Department of English

Department Announcements & Events

Recent Events

A reception to honor the Fall 2014 Scriblerian Award winners was held December 4, 2014 in the Braithwaite Art Gallery. Congratulations to Argumentative 1010 1st Place: Cassidy Lane, Argumentative 1010 2nd Place: Kelsey Keener, Expressive 1010 1st Place Brooklyn Woods, Expressive 1010 2nd Place: Anthony London, Argumentative 2010 1st Place: Kasen Lisonbee, Argumentative 2010 2nd Place: Payton Yerke.

Dr. Lisa Arter was appointed to participate on the Governor's Panel for Evaluating Utah Core Standards: Language Arts Committee. She traveled to Salt Lake City numerous times during November and December 2014.

Dr. Jessica Tvordi attended the "What is an Educated Person" Conference in Midway, Utah October 30-31, 2014.

On October 30, 2014, in conjunction with the “50 from 6” exhibition at the Braithwaite Gallery, Dr. Danielle Dubrasky, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, read from her poem “The Sandman” as part of a "Making Metaphor in the Literary and Visual Arts" presentation. After the reading, Russell Wrankle, Assistant Professor of Art, and Dr. Dubrasky sat down to discuss the creative intersection of making metaphor in the literary and visual arts.

The SUU Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society put on a Halloween Party October 29, 2014 including a costume party, refreshments, and scary stories.

Three SUU Writing Center Tutors and Writing Center Director Dr. Julia Combs presented papers at the 2014 joint conference of the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and the International Writing Center Association October 30 through November 1 in Orlando, Florida. Rebekah Tobler presented "Tutors as Imagineers: Rethinking the Rhetoric of Writing Center Websites." Chris Christiansen presented "A Whole New World: Using Unfamiliar Tools to Chart Unfamiliar Territory Across Disciplines." Naomi White presented "Wish Upon a Star: How the Writing Center Makes Dreams Come True." Dr. Combs was on two panels discussing "Writing Center Research: a Portal for Professionalizing Undergraduate Staff" and "The Everyday Emotions of Students, Consultants, and Writing Center Directors."

Three English Department professors presented at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference October 9-11, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. Professors Eric J. Morrow and Nathan Price presented “Put Down the Phone and Write: Engaging First Year Writing Students through Mindfulness and Ken Bain’s Strategies for Effective College Teaching.” Dr. Bryce Christensen presented “Resisting ‘Single Vision and Newton’s Sleep’: The Poetic Vision of the ‘Heretic’ Freeman Dyson.” 

Three English Department professors presented papers at the Popular Cultural Association of the South Conference in New Orleans October 2-4, 2014. Dr. Kyle Bishop presented "The Last of Us and Mycological Zombies: The Digital Evolution of the Walking Dead." He also chaired the session "Playing with the Zombie." Professor Charla Strosser presented "Sherlock and the Case of the Feminist Fans." And Dr. Todd Petersen presented "From the iPhone to the Dinemagraphe: A Digital Return Non-Narrative Short Film."

The SUU Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society held a Literary Scavenger Hunt on September 30, 2014.

The annual SUU "Great Raft Debate: Who will survive for the sake of humanity?" was held September 23, 2014. English Professor Charla Strosser argued for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and English Department Chair Dr. Kyle Bishop argued the Devil's Advocate position.

The Department of English Fall Potluck Picnic was held September 16, 2014. at Canyon Park West. All English faculty, staff, majors, minors, and families were invited and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie. We finally got a day with beautiful weather!

On September 4, 2014, Dr. Bryce Christensen presented the SUU Distinguished Faculty Honor Lecture as part of the university's Convocations series. His topic was "Protecting the Magic: How Poetry Survives in a Scientific World." Lecture booklet

In May 2014, Dr. Kyle Bishop and Professor Toa Tawa from the SUU Department of English along with Professor Deborah Snider from the Art Department led a study abroad trip to New Zealand where they studied the Lord of the Rings literature and learned about New Zealand art and culture.

On May 12, 2014, students from ENGL 4140 and their professor Dr. Danielle Dubrasky traveled to Zion National Park to enhance their classwork on topics in creative writing including landscape and imagery.

A total of 36 English majors graduated from SUU May 2, 2014. English Major and Outstanding Student Valerie Owens was selected through a highly competitive process to speak during the university commencement ceremony. She spoke about "Continual Education and the Idea of the University of Experience." A reception was held for all English majors and their families that afternoon in the Braithwaite Building and then the Humanities and Social Sciences Commencement began at 4:30 in the Centrum.

Four SUU English majors were honored May 1, 2014 at the annual SUU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Awards Night. Outstanding English students included Valerie Owens (Overall Outstanding Student), Emeline Brown (Outstanding Literature Emphasis), Terysa Dyer (Outstanding Creative Writing Emphasis), and Sydney Roberts (Outstanding Education Emphasis).

A Department of English Spring Potluck Picnic was held Tuesday, April 29 - 5-7 p.m. at Canyon Park West. All English faculty, staff, majors, minors, and families were invited and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie in spite of the cold, windy weather. See photos on the Southern Utah University English Department Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/suu.english.

