Congratulations, Sigma Tau Delta Inductees!

Sigma Tau Delta 2019
The English Department is delighted to celebrate our latest inductees into Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors Society. Drs Chan and Laity hosted an event that featured VPAA Dr Steve Ralston, Dean Jeff Marlett, and English Chair, Dr David Morrow. Congratulations to our best and brightest students, who have maintained the required high GPA through challenging English courses.

Ashley Richardson, President of the Beta Phi Chapter and assisted by VP Malcolm Brownell and Secretary Hannah Deetz, inducted the new members of Sigma Tau Delta:

Danniella L. Beltrán

Taylor Casey

Samantha O. Karian

Sabrina Joy Leviton

David DiMaggio

Christina Mattern

Lindsey McGowan

Sunny Leigh Nowacki

Emily Paolicelli

Tyani Pope

Julia Porzio

Aliya A. Vasquez

Samantha Zimmerman


Well done, all!

Alumni Stories: Brian MacAlpine

Brian MacAlpine graduated from Saint Rose in 2007 with his BA in English. During his junior year at Saint Rose, Brian did a semester abroad in Cork, Ireland, and this trip served as a beginning for more travelling.

After graduation, Brian made his way to South Korea, where he taught English in South Korea for two years. “It was a great experience; I met my wife and really learned a lot about myself by being immersed in another culture,” Brian says. “I recommend doing something of this nature to all grads. Asian job markets are strong, the students are eager and you can pay off your loans.” Continue reading “Alumni Stories: Brian MacAlpine”

Every Writer Needs a Reader

We are past the half-way point of spring semester and that term paper due date is getting closer every day. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed though; writing assistance is available all week long in the Academic Support Center, located in St. Joseph Hall.

I’m Emily LaPointe, a graduate student in English, and the following summarizes the great experience I had as a Writing Center tutee.

Tutor Jen Long, a graduate student studying Counseling, strongly believes that “Every writer needs a reader.” Long is in her second year at the Writing Center (WC) where she enjoys helping students of all backgrounds at all educational levels become more confident writers. Maybe you’ve already heard about what the WC can provide, but have you taken advantage of it yet? Long stressed that as a tutee you can receive “individualized feedback for free!” The service that the WC provides is invaluable, since, as Long commented, “Writing skills are something that will serve you for the rest of your life.”

Having been a tutor in my undergraduate career, I was curious to see what the WC experience was like on the other side of the table. From the beginning of my session, Long was open, friendly, and professional. First she asked me the basic questions she addresses with every tutee, like what I wanted to get out of our session. She also assured me that there would be confidentiality in our appointment and with the materials I was sharing. Another routine question was asking for my assignment guidelines to make sure that I was on the right track. After reading through a piece of fiction I had written, Long and I discussed problems I was having with flow and with creating tension in the story. I found the session very helpful, and I especially saw that Long’s words rang true; it was so nice to have another set of eyes to look over my work. Long said that one of the most important aspects of a successful session is to “come open minded.” As a recently helped tutee, I agree that this point is crucial for a student that wants or needs to grow in his or her writing skills.

I had a very positive experience with the WC, and I also found that the WC homepage has some really helpful links as well. So, if you are not interested in a one-on-one tutoring session, there are numerous outlets for you to check out on the WC site. The WC also makes time for walk-ins, if you just have a quick question or need brief assistance. Visit the Writing Center within the Academic Support Center in St. Joseph Hall, visit the WC site at:, or access WC resources through Blackboard—just click on the Community Tab, and locate the WC under College Offices.

Here comes that old saying again, but believe me, people say it for a good reason: Don’t wait until the last minute to start writing that big, daunting term paper! Bring your questions and concerns to the talented tutors at the WC during the first stages of your paper and see how helpful it can be to have a willing reader on hand.