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:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Appalled Londoners find Women's Museum dedicated to Jack the Ripper instead

Londoners living in the East End were shocked and offended when a new museum supposed to be dedicated to the city's working women was unveiled as a Jack the Ripper Museum instead.  The original plan proposed by Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe (former diversity chief at Google) stated its intent to provide the only museum of women's history in the East End.  Local residents claim they were not informed of the change in plan.  His identity still unconfirmed, Jack the Ripper is known as the brutal serial murderer of sex workers in London's impoverished Whitechapel area from 1888 to 1891.

Read the story from The Guardian at  Museum billed as celebration of London women opens as Jack the Ripper exhibit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Job Opening for English Grads: Council of Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges has a position vacancy for a junior staff member who either lives in Washington, DC, or is willing to move here quickly. It would be a perfect opportunity for a recent graduate in any discipline who may be interested in raising funds for a nonprofit association of colleges and universities that is similar to their alma mater. The position is available immediately.

A link to the job description can be found here, The most important criteria are the ability to write grammatically and accurately, keep flawless records, and be socially comfortable with higher education leaders and representatives of sponsoring companies.

Please feel free to share the job description widely. Recommendations may be sent to me or my colleague, Keith Wallace (

Thanks so much for your help.



Barbara Hetrick
Senior Vice President
Council of Independent Colleges
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-7230 (telephone)

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!!