December 06, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 82, Issue 6

'Job Well Dunleavy'

Are you familiar with that rewarding sigh of relief that accompanies handing in a paper or project? Do you ever find yourself in those rare occasions when you are particularly proud of a piece and secretly wish it be seen/read/heard by more than just two people (yourself and you professor?)

NU English Professor Marybeth Sullivan, alongside her husband and fellow colleague, Joseph Nicoletti, collaboratively created the event Job Well Dunleavy, which debuted last fall. Job Well Dunleavy provides the perfect atmosphere and conclusion to the fall semester for students of all majors to showcase a particular piece of work that he or she is proud of.

Boasting nearly 46 participants and 100 people in the audience “ mostly friends and a few family members “ Sullivan described the vast variety of work that was contributed at last year's event.

We saw everything from short stories, poetry, photobooks, photography, videos, documentaries, musical acts and interpretive dances, Sullivan said.

The student-generated event has only one guideline: Do what you want in five minutes or less.

It is important that people have a real audience for their work. The work they do shouldn't be something that lives and dies in a class, said Sullivan. If people are creating a project that is important to them, they should share it with others.

Senior communications major Sam Goodwin participated in the event last year as a student enrolled in Sullivan's creative nonfiction course. Goodwin presented a video he created about the embellishment and false representation that is often portrayed in films about college parties.

Based on his positive experience, Goodwin encourages anyone to participate in Job Well Dunleavy.

I feel like often times students don't realize how strong their work/talents might be. This gives them a chance to really get it out there to an audience, Goodwin said.

He also jokingly recommended that people make an effort to meet Sullivan because she makes stellar enchiladas. Although a Mexican feast will not be provided, there will be a plethora of fresh fruit and vegetables to snack on throughout the event that are intended to provide some much needed relief from mundane college-life meals.

This year's Job Well Dunleavy will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Dunleavy 127. All interested students who have yet to obtain a time-slot are encouraged to drop by around 3:30 p.m. to sign-up for his or her opportunity to present an original piece.

It is great for people to have a way to share their work with others. It is nice for us to see the kind of work NU students are creating, said Sullivan. This event gives us a sense of what people in each major are doing. It can also be a way to see what classes are doing that you may be interested in taking in the future.

Job Well Dunleavy provides friends and family the opportunity to see what students have been busy dedicating their time toward. Participants and audience members are welcome to come and go as they please, while grabbing snacks on their way in or out.

For more information on Job Well Dunleavy and the opportunity to participate in the event, contact Sullivan at or sign up Dec. 15, at 3:30 p.m. at the event for a chance to share your work with an audience.

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