Monday, October 20, 2014

This Thursday

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 Picnic

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome back picnic!

This photo was taken at the 2013 Welcome Back Picnic.
Or it is "Picnic at Bedford Hills" (1918) by Florine Stettheimer.  
Dr. Murphy writes: "Don’t forget the Welcome Back Picnic is next week, Thursday September 11 from 430-6p. Please sign-up outside the 301 office in HM, so we know how much food to get. You can also sign-up to bring side dishes if you’d like. For now, we have burgers, all beef hotdogs and veggie patties on the grill menu.

"Please bring outdoor activities like Frisbee, too, if you have them!

"Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Students and families are welcome."

Veggie patties:  woo hoo!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Literati and Sigma Tau Delta are Coming!

"And we are opening the gates" (1922) by Nicholas Roerich
Literati, the student organization housed  in the English and Languages department that helps with mentoring, the welcome back picnic, recruiting, seminars, poetry readings, and other such activities, is having the FIRST meeting Thursday, August 28 @ noon in HM 345.  We’ll eat (free) pizza and plan the Fall semester’s activities.  Feel free to come on time or  between classes and get to know us!

Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, will be having its first meeting of the fall semester at 2 p.m. Friday, September 5th in the Academic Engagement Center (Faust 159). Subsequent meetings in the fall semester will also be scheduled for the first Friday of each month through December.

Whether you are an STD frequent flier or you’ve never had the pleasure of attending one of our meetings, we hope you’ll find a way to work us into your schedule if you enjoy talking about fiction, poetry, drama, film, ideas, and other topics of literary interest—whether you are an English major or not.  And if you know someone who is not on this mailing list but might like to be, invite them to give STD a try in September. 

Which student organization event should you attend?  BOTH! 

Conference Alert

Dr. Murphy writes:  "This is a great opportunity for you to share your work with other undergraduates in a scholarly atmosphere that’s not too stuffy.  Please check out the link below and feel free to come to me for help.  We had 5 students present last year.  Let’s try to double that!"

The Language and Linguistics Student ConferenceSaturday, November 15, 2014Nigh University CenterUniversity of Central Oklahoma (Edmond)

“Students engaging, transforming, and empowering students”

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014
Acceptance notification: Monday, October 6, 2014
Registration deadline: Monday, October 20, 2014
The Language and Linguistics Student Conference (LLSC) is now accepting submissions. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for individual presentations and organized panels. Individual presentations should be 12 to 15 minutes. Panel presenters may select a 50- or 65-minute time block. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to, relationships between and among language, linguistics, and their many applications in
  • natural and artificial languages
  • indigenous languages
  • extinct and endangered languages
  • American Sign Language
  • speech pathology and hearing sciences
  • language and cognition
  • theoretical and applied linguistics
  • structural, semantic, or phonological analyses
  • comparative grammars
  • discourse/text analyses
  • rhetoric, the arts, literature, and the humanities
  • academic, pedagogical, cultural, and sociological constructs
SUBMISSIONS should be sent as an email attachment in MS Word format to by Monday, September 22, 2014. Late submissions are not guaranteed consideration for presentation. Please include the title of the presentation at the top of the abstract without any personal identifying information; however, please include identifying information in the body of the email message.
  • INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS should consist of a titled abstract of no more than 150 words.
  • PANEL SUBMISSIONS should be sent as a single document containing the title of the panel, a description of the panel's focus of no more than 200 words. If appropriate, panelists may submit a 150-word titled abstract along with the panel submission.
PRESENTATIONS may be readings or visual presentations. Please note: PowerPoint presentations only and must be PC compatible. PowerPoint must be delivered via flash drive. Internet connection is not guaranteed. No poster presentations will be accepted. Authors must currently be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in at least three credit hours at an accredited college or university or must have graduated with a degree no earlier than December 2013.
PRESENTERS are eligible to submit a written copy of their conference presentation to be considered for the Dr. Amy Carrell Outstanding Achievement Award. The recipient of this prestigious award will be recognized at the conference and their paper will be published in the LLSC proceedings edition of the ScissorTale Review as the award-winning entry. Submission details and deadlines will be provided in the Abstract Acceptance Notification email.
PRESENTERS can also submit a written copy of their conference presentation to be considered for publication in the LLSC proceedings edition of the ScissorTale Review, the University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of English online student journal: Instructions for submission and further details will be provided in the Abstract Acceptance Notification email.
REGISTRATION includes the conference luncheon, tote bag, and access to all conference events.
QUESTIONS regarding abstracts or presentations may be directed to

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

The English and Languages Department banquet is Wednesday, April 16th at 6 pm, and it will be held here on campus. A sign-up sheet is posted outside 301HM. Flyers have been posted throughout the building. We need a seat-count by the end of the week or early next. The ticket price is $10. Students can pay for their ticket in 301HM as well.

Conferencing 2013-2014

The following students represented ECU's Department of English and Languages well by attending and presenting papers at conferences during the 2013-2014 academic year. Chapeau!
"Wings of Victory" by Erte (1892-1990)
Honors Thesis:
Jaime Worden
Macy McDonald

Research Day:
Amria Norman
Molly Trimmer
Amber Huffman
Kerri Wheat

Southwest Popular and American Culture Conference:
Macy McDonald
Robert Darling

Jaime Worden
Amria Norman

Language and Linguistics Graduate and Undergraduate Student Conference:
Macy McDonald
Jaime Worden
Robert Darling
Jennifer Wingard
Joshua McNeeley

Alpha Chi Conference:
Macy McDonald

South Central Writing Centers Association:
Tori Watson

Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English:
Kelsea Rabe
Matt McCreary
Miranda Rosenberger
Charlynn Estes

Kayci Snider
Courtney White
Brittany Schooling
Sarah Snow
Mayson Husband
Jasmine Quinonez
Cara Gaddy
Rodney Weaverling

Central Association of Russian Teachers of America (CARTA) Conference:
Marissa Hinton
Trevor Spradling
Brooklyn Stevenson
Taylor Alford
Yin Lai
Sisi Deng
Andrea Randriananaga

Monday, April 7, 2014

Originals is here!

"War News from Mexico, 1848" by Richard Caton Woodville.

The 2014 Originals have arrived. Each contributor receives one free copy. All others are $5.00. Please help us spread the word and sell a copy or two to your friends and family.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It's Time

Learning Walk (2005) by Jacek Yanka
This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.
Submit your best work for the English Department Best Essay Awards

Best Essay in a Freshman Composition Course
Best Essay in a Humanities Course
Best Essay in a Literature Course
Best Essay in a Writing Course
Best Essay in a Language Course

Each entry must have been written for a class since March 2013. Each essay should include a cover page that lists
• author’s name
• contact information
• title of the essay
• course and professor for which the essay was written
Please do not list your name on any pages after the cover page.

Submit entries to Dr. Sarah Peters at or Horace Mann 335A

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Open Mic

"Next Monday, March 10 @ 3:30 -430 in Boswell Chapel, Literati is sponsoring an Open Mic for all creative writers. So, bring your poetry, your short stories, flash fiction and even music and share it with other like-minded souls. There won’t be food or drink, just words and an audience. Feel free to bring something to read that has inspired you if you’re not writing right now.

"See you there!


Thursday, February 20, 2014