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Internship Opportunities

0 Commentsby   |  04.05.13  |  Advising Information

Those of you interested in careers in publishing might be interested in this:

Internships: Just so you know, Folio has a fantastic internship
program for both local and remote interns. Each intern is assigned
to one agent, based on common areas of interest, but meets all of our
agents during Intern Academy, a weekly seminar which teaches
publishing through an agent’s perspective, covering topics such as
editing, contract negotiation, and foreign rights, as well as
teaching interns how to hone their pitching skills by presenting
their own book ideas. Many of our interns have gone on to find
full-time jobs in publishing, including positions that open up at

For more information, go to

Run for Office

0 Commentsby   |  03.18.13  |  Advising Information



0 Commentsby   |  12.21.12  |  Advising Information

The Department of Language and Literature salutes its majors who made the Fall 2012 Dean’s List:

Jessica Allen Cara Kramar Audrey Schaffner
Daniel Archer Heather Kregel Lauren Shrader
Rachel Belcher Richard Lyne Ellen Smith
Hutton Brown Maggie Marshall Katy Smith
Wesley Bryant Maggie McAlister Stephanie Vasquez
James Churchill Daniel Merritt Rebecca Voran
Kathryn Cukrowski Luke Morgan Linda Ware
Julia Curtis Jennifer Moser Kelsey Weems
Hanna Beth Davis Emily Moses Katelyn Werner
Emily Eastman Peyton Mosley Alicia Wood
Rebecca Fowler Whitney Noel Elisa Wyrick
Abigail Fransen Kimberly Pamplin
Hanna Fugett Meghan Reynolds
David Gasvoda Erik Ringle
Michael Knapp Abigail Runnels

Summer Teaching Opportunities

0 Commentsby   |  12.10.12  |  Advising Information, Announcements, Career Planning & Information

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2013 teaching positions. We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

Summer teaching positions with the Institute offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $700 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute is an educational service provider that teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

We hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • Are responsible and hard working
  • Have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students
  • Have regular access to a reliable car

We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at our website:

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The Power of Words

0 Commentsby   |  12.10.12  |  Advising Information

A short but moving video on the power of words.

Announcing the ACU Undergraduate Research Festival

0 Commentsby   |  12.05.12  |  Advising Information, Announcement

The 5th Annual ACU Undergraduate Research Festival will be Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5, 2013. We hope several of our majors can participate in the festival this year.Applications are due by February 8th. Submissions will be accepted beginning January 14th.   If you are interested in participating, please contact Paul Varner at
Find updated info at:,
or visit their website:

Another Successful Entra a la Plaza!

0 Commentsby   |  09.25.12  |  Advising Information

The U.S. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sep. 15-Oct. 15 as a national time to recognize and enjoy the contributions and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Every year at ACU, student group Hispanos Unidos celebrates by hosting Entra a la Plaza, an open event full of vibrant music, delicious food, and beautiful cultural dances.

In keeping with tradition, this year’s event was a hit. If you walked past the Williams Performing Arts Center on Friday night (Sep. 21), you may have been lured in by the festivities. Even if you missed it, you can enjoy the photos below.

If you’re interested in working with Hispanos Unidos, you can contact President Catherine Narvaez (, or officers Gabriel Elorreaga ( and Mathew Molina (

Entra a la Plaza takes a lot of organizing, budgeting, and planning. It is a labor of love, and their faculty sponsors are very proud of their work. The rest of us are grateful for all they do!


Announcing New French Minor

0 Commentsby   |  09.15.12  |  Advising Information

Perhaps you know that ACU already offers a Bachelor of Arts in both Spanish and Spanish for Teacher Certification, but what you may not heard is that ACU now offers a French minor!

If you have a love of the most romantic language in the world or if you’re fascinated by the culture of the artistic hotspot of the world, this minor is for you.

Should you need more convincing, please read on.

Why pursue a French minor?

  • Many US companies do business with France, Quebec or the many French-speaking African countries.
  • You can pursue studies in French Language and Literature and French studies in general.
  • The French minor will help you secure knowledge of a second language if you wish to pursue a major or an MA in another language such as Spanish.
  • The French language is important for medical or mission work in Europe, Quebec and Africa.

The French minor at ACU

  • Students wishing to pursue a French minor at ACU can do so beginning this fall (2012).
  • The French minor requires 12 hours of French beyond the Intermediate level.  In order to enter Intermediate French students need to have completed beginners French 1 and 2 (FLFR 111 three hours course).
  • A 400 level French 3 hours course is being taught this fall and another advanced 300 level 3 hours course will be taught in the Spring of 2013.
  • Tentative plans are under way for 6 more hours of advanced French to be taught in France in the summer of 2013.

Who to contact?

If you’re interested in participating in ACU’s French minor, please contact Professor Yann Opsitch of The Department of Language and Literature at his email address :

English University Scholars

0 Commentsby   |  05.06.12  |  Advising Information

Left to right: Jordan Havens, Elizabeth Berhardt, Claire Hardin share their award with Dr. Bennett

On Friday, April 20, four English seniors were among those honored by the Faculty Senate as Univeristy Scholars: Allison Oden, Claire Hardin,  Elizabeth Bernhardt, and Jordan Havens

Each year this award is bestowed on no more than 50 ACU students who have:

  • achieved a GPA of at least 3.5
  • earned at least 90 hours by the end of the fall semester preceding presentation of the honor
  • been identified by their departments as demonstrating scholarship in their chosen field

Congratulations to Jordan, Allison, Claire and Elizabeth!

Dr. Dave Merrell Honored Upon Retirement

0 Commentsby   |  05.05.12  |  Advising Information

On Friday, May 4th a group of faculty, staff and friends filled the Brown Library atrium to honor the English Department’s Dave Merrell.

After forty-six years of teaching and service Dave is retiring. He leaves quite a legacy.

“One of the things I fought against was being another small Bible college that thought of itself in a provincial way,” Dave recollected.

By doing things like starting the Honors program, introducing courses including World Literature and Business and Professional Writing, initiating the freshman English exit exam,  and going out and raising the funding for the Culp Professorship, Dave was instrumental in leading ACU in new directions and making it more competitive with other institutions.

The stuff of legend is Dave’s grasp of every detail of the university, especially in matters of the curriculum.

One person said Dave’s memory for what courses are required for what major and how they came to be was like accessing a “human hard drive.” Another said, “I never asked Dave a question and heard him answer ‘I don’t know.'”

The many positions he held over four decades testify to the breadth of his influence:

  • Professor of English
  • Chair of the Department of EnglishDean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts
  • Director of Curriculum
  • Registrar
  • Director of Freshman Composition
  • NCAA Compliance Liaison
  • Golf Coach


After the cutting of the retirement cake and dipping into the punch bowl, a variety of individuals stepped forward to offer accolades. These included former ACU provost Dwain Hart; current English Chair Cole Bennett; former English Chairs Bill Walton and Nancy Shankle; Dr. Chris Willerton; and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Charles Mattis.

ACU legal counsel Slade Sullivan honored Dave for being a charter member of the NBA–the Noon Basketball Association, a group of young and old faculty and staff who for decades have been driving to the hoop in Moody in a friendly competition.

A special "NBA" gift for Dave--The Book of Basketball.

When his time at the microphone came Dave observed, “Well, now I don’t need a funeral!”

What’s next for Dave? First off, he says he’s promised he’ll take his grandkids to Florida. After that he anticipates doing some part-time work for ACU. We also suspect he’ll be doing a bit of reading with the new Kindle the department gifted him with. We wish him well!