Getting Caught Up On Events from Late Last Semester

On the last day of class, members of Dr. Robin Inboden’s Victorian Arts & Society class got to take a trip into downtown Springfield to visit the Mast Mansion (Castle Knoll) to view Victorian architecture and to have a celebratory tea party for the end of the semester.

Local architect Lon Krider designed the mansion for Phineas and Anna Mast in 1882. Taking approximately three years to construct, the mansion has become a center for Victorian architecture in Springfield.

Students can find the Castle Knoll at 901 West High Street, right above the railroad tracks. Tours can be scheduled through Turner Foundation historian Kevin Rose. The mansion, however, is in deep construction to restore it to its grandeur from its days as a nursing home.

There is no set completion date as the Turner Foundation is also restoring other historic buildings in Springfield while working on the Mast Mansion.

Students in Inboden’s 354 got to sample a variety of teas as well as quaint sandwiches, scones, and hobnobs, all while wearing paper crowns, courtesy of Christmas crackers.



“I want to be valued, not valuable.”

Sponsored by the English Department, the Women’s Studies Program, and the Womyn’s Center, students and faculty gathered for a media discussion to talk about the popular book and Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale, late last semester.

Students and faculty discussed differences between the series and the book, the premise of The Handmaid’s Tale and its purpose in today’s society, prevalent sexism and the forms it may come in, critical remarks, analysis of important characters, societal parallels, and how current issues may connect to the tale.

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Susan Denaker, is a dystopian tale of a woman, Offred, who is forced to become a handmaid, also known as a sexual slave that is required to bear children for those who are infertile. The woman in this world, specifically the handmaids, are incredibly oppressed and suffer various tortures, such as the gouging of eyes, mutilation, and rape. This a world in which women have been stripped of all rights and are no longer valued as respectable human beings.

While dystopian literature can be an entertaining work of fiction, it can be easy for the material to hit close to home. Some readers even avoid dystopian literature because the content feels too real to them, almost like a cautionary tale of what is to come. Many feel it is better to avoid the genre until society itself feels safer. However, it is important to note that while creating the tale, the producers did not want to include anything that was not already happening to women elsewhere. This means that while some are avoiding the genre for being “too real,” for others this is their reality, a reality they do not have the luxury of avoiding.

The book and the series seem to be telling the same story, but with a different purpose. While they both are created in an era of uncertainty, the Hulu series can be described as more of an inspirational tale, as the female characters are more empowered early on.

The Handmaid’s Tale is a true push between religion and science, where one may question what happens when science fails us and we turn back to religion. In a world where the reasoning behind infertility is blurred, religion becomes an anchor with an extremist mentality. It is a religion of subjugating women based on biblical text, as they are expendable and not meant to be valued – emphasizing Offred’s quote of, “I want to valued, not valuable.”

With parallels between pro-life and the Net Neutrality act – a form of controlling the media and who may have access to it – some may wonder if a tale like this is truly dystopian, if it is truly an impossibility, and if we doing this to ourselves already?

-Written by Nikki Howard, ’20


Weightlifting: A Reflection on Dr. Cynthia Richards’ Sabbatical

When I first was asked to reflect on my sabbatical, I decided on what I thought was the perfect metaphor for my reflection—weightlifting. I had just started weightlifting with my 16 year-old-son. He is an advocate of the practice, and quick to point out that it has benefits for everyone. Not long after, I heard about how both Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Hillary Clinton have personal trainers who insist on strength exercises, including pushups and curls. I set as my goal a chin-up by Christmas and imagined concluding this reflection by noting that I had met my goal. But about three weeks in, I suffered a painful groin injury and found myself completely incapacitated. (I will never read Uncle Toby from Tristram Shandy quite the same again.) So, I begin my essay with this acknowledgement of failure rather than an uplifting story of my success.

