College of Arts and Sciences

Spring Break Highlights Spring 2019

1. Our English faculty are utilizing their spring breaks wisely! Jose Fernandez and Tim Helwig are seen outside of Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City. Dr. Helwig bought Colson Whitehead's "The Intuitionist" and Dr. Fernandez got Viet Nguyen's "The Sympathizer."

Spring Break Highlights Spring 2019



2. One of our magazines, SITREP: Veteran Perspectives on Combat and Peace, recently received a grant from the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts to publish its fifth volume! See previous volumes on their website:

This publication is also supported through WIU Foundations’ private donors. English faculty Barbara Lawhorn and Jacque Wilson are co-advisors. Our editors are WIU alumni Ryan Bronaugh (Managing and Fiction); Chris Bell (Non-Fiction) and Ian Covington (Poetry). Jennifer Hoenig is serving as our WIU student-intern.


3. Our English professor Dr. Mark Mossman taught the first college-level English course at Cambridge High School in Fall 2017. Since then, we've had more English faculty teaching there including Dr. Chris Morrow and Dr. Dan Barclay. "This is a great experience for the Cambridge students and for our faculty as students get to work directly with a University professor, and we have the opportunity to connect in a meaningful way with these local students in our community," said Mossman. "In these terms, what this kind of academic programming demonstrates is a very real commitment by WIU to making higher education more accessible in our region."