Sunday, November 23, 2014

NU Writing Contest; Sneak Peek!

I'm on the Women's Studies committee at Niagara University, so I have advance notice about their doings. Stay tuned to this channel for details on more exciting stuff!

I can tell you about the Susan B. Anthony Writing Awards. These are held each year, open to NU students, and invite submissions for a critical paper on women's or gender issues. 

Two awards will be given:

  • Freshmen and sophomore students must submit a 4-15 page paper about women, women's issues; research or close examination of a text; of interest to a general audience.
  • Junior and senior students must submit a 6-15 page paper about women, women's issues; research; of interest to a general audience.

You can use a newly-composed paper, or one that's been submitted in a class within the last 3 semesters. There will be a separate $$$ prize for each category.

  • Submission deadline: Friday, January 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m. 
  • Tentative awards reception: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 6 p.m.
  • For more information, contact Sharon Green: 716-286-8071,

More information will be available shortly .

Friday, November 21, 2014

Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop in Barbados 2015
2015 Barbados Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop 
May 17-23, 2015 • Application Deadline: January 15, 2015
Poetry and Fiction Writing in the African Diaspora

Thanks and a tip o' the hat to Joyce Tesar!

Handy Toolkit of Scripts

You're an English major, which means you're especially good at writing and speaking.

But that doesn't mean that some writing tasks don't make you squirm more than others. After all, writing lit analysis papers is a very different genre from any of these:

  1. Announcing you are quitting your job
  2. Turning down a project assignment
  3. Complaining about a co-worker
  4. Admitting mistakes to customers
  5. Asking your network for help with the job search

Fortunately, Career Addict has assembled what they call "scripts" for each issue: approaches, language, rhetoric for handling the tricky emotional demands and landmines of each issue, either verbally or in writing.

While I hope you never have to do any of the first four on this list--you might want to make #5 your Thanksgiving Break project!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Appear More Intelligent

... nah; I'm not going to say "more intelligent than you really are."

But one of the claims of this article
is that displaying good listening skills will make you seem like you're more intelligent. 

We live in a distraction-filled world. It seems difficult for students in my classes not to text or play video games in class. I find this mildly infuriating (especially when somebody who was in class asks me "what will be on the exam?" or something I've already discussed at length). I can only hope the texting-zombie-shuffle doesn't carry over into job interviews.

There are also times when somebody fools me, by appearing disinterested--but turns out was listening quite attentively. Apparently, many social situations today do not require the appearance of listening.

If you want to make a good impression on an interviewer or an employer, it's important to look like you're paying attention, as well as actually doing so. Here are some tips to looking engaged.

Thanks and a tip o' the Twitter hat to Jonathan Burston, ‏@IEASuccess

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Small Steps in Winter Break

So you thought those 32 days between the end of fall 2014 final exams and the beginning of spring 2015 classes would be filled with relaxation and the joys of your favorite holidays: Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, New Year's. (Hey, I'll celebrate anything for which I get presents!)

Here are some better ideas. Some of them are low-key ideas--stuff you might even enjoy doing. Some is loner-stuff, like polishing your LinkedIn profile, or identifying which companies you might want to target as sources for your ideal first job. Others are more people-focused: volunteering, creating a mini-internship, doing an informational interview, or shadowing an employee whose job you might like to be doing several years from now.

Niagara University's campus will be closed for a chunk of time--but the week or so before classes might be a superb time to drop in to the Career Services office and have some quality time with the staff and resources there, since overall demand will be low.

Remember: whatever you do now will be one extra step toward a great post-graduation career. And a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Thanks and a tip o' the Twitter hat to @thesimpledollar.

For College Students: By the Numbers

For those seeking a first job after college, here are eight great strategies. For instance: why don’t you want to apply for your dream job/dream company first, before you apply for other jobs?

Also, click through on their link to a Forbes article linked at the bottom of the page: "There are several tips and tricks out there to ace interviews" -- six to be exact:

Thanks and a tip o’ the Twitter hat to @CareerAddict!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Undergrad Research Conference! Get Published!

Abstract due: Monday, February 23, 2015

Conference date: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Contact: Dr. Tredennick,