Still, weightlifting works as a metaphor for my sabbatical, and perhaps even more so now that my endeavor has only proven partially successful. It still helped me connect to my son, for example, and understand the allure of this practice. It also remains an apt metaphor for what sabbaticals are for: lifting some of the weight of the work, strengthening scholarly muscles, or just finding another way of staying energized and connected to the world. Sabbaticals are a way of coming back to the work one loves stronger and fitter, but also humbled by a new project. It also makes me feel reconnected to my students and how a liberal arts education requires us to learn new skills and master new disciplines. I become a student again. Taking on a task as totally alien as weightlifting was a good reminder of how strange writing an academic essay can feel to a first-year student or how daunting completing a 25-page-thesis can be for a senior.

This sabbatical, I was a student of early modern trauma. For anyone studying with me over the last few years, you will know that this not a new subject for me. It was first fueled by an interest in war in the eighteenth century, and then more specifically the Restoration poet John Wilmot’s combat experience in the Second Anglo Dutch War, and how he never really recovered from the loss he experienced there. Trauma theory had helped me reimagine his seemingly nihilistic satires as witty attempts to work through his grief after witnessing two of his comrades die by one cannonball at the age of 19.

This sabbatical, however, that focus became more disciplined. In August, an UK historian and I secured a book contract with the University of Nebraska Press for an edited collection of essays on how modern trauma theory applies to the early modern period. What felt most exciting to me about this project was how it could defamiliarize historical suffering, reframe it as sudden and unexpected and difficult to assimilate rather than the way we typically view historical loss as normative and constant.

My own essay in the volume focuses on the representation of female trauma during the late seventeenth century. If we imagine suffering as normative during the early modern period, female suffering was even more so, so unremarkable as to become aestheticized. In fact, nearly every critical study I read on early modern trauma focused on the image of Lavinia in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and how her mutilated body functions as an emblem of loss itself. No one had yet to explore what her suffering meant to “her” rather than what it meant to writers, such as Shakespeare, who use her image to explore the complex nature of the male psyche.

My own chapter then focused on a poem by Aphra Behn called “The Disappointment,” and then brought me back to a work that has long occupied my thinking, her final novella and early slave narrative, Oroonoko; or the Royal Slave. In both these works, Behn found ways to name suffering precisely where our western canon wanted to deny it existed: in female sexuality and in the use of black male and female bodies to promote white projects of advancement. Trauma theory allowed me to “remember” that long after Behn learned of Oroonoko’s execution by dismemberment her own memories would be triggered by accounts of physical vulnerability and loss. That she would seek to “work through” this grief and hence would have delayed writing down his story, and that when she encountered stark images of male vulnerability and loss in a genre otherwise known for its bravado and word play—the male-authored imperfect enjoyment poem—she would find unexpected pathos there. Trauma theory also allowed me to read her entry into that genre—”The Disappointment”—as an expose of how female trauma is never recognized because female pleasure is never acknowledged. Her poem, then, ends abruptly and atypically, without physical recovery for the male, and her female figure flees while her female narrator tells us that she can imagine the woman’s pain, and challenges us to do the same.

Behn’s challenge to her readers unexpectedly resonated with the #metoo movement that also emerged during my sabbatical and which my sabbatical gave me time to reflect on. In this movement, “readers” are also asked to imagine pain—that of harassment in the workplace, for example—which was once viewed as normative and instead recognize it as loss—the loss of bodily autonomy, of dignity, and even of one’s career ambitions. This movement represents just the type of belated naming that trauma theory has taught us to recognize as powerful and imperfect, but necessary to healing and to lifting the weight of our histories and of history itself.

So, weightlifting did indeed prove the right metaphor for my sabbatical, although I doubt I will ever manage a chin up. It has helped me understand the world around me a little better, given me new tools for reading the literature I teach, and a renewed appreciation for what matters in my work and for how necessary sabbaticals are for naming that.

Need A New Book to Read Over Winter Break? Here’s Some Faculty-Recommended Books

The English Department’s professors all have one thing in common: their love of books.

As winter break approaches, some of the English Department’s professors have provided a list of their current favorite books, or ones they think students should read over break.

Lori Askeland:

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

I would suggest the book I am currently reading, Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which is an extraordinary study. It’s making me re-think how I will teach The Scarlet Letter this spring.

The Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

I just finished reading Louise Erdrich’s most recent novel, The Future Home of the Living God, which is a very intriguing Native American, dystopian novel that involves adoption, which is a key area of interest for me.

Lord Peter Wimsey novels by Dorothy L. Sayers

I also think everyone should read Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey novels.

His Dark Materials novels by Phillip Pullman

And I have a rather new guilty pleasure in young adult/fantasy novels, in these uncertain times — I re-read all of the Harry Potter books which I hadn’t read since my kids were young, but I also just completed the Phillip Pullman His Dark Materials books, including the just released prequel The Book of Dust, which I quite liked.

Sha’Dawn Battle:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I am planning to finally dive into Colson Whitehead’s new novel, The Underground Railroad. Its title is somewhat telling: it’s a novel that illuminates, I’ll bet in true Whitehead fashion, a haunting blemish on the American historical record.

Sarah Bay:

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

It’s a graphic novel memoir of a girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran.


Robin Inboden:

Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt

It’s a kind of literary mystery, with a group of modern scholars hot on the trail of a previously unknown relationship between two major Victorian poets. There’s third-person narration, a diary, a set of correspondence, some faux-Victorian poems, and more. It’s brain-candy of the highest order.

Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron

For sheer escapist fun, Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen mysteries are a hoot. They purport to be the discovered secret journals of Jane’s own life as an amateur sleuth. Fair warning: it’s hard to read just one. Start with The Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery.

Rick Incorvati:

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwalds

With the events in Ferguson, Missouri, with all the stories of police excesses that followed, and with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the phrase “implicit bias” has made its way into our headlines. This book by a couple of the leading researchers on the topic offers an interesting and readable account of the ways our minds rush to judgments — often to the detriment of people who don’t look like us, talk like us, love like us, and/or worship like us.

Between the World and Me by Ta’Nehisi Coates

I imagine this book is on other folks’ lists (Dr. Askeland has been an avid reader of Coates for a while). This open letter from a black father to his teenage son is a powerful essay on the experience of race in our day. Toni Morrison says, “This is a required reading.”

Mike Mattison:

Feed by M.T. Anderson

I’ve been using it in English 101 for a couple of years, and though it’s a young adult novel, it’s a good, provocative read (and can be done in a day or so). How much does technology affect our lives, and how much could it? If you’re someone who is attached to their cell phone, this book asks how far you might take that attachment. Would you choose to be permanently hooked up to the internet?

Michael McClelland:

Love is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski

This book showed me that poetry can be relevant, moving, outrageous and fun. Bukowski is cynical and wise, wild as a three-day party, down-to-earth as the ground beneath your feet. He writes about the great joys, pains and mysteries of life, all couched in narrative poems about drinking, sex, classical music and good times at the race track. Get the book, read a few each day, and watch you preconceptions about poetry toddle off into Bukowski’s smoke-filled night.

Kate Polak:

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers’ The Circle will make you rethink using social media.

Costume Highlight Reel from Literary Halloween Party

This past Tuesday, the English Department, along with members of SAGE, hosted the annual Literary Halloween Party. Students and faculty had the option to dress as a literary character or author for colloquium credit; or, they could simply dress up just to dress up.

Here are some of this year’s costume highlights:


Clockwise, from left to right: Town Mouse and Country Mouse from Aesop’s Fables (Emma Stogsdill and Sierra Sanchez), Frankenstein Creation (Ashlee Eckenroe), Literary Mash-Up (Dr. Lori Askeland), Woman in Black from Susan Hill’s Woman in Black (Stephanie McGregor), Jonny Cade from The Outsiders and Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Katie Hodson), Giraffe from Giraffe (Nikki Howard), Alice from Alice in Wonderland (Emma Kilpatrick), Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games (Megan Winters), Inigo Montaya from The Princess Bride (Drew Pool), and Nancy Drew(s) from Nancy Drew (Kailey Mau and Samantha Reynolds).

Writing Center Advisors Travel to NYC to Present Research from 242 Email Exchange

Over Fall Break, three Wittenberg Writing Center advisors teamed up with two tutors from Elon University to present “It’s Up to You! Practicing the Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback.”


