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As a student in the Literature & Languages program at Saint Francis University you will have plenty of opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Below are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you.
Each year the School of Arts & Letters hosts the Gunard Berry Carlson Writing Contest to recognize undergraduate students’ outstanding writing and visual artwork. Writing categories include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essay writing; visual arts categories include photography, painting (oil or water), sculpture, and sketch. Entries are judged by an interdisciplinary faculty panel, and prizes are awarded as follows:
All winning entries and honorable mentions in both the writing and visual arts categories are published in Tapestries, a university-sponsored literary magazine, with the winning visual arts entry serving as the magazine’s cover image.
Tapestries reflects the broad creative talents of the university’s burgeoning writers and artists. Any currently enrolled SFU undergraduate may submit writing or artwork for the Gunard Berry Carlson Writing Contest.
For more information regarding contest guidelines and submission procedures, please e-mail Dr. Brennan Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 471-1111.
The retreat is organized by English faculty Timothy Bintrim, Robin Cadwallader, Lauri Chose, Kelly Rhodes, and Kirk Weixel, and supported by the funding from the School of Arts & Letters, Provost’s Office, and English, Communication Arts & Foreign Languages Department.
Our first retreat in 2008 featured authors Rebecca Harding Davis, Nellie Bly, Willa Cather, Margaret Deland, Jennifer Haigh, and Tawni O’Dell.
Retreats include immersion trips to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and the Deaf Freedom Cruise. A student minoring in ASL must participate in one ASL immersion trip, as application is key to the success of ASL. Although students learn ASL on campus, they apply it while immersing themselves within the Deaf community.
The Spanish in Costa Rica Program features an immersion approach in conjunction with Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI), living with host families while spending a week at each of the three CPI campuses in small classes (2-4 students).
Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University to recognize English majors who have displayed superior scholarship in their literary studies. Saint Francis University established the Phi Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta in 1988 and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
A Humble and Generous Attitude Towards Learning: The university’s writing center, now housed in the English department, provides tutoring services to all undergraduate students, particularly those who feel anxious or uncertain about their writing abilities or are struggling to find their own voice.
Involvement: English majors selected to tutor in the writing center are trained to guide the center’s clientele through various stages of the writing process; in doing so, tutors enhance not only their interpersonal communication skills but also their understanding of the writing process. This scholarship option is strongly recommended for students pursuing careers in education and professional writing. English majors collaborate with tutors from other disciplines in developing materials for our center’s website and quarterly newsletter, The Write Times.
About the center: The Writing Center, located in Pasquerilla Library, provides one-to-one consultations and small-group workshops for students seeking assistance with their writing. The center’s peer tutoring staff is trained to work with students at any stage of the writing process on almost any type of assignment. Tutoring services and resources are free to all students enrolled at Saint Francis University.
For more information regarding the center’s services, please e-mail Dr. Brennan Thomas, Writing Center Director, at email@example.com or visit the writing center’s home page.
In the spring of 2015, freshman Harry Olafsen and Dr. Roxana Cazan participated in a conference organized by the Consortium for Educational resources on Islamic Studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.
In November, 2015, Dr. Lauri Chose and Dr. Roxana Cazan escorted students to see a production of Lord of the Flies at Carnegie Mellon University.
In April 2015, five writing center tutors--Jordan Gorsuch, Kim Marangoni, Dency Samuel, April Taylor, and Christi Villareale--and their director, Dr. Brennan Thomas, presented a scholarly panel at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference hosted by James Madison University. Their panel, titled “‘Show, Don’t Tell’: Consultants as Model-Practitioners of Effective Writing Practices,” explored ways in which Saint Francis' writing tutors emphasize students’ development and autonomy by modeling rather than merely describing effective writing strategies for the center’s clientele. Each of the six panelists demonstrated new methods for assisting students with various stages of the writing process, from overcoming writer’s block to incorporating source material and revising for clarity and stylistic emphasis. Their presentation was well received; immediately following the question-and-answer period, five audience members separately complimented the tutors' innovative methods. The tutors and their director also attended a panel session on African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and the keynote address of Nathalie Singh-Corcoran, West Virginia University’s Writing Center Coordinator.
