6 October 2020: Kaisha Jantsch, a 2016 Slippery Rock University graduate with a degree in English Writing, was a contributor to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article that won a Golden Quill Award.
Jantsch, while working as a summer intern at the Post-Gazette in 2019, wrote a section of a series of articles titled “There Are Black People in the Future” that won first place in the “Excellence in Written Journalism, Daily — Arts/Entertainment” category.
The Golden Quills are awarded by The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, honoring professional and student excellence in print, broadcast, photography, videography and digital journalism in western Pennsylvania and nearby counties in Ohio and West Virginia.
Jantsch is a graduate student at Point Park University.
2 October 2020: Paul Cunningham, a 2011 Slippery Rock University graduate with a degree in English literature, has written a book of poetry entitled The House of the Tree of Sores, published by Schism2 press. Cunningham’s debut book as a translator-poet is described as “experimental, fable-like poems tightly woven with Swedish-English translingual word plays that mock and counter-weave America’s imperial English.”
August 2019: As part of our Alumni Speaks series, English department alumn Sheena Carroll will be visiting our students on Tuesday, October 24th, at Common Hour (12:30) in Spotts 217 to talk about careers in Writing. One project Sheena has developed is the Girls Write Pittsburgh program, "a program designed to empower at-risk teenage girls through writing and self-expression."
July 2019: English faculty member Patrick McGinty will be teaching a University Seminar section on autonomous vehicles—driverless cars—which are being tested in Pittsburgh by five different companies. He received a $4,000 professional development grant this summer to research the topic.
April 2019: This year marks the 300th anniversary of the publication of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. English professors Danette DiMarco and Tim Ruppert talk about the novel and other stories that have pirated its tale of a castaway in this article by Justin Zackal.
April 2019: We are proud to say that our Secondary Education concentration in English has been recognized as one of the nation's foremost programs.
November 2018: One of the foci of our own Dr. Rachela Permeter's scholarship has been Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick. As she notes, from the beginning some were not impressed, though it has come to be recognized as a wonderful if challenging American novel: "We want to be entertained and read something that makes us feel good, but sometimes you go to stuff that's more artistic when you want some more depth. If people were told [novel] will do that for you, they will give it a shot."
October 2018: our all-on-line M.A. degree in English has been recognized as one of the nation's foremost on-line programs!
July 2018: 23 students attended our Department's very popular May term Study Abroad program in Italy. As one of the students reported, "The trip allowed me to learn about myself and about life and I gained confidence in myself throughout the trip from speaking Italian to reading maps to answering questions in class. I feel as if I could do anything now after conquering Italy." Read more here about the students' experiences during this year's trip here.
May 2018: The most recent issue of SLAB (the Sound and Literary Art Book) has been released. This new article, "SRU's student-run literary magazine is a rare form," describes the litmag, some of what the students learn as they put the magazine together, and the successes that it has brought to them and the department.
March 2018: Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary, held its annual International Conference in Cincinnati during March, and at the Red and Black Gala on Saturday, March 24th, two students from the Slippery Rock English Department were honored with cash prizes for their presentations. For her critical essay "Disability in the Modern Gothic," senior Victoria Davis placed second in the category of Critical Essay-American Literature and was awarded $400. For her essay "Out of the Stones and into the Flowerbed," senior Kelsey Juszczak placed third in Creative Nonfiction and was awarded $200. The two papers were chosen out of over four hundred student presentations.
Additionally, three other members of Slippery Rock's Sigma Tau Delta chapter presented papers at the prestigious international conference. Senior Courtney Speaks presented a short story entitled "On The Other Side of Freedom," senior Adam Byko presented a critical essay entitled "American Nights: Pynchon's Mason and Dixon," and senior Anna Swartwout presented a nonfiction essay entitled "Water Tales #1."
January 2018: "The Graduate" still shows up in SRU classrooms 50 years after its release. Film Studies professor Dr. Bill Covey describes in this article teaching The Graduate, a film that turned 50 in December: "Many of my students like this film even if it is old and set in the 1960s . . . I'd imagine that graduating without a firm idea of what the next steps in life should contain is a message that students relate to no matter what the decade."
September 2017: Dr. Bill Boggs has also published a new volume of poetry entitled Pennsylvania Blues.
September 2017: SRU English professor reflects on 60th anniversary of Kerouac's "On the Road." Dr. Bill Boggs, a poet and teacher of 20th century poetry, reflects on the audacity of this novel that Kerouac began to write when only a bit older than our college students.
July 2017: SRU student compiling a history of homecoming and May queens. One of our students is compiling a history of this homecoming tradition.