Here are both Elon and Wittenberg students and their advisors following a successful presentation.

The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) took place from Thursday, October 12th through Saturday, October 14th. Elon and Wittenberg presented in a collaboration-style format early Friday morning to a crowd of about twenty at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Originally, the five advisors had a full block of 75 minutes to present, but due to the amount of proposals received, the presentation slot was dropped to 20 minutes to accommodate three separate presentations into one 75 minute slot.

Here is the proposal originally sent into Hofstra that the five advisors tailored both their overall and personal reactions to through their presentation:

Of the strategies writing center tutors use to engage students in their writing, providing direct feedback is one of the most useful and the most challenging. This presentation describes an exchange between two writing centers designed to prepare tutors to deliver written feedback. What were our experiences like as readers, responders, recipients, and writers? What did we learn about receiving feedback and responding to writing that we have incorporated into our work as tutors?


Dr. Mattison was quick to snap a photo of the five presenting at Hofstra on Friday. From left to right: Ryan, Jenn, Sawyer (Elon), Jamie (Elon), and Shane.


Each advisor spoke for roughly 3-4 minutes, each choosing to focus on a different sub-topic about the email exchange as a whole. Sub-topics ranged from immediate personal reactions to the visual effect of comments on a page to translating the pros of a face-to-face session into an email session.

Here are two advisor’s reactions to both the presentation and the conference:



I spent my portion of the presentation discussing my personal reaction to the ‘experiment,’ as I had been rather disappointed in the disconnect between what I asked the Elon advisor to look at within my paper as to what I received back at the conclusion of the exchange. She had barely left 7-8 comments, and none of them focused on what I had asked her to focus on.

When I gave comments to my student for the exchange, I’ll be the first to admit, I left a lot of comments, but I focused on what she wanted me to, and I felt that each comment would be helpful as she looked to revise. I also made it very clear at the beginning of her paper that I feel multiple comments on a paper to be more useful than mentioning something once and never pointing it out again throughout the rest of the paper.

As I looked through some of my classmate’s reactions to the exchange, I noticed a lot of us were either intimidated by the amount of comments, or disappointed in a lack of comments that they received back from the exchange. When we thought about email exchanges in the context of our 242 class, we tried to balance praise, suggestion, and direct corrections while also attempting to give as many possible comments that would enable the writer to progress in revision without having that face-to-face dialect as a normal session. Because Elon does not have email sessions, they appeared to translate a face-to-face session directly into the email session, which didn’t translate as well as they had wanted it to.

In conclusion of our results, I suggested a new way of going about email sessions to make sure that students got the comments they desired from an email session. Now, when students go to make an appointment on wconline, there is a box where students can go into more depth about the comments they’d like to receive on their papers, without advisors just having one drop-down menu topic to go off of throughout the paper.

The presentation went swimmingly, I must say, and getting to present was a really unique opportunity, especially with this being my first semester in the Writing Center. I’m hoping to write an article regarding this experience, and I’m hoping to begin research on another project in the coming weeks.

I strongly encourage anyone, regardless of what they’re involved in, to present at some kind of conference. The feedback you get from the presentation and the feeling of actually presenting something you worked very hard on is unparalleled in terms of experiences. – Jenn Ryan, ’19

Throughout my experience at the NCPTW in New York, I was impressed with the number and diversity of ideas presented at the conference. As far as writing centers go, I realized how lucky we are to have the space that we have here at Witt, and how lucky we are to have the positive and relaxed environment that we have. Although Wittenberg is a relatively small university, our space is large compared even to other larger universities, and the amenities that we have are well above par.

What became clear to me as I looked at the spaces that other centers had, and aspects that we like to emphasize in our center, is the importance of the visual appearance of the space, and creating a welcoming yet still academic environment for all students here at Witt. Whether it’s the superhero posters on the wall, the ever-present gumball machine, or the friendly faces that greet you when you walk in, there is just something about our center that exudes our core beliefs about the most effective ways to advise writers.

