Veterans Appreciation Postcard Event

October 29th, 2020 § 0

Celebrate Veterans Day by writing postcards of thanks and appreciation to the three-hundred veterans at the Port Orchard Veterans Home and Transitional Housing Facility. Our goal is for each veteran to receive a hand-written note from an SPU student, faculty, or staff member thanking her/him for serving.

Cards will be available for delivery to campus offices starting on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Instructions will be included. Contact Ruth Adams at if you have questions. If you are working remotely and would like to participate, contact Ruth for options. Look for the Zoom Postcard Writing Event on Monday, Nov. 2.

Recent Grad Hannah Hinsch

October 15th, 2020 § 0

Hannah Hinsch recently got in touch with the department to report on what she’s been up to since graduating last June.

“Currently, I’m hard at work on my graduate school application for next fall, which (surprise) involves a lot of writing (and reading–so much reading),” Hannah said in an email. “For my writing sample, I’m adapting a paper I wrote for Dr. Maier’s seminar on Modernism last winter; the paper examines Katherine Anne Porter’s short story ‘Flowering Judas’ and how it deconstructs, in a way bordering on iconoclasm, the use of women’s bodies as religious icons.

“During grad school, I hope to really bolster my scholarship and cultivate my love of studying lit as a perpetual learner. I hope to meet more scholars in my field, both budding and seasoned, and build a network of people with which to share my passions (a network I have also found at SPU).”

As for her time as a student in the English and Cultural Studies Department, Hannah had this to say: “I loved being an English major[. . . .] [C]ritical inquiry and attentiveness to language required of anyone studying English are skills that I want to make my life mission to engage. Studying English doesn’t just mean you like reading; studying literature, asking questions of it, responding to it, provides you with a way of being in the world and encountering discourses. It’s amazing what a love of reading and writing can become, and the broader conversations that you can join from the hundreds of years of scholarly thinking on writers that continue to move us.”

Thanks for the insights, Hannah, and best wishes on the grad-school applications!

English Professor Emeritus Publishes Collection of New Poems

October 12th, 2020 § 0

Professor Emeritus Tom Trzyna’s New Poems has been released by Wipf and Stock Resources Publications, in Eugene, Oregon. Poet Ralph Skip Stevens, author of At Bunker Cove and Things Haven’t Been the Same, calls it “A delight to read.” Trzyna says, “I wanted to be a poet from seventh grade. Now that I have finished some books on pressing issues, I made time for verse.”

Students may also find nourishment in his Karl Popper and Literary Theory: Critical Rationalism as a Philosophy of Literature. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Here’s a sample from New Poems:

Poetry Time

Our time expands or shrinks as we create
Or waste our hours in passive idleness.
To pause and wait is not to hesitate:
How fruitful a day of disciplined emptiness.
The sun rises and sets, the lavender blooms,
Bees scour the petals of open flowers
Sampling pollen for their honeycombs.
The breeze brings clouds and welcome showers.
Digressions and guesses play out their games of chess,
Ideas and calculations surge and ebb,
Ineffable mix of blanks and consciousness.
Thoughts and sounds and colors spin a web.
A poem assembles, cinema crystalized
That screens in myriad ways behind our eyes.

All Majors Career Fair

October 5th, 2020 § 0

Wednesday, October 7th
Noon-4 p.m. (open)
Via Handshake

Why Attend?
Jobs, internships, and more
One-on-one sessions with recruiters
Small-group sessions
Professional networking

Who’s Coming?
City Year
Peace Corps
Sixty more employers

Registration on Handshake

Sponsored by SPU’s Center for Career and Calling

Night Against Procrastination

September 22nd, 2020 § 0

The Night Against Procrastination is a time to work on assignments or projects, and to get help or useful information and really get stuff done!

It’s hosted by the SPU Library and the Center for Learning. ​​

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PST
Attend three sessions to the enter the prize drawing!

​​Room 1 Time Management​​
Room 2 How to Study
Room 3 Class-Specific Strategies
​Room 4 Writing Strategies
Room 5 Using the Library
Room 6 Stress Management
Room 7 KSPU Study Lounge