Bethel University Department of English and Journalism

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Bethel English professors shared how they felt the first week of the school year went: Prof. Brooks: “On a scale of 1 be...
09/04/2020

Bethel English professors shared how they felt the first week of the school year went:

Prof. Brooks: “On a scale of 1 being a banana that is perfectly ripe and pristine and 5 being a banana that is too far gone even for banana bread, the first week has been a 2--a few mushy spots, but overall pretty satisfying.”

Ways of Reading with Prof. 👨‍🏫 Mark Bruce started the semester last night.
09/02/2020

Ways of Reading with Prof. 👨‍🏫 Mark Bruce started the semester last night.

09/01/2020

Get to know Professor Scott Winter!

As an Associate Professor of Journalism, Winter teaches and practices big story reporting. He's energized by journalists and writers who find new ways to tell stories to make them matter to changing audiences.

The University of Nebraska Press published his book, "Nebrasketball: Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise," in 2015.

He also advises "The Clarion," Bethel's national award-winning student news outlet.  

#reporting #journalism #english&journalism

The English department is ready for you, armed with fall book lists and syllabi. (syllabuses?) Let’s start off this fall...
08/30/2020

The English department is ready for you, armed with fall book lists and syllabi. (syllabuses?) Let’s start off this fall semester right!

The English and Journalism Department had its first meeting today. Profs are trying to figure things out, just as studen...
08/25/2020

The English and Journalism Department had its first meeting today. Profs are trying to figure things out, just as students are, but we all agreed we'd just roll with it. What else can we do?

“Across the months of this pandemic and social turmoil, the opening verse of Ps. 25 had sustained me: ‘To you, O Lord, I...
08/20/2020

“Across the months of this pandemic and social turmoil, the opening verse of Ps. 25 had sustained me: ‘To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust.” —Prof. Daniel Ritchie

Read a good book in the sun while you still can! ☀️☀️☀️#summer #august #summerreading #backtoschool
08/19/2020

Read a good book in the sun while you still can! ☀️☀️☀️

#summer #august #summerreading #backtoschool

What have our graduates been up to this summer?Recent Journalism graduate Joe Hiti has just published his first sports a...
08/12/2020

What have our graduates been up to this summer?

Recent Journalism graduate Joe Hiti has just published his first sports article through Zone Coverage, a Minnesota-based sports news outlet that provides in-depth coverage and analysis on state and local sports.

From August to December 2019, Joe attended The King's College, New York City, for a semester in journalism, after which he took over as the head sports editor for the Clarion.

Check out Joe's article through the link below!

https://zonecoverage.com/2020/mn-twins-news/tyler-duffey-moved-to-the-bullpen-replaced-his-curveball-with-a-slider-and-has-become-one-of-the-minnesota-twins-best-relievers/

As anyone in English or related studies would know, our majors require a LOT of books, so lets make things a little easi...
08/10/2020

As anyone in English or related studies would know, our majors require a LOT of books, so lets make things a little easier for us and the Campus Store this fall!

Order fall semester textbooks online this week to have them delivered straight to your home. Here's why:

- Due to the pandemic, all textbook orders will be completed online anyways.

- There will be no F2F shopping in the text room in order to comply with social distancing mandates for all.

- Only 25 customers will be allowed to shop in the Campus Store at any given time.

*Ordered textbooks will be distributed during Welcome Week business hours in the Underground for students who could not ship textbooks home ahead of time*

Let's keep each other safe this year!

#staysafe #stayhealthy #textbooks #backtoschool

Do you like to help peers with writing and editing papers? Then join the Writing Center team this Fall!To start this pai...
08/07/2020

Do you like to help peers with writing and editing papers? Then join the Writing Center team this Fall!

To start this paid position you will need to take ENW 201 Methods of Tutoring Writing (1 credit), which introduces the practical applications of writing theory with a focus on tutoring student writers. New tutors will directly work in the Writing Center while taking the class to gain hands-on experience quickly. Course readings with supervision will also guide reflection on the student’s work as a Writing Center tutor.

Contact Professor April Vinding for more information.

