, and founder/director of the Denver Romero Theatre Troupe.

 

English Department Awards Reception TODAY!!!

Monday, 4-6pm in the LSC North Ballroom – Presentations at 4:30pm.

  • Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang recently gave a reading & talk at Colgate University in New York. Matthew has an essay up on Hart Crane at At Length on “the poem that won’t leave you alone.” http://atlengthmag.com/poetry/the-poem-that-wont-leave-you-alone/
  • On Saturday, April 29, 4pm, Old Firehouse Books, Dan Beachy-Quick, Matthew Cooperman and Bill Tremblay will read from their work as part of National Independent Bookstore Day, and the closing of National Poetry Month.
  • Roze Hentschell was invited to speak at The Senior Center in Fort Collins, where she spoke on “Shakespeare and the Sonnet Tradition.”
  • Jaime Jordan invites everyone to explore how she uses the Serial podcast to tackle unconscious bias in her CO150 class. Those interested can check out the display in the northwest corner of the 3rd floor at the “lunch counter.”
  • Todd Mitchell recently conducted a full day of fiction and poetry workshops with teens at Fort Collins High School, where they have several outstanding writers (who might hopefully come here). He also conducted virtual visits (via Skype) to high school and middle school students in southern Colorado.
  • Karen Montgomery Moore presented “Affect, Anxiety, and the Abject Corpse in A Study in Scarlet” at the Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association conference in San Diego on April 15. This paper was advised by Ellen Brinks and Debby Thompson (for her master’s final project).
  • Rebecca Snow will give a brief talk along with other local authors at the Quid Novi book fair, April 27th, 6-9 pm. She can get CSU authors table space to display/sell their books as her guest for 1/2-price ($25.00) and free registration, up until the day of the event: https://www.quidnoviinnovations.com/Spring-Innovation/
  • Mary Crow has had four poems accepted for publication: “Theory” and “But You Came anyway” by New Madrid and “Taking the Heat” and “The Necessary Existence of the Old World” by The American Journal of Poetry.
  • The Writing Center and the English Department were well-represented at the Colorado and Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference. Here is a list of presenters and presentations:
    • Kiley Miller & Wendy-Anne Hamrick
      “Is that an effective question?”: Meaningful and Interactive Grammar Feedback in Multilingual Consultations
    • Leah White & Katherine Indermaur
      Mindfulness for Tutor Resilience
    • Shirley Coenen & Leslie Davis
      Bridging the Gap Between Undergraduate and Graduate Student Writing Support
    • Jennifer Levin, Tiffany Akers, and Alina S. Lugo
      Strategies for Increasing Engagement in Tutoring Sessions
    • Sheri Anderson, Sue Doe, and Lisa Langstraat
      Student-Veterans in the Writing Center: Dispelling the Myths and Providing Genuine “Military Friendly” Support

English Department Career Event: Freelance Editing Panel

Please join us for a special panel on working in the world of freelance editing. Panelists Ann Diaz (M.A. 17) and Nathan DelaCastro (B.A. 15) will share their experiences working as freelance editors and making a living!

When: Friday, May 5, from 3:00 to 4:15pm
Where: Location TBA

More details and information are forthcoming, so stay tuned! Please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, with any questions.

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(Left to Right) Tiffany, Mackenzie, Emily, Danny, Leah, Katherine, and Kiley

Today’s Humans of Eddy doesn’t feature one person, but a group of humans who make their home in Eddy. These lovely individuals are some of Eddy’s own Writing Center consultants. The Writing Center is made up of 17 consultants who are both undergrad and grad students with various degree backgrounds.

Where are you located?
The CSU Writing Center is located in the basement of Eddy, room 23, Monday through Thursday.

What does the Writing Center do?

Our consultants can assist writers at all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, revising, and polishing. Our clients come from all types of disciplines, with writing that ranges from research papers and essays to lab reports, resumes, and applications. There are three types of consultations: face-to-face appointments, online draft submission, and synchronous video conferencing for online and off-campus students. As our website says, we work “to help create better writers, not just better writing.”

