English Adolescent Student Teacher Karlah Whyte Helps Bring Author to Hackett Middle School

Saint Rose student teacher Karlah Whyte (English Adolescence Education ’20) helped bring an award-winning YA author to Hackett Middle School.

Shown above, Saint Rose alum Jaclyn (Stone) Rancourt G’09, an ELA cooperating teacher at Hackett Middle School; author Ann Burg; Saint Rose student teacher Karlah Whyte (English Adolescence Education ’20); and Hackett librarian Sonji Greenaway. 

Recently, Saint Rose student teacher Karlah Whyte (English Adolescence Education ’20) worked with ELA cooperating teacher and Saint Rose alum Jaclyn (Stone) Rancourt to bring an award-winning YA author to Albany’s Hackett Middle School.


Ann E. Burg, most recently author of All the Broken Pieces, talked about her writing and revision process, and discussed the book with the students. The students, with help from Whyte, then presented handbooks of their own work to Burg and the Hackett Middle School library.

The district chronicled the visit in this story.

Ashley Richardson’s Austen Research in the News

Check out our own Ashley Richardson in Saint Rose Magazine! Ashley received a grant from the college for a summer research project, and it all started in a class with Dr. May Chan! Here’s an excerpt:

An English adolescence education major, she used a College research grant last summer to examine the explosion of books, videos, comics, and graphic novels inspired by “Pride and Prejudice” more than 100 years after its publication.

It was during an English class with Professor May Caroline Chan that Richardson learned the classic novel had a such a great pop-culture following. She wanted to know more.

“I found almost nothing and said, ‘Well, I guess I’ll have to do the job myself,’” said Richardson, who hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature and teach high school or college.

Thanks to the College grant, she attended conferences on Austen adaptations, viewed and read scores of them, and met with some of the authors. So why are there so many?

Many writers and designers, Richardson explained, see that they can profit from Austen’s immense fan base. “Others,” she added, “are attempting to tell a classic tale through their own eyes and make it more relevant, or to right a social injustice.”

Already, her Austen paper and survey are being circulated among fan groups and scholarly organizations. Richardson looks forward to expanding her study of adaptations. She credits Professor Chan, her research supervisor, with keeping her on track.

Here’s more.

David Morrow’s Ecology and Film Class Visits Radix Ecological Sustainability Center

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Associate Professor David Morrow and students from ENG 279: Ecology and Film recently toured the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center on Grand Street.

Scott Kellog, Educational Director of the Center, gave Morrow and students a tour of the huge passive solar greenhouse, in which they grow food year round, and which also features an aquaponics system in which they raise carp and watercress.

Kellog then toured the class around the one-acre grounds. “A highlight was feeding time for 30 chickens, ducks, and a turkey,” Morrow said. “He showed us beehives (now dormant) and his compost production set-up.”

Radix is doing some great things. They bring in many school and other children’s groups, and have just received a grant to build a classroom on the site. They run a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture), which will start up again in March. They also run a food-waste collection service, which sees volunteers riding around on an electric bike with a six-foot trailer collecting kitchen waste for composting. Neighbors can also drop off food waste at Radix.

Congrats to Fall 2019 Senior Seminar Students!

It’s that time of the semester again. Let’s give a special congratulations to those The College of Saint Rose English majors who just handed in their Senior Seminar papers this week in Dr. Eurie Dahn’s class! Here is the list of seminar students and their paper titles.

Tori Felter, “Objectification and Sexuality of the Modernist Woman”

Christina Mattern, “Of Ghosts and Gods: Kurtz’s Divine Voice in Heart of Darkness

Lindsey McGowan, “The Politics of Witnessing in W.B. Yeats’ ‘Easter, 1916’ and Other Essential Poems”

Conor Meehan, “T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land: The Music of Poetry”

Sunny Nowacki, “The Language of Perspective and its Importance in Woolf’s To the Lighthouse

Lily Prashaw, “Abuse of Dewey Dell and Modernist Women Related to Sigmund Freud’s Psychoanalysis”

Ashley Richardson, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover: Lawrence’s Call for Change”

Nicole Toney, “Through Dark Eyes: Langston Hughes, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance”

Jaakko Teräsranta, “Paterson as The Waste Land

Jessica Werner-DeLong, “Darl and the Depiction of Trauma in As I Lay Dying

Karlah Whyte, “Minds Ravaged by War: The Role of Death in As I Lay Dying

Daphne Williams, “Their Eyes Were Watching God: Not a Feminist Text”

Tavayia Williams, “The Woman Mule”

Dr. Eurie Dahn, Associate Professor of English, Instructor