Storify: a window into #bsuenglish

It’s time to announce Tweet of the Week!

Congratulations Jeremy Flick, your tweet about Susan Herring’s lecture won. Come to RB 297 and claim your prize!

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About the weekly Storify

Every week, we make a Storify to archive who uses #bsuenglish to tell us about what they learn and what they do in the English Department. Check out our Storify for the week of 10/17/14.

We are going to take a break from posting the Weekly Digest to see if people like this better. Let us know what you prefer!

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Rename our department newsletter. Win fabulous prizes.

By Cathy Day, Assistant Chair of Operations

Let us consider the alumni magazine.

A few times a year, I receive my alumni magazine, and I always, always read it. I went to DePauw University (2000 students), and the magazine is called…wait for it…The DePauw.

A few times a year, my husband receives his alumni magazine, and he always reads it. He went to Wabash College (800 students), and the magazine is called…wait for it…Wabash Magazine.

A few times a year, you receive (in the mail or via email) your alumni magazine. You attend (or attended) Ball State University (currently 18,000+ students) and the magazine is called Alumnus.

Question: Do you read it?


Maybe you don’t feel the same attachment toward your alma mater that my husband and I do. How could you? We went to small schools. This is a large school.

What you’re attached to, most likely, isn’t your school but rather your department, your major, this building.

That’s why the English Department at Ball State publishes its own alumni newsletter. We want you to read it.

It’s called…wait for it…Department of English. 

A Digital Re-Christening

For a long time, Department of English was printed out and mailed.

Recently, it’s gone out via email as a pdf attachment.

But starting in Fall 2014, we’re going to send it out as an e-newsletter.

To inaugurate this change, we’d like to re-name the newsletter. Something creative. Something that–when you see the name–will fill you with longing and nostalgia!

My ideas thus far:

  • Sitting in the Hallway?
  • No Windows?
  • Brick?

Obviously, I’m horrible at coming up with names. That’s where you come in.

In a reply to this blog post, on Twitter to @bsuenglish, in an email to me, send us your idea for a catchy name for our new e-newsletter, and you can win fabulous prizes. 

You have one month. November 16.

Thank you.


grad school and you

New paths for your future. Learn about graduate degrees in English.

Are you interested in furthering your education?

Whether or not you majored in English as an undergrad, learn more about the many benefits of a graduate degree in English at Ball State at an on-campus information session on Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

You might be wondering, “How can a graduate degree in English help me in the real world?”

It helped these people. Check out these stars to steer by.

  • Cole Farrell uses his creative writing degree in his career in marketing. 
  • Sarah Smith uses her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition on her job in business.
  • Jennifer Banning uses her M.A. General on her job as a Career Adviser at Earlham.
  • Nate Logan talks about using his M.A. in Creative Writing to get a PhD in Creative Writing.
  • Audrey Brown uses her M.A. in Creative Writing to get paid to write.


Registration only takes a minute. Get the information you need about graduate school before admissions deadlines in January. As an added bonus, if you attend this event, we’ll waive half of your $60 application fee.

And remember, three hours of your time could open new career paths for your future.