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2019 Literary Contest  |

The 2019 Literary Contest attracted dozens of fine manuscripts. The following pieces were chosen as winners in their respective categories.


First Place - Van Arsdale - Russell Peters

Second Place - Hopscotch - Peter Nash

Third Place - The Peoples Republic of Poetry - Herb Garfield


First Place - Wet Kitty - Robyn Koski

Second Place - The Last Nail - Michael Mondo

Third Place - Romeos - Bill Herr


First Place - Road to the Jetty - Leslie Wahlquist

Second Place - Coffee at the Headlands Café - Pricilla Comen

Third Place - The Martinez to Chico Night Train - Michelle Blackwell


First Place - Mendocino State Hospital: Where Mysteries Abound - Jasmin Blanc

Second Place - The Privilege of the Right to Privacy: An Expansion of Roxanne Gay’s “A Tale of Three Coming Out Stories” - Paloma Rall

Third Place - The Truest Romantic: How Wordsworth Found Beauty in Industrialized London - Liana Edington

Faculty  |


Bart Rawlinson

Ginny Buccelli

Jaime Cechin

Jason Davis

John Rall

Vincent Poturica

In addition to these full-time English instructors, we have several excellent adjunct (part-time) instructors.

Adjunct Faculty

Aaron Bailey abailey@mendocino.edu
Andrew Lutsky alutsky@mendocino.edu
Angela Metzger ametzger@mendocino.edu
Dennis Shepherd dshepherd@mendocino.edu  
Jeffrey Brunner jbrunner@mendocino.edu
Jennifer Clark jclark@mendocino.edu
Joycelyn Trigg jtrigg@mendocino.edu  
Kyle Kirkley kkirkley@mendocino.edu  
Lucille Bayer lbayer@mendocino.edu  
Molly Dwyer mdwyer@mendocino.edu  
Pauls Krasts pkrasts@mendocino.edu
Rebel Rickansrud-Young rrickansrud@mendocino.edu
Riba Taylor rtaylor@mendocino.edu  
Steve Hellman shellman@mendocino.edu  
Susan Cordell scordell@mendocino.edu
Jeffrey Brunner jbrunner@mendocino.edu

English Degree  |


The English major prepares students with the reading, writing, and thinking skills required for university level study of literature, composition, and related disciplines. Courses in this major focus on understanding the communication process and developing the skills to communicate effectively. The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in English or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

Required Courses (Units):

ENG 201 Critical Thinking through Literature (4)

ENG 245 American Literature I (3)

ENG 246 American Literature II (3)

Plus 6 additional units from the following:     

ENG 210 Creative Writing (3)

ENG 225 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)

ENG 250 Contemporary World Literature (3)

ENG 265 Introduction to California Literature (3)

ENG 270 Children’s Literature (3)

Plus 3 additional units from the following:

ASL 200 Elementary American Sign Language: Level I (3)

ASL 201 Elementary American Sign Language: Level II (3)

ENG 205 Critical Thinking (3)

SPN 200 Elementary Spanish: Level I (4)

SPN 201 Elementary Spanish: Level II (4)

SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish: Level I (4)

SPN 210 Spanish for Spanish Speakers: Level I (4)

SPN 211 Spanish for Spanish Speakers: Level II (4)

THE 200 Introduction to Theatre (3)

Total Major Units: 19-20

Total Degree Units: 60


Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate proficiency in writing college-level essays in a variety of rhetorical modes; final drafts should include a clear, complex thesis statement, rigorous support, minimal sentence-level errors, logical organization, and consistent paragraph unity.

2. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and construct clear and well-supported interpretations of literary texts.

3. Distinguish elements of fiction such as plot, theme, character and setting and apply this knowledge to the works of major authors.

4. Demonstrate skills in elementary inductive and deductive reasoning, and identify basic formal and informal fallacies of language and thought.

5. Demonstrate the ability to cite sources using MLA or APA style.

Career Opportunities

Completing the baccalaureate degree or graduate level work can lead to a variety of opportunities. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate work may be hired in the major or allied fields as a journalist, editor, information specialist, legislative assistant, public relations officer, teacher, advertising writer, lawyer or technical writer.

Associate Degree for Transfer requirements pursuant to SB 1440:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
  • The California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE- Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

Writing Center |

The Writing Center at Mendocino College is staffed by instructors from the English Department. These instructors are available to assist students with their reading and writing in English and other courses where reading and writing are required.

Students who use the Writing Center should enroll in one of three Lab sections: ENG-60, ENG-160, or ENG-560. Students may elect to take a 0.5 unit, 1 unit, or 0 unit Lab. More information can be found here.

Location: LLRC 4110

Hours: M-Th 10:30am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Writing Center Syllabus:

Mendocino College Reading/Writing Labs

English 60/160/560, Fall 2018

Instructor: Faculty Ukiah Campus

Location: Sections: Times: ENG 60 (#0257) ENG 160 (#0500) ENG 560 (#0957) Monday-Thursday 10:30am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-5:30pm

Welcome to the Reading/Writing Labs. In these 0, .5, or 1-unit labs you will apply effective reading, writing and learning strategies directly to other classes you are taking. This means whenever you attend the lab, you will bring specific reading/writing assignments from your other classes (not just English classes!). You will work together with an Instructor towards meeting the objectives of your assignments.


In order to earn a “Credit” grade for either English 60 or 160, you will be required to devote:

- At least 21 hours total (approx. 1 1/2 hours a week) if you are enrolled for .5 unit.

- At least 42 hours total (approx. 3 hours a week) if you are enrolled for 1 unit.

*English 560 does not have a unit value, so there is no time requirement.

Please use the Sign-In Computer to sign in and out every day. You are responsible for signing in upon arrival and signing out before leaving). English 60/160/560 are “open labs,” which means you are free to use the Reading & Writing Labs on whatever days are most convenient for you during the “Times” listed above. You may also use the Center Computer to track your hours throughout the semester.
Please bring with you all textbooks, reading materials, assignments, instructions, and/or copies of anything with which you are working. Instructors will not be able to advise you if they are unclear about your assignment.

If your instructor has provided you with a Learning Center Referral or Consultation Form, be sure to bring the appropriate class materials and fill out the appropriate portions of the form prior to meeting with the instructor.
Come prepared to read, write, study, and learn. You are expected to use your time productively.

Getting Help

Please let an Instructor know if you need help at any time. Often the lab can be very busy; instructors will do their best to meet with all students, but during busy times, students may be required to wait before getting assistance. If the Instructor is busy with another student, please sign your name on the white board behind the instructor and wait to be called. Plan accordingly! Don’t wait until the last minute to get help on a crucial assignment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing English 60 will be able to:

  1. Discuss issues of clarity and comprehension regarding reading/writing assignments in a one-on-one setting.
  2. Utilize active reading and prewriting techniques in creating drafts to share with the instructor for feedback.
  3. Incorporate instructor feedback and/or personal assignment analysis into successive drafts

Students completing English 160 will be able to:

  1. Discuss, analyze, and develop a plan to complete reading and writing assignments from transfer level courses.
  2. Utilize active reading and prewriting techniques in creating drafts to share with the instructor for feedback.
  3. Comfortably navigate resources available in the Library and Learning Center.

Students completing English 560 will be able to:

  1. Identify developmental reading and writing learning needs, such as sentence grammar, reading comprehension, and organizational skills.
  2. Identify their own developmental reading and writing learning needs, such as sentence grammar, reading comprehension, and organizational skills.
  3. Utilize active reading and prewriting techniques in creating drafts to share with the instructor for feedback.

Library | 

The Mendocino College Library has the following online resources for students: