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News & Events

Poetry Gala to Honor UWG's Centennial

Undergrad Conference

Film Studies Minor is Here!

Whittier Brings Fairchild to UWG

People News

Dr. Snyder Retiring

Davidson Pens Hockey Haiku

Beal Lands Internship

Job Spotlight on Susan McNeel

Anisa Lewis: Teaching and Learning in France

Course Descriptions

Summer 2007

Fall 2007

 

 

Patrick Whittier Brings B.H. Fairchild to UWG

Patrick Whittier, English major and president of Sigma Tau Delta, was recently awarded a Weekend Grant from the UWG Student Activities office. “The idea [of the Weekend Grant] is simple,” says Whittier. “The University wants student organizations to have more events on the weekends . . . furthering the idea that UWG is a University, not just a Monday through Friday institution with dorms.” A lover of poetry, Whittier applied for the grant with hopes of bringing a “rock-star poet” to read at UWG. After conferring with Sigma Tau Delta members and Dr. Chad Davidson, Whittier decided to invite award-winning poet B.H. Fairchild to campus to deliver a special presentation.

Prior to applying for the Weekend Grant, Whittier requested and received a Student Activities Seed Grant—a $200 allowance designed to enable student organizations to publicize and recruit new members. After this initial success, he decided to “go after bigger fish.” Much bigger fish—student organizations can request Weekend Grants of up to $5000. With the grant money, Whittier was able to purchase posters and newspaper ads to advertise the event, copies of a Fairchild book, signed by the author, to give to the attendees, and food for the reception. He also provided Fairchild with a substantial honorarium.

 

The event, held on March 3rd, was a huge success, setting a new record for poetry reading attendance at UWG with 147 attendees. Whittier wishes to thank Sigma Tau Delta, the faculty and staff at the English Department, and particularly Kimily Willingham for valuable contributions to the event’s success.

--Nick McRae

 


Job Spotlight on Susan McNeel

Have you decided you want a job at a big corporation but you don’t know anyone on the inside? Are you worried that applying for a job through the company website will lead to your resume crossing the recruiter’s desk without a glance and landing right in the trashcan? While knowing someone on the inside is always an excellent way to get your foot in the door, taking a chance on "the system” can pay off as well. It did for me.

While finishing up my undergrad coursework in 2004, I spent countless hours on company websites applying for any position that matched my skills and interests, even applying for positions I was not qualified for, which is how I ended up with my job as a Communications Specialist for The Home Depot.

While working on my English degree, I tutored students in writing and took several English education courses. I felt that these experiences might be enough for me to be considered for a Learning Specialist at The Home Depot. My resume ended up in the hands of the hiring manager who, after determining that I lacked the specific qualifications he was looking for, handed it over to another manager who was getting ready to post a Communications Specialist position. The major job responsibilities for the Communications Specialist would include writing and editing communications, developing and executing communication plans, and managing and overseeing all departmental content for the intranet site. Although this position did not previously exist, the hiring manager knew that he

 

 

wanted someone with solid writing and editing skills, with the ability to produce creative work and learn web design quickly. My resume showcased how my academic courses and experiences made me the perfect candidate for this position. I was brought in to interview.

While working toward my degree, I tried to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible that were offered by the English department. These included a Writing Center internship, an independent study, being both a conference presenter and participant, and a couple of publications in Eclectic. These are only a few of the departmental offerings that can help students prepare for a career. I was able to rely on these experiences to help me transition into my new corporate role and I continue to use the skills that the English program helped me refine. Each day, I write and edit communications and documentation, and collaborate with others on million-dollar projects that directly impact thousands of people. I have been a presenter at company sponsored conferences with hundreds of participants. My job requires the ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and handle multiple tasks and priorities, a feat that any English major with more than one paper assignment in a week can easily tackle.

My advice to English students is to take advantage of the opportunities UWG offers you. Pursue activities and organizations that suit your interests and courses of study. Participate in electives or activities outside of your discipline to help you become a better-rounded individual or job candidate. If you are getting ready to graduate, begin your job hunt before your last semester ends. Above all, pursue your passions and take a chance on the on-line job application process; it just might pay off!

--Susan McNeel