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Check out what our students are doing in and out of the classroom!
In addition to their advanced academic research, students in this section of English
Senior Seminar (“Voices of the Voiceless”: The Literary Legacy of Animal Advocacy
in the United States) develop community-based projects, connecting their research
and intellectual ideas to public settings. Working with local community partners,
students are taking on a range of exciting projects, from the writing of animal rescue
narratives for the humane society to guided tours of nature preserves.
English students in ENGL 427: Major Authors - Kurt Vonnegut have spent the semester
pondering the big questions posed by Vonnegut's literature. These discussions and
the students' advanced academic research are being showcased in a public presentation
of their poster projects, “'What Are People For?’ Kurt Vonnegut, Technology, and Humanism.”
Join us in the Japanese Garden Area of Reed Library on November 18 from 4:00 p.m.
to 6:00 p.m.
Meet City of Buffalo Urban Fellow Antonio Regulier
(English/Social Work, Class of 2016)
English major Antonio Regulier is no stranger to success. A senior double majoring
in Social Work, with minors in Leadership Studies, American Studies, Public Health,
Sociology, and African American Studies, Antonio has received many of the university’s
highest honors and awards, including the 2015 Lanford Presidential Prize from the
Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation, the 2014 SUNY
Association of Council Members and College Trustees Excellence and Student Initiative
Scholarship “honoring his outstanding academic performance and commitment to the Fredonia
campus and community” (http://tinyurl.com/qampxw6), the Keeper of the Dream Scholarship, and the Robert E. Coon Recognition Award,
not to mention the 100 Black Men of America Future Leader Scholarship, the L. Michael
Dimitri Scholarship, or the Mamie and Ira Jordan Minority Scholastic Achievement Award.
He has also been inducted into the honor societies of Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Kappa
Delta, Phi Alpha Theta, and Alpha Lambda Delta, and the Alma Mater Society, and was
selected by the Fredonia Rotary chapter to participate in a regional Rotary Youth
Leadership Awards camp.
But Antonio’s story is not just about awards and accolades or even his extensive campus
involvement [scroll down for more]: it’s about his determination to change the world
by drawing on the skills he combines from his majors. This fall, as an Urban Fellow
for the City of Buffalo, he is working closely with the city’s first African-American
mayor, Byron Brown, and with the Buffalo's Common Council members, administrators,
program coordinators, community organizers, and citizens. He is researching, organizing,
and leading a new, individual initiative that will assist in revitalizing and beautifying
the City of Buffalo. This new initiative is the 311 Call and Resolution Center. In
Antonio’s words, “I am working closely with the staff of the Division of Citizen Services
and the 311 Call and Resolution Center to develop a Code of Conduct for the office
and the first-ever City of Buffalo Service Plan, which centers around the importance
of education, community development, and sustainable change.”
When asked how his English degree has prepared him for his current internship and
his future, Antonio stated, "Very often we are asked the question: What is the value of an English degree? While
I cannot speak for all my peers, I can say that my English degree has made me a conscious,
more alert, and intellectual being. The English department faculty has exposed me
to writers, poets, authors, and philosophers that challenge my perception of the world
and force me out of my comfort zone. Originally, I declared the English major as a
supplement to my primary degree in Social Work. However, the English major has done
much more than complement my primary degree. It has taught me the importance of giving
back to my community. I can analyze and assess complex issues; I can breakdown concepts;
I can express myself. My English degree has given me confidence, especially in this
internship, because my colleagues and the administrators value my work. I am able
to draw upon material from my classes and bring novel ideas to the City of Buffalo.
My English degree has made me knowledgeable, articulate, and most importantly, a thought-provoking
Great work, Antonio, and good luck in your future endeavors!
*Note: Antonio, a Haitian native from Roosevelt, N.Y., also has extensive campus involvement,
including participating in the Honors program and Leadership Development Program,
serving as president of the Student Association and the Fredonia Chapter of Amnesty
International; vice president of Brother to Brother Club; chair of Diversity Relations
Committee; a member of the Fredonia Mock Trial team, Undergraduate Alumni Council,
Golden Key International Honour Society, events chair for the Black Student Union,
a Student Ambassador, Summer Orientation Leader and student manager in the Office
of Campus Life; and a tutor with the Upward Bound Program at Dunkirk High School.
Antonio also serves as a student representative to the National Association of Social
Workers of New York State Chapter Board of Directors. After graduation, he will continue
his work in state and federal government internships and in the Fall of 2016, he hopes
to be enrolled in an Advanced Master's of Social Work program. Ultimately, Antonio
plans to pursue a Juris Doctorate and work towards improving laws and policies affecting
immigrants and refugees.
