Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Welcome New Major Aliesha!

First year English major Aliesha describes herself as "able to listen to what people have to say, but always stand up for what I believe in or share my opinion if needed."  A good listener who nonetheless knows the importance of forming her own ideas, Aliesha says she may "walk around with a confident smile," but she is still "aware that there is plenty of more to learn."  

Coming to Daemen from the Bronx, Aliesha observes, "I've always been able to communicate with other people very well and even on a deeper level than some of their closest friends! In fact interacting with others is another drive of mine because I am constantly encouraging others to go for what they want or even there to simply cheer them on. It's what I do, I love to see other people excel as well as, be happy myself." 

She adds, "I'm always aiming to be better. I never stay in the same place for long. I can adjust and am willing to adjust for the better."  Her positive attitude and eagerness to learn will be great assets as she begins her first year of the English program, and we look forward to giving her a warm welcome.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Welcome New English Major Shenell!

The English community welcomes first-year major Shenell of Brooklyn, who describes herself as "outgoing, hardworking, and productive."  Shenell says she is "sociable" and loves fashion.  Her favorite book read in high school is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie.  "I really like this book because it is very relatable," Shenell says, noting that "it talks about the struggles within a family and how sexism and religion plays a role in people's behavior."

Please come meet Shenell and welcome her to the English Department at our annual First Day Pizza Party at 4 pm in the English suite on the first day of classes, Tuesday, September 6th.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Visit to Bronte Country

Up in the moors of West Yorkshire, even July can be windblown and wintry.  Visitors take refuge in the tiny hamlet of Haworth, home to the three Bronte sisters--Charlotte, Emily, and Anne.  Their father was the rector of the small stone church that stands across from the Bronte Parsonage.  As he conducted parish business in his front parlor office, his daughters sat at a long oak dining table centered before the fireplace in the sitting room across the hall, Charlotte working on Jane Eyre and Emily on Wuthering Heights.  

In Charlotte's room upstairs, one of her dresses stands on display, its tiny size and fragile condition seeming to contradict reports of the sisters walking long distances in all weather across the blustery moors.

Today, hikers follow the path outside the Parsonage that leads across Haworth Moor to the Bronte Bridge & Waterfall on the way to Top Withens, supposed to be the inspiration for the Wuthering Heights house.  The moors, purple with heather and deep in ferns, offer no shelter for miles around.  Sheep bleat from one field to the next, as the wind rushes through long grasses and whips at the lone tree that marks the stone ruins of Top Withens, solitary and sublime.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Internship Opportunity with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Kapila Kapoor, the Western New York Regional Assistant for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, write to invite Daemen students to apply for internships this fall. The Buffalo office has extended the deadline for internship application for the 2016 Fall Semester.

As a leading national politician, Senator Gillibrand’s list of former interns is extensive and impressive. Our former interns currently work in a great deal of different fields across the public and private sectors from academia to the White House. At our office, you will have the opportunity to learn and grow while determining if public service is your desired field.

Interns at Senator Gillibrand’s office are an essential part of our work environment and are prepared for exceptional careers in law, politics, or any field they choose. Typical intern duties include supporting staff with constituent outreach and advocacy events, participating in meetings with community leaders and organizations, monitoring daily regional news, and serving as an advocate on behalf of Buffalo for the Senator.  

Interns that wish to work during an academic semester may apply for college credit through their department or college career office depending on their specific institution’s policies.  We are more than happy to accommodate any requirements that your respective college or university has for internship credit.

If you are interested in applying for this program, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1 letter of recommendation to Be sure to have everything completed and submitted by September 1st  

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at (716)854-9725. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Literature and Medicine--Why One Doctor Started a Book Club

Surgical resident Dr. Daniel Marchalik reads Emily Dickinson to medical students.  An undergraduate English major, he found himself returning to literature "to help me formulate questions I had trouble pinning down, like why it was so easy to ignore the dead (and later, living) bodies around me? Illustrated cross-sections of the brain did little to illuminate the workings of my own mind. I needed time and space for introspection."  Dr. Marchalik claims that reading and thinking about books helps to counter the "practiced detachment" cultivated in his work--read why he calls literature "the anatomy lab of the mind":

Reading Novels at Medical School 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

The English community--faculty and students alike--sends the Class of 2016 off with warm wishes for every future success.  We were pleased to snap this photo just before the Commencement exercises began.  Department faculty were on hand to witness our grads cross the stage and change their tassles--the English Department was especially proud when Daniel Gertis was announced as the recipient of the prestigious Charles Lumsden Award, Daemen College's highest honor, given to the senior with the highest cumulative GPA.  Daniel will continue his education by beginning a Master's program in Media Studies at The New School in New York City.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

English Dinner Honors Graduates and Majors

The English Department hosted its annual awards dinner last night in Alumni Lounge.  This year’s theme, “Dining around the Mediterranean,” featured dishes representing Greece, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Kayla Kamp, Stephanie Parwulski, Daniel Gertis & Ann Marie Rose
The event celebrated the graduation of seniors Laura Bowman, Daniel Gertis, Kayla Kamp, Stephanie Parwulski, Ann Marie Rose, and Yolanda Stewart-Jones, who were honored with Daemen College pens and a corsage or boutonniere  presented by the department.

The three departmental awards were announced.  Daniel Gertis was awarded the John T. Masterson Award for literature and writing, Ann Marie Rose received the Katherine Sullivan Award for an outstanding student entering the field of English teaching, and Stephanie Parwulski was honored with the Senior Thesis Award for her essay on Maya Angelou.  All three awards will be presented before the Daemen College community at the Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony on May 20th.

Andreah Mott, Kelly Ferreira, and Sara Hornung
Summer Phillipson and Jeremia Squires were honored for their work on The Insight.  They will receive awards at the Student Leadership Awards ceremony.

Rising juniors Alexandra Danks, Kelly Ferreira, Sara Hornung, Andreah Mott, Hanna Perillo, and Summer Phillipson were formally awarded Upper Division status.

Seniors passed small candles to members of the Class of 2019, just completing their first year.
Samantha Then, Alisha Espinosa, Brooklyn Crockton, Cassandra Johnson,
Heather Brady, Mikyla Fisher, Connor Lotempio, and Jeremia Squires

Photo credit: Dr. Charlie Wesley