Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Literature Awards

The English Department hosted its annual dinner to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating seniors Christianna Adams (English), Laura Mikolajczyk (French), and Julianne Prentice (English) and to present a variety of awards honoring academic excellence:
Laura Mikolajczyk, Julianne Prentice, and Christianna Adams

 The Beta Rho chapter of Lambda Iota Tau (LIT), international honor society for literature, proudly welcomed six new inductees: Joseph Biddle (Spanish), Daniel Gertis (English), Kayla Kamp (English), Christine Kozlowski (Spanish), Stephanie Parwulski (English), and Ann Marie Rose (English).
LIT inductees Stephanie Parwulski, Daniel Gertis, and Ann Marie Rose

Dr. Cantwell presented the John T. Masterson Award for excellence in literary studies to Daniel Gertis, an English major specializing in Public Relations and Communications.
Daniel Gertis and Dr. Cantwell

English majors completing the Seminar for English Majors had just presented their research to the faculty that afternoon.  Since the Critical Theory class had used Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre as a central reading this semester, students received a gift of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea.

Finally, Dean Shirley Peterson announced that the prestigious Andre Hannotte Award for Writing would be presented to Laura Mikolajczyk (French) at the Excellence Awards Ceremony preceding Commencement.

Congratulations to the award recipients and to the graduating class of 2015!!
Well done!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Departmental Meeting Thursday February 12

The English Department invites all majors to attend a Departmental Meeting this Thursday, February 12th at 11:30 in DS 222.  Pizza and drinks will be served.  The Agenda will include

  • Fall 2015 course offerings
  • upper division applications
  • Masterson and Sullivan award nominations
  • English Club and Writer's Block information

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

English Department Interviews Rhetoric & Composition Candidates

The English Department invites faculty and English majors to attend presentations by the following candidates for the tenure-track professorship in Rhetoric and Composition:

Friday, February 6, 12:30-1:30 pm, DS 135

     Sigrid Streit, Kent State University: "Body and Mind: Conceptualizing and
           Communicating Health and Technology"

Monday, February 9, 12:30-1:30 pm, DS 135

     Margaret Artman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: "Social Media Makeover:
          Re-envisioning Online Personas for Multiple Audiences"

Tuesday, February 10, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, DS 135

     Jessica Heffner, Kent State University: "Literate Practices and Technological
           Interactions: The Professional, Multimodal Writing of Seniors Composing a
          County Fair"  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Internships and Job Opportunities


Buffalo Trek

The Buffalo trek website and accompanying bi-monthly magazine provide readers whose passion is outdoor fitness, a platform to learn more about running, biking, fitness, multi-sport, paddling, winter sports, and hiking in Western New York.

We are seeking English and/or Communication students who are interested in one of the above references sports to supply us with two featured articles per month during a semester-long internship.  Student articles will be featured with their own by-line in both the online and print versions of Buffalo Trek.  Students will also be encouraged to produce/provide any related video content to complement their articles.

Although this is a non-paying internship, students hoping to gain experience in the advertising side of print/online media will be compensated with a 20% commission for any ad sold for Buffalo Trek.

Contact Jim O'Connor at

Albright-Knox Gallery

The Museum Internship at the ALbright-Knox is designed to provide an educationalexperience in a museum environment to udnergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates.  Internships are available throughout the school year in Fall and Spring sessions, as well as during the summer.  Under the supervision of key museum staff members, interns will participate in activities conducive to their academic and professional growth.  Students who wish to obtain academic credit for their internship may do so and must make their own arrangements with their college or university.

Interns are accepted twice a year.  The Spring session runs from late January through May.  Intern hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules; however, participants are required to intern a minimum of eight hour per week and must complete 90 hours during the internship season.  The deadline for Spring session internships is December 7, 2014.

Contact Kelly Macagnone at

Daemen Athletic Communications Office

The Athletic Communications Office is looking for an intern in Communications who enjoys sports and writing about sports, even if they feel that part of it is just a hobby.  

Contact Michael Miranto at

Job Posting

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We're seeking tutors who meet the following criteria:
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gothic Games Dracula Hint--Who's biting whom?

“Kneeling on the near edge of the bed facing outwards was the white-clad figure of his wife.  By her side stood a tall, thin man, clad in black.  His face was turned from us, but the instant we saw we all recognized the Count. With his left hand he held ––’s hands, keeping them away with her arms at full tension; his right hand gripped her by the neck, forcing her down on his bosom.  Her white nightdress was smeared with blood, and a thin stream trickled down her the man’s bare breast, which was shown by his torn-open dress.” Dracula, Ch. 21

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gothic Games Frankenstein Hint

“I trembled, and my heart failed within me when, on looking up, I saw, by the light of the moon, the daemon at the casement.  A ghastly grin wrinkled his lips as he gazed on me, where I sat fulfilling the task which he had allotted me….As I looked at him, his countenance expressed the utmost of malice and treachery.  I thought with a sensation of madness on my promise of creating another like to him, and, trembling with passion tore to pieces the thing on which I was engaged.”

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Volume 3, Chapter 3

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Gothic Games are Afoot!

The English Department presents a contest for Halloween week, called The Gothic Games.  Guess the answer to each day's literary trivia question, posted on the bulletin board outside the English suite in DS 138.  Enter a drawing to win a prize by placing your answer in the gold box on the reception area desk!  Prizes will be presented at the English Department meeting, next Thursday, October 30th at 11:30 in DS 222.

The Games begin today, with a new question every day through next Thursday--one entry per person per day, please!

Today's question:  What does Roderick Usher hear?

Today's Hint, from Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher":

"Not hear it?  --yes, I hear it, and have heard it.  Long--long--long--many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it--yet I dared not--oh, pity me, miserable wretch that I am!  --I dared not--I dared not speak!  We have put her living in the tomb!  Said I not that my senses were acute?  I now tell you that I heard her first feeble movements in the hollow coffin.  I heard them--many, many days ago--yet I dared not--I dared not speak!  And now--to-night--Ethelred--ha ha!  --the breaking of the hermit's door, and the death-cry of the dragon, and the clangour of the shield!  --say, rather, the rending of her coffin, and the grating of the iron hinges of her prison, and her struggles within the copper archway of the vault!  Oh whither shall I fly?  Will she not be here anon?  Is she not hurrying to upbraid me for my haste?  Have I not heard her footsteps on the stair?  Do I not distinguish that heavy and horrible beating of her heart?  Madman!"  --here he sprang furiously to his feet, and shrieked out his syllables, as if in the effort he were giving up his soul--"Madman! I tell you that she now stands without the door!"