Monthly Archives: February 2015

Elizabeth Palmer: You can only figure out what you want if you participate.

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Photo provided by Elizabeth Palmer.

She graduated from Ball State in 2014.

She majored in English Studies, with a minor in digital media.

She worked as one of the English Department’s PR Interns, producing content for this very blog.

Today, Elizabeth Palmer tells us how she used her skills as an English major to secure a position at Coldwell Banker, a real estate company.


1. What I Learned as an English Major

Courses like Editing and Style helped me balance my writing voice with concise, coherent arguments.

I owe a lot of my growth as a writer to Amit Baishya, who, unfortunately, is no longer teaching at Ball State.

Learning to communicate effectively allowed me to showcase my other skills, like design and multimedia storytelling.

Opportunities at Ball State, like the Digital Media minor, helped me utilize my skills in more engaging educational settings. 

My Virginia B. Ball Center seminar (Strengthening Opinions about Animal Responsibility) also gave me an opportunity to thrive in an entirely new learning environment. 

To learn more about the Virginia Ball Center, click here.

 

I knew I wasn’t destined to be an English teacher (even though so many people told me I should be), and branching out into Ball State’s immersive learning projects allowed me to prove that.


2. Finding a job is hard, but not impossible

The last two months before graduation, I spent all my time providing sample work, researching, and interviewing for a job I was so sure I was going to get.

When the time of the interview came, I spent over two hours in the office meeting employees. I even spoke with the HR director and interviewed with the marketing manager.

I left that interview confident I’d secured a future at the company. I was so sure I wasn’t going to be one of those college graduates scrambling to find a job after graduation.

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Award-winning young adult author coming to Ball State

Eliot Schrefer is the featured speaker of the Marilyn Cory Speaker Series for Spring 2015. He will speak on Tuesday, March 10 from 7-8 PM in Art and Journalism 175.

He is the author of Threatened and Endangered, which was a National Book Finalist (2012), one of NPR’s “Best of 2012” and an editor’s choice in the New York Times. He has also written other young adult novels, such as Glamorous Disasters, The School for Dangerous Girls (selected as “Best of the Teen Age” by New York Public Library), and The Deadly Sister (earning a starred review from Library Journal).

The title of his talk is “Getting Others Into View: Crossing the Lines Between Teen and Adult, and Human and Animal, in Young Adult Literature.” Eliot’s talk will center on boundary crossings and navigating borderlines, especially in the realm of young adult literature.  He will focus on discourse by and about adult and teen readers and writers, and how such discourse parallels the ways we discuss Africa and animal conservation.

Dr. Susanna Benko has been teaching Schrefer’s work in her ENG 414 Young Adult Literature course for a number of years, and the author has been visiting Ball State via Skype. Here’s a blog post by Blake Mellencamp about one of those virtual visits.

Do you like free money? Just apply!


Last year, the department awarded over $11,000 to outstanding students.

This year, we want more applicants than ever before! Apply by Monday, March 9, 2015, and show us why you deserve to receive scholarship money and recognition. 


Undergraduate scholarships

Barry Wright Memorial Scholarship

  • If you like to write poetry, this is the scholarship for you!
    • Previous winners:
      • 2014: Brent Holden
      • 2013: Scott Bugher
      • 2012: Anne Haben

Elizabeth Martin Scholarship

  • We give this scholarship to students who demonstrate their scholarship and character by taking on leadership roles.
    • 2014 winners:
      Daniel Brount

      Daniel Brount, Editor in Chief at The Ball State Daily News.

      • Daniel Brount
      • Rachel Johnson
      • Brittany Means

Dr. Janet Ross Scholarship for Teachers of English as a Second Language

  • If you want to sign up for this scholarship, you have to be a teaching major in English/Language Arts. You also have to be enrolled in an English as a Second Language licensure program.
  • If the selection committee recommends it, the award may go to you and several other students.
    • 2014 winners:
      • Seula Han
      • Isaac Muhando

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Want to spend a semester in New York City?

Brandon Buechley, Ball State undergrad.

Brandon Buechley, Ball State undergrad

Brandon Buechley is a Creative Writing major at Ball State University.

He recently took part in the New York Arts Program, where he worked with DAW Books, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House.

He also worked with the Manhattan-based Guerrilla Lit Reading Series.

We had the opportunity to talk to Brandon about his internship experience in New York City. Here’s what he had to say!


Your English skills are valuable

The New York Arts Program accepts students with skills and passions in all the liberal arts, creative writing included. My English major was obviously a contributing factor in my acceptance into the program.

I was able to present a few pieces I’ve worked on in Ball State courses, showing the program coordinators what I had to offer.

The program tends to have more artists and media specialists than creative writers, so I think the skills I brought to the table certainly helped me stand out.

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Celebrate the Legacy of Maya Angelou

Born in the Jim Crow South, Maya Angelou used her passion as an activist and a writer to inspire discussions surrounding civil rights. As a way to celebrate Angelou’s written works and devotion to social, political, and economic equality, organizers at the Office of Institutional Diversity and BSU English hope to nurture a diverse university community. 


 Sunday, February 15th

Charlene Alexander

Charlene Alexander, Director of Institutional Diversity

I Read…I Rise Poetry Slam

Monday, February 16th

Tribute to Maya Angelou

Stedman Graham, who got his MA at BSU.

Stedman Graham, who got his MA at BSU.

  • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Student Center Ballroom
  • Keynote speaker: Stedman Graham
    • CEO of S. Graham and Associates, a Chicago-based management/marketing consulting firm.
    • Conducts lectures and seminars worldwide, inspiring young people to transform into leaders.
    • Author of eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers and one Wall Street Journal bestseller.
    • Earned his Master’s degree in Education at Ball State.
    • Oprah’s boyfriend. 🙂
  • At the event, you’ll learn about how you can volunteer in the Muncie community.

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Are you ready to take the next step?

The Career Center wants you to be ready for all aspects of your job search, so get ahead of the curve by participating in these upcoming events and offerings.

These are for both undergraduate and graduate students in English.

Wednesday and Thursday, February 4 and 5

Résumania

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Art and Journalism Building Atrium
  • Come have your résumé reviewed by employers and Career Coaches to ensure that you have the very best document you can put forward for an internship or job.

Wednesday, February 11

Cardinal Job Fair

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Worthen Arena
  • The event brings to campus a wide range of employers that want to connect with students and alumni for internships and full-time employment.
  • Here’s the Employer Guidebook. Check it out!

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