A Fit That Works:
A Transfer Student’s Perspective
on the Personal and Professional Benefits
of the English Minor
Riley Zanett is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in English. She transferred
to Fredonia from Mercyhurst University in the Spring of 2015 and immediately got involved.
Through Fredonia’s Transfer Student Organization (TSO), she has not only transitioned
effortlessly into the campus community, but she has taken on a leadership role as
treasurer. In that capacity, she has collaboratively arranged many volunteer opportunities
like Fall Sweep, Relay for Life, and the Out of the Darkness Walk, which benefit the
community while also giving transfer students an opportunity to meet and share experiences.
Riley has even been featured on TSO’s Transfer Tuesday Facebook blurb, which you can
check out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Transfer2Fred/permalink/1114385278588776/
Riley’s love for her English minor is multifaceted. As she states, “I love what we
get to read - unlike a textbook, the literature we work with in class is engaging
and fun to interact with. I also love the class discussions.” Riley believes that
her English minor complements her psychology major by offering her “more of an educational
background“ and helping her “form better communication and writing strategies.”
Riley’s English minor is also contributing to her success working with autistic children.
This past summer, she worked as a Student Behavioral Assistant (SBA-ABA) for the Department
for Exceptional Children at BOCES in Spencerport, helping children keep up on their
speech training, so that they don’t lose the progress they’ve gained during the school
year. She credits a course like Adolescent Literature (ENED 355), which addresses
how to act in the classroom and what kind of literature should be used to interact
with younger children, with helping her develop “new potential ways to communicate
with autistic children, as they often lack many vocal/communication skills.”
Riley is looking forward to bringing these new lessons back to this job in summer
2016. Beyond that, she is excited to graduate this May and plans to apply to mental-health
Great work and good luck, Riley!
Fredonia English Major Zachary Beaudoin Attends the UN Social Good Summit 9/25 - 9/28
Fredonia senior Zach Beaudoin’s invitation to attend the UN Social Good Summit is
just the latest occasion for him to break out the skills he’s learned as an English
major and use them both locally and nationally to promote socially forward thinking
Last summer, as a contractor working for County Councilmember Tom Hucker (Montgomery
County), Zach drafted a memo advocating for statewide legislation to increase Maryland’s
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 25% by 2020. That memo, which is now
circulating among the county delegation gathering signatures, is on its way to the
governor's office. On campus, as part of the sustainability movement, Zach wrote--and
rewrote--a 40-page proposal for a community garden on campus that is now before the
President's Cabinet for approval. In addition, he has plans to “write a grant for
a $100,000 digester” before graduating.
Zach's portfolio of leadership positions also keeps expanding: This summer he parlayed
his already impressive roles as a member of several Presidential Advisory Committees
and a Global Student Ambassador at our mid-sized campus into leadership positions
for SUNY Student Assembly (SUNY SA), which represents all sixty-four SUNY campuses.
He now serves as SUNY SA’s Chair of Sustainability and a University College Rep.
Zach credits his success to the skills he has learned as an English major, and to
a few of his writing courses in particular: ENGL 374: Writing and Social Change and
ENGL 375: Writing for the Professions. Zach believes that “in order to do great things
you need to be able to read and write.” He remarked, “A huge flaw I often find while
researching for my chair positions is that science material isn't written well. I
realized at the end of high school that if they [scientists] had been taught how to
read and write better, as you learn as an English major, we'd probably have an easier
time trying to fight climate change. Now, I plan to address these issues by going
to law school and getting into public policy.”
These personal goals have led Zach to his connections with the UN and his local and
national work coming together with other responsible youth to better our country and
our planet. Upon returning from the Social Good Summit, where those in attendance
will examine “the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around
the world,” Zach hopes to “try to create educational material about the UN Sustainable
Development Goals and discuss how they can be assimilated into SUNY campuses,” in
order to share the knowledge and connections he has made at the SGS with other Fredonia
students. Way to go, Zach!
Take a look at what some of our English Major students are participating in outside
of the classroom! This poster shows a broad range of organizations and athletics students
are involved in as well as their volunteer experiences.
October 31st, 2014
Senior Antonio Regulier, a Social Work and English major at Fredonia, was a recipient
of this year’s State University of New York Association of Council Members and College
Trustees (ACT) award, a $1,000 scholarship honoring his outstanding academic performance
and commitment to the Fredonia campus and community. Read more here.
