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English, Rhetoric, and Writing

Alumni News

Former English major Patrick Ouzts and former President Scott Colley were recently featured in an article of the Rome News-Tribune. The article focused on the importance of reading for high school students. Patrick is a teacher at Armuchee High School, and was featured for his approach to reading classic novels that involves comparing the characters to pop culture that teenage students can relate to. President Colley was also quoted in the article, emphasizing the usefulness of reading classic works. By reading this, he said, students are able to better understand other literary works that they read. While agreeing that some works will never appeal to students. Colley said, "the important thing is they read." Source: Rome News Tribune, "What the Dickens? Literature class goes modern", September 6, 2004.  

Scott David McIntosh (01C) recently began publishing an online literary journal, _The Quarterly Staple_ (http://www.thequarterlystaple.com).  The journal, which McIntosh edits with fellow Berry English graduates Trudy Henson (OOC) and Alicia Cosnahan (01C), published its first issue in August, with issue#2 to go live on November 1. Scott McIntosh organized and administered the Southeast Regional Model Arab League competition in Washinton, D.C. this year, from March 31 to April 1. Scott is now the Program Coordinator for the National Council on US-Arab Relations.

- Scott David McIntosh (01C)  

As an English major, I found that to study English, the literary works and movements that have shaped various cultures, the rhetorical strategies by which writers articulate points, is definitely worthwhile in its own right.  At Berry I was able to not only take classes from interesting and supportive professors in the department, but also work in the Writing Center and in the Media Center, write and present speeches for the forensics team, and do additional coursework in education and communications.

Currently, I'm working on an MA in English at the University of Alabama, where I am also a GTA (graduate teaching assistant).  I teach English 101 and 102 and tutor in the Writing Center.  On top of this, I've had the opportunity to meet and/or attend presentations by the writers of my textbooks, linguists of national renown (like Walt Wolfram), and famous fiction writers.  (Next year, Alice Walker is scheduled to present here, an event I won’t miss.)   

- Nathan Shepley (03C)  

I have an article in the collection of essays Living with a Writer, Ed. Dale Salwak, being published by Macmillan/Palgrave this August. It's about the domestic life of various famous authors and includes autobiographical essays from John Updike and Nadine Gordimer, among others. My essay is about Agatha Christie and is entitled "The Mystery of the Vanishing Wife."  I'm currently a grad student at Vanderbilt University completing my PhD in English, and my dissertation is on British women mystery writers--hence the interest in Christie.  Here it is on the publisher's website: http://www.palgrave.com/products/Catalogue.aspx?is=1403904766 

- Laural Young
English major
Class of 99

My love for the print world was sparked when professor Dr. Jim Watkins landed a contract with Vintage Books to edit an anthology of autobiographical writing by southern authors. As his student assistant, I was lucky enough to aid in the book project----helping to secure permissions from over fifteen publishers to reprint material from close to twenty autobiographies and memoirs.

Upon graduation I began work in the magazine print industry---starting as an intern in the Southern Living Travel Department and working my way up to full time Homes Editorial Assistant. I was then promoted to Homes Assistant where I contributed to Southern Living, and served as the editor of our House Plans Magazine. Later, as Assistant Homes Editor, I produced copy for Southern Living, and was responsible for coordinating the monthly how-to decorating column.

Now, as Associate Projects Editor for SPC Custom Publishing, I'm responsible for editing all departmental copy and aiding our Assistant Editors in developing their writing skills. I also help coordinate our freelance projects and write copy for Lowe's Creative Ideas Magazine and other special projects and publications.

- Alicia Clavell
English major
Class of 98

When I was in college and I told people that I was an English major, they all nodded politely and asked what grade I wanted to teach. I was frustrated with the misconception that the only job out there for English majors was teaching. In my current job as desktop support and technical trainer here at the Semiconductor Research Corporation, I find that I am well prepared by my English major. What I was able to stress in the interview were my great organizational strengths and my ability to communicate, not only with the written word, but orally as well.

I think that the greatest strength I draw from my time as an English major at Berry is my organizational skills. I know how to organize information, then sift through it to decide what is important and what information I need. This makes me a great multitasker. I also think I learned about attention to detail and how to construct and present arguments. After all, that's what we were doing every time we wrote a position paper. Overall, the ability to think clearly and independently, and to think entirely through an argument (such as those we presented in most of our papers), is the hallmark of an English degree from Berry.

- Jennifer Q Dickens (nee Quesenberry), Technical Support and Technical Training at the Semiconductor Research Corporation, RTP, North Carolina.

Leah Estelle Dean (01C) had an article published in the Winter 2003 issue of educational HORIZON, a publication of Pi Lambda Theta.  The article was about an experience she had while student teaching.  Assisting in the article was Dr. Lawrence A. Baines (FFS) .  Leah is a teacher at Northside High School in Warner Robins , Ga., and is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at Georgia College an State University.

I am currently an English teacher at East Paulding High School in Paulding County.  I teach freshmen and sophomores there, and I could not ask for a better public school teaching experience.  My administrative staff and faculty are great; these are some of the neatest people I have ever met.  I am considering beginning to work on a Masters of English Education degree at Georgia State University.  I am also considering beginning work on a Masters of Education Leadership at Georgia Southern University, but this depends on where life takes me in the next few months.  Right now, I am thoroughly enjoying life in the Marietta area...so much to do, so little time in which to do it!

- Stephanie Chastain (02C) 

Do you have any news to share? You can pass it on to one of our faculty members or email us at english@berry.edu. We'd love to hear from you.

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