How can a student make an appointment?
Visit our website at writingcenter.colostate.edu and click “Make and Appointment.” If you don’t already have an account, you can quickly register for one to access our availability. Or feel free to stop by our office for any questions or assistance. We have coffee and tea and great conversation!
Favorite words from various consultants:  
Resilience
Schaderfreude
Superfluous
Create
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~From Intern Joyce Bohling, pictures by Intern Haley Huffman

On Thursday, the CSU Writing Center kicked off the semester with an Open House. 

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Writing Center consultants set up outside of Eddy Hall on the morning of the Open House.

With free snacks and coffee, the Writing Center invited students to sign up for an account they’ll be able to use throughout their time at CSU to make both face-to-face and online appointments. (The coffee, by the way, is always available to anyone who makes an appointment.)

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Students start to gather.

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A client has a snack and makes an appointment online. It’s almost too exciting!

The Writing Center also raffled off goodie bags and held a competition to win a giant Teddy bear. The bear went to whoever suggested the best name, (see below for the results of that contest!).

We want to win this bear!

“We want to win this bear!”

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Games!

Writing consultant Shirley Coenen encourages students not to be anxious about making an appointment. “The Writing Center is just a low-key place where you can come in and have a conversation.”

Consultant Shirley Coenen with a Writing Center client

Consultant Shirley Coenen with a Writing Center client

 

Her colleague Mackenzie Owens also wants to remind students that students of all skill levels benefit from working with a consultant. “Even if you think you know everything, you don’t. You can always improve in writing.” In fact, even some CSU faculty go to the Writing Center for feedback on their work.

The Writing Center will be open for the remainder of the semester in Eddy 23, 10am to 4pm Monday through Thursday and in Morgan Library Room 171, 6 to 8 pm. To set up an account or make an appointment, visit their website at writingcenter.colostate.edu.

 

Jenny Levin, Interim Director of the Writing Center, had this to add, “Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Open House on Friday! It was great to meet so many students and to talk about how we can help with any writing you are doing. We had 79 entries for our Writing Center Bear competition. The winning name was F. Scott Fitzbearald, submitted by Gabriel Segarra – congratulations Gabriel!”

Introducing F. Scott Fitzbearald

Introducing F. Scott Fitzbearald

Jenny adds, “If you missed the Open House but would like to know more about our services, please stop by Eddy 23. We are open between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday – Thursday (and we also have evening hours in the library). We promise a friendly welcome and some fresh coffee! You can also go to our website, writingcenter.colostate.edu, to schedule an appointment for a consultation.”

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The Colorado State University Writing Center is a free service open to Colorado State University students, staff, faculty, and alumni as well as the local Fort Collins community. Their goal is to engage their community in conversations about writing; to that end, they provide face-to-face and online consultations for writers in all disciplines working on all types of writing from traditional research papers to electronic texts such as websites and blogs.

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Beginning with writers’ needs and concerns, they use their knowledge and expertise to enhance writers’ understanding of a variety of rhetorical issues, such as purpose, audience, style and conventions. Writing Center consultants can assist writers at all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, researching, revising, and polishing. They strive to help writers develop the confidence to make effective writing choices in any writing situation. In these ways, they support the shared goal of writing centers everywhere to help create better writers, not just better writing.

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During the final weeks of Spring semester, Intern Ashley Alfirevic, (who was also in the final weeks of her time at CSU, about to graduate), spent some time in the Writing Center with various staff members, talking with them about what the center has to offer, taking pictures and making some videos. (P.S. We apologize for the background noise in the videos made that day — the Writing Center was hopping!).

Writing Center Director Lisa Langstraat tells how the Writing Center got started.

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The Writing Center believes that writing is not a solitary act and that writing becomes more effective when discussion/conversation surrounds it. The Colorado State University Writing Center is dedicated to providing advice and help in every stage of the writing process. Their goal is to engage the community in discussion about writing by providing face-to-face and online consultations, classroom presentations, and outreach to faculty, staff, and students.

