Student News, Sister Helen Prejean on Campus, and a Job Posting

Today in Student News, we are happy to announce that MAWP student and GA Mark Brand will be heading to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Fall 2013 where he’ll will be working on a PhD in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Mark will be studying with Liam Callanan and Valeria Laken in their fiction-writing faculty and working toward a new novel as a creative dissertation. Congratulations, Mark!

Also in Student News, congratulations to Rhiannon Falzone on her most recent publication in ChicagoSide online magazine. Rhiannon’s article, ‘Girls on the Run’ Gets Chicago Kids Moving In The Right Direction, is part one of a series of two articles on the subject, and Rhiannon is planning the next part for June when she covers the organization’s 5K.


DePaul is once again bringing award-winning social activist and nonfiction writer Sister Helen Prejean to campus for two events happening next week.


This Monday, April 22nd, DePaul students, faculty and staff will be performing the one-act play adaptation of Prejean’s Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, with the author in attendance.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and the one-act play performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion and book signing with Prejean at 8:00 p.m.

Attendance is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


On Thursday, April 25th at 8:30 a.m., the English Department, the MAWP program, and Sigma Tau Delta are co-sponsoring a “Memoir Writing Breakfast” with Sister Helen Prejean. DePaul Professors Ann Stanford and Michele Morano will lead a discussion with Prejean about memoir writing, her archives, literature as a tool for social change, and her newest memoir, River of Fire. She will be available to autograph books after the event.

A light breakfast will be served. Once again, attendance to this event is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The Chicago Tribune is looking for an Assistant Events Producer to join its newsroom events team in a role that combines storytelling, multimedia production, event planning and stage management. The Tribune’s Trib Nation reader-engagement program produces about 100 events a year – from intimate workshops to high-profile public forums. As an extension of the Tribune’s journalism, most events feature the newspaper’s signature columnists and writers paired with newsmakers and in the past year have included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, David Byrne, Elie Wiesel, Junot Diaz, Sheryl Sandberg, Rick Bayless and many more. The ideal candidate will have at least two years experience in a mix of event planning, journalism, TV/radio production, theater or similar, a passion for storytelling and live events and an interest in working on a tight-knit, ambitious and creative events team.


  • 4-year college degree in journalism, or equivalent studies with focus on marketing, theater, broadcast, events management or similar
  • 2 years experience in a production-focused environment (event production, radio/TV, theater, marketing, etc.)
  • Proficiency in PowerPoint, Excel, Word
  • Familiarity with EventBrite
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Creative mind, collaborative spirit and enthusiasm for working with a team
  • Solution-focused approach to challenges
  • Ability to work evenings and unconventional hours
  • Perfectionist’s drive to make events flawless
  • Sense of humor in high-pressure situations

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Lara Weber, Newsroom Events Editor, Chicago Tribune, at


Threshold Seeks New Editors, Updates at the Library, and More

Today in student news, congratulations to Rhiannon Falzone (MAWP), who got a story published on ChicagoSide, a new online Chicago sports magazine. Rhiannon’s story, “Chicago Hoops’ League-Leading Guard Is Back — And It’s Not D-Rose,” is her second piece for the site.

Congratulations also to Bethany Brownholtz (MAWP), who has been named the new Assistant Editor for the online literary journal Blood Lotus. Blood Lotus Journal was founded in 2006 and is run by a group of editors that live all over the United States. It primarily publishes fiction and poetry, although the journal accepts other types of submissions, and Bethany is hoping to see more non-fiction submissions.


Threshold, DePaul’s award-winning, all-student literary magazine needs new editors! The magazine is now searching for one Undergraduate and one Graduate Co-Editor to lead this year’s Threshold staff  in putting out a magazine that represents the very best of DePaul’s writers and artists. This is a great experience, a nice credit on a CV, and, as Prof. Dan Stolar promises, “a hell of a good time.” If you are selected to be one of Threshold‘s Co-Editors, you will be eligible to receive an internship credit for your work.

Graduate students interested in the Threshold Co-Editor position should turn in a 1-2 page application letter describing relevant experience and commitment, as well as a vision for the magazine, to Prof. Stolar’s mailbox in Arts and Letters Hall, Suite 312 by Thursday, Sept. 20th.

Additionally, if you are interested in working on the magazine at some level below the Co-Editor position, this is still the best way to make that interest known. Please indicate your preferred position(s) in your application letter.


It’s that time again: the annual Fall Job & Internship Fair is just one month away! Current students have been emailed a list of employers who will be recruiting, but both students and alumni are invited to attend the fair on October 5th from noon to 3:00 p.m.Visit the DePaul.Experience event page for more details.

Student and alumni pre-registration will be available through the above link until October 3rd. On-site registration will be available the day of the fair. Please note: This fair is NOT open to the public. Only DePaul students and alumni will be admitted.


Students planning on doing research this year will be excited to hear about new changes at the DePaul University Library. Here are the details direct from the Assistant Coordinator for Library Instruction and Online Learning, Jessica Guthrie:

1) WorldCat Local Brownbag Sessions

We will be holding brownbag sessions to introduce our new search interface, WorldCat Local.  No sign-up is necessary, and feel free to bring your lunch.  Refreshments will be served.

Student Sessions:
September 13th:  Loop Campus, DePaul Center Room 10028 from 12:00 – 12:30
September 20th:  Lincoln Park Campus,  Room 417 from 12:00 – 12:30

2) New Online Databases

Over the summer, we began subscriptions to the following databases:

New electronic content for Literary Criticism Online
We purchased the electronic archive for Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Poetry Criticism and Contemporary Literary Criticism, so we can have online access to these collections back to the first published volume.

