November 19th, 2015 §
Week Eight of autumn quarter is wrapping up, and in the English Department students and instructors alike are heading into the final push of the term. Fall quarter is a curious creature because the winter holidays begin before the term actually ends. We may be ready for a holiday break all right, exhausted as we all are by the pace of the quarter system. But the holidays come too early nevertheless, because work—and sometimes the most important work of the quarter—still needs to be done.
We’re talking here about the intrusion, into the tail-end of autumn quarter, of Thanksgiving, which happens just before the big, final push of the quarter: the concluding week of classes right after the holiday, then final exams the following Monday through Wednesday.
This seasonal mini-break can provide time for everyone to catch a breath and some extra time for completing assignments and papers (writing them or grading them) and to celebrate briefly with family and friends before the onslaught of final exams. But Thanksgiving break can also put us in the holiday mood long before we should be—that is, if we want to finish the quarter without the distraction of a holiday warmth and excitement that somehow feels un-earned by the satisfying completion of yet another quarter.
And here is what is truly curious about this odd rhythm of fall quarter. A holiday so central to our acknowledgment of Providence’s work in our lives tugs us toward gratitude at the same time as, in the back of our minds and hearts, we feel reluctant to give ourselves fully over to it, for all the above reasons. It’s as if, being good sons and daughters of the Pilgrims whose tentative beginnings on this continent we celebrate on Thanksgiving, we must hold back on our acceptance of grace because we may not feel totally entitled to it. Not yet. There’s more work to be done to make us worthy, to allow us rest.
How can we acknowledge fully the gifts of grace while also persevering in our academic expression of what powers these gifts have stirred within us? Maybe Thanksgiving’s quirky intrusion into our academic lives can teach us to acknowledge a well-provided grace that comes un-earned, that cannot be earned, and simply to keep going. We’re allowed to catch a breath when we can, then rest when we can rest.
November 14th, 2015 §
From Darren Davis, Associate Editor of Seattle Met magazine:
“I’m looking for budding journalists for Seattle Met’s internship program!
“We are currently hiring for our winter/spring and summer terms (internships start in Feb and June, respectively). School credit is available for students who need an immersive internship in a professional setting to fulfill an academic requirement. Recent graduates are also eligible for the internship.
“I look for the following in applicants: independent, quick learners with great writing skills, detail orientation, prior office work experience, references who can speak to writing skills and conscientiousness/level of detail, strong GPA and extracurriculars, and good organization skills.”
The internship listing is online at http://www.seattlemet.com/pages/jobs-at-seattlemet#editintern.
November 12th, 2015 §
Peter Moe is SPU’s new Director of Campus Writing. Dr. Moe will oversee SPU’s new first-year writing curriculum (to be implemented in the fall of 2016), run our Writing Center, and help professors improve how they teach writing in course across the university, particularly those that are writing-intensive, or “W” courses.
Born and raised in Washington State, Dr. Moe has just finished doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh. “I wanted to return to the Northwest, to its whales, volcanoes, waters, and forests,” he says. “Seattle Pacific University fits the bill geographically,” but its attractions for Dr. Moe go well beyond it being simply a place to work back home. A person keen to read and write on many topics, Dr. Moe chose to work at SPU because, he says, “SPU gives me space to follow these varied research interests.”
“That sounds obvious; it’d be expected that an English professor write and read regularly,” adds Dr. Moe. But running a writing program is a demanding job. So, he insists, “it’s not a matter of having time, but of making time” to read and write, “and it’s also not only a matter of reading fueling writing, but of my reading and writing in tandem nourishing my work in the classroom.”
The English Department is happy to welcome Dr. Moe to SPU.
October 26th, 2015 §
Here’s word about the event from Lori Brown, Employer Relations Manager for the Center for Career and Calling:
“Our students want to change the world – and a career with a non-profit is a great way to start. With over 50 employers expected to attend, it will be a quality event for students to meet with non-profit leaders and see the opportunities available for their careers.”
Yes, that’s over fifty employers who will show up with offers of internships, applications for jobs, and much more.
October 22nd, 2015 §