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Writing Center Director Lisa Langstraat talked specifically about the myth that the Writing Center is only for people who aren’t good writers.

One of the myths that often disturbs me about writing centers is that they’re a place where people who are not good writers come. And I think that is really problematic because we see writers who are certainly developmental writers – people who’ve been out of the university for a long time, maybe they’re rusty, or people who are just learning US academic discourse – but we also see people who are working on dissertations and masters theses.

The Writing Center is based upon the philosophy that to become a better writer you need to talk about your writing with writers. And of course, this is what all writers do, right? In my field, when I’m publishing an article in a journal , I get feedback from editors, and that’s the same thing that happens in the Writing Center – we get feedback. So I guess something I would really like to dispel is this myth – that only people who are not strong writers come to the Writing Center. It’s a place for everybody.

Writing Center Associate Director Bruce Shields agrees.

Absolutely. I think that’s what the Writing Center offers – that chance, that opportunity for conversation, to talk about your writing in new ways and explore new ideas, to bounce ideas off of another person, and to challenge yourself as a writer, try to find new processes, new ways of looking at whatever it is you are working on. So that’s applicable to all writers at all stages of the writing process as well. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are new, whether or not you’re comfortable with writing, whether or not you feel as if you are a relatively good writer, you just want somebody to have a conversation with [about your writing], to look at it [your writing] from a new point of view.

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Lisa asked Writing Center consultant Alyson Welker, “do you think this is the same kind of dynamic that happens in synchronous online consultations?”

I do. I think some students who are hesitant to come in to the center actually find that [a synchronous online consultation] is a way to get involved and practice, to get a feel for what happens during a consultation. Sometimes people feel more comfortable with that space in between, practicing, and then they kind of get hooked, “I want to come do this again,” and if they’re close, coming in is available.

Alyson talks more about the synchronous online writing consultations.

While face-to-face consultations can provide more opportunity for conversation with consultants and immediate feedback, the Writing Center understands that not all students can visit the physical center locations during their hours of operation. For that reason, they offer the online draft review queue. Writers submit a draft to the queue, and a consultant will respond in the order in which they receive drafts. Assistant Director Michelle Wilk talks about online consultations.

Writing Center Associate Director Bruce Shields talks about Writing Center consultants.

Wonder what a face-to-face consultation is like? Consultations last for 30 minutes, and in that time we typically discuss the equivalent of 4-5 pages (double spaced) of writing. Using the hierarchy of rhetorical concerns, consultants and writers address issues of audience, purpose, context, focus, development, organization, style and conventions. CSU students can request that an email notification be sent to their instructor outlining the work that was done during a consultation. Face-to-face consultations are open to CSU students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

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Some Writing Center statistics from the 2014/2015 academic year:

  • In 2014-2015, 1609 students used the Writing Center services.
  • In 2014-2015, there were 4730 total consultations.
  • In addition to offering face-to-face consultations, the Writing Center also provides feedback online. In 2014-2015, 1712 of their consultations were conducted online.
  • The Writing Center is a great resource for ELL students. In 2014-2015, 49% of their consultations were with students whose first language was not English.
  • In 2014-2015, 14% of their consultations were with graduate students.
  • In 2014-2015, 10.4% of their consultations were for courses that have a special collaboration with the Writing Center (e.g. BUS300, Psych100).
  • Students visit the Writing Center for help with hundreds of different courses. In 2103-2014, students received help with more than 350 courses.
  • The Writing Center assists writers from many different fields of study. According to their registration data, in 2013-2014, students came from 191 different academic programs across campus.
  • In 2013, international students from 41 different countries using the Writing Center services.
  • 19.3% of registered clients were students from under-represented populations at CSU.

