English Languages and Literatures Alumni Chapter Past Events
Happy New Year 2013!
The English Languages and Literatures Alumni Chapter enjoyed a successful New Year’s Eve/EVE event to ring in the New Year at El Cholo Spanish Café on Sunday, December 30. The food was great and the company was better. Thanks to the generosity of attendees $212 was raised to help support future chapter programming.
On behalf of the English Languages and Literatures Alumni Chapter we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!
Shakespearian Classic Unites English Alumni
The English Languages & Literatures Alumni Chapter had another successful and enjoyable alumni event celebrating a Shakespearian classic. The chapter feasted on a lovely picnic supper provided by the English Alumni Chapter at Bonita Canyon Sports Park in Newport Beach prior to the main event, Romeo and Juliet. It was a beautiful night under the stars as members enjoyed the timeless classic of two star-crossed lovers.
Even with the anticipated tragic ending, the evening ended on a happy note. This theatrical experience with friends, food and fun is likely to be repeated next year. Thank you so much to all the attendees for helping make this event a huge success.
"Little Women the Musical" & Lunch at Roscoe’s Famous Deli
The English Languages & Literatures chapter had another successful and enjoyable Alumni event. Chapter members started off the day at Roscoe’s Famous Deli in Fullerton where they lunched on huge deli sandwiches and ate to their heart’s content while talking, laughing, and drinking unlimited refills of iced tea.
After lunch, the group headed over to Cal State Fullerton’s Clayes Performing Arts Center where they enjoyed the production of “Little Women the Musical.” The music, acting and even set design made the entire experience memorable.
With the success of the day, the chapter pledged to continue the event next year.
One for the Money
The English Languages and Literatures Alumni Chapter hit the big screen on Saturday, January 11 to watch “One for the Money”; the movie based off of best-selling author Janet Evanovich’s first Stephanie Plum novel, followed by dinner at Rutabbegorz in Downtown Fullerton. In the spirit of philanthropy, participants brought canned goods to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Chapter member Donna Middleton ’03, M.A. ’10 commented, “This was a fun movie. I’m glad we were able to get together like this and collect food for those who need it. I enjoyed the novel and am willing to read more in the series.” The chapter will continue the discussion of the book and movie at its next book club meeting.
Chapter Bowl 2012
The English Languages and Literatures Alumni Chapter held its first event of 2012 by gathering for an evening of bowling. For every strike and spare bowled, the chapter donated $1 towards the English Department’s scholarship fund with a total of $26 raised. Member Tom Beeman, M.A. '08 commented, "It was a blast and I’m glad we were able to raise funds for our fellow Titans! Maybe next time I'll bowl a few more strikes."
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.