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Friday, August 15, 2014

Poetry from Dr. Joseph Lennon

Villanova English professor Dr. Joseph Lennon recently published "Flatland Haiku Summer" in The Midwest Quarterly (Vol. LV, No. 2).  An excerpt from the poem follows:

If you'd like to read more of the poem, you can find the journal via Falvey’s online access by searching for it under “Articles & more.”

Proofreading Internship with Complete Healthcare Communications

This internship listing comes to us from Iesha Crofoot-Lewis, a Villanova English major graduate, who says, “it’s a great opportunity to gain experience with agency life, as well as gain familiarity with medical jargon.”  CHC, in Chadds Ford, specializes in publication planning for pharmaceutical companies, and is attached to MediMedia (Yardley, Pa.), which specializes in producing advertising collateral for big pharma.  The internship requires Tuesday/Thursday availability and starts this month.  If you are interested, e-mail a cover letter and résumé to Iesha Lewis-Crofoot: ILewis-Crofoot@medimedia.com. 

Proofreading Intern Job Description:
The proofreading intern will learn the basics of medical/pharmaceutical-related proofreading, in the publication planning and ad agency environment. On the job training and shadowing will provide an understanding of proofreading’s role, which is to ensure accuracy throughout the editorial and creative process. During their tenure, interns will learn how to effectively interface between departments, including editorial services, project management, and creative services.
Tasks will include the following:
Proofread medical/pharmaceutical-related layouts (congress posters, journal manuscripts, abstracts, figures) for accuracy against authorized text
Digitally mark recommended changes, interfacing with project management and design staff to ensure accuracy of final product
Will gain familiarity with the AMA style manual and client style standards, plus overall continuity of layout design
The intern will gain expertise with Microsoft SharePoint, Word and PPT, and Adobe Acrobat.

Remember that to receive credit for an internship, you must apply at our Internship Office.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Assistant Editor Internship Opportunity

A fall internship opportunity is available with ReminderMedia, which is located in King of Prussia and which publishes American Lifestyle magazine.  Although the description below says that the company wants the intern to have a bachelor's degree, that's not true;  interested students do not need to have completed a degree but should be going into senior year.  Please email Dr. Evan Radcliffe (evan.radcliffe@villanova.edu) if you wish to apply for the internship.

Basic Function:
Responsible for assisting the editorial department in selecting and editing articles for American Lifestyle magazine and for proofreading the magazine as well as internal and external communication documents.

Help fill magazine with balanced article ideas
Conduct extensive research on potential article topics, and present ideas to editorial team, including story outline, e-mail questionnaire, or interview questions
Conduct interviews, type, and organize proposed dialogue
Find contacts to research and write articles
Maintain professional correspondence with contacts and contributors
Send physical and digital samples to contributors once a magazine is completed
Perform daily status updates with article acquisitions and communicate appropriately with editorial team
Update internal CRM program with notes and statuses as it relates to acquiring content needed for articles
Write web articles, blog posts, and editorial content for American Lifestyle magazine
Research and propose topics for expanded content in web and digital media
Proof articles and entire magazine during the issue-review process
Proof Tear Out Cards (TOCs), ads, and documents for creative department as needed
Proof internal and external documents for all other departments as needed
Proof websites, e-mails, and social media as needed
Orchestrate communication with contributors to further connect ReminderMedia with our magazine content and readers
Assist in the gathering of social media and web content
Address any grammar discrepancies as it relates to the Chicago Manual of Style and ReminderMedia house preferences
Help resolve questions and concerns of our customers as it relates to the editorial content
Fact-check composed articles materials submitted by freelance contributors
All other related duties as assigned by Supervisor

Bachelor’s degree in English or related degree
No prior experience required
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, and general computer knowledge

Remember that to receive credit for an internship, you must apply at our Internship Office.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Prof. Lisa Sewell's "King Lear"

Prof. Lisa Sewell's poem "King Lear" was the May 21 poem of the day on poets.org.  “‘King Lear’ is part of a sequence of poems," explains Prof. Sewell, "that explore the intersection of reading and the construction of identity. Many of the different relationships in King Lear have resonated for me at different points in my life and by the time I wrote this poem, I had already written two other poems with this title. During the last days of his life, my father, mad with what the hospice nurse called ‘sundowner syndrome,’ made me understand the play again in a completely unexpected and heartbreaking way.”

King Lear

For the father who wakes
and wakes himself, eyes full of himself

and for the one, who when the sun descends
slips into the stormy

smite flat the rotundity o’ the world.

Done in with conspiracy and murder
in his sleep (his eye-tooth finally unfixed
and tucked into a cheek for safekeeping)

he dreams of a three-armed garment
unable to wonder or comprehend
how he has come to this blurred ridge and broken—

I try to fix in my mind, his shining eyes
the terrors he shut his lips against

and his early morning utterly lucid accusation:
“I never would have believed,” he said to me
“that you would be among them.”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Prof. Megan Quigley Wins Tolle Lege Teaching Award

On May 9, the English department's Prof. Megan Quigley was named the winner of the Tolle Lege Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Tolle Lege Award acknowledges excellence in teaching of a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Awards are presented annually for excellence in teaching in Science and Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Nominations are solicited at the beginning of the Spring semester each year. Nominated faculty are reviewed by a College committee who evaluate course content, student and faculty teaching evaluations, and other evidence of teaching excellence in selecting award winners.

Prof. Quigley is on the left in the picture below.  On the right is Prof. Cathy Staples, who won the Tolle Lege Award for Teaching Excellence among adjunct faculty.  She taught for many years in the English department and now teaches in Honors.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Nicholas Nickleby First Edition at Falvey

Falvey Library recently obtained a complete first edition of Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby--as it was originally published in serial form.  As Laura Bang, the library's Digital Humanities Coordinator and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, explains, "The novel was published in 19 installments of 20 parts (with the last issue being a double issue) in 1839.  It is in excellent condition and seems to have all advertisements intact (including a rather remarkable advertisement for wax seals that includes colorful samples of the seals on the page).  This set was generously donated by the Midwestern Province of the Augustinian Order via Villanova's own Augustinian Historical Institute. We are hoping to digitize this soon."

The library's first edition of Nicholas Nickleby.

The advertisement for seal wafers.

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Yorker Blog Post on Nellie Bly and Prof. Jean Lutes

A recent New Yorker blog post talks at length about Nellie Bly and Prof. Jean Lutes' Penguin edition of her writing--and quotes Prof. Lutes.  Click here to read the post.

Prof. Jean Lutes in her Villanova office.