Teaching Poetry Class
On Friday, Feb. 27th, students from Fredonia Elementary School visited one of Mindy
Wendell's Teaching Poetry classes. Mindy's students read poems to the children written
by Douglas Florian, Joyce Sidman and Bob Raczka. Afterwards they discussed the poems
and spent some time recreating the images.
Stefan Zweig and World Literature
Matt Perloff assisted co-editors Mark Gelber and english professor, Birger Vanwesenbeeck
by compiling the index for the volume just released, Stefan Zweig and World Literature: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives (Camden House, March 2015), which is the first critical study of Zweig in English
to appear in North America in over 25 years.
2015 Big Read
Featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald's
The Great Gatsby
The Spring 2015 English Senior Seminar students are pleased to invite you to join
them, along with community readers throughout the region, for an engaging series of
events surrounding a celebrated American novel. The following events are coordinated
by our senior English majors as a part of their capstone projects.
The programs draw on a range of exciting resources from 1920s-era local and national
archives, as well as research in literary criticism and cultural history, and they
will include fun activities from Charleston dance lessons and jazz recitals to advertisement
design workshops. All events are free and open to the public. Join the party!
Poster designed by: English senior Sarah Rocco
Woolf, Stein and Winterson
On April 10th, 2015 Kelsey Radomski presented a paper at the first SUNY undergrad
conference, the SUNYSURC's. This was a paper she had written in her fall 2014 Women Writers class.
The Dunkirk Observer
On Sunday, April 5, the Opinion page of The Dunkirk Observer featured letters to the editor written by three of Fredonia's English Education students:
Sophomores Emily Chaffee, J. Stefan Uveges, and Katelyn White. The letters addressed
the new teacher evaluation plan approved last week by NYS legislators, as well as
the increased emphasis on standardized testing in US schools more broadly. The students
wrote these letters as part of an assignment for Dr. Heather McEntarfer's ENED 101:
Introduction to English Education course. The assignment required students to write
about any of a range of issues they had discussed related to educational equity and
"Coping with Trauma"
On Feb 26 2015, English graduate students Naomi Coufal, Leslie Cairns, Jill Durland,
Abigail Griffin, and Ellen Scherer shared their ongoing research projects involving
trauma at the symposium "Coping with Trauma." Buffalo State English professor Dr.
Barish Ali served as the respondent at the event, which covered a wide variety of
subjects from antiquity to World War I poetry and contemporary young adult literature.
A Sequel to The New Weird
Co-edited by Adam Glasier and Richard Schumacher
"My accomplice Richard Schumacher and I were in Dr. Simon’s Senior Seminar when we
read The New Weird, a genre incorporating fantastic elements set in an otherwise realistic world with
no explanation. We agreed this anthology was ground-breaking, utterly mind-bending,
a real page-turner, but that it was in dire need of a sequel. So Richard and I set
out into the darkest corners of the Earth (and the internet) for new stories even
weirder than those of The New Weird.
Boy, did we find strange stories: a journey to the moon, a barbarian’s epic quest
for revenge, feral environmentalists, man-eating porn stars, this book has it all!
This anthology, the product of our toil and tears, The New New Ultra Weird has moved on to bigger and better things: strange and fantastic stories that defy
the conventions of “proper” English grammar and scoff at the very idea of a narrative.
We’ve featured some pretty big names in the publishing world, including: Dale M. Courtney,
Jim Theis, Amanda McKrittick Ros, Ron Miller, as well as a whole host of writers who
are fresh on the publishing scene. There’s also a ton of debate surrounding the genre—does
it exist? Is it worth reading? How did it even start?—which we’ve included in its
own section at the end of the book.
Let’s just say, when Gary Busey reviewed The New New Ultra Weird, he sent us thirty pages of dashes and asterisks, it was just that good. Now I am
brainwashing you to read this book. Once you’ve read it from one cover to the other,
all of your literary perceptions will be changed. Do it. Hypno-Toad bids you." Buy it here!
Oh, the Things I Will Do With My English Degree:
Navigating the Humanities
These manifestos were written by Senior English majors at SUNY Fredonia in the spring
of 2014. We wrote them to respond to a variety of challenges and objections against
the English major that we have personally, and academically encountered.
