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Welcome to Spring 2016!

Happy New Year!  The  English Department and Spanish Minor open on Monday, January 4 with weekly hours from Monday – Friday, 9 am to 1 pm in Heath 233.  For faculty office hours, please check the postings outside our doors.  The first day of classes is Monday, January 11.

Mark your calendars for these literary events:

Synecdoche Literary Celebration – Thursday, April 14 @ 7 pm to 9 pm in GCH
UG Conference on Global Literatures & Christianity – Friday, April 15 @ 9:30 am to 4 pm in GCH

May your semester receive *blessings* in full!

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Literary Book Festival / English Christmas Tea

Celebrate the birth of Jesus with a cup of black spiced chai or orange pekoe tea! Join us for a literary book festival – featuring original book designs and roundtable discussions with Vanguard’s English majors – a joyful time of fellowship this Christmas season.

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Location: Great Commission Hall
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Refreshments: Delicious lemon bars, chocolate pecan turtle brownies, fresh bruschetta, and an assortment of herbal teas.

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November is National Novel Writing Month!

Live out your dreams as a writer:  Write a novel in one month!  Sign up for free at NaNoWriMo.  Question or ideas about upcoming NaNoWriMo events on our campus?  Please contact the Co-Presidents of Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society: Annie Sparks and Elaina Ahmed.

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English Academic Advising

English majors!  Academic advising begins on Monday, October 26 and ends on Friday, November 6. Please sign up for an appointment; sign-up sheets & advising lists are posted on your academic advisor’s office door. If you do not receive official advisement, MyVU will automatically block you from Spring 2016 registration.

Note: Registration Week begins on Monday, November 9.  Please register on the day assigned to your class level.  See you soon!

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English Welcome Tea

English majors, minors, & friends: Welcome to Fall 2015!  You’re invited to the annual English Welcome Tea on Thursday, September 3 @ 12 noon to 2:30 pm in the GCH. Your professors will provide home-baked caramel pecan brownies, dark chocolate & Neufchâtel cream cheese cupcakes, fresh fruit, chips, and a delicious selection of gourmet teas.  Take a study break and enjoy the company of your beloved faculty and peers!

The  English Department and Spanish Minor will open on Monday, August 17 with weekly hours from Monday – Friday, 9 am to 1 pm in Heath 233.  For faculty office hours, please check the postings outside our doors.  The first day of classes is Monday, August 24.

Mark your calendars for these literary events:

Literary Book Festival – Tuesday, December 8 @ 3 pm to 6 pm in GCH

Synecdoche Literary Celebration – Thursday, April 14 @ 7 pm to 9 pm in GCH

UG Conference on Global Literatures & Christianity – Friday, April 15 @ 9:30 am to 4 pm in GCH

May your semester receive *blessings* in full!

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Synecdoche 2015

Synecdoche: VU Campus Literary Journal is available for $10.00 in the English Department!
Visit us on the second floor of Heath Academic Center.

Editor-in-Chief – Katie Sessler
Managing Editors – Chanel Frenn and Allyson Bostrom
Creative Editors – Hannah Lush and Jordan McNeff
Scholarly Editor – Brianne Hittenberger
Art Editors – Allyson Bostrom and Danny Zepeda

Artistic Award  -  Savannah Slater

Creative Award -  Tim Kam

Scholarly Award – Mayra Ramos

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month!  Click here for historic photographs from the archives of the Library of Congress.  Celebrate by reading & discussing literature from UCLA’s Asian American Literature Reading List. Read on:

“Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.  // The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants” (Library of Congress, par. 1-2).
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Synecdoche Literary Celebration

Join us on Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 pm in the Great Commission Hall for the Annual Synecdoche Literary Celebration!  Live music, delish finger sandwiches, mini-specialty cakes, fruit-infused mineral water, and literary readings galore! The Sigma Tau Delta / English Honor Society induction ceremony will also occur during the Synecdoche Literary Celebration. Next, join us on Friday, April 17 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Great Commission Hall for the VU Conference on Global Literatures & Christianity.  Continental breakfast and coffee will be served.  For more information, click here.

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English Academic Advising

English majors!  Academic advising will begin on Monday, March 23 and end on Friday, April 3. Please sign up for an appointment; sign-up sheets & advising lists will be posted on your academic advisor’s office door. If you do not receive official advisement, MyVU will automatically block you from Fall 2015 registration.

Note: Registration Week begins on Monday, April 6.  Please register on the day assigned to your class level.  See you soon!