English Department


News Archive

April 2015:

Edible Books Festival

On Thursday, April 9th the Library hosted their second annual Edible Books Festival where anyone could submit his or her best tasty interpretation of a literary piece. The English DAs submitted their interpretation of Life of Pi(e) and won best tasting! Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who helped organize for this fun and tasty event!

Pictured: DAs Emily Engler and Sarah Peterson display the prizes for winning Best Tasting while sampling some of the entries.


February 2015:
SoCal Writing Tutor Conference

The Southern California Writing Tutor Conference was held on the UC San Diego campus, where two groups from CLU represented our services that we offer and our passion for teaching better writing skills! One group presented the theme: The Game of Life: The Writing Evolution from High School to College. Group members Kim Lu, Ann Quist, and Liz Whetstone focused on writing strategies that can be helpful for freshman who may have anxiety about writing in college. Below is the abstract:

The purpose of this presentation is to offer techniques for how to effectively help college freshman be creative and confident in the writing process across all types of academia. Recognizing one’s own writing style and its continuation of evolution needs encouragement in this game of life we all play, allowing us to take the next step in the journey towards success.  

November 2007:
A Medieval Feast

On November 17, 2007 English 451, a single author class focusing on Chaucer’s works celebrated Medieval cuisine with a feast. The following is a selection of the menu as well as recipes for each medieval delicacy. The English department would like to thank Dr. Sims and all contributors for their delicious insights.

The English Department Adopts a Family

CLU’s English department participated in a Beyond Shelter Adopt-A-Family program.  Participants in the program “adopt” a family in dire need of assistance and purchase Christmas presents based on what the family needs and wants.  All of the families in the program are participants in Beyond Shelter’s “Housing First” program for homeless families and are either currently homeless and living in a shelter or temporary emergency housing, or have only recently been moved into permanent rental housing.

The department’s adopted family. Lisa and Ian Daniels, became homeless after fleeing domestic violence.  Lisa is a 43 year old single mother and her son Ian is 15 years old.  The experience of living in a shelter was hard on them, but Lisa continues to remain positive for her son ,and Ian tries not to give his mom problems.  Ian has maintained a 3.6 GPA in school.

The pictures below show Ian and Lisa holding up the Christmas presents that the English Departmental Assistants bought and wrapped for them.  With monetary contributions from everyone in the department, the Departmental Assistants were able to purchase much needed clothing, a computer, and other items that Ian and Lisa needed.

2010 Senior English Major
and Morning Glory Banquet