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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Lisa Kwong ’05
    Studies Program and Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington and she has coordinated Bloomington s Fountain Square Poetry Series since 2012 Her creative work explores AppalAsian identity gender and self image and family history Of her preparation at Appalachian Kwong said The poetry workshops challenged me to revise my work and to learn how to effectively give constructive criticism My professors and classmates cared about my work and gave me feedback that helped me write better poems Kwong said she found Appalachian s literature and creative writing courses to be rigorous and thought provoking and the English faculty members were generous with their time help and support They were always willing to discuss my work and any challenges I faced Among the Department of English s points of pride Kwong appreciated the Rivers Coffey Colloquiums and opportunities to study with poets Al Young and Gerald Barrax who showed me how to merge my love of music and writing she said I also had the honor to meet many outstanding writers through the Visiting Writers Series such as former U S Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Her poems and personal essays have appeared in Naugatuck River Review Rebelle Society Banango Street Appalachian Heritage Pluck and other journals Kwong offers this advice to future English majors at Appalachian Use and take advantage of campus resources I credit a lot of my success at ASU to not only the friendly and generous faculty and students but also such important resources as the Learning Assistance Program the Wellness Center and the Office of Equity Diversity and Compliance Each of these offices helped me to manage my personal and academic life and gave me skills that I have carried with me to the present I am thankful that so many people at ASU gave of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/lisa-kwong (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Mary Kathryn Ware
    an art but it s also a business said Ware who plans to graduate in 2017 The Film Studies program has provided her with analytical tools to both see and experience the different components that go into filmmaking She s learned that knowledge of the history behind the industry builds a greater appreciation for film as art I ve experienced the history of film making and witnessed its journey through different political and social movements around the world she said I ve learned that film is a product of collaboration taking inspiration from people s efforts and methods to see what worked It functions as social commentary when the focus is on current events She s also learned about story and characters and how to establish connections between these and the viewer If viewers can t relate to the characters then they re merely observing not engaged Ware said It s who we relate to that we learn from and remember Ware credits the Department of English s faculty for opening her mind to film as more than just a Hollywood phenomenon She describes her professors as the most approachable and knowledgeable Appalachian has to offer When she graduates she hopes to work with an independent film company to learn more about the behind the scenes action and to someday direct her own films I d love to see my own ideas and stories on the big screen But for the time being I realize there are no small jobs in the film industry she said Being able to see how the pieces fit together is the first step to moving up Apply Visit Info Program English BA Film Studies Students in English BA Film Studies engage in critical examination of the production process and social implications of the film

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/mary-kathryn-ware (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Cody Ziglar ’10
    Studies was perfect for me because of the intimate classes and the professors who are so open and passionate about their subjects I mean you get to watch movies and deconstruct them What s not to love When he walked into the first day of Introduction to Film Ziglar said he was floored by Dr Craig Fischer s wealth of knowledge and passion for engaging students in the subject matter Watching him do what he loves in an art form as exciting and approachable as film had a resounding impact on me said Ziglar Pretty much every decision and move I ve made since then has been based on what makes my life creatively fulfilling and rewarding In addition to pursuing a graduate degree Ziglar works at SCAD s Savannah Film Studios and works in the Atlanta area on freelance production of music videos commercials shorts television and features Apply Visit Info Program English BA Film Studies Students in English BA Film Studies engage in critical examination of the production process and social implications of the film industry Department Department of English The Department of English offers five degrees English BA Creative Writing English BA Film Studies English BA Literary

