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Spring 2017

Emily Cackowski has taken advantage of the many opportunities available to students majoring in English at Keene State College. “I’ve had so many great teachers and mentors,” Emily writes. “I heard many positive things about the English department at Orientation, but I feel like it has exceeded my expectations. I feel like I’ve grown so much as a reader and a writer and a student. I really couldn’t have asked for a better college experience.” Read more about what Emily has been doing to get the most out of her education by reading her profile on Keene State College’s Newsline

 

Fall 2014

We offer best wishes to the following English majors studying away this academic year:

  • Kelly Decerbo (English Major) Lorenzo de Medici, Florence Italy
  • Samantha Lewis (Writing Minor) University of Derby Englan
  • Rachel Lanza (English Major) Lorenzo de Medici, Florence Italy
  • Danielle Mulligan (English Major) National Student Exchange, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Interested in finding out about the study away program? The Global Education Office (GEO) at Keene State College will help make the dream of studying away a reality.

Spring 2014

Elizabeth Francese (BA English 2012) will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Washington State University’s program in Rhetoric and Composition with a full tuition waiver and TA appointment with stipend.

In his “An Important Victory for Indian TribesPeter Beachamp (BA English  2006) summarizes a recent court decision by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken of South Dakota’s federal District Court that a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in March of 2013 can go forward, rejecting motions filed by the defendants that sought to have the case dismissed. The ACLU brought the case to the court on behalf of the Oglala and Rosebud Sioux Indian Tribes and a class of Indian parents to ensure that state courts in South Dakota respect the rights granted to Indian parents by the Constitution’s Due Process Clause and the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA).) Peter is currently Karpatkin Fellow in the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The Racial Justice Program is a division of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s leading advocate of constitutional and civil rights.

Fall 2013

Three of our alumni are featured in a December 2013 item in KSC Newsline: Adam Hogue, Dylan Freni, and Hillary Bailey.

Students interested in published their writing should consider our List of National Journals dedicated to Undergraduate Writing

The 2013 Fred Fosher Excellence in Writing Award

img_andersonChristina Anderson is the recipient of the 2012 Fred Fosher Award for Excellence in Writing. This annual award was established in 2005 to acknowledge the inspired work of a student in any discipline who rises to the intellectual challenge of writing clear and purposeful expository prose. The award is made possible by the generous support of Bruce Levine Mellion and Linda Zucker Mellion . It honors the work of Professor Emeritus Fred Fosher, who taught English at Keene State College from 1967 until 1992.Christina is from Nashua, New Hampshire, and is pursuing degrees in Elementary Education and Mathematics Education for Elementary Teachers, as well as a minor in Mathematics. She works as both a tutor at the Center for Writing and a Peer Course Assistant in the mathematics department. She is also a fiction writer and her first novel, Hardly Perfect, was published during her freshman year.

Internships for English Majors

Dr. Katherine Tirabassi has developed a new course, English 497: Writing and Publishing Internship. The course was  piloted in the summer of 2012 with one intern working in the Keene State College Mason Library Archive. This spring, eleven students have been placed in internship sites and Dr. Tirabassi will be teaching the seminar portion of the course–advising interns, and acting as a liaison between the college and the site supervisors. Students will be working in areas such as editing, feature writing, web site writing, social media development, newsletter writing and editing, manuscript review/editing, book publishing and marketing, and event promotion. The internship sites for Spring 2013 are listed below:

Bauhan Publishing, Peterborough, NH
Brattleboro Reformer, Brattleboro, VT
Carus/Cobblestone Publishing, Peterborough, NH
Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Keene, NH
Keene Public Library, Keene, NH
Keene State College Mason Library Archives, Keene, NH
Monadnock International Film Festival, Keene, NH
Monadnock Shopper News, Keene, NH
Monadnock Table, Keene, NH
Monadnock United Way, Keene, NH
The Commons, Bellows Falls, VT

Study Away

The opportunity to spend a semester in another part of the world can be one the most formative experiences in college. In the spring semester of the 2012-13 academic year, four English majors are studying away: Mackenzie Travers, Ashley DeFilippo and Emma Kash are at the Lorenzo de Medici University in Florence, Italy, and Jordan Lemerise will be studying at Jagiellionian University in Krakow, Poland.

Interested in finding out about the study away program? The Global Education Office (GEO) at Keene State College will help make the dream of studying away a reality.

English Alumni Traveling and Writing

The news from English majors and writing minors using their degrees as a step to work and travel outside the United States is inspiring. Adam Hogue (English 2011) is teaching English in Gwangju, South Korea and keeps a blog (a web log) about his travels in Korea and Southeast Asia, The Kim Chi Chronicles. Val Snowdon (Dance and English 2005) is in the Peace Corps in Jamaica working as an Environmental Volunteer while teaching both dance and literacy. The organization she helped found makes visible its work at the blog Free Hill Roots. And Scott Mansfield (BA American Studies, Writing Minor) is chronicling his travels on his blog Letters from Exile: the Scott Mansfield Blog.

The 2012 Fred Fosher Excellence in Writing Award

Nathan A. Gray is the recipient of the 2012 Fred Fosher Award for Excellence in Writing. This annual award was established in 2005 to acknowledge the inspired work of a student in any discipline who rises to the intellectual challenge of writing clear and purposeful expository prose. The award is made possible by the generous support of Bruce Levine Mellion and Linda Zucker Mellion . It honors the work of Professor Emeritus Fred Fosher, who taught English at Keene State College from 1967 until 1992. A double major in Economics and Political Science, with a minor in Women’s Studies, Gray has distinguished himself as an exceptional student at Keene State College. His senior economics thesis, “Equilibrating Mechanisms: The Intellectual Companionship of Hume and Smith,” has been accepted for presentation at conferences in Keene, New Hampshire, Boston, Massachusetts, Richmond, Virginia and St. Catharines, Ontario. In addition to his success in the classroom, he has served as a campaign intern for the non-profit group, Working Families Win. He was also a member of the policy advisory team charged with researching effective/appropriate alterations to the Keene State College sexual assault policy and reporting the analysis to the college’s revision committee.

During his time at Keene State College, Gray spent five months in England, where he studied international relations and gender history. A member of both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society), he will be graduating this spring summa cum laude. Following graduation, Gray will be applying for graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of Political Science.

Mark Reynolds’ profile of Nate is available to read at KSC Newsline.

 

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