Jane Austen Fans, Unite!

Announcing the Fifth Annual Jane Austen Summer Program: “200 Years of Persuasion


June 15-18, 2017

Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina

This 4-day symposium focuses on one of Austen’s works each summer. The 2017 JASP will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s final complete novel, Persuasion. Many consider this to be the most beautiful Austen novel. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, high school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone with a passion for all things Austen.

Registration for the 2017 program IS NOW OPEN. Click here to register. 

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Open Submission for KY Undergrads

A message from UK:

“My name is Nathan Petrie and I am the Editor-in-Chief of Shale, an undergraduate arts and writing journal housed at the University of Kentucky. After an award-winning 9 years of publishing visual art, poetry, and prose at our campus, we are opening submissions to all undergraduate students enrolled at universities in Kentucky.”

Submit your best poetry and prose to ShaleUK@gmail.com by February 27th. Any student curious about previous issues can find digitized copies at shalejournal.org.

Mr. Petrie goes on to say, “We may not agree on basketball or football, but we can all agree to celebrate outstanding young artists.”

Good luck First Floor inhabitants!

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Cherry Hall Field Trip #2 – Inspiration Corner

So last semester we took you to explore the poetic genius of second floor Cherry. That was so much fun, we decided to venture on up to the third floor!

I know what you’re thinking, this is First Floor Cherry. But if we are going to call this home, we must get to know the neighbors!

We know, English majors, how much you love your thought-provoking graffiti, and Religious Studies Associate Professor Dr. Paul Fischer shares your interest.

With first papers due, why not take a trip to Dr. Fischer’s Inspiration Corner…

Where the landscape is beautiful:

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And where we were able to take a step back and try to remember the big picture:


Or simply enjoy some gentle comedy:

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We explored some big questions:

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And got just a little nonsensical, and that’s okay too:

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Inspiration corner is a place where you can maybe bump into a fellow reader, have a conversation, and bring what you learned back home to the First Floor.

At the very least, you’ll have 10 more things to write about than when you went up there!

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We all know you want to Netflix and chill this summer, but maybe you also want to gain some extra lines on your resume. Just imagine it: three to five more rows of your compelling awesomeness.

March is the time to snag that summer internship, so we are passing along this New York Times article that uncovers the skills you need to know.

To learn more about how to prepare for an internship, go to the English department Internship Program site.

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Love words? Join the club!

So we all love our semester-ly book sale don’t we? 50 cents a book is a dream come true for a broke college student who loves to read. So who are the masterminds who have tapped into our very souls? The English Club of course!

No doubt you have heard of the English Club, but in order to bring you the most current information about how you can get involved, FirstFloorCherry sat down with Vice President, and resident nice person, Venesa Hill.

FFC: What is the English Club?

VH: Above all, English Club is about building a eng_club_meetingscommunity among lovers of literature. Our main focus is to establish a space where anyone is free to speak of what they love about the written word. A second aspect of our club is the experience that it provides to like-minded individuals. We plan events that are heavily literature-based, and that is  something that many people enjoy.

FFC: What are some possible English Club activities to get involved in?eng-club-book-sale-2016

VH: English Club provides networking opportunities simply through being in the club and helping with events. The club is in charge of a book sale that is held once a semester in the Robert Penn Warren room. Help is always welcome from members to run the book sale, and often times people work 30 minute shifts. It is from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. And I mean, if you help with the book sale you get first pick of the books!

Another large event our club is responsible for is the Goldenrod Poetry Festival. Anyone can submit poems, and our officers and club members help narrow down to a top ten. The top ten will get to workshop with the guest poet and they decide the winner!  I currently do not have dates for either of these, but when I do I can definitely get that information out.

FFC: When are your meeting dates?


VH: As of now our dates are February 2nd, February 20th, March 6th, March 20th, April 3rd, April 17th, and our potluck will most likely be May 3rd. We meet every other Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the student lounge (CH 124 next to the Writing Center).

FFC: Do students need to attend each meeting to participate?

VH: Being at meetings is not mandatory to be in English Club. We recognize that people have things to do when we have meetings. So if someone wants to still be involved with English Club they can feel free to email either myself (venesa.hill582@topper.wku.edu) or our secretary Savannah (savannah.molyneaux384@topper.wku.edu) and one of us can add them to the English Club email list. This means they will be kept in the loop of everything we are doing at the meetings.

There you have it, folks! See you at the next meeting! Follow FirstFloorCherry for more up-to-date info on friends of the English Department.

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So many activities!

Now is the time to whip out those calendars and day planners folks!

Go ahead… We’ll wait…

Ready? We have SO MANY ACTIVITIES for you to get involved in the upcoming months, so let’s get started!

First up:  the PCAL Liberal Arts Career Fair


Recruiters will be looking for professional, poised students and graduates to fill full- and part-time positions, co-op positions, and internships. The career fair is also a great time to explore and discuss career options with recruiters.

