Friends of Rutgers English Spring/Summer 2005

Inside This Issue
John Belton Wins a Guggenheim
From the Chair
Marianne DeKoven Wins Research Award
Beyond the Classroom: Reading Groups
Stacy Klein Wins Research Fellowship
Brent Hayes Edwards Wins Library Fellowship
Richard Koszarski on New Jersey’s Film History
A New Film Library
New Faculty Profile: Veena Kumar
Writers at Rutgers: Jean Valentine
Writers at Rutgers: C. K. Williams
Wesley Brown Retires
A Dramatic Farewell to Wesley Brown
A History of Rutgers English: Part 4
A History of Douglass English
Student Awards Bring Out the Best
The Burian Award
The Enid Dame Poetry Prize
A New Graduate Seminar
In Memoriam: Lexi Rutnitsky
Graduate Student Placement
Howard Travel Fellowships
Plangere Center Expands
Alumni Offer Career Advice
Thanks to Our Interns
More About Friends of Rutgers English

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A Plethora of Projects

By Vic Tulli

So many impressive students wanted to work with Friends of Rutgers English this semester that there was only one thing to do: let their enthusiasm and creativity lead the way. Project teams collaborated not only to complete our main task (this newsletter), but also to generate new features for our alumni network and for undergraduate English majors.

The newsletter team was responsible for researching, writing, editing, and laying out most of the articles in the Friends of Rutgers English Newsletter. They were, from left, Adam Mandelbaum, Melissa Arkin, Nicole Wexler, and Erica Yergan.

Newsletter Team - rom left, Adam Mandelbaum, Melissa Arkin, Nicole Wexler, and Erica Yergan

The undergraduate involvement group researched ways to connect Friends of Rutgers English with current students, and ways to help students feel more connected with Rutgers English. They created a survey for English majors, material for the English website, and a special version of the newsletter just for students. They were, from left, Megan Annett, Allyson M. Fields, and Sarah MacMillan.

Undergraduate Interest Team -  from left, Megan Annett, Allyson M. Fields, and Sarah MacMillan

And finally, the alumni outreach team worked on new ways to get graduates involved. They contacted dozens of alumni, and created the alumni career profiles now on our website, in addition to laying the groundwork for our forthcoming alumni book club. They were, from left, Mary Szymonowicz, Jennifer Pennacchio, and Brooke Dowd.

Alumni Outreach Team - from left, Mary Szymonowicz, Jennifer Pennacchio, and Brooke Dowd

My sincere thanks to this semester’s interns, who accomplished more than I could possibly keep up with. Their dedication and their interest sparked a long list of new and ongoing projects that will help shape the future of Friends of Rutgers English.



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Editorial Staff:
Megan Annett, Melissa Arkin, Brooke Dowd,
Allyson M. Fields, Sarah MacMillan, Adam Mandelbaum,
Jennifer Pennacchio, Mary Szymonowicz, Nicole Wexler
Design and Photo Editing: Erica Yergan
Website Design: Maritza Cruz
Editor: Vic Tulli