 

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Writing Center Associate Director Bruce Shields had this to say about visiting the Writing Center,

Something I’m always surprised by is how many people return to the Writing Center to use our services, and I think that sometimes there can be that initial discomfort of walking through the door, coming to a new place, new space, but I think that the Writing Center’s always been a warm, welcoming environment, and once people sit down and have that conversation, that it’s not evaluative, there’s no judgment involved at all.

Writing Center Director Lisa Langstraat added, “No judgment at all. There’s just help.”

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Director Lisa Langstraat had this to say about what is so special about the Writing Center.

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Writing Center Associate Director Bruce Shields had this to say about the Course Collaborations service.

I think it’s really cool because it allows for us to take advantage of different genres of writing other than what you would expect to see from the English department, from other disciplines other than the English department. One of the cool things about the Writing Center is that it is a multidisciplinary resource, meaning that we see writers not only from English but from Business classes, from Science classes, from Psychology classes, from Biology classes, from all kinds of different disciplines and backgrounds. We’re always trying to keep an eye open to see what backgrounds and experiences that they’re [students] bringing in to the Writing Center.

So the Course Collaboration Program is an opportunity for faculty to reach out and say “hey, a lot of my students could really take advantage of this resource – what kind of opportunities do you offer for us?” And what we have is a way for us to develop and cultivate a much more direct relationship with faculty from other disciplines. Faculty who are interested typically submit some of their materials, so a lot of their assignments, syllabi, whatever resources might be useful during a consultation. Sometimes faculty give us textbooks that our consultants will refer to, just to get a deeper understanding of some of the conventions of those genres that they’re writing in, as well as a deeper understanding of some of the concepts that they’re going to be working with. That allows us to be better informed when students from those classes come into the Writing Center. We’re approaching their writing from a much more informed position. Right now we have course collaborations from Psychology classes, from Human Development and Family Sciences, from Business writing classes, from Biology courses – a variety of different disciplines.

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New Writing Center initiatives:

  • Synchronous online consultations: Piloting in summer 2016; in effect Fall 2016
  • Greater options for graduate student writers: writer workshops and weekend-long “boot camps.”

 

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Writing Center Director Lisa Langstraat’s advice for students coming to the Writing Center.

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Intern Ashley Alfirevic sat down with Associate Director of the Writing Center Bruce Shields (who is also teaching faculty AND a department alumnus) to talk with him about the Writing Center, what brought him to CSU, the community of Eddy, the importance of the Humanities, his favorite books, and his current goals, (spoiler alert: they include finishing the semester strong and getting ready for a new baby).

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Sarah Hansen
MFA Creative Writing: Fiction
Writing Center Assistant Director
Intern with the Center for Literary Publishing and the Literacy through Prose and Poetry Program
“Freight train of ambition”

 

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What is the Writing Center? What is it doing that we should know about?

The Writing Center is a free resource on campus for students to learn techniques in order to become better writers. We try to help students understand rhetorical concerns, including audience and purpose, in order to learn how to produce great writing. The Writing Center is doing awesome things right now: this year we have a new Director, Dr. Lisa Langstraat, who is really passionate about making the Writing a Center a welcoming, accessible place for every student on campus, regardless of background or writing skill.

What is your current role in the Writing Center?

I am the Assistant Director, so I’m mostly on the administrative side.

What does your typical day of work look like there?

I’d love to say there’s a typical kind of day, but there never is. I keep up with our email and scheduling system, as well as manage things on the ground level in the Writing Center, so a typical day can include giving classroom presentations about our services, processing payroll and budget materials, meeting with the other directors, talking through situations with consultants, greeting students as they walk in—once managerial duties are done, I’m kind of the “where can I be most useful today?” person.

What is one of your favorite things about the Writing Center?

I love the people I work with. Our team of directors is so passionate and our consultants are kind, knowledgeable, and motivated. I couldn’t ask for a better crew.


Based on your Writing Center experience, what are the three most important pieces of advice you have for student writers?

1. Start early. Procrastination causes student writers way more stress than it needs to.

2. Focus on your audience and purpose above all else. If those are in line with your assignment, everything will fall into place.

