August 24 Graduate Student Kick-off

General Graduate Student Meeting Minutes for August 24, 2012

Housekeeping:

Students may have the opportunity to guest lecture in lower level classes. If you have not done so, make sure to get your preferred content areas to Dr. Hoagland, ASAP.

  • If you are getting published or are presenting at a conference, make sure to let Dr. Sanders and EGSA know! We love to recognize success!
  • If you wish to contact EGSA, we have a new official email account: sfaegsa@att.net.
  • Laura Davis also set up a twitter accout: @SFAEgsa.
  • Please turn in all questionnaires to Joshua Lyons. He has a box in the office. You can reach him by email at: lyonsja@titan.sfaus.edu.
    • Josh will compile the information so that we can better serve the graduate student community
    • For the spring symposium, all communication and paperwork should go through Laura Davis. She also has a box in the office and can be reached by email at: davislm1@att.net.
    • If you are considering presenting at a conference:
      • benefits: networking, vita line, experience
      • The department may be able to help finance a portion of the fees. Let them know ASAP.

Proposed and Upcoming Events:

  • A new fall workshop for a refresher/introduction to academic writing at the graduate level in the classroom.
    • It was suggested that we cover this at the first EGSA meeting.
    • We can ask Dr. Christine McDermott to lead the workshop and introduce herself to the group.
    •  The first EGSA meeting is on Wednesday, September 12, in the conference room, from 4:00PM to 5:00PM
    • Graduate Program Open House
      • Friday, October 12, from 1-3 PM in the conference room.
      • Undergraduate and eligible seniors who may be considering pursuing their Master’s at SFA.
      • Members of the graduate program are encouraged to attend to speak for the department and share their experiences with the candidates.
      •  There will be free food!
      • In early November, we will offer a workshop for applying and preparing for conferences
        • Proposals/abstracts
        • the process
        • faculty help/guidance
        • A “banned book week”
          • Organized and hosted by the graduate program, particularly the GA’s.
          • We can host readings and discussions over banned books from various genres
          • For all other scheduled meetings and workshops, please consult the calendar in the welcome packet, which will be available on EGSA’s pages in the near future.

Suggested Fundraiser:

  • A reading marathon
    • Suggested by Dr. Hoagland
    • Students will collect donations before and during the reading
    • Volunteers read from a large work, taking turns
    • We need suggestions for good texts that would attract a wide audience
    • The suggested time is in February
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About SFA English Graduate Student Association

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) is a student-led, professional, and social organization of graduate students in the English department. EGSA organizes activities such as: bringing scholars and authors to campus for speaking engagements; organizing workshops on topics like writing paper abstracts for submittal to conferences, presenting conference papers, and getting papers published; organizing study groups for the MA comprehensive exams; and getting graduate students together for informal social events.

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