Department Inducts New Members into Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

The Department of English and Linguistics, which sponsors a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the most prominent national literary honor society that recognizes students’ achievements in literary studies, inducted new members on April 30, 2021. Professor Gary Richards, Chair of the Department of English, and Linguistics, campus sponsor for Sigma Tau Delta, welcomed the new members. For membership in Sigma Tau Delta, one must be a major in English or English: Creative Writing with at least twelve credit hours in literature with a major GPA of at least 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.     The new members inducted: Alyssa Brown Rachel Cooper Sydney Dahl Elizabeth Devine Vanessa Pauline Fickes Liz Foster Georga Hackworth Dylan Lassiter Chloe Martin Mary-Gayden Morrill Rosemary Pauley Anna Perdue Maddie Reilley Emily Renner Madison Roberts Katia Savelyeva Keaton Sayers Faith Thorpe Rebecca Young Sarah Lindsey … [Read more...]

Graduates and Alumni Pursue Graduate School

The Department of English and Linguistics congratulates several graduates and alumni, who have shared graduate school acceptances and plans:  Congratulations to Elizabeth “Beth” Kelly! A May 2021 graduate with a special major in Psycholinguistics, she has been accepted into the University of Colorado Boulder's Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisite Program (SLPP). This one-year program offers eight different courses that will allow her to finish all of the requirements for her anticipated SLP graduate program. Starting this June and running through the summer, she will be taking a phonetics class and a speech science class. She also received acceptances from programs including NYU and Northwestern. Congratulations to Mackenzie King! A December 2020 graduate with a special major in Linguistics and a minor in English Literature as well as a member of the Honors Program, she will be attending the Master of Science degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood … [Read more...]

Riris ’19 Is Pursuing MA in French Studies in Provence

Eleni Riris ’19 (double major in Linguistics and French) is currently pursuing an M.A. in French Studies, specializing in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, at the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France. For more information, see Eleni's website. A piece of her calligraphy from her site is included below. … [Read more...]

Creative Writing Graduate Alexandria Riker Publishes First Short Story

Alexandria Riker just published her first short story "Coming  Home" in the online magazine The Literary Garden, Issue 4 and can be read online. A December 2018 magna cum laude graduate, Alexandria was an English: Creative Major who worked with Professor Warren Rochelle and was part of the study abroad program that he led in the summer of 2018 at Bangor University in Wales, UK. … [Read more...]

2020 Graduate Krista Beucler Publishes First Short Story

Krista Beucler '20 recently published her first short story, a piece that originated in her first creative writing class at the University of Mary Washington with Professor Warren Rochelle. Krista completed her degree this spring with a major in English: Creative Writing and minors in Spanish and Museum Studies. While at UMW, Krista was the recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich '79 and Henry E. Reich Jr. Scholarship and was a finalist for the Barbara Thomas Phillips Creative Writing Scholarship. Krista was the Editor-in-Chief for Issue 7.2 of the Rappahannock Review, the literary journal published by the University of Mary Washington. Working with Professor Rochelle as her advisor, Beucler's graduated in Spring 2020 with departmental Honors by completing the Honors project "Introduction to the Publishing Industry." Krista's story "Rooks Mate for Life" is available online in From Whispers to Roars: An Arts & Literary Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 1. … [Read more...]

Schultz Accepted into MFA Program

Jordan Schultz, a May 2017 graduate with a major in English: Creative Writing, has been accepted into the M.F.A. program at the University of South Florida, starting in the fall of 2020 with full funding. … [Read more...]

Heiderman Wins Lutterbie Senior Service Award

Sierra Heiderman, graduating senior with a major in English, has won the 2019-2020 Carlton R. Lutterbie Jr. Outstanding Senior Service Award for the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication. Heiderman was recognized for her work as a Department of ELC social media intern and student aide over several semesters. The Carlton R. Lutterbie Jr. Outstanding Senior Service Award is one of two ways that the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication commemorates former professor Carleton R. Lutterbie Jr. There is also the Carleton R. Lutterbie Jr. Scholarship, established in 2005, which has assisted numerous English majors, including, most recently, December 2019 graduate James Vaughan. The award and the scholarship reflect the esteem in which Carleton R. Lutterbie Jr. was held by his family, friends, and colleagues. He began serving on the English faculty of Mary Washington College in 1967 and was serving as chair of the Department of (then) English, Linguistics, … [Read more...]

UMW Debate Takes 3rd at National Championship; Brovero Recognized as “Judge of the Year”

The University of Mary Washington Debate Team has wrapped up its competitive season with a phenomenal 3rd place finish at the American Debate Association’s National Championship. Senior John Huebler, junior Jo Misker, and first-year students Andrew Hudgins and Ainsley Rucker remained on campus for most of spring break in order to prepare to compete at the National Championship held at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, March 6-8. The tournament fielded competitors from across the nation, including Harvard, University of California-Berkeley, and Dartmouth, as well as UMW’s frequent competitors from the region, including George Mason, Liberty and the US Naval Academy. Rucker and Huebler competed in varsity, with wins against an opponent from Indiana University and an opponent from the University of Michigan that reached the Sweet Sixteen. This was Huebler’s final competition as a member of UMW Debate, as all remaining competitions for the semester have been cancelled due to … [Read more...]

Whalen and Students Receive Grant to Present at Conference

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English, and his students Cristina Montemorano, Alexander Rudenshiold, and Aleksandra Shtabnaya recently received an Undergraduate Research Grant to travel to Harrisonburg, VA, in March to present on "NaNoGenMoCat: Documenting Computer-Generated Fiction."   … [Read more...]

Whalen and Wolfgang Receive Grant for Digital Graphic Novel Research

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English, and student Katelyn Wolfgang recently received an Undergraduate Research Grant to enhance Katelyn's research project "Educational Digital Studies and the Graphic Novel."   … [Read more...]