#writingcenter
#writinghelp

Above is a list of LinkedIn's top five soft skills companies need most in 2020, each of which are practiced by Bethel En...
08/04/2020

Above is a list of LinkedIn's top five soft skills companies need most in 2020, each of which are practiced by Bethel English & Journalism majors on a daily basis.

Soft skills are described as "The essential interpersonal skills that make or break our ability to get things done. We think of them as foundational and every professional should be working to build them." -Linkedin Learning

#reading #writing #journalism #englishmajor #journalismmajor

Are you a sports fan? Then check out "The Rankings: Sports Attendance", written by Journalism major @aj_oneil ; listing ...
08/03/2020

Are you a sports fan? Then check out "The Rankings: Sports Attendance", written by Journalism major @aj_oneil ; listing details on fan attendance to Bethel sporting events.

Reposted from @thebuclarion ; story linked below.

https://bethelclarion.com/2020/07/31/the-rankings/

Graphic by @ttoan_vo

British Literature Professor Dan Ritchie suggests students read Aeschylus, "The Furies"  this summer! "The Furies" is ab...
08/01/2020

British Literature Professor Dan Ritchie suggests students read Aeschylus, "The Furies" this summer!

"The Furies" is about ending the cycle of violence through a just systemic change (in this case, the jury system). It's the last play in the trilogy, "The Oresteia." - Professor Ritchie

#summerreading
#reading
#thefuries

Looking for chances to learn outside the classroom this year? Check out some of the English and Journalism department's ...
07/30/2020

Looking for chances to learn outside the classroom this year?

Check out some of the English and Journalism department's practical opportunities!

Join the award-winning, student-led and published Bethel Clarion magazine, the university’s home for news, lifestyle opinions, and sports.

Help create and produce the undergraduate Coeval Journal, where students can submit their own literary and artistic pieces to be featured in this magazine published each semester.

Keep an eye out for the outstanding Christian authors and journalists who frequent our campus for hands-on workshops and speaking engagements.

Take a look at @butexturaproject ; an ongoing international storytelling project initiated by Bethel Journalism and Graphic Design Majors with support from off-campus programs.

And much more!

Many of us will remember the events of this past Spring for the rest of our lives, so let's keep in mind some of the goo...
07/28/2020

Many of us will remember the events of this past Spring for the rest of our lives, so let's keep in mind some of the good things that came from it - such as this year’s Jerry Healy Poetry Prize recipients!

Jerry Healy was a member of Bethel faculty from 1955 to 1985. He was in love with the English language in all its forms of expression, but Jerry especially prized poetry. Upon Jerry’s death, several memorials were given to Bethel in his honor - so his family decided to use that money to underwrite an annual poetry contest for Bethel students.

Three poems specifically stood out to judges for this year’s theme: Healing.

Third place: Lily Yegge
Poem: “Better than This”

Second Place: Sierra Beilby
Poem: “Exhale”

First Place: Anita Stasson
Poem: “Mother’s Medicine”

Congratulations ladies!

#poetry #poetryprize

Professor Susan Brooks shares that her favorite spot to read is in a hammock with her Kindle! Here are a couple of her r...
07/26/2020

Professor Susan Brooks shares that her favorite spot to read is in a hammock with her Kindle! Here are a couple of her reading suggestions for this summer:

Best YA Book: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Best Literary Fiction: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Best Book on Equity and Race: The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

Where do you guys like to read? Let us know in the comments!

The rich history of the English & Journalism department continues!Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees is the third novel in...
07/23/2020

The rich history of the English & Journalism department continues!

Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees is the third novel in Bethel Professor emeritus Daniel Taylor's crime series, which has just come out from Slant Publishing. Dan taught English literature at Bethel from 1977-2010 and even began the England Term Program!

Daniel Taylor is the author of twelve books, including The Myth of Certainty, Letters to My Children, Tell Me a Story, Creating a Spiritual Legacy, and The Skeptical Believer. His debut novel, Death Comes for the Deconstructionist, won the Christianity Today 2016 Book Award for fiction. - Amazon Editors

#author #woetothescribesandpharisees #deathcomesforthedeconstructionist #dowenotbleed #danieltaylor

Miss Bethel's COVID-19 update last Monday night?No problem! Check out the recorded session in the link below, where clas...
07/22/2020

Miss Bethel's COVID-19 update last Monday night?

