• Finals Week Incoming!

    Finals week is fast approaching! While we all know it's important to stay focused, don't forget to take a break every now and then and recharge! Good luck to everyone as the spring 2014 semester ends!

  • Intersections Conference Success!

    A humongous thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, and supported our Intersections conference in March! We hope you all had a fantastic time listening to fellow scholarly research, networking, making new friends, and making AGSE's annual spring conference such a success! Special thanks to Spudnuts and Chipotle for the amazing breakfast and lunch spread. We hope to see you all next year!

  • Beoome a lifetime AGSE member today!

    Lifetime memberships for AGSE are only $10! Contact us at agse.csunorthridge@gmail.com for more details. And don't forget to pick up an AGSE shirt for $20!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet the 2014-15 Board!

President: Wafa Azeem

After waiting for 13 years, Wafa is pretty sure she is not going to receive an owl from Hogwarts. So in the meantime, she moonlights as a second year English graduate student. Not wanting to be outdone by Professor McGonagoll, she will be teaching English Composition class for a second year. With an emphasis in Literature, she enjoys spending time in different worlds and looking at her world with different perceptions.

Vice President: Vana Derohanessian

Vana Derohanessian has her bachelor's degree in English literature in 2007 and is currently an English graduate student at CSUN. Vana is interested in the history of children's literature as a reflection of social and cultural values regarding children. Her incessant fascination with Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" may be referred to by some as obsession.

Treasurer: Angeline Olliff

A second-year Teaching Associate at CSUN, Angeline is working to finish her Master's in English this academic year with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition.  She hopes to continue teaching and learning as she expands and complicates her own research in First-Year Composition pedagogy and cognitive development. Don't tell anyone, but the "bean counter" (treasurer) in her is actually the Batman to her Bruce Wayne.  Or maybe the Penguin.  Penguins are cuddly. 

Recording Secretary: Jackie Hymes

Jackie really likes hockey. I mean, she REALLY likes hockey. If you talk to her about hockey, you will probably become her best friend. She is also the mother to two extremely spoiled cats. To not make this sound like the beginning of a personal ad: Jackie is in her fourth and most likely final year of her presidential term-length stay in the Master's program at CSUN. Yet, she has never been president of, well, anything here. Having served as secretary on the Sigma board last year, she hopes to take her obsessive note taking skills and put them to good use once again. She is currently a T.A. and working on the last poetry thesis that will be completed at CSUN. Born directly between the Ides of March and St. Patrick's Day, it makes sense that her thesis involves Greek Mythology, what is left behind, the afterlife, and history. When she is not busy writing poems or reading poetry, she enjoys reading graphic novels, weird fiction, and collecting Timothy McSweeny's Quarterly Concerns.

Press Secretary: Stephanie Lim

Stephanie is a CSUN lifer, going on 10 years strong as a Matador! While she finishes up her very last year (holy cow!) of the English Master's program, she also works as a Teaching Associate for the department. Although she loves her share of literature, her true passion is musical theatre and popular culture. When she's not reading, working, or sleeping, you can probably find her watching a show or at a concert. Or drooling over Luke Bryan. Achluophobic, arachnophobic, acrophobic, and trypanophobic.

Historian: Liz Hernandez

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Liz Hernandez has spent most of her slow-yet-constantly-ebbing youth in search of a man who has a rich and comprehensive library (and earns 10,000 pounds a year). However, as he is nowhere in sight, and perhaps never will be, she has resorted to buying her own books and making her own library, which smells heavenly! She is currently entering her second and final year of the CSUN graduate program and is on the boards of the 18th Century Club, Critical Theory Club, and 4Humanities. The Long 18th century is her absolute favorite with a particular fondness for the Regency Period. If you need to find her she is probably tucked away in a comfy corner of the library sniffing some of her favorite books so they don't feel neglected.

The 2013-2014 Board would like to take a moment to thank our advisor, Dr. Kent Baxter, our members, our supporters, and our awesome grad students for making our tenure as AGSE board members a fantastic experience! From Holly, Susana, and Steve - the best of luck to the new board and to all our English MA students!  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

"Path to the PhD" Workshop

A warm thank you to all who were able to attend our annual "Path to the PhD" workshop last week, and a very special thank you to Dr. Nate Mills who shared all of his expertise with us about applying to and entering PhD programs.

For those who were unable to attend the workshop, you can find Nate's handout from the workshop here for download.

Thanks to all who continually support AGSE and our events, and we wish you all the best as we approach the end of the semester!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Path to the PhD Workshop

It's almost here! Our annual "Path to the PhD" workshop is this Wednesday, April 23, in JR 319 from 2-3pm. If you (or your friends) have been considering the PhD, this is the workshop for you! Featured speaker Dr. Nate Mills will go over the pros and cons of pursuing such a degree, go over vital information everyone should know before applying, and will be able to answer questions you may have about the PhD.

We hope you'll join us for our last workshop of the school year!

Monday, March 3, 2014

How to Present at a Conference Highlights

Thanks to everyone who attended our "How to Present at a Conference" Power Workshop last week! And a very special thank you to our guest speaker, Dr. Chatterjee!

For those who were unable to attend the workshop, you can download the highlights here!

See you all at the conference!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February Meeting Highlights

Annnnd we're back! Thanks to all who attended (and brought snacks to!) our first meeting of the spring semester! For those who weren't able to make it, here's a recap of what you missed!

Books & Bowling: Valentine's Week!
As Valentine's Day approaches, join us for a week of books, bowling, and bibliophiles!

  1. Spring Booksale: One more book sale to feed your bibliophilia! Tuesday, February 11 from 10:30am- 3:30pm @ Jerome Breezeway (in between Jerome Richfield and Sierra Hall!)
  2. Lovers' Lane: Bowling with Bibliophiles, Valentine's Edition! We had such a great time last semester that we're ready for another bowling night! Thursday, February 13 from 9pm-11pm @ Brunswick Matador Bowl (Off Balboa and Nordhoff!)

    $15 with an RSVP (email or Facebook), or $18 without.
    Price includes shoes and two hours of bowling fun!

Other Upcoming Events:
  1. How to Present at a Conference: Dr. Chatterjee will join us once again to talk about conference presentation tips and tricks! Tuesday, February 25 @ 10-11am in JR 319.
  2. Board Elections: For those interested in being on the AGSE board, we will do nominations in a few months! Positions include president, vice president, treasurer, recording secretary, press secretary, and historian. More information, including position details, coming soon.
  3. Intersections Conference: Saturday, March 8 starting at 9am @ the CSUN USU! Much more information coming soon!

If you'd like to volunteer for our upcoming book sale event, become an official member (lifetime membership for $10!), and/or purchase our lovely AGSE shirt, please contact us at agse.csunorthridge@gmail.com.