3. Revision is the most important part of any piece of writing: academic, creative, or professional. Get your terrible first draft done, and then dig into it. I don’t mean sentence-level edits. Never turn in a first draft.


What is your major? What classes are you taking?

I’m in the MFA Creative Writing program for Fiction. I’m currently taking the Fiction Workshop with EJ Levy and Form and Technique in Fiction with Leslee Becker. I’m also doing two internships right now with the Center for Literary Publishing and the Literacy through Prose and Poetry program where I teach poetry to 4th graders.

What are you reading/writing? What are you currently working on?

I’m currently reading The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and I’m writing my thesis, which is a novel set in the early 1900s at a circus.

What is your favorite book and/or who is your favorite author?

My favorite book is The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. My favorite author embarrassingly fluctuates with everything I read, but I’m currently in awe of Aimee Bender and Julia Slavin.

This feature is called “Humans of Eddy,” but Eddy is currently being remodeled. What are you most looking forward to when the department moves back into Eddy?

Seeing familiar faces on those crowded stairs! We are all so spread out right now, and I am excited to get everyone back where I can corner them more easily.


What’s the most important or interesting thing you’ve learned so far at CSU?

To trust constructive criticism. It’s hard to share your work with others! But being open to suggestion and criticism has changed the way I write and even think about writing in such a positive way.

What advice do you have for English majors?

Build solid relationships with your cohort, program, and professors. They’re going to be the ones to get you through your degree in a way no one else can understand, and they’ll be valuable contacts once you leave school.


Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’m a freight train of ambition, so I can see myself in a lot of places! Editing, publishing, writing. Mostly, I hope I’m happy and writing in five years. Anything will suit me as long as writing and happiness is involved.

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Alex Morrison is a graduate student in the MFA program in fiction. He’s also the the Assistant Director of the Community Literacy Center, as well as a consultant in the Writing Center. His staff bio on the Writing Center website says, “He studied Creative Writing and the Biological Sciences as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins. While in Baltimore, Alex taught four writing workshops to Baltimore City youth. This past summer, he taught a writers workshop to high school students in New York. Alex has also worked as a tutor specializing in the formation of the essay. In his spare time, Alex enjoys fly-fishing and following his two favorite sporting teams: FC Barcelona and the New York Yankees.” Recently, Alex agreed to answer a few questions for us, to share some of his story.


What is the Community Literacy Center (CLC)? What is it doing that we should know about?

The Community Literacy Center is an organization on campus directed by Dr. Tobi Jacobi. Our mission is to create alternative literacy opportunities that work to educate and empower underserved populations. The Center supports university literacy research and outreach that promotes community action and social change. Currently, our largest outreach programs are the SpeakOut! Workshops, which promote individual and community literacy through communication skills and writing. Our volunteers and interns facilitate workshops in sites throughout Fort Collins, including the Larimer County Detention Center, Larimer County Community Corrections, Turning Point Family Center for Girls and Boys, Matthews House, and Remington House.

What is your current role at the CLC?

I am the Assistant Director of the CLC.

What does your typical day of work there look like?

Depending on upcoming deadlines, my days at the CLC can vary. Always, my priority is to provide support to our interns and volunteers. I am in constant communication with them in regards to their needs and concerns. Facilitating writing workshops for underserved members of our community is rewarding, yet challenging, work. As someone who facilitated a workshop at Turning Point last semester, I can attest to the at times overwhelming nature of the process. The workshop space is a very open environment, and a lot of our writers, especially our youth writers, come from challenging pasts. I speak for all of our volunteers and interns when I say it is an absolute privilege to do the work that we do, but it is also vital that we support each other. As the Assistant Director, it is my role to foster that support.

When grant deadlines are looming, I often keep strange hours. You may find me in Ingersoll working on a proposal at 2:00am, which tends to be when I do my best work. (I’m probably dating myself with this obscure, 90s horror reference, but if you want to know what Ingersoll in the middle of the night feels like, think The Faculty). Grant writing is all about revising your proposal and knowing your audience. With a grant upcoming, I’m in constant contact with Dr. Jacobi as to how we want to approach this particular proposal.

