The Professional Writing Program @ Longwood U


Marissa Del Priore, who graduated from Longwood University with a degree in English and a concentration in Professional Writing (2015), has recently become Specification Writer II at Fleet Support Group, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Before and after her graduation, Marissa worked as a Technical Writer and in other capacities (such as Purchasing Manager) at various companies in different parts of the U.S.

Congratulations, Marissa! We are proud of your continued accomplishments and everything you are doing with your Professional Writing education.

Karyn Keane, a current English student with a concentration in Professional Writing, has gotten awarded a scholarship from SNVC Institute for Leadership and Innovation. The scholarship is awarded to a Longwood University undergraduate student in good academic standing who has demonstrated quality leadership. Congratulations, Karyn!

Our recent Professional Writing graduate, Chelsea Smith, has recently got hired as Front-End Coordinator at Progressive Therapy in Farmville, VA. Congratulations, Chelsea!

In Spring 2018, our recent Professional Writing graduate, Colin Deans, successfully completed an internship with the Robert R. Russa Moton Museum.
“As an intern for Moton, I utilized my writing skills from a public relations standpoint. I was responsible for researching, writing, and hosting/presenting the museum’s historical/cultural podcast. [My assignments at the Moton Museum] allowed me to demonstrate many professional writing skills including oral and written communication, document design, research, and analysis.”
Congratulations, Colin!

Today, four students of the Professional Writing Program have presented their Senior Seminar papers–which marks their successful completion of the English Program at Longwood University. The students’ papers included the following (click on the link for the related tweet):

Chris Crider: “‘Nevermore’: The Sense of an Ending in Poe’s The Raven”

Colin Deans: “No Exit? A Sartrean Critique of Palahniuk’s Fight Club”

Selected students of the Professional Writing (PW) Program have effectively presented the top rhetorical analysis papers from ENGL 301-Rhetorical Criticism at Longwood University’s Spring Symposium. (CLICK on the link for the related tweet.) Held on April 24, 2018, the panel symposium featured Karyn Keane (English, concentration in PW), Kim Daucher (Criminal Justice, minor in PW), Savannah Dyer (History, minor in PW), and Breanne Henshaw (History, minor in PW). The students’ rhetorical studies included the following:

– ’Don’t Ever Give Up’: A Rhetorical Perspective to How Jim Valvano Refused to ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ (Savannah Dyer)

– A Different Use of Rhetoric in the Criminal Justice System: An Aristotelian Critique of Barack Obama’s Address to the NAACP (Kimberly Daucher)

– The Rhetoric of the Spare in Dumbledore’s Eulogy for Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Karyn Keane)

– A Neo-Aristotelian Criticism of Ashley Judd’s Speech at the 2017 Women’s March on Washington D.C. (Breanne Henshaw)

Congratulations, All!

Chelsea Smith has recently presented her paper, “Fluid Manifestation of Gender in Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report at Little No Horse: The Ojibwe Tradition,” at the 2018 Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) held at Liberty University from April 13-14, 2018.

Chelsea’s paper focuses on Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse which, Chelsea states, “has sparked countless scholarship regarding how several genders are practiced by a single character. The complexity of expressed gender is further complicated alongside the multiple identities that Father Damien exhibits along his journey throughout the social constraints, religious acquiescence, and cultural semblance of western culture, ultimately ending in the complete assimilation to the Ojibwe culture, and the completely fulfilled spiritual journey that Father Damien desires.” Chelsea argues that “the only way to fully understand Father Damien’s gender is to understand its complexity as designed by and within the Ojibwe tradition–which practices a complete acceptance of the fluidity and hybridity of Father Damien’s physical body and religious beliefs.”

Congratulations, Chelsea!

Congratulations to Karyn Keane, English student concentrating in Professional Writing, for winning the Rosemary Sprague Endowment Scholarship! According to the Longwood University – English Department, “This scholarship is given to a student whose talents and abilities have consistently displayed themselves in the classroom.”

Karyn Keane (on the left) at the English Department Award Ceremony

Congratulations to Haley Klepatzki and Charleigh Kondas, both students of the Professional Writing Program, for receiving the William L. Frank Book Award and the Susan H. May Book Award, respectively! The awards are presented to Longwood University English students with the most outstanding academic achievements.

Haley Klepatzki (on the left) with Dr. Guler

Charleigh Kondas (on the left) with Dr. Guler

Charlotte Dash, English/Professional Writing

Charlotte Dash, a Rhetoric and Professional Writing concentrator, has recently received a CURIO program grant (The Collegiate Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Opportunities) from The Student Research Advisory Council at Longwood University.

As part of the CURIO program, Charlotte will complete a research project with the prospective goal of developing and designing an intercultural guidebook, synthesizing the classical rhetorical knowledge gained from the Greek rhetorical tradition (i.e., Aristotle’s work entitled, Rhetoric, 3rd century B.C.) as well as newly emerging perspectives on the Turkish rhetorical tradition. This guidebook will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of rhetoric and provide a review of the principles of an effective use of language with a much wider applicability in a globalized world.

Congratulations, Charlotte!