No problem!

Check out the recorded session in the link below, where class and campus expectations are discussed.

https://youtu.be/RxN7XoLGmJs

#backtoschool

Check out below what Professor Marion Larson has to say about her summer reading suggestions!"I've read several books so...
07/20/2020

Check out below what Professor Marion Larson has to say about her summer reading suggestions!

"I've read several books so far this summer and plan to read more before school starts up again, but here are four that I'd recommend: (1) "The Other Bennett Sister" by Janice Hadlow, a companion to Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," this time from the vantage point of Mary Bennett. Both entertaining and insightful! (2) "Obasan" by Joy Kogawa, a novel focusing on the experiences of Japanese Canadian citizens who were displaced and horribly mistreated by the Canadian government during WWII (as happened in the US at that time). (3) "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankin, a meditation on race that helps to show the accumulative effect of even small events; a collection of short essays, images, and poetry. (4) "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi, an important and challenging book that several Bethel faculty are reading and discussing together this summer"

#summerreading

Repost from @thebuclarion :Students and faculty members alike packed the seats in Benson Great Hall, their eyes glued to...
07/18/2020

Repost from @thebuclarion :

Students and faculty members alike packed the seats in Benson Great Hall, their eyes glued to the stage as they waited in anticipation for the big announcement. On February 27, 2020, a time before COVID-19 became a global pandemic and social distancing carried a different meaning, Bethel announced Ross Allen as its sixth president. Since then, the Bethel community welcomed Allen and his wife Annie and began the process to phase them in and Jay and Barb Barnes out. Wednesday, July 1 marked Allen’s official first day as president.

Last March, the Clarion sat down with Ross and Annie to find out more about them.

Story linked below:

https://bethelclarion.com/2020/07/17/meet-the-allens/

Story by: @l.osterlund Graphic by: @brysonrosell

Our students are doing big things this summer! For example, recent Journalism graduate Jasmine Johnson has been announce...
07/16/2020

Our students are doing big things this summer!

For example, recent Journalism graduate Jasmine Johnson has been announced as one of 100 national finalists for the Religion News Associations's 2020 Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence!

These finalists span from over 22 different categories of media; ranging from newspapers, magazines, broadcast, non-fiction books, and student journalists.

Winners will be announced this fall during a virtual banquet.

Congratulations Jasmine and good luck this fall!

A reminder for students,We all know this summer has come with quite a bit of stress amd uncertainty, so don't forget to ...
07/11/2020

A reminder for students,

We all know this summer has come with quite a bit of stress amd uncertainty, so don't forget to tune into the Online Student COVID-19 Update Session on Monday, July 20th at 7p.m. (Central). During this meeting the plans for returning to campus will be discussed in detail and students will be allowed time for their own questions.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Degrees in English or Journalism provide students skills which are priceless in all fields of professional work, such as...
07/09/2020

Degrees in English or Journalism provide students skills which are priceless in all fields of professional work, such as articulation, tactful communication, persuasion - and of course spectacular grammar/writing talent. The possibilites are what students decide to make them.

Our graduates work as:

- Lawyers
- Web Developers
- Publicists
- Ministers
- Communications Developers/Consultants
- Authors
- Reporters
- Teachers of all ages around the world

The list goes on!

#englishdegree #journalismdegree #reading #writing #grammar #spelling

Let's take some time this July to honor English Department awards!To start, this year's John A. & Ethel M. Lee Journalis...
06/30/2020

Let's take some time this July to honor English Department awards!

To start, this year's John A. & Ethel M. Lee Journalism Scholarship recipient is Laura Osterlund; who majors in Journalism and minors in Media Production. This annual scholarship is given to a student who shows interest and proficiency in journalism. Congrats Laura!

