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Thanks for a great academic year!  The English Department wishes you a happy summer!  See you in the fall!

On May 14, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. in the Strawbridge Board Room (across from the reception area in Mullen on the second floor), the English Department celebrated making it through another academic year with the annual end of the year party.

Along with the Ursuline Studies Program, the English Department celebrated National Poetry Month throughout April with poems across campus.

The release of the 2014 issue of Inscape was celebrated with a release party on Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Contributors read and discussed their works, and the first box of Inscapes was opened.

The Senior Research Seminar students presented the results of their research on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  Thanks to the committee of nine instructors who evaluated their research on Dr. Seuss, Precious, Presidential rhetoric, The Big Lebowski, and Zane!

The Department was pleased to welcome Dr. Carole Ganim back to campus on March 31, 2014.  Dr. Ganim taught in the Department in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  In addition to visiting an English class, she gave a talk about her book

Take a Break with a Book was held on April 7, 2014 at noon in Mullen 213.  At the event, attendees noted some of their favorite recently-read books, which are listed below.
Any book by Isabel Allende (Beth Kavran)
As You Like It by William Shakespeare (Janet Moore)
A Year of Biblical Womanhood:  How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master" by Rachel Held Evans (Joe LaGuardia)
Bossypants by Tina Fey (Melanie Steele)
Emergency Room Wrestling by The Dirty Poet (Fred Wright)
Jewelry Box:  A Collection of Histories by Aurelie Sheehan (JoAnne Podis)
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (JoAnne Podis)
Orange Is the New Black:  My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman (Eileen Kohut)
Pastrix:  The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber (Joe LaGuardia)
Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Virginia DeVinne)
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (Patti Stephens)
The Monuments Men:  Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter (Eileen Turoff)
The Riddle of the Labyrinth:  The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox (Virginia DeVinne)
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (Beth Kavran)
The Space between Us by Thrity Umrigar (Celeste Wiggins)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Celeste Wiggins)
What Makes Olga Run?:  The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us about Living Longer, Happier Lives by Bruce Grierson (Patti Stephens)

The Sigma Tau Delta induction ceremony was held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Beaumont Dining Room, located in the Fritzsche Center.  At the event, Natalie Huggins, Nneka Iheama, and Rihanna McChesney were inducted.  Also, the English Department awards were presented at the event.  Lauren Krozser received the English Award, which is presented to the graduating senior with the highest four-year grade point average in English, and the Publications Award, for her outstanding work on Inscape, Ursuline‚Äôs fine arts annual, over the years.  Haley Tinlin received the Drama Award, for her outstanding work in Drama Workshop over the years.  Following a serving of beverages and desserts, Professor Emerita Sr. Mary Denis Maher presented "Letters and Diaries Tell the Story: Catholic Sister Nurses in the U.S. Civil War."  Sr. Mary Denis taught in the English Department for many years, so it was delightful to have her back on campus and meeting the latest generation of students.  Below are some photos from the event.

Below are some photos from this year's Spring Play, Waiting for MacArthur.  Congratulations to everyone involved on a fantastic job!

The Cast of Waiting for MacArthur











The English Department mourns the loss of former colleague Sister Renee Oliver.