This page preserves the awards and recognitions our students and faculty have received in past years. If you have any questions, or if you'd like your achievement to be listed here, simply send an email to Marjory Lange .
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2007-2008 English Student Highlights
- Katie Tvrdy is the winner of this year's $500 Meyer Prize for Excellence in Literature. Daniel Bruner finished in second place and will receive $100. Allison Houck finished in third place and will receive $50. These students and the English department extend their appreciation for the Meyer family's generous support of this award.
- Chelsea Pfund received the inaugural Leta Edwards Writing Scholarship.
- Talia Hess was awarded the English department's Outstanding Student in Literature award. Kayla Rau received the Outstanding Student in Writing award. Marge Lawrence received the Outstanding Student in Linguistics award. And Karyn Taylor was awarded the Outstanding Student Service award.
- 19 students delivered presentations at the English department's Academic Excellence Showcase. These included Katie Tvrdy, Daniel Bruner, Allison Houck, Talia Hess, and Kayla Johnson (literary analyses); Evan Christopher, Padraig Maloney, Jessica Evans, Tyler Bentley, and Andrea Taskinen (poetry and creative non-fiction); Rob Harriman, Christina Cain, Stacey Reimers, and Elise Andersen (WR 440); and Julie Rementeria, Timothy LaDuke, Jessica Harper, Melissa Stanley, and Cydne Tullis (linguistics). Click here to visit the university's Academic Excellence Showcase page.
- Marge Lawrence, Chelsea Pfund, and Kayla Rau have been appointed as Writing Associates.
- Nine students presented papers at the 2008 Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature. Evan Christopher and Jessica Evans read original poetry. Jeff Elliott, Kayla Rau, and Darian White presented scholarly essays on Wuthering Heights and the poetry of W.B. Yeats, respectively.
- Evan Christopher has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of Northwest Passage, Western Oregon University's student journal of literature and the arts.
2006-2007 English Student Highlights
- Nicole Perry is the co-recipient (with Amanda Miles) of the prestigious Julia McCulloch Smith Award, WOU's highest honor among graduating women. She will be one of three students speakers at the commencement ceremony on June 16th.
- Jon Bernard is the winner of this year's $500 Meyer Prize for Excellence in Literature. Jennifer Carmichael finished in second place and will receive $100. Bryan Beck finished in third place and will receive $50. These students and the English department extend their appreciation for the Meyers generous support of this award.
- Laura Classen and Bryan Bochsler received the Phi Kappa Phi First Year Writing Awards.
- Katy Bradley Connor has been awarded the English department's Outstanding Student in Literature award. Ty Brack received the Outstanding Student in Writing award. David Hoffman received the Outstanding Student in Linguistics award. And Sammie Hafner was awarded the Outstanding Student Service award.
- 15 students delivered presentations at the English department's Academic Excellence Showcase. These included Christopher Keller (fiction, poetry, and WR 440); Marge Lawrence (WR 440); Ty Brack (poetry); Crystie Cody (poetry); Sarah Speelman (fiction); Abby Wendt (fiction); and Tyler Bentley, Dan Bruner, Kimberly Lipp, and Carolyn Whitmer (linguistics). Students involved in NUCL, the Meyer Prize, and the Outstanding Student awards are listed elsewhere on this page.
- Bryan Beck and Sarah Speelman co-curated the ten-week film series, discussion series, and art exhibition From Bop Apocalypse to Blitzkrieg Bop: The Counter-Culture of the Beat Generation at Western Oregon University's Hamersley Library with English teacher David Ensminger. The three of them also co-curated the mini-exhibition Hush Hush, a survey of sexuality in music posters, also at Hamersley Library.
- Four Writing Center Tutors presented their work at a session during the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association conference. Marta Bunse, Kynzie Dalton, Nicole Perry, and Kayla Rau joined WOU Writing Center Director Katherine Schmidt in a session titled "Lessening the Divide: Strategies for Promoting Effective Communication between Hearing Consultants and Deaf Student-Writers."
