English Division Blog (03.24.17)

Coming Events

College Lecture Series

Lisa Grant (AA ’10), adjunct instructor in English and CRW tutor, will present "Adirondack Matriarchs: An Epistolary Legacy” at the College Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. in Miller Auditorium, Dearlove Hall.

Of her talk, Grant says, “The term ‘Adirondack’ invokes thoughts of back-wood trails and the 46 high mountain peaks, four distinct seasons that are as harsh as they are beautiful, and a rustic nostalgia that hearkens back to a time when life was simple and carefree. Yet life was never as simple as history paints it. Local politics, educational values, public etiquette, and the roles of women in the small, picturesque town of Athol, NY are revealed in intimate letters written by one of the town’s founding matriarchs, Grace Merle Harris-Cameron (1882-1964) and her daughter Ruth. 

“In 1931 Grace's eldest child of four, and only daughter, Ruth Eloise Cameron began an unprecedented endeavor at the impressionable age of 17 as a student at Green Mountain Junior College in Poultney, Vermont. From September 1931 until April of 1932 Grace hand wrote 72 letters to her ‘Girlie,’ with content ranging from national and local events to ‘girl-talk’ between mother and daughter.”

Grant, Ruth Cameron’s  granddaughter, will focus on what her transcription of these letters discloses about her family and local history, as well as on the evolving role of women only eleven years after the Nineteenth Amendment was passed.

Photo: Grace Cameron, provided by Lisa Grant


The Writers Project

Poet Jessica Cuello is the next speaker in the Spring 2017 Writers Project series, reading at 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall. The 2016 winner of The Washington Prize, Cuello is the author of Pricking, as well as several chapbooks. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, as well as an award from Hollins University (Virginia) for outstanding teaching. Cuello teaches at Marcellus Senior High School in Marcellus, NY. Photo from author’s website.


Connecting and Communicating

Naftali Rottenstreich, Associate Professor of English, reminds people that the Vernal Brown Bag meeting will take place on Friday, April 7 from 12-3, at the Wilton campus of SUNY Adirondack. The topic is Taking Care of Our Students by Taking Care of Ourselves.

Noted meditation instructor Chris Mazura will talk about ways to use meditation to alleviate anxieties/stress (our own and our students'). Three PDPs are available to attending teachers. Please RSVP to rottenstreichn@sunyacc.edu by April 1st.


Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Kathie McCoy, Professor of English and Chair of the English Division, has been recommended by SUNY Adirondack to receive the 2016-17 Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity. Photo from blog files.

"Amish Quilt," a poem by Kathie McCoy, appears in the April 2017 issue of Mom's Egg Review.

Dr. Robert (Rob) Faivre has received the 2016-17 President’s Award for Teaching (Senior Faculty). Photo of Dr. Faivre in his regalia receiving his doctorate.

Shell,” a poem by Dr. Stuart Bartow, Professor of English, appears in the March 2017 issue of Chronogram.


From the Center for Reading and Writing (CRW)

Professional Tutor Ellen Ricks (AA ‘14) was accepted into two MFA Creative Writing programs: The College of New Rochelle (creative nonfiction) and St. Joseph of Brooklyn (cross genre). Each college offers the option to teach while getting the MFA. Photo provided by Ricks.

Peer Tutor Amy Rohrman will graduate in May and transfer to SUNY Oneonta to work on a BS in cell and molecular biology. 

Peer Tutor Kelsey Fredricks will graduate in May and transfer to SUNY New Paltz where she will major in English and Communication Studies. Photos of Rohrman and Fredricks tutoring in the CRW were taken by Rohrman.

Peer Tutor Donna Baltezore has been accepted into the SUNY Adirondack Nursing Program for Fall 2017.


From Our Classrooms/Community Connections

First semester student Brianna Wright sends this report on the Glens Falls NAACP African-American Film Series:

In February I went to three films. They were on Tuesdays at the Crandall Library for the Glens Falls chapter of the NAACP to celebrate Black History Month. The African American film forum activity was from 6:30 to 8:30 in the lower part of the library and was very fun and educational.

The NAACP Black History African American films were on the 14th, 21st and 28th of February. The films that I went to see were Incarcerating US, The 13th Amendment, and Our Mockingbird. I went because my English 100D (Critical Reading) class with Jane Arnold is reading a book called Dreams of the Monster Factory by Sunny Schwartz about the prison systems. When I heard of the films I was very interested to learn more about the prison systems. So I went and I learned a lot more things about the prison systems. Some I was sad about and I was upset about others. The thing I was most upset about was that most of the men that are in jail for drugs, rape and more were Black. Also people in jails have to start taking responsibilities for their actions. I would advise more people to read the book and go to see the films. They are very informative and educational and the food was great. I learned a lot of information that I didn’t know. I would go to the Crandall Library for the films again.   Photo of Brianna Wright provided by Wright.

Note: The Critical Reading class made its regular field trip to Crandall Library on March 23.

Faculty Websites

Dr. Lâle Davidson
Dr. Khristeena Lute
Peter Marino 
Dr. Kathleen McCoy
Joe Portes
Ellen Ricks
Charlotte Smith
Bill Weiss

Other Websites of interest
Library Blog
CRW Tutors’ Blog
Joyce Miller

The English Division blog is maintained by Jane Arnold, Professor of English/Reading Specialist, arnoldj@sunyacc.edu.