What You Need to Know

Important Information for English Majors: FALL 2019


Advisement: Every English major has an advisor for registration and other help. The Advisor assigned to each student can be found in Lion's Den or on a list posted on the English department office door.  During the registration/ advisement period students may sign up for an appointment with their Advisor. Evening advisement is on Thursdays with Dr. Robert Kinpoitner. 

Alumni Supper: Each September, the English department invites English faculty, alumni, guests, and present majors, to an informal buffet supper. Admission to the supper is $20 per person.  Family members are welcome.  Proceeds go to the Sister Mary Verity McNicholas English Scholarship Fund, and English scholarship winners are honored at the supper.  It is an opportunity to meet with alumni who have employed their English skills in the workplace.  This year's supper will be on Friday, September 20, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Reception Room.  Contact Dr. Kinpoitner for more information. 

Fax Number:  The English Department Fax # is (516) 323-3271

Film Festival: The English Department sponsors the Molloy College Film Festival Cabaret in fall and spring. The films are shown Friday at 5 pm in the Hays Theatre. Admission is free and all are welcome. The dates and times for the films will be announced soon. Email Trisha O'Neill to be added to the contact list.

Grammar Examination: Molloy College English and English Education majors take a grammar examination, a diagnostic evaluation of their basic knowledge of the English language.  Students are expected to take the examination in their first semester at Molloy. All students must pass the examination with a grade of 70 or better. The test will be given on Thursday, October 24th, at 5:00 p.m., and Friday, October 25th, at 8:00 a.m., each in the library. A special opportunity for questions will be held on Thursday, October 10th, at 5:00 p.m. in Room S-103.  Grammar notes are available in the English office and online on the English website. Students failing this test must register for ENG 0700: ENGLISH GRAMMAR (0 credits).  Students taking ENG 2220, Introduction to Linguistics, must pass the test or take the grammar course before taking ENG 2220. 

Honor Society: The English department sponsors the Alpha Phi Theta Chapter of the International Literary Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.  The chapter meets monthly in room S-103. Students present a paper (usually one written for a class), and members offer responses. Fall 2019 meetings are Tuesday, September 26th at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 24th at 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 14th at 5:00 p.m. English majors are strongly advised to join this society.  For information on membership, please contact Dr. Robert Kinpoitner, Moderator. Induction of new members is Tuesday, April  21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in the Reception Room.

Internships: All Literature Track and Writing Track straight English majors must take an internship in their junior or senior year. Dr. Alice Byrnes, O.P. will guide students on their choice of an internship and the requirements of the course. The internship demonstrates ways that the English major can lead to gainful employment.      

Office Hours: The English Office is in Room 103 of Siena Hall. The office opens Monday through Friday at 7:15 a.m. It is open on Thursday evenings until 6:30 p.m. for evening advisement. Robert Kinpoitner serves as evening advisor and has posted evening hours on Thursdays.  Faculty advisement office hours are posted outside of the English office. The English Administrative Assistant is Mrs. Trisha O'Neill. 

Poetry Series: Professor Barbara Novack, Molloy's Writer-in-Residence, directs a series of poetry readings each semester in the Reception Room of Bishop Kellenberg Hall on Sundays at 3 p.m.  Click on Writer-in-Residence  for more information.   

Students planning to register for the English Seminar (ENG 4900 or ENG 4910) in Sping 2020 should submit to Professor Nicholas Fargnoli in the English Office (S-103) a sample research paper from any course (but using MLA format) no later than November 15, 2019. The purpose is to see if the students need preparation in grammar and composition before beginning the seminar. Those who fail to submit a paper must write a five-page research essay at the beginning of the class. 

Student Representatives: Each academic department is required to have one or two student representatives to the Molloy student government. These students attend department meetings and bring students' concerns and suggestions to the faculty. The English department's representative is Lucijan Jovic.

Social Media: Please friend our Facebook page Molloy: Royal English Majors and follow us on Twitter @MolloyEnglish.

Writing Center: The English department supports and works closely with the Molloy Writing Center, Room C-16, Casey Hall. Pamela Kenley-Meschino directs the Center. The telephone number is 516.323.3293. Please make use of this free service to help improve your writing.

Scholarship Opportunities for Current English Majors:

The following scholarships (values of awards fluctuate) are available to English majors for study in the 2020-2021 academic year.  The English faculty will determine the recipients in January 2020. Formal awarding is at the Founder's Day Honors Convocation in April and winners are expected to attend the ceremony. Application forms are available in the English office, S103. Deadline for all applications is December 12, 2019. 

Sister Grace Bletsch Scholarship
Applicants must enroll for at least 12 credits for the fall 2020 semester, must have completed at least one year full-time at Molloy, must be English majors concentrating in education, and must have a cumulative index of 2.5 or better. Applicants must complete a FAFSA form online at fafsa.gov.  

Catherine Brajuka Memorial Scholarship
Applicants must be part-time English majors, must have completed at least 30 credits at Molloy College, must have an index of 3.0 or higher, and must register for at least 3 credits in the semester for which the award is granted. Applicants must complete a FAFSA form online at fafsa.gov.

Klementina and Lukas Culen Memorial Scholarship
Applicants must be full-time sophomore English majors with a cumulative index of 3.50 or better and must complete a FAFSA form online at fafsa.gov.

Lillian Emmerich Joseph Scholarship
Applicants must be a full-time female English major in sophomore status or higher, earning at least a 3.0 cumulative index, must complete a FAFSA form online at fafsa.gov, and must be in the first generation of her family attending college. 

Emilia Culen Brajuka Scholarship
Criteria:  Applicants must be full-time traditional English majors entering junior year in fall 2019 and must have a cumulate index of 3.00 or higher.