Santa Clara University English Insider Newsletter
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Department News

Congratulations to Jeff Zorn for receiving the The Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence.

Congratulations to Michelle Burnham for receiving the award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship.

Congratulations to Dolores LaGuardia, presented posthumously - Presidential Award for Exemplary Service.

Congratulations to Jefferson Dela Cruz for getting accepted into the graduate School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. He will be studying to get his Masters in Leadership Education Administration.

Faculty Accomplishments

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Over the summer Simone Billings was elected Vice-President of the Northern California- Nevada Affiliate of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (http://wpacouncil.org/). As is the procedure within this affiliate, Simone will serve this year as the Vice-President, next year as the President, and the third year as the affiliate's Liaison to the national organization. She also became one of the volunteer Fulbright alumni to be a discipline-specific reviewer for grant proposals. Presently Simone is reviewing a proposal by a Polish national for the Polish-US Fulbright Commission (the applicant wishes to conduct research at a Florida university).

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Rebekah Bloyd's "The Making of the chapbook 'Handsome' " is part of an every-square-inch-packed-with-process show now at the Oliver Art Center in Oakland.  Some 45 teaching artists, designers, architects, and writers reveal how they make what they make.  For more information, see: http://www.cca.edu/calendar/2013/2013-cca-faculty-exhibition  She is a workshop leader and panelist in the First Annual Lindsay Wildlife Museum Wild About Writers Celebration. This intimate one-day conference is focused on inspiration and craft; the keynote speaker is Malcolm Margolin, publisher, of HeyDay Books. All proceeds benefit the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.  For more information, see:  http://wildaboutwriters.wordpress.com

