English Alumna Mary Boothe Named PCAL Inductee Into Society of Distinguished Graduates

Mary Boothe, 2014 English alumna and newest PCAL inductee into the Society of Distinguished Graduates

Mary Boothe, 2014 English alumna and newest PCAL inductee into the Society of Distinguished Graduates

Mary Boothe has had an impressive undergraduate career here at WKU. Her commitment to sustainability, her research, her service, and her international experience combined to make her a deserving recipient of her most recent honor—becoming a PCAL inductee into the Society of Distinguished Graduates.

Mary is heading to law school at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA in a few months, where she plans to concentrate on copyright and intellectual property right, so I took the opportunity to interview her before she hits the road to start the next chapter in her life.

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Sucessful Interns : Philip Russell

The English Major’s Weblog produces a series of posts about successful interns past and present from the English department here at WKU. Internships are very helpful in learning about future careers and gaining hands-on experience. The English Department offers internship opportunities each semester so check them out!pr



This week’s interviewee is Mr. Philip Russell, who is a sophomore here at WKU and is majoring in English for Secondary Teachers. He was a teacher’s assistant for Dr. Hollyfield.
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Successful Interns: Bradley Englert

Our English department internship coordinator, Dr. Angela Jones, has helped build connections with many businesses and organizations over the years, providing students with a wide range of internship opportunities. While this is a fantastic resource, all students are encouraged to form their own relationships with employers to develop internships outside of the department. By doing this, English majors can truly customize their internship experiences and college education. You want to write scripts? Make connections with a local theater and become an intern. Want to facilitate newsletters and blog content for a business? Go out, find one, and talk to them about it!

Bradley Englert and his girlfriend Taylor Harrison.

Bradley Englert and his girlfriend Taylor Harrison.

Senior Bradley Englert did just that. A double major in creative writing and film, Bradley has been an editorial intern for John Joseph Adams (well-known editor, anthologist, publisher, and owner of both Lightspeed Magazine and Nightmare Magazine) since June 2013. If you have no clue who John Joseph Adams is, here is a short bio on him: He’s published over 25 short story anthologies both in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he’ll be the editor for the upcoming “Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthologies. Lightspeed Magazine focuses on fantasy and science fiction short stories while Nightmare Magazine focuses on horror, and those both publish monthly online and in eBook form. He has worked with authors such as George R.R. Martin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Simon R. Green, Kate Elliott, Neil Gaiman, and Robert Silverberg. Continue reading

Successful Interns: Saxon McCullough

Here at the Weblog, we are producing a series of interviews featuring past interns in order to gain insight into what an internship through the English department offers. An internship is a great experience, and it also adds extra credentials to your résumé! To check out some departmental offerings, visit the English Department Internship page.


This week’s spotlight is Saxon McCullough. Saxon graduated in December 2013 with a BA in English, concentrating on Professional Writing and Literature. Saxon was the intern for the Society for Values in Higher Education.

What internship did you do and what semester?

I was the fall 2013 intern for the Society for Values in Higher Education (the first ever!).

What kind of responsibilities did you have?

My supervisors were pretty open-minded from the start regarding what type of work responsibilities I would take on; they emphasized that I choose my intern tasks according to what kinds of skills I wanted to build for my future career. So, naturally, as a final-semester college student, I had no specific trajectory for my future career which is why I chose to develop a wide variety of skills including producing marketing materials and writing for the SVHE blog.

Why did you choose to do that particular internship?

I chose to apply for the SVHE internship because I was anxious to get my feet wet in the professional writing world. It was an invaluable experience having the opportunity to produce writing that benefited a professional organization’s vision and goals.

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Successful Interns: Chantel Bowman

As some of our readers may know, this semester contains the most interns the English department has ever had. It is a growing community among the English majors and we want to keep it going. For those of you looking into an internship for the future, here is just one example of the many great things you could be doing during your undergraduate education.

Chantel BowmanChantel Bowman is a literature major with a double minor in professional writing and religious studies. She will be graduating in December of 2014. Chantel was an editorial intern for Itoh Press during the fall semester of 2013.

What kind of responsibilities did you have?

I was mainly the acquisitions editor for fiction novels, meaning I read the first three and last chapter of novels to determine if they were up-to-par i.e. interesting and what level of editing would they need. I would also edit and proofread manuscripts. While I worked there, I compiled and edited my first published book called Reckless Carnage: An Anthology of Horror. To do this, I had to facilitate and actively participate in each aspect of the publishing process beginning with the creation of a request flyer for submission, then editing and placing them in order, writing the intro and the author bio as well as the copyright page, formatting, and finally promoting through flyers and social media (facebook).

