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TWU Honors Scholars publish first issue of Off the Quill


DENTON – Students in Texas Woman’s University’s Honors Scholar Program recently published their first issue of Off the Quill, an anthology representing the various works of students in TWU’s Honors Scholar Program.

Off the Quill includes creative writing, essays on history and literature and abstracts representing complex math problems and high-level biology research.

“This is the first publication of its kind at TWU and it showcases what the best and brightest are doing at the university,” said Dr. Guy Litton, director of the TWU Honors Scholar Program.

Dr. Litton said that while attending national conferences, he and his students noticed that other universities were handing out journals to highlight the work of their students.

“We wanted a similar outlet to showcase our honor students and their work,” Dr. Litton said. “The project was driven by the students. They guided the entire publication process from forming the publications committee, selecting the pieces for publication and designing the cover.”

TWU Honors Scholars Kimberly Beck of Seymour, Ariana Frey Gray of Dallas, Sandra Joy Taylor of Whitesboro, Carla Celeste Bowden of Garland, Emily Ann Haley of Bayport, N.Y., Elizabeth Oliver of Austin and Jennifer Ann Tarin of El Paso had their submissions published in Off the Quill. Abigail Leddy of Maypearl served as the Editor and Publications Committee chair as a freshman in 2004-2005.

“My favorite part of the project was when we decided on the title. When one of the committee members mentioned Off the Quill, it just seemed to sum everything up — pioneers, great minds, ideas and the recording of accomplishments,” Ms. Leddy said.

The Honors Scholar program plans to publish one issue of Off the Quill each year in the fall.

“We have established a Friends of the Honors Program fund to help fund student research and support future issues of Off the Quill,” Dr. Litton said. “I hope that the availability of some research funds and the opportunity to be published will provide incentive for students to do more interesting and compelling research and other activities for future issues.”

For more information on TWU’s Honors Scholar Program, visit www.twu.edu/honors/.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

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