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News & Events
Strickland Memorial 1
Author Weisman to Visit UWG 3
Sigma Tau Delta 1
Faculty & Staff News  
Hartley's Farewell 1
New Asst. Professors 1
New Faculty and Staff 2
Members of Dept. of English Present at Women's Conference 3
Program Highlights  
Film Studies Program
English Ed Sees Significant Changes 2
Doyle Named M.A. Program Director 2
New Film Class 3

Alumni Spotlight  
Freeman Finds Work at HowStuffWorks 3
Spring 2006 Courses 4


Author Jamie Weisman to Visit UWG

Author and physician Jamie Weisman will visit the University of West Georgia Thursday, October 20. Weisman’s As I Live and Breathe, chosen as the English 1101 shared text for 2005-2006, details her struggle with debilitating illness from the dual viewpoint of both patient and doctor. While on campus, Weisman will read from her work at 11:00 a.m. in the Education Center and at 8:00 p.m. in TLC 1305. She will lunch with English 1101 students and meet for dinner with students in the Advanced Academy. Admission is free for Weisman’s two readings.

Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You

A new 2000-level film course—Introduction to the Art of Film—will be offered as early as next fall. In this course, students will consider the primary visual, aural, and narrative conventions by which motion pictures create and comment upon significant social experience. Students will also watch a wide range of films from a variety of countries and historical moments in film history. Students will have the chance to explore issues such as framing, photographic space, film shot, editing, sound, genre, narrative form, acting style, and lighting in the context of wider discussions of the weekly films. This is an introductory course, and assumes no prior knowledge of film.

How I found Work at HowStuffWorks

I didn't know what I wanted to do when I graduated until my last semester at West Georgia when I took Special Topics: Editing & Publishing, taught by Dr. Robert Snyder. I learned the basics of copy editing and enjoyed the challenge of making others' work more readable so I decided to pursue work in the field of editing and publishing.

After graduating in December 2004, job-hunting became a job itself. I polished my resume with the help of Wanda McGukin in Career Services. I got assistance from Dr. Snyder. I posted my resume on websites such as Monster and AJCJobs. I searched job listings and attended career fairs. I wrote countless cover letters, made many phone calls, and spent hours online each day.

Finally, I found a listing on Monster for a web production assistant at HowStuffWorks (www.howstuffworks.com). Although I didn't get the position, I kept in touch with the editorial director and later interviewed for an editorial assistant position. I was offered the job only days after a phone interview, and started at HowStuffWorks on April 25.

My English degree provides the background necessary to perform my job. My duties include responding to reader e-mail, editing and writing content, fact-checking and implementing corrections, and organizing data. I also have the opportunity to be creative and utilize my internet skills, such as HTML coding. I am proud that I help to make a wonderful website more accurate, informative, and entertaining. The site's diversity allows me to learn something new each day.

I strongly advise seniors to take a course or two (or even choose a minor) in something that is not only interesting, but will also teach them applicable skills. Many of us would like to be writers, but it can be very difficult to make a living doing so. While strong communication skills are extremely important, they may not be enough.

Utilize all of the resources available to you, including Career Services and your professors. I know that my references (which included Dr. Snyder and Dr. Maria Doyle) were an important part of their decision to hire me. Tailor your resume and cover letters to each job, and apply to a variety of them. Before accepting my position at HowStuffWorks, I worked for a few weeks as a receptionist. It wasn't what I wanted to do, but I learned and made money while looking for something better. Above all, don't give up hope, because there are fun, interesting jobs for English majors!

-- Shanna Freeman

Members of Dept. of English Present Work
at Southern Women Writers Conference

Four members of the UWG English Department presented work at the Sixth Biennial Southern Women Writers Conference held at Berry College September 22-24th. Instructors and UWG graduates Elizabeth Hetzel and Mandi Lesak, instructor Donna Coleman, and secretary and former graduate student Cindy Tumlin had work selected for the conference, which draws a large number of submissions from women around the country who research southern writers, deal with southern themes in their work, or are themselves southern.

The conference “recognizes the contributions of southern women to American literature” and accepts creative and scholarly submissions. Lesak and Coleman’s scholarly work was chosen, while Hetzel and Tumlin had creative submissions selected. The theme of this year’s conference was “Southern Women Writers and the World.”

Lesak presented “Exploring the Domestic Frontier: Ivy Rowe’s Search for Self in Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies.” Lesak said that one of the highlights for her was meeting Tanya Long Bennett, a scholar she quoted in the paper she presented.

Coleman, whose paper was entitled “Relativity, Relationships, and Research in Margaret Edson’s Wit,” appreciated the diversity of literary presentations at the conference. Coleman is currently attempting to create a category of reader response criticism based on Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.

Hetzel read a chapter excerpt entitled “Disobedience” from a novel-in-progress. “This particular part of the work explores the relationship between place and selfhood which I felt best exemplified the conference theme,” Hetzel said.

Tumlin presented an excerpt from a short story, “Recipe for Revolution,” and several poems. She stated, “I was pleased to present my work and very pleased with the response it received, and I really enjoyed a lot of the creative work from fellow presenters. There was great energy at the conference.”

Dr. Jane Hill, chair of the Department of English and Philosophy, was pleased with the participation. “Our department was fortunate to have four representatives at the conference. Two of our creative writers—Elizabeth Hetzel and Cindy Tumlin—read from their work, and two scholars—Donna Coleman and Mandi Lesak—presented their research. Professor Coleman’s paper on Wit was especially pertinent to her work in our First-Year Writing Program, where that text is the shared text for ENGL 1102 this year. Both Professors Hetzel and Lesak were expanding on their excellent M.A. thesis projects in their presentations at the conference, thus making our outstanding graduate program continue to look terrific. And Cindy Tumlin was asked to read both poetry and fiction, a rare ‘double-play’ for creative writers at a conference. Hard to imagine any single department making a more significant contribution to this conference.”

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