Although I did get some new ideas for how to improve our center space even more, my time at the conference provided me with the ability to step back and observe where our center stands on the spectrum of several important factors that make a writing center successful in advising writers, and I believe that we have done and are continuing to provide a great space for writers to work. – Shane Harris, ’20

IMG_9523All three Wittenberg students received grants from NCPTW. Jenn received a Burkean Parlor Award while Ryan Probst, ’20, and Shane Harris received Registration & Grub Awards.

While at the conference, the three got to meet two of the coauthors of one of the textbooks they had encountered in their 242 class, Melissa Ianetta and Lauren Fitzgerald.


Jenn, Ryan, and Shane enjoy at meal at a Brazilian restaurant in NYC.


The trio met Oxford Guide coauthors Melissa Ianetta and Lauren Fitzgerald.

Ohio Magazine Custom Media Provide Valuable Internship Tips for Students

Yesterday, Ohio Magazine Custom Media presented to a group of English and communication majors in a lecture about publishing, and more importantly, how to be a successful intern.

The world of publishing, according to Claudia Plumley, is universal.

Both Managing Editor Plumley and Assistant Editor Kelsey Wagner have been working for Ohio Magazine Custom Media for the past couple of years. Wagner began her career with Ohio Magazine after first landing an internship. Plumley had a hole to fill in the year after Wagner’s internship ended, so she decided to bring her onto the job full time.

Wagner’s determination and dedication to her job as not only a writer but an editor helped her to successfully land the job at Ohio Magazine following the conclusion of her internship.

Because of Wagner’s recent background as a student, she was eager to answer questions from students and faculty regarding real-life situations, and good tips for working through an internship. One of the more important tips for an internship, Plumley stressed, was to be not only a good writer, but to be an even better editor.

While students are still in college, Plumley and Wagner suggest taking every class that involves different methods of writing. One of Wagner’s most helpful classes as a student at The Ohio State University was a business writing course, which helped her to be as concise as possible with her writing. The two also suggested being thoroughly involved with the school newspaper and taking a graphic design class, which will help students visualize their story on the page, even if the design doesn’t end up exactly as you pictured.

Plumley and Wagner also talked about what Ohio Magazine Custom Media produces throughout the year, including two of their more prominent publications, including Long Weekends, which features the Great Lakes region, and Ohio Magazine, which features some of Ohio’s hidden gems of food, travel, and much more.

Ohio Magazine also does custom productions, which are the numerous publications, upwards to a total of sixty-seventy publications, outside of their two more prominent publications.

The Ohio Magazine website states:

Ohio Magazine serves energetic and involved Ohioans by providing award-winning stories and photographs highlighting Ohio’s people, history, towns, food and travel destinations.

We’ve been around for nearly 40 years, capturing the beauty, the adventure and the fun of life in the Buckeye State, and we want to be your resource for experiencing all that Ohio has to offer.

Whether you’re looking for great recipes, insightful profiles or a guide to some of our state’s most popular attractions, we’ve got you covered. We also tap into the spirit of our state through history features, lifestyle stories and our annual Best Hometowns issue, which recognizes outstanding communities throughout the state.

To students who may begin looking for internships in the near future, Plumley suggested finding something where you not already have some skill-set for the position, but that you can consistently learn from. Receiving feedback at an internship is potentially the most important aspect of participating in an internship.

Students can visit Ohio Magazine Custom Media’s website here, and can look at their page about internships here. Wittenberg’s Career Services department is also available to help during an internship hunt, and students can view that page here.

Meet the Members of SAGE

The English Department’s most prestigious group, SAGE, has added a great number of new faces this semester.

SAGE, or Student Advisory Group for English, is a group of committed English majors that serve as the unified student voice of the English department at Wittenberg University. We mean to act as a liaison between the English department faculty and personnel and Wittenberg’s English students in advising on certain policy changes and other official matters. We also task ourselves with spreading awareness of the many things Wittenberg’s English department provides for its students and creating programming that both generates a presence for the English department on campus and brings the students and faculty closer together in our shared pursuit of knowledge of English literature and writing. Additionally, we assist with academic showcasing for prospective students in presenting what the Wittenberg English department has to offer.”

