English Languages and Literatures Alumni Chapter Past Events
New Year’s Eve, Eve Dinner and Children’s Book Drive
The English Languages and Literatures Chapter rang in the new year with a New Year’s Eve, Eve Dinner and Children’s Book Drive on December 30. Everyone dined at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Downtown Fullerton and they collected 22 books to donate to children at American Family Housing (a homeless shelter in Midway City, California) and to the CSUF Children’s Center on campus. Member Julie Tran ’11 expressed appreciation by saying, “I am a new grad and this was a very nice first event as an alumnus. Thank you for organizing it and I look forward to more events in 2012!” View Photos.
Alumni Enjoyed a Jane Austen Classic
Members of the English Languages & Literatures Chapter attended a performance of Pride and Prejudice at the South Coast Repertory on September 17. Attendees enjoyed appreciating one of popular novels in English literature comes to the stage in a lavish production centered on a bustling, enthusiastic—and discombobulated—family. "I was looking forward to this play and it lived up to my expectations! We look forward to a similar event soon!" exclaimed alumna Cathie Allman '05 & MA '09.
English Languages & Literatures Chapter Book Club Meeting – Snowflower and the Secret Fan
The English Languages & Literatures Alumni Chapter hosted their 8th successful book club meeting on June 22 discussing Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. In anticipation of the film’s release on July 15, attendees had a lively discussion on this absorbing novel that takes place in the 19th century, delving into one of the most mysterious and treasured relationships of all time—female friendship.
An Afternoon of Theater at Cal State Fullerton
Members of the English Languages and Literatures alumni and faculty participated in a pre-theater luncheon and a performance of The Idiot Box at the Clayes Performing Arts Center on April 23. Attendees enjoyed a catered lunch from the Corner Bakery along with lively socializing in a intimate atmosphere.
During the luncheon, member Donna Thune shared her successful connections made through the chapter. Through the Chapter’s networking opportunities, Donna was connected with the Oceanside Library and helped write a grant regarding famed author of "Little Women" Louisa May Alcott. This grant writing experience also included a all expenses paid visit to Boston.
The day continued with an entertaining and comical performance of The Idiot Box, an interesting study of life "inside of a TV sitcom.”
Alumni discuss Never Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroThe English Languages & Literatures Alumni Chapter hosted their fifth successful book club meeting on February 23 at the home of alumna Joan Spangler '76 and discussed Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Never Let Me Go was named by Time Magazine as the best novel of 2005.
Alumni discuss Pattern Recognition by William GibsonThe English Languages & Literatures Alumni Chapter hosted their fourth successful book club meeting on January 12 at the home of alumna Joan Spangler '76 discussing Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. The next book club meeting is on February 23 and the next book is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. "Pattern Recognition allowed the group to share diverse views of Gibson's contemporary writing style. The book launched discussions on patterns that we come in contact with everyday and their importance," said Chapter President Roger Perez ’05 & MA '08.
ELL Alumni and Faculty celebrate the Holiday
Members of the English Languages and Literatures Alumni and Faculty participated in a Holiday Party at the Golleher Alumni House on December 18. It was a fun-filled evening as alumni got together to celebrate the end of the year and holidays with a pasta bar and desserts.
Alumni discuss Girl with the Dragon TattooThe English Languages & Literatures Alumni Chapter hosted their successful third book club meeting on October 13 at the home of alumna Joan Spangler '76. An attendee commented "It left anindelible mark on all of us. He is definitely an exciting writer." The next book club meeting is on January 12, 2011 and next book is Pattern Recognition by William Gibson.
Alumni discuss Reading Lolita in Tehran at Book Club Meeting
The English Languages and Literatures Chapter hosted their second Book Club meeting on August 18 and discussed Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi.
The Chapter’s Programs Director Cathie Allman ’05 & MA ’09 remarked “It was invigorating to read this book and discuss it with others who have a love for literature and reading. The book club is a great way to hear others analysis and share our ideas.” The chapter thanks Peggy Ochoa ’90 for hosting the book club meeting at her home.
Alumni enjoy Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Newport Beach
Members of the English Languages and Literatures Chapter attended Shakespeare by the Sea’s production of Twelfth Night on July 11, 2010 at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park in Newport Beach. It was a beautiful night to watch Shakespeare under the stars with alumni and friends. Attendees brought a picnic dinner and ate, drank, and were delightfully entertained. “I can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful summer evening under the stars than watching a Shakespeare play with my fellow English alumni. Twelfth Night was completely entertaining, and the best part was that it was free!” said alumna Cathie Allman ’05 & MA ’09.
Alumni discuss The Shipping News at Book Club Meeting
The English Languages and Literatures Chapter hosted their first Book Club meeting on July 7, 2010 at the home of alumna Joan Spangler ’75. The chapter read The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx and had a lively discussion. The Chapter’s Programs Director Cathie Allman ’05 & MA ’09 remarked “It was invigorating to read this book and discuss it with others who have a love for literature and reading. The book club is a great way to hear others analysis and share our ideas.” For the next book club meeting, it will be hosted at the home of alumna Peggy Ochoa on August 18 with a discussion of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi.
Alumna Hosts Summer Social at Home
English Languages and Literatures alumni enjoyed an evening social at the home of alumna Cathie Allman ’05, MA ’09 on June 5, 2010. At the social, new officers were elected and are as follows:
President – Roger Perez ’05
Vice President – Amber Gillis ’07
Secretary – Nadine Arndt ’90 & MA ’92
Treasurer – Peggy Ochoa ’90
Program Director – Cathie Allman ’05 & MA ’09
Summer Evening Potluck 2009
The English Languages and Literatures Chapter hosted a relaxing summer potluck at the home of alumna Joan Spangler. Attendees enjoyed the evening socializing as well as contributing books for silent bidding where proceeds go towards the scholarship fund.