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/cody-ziglar (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Lauren Haylett
    writer and to foster a community of people who get excited about literature It s one of the great arts she said A junior in Fall 2015 Haylett s most valuable experiences in the program so far have been learning about different types of criticism and how to read literature from diverse perspectives There are so many different lenses through which you can read and analyze a piece of literature For instance imagine reading a work like The Great Gatsby through a feminist lens a Marxist lens or a biographical lens Each produces vastly different responses in readers she said Keeping lenses in mind can also improve your writing by making it more informed nuanced and creative Haylett said the program supports her academic dreams because the environment is a catalyst for personal growth academic excellence and creative exploration It s such an encouraging environment for any and all readers writers and artists she said You re always within arm s reach of a student or faculty member who is excited to listen to and hear about your work Apply Visit Info Program English BA Literary Studies Students in English BA Literary Studies engage in analytical and critical readings of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/lauren-haylett (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Susan C. Staub
    imagination to soar providing insight into places times and cultures you could never experience otherwise It allows glimpses of the beauty of language images and stories It teaches empathy and exposes you to other lives and points of view she said In short the study of literature has the potential to make us more fully human Staub is a professor in the Department of English In addition to teaching Early Modern Literature she serves as the department s director of graduate studies Her scholarly research focuses on aspects of gender in the Renaissance period She is the author of three books and was awarded the Board of Governor s Appalachian State University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012 Outstanding Graduate Mentor in 2013 and Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award in 2013 Meet more faculty Apply Visit Info Program English BA Literary Studies Students in English BA Literary Studies engage in analytical and critical readings of literature and develop methods for arguing and supporting a specific point of view Department Department of English The Department of English offers five degrees English BA Creative Writing English BA Film Studies English BA Literary Studies English BA Professional Writing and English Secondary Education BS College

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/susan-staub (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Eric G. Wilson ’89
    was familiar with the area and knew they had had a wonderful experience Initially wanting to study biology on a pre med track Wilson took an Intro to Literature class with Bill Ward who he said really set my mind on fire for poetry Why should students consider majoring in English First of all the department is an exciting mixture of excellent teaching and distinguished scholarship Secondly the education they ll receive will prepare them for a wide range of well paying jobs and prestigious professional programs Wilson said More and more business corporations and nonprofits alike are seeking employees who are creative articulate in both speech and writing and capable of rigorous critical thinking Of course these are precisely the qualities you will gain as an English major Likewise professional programs namely medical and law schools are increasingly interested in recruiting English majors who can bring in addition to the qualities listed above an expansive humanistic perspective to medical and legal issues Apply Visit Info Program English BA Literary Studies Students in English BA Literary Studies engage in analytical and critical readings of literature and develop methods for arguing and supporting a specific point of view Department Department of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/eric-wilson (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Lindsay Bookout
    degree program Professional Writing has shown me that my skills as a reader writer and editor are valuable in a wide variety of work environments and will help me find a good job when I graduate she said Because her degree program is in the Department of English she s read and analyzed a great deal of literature She s also learned to think critically pay attention to detail and express herself clearly and efficiently Professional Writing teaches you that English is more than reading books and writing essays said Bookout It prepares you to take those skills and apply them in professional circumstances to work effectively with clients and be versatile in the workplace A triple major Bookout is also pursuing bachelor s degrees in both French Francophone studies and Political Science Her plans after graduation in 2015 include the options of teaching abroad looking for work with the government in Washington D C finding a position as an editor and eventually applying to law school I ve always been good at editing and planned to pursue a career doing that But recently I ve developed a passion for law she said English majors possess skills that law schools look for Whatever career path I choose I know my experience in the Professional Writing program will help me excel Apply Visit Info Program English BA Professional Writing The English BA Professional Writing is one of the few of its kind in North Carolina preparing students with communications fundamentals as well as experience with different types of print media technical and science writing digital design and writing for the Internet Department Department of English The Department of English offers five degrees English BA Creative Writing English BA Film Studies English BA Literary Studies English BA Professional Writing and English Secondary

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/lindsay-bookout (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Sarah Beth Hopton
    by prospective employees Most students pick this major because they love to communicate and create But they also want good job prospects on the other side of graduation she said They and their parents are often excited and even a little shocked at how many career opportunities open up for them Hopton describes writing as a powerful technology in today s high tech competitive world The Professional Writing major equips students to write and design persuasively for a variety of audiences and contexts using digital tools Hopton is new to the Department of English faculty as of Fall 2015 She teaches Introduction to Professional Writing and Business Writing Her scholarly expertise is in rhetoric Meet more faculty Apply Visit Info Program English BA Professional Writing The English BA Professional Writing is one of the few of its kind in North Carolina preparing students with communications fundamentals as well as experience with different types of print media technical and science writing digital design and writing for the Internet Department Department of English The Department of English offers five degrees English BA Creative Writing English BA Film Studies English BA Literary Studies English BA Professional Writing and English Secondary Education BS College

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/sarah-beth-hopton (2016-02-17)
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