Here is a little introduction to the English Department’s 2017-2018 members of SAGE:


Hi, my name is Alexis Gallion and I am a junior English and Theatre double major. I love reading (of course) and watching Lord of the Rings on repeat. I am also involved in Wittenberg’s wonderful theatre department, as well as our campus’s Shakespeare Society. I joined SAGE because I saw an opportunity to work with different members of the English department to create an even more wonderful program. Our English department does an incredible job with bringing literature and writing to life, and I wanted to help facilitate that. Choosing only one English class is incredibly difficult, as all professors are fantastic and being new concepts to each individual course. That stated, I loved my British Literary Genealogies course (which is required by the major) with Dr. Cynthia Richards. – Co-President Lexi Gallion, ’19



Hi everyone! My name is Jenn and I am a junior English major with creative writing and journalism minors. In my free time, you’ll probably see me running up and down campus to tie up loose ends for The Torch, scribbling down notes for eventual poems and short stories, or actively cheering on my hometown hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. To those looking for a good English class, Dr. Cynthia Richards’ “The Darkness Within” was by far the best English class I have ever taken here at Wittenberg. Although it was offered as an Honors class, it is something students can’t pass up if she decides to offer it again. The texts we read in class and the discussions we had about them were unbelievable: the conversation never lulled. Plus, Dr. Richards became a mom to all of us, so take a class from her before you graduate! I decided to join SAGE as a sophomore to get as involved in the English Department as I could, and now I am so intertwined with the English Department that it’s crazy (a crazy-good thing, I promise). SAGE helps me to give back to the students and faculty in the English Department, and to help provide opportunities for students to learn and grow even further than just taking English classes during their time at Wittenberg. I’m super excited to be co-presidents with Lexi this year. I don’t know where this journey is going to take us, but I can’t wait to find out! – Co-President Jenn Ryan, ’19


























Hello! My name is Logan Bliss, a senior English major here at Witt. I love to slowly walk through the, what seems like, a forest of trees and color on campus. I love to watch the sun drop from the sky in the early evening as I read in the dusk of the Hollow. I also enjoy sitting and writing anywhere and everywhere. My friendships also enrich my life from day-to-day, and for that I am so grateful. I joined SAGE because I wanted to put my voice and face more across this campus—considering I’m like Spider-man with his mask on most of the time. The English major has transformed my life and made me who I am, I just want to give back to it somehow. I’d deeply recommend taking Dr. Bob Davis’ 300 level class about the Beat Generation—a generation of lost, romantic souls that still have yet to be found. Let Davis’ voice trail across the voices and words of the Beats and see what you learn. Life is too short to not try, right? That’s all I got. Until I see you reading in the library again,
– Logan Bliss, ’18


Hello! My name is Anissa Dann and I am a senior English major with double minors in communication and journalism. When I am not reading and writing for school, I enjoy watching terribly made period age dramas, dabbling in graphic design, and working out. I joined SAGE because I have always loved the English Department community and I also enjoy being over-involved! I would definitely suggest that anyone interested in an English major should take Beat Literature with Dr. Davis before they graduate; it will change the way you think. – Anissa Dann, ’18


Hello! My name is Kailey Mau. I’m an English major with minors in Education and German. I plan to graduate from Witt with a Bachelor’s Degree in the English-Language Arts AYA (Adolescent Young Adult) program so I can teach 7-12 English. I am a coffee and chocolate addicted senior who enjoys reading, creative writing, and watching Netflix in my spare time. I joined SAGE because I care about the English department and I hope to keep the English major one of the best programs on campus. I have been fortunate enough to take an amazing mixture of courses through the department; however, one class I highly recommend is Dr. Inboden’s “Women in Literature.” We read novels like Persuasion and Jane Eyre, in addition to a collection of poems by Eavan Boland. To finish off the year, we had a tea party at the Mast Mansion in Springfield, which was an exciting way to end the semester before winter break. Though all of the English classes I’ve taken during my four years have been meaningful, this is one I would take again in a heartbeat! – Kailey Mau, ’18
































