Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Departmental Meeting Thursday, October 1st

Pizza, New Friends, New Classes, and Upcoming Events--join the English Department for its first meeting for English majors this Thursday, October 1st at 11:30 am in DS 222.

We'll be introducing new majors and faculty, presenting awards to current majors, and discussing Advance Registration for Spring 2016 classes.  Plus, English graduate Thomas Wilkie will tell us about his entrepreneurial project, Storify.

Find out what's going on in the English Department, join the English Club, contribute an article to The Insight or a poem to The Writer's Block!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

English Major Finds a "Welcoming Community" in Internship

English major Hanna Perillo (junior, Communications/Public Relations specialization) shares her reasons for choosing English as a major and tells us about her internship:

"I chose to study English because I find it such an interesting subject to learn about; there are so many different directions that the English field can lead a person to, and I want to study all those different areas. I am someone who easily becomes lost in a book, finds interest in learning about multiple writing styles, and enjoys talking to people I may or may not know.  I am a 'people person,' and I believe that if I have the skills to speak calmly, coolly, and collectedly, I should pursue a major where I can put those communication skills to great use. 

 My internship has prepared me for my career path because I was able to learn about how much work goes into running a well-developed, rapidly growing company. Working for NOCO Energy Corp. this summer, and currently as an office intern, has given me the opportunity to see that communicating with people daily, promoting NOCO's company, and traveling to different areas of Western New York are all tasks that I enjoy. This past summer, I looked forward to each day of my internship because I was doing something new every time, and with each task came a new experience that I was learning from to help me follow a career path based on my Communications and Public Relations specialization. Most importantly, what I learned this summer from working for NOCO Energy Corp. is that my studies are heading  me in the right direction because my job did not seem like work to me, but rather a welcoming community where I could put my skills to use every day. I love the major I am studying, and I cannot wait to see what potential job opportunities are in store for me."

Monday, September 7, 2015

From English Major to Entrepreneur

Thomas Wilkie, class of 2014, is using the communication skills he developed as an English major to create his own business, Storillo, "a collaborative writing platform for education that engages students to work and learn together."  In a recent interview, Thomas explains that
"Storillo is a collaborative storytelling network where people connect to tell stories piece by piece. Like how I have been begun integrating the various voices at Sandbox into Storillo, we are trying to move that process online and get people to collaborate on stories. 
Why is this important? In our constantly connected world, how much are we really connecting? Clicking like or following someone when you are bored is not creating any true, meaningful connections between people.  Instead, we believe people connect more deeply by sharing in a common experience.  We want to break down the walls that divide people and bring them together to create. 
Our focus on collaboration and creation is essential because as our world grows more complex, we need to develop the skills to work together effectively to create solutions to ever more complex problems. And by using stories we are encouraging people to think creatively and to not be afraid to take chances." 
Read more about Thomas's business: Storillo: A Collaborative Story in Progress

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Majors Bring New Talents to English Department

The English Department continues its series on new English majors by introducing Brooklyn and Heather:

A recent graduate of Pittsford Sutherland High School in Rochester, Brooklyn "is an aspiring lawyer and loves everything about literacy and art; her favorite work is Picasso's Guernica."  She also enjoys reading, and among her favorite pieces she counts two plays, Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Heather writes, "The mascot at my school was also a wildcat, so I thought this photo would be appropriate for the Daemen blog.  Aside from spending time with my friends and family, I have a passion for photography.  I was on the yearbook and photography club all four years in high school.  I love taking portraits, but sports photography is my absolute favorite!  Heather recommends Veronica Roth's Divergent series, which she "couldn't put down" because "it takes the reader through a dystopian society where the people of the city are split into five different factions.  The protagonist must find her true identity in a world where she doesn't fit, but stands out."

Friday, August 21, 2015

New English Majors Recommend Summer Reading

The English Department welcomes our entering English majors and proudly introduces Alisha and Cassandra:

Alisha was part of the Fine and Performing Arts program in her high school and has interests in music and photography.  She recommends books by Ellen Hopkins because "she writes about the hard stuff, the darker side of what it's like to be an adolescent/young adult in a way that is entirely relatable for anyone.  When reading her stories, you become emotionally invested in the characters and the struggles they face."

Cassandra recommends the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, noting that "It's not as action-packed as the Harry Potter series, but it still has the fantasy/magic appeal."  In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys playing the guitar and trombone, and her interest in history recently took her to Philadelphia, where she saw the Liberty Bell.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Internship with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Kapila Kapoor, the Western New York Regional Assistant for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, seeks interns for the Fall semester of the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year.  She writes,

"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.
Senator Gillibrand

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 email me at with a copy of your resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation. Please also complete the online application through the United States Senate website: Be sure to have everything completed and submitted by August 31st."

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Protesters Repudiate Jack the Ripper Museum

London protesters declare their outrage at the opening of a Jack the Ripper Museum, originally proposed as a women's history museum.  One protester's sign read, "We Were Promised a Women's History Museum," while another put the affront more strongly: "76 UK women killed by men so far in 2015--glorifying men's violence against women is NOT celebrating women's history."For coverage of the protest in The Guardian, please follow this link: