The Peripatetic Observer
Volume 10 • SUNY College at Geneseo, Department of English • Winter 2008
Having just nished putting together our schedule of courses for the spring, I’m reminded of what a strong
position your EnglishDepartment is in and of how many positive changes have taken place during my more than twenty years at Geneseo. We now haveover 400 majors, more than at any other time in over 25 years. Since enrollment at the College is about the same, that number speaksto the attractiveness of our programs and students’ recognition that we have a very strong faculty involved in creative kinds of work. Inresponse to the growth of our major, our faculty numbers have increased. I’m delighted to tell you that for the rst time since the early seventies, we now have three full-time Creative Writers on the faculty and twomore who teach in the program part time. This fall, we were delighted to be able to bring to campus
, a ction writer who holds an MFA from Indiana University.While recently preparing for the program review that we do every six years, I was reminded thatthe English Department is the epicenter of numerous programs and activities at the College. In addition torunning both the literature and writing tracks in the major, we house numerous interdisciplinary programsand crucial support services.
now co-chairs the College Honors Program, which recently has been signicantly revised and expanded to include many more incoming students.
directs theFilm Studies minor and the Alan Lutkus International Film Festival.
recently has beenappointed Coordinator of the American Studies program at the College while she continues to co-chair the Native-American Studies Programthat she founded with Michael Oberg of the History Department.
leadsthe Humanities Core Committee and
, the Comparative Literature major.In addition, the department participates inthe Africana Studies, Latin-American Studies, the Women’s Studies,and Medieval Studies minors, and works with the School of PerformingArts to administer the Theatre-English major.
bringsseveral writers to campus each year as head of the Geneseo LiteraryForum and also runs the large Writing Learning Center, which employs10-15 tutors that she trains to assist hundreds of students from programsthroughout the College.
puts in long hours as Geneseo’s principal pre-law advisor.This has also been a year of transition for the department.
, our secretary of 27 years, who with department keyboardspecialists supported all of these programs, retired from the College lastspring. For many of you (and for most of the current faculty) she wasthe mainstay of the department—not just because of the work she did tosupport the department and its afliated programs, but also because shewas advisor, mentor, creative problem solver, and friend to many wavesof students and faculty. With Marie in the front ofce, we could alwayscount on all systems running smoothly. Over a hundred people cametogether for a festive dinner in Marie’s honor last spring. It was a great party and a great reunion. We have been lucky to have
ably move into Marie’s job.I continue to hear from many of you who write to share their positive memories of the Department and the College. One of thefavorite parts of my job is responding to your e-mails, even if you graduated before I came to the College or I didn’t know you personallywhen you were here. Nothing pleases our faculty as much as hearing from former students.Your ongoing support has helped us transform your English Department into the vibrant center that it has become. Thank you for your continued support as we work hard to enrich the challenging programs we bring to our students.
English Programs Popular and Inuential
A Message from the Department Chair
Welles Hall, home of the English Department