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Michelle Burnham is currently editing volume 44 of Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, a scholarly journal published by Johns Hopkins UP for ASECS. English major Ashley Barros is working as an assistant with her on this project. .Michelle will be giving a paper on “Breadfruit, Plantain, and Sugarcane: Transplantation in Revolutionary Jamaica” at the conference "Beyond Sweetness: New Histories of Sugar in the Early Atlantic World" at the John Carter Brown Library, Providence RI, October 24-26. Conference website here: http://blogs.brown.edu/sugarandbeyond/sample-page/
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Stephen Carroll’s book chapter finally appeared in print this month. "The Importance of Interface: A Tale of Two Sites," appeared in Science Education and Civic Engagement: The Next Level. Published by the American Chemical Society, the volume is edited by Richard D. Sheardy and Wm. David Burns.  In March he gave a talk at the 25th Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching in Pomona on Building Brain-Based Learning Skills to Help Students Succeed.  In April he gave a 1-hour mini-workshop with Melissa Ganus at the WASC Academic Resource Conference in San Diego. The workshop was titled "MetaLearning: Better Preparing Students to Learn and Adapt in a Fast-Forward World."   He gave a talk at the 2013 AAC&U conference on Student Success and the Quality Agenda in Miami, FL. The 3-hour pre-conference workshop was titled: Getting Students to Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning: Keys to Student Success, and the following day he gave a plenary talk and 3-hour workshop at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Both focused on teaching students how to learn as a means of improving both student and faculty performance.
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Diane Dreher spent June and July completing 120 practicum hours at the Georgia Travis Center, offering life coaching to homeless women. She published a chapter, “Abnormal Psychology in the Renaissance,” in In T. G. Plante (Ed.). Abnormal psychology across the ages. Vol 1: History and conceptualizations(pp. 33-50).Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. Her paper (with David Feldman and Robert Numan), “Controlling parents survey: Measuring the influence of parental control on personal development in college students,” was accepted by College Student Affairs Journal and is currently in press. She interviewed Bernie Siegel, M.D. on his new book, The Art of Healing and UCLA psychologist Marc Schoen on his new book, Your Survival Instinct is Killing You for two forthcoming feature articles. She offeried a workshop on vocation discernment practices from her book, Your Personal Renaissance at St. Simon’s Church in Los Altos on October 10.
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An associate editor for The Best American Nonrequired Reading asked John to submit his 2012 published work for consideration. His poem, "Reefer Madness Strikes Frankie Avila," which appeared in Red Wheelbarrow (vol. 13), made it past the first editorial round. John's 2012 published work was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
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Andy Garavel’s essay, "The Shoulder of Shasta: Bram Stoker's California Romance," has been published in Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays, ed. Jarlath Killeen (Four Courts Press, Dublin).
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Kirk Glaser has had two poems, "Indian Cove" and "What's Left on the Tongue," accepted for publication by Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry. His panel proposal was accepted for AWP 2014 in Seattle: Dwelling on the Edge: New California Writing. Juan Velasco is one of the panelists. 
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John Hawley presented a paper on queer theology at a postcolonial theology conference at the Instituto Universitario ISEDET in Buenos Aires.  He has signed a contract with SUNY press for his edited volume, entitled Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies, due out in about a year.  It will be part of their Queer Politics and Cultures series.  His essay, “Distancing the Recent Past: New Forms of Discomfort with AIDS in the U.S.,” has been published in HIV in World Cultures: Three Decades of Representations, ed. by Gustavo Subero (Ashgate, 2013): 13-33.
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Maria Judnick celebrated her graduation from St. Mary's College's MFA program by taking a short beach vacation to Mendocino with friends and participating in a few readings around the East Bay.  She also finished a third term as the Project Coordinator for a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for School Teachers -- "John Steinbeck: The Voice of a Region, a Voice for America" -- from July 14-August 2nd.  Maria has been recruited to serve as the Project Coordinator for a new two week NEH Institute "The Immigrant Experience in California through Literature and Film" in July 2014 and will begin writing /editing materials for the website in the coming weeks.  Her essay, "The Name of Hitchcock!  The Fame of Steinbeck: The Legacy of Lifeboat" was completed in early August and will be included in the collection entitled Hitchcock and Adaptation, edited by Mark Osteen, to be published by Scarecrow Press in fall 2014.  Maria is continuing her writing workshop with the young adult author Deborah Davis and is nearly halfway through her first draft of a YA mystery novel.
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The premiere screening of "Cease and Desist," a documentary about the struggle of four family farms in Northern California following new government regulations and law enforcement crackdowns on old community-based agricultural practices, will be this Wednesday  (10/23, at 6 pm, Performing Arts Center).  As you may recall, Cynthia’s other half, Yahia Mahamdi, has been working on the film (with Cynthia wearing her producer hat) and the film is now making the film festival circuit (including Sundance).  The screening is part of a series of events celebrating the University's Sustainability Day.
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Cruz Medina’s “The Family Profession” appeared in College Composition and Communication 65.1 (Sept 2013).
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Tim Myers was interviewed by Dashka Slater for "The Many Paths to Publication," (on her blog, found at dashkaslater.com).  (October 2013).  He had a flash fiction reading, Flash Fiction Forum, WORKS Gallery, San Jose.  (October 9, 2013), and on Oct 7 spoke at the Santa Clara Public Library on "How to Make Them Readers:  A Discussion for Parents of Kids of All Ages".
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Aparajita Nanda’s article entitled "Power, Politics and Domestic Desire in Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood" has been published Callaloo vol 36 no. 3 (Summer 2013)
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Don Riccomini published three solicited critical reviews of books in Technical Communications.
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In July Robin taught a workshop for teachers--middle school through college--entitled "Writing & Thinking" at the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College. This 25 hour-long series of workshops  "provides a retreat where teachers experience themselves as writers, are introduced to IWT’s basic writing practices, and reflect on the way they teach writing." Then in August Robin once again spent 3 weeks with 13 of the incoming Bard freshman in the "Language and Thinking Program, an intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences with a particular focus on writing. Established at Bard College in 1981 [and based on Peter Elbow's pedagogy], Language and Thinking fosters robust interdisciplinary study, innovative pedagogy, and writing across a wide range of genres." In June her experimental article in the form of a mock interview, "Questions, Read-Thrus, and Alterity in the Work of Joan Retallack" appeared in Aufgabe. You can find the article online at:
http://xpoetics.blogspot.com/2013/08/robin-tremblay-mcgaw-and-auto-fairy-on.html.
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Julia Voss defended her dissertation, went on a European honeymoon, finished putting together (with coauthors) an edited collection, The Best of the Independent Composition Journals 2011 (in production), and moved from Ohio to the Bay Area.
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Jeff Zorn, in his second year of phased retirement, has been certified as a San Francisco School Volunteer and is taking classes in writing and performing stage monologue. His most recent publications include: "A Non-Zionist Drash of Lech Lecha,” Explore (Spring 2013): 14-17;  “”Keep the Door Open,” Santa Clara Magazine (Spring-Summer, 2013): 12-13; and “English Compositionism as Fraud and Failure,” Academic Questions 26:3 (Fall 2013): 270-284.
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Meeting/Event: Date: Time: Location:
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Writing Faculty Workshop Wed. Oct. 23, 13 11:50am–12:50pm O'Connor 201
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Cease and Desist Wed. Oct. 23, 13 6pm–8pm Performing Arts
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Executive Meeting Mon. Oct. 28, 13 1:30pm–3pm St. Joseph's 217
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Tenured Track Meeting Tue. Oct. 29, 13 12pm–1:30pm St. Joseph's 309
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Second Dept. Meeting Tue. Nov. 5, 13 3:30 – 5pm Wiegand Room
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Writing Faculty Workshop Wed. Nov. 13, 13 3:45pm – 4:45pm O'Connor 201
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Tenure-Stream Faculty Mon. Dec. 2, 13 1pm – 2:05pm A&S 232
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Third Dept. Meeting Mon. Dec. 9, 13 12pm – 1:20pm A&S 135
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