College of Arts and Sciences

Student Organizations

WIU students participate in a wide variety of activities within the student organizations listed below.

African American Literary Society (AALS)

  • All students are welcome - particularly those who love reading and writing short stories, essays, plays, and poetry.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pat Young

English Graduate Organization (EGO)

  • Advocacy, networking, professional development, and social events for English graduate students.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Roberta Di Carmine

Film Club

  • Students who appreciate international, independent, and Hollywood cinema.
  • Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Roberta Di Carmine

Interdisciplinary English and the Arts Society (IDEAS)

  • IDEAS is an organization created by and for undergraduate and graduate students at Western Illinois University-QC who are interested in English, the Arts and humanities.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Everett Hamner

Leland Essay Contest

  • The Leland Essay Contest rewards the best writers in the  Western Writing Program . All students in ENG 100, 180, 280, and GH 101 are eligible to enter. This year we are adding a fifth category: multimodal writing. Contest winners are published online and used as readings in many composition courses. Winners in each category get a monetary prize


  • Students can assist with creating, editing, printing, and publishing in one or more of the English department's magazines!

Sigma Tau Delta (STD)

  • Our Phi Delta chapter of the International English Honor Society. Active in many department events!
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Timothy Helwig

The Reading Room Series

  • Faculty and students share their poetry and prose at monthly readings in the Simpkins Reading Room.
  • Faculty Advisor: Barb Lawhorn