Paley Center’s iCollection
This collection of streaming media contains over 15,000 full-length television and radio programs and spans 70 countries and almost 100 years. Content includes both news coverage and entertainment, with selected episodes from a wide range of new and old TV series. Users must create accounts here before using this program. The subscription id needed for registration is F5727344-7793-4059-AC67-154670DC3554. Last spring’s trial of this resource received an enthusiastic response from both faculty and students.

Godey’s Lady’s Book
Published from 1830-1898, Godey’s Lady’s Book was one of the first, and most successful, American women’s magazines. It is an important resource for the study of 19th century American life and culture, and contains a wide variety of content including essays, stories, fashion, illustrations and sheet music.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences XI 
Our JSTOR access now includes content from the Arts & Sciences XI collection, which focuses on scholarship in the Humanities. More information about this collection can be found at:

3) OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing

The DePaul Libraries recently joined the OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing Program, a cooperative borrowing program that facilitates faculty use of research libraries across North America. Through this program full-time DePaul faculty members can gain borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of the nearly 200 libraries that participate in the program, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Loyola. For more details, please see the program description:

For a list of participating institutions, please visit the OCLC web site:

To obtain a card, please contact our Access Services department: 773-325-7862

As always, students can also set up individual research consultations, as well as find help in our research guides, located here:

End-of-Year Remarks and Congratulations

The academic year is nearly at an end, and although some of you will be back next week for summer classes, many of us, including Ex Libris, are taking the summer off. Ex Libris will resume posting at the beginning of the Fall Quarter, in the first week of September. In the meantime, you may continue to email Maria ( with announcements, news, and guest post ideas for the fall, but any urgent questions should be directed to Ms. Jan Hickey at Before signing off for the summer, however, congratulations are in order for many of our friends, faculty, and students:

In student news, we would like to congratulate MAWP student Rhiannon Falzone, who had a piece published in the online magazine ChicagoSide earlier this week. Rhiannon’s article, “Where Are The Women In Chicago Sports Media?,” originally started as a piece for Gioia Diliberto’s Magazine Editing course. You can read it at

Rhiannon will also be talking about her piece on The Lakeshore FM Radio at 11:10 a.m. this Friday, June 8th. Listen in at


Congratulations also to the four DePaul undergraduates who are semi-finalists for The Guild Literary Complex’s 19th Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. Student poets Quintin Collins, Clayton Guse, Stephanie Rose Perez, and Samy Sabh will perform their work on Monday, June 18th, at 7 p.m. at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division (at Ashland and Milwaukee).  Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for the general public.


In faculty news, congratulations are due to Christine Sneed and Gioia Diliberto, who both made Newcity Magazine‘s “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2012” list of top writers and “on-the-page creators” in Chicago. Also recognized is DePaul Visiting Writer Achy Obejas. Congrats to Prof. Sneed, Prof. Diliberto, and all the rest! Read the entire list here:


And last but certainly not least, a heartfelt congratulations to all our graduates! We hope you had a wonderful two (or three or four…) years in the DePaul English Graduate Programs. We wish you luck in your endeavors, and please keep in touch– we love posting alumni news on the blog!

To read the full list of 2011-2012 graduates, including those who graduated and passed the comps with distinction, visit the 2011-2012 Graduates Page, and make sure to congratulate your classmates on their achievements!

Student News and a Freelance Job Posting

Today Ex Libris is excited to bring you two Student News announcements:

Rhiannon Falzone (MAWP) has had an essay published in The Violet, an online quarterly magazine based in California. Rhiannon’s essay, entitled “Let Her Go,” appears in the spring issue, which has the theme of Rebirth.

Rhiannon had previously read parts of “Let Her Go,” on the DePaul Radio Student Writers Series, but had to cut it to 1200 words before sending it to The Violet. “[It] brought out my love of editing,” Rhiannon says, “At first it felt a bit daunting, but I actually love this version much more.” You can read the essay at Congratulations Rhiannon!


Congratulations also to MAWP students Jennifer Houghton, Jency Kanichirayil, and Angel Woods, who have been selected to take part in Thursday’s master class with noted novelist and essayist Eileen Pollack. Thanks to everyone who submitted work.

All students are welcome at this event, which takes place this Thursday, April 12, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Rosatti Room 300 of the John T. Richardson Library in Lincoln Park. Please plan on being there to support Jennifer, Jency, and Angel, and benefit from hearing the response of a successful author to their drafts. The Master Class will be followed by a reading by Eileen Pollack at 6 p.m. in room 115 of the library.


Connect Search, LLC is looking for a technical writer for a contract job in Evanston. It is a 4 month contract, possibly longer. Applicants must have experience with Adobe InDesign. Here are the details:

Responsibilities: Planning and writing a variety of technical documentation deliverables, including user guides, online help content, administration guides, and API documentation for web and mobile software.



  • 3+ years of experience creating technical documentation or user assistance deliverables for software
  • Experience writing for both end users and software developers
  • Experience documenting large Web-based applications
  • Superior writing skills, with an emphasis on clarity and structure.  Review of example work product will be part of the interview process.
  • Must be proficient with Adobe In Design


  • BS/MS, preferably in Technical Communications, English, or Computer Science
  • Experience documenting APIs (Java or .NET preferred)
  • Experience documenting XML technologies, including Web services
  • Experience documenting mobile applications

Work environment: This is an individual contributor role, working in our Evanston location.  Work is non-routine and complex, working directly with Development teams to understand and translate technical concepts, designs, and completed product features into written materials readily understood by a non-technical audience.

For more information on Connect Search, please visit  To apply for the position, please contact Erin Bauer, Vice President of Recruiting at, 312-422-1600 Office, or 312-422-1601 Fax.