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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Meet This Year's Advisory Committee!

Students on the Advisory Committee serve as consultants for the English department and as advisors for younger majors and prospective majors.  This fall they will also be involved in the planning of a variety of special events.  We have found the committee to be an invaluable departmental resource and would welcome your contribution to it. Please contact Prof. Michael Berthold if you are interested in joining.

Aisha Chughtai (Junior) / achughta@viillanova.edu
I am a junior English and Biology double major, with a double minor in Spanish and Humanities. I am also the current President of the Villanova Muslim Student Association (MSA), a contributor for The Villanova Times, and a tutor at the Villanova Writing Center. I am largely interested in the sciences and hope to attend medical school after graduation. I am also hoping to use my diverse curriculum to become involved in scientific, political, and social journalism. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing—across a wide field of genres—and conducting insightful, esoteric research that allows me to stay witty and well-informed.
Emily Crooker (Junior) / ecrooker@villanova.edu

I am a junior English major with a Political Science minor. I chose English as my major because I knew it would allow me freedom in my learning experience at Villanova University. It is perfect because I am able to take classes on a variety of subjects while still acquiring the foundation for the writing and analytical skills I will need on my career path post graduation.

Jenny Lee (Junior) / jlee84@villanova.edu
I am a junior English major pursuing minors in Chinese and Communications.  I am interested in mass communication and pop culture, and I hope to pursue a career in the media field.  This previous summer I interned with Turner Broadcasting in the Entertainment Integrated Marketing Team and have gained a great deal of useful insight through that experience.  On campus, I am a contributing columnist for the Opinions section of The Villanovan, a tutor at the Writing Center, and the events chair for the Korean Students Association.  During my free time, I enjoy reading modern and post-modern American literature, perusing online magazines and blogs, and crafting witty less-than-140-character tweets about my daily musings.

Grace Kim (Junior) / gkim5@villanova.edu
I am a junior English major, and I chose English because reading and writing allow me to explore, imagine, create, and I love that! I am also a member of the dance team, Ablaze, actively involved as a mentor for Multicultural Affairs, and serve with Campus Ministry. I hope to attend graduate school and aspire to be an English teacher because I adore kids!

Mary Grace Mangano (Senior)/ mmanga03@villanova.edu
I am a senior English and Honors major with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric and an Italian minor. I studied abroad last spring in Padua, Italy, and I took courses in Italian contemporary literature and language. This past summer, I had an internship with Open Road Integrated Media in New York City where I learned about e-book publishing. I love Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Harry Potter, and many other books and authors. I enjoy creative writing, too. I am also the co-Editor-in-Chief of The Villanovan, a Polls Poet, a campus ministry lector, a CRS Ambassador, an Honors Peer Advisor, and an Ambassador. I am excited for my last year at Villanova!
Mary Grace

Kevin Reilly (Senior) / kreill11@villanova.edu
I am a senior English major with a Business minor from the Summer Business Institute at Villanova. During my junior year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Galway, Ireland. The experience allowed me to pursue an interest in Irish literature that I developed at Villanova and to study writers like James Joyce in their home country. I have interned on the NYMEX and recently finished an internship with the WorkReady program in Philadelphia.

Nelson Rice (Junior) / nrice2@villanova.edu
I am a junior History and English double major at Villanova University. I am also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honors society and the Villanova Sailing team. After graduating from Villanova, I hope to attend law school. My favorite aspects of the English major are the excellent professors and the in-depth discussions that we have every class. 

Danielle Sekerak (Junior) / dsekerak@villanova.edu
I am a junior English major with a minor in Spanish. Reading literary novels is very much a learning process for me, while writing is an expressive process. I enjoy creative writing and deciphering Shakespeare! I am involved in Blue Key, Ambassadors, and the orientation steering committee. 

Lily Suh (Junior) / lsuh@villanova.edu
I am a junior English major on a pre-med track. My literary interests range from Shakespeare to Vonnegut, and I have recently developed a new-found appreciation for Medieval works as well! I find that English and literature are key to learning about the past and are applicable to any future a person may envision for himself or herself. 
Jessica Swoboda (Junior) / jswoboda@villanova.edu
I am a junior English major with a second major in Humanities. I am a member of the Honors Program, the Varsity Field Hockey team, the Faith and Learning Scholars Program, and the Villanova Athletics Leadership Institute. I am also a Writing Center Tutor, and my primary interest is in 20th century British Literature. In the past, I have interned with my district's U.S. Congressman as a Constituent Service Representative. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school and aspire to be an English professor.
Emily Tifft (Sophomore) / etifft@villanova.edu
I am a sophomore English, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Honors triple major. I plan to pursue a career in law. I am the co-president of Villanova Students against Breast Cancer, a member of the Pre-Law Society, an Honors Peer Advisor, and a member of Villanova Women in Business. I love being an  English major, and I am thrilled to spread my love of reading and writing through this committee!

Katie Tucciarello (Senior) / ctuccio1@villanova.edu
I am a senior English major with a minor in Business and am attempting a second minor in Sociology. This past summer, I interned with the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office in Pennsylvania, and this spring, I am looking forward to interning with the Philadelphia District Attorney. If it is not obvious, I am applying to law school this fall and hope to attend Fordham to study labor law. 

Nkiruka Umegbolu (Senior) / numegb01@villanova.edu
I am a senor English major with a double minor in Communications and Sociology. Throughout my academic career, I have secured internships at Golin Harris and Weber Shandwick, two reputable public relations firms. As an English major, I am able to utilize my writing and critical thinking skills when editing press releases, writing media reports, and communicating with my colleagues.