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Students in the English, Speech & Foreign Languages Department have several opportunities to interact with others who have similar interests, including faculty. The department has several organizations, with students finding opportunities for leadership roles.  The organizations are also good sources of information about departmental events, and they offer opportunities for students to build networks.

Omega Rho Alpha

English Honors Society
Omega Rho Alpha is a student organization open to freshman and sophomore students majoring in English. Students may join if they meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • Receive an "A" in a Freshman or Sophomore English course other than English 1003 or writing lab, or
  • Be an English major, or
  • Have had literary compositions published in college literary periodicals or presented at programs honoring student writers, or 
  • Qualify for Honors English

    Faculty Contact: Dr. Vivian Casper

Sigma Tau Delta

International English Honor Society
Beta Epsilon Chapter

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. Eligibility: Must be an English major or minor, a junior, senior, or graduate student, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. For the application form for the organization, send a message to the faculty contact.

Faculty Contacts: Dr. Stephen Souris

Officers: President Laura Callahan; Vice President Erika Johnson

For more information about Sigma Tau Delta, visit the

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English and Rhetoric Graduate Student Organization
The group has regular meetings to discuss issues affecting graduate students in the department. Follow ERGO's activities by liking its page on Facebook.

Faculty Contact: Dr. Gretchen Busl

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Literature/Rhetoric & Writing Track
Dr. Matthew Brown

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Dr. Stephen Souris

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Dr. Ashley Bender

M.A. Students:
Dr. Dundee Lackey

Ph.D. Students:
Dr. Lou Thompson