Student Resources - English Department


Student Mentoring

The English department has a student mentoring committee composed of faculty that host weekly mentoring hours and work together to sponsor programs that assist students. Visit the student mentoring page for more information.

Department Events

The English Department hosts several events for students every semester. Although classes will be held remotely for the Fall 2020 semester, the department will still be hosting events virtually. Check out a list of upcoming events

English Conversation Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Every week when classes are in session from February 17th to May 13th.
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The Center for Tutoring and Academic Support will host meetings to offer Queensborough students of all English proficiency levels the opportunity to develop their verbal skills, meet new people, learn about different cultures and discuss global issues through informal online group discussions and various activities.

Fall 2021 Welcome Read: 
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

The Welcome Read is a community-building experience for first semester Queensborough students taking English classes, in both non-credit programs (CLIP and CUNY Start) and credited courses (ALP, ENGL101).  The Welcome Read text, graphic memoir March: Book One by recently-departed and much missed Civil Rights icon and Congressman John Lewis with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, covers Lewis’s youth and emerging dedication to education and social justice.
The Welcome Read is a collaboration between the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, the English Department,
Pre-College Programs and the Center for Tutoring and Academic Support, with 20 faculty and 600
first-semester Queensborough students participating. Queensborough students will be reading and writing about March: Book One in their classes and attending the following events.  Welcome Read organizers Beth Counihan and Sybil White of the English department and Bonnie Flaherty of CUNY Start would like to thank the Kupferberg Holocaust Center for their generous support of this initiative.

Fall 2021 Welcome Read Events

September 23rd:  2-3pm on Zoom: Robin Ford and Sybil White (one hour)

Please join English department faculty members Dr. Robin Ford and Professor Sybil White for this two-part Welcome Read Zoom presentation to help inform your reading of March: Book One.  Dr. Ford will discuss the form and history of the genre of graphic novels and Professor White will facilitate a student-led discussion about John Lewis’s and students’ own social justice activism.

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September 29th: 12:15-1:45 on Zoom: 
Dr. Christine Mangino and Nate Powell 12:15-1:45 (90 minutes)

Please join our College President, Dr. Christine Mangino, and Nate Powell, illustrator of March: Book One for this capstone Welcome Read event. President Mangino will lead a book club talk with students about their impressions and experience reading March: Book One, as well as their hopes and expectations as first year college students.  Nate Powell will then share his process illustrating the book and his memories of working with John Lewis.

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Student Publications

Faculty in the English Department value students' writing and encourage students to publish their work in the two publications that the Department sponsors: Collective, the College's journal of creative writing and art and Communiqué, the College's newspaper. Read more

Collective is the Queensborough Community College Student Literary Journal. It is published annually during the spring semester by the Creative Writing Club and the English Department. The magazine showcases the diversity of student voices at our college by including the original poetry, fiction, non-fiction and artwork of our students. Our mission is to create community through creativity, and we encourage all kinds of writing from all kinds of writers and non-writers.

Submissions are on a rolling basis for current Queensborough students. If you'd like to send a submission or work on editing the journal, please contact Benjamin Miller or Alison Cimino

Student Literary Journal: Collective

Download the latest edition of Collective

Communiqué, the campus newspaper, is published monthly during the fall and spring semesters by the students in EN-242: Introduction to Journalism. The class offers members a hands-on, workshop approach as students learn how to report for, edit, and publish a newspaper by doing just that. We print roughly 1500 copies per edition, reaching a substantial audience of students, faculty and staff at QCC. There is also an online version of the newspaper.

Communiqué's staff investigates and reports on noteworthy campus events, student government, administration and faculty, and sports on campus as well as topics on the local, national, and international levels that impact QCC. The newspaper provides a wide range of writing experiences—from news stories to feature and opinion pieces. Staff members also contribute photography and art work. To find out more information, please contact Alisa Cercone at or Elizabeth Toohey at

Student Awards

In order to recognize and honor excellent examples of student writing and performance, the department offers a number of awards to students:

The Hedy Jacobowitz Memorial Award for Outstanding Journalism or Non-Fiction. This award is for students who have completed 101 and 102. Journalism students, creative writers and advanced expository writing students are all eligible. You can submit your own work to be considered for this award.

The Reginald and Eileen Keizs Award in Literature and Writing goes to a Queensborough student who is majoring in Education and has completed at least one course beyond EN102. To be considered for this award, students must have a high grade point average and be recommended by one of their English professors.

The Dr. Arnold Asrelsky Award for Achievement in Writing and Literature by an Evening Student. For students of upper-level Writing and Literature courses taught in the evening that work and tend to their families as they take college courses.

The Smithline/Trefman Award. For outstanding achievement in literature and writing. Primarily determined by grades and a faculty recommendation; students need to have completed at least one course beyond EN-102 in order to compete.

The Meredith Young Scholarship Endowment. For a student who is a single parent and has complete a Basic Skills writing course and has earned/is earning a C+ or better in English 101.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.