Awards and Scholarships

"The best part of the English Department is the sense of community. It really is a family where everyone knows everyone and we care about one another. I don't feel like I'm in a competition with my peers; rather, we lift each other up and celebrate our accomplishments together."

"The best part of the English Department is the sense of community. It really is a family where everyone knows everyone and we care about one another. I don't feel like I'm in a competition with my peers; rather, we lift each other up and celebrate our accomplishments together."

-Rachel Smith, '19


Department Awards 2018

Minnick Award, granted to a Sophomore Secondary Education Major: Emma Rikas

Heiges Award, granted to a Junior: Chris Carragher 

Steck Award, granted to a Freshman: Bailey Milnik

Campus Reflector Award, granted to a Senior: Heather Ritter

Lindner Award, granted to an English Major who excels in creative writing or prose: Derek Letts


Academy of American Poets Poetry Contest

Each Spring, our department hosts an Academy of American Poets Poetry Contest. Karen Mason is our Spring 2018 winner. Congratulations Karen! 

all dogs 
by: Karen Mason

when you can starve a stepchild 
with a full cabinet,

when you can scare him into 
pissing into bedside jars,

there’s no question you’ll 
put off putting your dog down.

i think
sometimes

if you try to stave off the bad shit
you’ll end up prolonging it,

and you can pull too hard
the tail of what you’re loving at,

give it cancer globules—fist-sized zits
coming out of its everywhere.

but i think about my husband
and what will happen when one of us goes.

he’ll stick around forever

obviously


Outstanding English Major

At the conclusion of every academic year, one student in the English department is chosen to receive the Outstanding English Major (OEM) recognition award. This award is given to a student that has demonstrated excellent academic endeavors and achievements within the English major.  

Read further for past OEMS. Find out where they are today and what being an English Major provided for them to succeed beyond our hallways.