See more about preparing and which recruiters have signed-up so far on the website.

Second: the Streamlines conference at Clarke University

This is an especially great follow-up for those of you submitting work to the Student Research Conference here at WKU, but everyone is encouraged to submit.
Plus, you get to travel, which the WKU English Department can help with, by the way.

Third: Student Workshop Series

‘Tis the season for submitting to conferences. Even if you haven’t submitted, these Continue reading

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Get Published!

Listen up aspiring writers! It is time to come out of our dark, reclusive writing dens to share what we’ve got with the world!

This could be the moment when, 60 years from now, in your Victorian style library, filled to the brim with books, you look down at your grandchildren, as they gaze up at your wise and gentle face, and you fondly recount that your rise to authorial fame started right here.

If you’ve got some short stories, poems, one or more novellas, or a short novel that you’ve just felt that the world needs to see because of its inherent and undeniable awesomeness (Oh, come on. We’ve all got at least a couple hidden gems stuck in our hard drive), check out these contests and submit your work.

If you don’t have any finished works that you’re fond of, that’s fine. Stock up on some coffee, roll out that rolly chair, and see where your brain takes you!

The winner of each respective competition will receive publication of their work(s) and a standard royalty contract. Oh, and there’s $2,000 for each winner. But we don’t care about money as much as the joy of writing, right?



Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction

Read more and submit

Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry

Read more and submit


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The First Step to Study Abroad

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” -Augustine of Hippo

The Spring 2017 Study Abroad Fair will be held next Tuesday, February 7th from 10am-1pm on the 2nd floor of Downing Student Union (DSU).


Information will be available for students regarding a variety of study abroad program options, including:

  • WKU Faculty Led Programs
  • Exchange Programs
  • KIIS and CCSA Programs
  • Harlaxton
  • Semester at Sea
  • Programs with Partner Providers

A few things to know:

  • Study abroad can be affordable
  • Study abroad options are available for students in every major
  • Students with a cumulative 2.0 GPA that are in good standing with WKU are eligible to study abroad

Students who attend the fair can swipe their ID for a chance to win a scholarship toward a future study abroad program.

If you cannot attend the fair but are interested in studying abroad, please attend another Study Abroad event posted on the Study Abroad and Global Learning calendar or stop by our office in the Honors College and International Center for walk-in peer advising Monday-Thursday.

NOTE: You can still apply to study in Greece or Japan this summer and earn English credit (Deadline Feb. 17th), though there are numerous opportunities that are a little less familiar in the department, including the Study of World Religions trip to New Mexico with Dr. Bella Mukonyora this summer.

Now, readers, go out and explore!


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How to Show Your Smarts at The 47th Annual WKU Student Research Conference – Update w/ workshop dates.

Do you have a passion for your subject? An idea that you just can’t stop talking about? Well, don’t stop talking about it! Share your smarts with the campus community at the 47th Annual WKU Student Research Conference.


Participating in this long-held WKU tradition not only looks great to a future employer, but also provides you with skills that will positively impact your career. Conferences expose you to the type of setting that you may experience in graduate school or as a professional and gives you practice in public speaking. Here are five simple steps to follow to show off your awesome work. Continue reading

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Starting Your Semester Off Right

A message from Dr. Rob Hale, Head of the WKU English Department:

Dear English Majors,
Greetings and happy new year!  I hope you’ve all had a restful break and are gearing up for a productive new semester. 
As we begin a new semester, I’m very excited to update you about the English Department’s scholarship system.  Last year, we tried out WKU’s TopDollar system, but it did not have the flexibility we needed, so we’re returning to our own, in-house system.  English majors and minors, preferably sophomores or above with GPA’s of 3.0 and above, are eligible to apply for scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants should not be graduating before May 2018.
Applicants should go to http://wku.edu/english/awards-and-scholarships/index.php and click on 2017 Scholarship Application.  The application will come up with instructions to fill it out and email it to the English Department Office. Applications are due on or before Friday, February 3, 2017.
I also wanted to remind you about some excellent resources for information. Of course, your advisor is your best resource, but another excellent font is our department’s web page.  Please browse the page to learn about our programs and events.  The current students page provides an index to topics of special interest to you.  We also provide information on ways to get involved in the department—The English Club, our creative writing journal Zephyrus, our journal of English scholarship The Ashen Egginternships, and The Film Club are just a few of them.  First Floor Cherry is new student blog that should be your go-to source for engagement opportunities in the department.  Another helpful resource is the English Department Help Guide: it consolidates a list of resources and contacts related to issues that might come up during the semester. 
Also, join us on social media to stay on top of opportunities and news in the department:  like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.
All best wishes for a wonderful semester–if there’s any way I can assist you, just ask.
Dr. Hale

Welcome back to firstfloorcherry! Stay tuned for more need-to-know info about the spring 2017 semester.

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