English department takes fishbowl, presents opportunities to students

If poetry, prose and pizza are some of your favorite things, the English Palooza was the place to be. 

The English department’s annual event gives new and returning students a chance to talk with professors, classmates and club leaders in a relaxed environment. The palooza was held in the Dauphin Humanities Center Room 51 and in the DHC fishbowl on August 30 at 3:30 p.m. 

Stickers and pizza were free to students who participated. Professors Horner, Windholz, Kungl and Connelly chatted with students during the palooza. 

 Students at the event were encouraged to find professors sooner rather than later if they needed help with classes or their writing. The professors also recommended that English students find internships as soon as possible. Kungl, the department’s internship coordinator, reminded students that internships can make a difference and can be made to work with a student’s needs. She stressed that students should keep an open mind and talk to their professors. 

 “It’s never too early to come talk to me,” Kungl said. She remarked that internships can help students decide what they want to do. 

 Besides academic matters, several clubs were represented. The Reflector, an on-campus student-run journal for the literary arts, is accepting submissions of art, prose and poetry. The Reflector is published at the end of the year and is free to students. Interested students may attend the first meeting of the semester on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Horton Hall Room 128. They can also email submissions to reflect@ship.edu

 The English Education Reading Room, is open to English students who need resources for planning lessons and projects for their education classes. The room is located in Horton Hall 327, and has a variety of texts and novels for students to use. It is open on Monday from 5-6 p.m., Tuesday from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday from 11-3 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. and Thursday from 5-6 p.m. 

 SU’s chapter of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), a group for future English teachers, meets every other Thursday. The group will hold its first meeting on September 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the fishbowl.

Writers United is a casual club for creative writing that meets weekly. Writers are encouraged to bring prompts and to share their writing. Meetings for Writers United take place Fridays at 3:30, just outside the Fireside Lounge in the Ceddia Union Building. 

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