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Faculty Accomplishments

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In October 2013, Simone Billings attended the Northern California-Nevada affiliate of Writing Program Administrators at San Jose State, which was held in conjunction with writing program administrators from local community colleges. 

In November 2013, she presented "Away with Words: Technology and First-Year Writing," a presentation on examples of assignments students can do that make sense for the goals of a writing course at a Cengage conference in San Antonio, TX, for writing instructors.

This quarter (Winter 2014), along with Michael Lasley, she is preparing to bring two majors to present their original work at the Sigma Tau Delta convention in Savannah GA February 26-March 2. Please see for the complete program.  During Spring break Simone will chair a session at C's (Conference of College Composition and Communication)on Women's Languages and Representations and looks forward also to networking again with colleagues of the JCRC (Jesuit Conference of Rhetoric and Composition) at their breakfast meeting.

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In January, John Espinoza attended the Tupelo Writers Conference at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California. This 2-day workshop focused on generating new work and choosing the right publisher. John also has two poems appearing in Spillway

John Hawley
John Hawley's essay, "Trans Autobiographies as Performative Utterances," appears in Transgender Experience: Place, Ethnicity, and Visibility, eds. Chantal Zabus and David Coad.  New York and London: Routledge, 2014: 137-152.

John Hawley published two encyclopedia entries: “Colonialism and Mandates,” and “Christianity” in  Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, eds. Edward Ramsamy, Andrea L. Stanton, Peter J. Seybolt, and Carolyn Elliott.  Sage. Vol. 2: 243-45; 245-48.  He was the invited respondent for an MLA panel on "The Sacred and the Sexual in South Asian Literature," and a panelist on professionalism for graduate students at the South Asian Literature Association conference in Chicago.

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Ron Hansen's novels are considered in two new critical commentaries:  The Fine Delight:  Post-conciliar Catholic Literature by Nicholas Ripatrazone and Truthful Fictions:  Conversations with Biographical Novelistsby Michael Lackey.
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Jacquelyn Hendricks filed her dissertation entitled "'Written in the langage of Scottis natioun': The Intersection of Language and National Identity in Fourteenth- to Sixteenth-Century Middle Scots Poetry" in December, officially graduating with her Ph.D. from Northwestern.
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Robin Tremblay-McGaw's CTW 2: Art, Culture & Social Justice course, four student reviews of the "Sip. Do Not Gulp" and "Reduce, Reuse, and Re-imagine" art exhibits have been published on the de Saisset Museum's website. You can find links to the reviews, student photos, and bios on the English Department's website as well! 
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Cruz Medina just had his article, Nuestros Refranes: Culturally Relevant Writing in Tucson High Schools published in Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing and Service Learning. Volume 13, Issue 1, Fall 2013. He has also blogged about it, including a companion video for this piece that he made with the help of his LEAD students:
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Christine Montgomery presented a paper titled “Anachronistic Prophecies and the Slaves’ Archive” at the MLA in January. Her article “Time is...a Pendulum: Anachronism, Prophecy and Collective Emancipation in Arna Bontemps’ Black Thunder” is currently under “revise and resubmit” at MELUS.
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Tim Myers's article, entitled "Women in Traditional Storytelling," will be published in Facts & Fiction Magazine (UK, May 2014).
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Aparajita Nanda published the edited volume The Strangled Cry: The Communication and Experience of Trauma (Oxford: IDP, 2013).

Loring Pfeiffer
Loring Pfeiffer had two essays published at the end of 2013.

"'Some for this Faction cry, others for that': Royalist Politics, Courtesanship, and Bawdry in Aphra Behn’s The Rover, Part II" in Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 37:2 (Fall 2013).

“'A Most Obedient Wife’: Passive Resistance and Tory Politics in Eliza Haywood’s A Wife to Be Lett" in Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800, ed. Anne Greenfield (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013).

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Roxanne Rashedi enjoyed helping her Peer Educators organize an event on "Mindfulness" last quarter in Sobrato Hall. During the holiday, Roxanne spent time with her loved ones and friends and led a donation Vinyasa Flow class. Her heart filled with gratitude when dozens of practitioners showed up on Christmas Day to flow for a a cause. All of the donations went to support EMQ, a local agency which offers treatment to children and youth with behavioral health challenges. She is currently pursuing her second advanced training in Flow Yoga and is helping coordinate other Seva based events. Roxanne is taking a course on compassion and is interested in learning more about how to cultivate it in various pedagogical contexts. She looks forward to volunteering and facilitating a workshop on mindfulness for secondary educators later this year. 
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Juan Velasco was invited to a dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Monday afternoon, February 24, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Leavey Center at Santa Clara University. The dialogue will focus on the role of compassion in business and organizational life. We will explore the question, “Is there room for compassion in business?” This program is co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. They are inviting a cross section of Silicon Valley leaders and academics to participate in this dialogue. Kirk Hanson, executive director of SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, will chair the session and ask questions submitted from the audience. The Dalai Lama and the two co-sponsoring centers have given top priority to studying the potential for greater compassion and other-directedness in business and organizational life. 

English Alumni and Student Recognition

Professor Mike Malone's students from ENGL 198, the internship class:

Liz Wassmann – Still writing for Metro and The Santa Clara, has written for the SJ Mercury-News, and Mike Malone is currently pitching a piece of hers to Huffington Post. She's landed an internship at Zuckerberg Media in Menlo Park (that's Mark's sister).

Eliza Lamson – Still writing for Metro, starting to write for Community Newspapers, and has landed a job/internship at Diablo Magazine in Contra Costa County. She is also interning at North Atlantic Publishing.

Gabrielle Jasinski – Still writing for Metro; working in Los Altos at Publishing Power, Inc., a full-service publishing agency, writing and marketing for customers like NetApp, Cisco, and Packard-Bell. She starts full-time this summer.

David Veerman – Internship at PRx Inc., a major PR agency in San Jose. He'll be working on special projects in print, Web and television.

Stephen Layton – Still writing for Metro; begins interning there this Spring; editor-in-chief of Santa Clara Review

Hannah Miller – Job at Juniper Networks starting in June, publicist for the Santa Clara Review. Has been a publicist for the Churchill Club.

Michael Rosa – Still has Warner Bros job in movie promotion.

Sophia Boettcher (Engineering major) – Internship at PatientKey Inc.

Lisette Ramos – Still interning at Univision, likely internship at KNTV and at Telemundo.

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Meetings and Events: Mark Your Calendar!

Meeting/Event: Date: Time: Location:
Why Harry Potter and South Park Need Chaucer Wed. Feb. 26, 14 12:00pm–1:30pm CA Mission Room
Great Grammar Debate Wed. Feb. 26, 14 6:00pm–7:00pm Graham Lounge
Canterbury Meeting Thur. Feb. 27, 14 4:00pm–5:00pm St. Joseph's 309
Executive Meeting Tue. Mar. 4, 14 10:20am – 11:50am SJ 217
Department Meeting Mon. Mar. 10, 14 11:45am – 12:50pm Kennedy Commons
Senior Awards Dinner Thur. May 29, 14 5:00pm – 7:30pm Adobe Lodge

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