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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Coffee and Chocolate with the English Department


Profs. Evan Radcliffe and Heather Hicks picking the raffle winners.  The prize = an English t-shirt.

Ryan Zalla, Casey Berger, Luke Hensley.  Casey was one of the day's prize winners.


Prof. Travis Foster also made his famous brownies for the coffee break.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

English Coffee Break on Thursday

You’re all invited to our first spring Coffee Break this Thursday afternoon (Feb. 11).  This time it’s the Valentine’s edition, and it features Dr. Travis Foster’s famous brownies along with Valentine's Day chocolates and (of course) coffee.  Readings of great love poetry are optional.

We also just received a new shipment of the English department T-shirts that we unveiled last year, which were all sold out. You can buy a shirt for just $10, or maybe even win one in a raffle!


Summer Opportunity for Juniors

Last summer, English major Chidimma Uwalaka  completed an “amazing” fellowship in Brooklyn, New York, and she is now a Campus Ambassador for Uncommon Schools, a charter management organization that “starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.”  She asked that we share the following information about a position with Uncommon Schools.

From Chidimma:
Are you a college junior passionate about urban education and school reform? Know someone who is? If so, APPLY to the 2016 Summer Teaching Fellowship here, and encourage your peers to do the same. The application deadline is quickly approaching; March 4th is the last time to submit for this amazing opportunity to teach deserving students, earn a paycheck, and live in an awesome city for FREE! For more information, feel free to contact me via email at cuwalaka@villanova.edu. As a 2015 alumna of this amazing fellowship, I am more than happy to answer any questions and help with the application process!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Advertising Job with Centro

We’ve received an e-mail from Ashley Ayoob, a Villanova English major who graduated last year, about a job for a Media Associate in the Boston office of Centro, a Digital Media and Tech agency, where she works.  While Centro is looking for someone who can start full time right away, Ashley says students graduating in May are more than welcome to apply to get their name in the pipeline for future opportunities.

Ashley would be happy to talk with any interested students:  aayoob1@villanova.edu.  The job is posted here.




Friday, January 22, 2016

Associated Press Workshop

Students Attend Associated Press Workshop at Temple University
By Blaire Fenniman (Cultural Studies major)

Dr. Karyn Hollis and seven students attended the Philadelphia Associated Press News Train workshop at Temple University on November 13th.  The students included three English majors (Carl Cacela, Celeste Manapsal, Maria McGeary) six Writing and Rhetoric concentrators (Marie Bouffard, Carl Cacela, Princess Garrett, Celeste Manapsal, Maria McGeary, Faith Wells) and Christine Bucher, an editor for a journal published by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.  The workshop sessions emphasized the use of technology in gathering and writing news.

Dr. Hollis and her students attended various sessions that introduced them to video production using smartphones, writing news for mobile platforms, and maximizing their use of social media for reporting and branding. The News Train workshops were led by working journalists and media experts, giving students first-hand guidance about these evolving news platforms.

The workshops Dr. Hollis and her students enjoyed the most involved social media and big data collections: Digital Storytelling, Using Social Media for Personal Branding & Audience Engagement, Shooting Effective Video on Your Smartphone, Producing Data-Driven Enterprise Stories Efficiently, and Using Social Media as Powerful Reporting Tools.

For more information about the APME News Train workshops, which are open to all, jump on board here.

Marie Bouffard, Charisma Presley, Celeste Manapsal, Faith Wells, Maria McGeary, & Christine Bucher. (not pictured: Carl Cacela)