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Student Accomplishments

Follow the link below for a list of selected accomplishments by past and current Washburn English majors.

Student Accomplishments
Faculty Accomplishments

Follow the link below for a list of selected accomplishments by Washburn English faculty.

Faculty Accomplishments

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November 2017:

Sigma Tau Delta Yearbook Photo 2017

Sigma Tau Delta members pose for their 2017-2018 yearbook photo. Dr. Erin Chamberlain provides guidance to chapter members at Washburn.

April 2017:

Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony Photo April 2017

Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony Photo April 2017

Sigma Tau Delta inducted a new class of members on April 10, 2017.

August 2016:

Sigma Tau Delta 2016 Shirts

Sigma Tau Delta members modeled the newly created member shirts at a meeting to plan projects for the 2015-16 academic year.   

April 2016:

Much Ado

Students in Dr. Ben Beier's Shakespeare class attended a performance of Much Ado about Nothing at the Topeka Civic Theatre.   

Sigma Tau Delta 2016

The English Honors Association Sigma Tau Delta welcomed the 2016 initiates at the English awards ceremony.  


December 2015: Garden Plots Art Exhibit

The art exhibit "Garden Plots" by writer Thomas Fox Averill and artist Clinton Ricketts opened at the Mulvane Art Museum. The exhibit, which features an installation of writings and drawings focusing on gardens, will run from December 4 - January 23, 2016.


My Secret Wars of 1984 Book Cover

Dennis Etzel, Jr. published his new book My Secret Wars of 1984, a collage of texts blending personal memories and reflections with historical facts and literary references. The book was selected as a Best Poetry Book of 2015 by the Kansas City Star. Read more here.

April 2015: Sigma Tau Delta Initiates 2015

On April 13, the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta held its 2015 initiation ceremony. This year's group of new members is one of the largest in recent years, with 20 new initiates: Angela Batt, Darcey Evans, Annastasia Glover, Heather Hathcock, Anthony Ho, Chelsey Jenkins, Maureen Kennedy, Emily Kobzar, Krista Kubie, Talitha Martin, Courtney Mitchell, Jensen Moore, Alison O'Hara-Arrington, Christianna Pope, Monica Schroeder, Kristina Scott, Lindsey Scrivner, John Thompson, Macie Tomson, Adam White,  and Marissa Wright.

Congratulations to the winners of the essay prizes for the 2014-2015 academic year! Monica Schroeder won in the English literature category, Peter Rocha won in the American literature category, and Antony Walsh won the World literature prize.

March 2015: 

Professor Eric McHenry has been named Poet Laureate of Kansas for the 2015-2017 term.  He will tour the state and give public readings of his poetry over the next two years, while continuing to teach creative writing classes at Washburn.

April 2014:

NULC 2012This year, four WU English majors presented their work at the 2014 National Undergraduate Literature Conference from April 3-5 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Matt Dixon presented one of his short stories, and Hillary Hall, Alexandra Schafer, and Monica Schroeder presented scholarly papers on literary works. They were accompanied by faculty mentors Dr. Ben Beier and Dr. Erin Chamberlain. 

Professor Jim Hoogenakker   Hillary Hall   Alex Schaefer    Monica Schroeder


March 2014: 

On March 31, the English Department was co-sponsor of a day-long celebration of the life and work of Kansas Poet William Stafford, on the occasion of the centennial of his birth in 1914.  Over 40 Kansas writers read Stafford poems, as well as their own work, and William Stafford’s son, Kim Stafford—a remarkable poet in his own right—delivered an evening keynote:  “You Must Revise Your Life:  100 Years of Poetry and Peace.”  The event was coordinated by English faculty including Tom Averill, Israel Wasserstein (who also guest edited a Stafford issue of North Dakota Quarterly), Liz Derrington, Karen Barron, Dennis Etzel, Eric McHenry, and Chairman Danny Wade.

Photo of Dr. Stanley LombardoOctober 2013: 

On October 16, Dr. Stanley Lombardo, Professor of Classics at the University of Kansas and an internationally acclaimed literary translator, presented the 2013 Klemmer Lecture titled "Homer's Light."

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