The Spring Scriblerian Reception featured winners from the English 1010 and 2010 writing competition. It was held April 23, 2014 at the Braithwaite Art Gallery. Expressive 1010: "No Pain, No Gain" by LoraLynn Jones (Dr. Simon); "Home" by Aljosha Speth (Professor Sorensen); Formal 1010: "College Students and Sleep Deprivation" by Lori Ransom (Professor Sterrantino); "Within the Written Word: the Value of Vampires" by Kaylee Petersen (Professor Sterrantino); Expressive 2010: "The Not So Big Game" by Sean Brandenberg (Professor Eagan); "Owl Land" by Megan Wesko (Professor Aton); Formal 2010: "Deforestation: More Than the Environment" by Lindsey Bracken (Professor Morrow); "Ever Texting Never Moving" by Ashton Jessup (Professor Sorensen). Each semester students from the English 1010 and 2010 classes submit essays for this competition sponsored by the SUU Writing Center.

The new 2014 Kolob Canyon Review was presented at a reception April 17, 2014 in the Sterling R. Church Auditorium at SUU. The annual publication features literature, artwork, and digital design projects from SUU students and faculty.

Ten English faculty members and 12 English majors were among hundreds of presenters at the annual SUU Festival of Excellence April 8, 2014. See English program.

English majors Elizabeth Burns, Terysa Dyer, Anna Preston, and Tristen Fagg presented their poetry projects as part of the Outdoor Education Series: Poetry of Constellations and Myths. They met in the Braithwaite Center Rooms 301 and 302 where their projects from their fall 2012 ENGL 3010-01: Intermediate Poetry Writing class are part of a permanent display.

The Fall 2013 Scriblerian awards ceremony was held December 6, 2013 in the Braithwaite Center Room 202. English 1010 and 2010 students submitted papers in "Expressive" and "Formal" categories. Winners were Tiffany Obray, Brett Baker, Heather Evans, Mariesa Miller, Amanda Vincent, J.S. Wayne, Christina Meikle, and Ana Sofia Weaver. Each semester students from the English 1010 and 2010 classes submit essays for this competition sponsored by the SUU Writing Center.

Congratulations to SUU English Education Majors who learned November 5, 2013 that they passed the Praxis II test that is required for teacher certification in Utah. Their scores were 15 to 25 points higher than the required score. Great job Zach Allred, Chelsea Jones-Crosby, Kristin Adams, Sydney Roberts, Malori Crossley, and Emily Moss! Also thanks to Dr. Lisa Arter for going above and beyond to help our students get on track to take the test and prepare for it.

The Sigma Tau Delta - Alpha Eta Nu English honor society members and guests enjoyed a Halloween Party October 31, 2013 in the Braithwaite Center Room 201.

ENGL 4510 students and their professor Dr. Jim Aton joined Craig Childs on a field trip to Zion National Park October 30, 2014 where they learned about writing in and about nature.

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:30 am in the Hunter Conference Center Great Hall there was a Convocations Lecture by Craig ChildsMore info... There was a reception in Whiting Room following reading.

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4 pm in the Hunter Conference Center - Charles Hunter Room there was a Panel Discussion: Literature and the Western Landscape II with Jim Aton, Greer Chesher, Craig ChildsMore info...

On Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Gerald R. Sherratt Library - Garden Level there was a reading by Laura Tohe and Michael SowderMore info... There was a reception and book signing at Artisans Gallery, 150 West Center Street, following the reading. It was co-sponsored by Friends of the Library, Artisan's Gallery, and Main Street Books.

On Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. in the Sharwan Smith Student Center - Starlight Room there was a Panel Discussion: Literature and the Western Landscape I with Emily Dean, Michael Sowder, Laura Tohe More info... Co-Sponsored by the Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning and Friends of the Library.

There was a lecture by biographer Dr. Jim Aton Thursday, October 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. about Jimmie Jones's Mexico period (as part of Jones's San Blas painting exhibit in the Braithwaite that started Sept. 11, 2013.

There was an SUU Student and Alumni Poetry Reading "A Collage of Poetry and Quilts: A Poetry and Art Exhibit" held during 2013 Homecoming Week nn Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. - at the Gerald R. Sherratt Library (Garden Level) More info... There was a rreception immediately following the reading. It was co-sponsored by Friends of the Library and SUU Alumni Relations.

A Department of English Fall Potluck Picnic was held Friday, October 4 - 5-7 p.m. at Canyon Park West. All English faculty, staff, majors, minors, and families were invited and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie in spite of the cold weather. See photos on the Southern Utah University English Department Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/suu.english.

Dr. Kyle Bishop represented the Humanities and Social Sciences College at SUU's Great Raft Debate September 12, 2013.

The new Writing Center Fellowship Program was featured in the September 5, 2013 issue of the University Journal and the on-line edition at suunews.com. Read the article here...

In July 2013, Dr. Kyle Bishop and Dr. Todd Petersen from the SUU Department of English led a study abroad program to Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England.