A Story Made in Philadelphia: Q&A with Brad Windhauser

Brad Windhauser thinks Philadelphia is a great place to be a writer. “There’s a certain energy to Philly that I love,” says the English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies faculty member. He’s set both his novels here. The most recent, The Intersection (2016), tackles gentrification and racial issues in the city’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Windhauser says the story had to happen here, and we agree. We touched base with him to talk about his writing, the city and his classes.

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May in Mitten Hall: A Family Tradition

I’ve written quite a few graduation stories as a part of the Temple Liberal Arts marketing and communications team. This year, I got to write about myself!

In January of 2000, my family and I traveled to Philadelphia from the Poconos to attend my father’s graduation from Temple with his PhD in history. I was 13. The building, Mitten Hall, looked like a castle.

Last week, we attended that ceremony in Mitten Hall once again. This time, at 31, I was the doctoral graduate (English though–sorry, dad).

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Kacie Hoagland (CLA ’17) Plots Her Next Stop in Spain

As a tutor at the Temple University Writing Center, Kacie Hoagland (CLA ’17) is no stranger to the value of a second set of eyes during the revision process. When she decided to apply for a Fulbright English Teaching Award, she knew she needed to use all the resources available to her.

“I spent months writing and revising my personal statements,” she says. “The application process involved a lot of work, but I had so much support through the fellowship advising office that I didn’t have to go through any step alone.”

Hoagland met with Barbara Gorka, Director of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising, tutors and even other Fulbright applicants to enhance her application.

“The scariest part was not knowing if all the work would even pay off in the end,” she adds.

Luckily for Hoagland—and her future students—it did. She will move to Spain this fall to spend a year as an English teaching assistant in the Galicia region of Spain.

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Elyse Ruth (CLA ’71) Establishes Scholarship Fund for Nontraditional Students

Financing a college education can be difficult, something Elyse Ruth (CLA ’71) knows firsthand.

When Ruth was a junior at Temple in 1969, she studied abroad at the London School of Economics. Because no financial aid was available, she had to find alternate means of funding her studies, including a job in the college pub as a barmaid.

Her wages? One pound. Or $2.40.

“Not per hour. That was the entire shift. One pound,” she laughs.

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