Great Expectations

A blog of the Department of English at BGSU:A place for faculty, students and alumni to connect.

Alumni Centennial Reflections

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 3, 2010

In honor of the Department’s Centennial celebrations, here are the first in an ongoing series of reflections by alumni of our various undergraduate and graduate programs.

Holly Grimm, B.S. (2009):

I’m am grateful for everything the Scientific and Technical Communications program taught me during my time at BGSU. As a biology major, S&TC provided an outlet to explore and improve my writing skills. The S&TC undergraduate minor and graduate certificate programs have provided me with valuable professional skills that make me, as both a technical writer and biologist, more marketable.

Sean DeLauder, B.A. (2009):

My second stint in the BGSU English Department followed graduation with a BFA in Creative Writing a few years earlier. My decision to join the S&TC program was purely pragmatic, but it only took a few weeks to realize it was an amazing choice and made me disappointed in the fact that technical writing was not part of my original program, since creative writing and technical writing, to me, were two important chapters in the same book. Where creative writing allowed me to explore and invent, technical writing helped me organize and structure, as well as use my creative strengths to develop a powerful portfolio that I felt capable of not just earning the notice of employers, but sweeping across the Russian steppes in a wave of merciless conquest. I enjoyed both programs, particularly the fact that each made an effort to build useful job searching strategies and skills into the classwork, from drafting resumes and cover letters, to constructing portfolios (as noted above) of the work I was doing to present to potential employers. Looking back to see where this training has brought me (a great job working from home where all my computing and communication needs are provided by my employer) I don’t think I would have changed much about the path I took–aside from pulling the laces tighter on the years spent between writing programs.

Corinne (Staggs) Tagliarina, BA (2008) Attending the University of Connecticut:

The English Department has so many wonderful faculty members, but four professors in particular made my educational experience extraordinary. First, Bill Albertini was always in good humor and made some of the most unusual things interesting to me. He made me find academic value in a zombie movie and taught me that while many interpretations can be valid, some can still be just wrong (it’s not about a bicycle). Jolie Sheffer was very tough and got me to dig deep in my writing and not be happy with the first attempt. She also introduced me to subjects about which I knew nothing and now about which I care passionately. Piya Lapinski introduced me to opera, vampires before they were cool, and always encouraged me to think outside the box and I wrote some of my most create papers for her class, a few of which I can still stand to read! Finally, Erin Labbie was one of the most influential people in my life during college. She helped me understand the craziest ideas and theories; she pushed me to be my best, even when I wanted to give up. She is still a role model and a friend.

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