December 2008 Archives

January Job Placement Workshop

The next Job Placement Workshop, which will cover the on-campus interview and debriefing from MLA interviews, will be held on Thursday, 8 January 2009, from 3-5 pm, in 207A Lind. If you're on the job market, feel free to email Professor Scheil or Professor Brown with any updates or last-minute questions.

Hello from Ecuador!

I've visited indigenous ruins, climbed the Andes Mountains, bathed in thermal baths from volcanic hot springs, lived on an island in the Pacific Ocean, ziplined through the rainforest canopy, and straddled the equator. But beyond just exploring the country for fun, I've been learning so much about Ecuador's history and culture. Through the university program here in Quito, we've learned about the political, cultural, and economic history of Ecuador as well as its current issues in those areas. We've experienced the culture firsthand through our time living with host families. My Spanish has improved significantly since I've arrived. We were also given the opportunity to separate into tracks of study, and in the track of education I've learned vast amounts about the educational system in Ecuador and how it compares with that of the United States. I will also be leaving the capitol for a five-week long internship in which I will be teaching English at the high school and elementary level. Lindsay H.

MFA Alum in Esquire

Photo of Alex Lemon in EsquirePoet Alex Lemon (MFA 2004) is featured in the January issue of Esquire magazine. He is one of seven men whose job it is, write the editors, to "make sense of the world and make us laugh, think, and question our way to a little bit of wisdom . . . and a sharp sense of winter style." Lemon's "from Halleluja Blackout" (title poem of his latest Milkweed collection) was chosen by Charles Wright for the Best American Poetry 2008 anthology. A memoir from Scribner is forthcoming.

Are you done with finals?

Now that finals are almost over everyone will have a little bit more time to...READ! Yes, now that you don't have to read 100 pages a night for all your literature classes we know you'll be starting on that pile of novels you've been waiting to read all semester. Since you'll be reading anyways, why read alone? Try joining FUSE's Book Klub!

Book Klub is your chance to join other English majors/minors and regular people who just enjoy literature and talk about what books you're reading (and maybe even decide what books everyone else will read). Book Klub is open to all interested students and extremely interested in hearing what books students want to read!

You can find more information by visiting:

Also, please contact Ben Thur ( for information relating to the schedule for next semester.

On a side note, if you haven't seen the student group you've been searching for why not start one? FUSE is looking for students that are interested in starting projects under the FUSE name. We are open to any subject matter and interest. If you'd like to talk about a project or join FUSE please contact Steve C (

Did you miss the Nov. 25th WICDWAME panel??

Never fear, below is a brief synopsis of what you my have missed. All of out panelists expressed a willingness for students to contact them with further more in-depth questions. So, if you have a burning question, contact Larisa G. and she’ll pass on the contact info. for any and all of our fabulist panelists.

Morgan Kingsted, a former English undergraduate Peer Advisor and English major who graduated in May 2005, is currently a high school English teacher at Sage Academy, a charter school in the Twin Cities. She spoke about the differences that she has experienced first-hand between public schools (more money for basic class room items like staplers and pencil sharpeners) and charter schools (less red tap, more freedom to tailor the curriculum to students’ needs). She discussed the importance of internship opportunities at the U of MN and how much receiving an internship scholarship from CCLC (the Career and Community Learning Center) helped her finance her unpaid internship. Ms. Kingsted recommended taking a service-learning course, such as Engl 3741, if you think you might have an interest in teaching. She would be happy to talk with any interested students.

Academic background: English BA May 2005, 5-8,9-12 Communication Arts and Literature Teaching License (2006), Masters in English Education (2007) K-12 Reading License (to be completed Fall 2009), just started 9-12 Biological Sciences License (to be completed a few years down the road)

Chris Sullivan, a former English and Computer Science major who graduated in 1993, began his career in the non-profit sector, which eventually led him to pursue a law degree. After graduating from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2005, Mr. Sullivan joined the firm of Lindquist & Vennum PLLP where he handles patent, trademark, and copyright issues. One of his recent cases involved a copy write dispute over an elk sculpture (no, we’re not kidding). He would be happy to talk with any interested students.

Academic background: Education: William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2005); assistant editor, William Mitchell Law Review, University of Oxford, England (International and Comparative Intellectual Property Program, 2003), University of Minnesota (B.A., Computer Science, English, 1993); Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Danielle Kasprzak, a Spring 2007 English major graduate, is an Editorial Assistant at the University of Minnesota Press. Editorial assistants provide support to the acquisitions editors in developing and acquiring scholarly titles. This includes a variety of activities, such as heading the external review process, which involves researching and contacting potential external reviewers and drafting project summaries for internal and faculty board meetings; working closely with authors to secure permissions for illustration and previously published materials, which is often a time-consuming and complex process; and reviewing and preparing manuscripts to assure stylistic consistencies before sending to production. She strongly suggested that any and all students interested in the publishing field should find an internship – paid or unpaid – at a publishing house before they graduate from the U of MN and start trying to get a job in the publishing field. She mentioned several presses in the Twin Cities that are open to hiring interns: Graywolf Press, Coffee House Press, Milkweed Press, and the University of Minnesota Press. She also encouraged students to contact professionals in the publishing field to meet and discuss opportunities, which she would be more than happy to do with any and all interested students.

Academic background: B.A. (summa cum laude) in English and American Studies from the University of Minnesota Spring 2007

December's Engaged English Scholar of the Month is

Congratulations to Thomas D. to being nominated for this month's Engaged English Scholar of the Month recognition. Thomas is a sophomore English Honors English major. Along with his serious work inside the classroom he is a Community Engagement Scholar(, agreeing to perform over 400 hours of community service. Thank you Thomas for your commitment to excellence. We hope that you continue your hard work in the classroom, at the U and in the Minneapolis-St. Paul community!

Here's what Thomas says about getting involved:

• Why is it important to you to get involved?

Getting involved with extra-curricular activities, such as research or community-based volunteering, builds a diverse education. Work done outside the classroom encourages creativity and builds personal character. Creativity defines “scholarship? and necessitates a diverse education!

• How has getting involved changed your education?

I have been actively volunteering at a local library teaching English-language-learners the basic tenants of American life. Though the classroom elevates my thinking and builds intellect, volunteer work grants a sense of accomplishment and humility unobtainable in school. It is uniquely gratifying and contributes to my education by cultivating social skills necessary for future study and occupation.

• Has getting involved changed your career path?

Though I had planned since a young boy to become an attorney, my volunteer work and English studies have led me to pursue a teaching and research career in English Education. Volunteer teaching and research has changed my career path indefinitely!

• What suggestions do you have for other students that are interested in getting involved?

First, I would recommend the Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP). The program requires volunteer work and engages many social issues according to one’s areas of interest. Second, I would certainly encourage students to “get-tight? with their professors. Their wealth of knowledge motivates scholarship and stimulates our learning. Get the most out of your education by getting involved!

Thanks for your commitment to excellence Thomas! Think you have what it takes to be nominated? Contact one of your professors and tell them to nominate you!


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