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Alex hard at work in the CLC office.

I also keep our office (254 Ingersoll) organized, research new funding opportunities, produce monthly newsletters, and, with the help of intern extraordinaire Kristen Mullen, maintain the CLC blog (https://csuclc.wordpress.com/). In all facets of my day-to-day life at the CLC, the Center’s five interns – Chelsea Mitchell, Megan Monacelli, Kristen Mullen, Hannah Polland, and Lara Roberts – provide me with the utmost support, and I wouldn’t be able to do my job without them.

What is one of your favorite things about the CLC?

As I alluded to above, the sense of community fostered within the CLC by those who work here is unprecedented. We all share a goal to better our community through literacy, which breeds an honest and cooperative work environment.

It looks like you are also a consultant in the Writing Center – what is your favorite thing about that work?

I do work as a consultant at the Writing Center. I am also an editorial assistant at Colorado Review and a TA for Thomas Conway’s e311a course, an undergraduate, intermediate fiction workshop. I am so grateful for all of the professional opportunities that I have been granted here at CSU, including my experience at the Writing Center. At any given moment on campus, I’m not sure if there is a more academically diverse space than the Writing Center. I studied neuroscience as an undergraduate, so my favorite moments at the WC are always my consultations with clients from the sciences. Given all of my work in the English Department, I find it refreshing to return to that area of my studies.

This is your first year in the MFA program – what are you currently working on?

I came here working on a large-scale novel about the rise, fall, and possible redemption of the modern American family, and the scale of that project has only grown since. I consider it to be a very long-term piece, and although it is sidelined for now, I find it helpful to be working on multiple things at once. Presently, I am revising my two most recent short stories submitted for workshop, as well as mapping out a second novel that is smaller in scope.

What is your favorite book and/or who is your favorite author?

A difficult question to answer. There are better books, better writers, but the book I come back to most, because of my love for Spain, is The Sun Also Rises. My favorite author, for the chances that she takes, is Jean Rhys.

This feature is called “Humans of Eddy,” but Eddy is currently being remodeled. What are you most looking forward to when the department moves back into Eddy?

When I visited CSU as a prospective MFA student last March, one of the things that drew me to the program was the fact that the entire department had its own building. I am looking forward to bringing that sense of community into the new Eddy.

What’s the most important or interesting thing you’ve learned so far at CSU?

For such a large school, CSU offers its students a staggering number of opportunities outside of the classroom. I do my best to take advantage of these opportunities.

What advice do you have for English majors?

We all know that a BA in English is not the most lucrative degree. It is for that reason that I have the ultimate respect for English majors: they are pursuing what they love. Don’t lose sight of that pursuit, and in the meantime do all that you can to stand out. Take that summer internship in publishing. Set your own writing schedule. Read all kinds of work outside of the classroom. Keep pushing the envelope, both in regards to your own work and in the way you approach the work of others, and you’ll be fine.

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Eddy Remodel Plan

Welcome to Fall Semester 2014! Please remember that while Eddy is undergoing a remodel, the English Department offices have moved to the Behavioral Sciences Building, Rooms A104-112, (the phone number is the same). Also, the Writing Center was relocated to Johnson Hall Room 119D. Most faculty offices are now located in Ingersoll Hall.

English Department Office Hours: The English Office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (closed during lunch, 12:00-1:00 p.m.). Located in the Behavioral Sciences Building, Room A105.

The Writing Center: The Writing Center will open for limited hours beginning September 2nd, and regular hours September 8th. Temporary location during the Eddy remodel is in Johnson Hall Room 119D (through the building’s south entrance). Also there are evening hours in Morgan Library and TILT. For the full schedule, check out their website at writingcenter.colostate.edu.