Lexie is a junior English and communication double major. She is the Recruitment and Marking Vice President of Alpha Delta Pi and a Writing Center Advisor. – Lexus Cole, ’19


My name is Kristen Feigel and I am a junior English/Theatre double major with a minor in secondary education. I love to read, write, act and direct plays, watch movies, and hang out with friends. I joined SAGE to get to know the people and to better know everything that happens within the department. I highly recommend taking a class with Dr. Mattison, if possible; the content is always relevant and I always leave his classes asking more questions than I had when class started. – Kristen Feigel, ’20
















Hi, my name is Emma Stogsdill and I am a junior majoring in English and environmental science. I am really passionate about marching band, drum corps, and especially color guard (if y’all know what that is), and I love cute animals. I joined SAGE to be a part of something on campus, to get closer with my classmates in the English Department, and to help out other English majors as well as potential incoming English majors. I am currently having a blast taking Advanced Poetry Writing with Dr. Polak and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys poetry in the slightest. – Emma Stogsdill, ’20

Erykah Andrews, '20

Hey everyone! My name is Erykah Andrews and I am a sophomore majoring in English and minoring in Education. I love music! I play the viola in the Wittenberg Orchestra. I also enjoy reading and writing in my free time and going on adventures with my friends! I decided to become an English major when I took English 101 my freshman year with Dr. Askeland. I would recommend that class to incoming students because it isn’t only a general education requirement, but you learn a lot about writing essays, which will prepare for the years to come, and you also learn a lot about your strengths and weaknesses in your writing skills. I joined SAGE because my professor and advisor, Dr. Askeland, recommended me. I love being a part of SAGE and the English Department and I hope to help incoming freshmen and upperclassmen who want to be English majors go in the right direction. SAGE is a way for me to give back to my school and dedicate myself to my major. GO TIGERS! – Erykah Andrews, ’20



























I’m Reese Harper, and I’m a sophomore English and (hopefully, if I can get my life together) psychology double major with a creative writing minor. On campus I’m involved in many of Wittenberg’s writing outlets, APO service fraternity, and I’m a new member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority… so all that keeps me busy enough. I also play guitar in my free time and I like to read, of course. I joined SAGE because I’ve heard many good experiences about it from upperclassmen and wanted to become more involved in the English Department. As for one class I would recommend, I have to go with Beginning Creative Writing. Even if you aren’t into creative writing, I think creative writing classes strengthen your writing in general by focusing more on how to convey specific emotions or ideas–it blends into many areas beyond just poetry, short stories, etc., improving writing in more structured disciplines as well. – Reese Harper, ’20


As an English major, I tend to do a lot of reading – more specifically poetry, as it is my favorite of the arts. Along with this, I write a tremendous amount in my free time. Writing is undoubtedly a past time I take great care in. However, there is only so much you can do behind the wondrous canvas of a notebook. Therefore, I joined SAGE as a way to become more involved within the English department. I highly encourage prospective English majors to indulge in the Literary Form and Interpretation course with Dr. Davis. The course has allowed my writing to breathe and flourish under his instruction. If one desires to find a new light in the work of others, as well as breathe life into their own writing, Literary Form and Interpretation would be an amiable first step. – Nikki Howard, ’20





















My name is Carly Schneider and I am a sophomore. I’m majoring in English and Sociology (but don’t ask me to pick a favorite). I enjoy writing, reading a good story, and discovering new pieces of myself… like the part of me that likes to paint but isn’t too good at it. I joined SAGE to assist the English Department in whatever ways I can. Amazing things do not happen unless people work together to make them happen. I like to help out wherever I can with the things I love. For future English majors, I recommend taking Beginning Creative Writing. I am currently in the class and can already say that I am learning to appreciate writing in new ways. It forces you to step outside your comfort zone and I believe that pushing your boundaries is what college is all about. – Carly Schneider, ’20


My name is Clay Waidelich and I am a sophomore English major as well as an Education minor. I enjoy keeping up on all Cleveland sports and reading in my free time. I joined SAGE because it is a great opportunity to help develop the department. My highest class recommendation would be English 280 with Dr. Invorvati. – Clay Waidelich, ’20