- Nine students presented papers at the 2007 Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature. Katy Bradley-Connor, Mariko Chambers, and Alaina Steiner formed a panel on George Eliot's Daniel Deronda. Nicole Perry and Amanda Miles spoke on the subject of modern Irish literature. Amanda Wheeler presented on orphans in 19th century literature. And Daniel Bruner, Annaka Wendt, and Joanna Ridgway read their original poetry.
- Ty Brack is the editor-in-chief of Northwest Passage, Western Oregon University's student journal of literature and the arts.
2006-2007 English Faculty Highlights
- Kit Andrews's article on Walter Pater and Michael Field was recently published in the book Michael Field and their world. He also annotated 3 articles for the fall 2006 Walter Pater Newsletter, with another 3 to follow in Spring 2007. In fall 2007 he will present a paper at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference on the Bourgeois Interior in Walter Pater's works
- Meg Artman's article "Comprehension Requests in Writing Conferences" was published in the Spring 2007 issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly. She also conducted workshops on writing across the curriculum for teachers at South Umpqua High School and West Albany High School
- Meg Artman, Katherine Schmidt, and Cornelia Paraskevas presented papers at the CCCC in New York in March. Cornelia Paraskevas also conducted an all day workshop with scholars Martha Kolln, Deb Rosen-Knill, Craig Hancock, and Lori Gray at this conference
- Henry Hughes studied the works of Herman Melville as a fellow at the National Humanities Center last summer in North Carolina. He also published the poems "Singles at Seventy" (Seattle Review 29.1) and "Underwater Lightning" (Isotope 4.2). His poems“Steelhead Almost,” “Guarding the Dump,” and “Together in the Ice-Storm” were reprinted in David Biespiel's collection Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets. Dr. Hughes's creative non-fiction essay “Life Drawing” also appeared in Art Times (September 2006). He delivered presentations at two scholarly conferences: "Between Industry and Idleness: Fishing in American Literature” at the Pacific Northwest American Studies Conference; and “A Humorous History of the Sycamore Review” at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs convention. He also delivered the commencement address during WOU's 2007 ceremony.
- Keiko Kagawa's article "Jane Austen, The Architect: (Re)Building Spaces at Mansfield Park" was published in the March 2006 issue of WOMEN'S STUDIES: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She also presented her paper "Archi-spatiality in George Eliot's Middlemarch: An Architectural Reconstruction of the Renaissance" at the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association at Pepperdine College in October
- Cornelia Paraskevas's article "The Geography of the Cemetery" was published in Studies in Literary Imagination (39.1). Another article -- "Bridging the gap between standards and engaged writing: Looking at 9-year old biography makers" -- was published in the Oregon English Journal. In April she delivered a presentation on gravemarkers of foreign immigrants to Greece at the American Culture Association annual conference. She also continues to be part of the 20-member Language Arts Content and Assessment Panel for the Oregon Department of Education
- Katherine Schmidt organized a session with four of her Writing Center tutors (Marta Bunse, Kynzie Dalton, Nicole Perry, and Kayla Rau) for the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association conference. Their session was titled "Lessening the Divide: Strategies for Promoting Effective Communication between Hearing Consultants and Deaf Student-Writers"
- Uma Shrestha and David Hargreaves co-authored an article titled "Pragmatics at work: Translating Chittadhar Hrdaya’s 'Andhakar'" that is forthcoming in the Himalayan Languages Proceedings. They also presented a paper titled "Semantic and Pragmatic Issues in Translating Chittadhar Hrdaya's 'Andhakar'" at the Twelfth Himalayan Languages Symposium in November in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- Curtis Yehnert was recently appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board for Oregon Humanities magazine. He continues to serve as an Oregon Chautauqua host scholar, speaking on Chautauqua culture, folklore, and history throughout the state.