In the spring of 2016, seniors Syndey Beunier-Lucas and Kayla Reed visited the premier local anime convention, Tekkocon, in Pittsburgh along with 13 students from the Anime Anonymous club and their advisor, Ms. Daniels.As President of the Anime-Anonymous club, senior Syndey Beunier-Lucas earned a free ticket to the Pasquerilla Center in Johnstown in March 2016 to experience a Japanese-AmericanTaiko-drum Ensemble: the San Jose Taiko.Gabrielle McDermott ('15), a double major in English and Biology, accompanied Associate Professors of English Dr. Lauri Chose and Dr. Tim Bintrim and five other student volunteers to MOM-n-PA, the second Pennsylvania dental Mission of Mercy held in Allentown, September 12-13, 2014. During the two-day clinic, more than 2,000 Pennsylvanians received free dental treatment, including cleanings and fillings, oral surgery, and extractions. Gabrielle assisted in dental x-ray. Late on Saturday, when a young man with trisomy-21 bolted from the dental chair, Gabrielle was one of the first bystanders to catch his arm, stopping his flight through the treatment area, which might have caused serious injury (needle sticks or worse) to himself and others. We like to credit Gabrielle’s decisive action to her study of literature, but she credited her reflexes to growing up with her brothers!
In 2013, Emily Gabriel initiated and completed an ASL community service project for the West Moreland Association for the Deaf. She taught the waiting staff at the King’s Restaurant basic ASL and organized a dinner at the restaurant, of which the restaurant donated 15% of the proceeds. Ms. Gale DeArmin volunteered to interpret at the restaurant as needed.
In 2012, Lorraine Oliver designed a toy for the Deaf children in the Dominican Republic and won first place in the Invest in Success Competition. The toy is now used at the Deaf School in the Dominican Republic.
Our campus is hosting wonderful reading events as part of our reading series. Recent authors who have visited Saint Francis University include:
In 2015, Cecilia was offered a fully-funded seat in the University of Iowa’s College of Law where she received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence as a result of her success in the course Legal Analysis Writing and Research I. She is grateful for the wonderful support received at Saint Francis University in the Literature & Languages department, which allowed her to develop her writing and to widen her horizons so that one day she may become a successful attorney.
Jeffrey earned his Ph.D. in English in August 2015 from Duquesne University and is now an assistant professor of English at Spring Hill College outside of Mobile, Alabama, specializing in medieval literature.
Malissa earned her master's in Pacific Rim and International Affairs in 2007 from University of California, San Diego. Following a brief stint in the Peace Corps, she worked in development for Chimp Haven, the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana, and is now the Chief Operating Officer for Rainforest Trust, an international non-profit organization.
Aaron earned his M.A. in English from Duquesne University and is currently working on his Ph.D. at West Virginia University, focusing on immigrant writers and the immigrant experience.
Laura is teaching English and Journalism at Our Lady of Good Counsel high school in Maryland.
Amanda is now a tenured faculty member at Altoona Area High School.
Lisa earned her MA in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2005), her MA in media and cultural studies from Roehampton University, London (2007), her MA in anthropology from Ohio State University (2012), and currently holds a graduate fellowship while she finishes her Ph.D. in anthropology at Ohio State University, expected 2016.
Veronica is a copyeditor for the Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown.
Latitia '12, Literature and Secondary Education, successfully defended her dissertation and now holds a Ph.D., from Duquesne, in school psychology. In reflecting on her undergraduate years at SFU, Latitia told Dr. Cadwallader, “I can’t thank you enough for challenging my critical thinking and writing skills! I learned so much from you. I only missed one point on the GRE written portion (an achievement I’ll never forget), which allowed me to test out of dissertation writing seminars for graduate school. I felt so well-prepared to take on such an important manuscript! Thank you for being such an outstanding professor, we were lucky to have you!”
Michael is teaching English at Portage Area High School.
John is teaching English at North Pitt High School in Bethel, North Carolina.
Krista graduated with a degree in Arts & Letters and a minor in ASL and is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education at Bloomsburg University, PA.
Marla graduated with her degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor in ASLA, and today she works as an OT at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.
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