ELC Club

The English, Linguistics, and Communication Club is a student-initiated, official UMW club that was established with the goal of enabling a solid community of language lovers:  creating a connection within the ELC community, establishing bonds between the students and faculty, and opening opportunities to network with alumni.

Follow us on Twitter! @UMWELC4lyfe

And check us out on Facebook!


Student Q&A:

Oct 4, 2016: Victoria Triska is a Linguistics major and she will be speaking at 6pm in Combs 139.

Oct 11, 2016: Ray-Celeste Tanner is a Communication major who graduated from UMW in Spring 2016, and she will be speaking at 6pm in Combs 139.

Faculty Q/A:

Nov 8, 2016: Dr. Rigsby, who is an English Professor, will be speaking at 6pm in Combs 139.

Noc 15, 2016: Dr. Bylenok, who is a Creative Writing Professor, will be speaking at 6pm in Combs 139.

Writing Center Workshops (endorsed by the ELC Club!): writing-center-flyer-f16

Speaking Center Workshops (ditto!): fall-2016-sc-workshops


2016-2017 Officers

President: Daksha Khatri


Vice President: Kellin Gibson


Secretary: Claire Planton



Advisor:  Dr. Gary Richards, ELC Chair

ELC Club activities include

  • a monthly Q & A session with individual professors,
  • trips to book readings conducted in downtown Fredericksburg and within the state,
  • visits to performances in DC/on campus,
  • social events,
  • movie nights.

Watch the ELC homepage calendar for upcoming events!



 The ELC Club Book Drive runs from January to April 2016 and supports Books for America, an organization that sorts the books and gives them to the people that need it most (school systems, libraries, shelters, prisons, etc.).  Books for America provides the following guidelines for what it can accept, so please review before donating: Book Drive guidelinesAnd please be generous!

January 21: Regular meeting, 5:45 in the Mansion

January 28: Movie night (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), 7:00 in Combs 139

February 4: Q&A with Professor Foss, 5:45 in the Mansion

February 10 (This is a Wednesday!): Visiting Writer John Hoppenthaler 5:00–more info TBA

February 11: Regular meeting, 5:45 in the Mansion

February 18: Movie night (The Book Thief), 7:00 in Combs 139

March 10: Q&A with Professor Rafferty, 5:45 in the Mansion

March 17: Visiting Writer Joanie Tavis–more info TBA

March 24: Movie night (The Martian), 7:00 in Combs 139

April 7: Q&A with Professor Pineda, 5:45 in the Mansion

April 14: –ELC Club reads at Thursday Poems, 5:00 in Combs 139

Tie-dye after Thursday Poems in the courtyard outside of Combs!

April 21: Movie night (Pride and Prejudice), 7:00 in Combs 139


Fall 2015 events:

Q & A with faculty in the new Communication and Digital Studies major:

Thursday, September 3: Zach Whalen
Thursday, October 1: Elizabeth Johnson-Young
Thursday, November 5: Anand Rao
Thursday, December 3: Jessy Ohl

5:30 to 6:30 at The Mansion, 1201 William Street

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman: A Discussion with Dr. Richards

Thursday, October 1.  Combs 139.  8:30-9:30 p.m.

Film nights with the Tennessee Williams Seminar:
• A Streetcar Named Desire (September 10)
• Blue Jasmine (September 17)
• Cat on Hot Tin Roof (October 8)
• Suddenly Last Summer (October 15)
• Sweet Bird of Youth (October 22)
Combs 139 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.