In other news:

  • John Calderazzo‘s essay “Traveling with Aliens: How Climate Change Made Me Change My Life,” will appear in High Country News‘ September “Writers and Books” issue. A chapter from John’s book Rising Fire will be republished in Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy, forthcoming from Texas Tech University Press.
  • Camille Dungy’s poem, “Complicit (to breathe together),” has been published in The Best American Poetry 2014.
  • Aparna Gollapudi’s essay, “Personhood, Property Rights, and the Child in John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and Daniel Defoe’s Fiction” has been accepted for publication in the journal Eighteenth Century Fiction.
  • Sasha Steensen’s long poem on the High Park Fire, “Afire, it itself made” was published by Omniverse: http://omniverse.us/poetry-sasha-steensen/.  She was interviewed for Late Night Library: http://latenightlibrary.org/sasha-steensen/.  Several reviews of her new book House of Deer have appeared.  You can find them at Jacket2: http://jacket2.org/commentary/sasha-steensens-house-deer-other-domestic-histories, The Rumpus: http://therumpus.net/2014/07/house-of-deer-by-sasha-steensen/, Full Stop: http://www.full-stop.net/2014/06/18/reviews/laura-creste/house-of-deer-sasha-steensen/, and American Microreviews: http://www.americanmicroreviews.com/#!house-of-deer-by-sasha-steensen/c
  • Two of Airica Parker’s poems will appear in the next edition of Aurora magazine.
  • Over the summer, Dan Robinson’s personal essay, “Our Taos Hum,” was published in TWJ Magazine; and his short story, “This Blackdamp World,” was published in the anthology Crime and DisOrder. He will present a paper on “The Inexpressibility Topos in Chapter I of Hemingway’s In Our Time” at the “Literature, Memory and the First World War” Conference at the US Military Academy at West Point in a couple of weeks; he was also invited to participate as part of a panel on Hemingway’s Nick Adams Stories in October in Michigan. The paperback release of his first novel, After the Fire, has been put back to Autumn 2015 by Skyhorse Press. His third novel, Death of a Century: A Novel of the Lost Generation, will be published by Arcade Press in June 2015; and the first reading for that novel will be at the US World War I Museum in Kansas City in June 2015.

Upcoming Reading:

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Fall 2014 Writing Center Hours

Limited Hours Begin Tuesday September 2nd

Johnson Hall Room 119D (Through Room 223)
Tuesday – Friday: 10am-1pm

Regular Hours Start Monday September 8th

Johnson Hall Room 119D (Through Room 223)
Monday – Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-1pm

Morgan Library Room 171
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm

TILT Room 211
Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm


At the English department meeting the Friday before classes started, Lisa Langstraat gave an update on what’s been happening at the Writing Center. Langstraat is the current Director of the Writing Center, where they had a busy and impressive 2013-2014 academic year.

  • The number of consultations provided rose by 25.3% last year, from 4252 in the academic year 2012/13 to 5693 in 2013/14.
  • The Writing Center team implemented a new online appointment system, so while students can still work with a Writing Center consultant without an appointment, they can also make an appointment up to a month in advance, which should help many students plan and make time for revisions before their assignments are due.
  • Worked with students — both undergraduate and graduate — from 191 different academic programs, and more than 350 courses.
  • 46% of consultations were with non-native English speakers who come to CSU from 41 different countries.

This year, the Writing Center has eleven new consultants, five returning consultants, and four internship consultants. Consultants represent a wide range of majors, research interests, and experience — from TESL to Biology.

The Writing Center welcomes their new graduate student director, Sarah Hansen, who is enrolled in the MFA program. Sarah brings significant experience, fresh perspectives, and impressive technological expertise, of which the Writing Center plans to take full advantage this year!

The Writing Center program development goals this year include creating more opportunities for graduate student writers who are working on theses and dissertations, continuing to increase the number of course collaborations with faculty from across the university, and continuing to enhance services for non-native speakers of English.

Find out more about the Writing Center: http://writingcenter.colostate.edu/

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