#Englishdepartment #Journalismdepartment #journalism #scholarship #awards

In her Clarion article titled "The Fight Doesn't Stop Here", Sr Journalism and Graphic Design major Molly Korzenowski te...
06/25/2020

In her Clarion article titled "The Fight Doesn't Stop Here", Sr Journalism and Graphic Design major Molly Korzenowski tells the distressful story of how recent U of M grad Soren Stevenson lost his eye to a rubber bullet fired during peaceful protests held in Minneapolis early this June. Her piece highlights real dangers demonstrators face even during protests that are considered non-violent.

- Story linked in the bio (Photo by Will Jacott)

Just days before the killing of George Floyd, Diana Clark, '20, turned in a brilliant Senior Seminar paper analyzing the...
06/23/2020

Just days before the killing of George Floyd, Diana Clark, '20, turned in a brilliant Senior Seminar paper analyzing the Cain and Abel archetype in John Steinbeck's "East of Eden". Now, the Floyd memorial at 38th and Chicago draws on that biblical story in its struggle to respond to this crime. Thank you, students, for helping us see the enduring truths, however painful, of great fiction.

- Professor Daniel Ritchie

#georgefloyd #eastofeden #steinbeck

Congratulations to Brianna Mutterer, Claire Hipkins, Claire Nelson, and Soraya Keiser, the recipients of this year’s Art...
05/14/2020

Congratulations to Brianna Mutterer, Claire Hipkins, Claire Nelson, and Soraya Keiser, the recipients of this year’s Arts and Humanities scholarships! (Three of these excellent folks are from the English and Journalism department!)

On behalf of the English and Journalism Department, we would like to invite you to our annual Senior Symposium and Award...
05/11/2020

On behalf of the English and Journalism Department, we would like to invite you to our annual Senior Symposium and Awards event on May 14 at4:30 p.m. This event will take place on Zoom** and it will be recorded.

This is a time when we gather together to celebrate the achievements and successes from our seniors by giving out awards and scholarships, including The Jerry Healy Poetry Prize, The Christian Weintz Award, and the Johnson Award. This is also a time to see video presentations of our students’ scholarly work in their Senior Seminars.

This year, due to the disruptions from the coronavirus, this event will be held as a Zoom Meeting.** Once you click "Yes" near the bottom of the screen to accept this invitation, you will have the link you need to enter our Zoom Meeting.

Here is the timeline for the event:

4:00 We will open the Meeting a few minutes before the Program begins. You can download the software, be sure your technology is working, etc. Unfortunately, we cannot provide IT support at this time. And while you will be able to see the participants and other guests, we cannot accommodate conversation during this event. Attendees will be muted.
4:30-5:15 p.m. Program Begins: Awards and Poetry Reading
5:15-5:45 p.m. Student Presentations
5:45-6:00 p.m. Q & A Session for Seniors

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85461786161

A Prayer for Those Flooded by Too Much InformationAdapted from Every Moment Holy by Douglas McKelvey: In a world so wire...
05/07/2020

A Prayer for Those Flooded by Too Much Information
Adapted from Every Moment Holy by Douglas McKelvey:

In a world so wired and interconnected, our anxious hearts are pummeled by an endless barrage of troubling news. We are daily aware of more grief, O Lord, than we can rightly consider.

But you, O Jesus, are not disquieted by such news. You are neither anxious nor overwhelmed.

When the cacophony of universal distress unsettles us, remind us that we are but small and finite creatures, never designed to carry the vast abstractions of great burdens, for our arms are too short and our strength is too small.

Give us discernment in the face of troubling news reports.
Give us discernment to know when to pray,
When to speak out,
When to act,
And when to simply shut off our screens and our devices,
and to sit quietly in your presence, casting the burdens of this world upon the strong shoulders of the one who alone is able to bear them up.
Amen
–Professor Marion Larson

Check out another episode of the @thebuclarion Life Is podcast! Available on spotify.
05/05/2020

Check out another episode of the @thebuclarion Life Is podcast! Available on spotify.

We asked English & Journalism to share thoughts on working, studying and contemplating during these confusing times. Thi...
05/01/2020

We asked English & Journalism to share thoughts on working, studying and contemplating during these confusing times. This was shared by Dr. Brooks.

Prof. Marion Larson first did jigsaw puzzles...then she turned to coloring.
04/30/2020

Prof. Marion Larson first did jigsaw puzzles...then she turned to coloring.

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