English Division Blog (05.05.17)

Honoring Our Students

The English Division is proud to announce the English awards for 2016-2017, presented at the Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony on April 28.

In alphabetical order:

  • Corrin Baker, Editors’ Choice Award for Nonfiction
  • Ashley Benoit, Editors’ Choice Award for Fine Art
  • Teresa Costigan, Editors’ Choice Award for Poetry
  • Jenna Earle, Poetry Writing
  • Patricia Farrell, Women in Literature
  • Michaela Fitzgerald, AVOPA Award*
  • Kelsey Fredricks, Peer Tutoring in Reading and Writing, and AVOPA Highest Honors*
  • Mohamed Gardner, Fiction Writing, Editors’ Choice Award for Fiction, and AVOPA Highest Honors*
  • Janice Grice, AVOPA Award*
  • Joelle Jameson, Creative Nonfiction
  • Samantha Reiter, Creative Nonfiction
  • Miles Oborne, Poetry Writing
  • Marriah Allen Pina, AVOPA Award*
  • Amy Rohrman, Peer Tutoring in Reading and Writing
  • David Snyder, British Literature
  • Taylor Tilford,  AVOPA Award*
  • Leslie Vazquez, Poetry Writing

*The SUNY-Adirondack’s Voluntary Outstanding Portfolio Assessment (AVOPA) allows students to submit up to 20 pages of their original writing for assessment by five English professors. Those that receive three or more “outstanding” evaluations receive a letter of commendation that becomes part of the student’s permanent record. Highest Honors indicates that all five evaluators judged the portfolio outstanding.

A reading featuring students who published in the 2016-2017 Expressions literary magazine, as well as graduating creative writing majors, was held in the Visual Arts Gallery at 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3.  Expressions is an annual campus publication featuring poetry, photography, nonfiction, fine art, fiction, music, graphic art and recipes by students and other community members. The free magazine, which is distributed on campus, is student operated and published at the end of each Spring semester. Copies are always available in the Center for Reading and Writing.


From the Center for Reading and Writing (CRW)

  • Hannah Kilpatrick, Peer Tutor, received the Business Administration AAS Award at the Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony on April 28.
  • Christina Seeley (January ‘16), Professional Tutor, will begin work toward a bachelor’s degree in European History at SUNY-Albany in the fall.


In Our Classrooms/Community Connections/Diversity

Thanks to students Maria Bosford and Patricia Farrell, a class on the Qur’an in English 245: Readings in World Scriptures featured guest speakers Dr. Hafeez Rehman and Noah Ahmad Quick of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Dr. Rehman gave a well-prepared and succinct overview of the Muslim faith and the history of the Qur’an, and then both men spent time answering the questions of the fully engaged students. The question and answer session went on for 45 minutes after the official ending of class, and the students expressed appreciation for this “field trip that came to our classroom” on April 26.

On April 29, English 245 students Matthew Cain and Paul James, who are also students in Dr. Drew Costa’s class, Philosophy 204: Comparative Religion, accompanied Dr. Costa, Professor of Philosophy, and Dr. Robert Arnold, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, along with other students from Comparative Religions on a field trip to the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Woodstock, NY.


Anticipating . . .

  • Dr. Kathleen McCoy, Professor of English, has been named a finalist for a Fulbright Scholar Award in Poetry for 2018.
  • Dr. Stuart Bartow, Professor of English, has a poem forthcoming in The Stillwater Review.
  • William Weiss, Associate Professor of English Emeritus, has an essay,  “You Can’t Get There from Here,”  forthcoming in Emanations.



The English Division expresses its deep gratitude to Professor Jane Arnold for serving as our Reading Specialist; advocating for literacy across the disciplines; training tutors in the Center for Reading and Writing; tutoring in the Center and in her office; modeling the life of scholarship and writing; supporting the arts, lectures, and readings by visitors, professors, and students with her presence, encouragement, participation, and delectable home-baked goods; writing and maintaining the English Division blog; advising the Anime Club, and being a friend and mentor who is always ready with a text, an ear, chicken soup, or whatever is needed in the moment. While we will deeply miss her full-time service, we are delighted that she has agreed to continue teaching part-time in the SUNY Adirondack English Division.


In Memoriam

A cherry tree in the College orchard has been dedicated to the memory of Carole Moreau.



Better stop short than fill to the brim.
Oversharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt.
Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it.
Claim wealth and titles, and disaster will follow.
Retire when the work is done.
This is the way of heaven.

                        Tao Te Ching, verse 9, translated by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English


Final blog of the 2016-2017 academic year. Thank you to those who helped: Vishal Mudi, Kay Hafner, Doug Gruse, Kathie McCoy.

Faculty Websites

Dr. Lâle Davidson
Dr. Khristeena Lute
Peter Marino 
Dr. Kathleen McCoy
Joe Portes
Ellen Ricks
Charlotte Smith
Bill Weiss

Other Websites of interest
Library Blog
CRW Tutors’ Blog
Joyce Miller

The English Division blog is maintained by Jane Arnold, Professor of English/Reading Specialist, arnoldj@sunyacc.edu.