Melissa Crisan: "Blackout" is a collection of poetry on abuse, mental health, suicide, and coping with the chaos both outside and within. It is framed around blackout poetry, which involves taking outside documents and covering certain words to turn it into something new. Using old notes, journal entries, and even an old suicide note, this work aims to take the parts of life that people want desperately to hide and find beauty within the pain. Mistakes should never be blacked out, but instead embraced as life's greatest source of empathy.
Noah Gore: When an orphaned girl and her younger brother learn that their mother may still be alive, they set out on a grand adventure to find her. Follow Nora (a thief), Tobias (a wizard-in-training), and their friend Flint (a sorcerer) as they travel throughout the Five-Nations of Dekko in search for what remains of their family.
This screenplay acts as a pilot to the entire series. Each episode’s runtime is roughly the same as a full-length film (80 to 95 minutes).
Kourtney Kisling: “The Shadow, Not the Tree” is a collection of 22 poems that speaks to the poet's very real experience living with major depressive disorder and suicidal ideation. The poems follow the speaker’s journey through pain, loss, heartbreak, the long, winding road to recovery and self growth, and finding happiness.
Erin McElligott: Piper and her parents are moving. They've been wanting to get out of the city, and into a place where it's quiet and secluded. Her father finds a property in northeastern Ohio and snatches it up quickly....Read more
I am an Integrated Language Arts major. My favorite memories as a member of the English department major include the Shawshank unit that we did with Dr. Grady, and we acted out as prisoners and guard. I also loved taking on our stylistic analysis this past year and feel well equipped to teach my future students about what a wonderful writer E.B White is. I have enjoyed the variation that I have seen, and the opportunities that we have had to expand our knowledge within multiple platforms. With my exposure to poetry, prose, and short story writing, in addition to my readings within the Victorian, Shakespeare, and American Literature courses, I feel incredibly prepared to take on my next chapter as an educator. I have accepted a position that will push my literary ability even further. I will be teaching English Language Arts 1 and English Language Arts 2 next year to the 9th and 10th graders at Ontario high school. Overall I am incredibly happy with the experience I have had at AU and grateful for the moments that will last me a lifetime.
We congratulate the following graduating seniors who did not submit profiles for these posts, and we wish them well in the years ahead!Schuyler BergerEric BreedenFaith EdwardsNoah GoreKathleen McKayJackson SchultzMelan White
Outstanding Sophomore: Michael ClarkOutstanding Junior: Madeline WorcesterOutstanding Senior: Melan White
I am in the Honors program and an Ashbrook scholar. My two majors are English and philosophy, and while these topics may seem mutually exclusive to some people, I believe that they are intimately related. My interest in studying literature stems from the belief that great literary works hold philosophical import, particularly that which speaks to what it means to be human. I am not involved in much on campus outside of my studies, but to these I am committed because they speak to the greater issues of life which are of the most importance to me. The meaning of any success that I have achieved while at Ashland, I believe, reflects the depth of my desire to pursue these greater philosophical questions and, hopefully, represents the successful progress that I have made towards this goal. I am grateful for the faculty that have supported me thus far in this pursuit, and I hope to only discover more with their help in the coming years.
An Integrated Language Arts major, I am the secretary of Astronomy Club and the co-president of Sigma Tau Delta. I am also a member of Anime Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, Ashland University Theatre, and the Honors Program, among other things. I work as the assistant editor for the Honors newsletter, The Bugle; I'm a communication coach for the Ashland Multiliteracy Center; and I've recently been hired for...Read more
I am an English Language Arts Education major with minors in Theatre and Spanish, which has given me a unique experience at Ashland University.
My favorite memories within the English department specifically would have to be any and all of Dr. Donatini’s classes, especially ENG 404: The English Renaissance and ENG 406: 17th-Century English Literature. In these classes, we read plays and lengthy epic poems like Doctor Faustus, Twelfth Night, Paradise Lost, and The Rover, all of which allowed me to exercise my skills in theatre and literature simultaneously. Dr. Donatini created an atmosphere of respect, intellectual discussion, and love of learning that I strive to emulate in my teaching, along with a sense of immense kindness and care.
As I was planning final projects for my students at my teaching internship this semester, I thought back fondly on these courses and remembered the incredibly fun and creative projects that Dr. Donatini assigned, using them as inspiration in my own classroom. In both of my Shakespeare units, my students were given the option to write their own scenes into the play, reimagine it in a modern setting, or put together their own theatrical vision for a hypothetical production, just as I did in ENG 404 and 406. Having an amazing role model like Dr. Donatini has positively influenced my experience Ashland University in so many ways; she consistently encouraged me to learn as a teacher, grow as a writer, and further my...Read more