Writing Salons & Alumni Event Explore Creative Possibilities
On Wednesday, November 12, Nickelodeon and RockStar Games
writer and producer John Zurhellen spoke to students about
professional opportunities in the field of video games. The event
drew over 60 students from a wide variety of majors across campus,
including English, Communications, and Computer Science. Zurhellen's
talk, "Writing + Video Game Production," was a featured event in the
English Department's "Writing Salon" series.
Another Writing Salon event of great interest to majors in English and
other humanities fields was the October 27 talk delivered by Rex Smith,
editor of the Albany Times-Union. Co-sponsored by the Honors Program
and the Department of English, Smith's visit included an informal "meet
& greet" with students over pizza and a lecture exploring journalism and
technology in the 21st century. Smith stressed the usefulness of liberal arts
degrees in developing versatility and intellectual creativity.
The English Department also was honored to welcome two of its
alumnae back to campus to discuss how their majors in English
have translated into professional opportunities beyond college. Isabel
Cajulis '10 (pictured left), a Project Manager at the Silver Promotion Service,
spoke about how her work as an intern led her to a marketing position.
Stephanie Grossman '11 (right), an Audiobooks Marketing Associate at
Penguin Random House, connected her English major to her current role
working with editors and writers in a variety of print and digital contexts.