Why did you choose to apply for Itoh Press?

I chose Itoh Press because I want to be an editor and enter the publishing field.

Favorite part of the internship?

My favorite part was reading great novels before they were even published.

What advice would you give to current or future interns?

I would advise current interns to speak up for yourself. Demand to know what you don’t know, and don’t doubt your capabilities or intuition. If a sentence feels wrong to you as the reader/editor, it probably is.

Internships are an excellent learning experience and resume-builder. Don’t wait to apply for one; you can apply as early as your sophomore year. Additional information on the English department’s internship program can be found here. For more internship success stories and other weekly features, keep coming back to the Weblog!


Internship Opportunities and Academic Seminars: The Washington Center

Dr. Jones rains down opportunities including this one:

A representative from The Washington Center will be on campus to discuss Internship Programs and  Academic seminars   in Washington, D.C. and abroad!
Information session
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
12:30pm and 3:30pm
Grise Hall Room 337 
Internships are available in almost all disciplines.  Scholarships are available.

Dr. Jones’ email continues:

Good morning, English students,
The Washington Center (http://www.twc.edu/) has been offering exciting internship placements and a strong support system for over 35 years, and many WKU students have taken advantage of those opportunities.If you are interested in completing an internship in Washington, DC, or abroad, I hope you are able to attend one of these Wednesday-afternoon sessions.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Ardrey; she is our campus representative.
Best wishes,
Angela Jones, Ph.D.

More doors opened by Dr. Jones and the English Majors’ Weblog.  Now….walk through them into all the adjacent possibilities.


Internship Applications Due Tomorrow – Great Opportunities Next Semester – Don’t Miss Out!

ENG 299 Teaching Assistant intern, Philip Russell

Fall 2013 ENG 299 Teaching Assistant intern, Philip Russell

As someone who has completed an internship in the English department, I highly recommend doing so during your undergraduate career. Not only does it give you hands-on experience and something tangible to add to your résumé, you get 3 hours of college credit toward your major and some life experience to boot!

If you didn’t receive an email about English department internships (or you just need a refresher) I’ve attached Dr. Jones’ email below; it includes links to the internship descriptions and the webpage for English department internships where you can fill out your application (which just takes a few minutes). Do it soon, though, because the deadline is noon tomorrow!

Email from Dr. Angela Jones:

Dear English students,

As coordinator of the English department’s internship program, I am delighted to announce several internship opportunities for the spring 2014 semester. For a list of internships visit http://www.wku.edu/english/internship_position_announcements_sp2014.pdf , and I hope many of you apply to fill both these recurring opportunities and the new ones.

To apply for an internship, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and complete a copy of the Internship Application Form (available at http://www.wku.edu/english/internships.php).
  2. Submit the Internship Application Form to me by noon on *Monday, November 4*. Save the form as a Word document or PDF file and attach it to an email to me.

As the coordinator of the program, I review the completed applications and forward them to the supervisors. They may then contact candidates for additional screening. As each intern is selected, I will work with the student to arrange enrollment in ENG 369, the internship course.

If you have any questions about the internship program overall, feel free to contact me; however, if you have any questions about the specifics of any of the available positions, please first review the descriptions carefully and then contact the supervisors listed.

I look forward to receiving your applications and to working with several of you to complete your internships.

Best wishes,


Angela Jones, Ph.D.

Society for Values in Higher Education intern, Saxon McCullough

Fall 2013 Society for Values in Higher Education intern, Saxon McCullough

Take a few minutes to fill out your application and email it to Dr. Angela Jones by tomorrow at noon. Don’t miss out on these great opportunities!

Wanna Be the Blog Admin Next Semester?

With the approaching Spring semester comes the need for a student to step up and fill the shoes to be the new administrator for the EMW. Responsibilities include making regular posts on the EMW, keeping the calendar of events up to date, extending the reach of the blog, and providing information on events taking place within the English department. If you are interested in applying for this internship, see Dr. Jones for an internship application form and submit them no later than Friday, December 14th.

Best wishes,

~Joel B.


Murder at the Met: How a Cambridge Firm is Helping Museums with Digital Storytelling | BostInno

Murder at the Met: How a Cambridge Firm is Helping Museums with Digital Storytelling | BostInno.











You cannot tell me that the future for English Majors is not bright.  In fact it is so bright…well you know the lyric.  The capacity to manage a narrative is supremely important as every institution begins the slow climb into the world of mobile learning and training.  I predict there will be many startups like Green Door Labs. In fact, I see skilled English majors creating them or working in them as interns whenever a corporation, non-profit, small business, or educational institution needs to tell its story.