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  • Touchstones

    E n g l i s h D e p a r t m e n t

    M a r y w o o d U n i v e r s i t y

    If you have questions

    or comments about

    Touchstones, please

    send them to us:

    Centennial question:

    What occupied the site of

    the Liberal Arts Center

    before the building’s con-

    struction? (See page 6 for

    the answer.)

    Inside this issue:

    Alumni News


    Scholastic Writing Awards


    Student/faculty meeting 3

    Faculty Doings 4

    Bayleaf reading


    Centennial Quiz 6

    Fall 2016 Courses


    Volume 3, Issue 2 March 1, 2016

    Interning: Just Do It

    Riley Covaleski (‘16)

    Before my senior year, if anyone had even whispered the word “internship,”

    I would have blocked my ears and run in the opposite direction. Of course

    that didn’t really happen, but the fact remains: the real world is a scary

    thought to a college student. Even if you know exactly what you want to do,

    being released from the cushy comfort of university life is jarring. Just the

    idea of meandering outside the bubble for a semester may seem intimidat-

    ing, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not as bad as you think and that it’s

    okay not to have a plan.

    In the course of my Marywood studies, I’ve taken on internships at two dif-

    ferent companies. My first was in the fall semester of my senior year at

    Northeast Editing, an educational publisher in Pittston. I always said that I

    wanted to go into editing and publishing as a career path, so Northeast Edit-

    ing looked like a good place to test the waters.

    At Northeast Editing, I wrote a lot and contributed to their production for

    various clients. It was an enlightening experience because I didn’t do grunt

    work for the company; I contributed to real projects and was recognized for

    it. Unlike I might have at some bigger-name companies that have interns

    running around to grab coffee, at Northeast Editing I had a worthwhile ex-

    perience in researching, writing, and learning the ways of an educational


    Please see Internships, page 3

  • Touchstones Page 2

    Alumni News

    Kelsey Healey (‘13)

    works as a Marketing

    and Communications

    Specialist at Munley

    Law, Scranton.

    Kelsey was recently

    profiled in NEPA Busi-

    ness Journal as part of

    its “20 under 40” list:



    Noelle Kozak (‘13),

    who works at Pittston

    Library, recently start-

    ed Fangirls Fan Club

    for Teens, a way for

    those interested in, say,

    Harry Potter or Lord of

    the Rings to get togeth-


    Justine Carmine Bar-

    on (‘09) owns Happy

    Hippy Catering, a vege-

    tarian food service busi-

    ness in Philadelphia.

    Happy Hippy’s mission

    statement: “fun, fresh,

    and fuel.”

    Catherine Owens (’13) is pursing English/

    Secondary Education

    certification at Mary-


    Send us your news:

    Scholastic Writing Awards

    This was the first year that Marywood University was the Northeast Pennsylvania Affiliate for the Scho-

    lastic Writing Awards. Students grades 7-12 from across 13 counties were invited to submit their writing

    in several genres, including poetry, journalism, short fiction, and the personal essay. The 98 entries that

    were submitted were adjudicated at the local level, and the writers who earned Honorable Mention, the

    Silver Key Award, or the Gold Key Award were honored at a campus gathering on January 31.

    Coordinated by Dr. Laurie McMillan, the event was combined with the Scholastic Art Awards, and

    three of the gold key winners read passages from their work to an audience of 500. All six of the entries

    receiving the Gold Key Award will be judged nationally, competing against Gold Key Award winners

    from other regions.

    We expect the number of submissions to grow as we continue to adjudicate and host the regional awards.

    Spread the word to teachers and students in grades 7-12 who enjoy writing! See

  • Page 3 Volume 3, Issue 2

    Since I had metaphorically signed myself away to editing and publishing, I

    wasn’t sure about applying for my second internship, at the Pittston Library. I

    decided to apply mainly because I’ve enjoyed libraries since childhood. What

    was there to lose? I’m in my second month there, and I will come right out and

    say I love it. I love being switched between areas of the library to get the full

    experience, and I’m really learning about the ins-and-outs of the public library

    system. In the past month I’ve assisted in children’s “Story Time” programs,

    designed book displays, and reorganized whole sections of the library as part of

    a larger effort to get all of the books on the main floor. Although I sat at my

    computer for five hours and wrote at Northeast Editing, at the library I move

    around, which gets me interacting with patrons, which leads me to remember

    why I loved libraries so much as a child.

    I once was married to the idea of editing and publishing, but after my two in-

    ternships I’m unsure of a definite career path. This isn’t a bad thing, however.

    I’ve discovered a lot about myself by leaving Marywood for ten hours a week

    to experience real-world applications of my major. I’m now more outgoing,

    more confident in my writing abilities, and less anxious about new experiences,

    all because I branched out and seized opportunities. Even though I feel less cer-

    tain about my future, I’m not worried about my career. After all, you can never

    get too much experience, no matter the field.

    So here’s a bit of advice: if you’re thinking about interning, just do it. You’ll

    never know what you really want to do until you’ve tried different things. No

    matter what, you’ll have an experience to enhance your resume… and your life.

    Internships from page one

    Student/Faculty Meeting Draws Crowd

    On February 17, a double-digit crowd of English majors heard Riley Covaleski ('16), Amanda Thornley

    (’16), and Nicole Meshko (’16) discuss their recent internship experiences. Amanda offered details about her

    internship at the Scranton Cultural Center. Nicole, who interned with Dr. Erin Sadlack, worked on a digital

    Romeo and Juliet project. For the experiences of Riley, see her essay, which begins on page one. Dr. Carol

    Gustitus, head of Career Services, offered an overview of the types of internships that are available for English

    majors. She encouraged people to explore internship opportunities as soon as possible. Don’t wait, get out


    Riley Covaleski, Amanda

    Thornley, and Nicole Mesko

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    Save the Date

    The spring Book Swap is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, in the Learning


    Dr. Agnes Cardoni (via e-mail November 6)

    “I am currently on sabbatical, working on an update of the history of my alma

    mater, Misericordia University. I was the co-author, with Sister Regina Kelly,

    RSM, PhD, of the first history, At the Edge of Centuries: College Misericordia


    “The update will be called Spirit of Place: Misericordia 2000-2014.

    “The research strategies are so different this time, but one thing I am doing dif-

    ferently is interviewing people for stories about their experience of the PLACE.

    I invite students and faculty who don't know the term ‘spirit of place,’ or genius

    loci, to Google the term. So much to learn.

    “I miss everyone, especially my students.”

    Amye Archer recently published the memoir Fat Girl, Skinny (Big Table Pub-


    Cheryl Kashuba published Scranton, which appeared in the series Images of

    Modern America (Arcadia Publishing).

    Faculty Doings

    Amanda Thornley, Riley Covaleski, and Kathleen

    Blasozek at the February 17 English Department stu-

    dent/faculty meeting.

  • Volume 3, Issue 2 Page 5

    Bayleaf Holds

    Centennial Celebration Reading

    As part of the University’s Centennial Celebration, Bayleaf hosted a reading on January 20 in the

    Learning Commons.

    Riley Covaleski

    Amanda Duncklee

    Dr. Helen Bittel, Sue Jenkins, Kelsey Van Horn, Amanda Thornley, Riley

    Covaleski, and Amanda Duncklee

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