Progressive Era & Fredonia & Chautauqua County History
Prof. McRae's Honor Seminar % English Senior Capstone
Reed Library Display
Prof. McRae's Honors Seminar (HONR 225.1) will have a display on the Progressive Era
(1865-1915). This will include archival images and artifacts from that period such
as patent medicine ads, freak show cabinet cards, minutes from town hall meetings,
images from Lily Dale and other Spiritualist and Second Great Awakening religious
communities, information about labor strikes, and institutions such as the Perrysburg
Prof. McRae's English Senior Capstone class (ENGL 400) will have informational posters
on display about various intriguing moments in Fredonia and Chautauqua County history,
contextualized within larger American historical trends. Some of these include: "BJs--An
American Dive," "The Dewittville Poorhouse," "Enoch Curtis--the Architect of Fredonia,"
"The Students Awaken: SUNY Fredonia and Vietnam War Protests," "Welch's Grapes in
1910," "The Fredonia Women's Temperace Union," "Everything you Always Wanted to Know
about Club 35," "When they Changed the Drinking Age," "Lucille Clifton and Racism
in Fredonia in the 1950s," "The Abortion Underground Railroad in the 1970s," and "Fredonia
Implements the 504 Plan."
to the six English major students who were inducted as Golden Key Members!
Check out the newest issue of the student run English magazine, the Trident. Pick up your copy for free from the English department's office or on the first
floor in Reed Library! Click on the Cover for more information about the Trident.
Article for the Observer
by Matt Pisarski
Matt Pisarski a candidate for an English M.A., wrote an article for the Dunkirk Observer about Stefan Zweig. Check out his article here.
Article for the Observer
Professor Christina Jarvis takes Environmental Literature Students to Greystone Nature
Preserve to plant spruce trees. Check out the link about the event in the Dunkirk
Article for the Observer
by Rebekah Calhoun
English Major Rebekah Calhoun wrote an article for the Dunkirk Observer about Stefan Zweig. Check out her article here.
The Big Read
To bring their passion for and knowledge about literature into the public sphere,
graduating English majors contributed to the Big Read, a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts with the goal of bringing literature back into the lives of Americans. Led by Reed Library, the local 2013
Big Read featured Jack London’s beloved novel The Call of the Wild. Students enrolled in both sections of Senior Seminar teamed up to lead fourteen
discussions in diverse settings throughout Chautauqua County, including libraries,
bookstores, cafes, and even humane society animal shelters. More than 240 people attended these community
book discussions, and the feedback from attendees was enormously positive. Rounding
out their public engagement experience, the students all contributed to a blog that captured the range of lively and enriching literary events throughout the region.
Contemporary Literary Theory
The course theme explored the connection between subjectivity, risk-taking and ethics,
using a wide array of essays by contemporary philosophers and critical theorists,
and two literary texts: Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (annotated version) and Donald Barthelme's Snow White. The final project was designed to be a collaborative group effort; students were free
to choose the format as long as they contributed equally to the research and writing.
After mulling several possibilities, the students -- many of whom were also writing
minors -- decided to compose a collaborative story, with each of them writing an individual
chapter. They collectively drew a story-board and mapped out the details of the main
character, setting and plot; two students worked as editors to insure smooth chapter
transitions. The result was "Alex in Fredtown." Students in the course included: Eric
Ellison, Matthew Pisarski, Joshua Jerome, Christina Stock, Erin Goldberg, Jordan Horvath,
Derek Herzog and Jeannette Chin, all English majors or minors. Instructor: Jeanette
Jacqueline Hebert, candidate for the M.A. in English this spring, presented at the
Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference in
Washington, D.C. from March 27-30, 2013. Her presentation, "Reading Beyond the Blood:
A Post-Colonial Reading of Agatha Christie's Works," was part of a panel titled Mystery and Detective Fiction: Reading the Classics.
Rosa Parks Scholarship
Courtney Loiacono was awarded a Rosa Parks Scholarship for her project: "Media Literacy
in the Classroom: A Gender Focus."
Presentation at SUNY Conference
Benjamin Blood presented "Re-Conceptualizing College Composition: Preparing First-Year
Writers for Future Academic, Professional, and Personal Writing through the Use of
Metacognition" at the Annual SUNY Conference on Writing held at UB on March 29-30,
2013. Benjamin is a candidate for the M.A. in English this spring.
Literacy and Technology
Students in Professor Heather McEntarfer's ENED 250, Literacy and Technology, interpreted
poems using digital video. This example was created by Hannah Mulliagn.
Literacy and Technology
Students in Professor Heather McEntarfer's ENED 250, Literacy and Technology, interpreted
poems using digital video. This example was created by Giacomo Tucker.