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


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).

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.


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!


Welcome to Spring 2015!

Happy New Year!  The  English Department and Spanish Minor open on Monday, January 5 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 12.

Mark your calendars for these literary events:

Synecdoche Literary Celebration – Thursday, April 16 @ 7 pm to 9 pm in GCH
UG Conference on Global Literatures & Christianity – Friday, April 17 @ 9:30 am to 4 pm in GCH

May your semester receive *blessings* in full!


English Alumni News

Congratulations to Valerie Geary (2005), author of the novel Crooked River (Morrow/Harper 2014), a November 2014 Indie Next Great Read!  Her short stories have appeared in Weekly RumpusDay One, Menda City Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Foundling Review, the UK publication Litro, and others.

As Valerie shares on her website, she grew up in Albany, Oregon and spent most of her childhood tromping through the woods, reading in her tree fort, and writing stories that featured heroic raccoons, squirrel detectives, and alien teachers. She majored in English Literature at Vanguard University of Southern California where she worked at a bookstore and as a tutor in our Writing Center. One bright summer she tripped through the Spanish countryside, taking language classes at the University of Salamanca and falling in love with churros con chocolate. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband. In addition to writing and reading, Valerie also enjoys gardening, hiking, sailing, and playing disc golf.

We are so proud of your accomplishments, Valerie!  Felicidades y bendiciones!

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English Christmas Tea

English Christmas Tea is set for December 10 from 11 am to 1 pm in GCH!  Come and sip a hot cup of black spiced chai or orange pekoe tea. Dr. Lee will bake a strawberries ‘n’ cream amaretto cake and a homemade platter of caramel pecan chocolate brownies.  Dr. Hatch and Professor Doody will share beverages, delicious fresh fruit, and pretzels.  Invite your roommate, bring your little sister or brother, bring your mentor or mentees!

Everybody, take a break from finals!  Celebrate Jesus’s birthday with your beloved faculty and peers!

See you there.


Oxford Scholars’ Semester

Congratulations to Annie (Anastasia) Sparks on her acceptance to Scholars’ Semester at Oxford!  As a student in SSO, Annie will be an official member of Wycliffe Hall and a Registered Visiting Student.  As described by CCCU Best Semester, “This is your access point to a 900-year history, world-recognized academic excellence and 119 libraries, with their 11 million books and outstanding electronic resources.” Annie joins the ranks of Vanguard English Alumni who’ve studied at Oxford, including Meredith Howard (Class of 2014) and our own Dr. Laurie Camp Hatch, Assistant Professor of English.

Oxford Scholars' Semester