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 act as a liaison between the English department faculty and personnel and Wittenberg’s English students, 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 2018-2019 members of SAGE:

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Hello! My name is Lexi and I am a senior English and Theatre double major. When I am on campus I am involved in different plays on campus, Kappa Delta sorority, and as one of the presidents for SAGE. I wanted to major in English due to my love for literature and writing, and I wanted to connect these passions into my future careers. My favorite class so far has to be Dr. Kate Polak’s “Disaster, Catastrophe, and Havoc,” and if it is offered again, I definitely recommend checking it out. Some of my other favorite English-things is the “What Can You Do With and English Major” colloquium event, as it is an opportunity for people to figure out different paths they can take with their English degree after they graduate from Wittenberg. It is so wonderful to see my peers after Wittenberg succeed in life with the tools gathered from their time here. And finally, one of my favorite books of all time has to be A Court of Mist and Fury from Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It’s a beautiful story of love, loss, and triumph over demons both mental and physical in a fantasy world. It’s very well written and the characters have really incredible arcs. 10/10 would recommend. – Co-President Lexi Gallion, ’19

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Hello everyone! My name is Jenn and I am a senior English major with Creative Writing and Journalism minors. This is my second year as SAGE Co-President alongside Lexi, and I am truly excited to have this leadership opportunity again. Here at Witt, I’m involved in way too many things to mention, but some of my favorites include working in the Writing Center, being the Editor-in-Chief of The Torch, serving as a senior representative on the Matthies Advisory Board, and working for the English Department, a.k.a., writing these blog posts! When I came to Witt, I knew pretty much everything that I wanted to do, including my major and minors, minus all of the extracurricular activities (even though I wouldn’t wish my four years here to have gone any other way). Reading and writing are two things that have always come easy to me, so it was a natural decision to major in English so that I could read in all of my classes, and a natural decision for Creative Writing and Journalism, as I would always be writing. Last semester I had the opportunity of taking Dr. Polak’s Disaster, Catastrophe, & Havoc class. If any of you have had the opportunity to know or have class with her, you’ll know entirely what I mean when I say that it was perhaps my favorite class I’ve taken at Witt, period. Not only did I learn that there is no hope for our future as a society, but I learned that we were all hopelessly in this together. In the past, one of my favorite SAGE events has been The List, and I am super excited to get to co-host with Lexi in November. There’s a good line-up in the making, and I can’t wait to see the end result. Ever since I stumbled upon Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult in about seventh grade, it’s been my favorite. I’ve used her novel as inspiration for my creative pieces, as an example of good writing, and as a general reminder of what can happen in only nineteen minutes. – Co-President Jennifer Ryan, ’19

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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, ’19

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My name is Lexus Cole – I’m a senior English and Communication major. On campus, I am involved in CABLE, serve on Student Senate as the Greek Life representative, I also serve as a Peer Mentor for the FYS program, and work in the Writing Center, aside from being a part of SAGE. I decided on the English major because it was the one thing I consistently loved. Words fascinate me and the fact that there are multiple ways in which you can interpret them. There are so many things that the English major can offer and it felt like the right one for me. So far, I don’t know what my favorite English class has been. I’ve loved all of the ones I’ve taken at Witt thus far. However, I think Reading the Body with Dr. Cynthia Richards could be my favorite, if I absolutely had to choose. I’m only a few weeks in, but it’s a very refreshing class and take on what we’re reading. The literary costume contest is always an event that I enjoy. Personally, I’m really bad at coming up with clever costumes, but I think it’s really nice to see how creative others can get, especially with so many options. This summer, I read Call Me By Your Name, which has quickly become one of my favorite books. I also enjoy The Handmaid’s Tale and The Year of Magical Thinking. All of these books were just read at the right time, so they all hold a special place in my heart. – Lexie Cole, ’19

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My name is Kristen Feigel and I am a senior 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, ’19

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Hey, my name is Victoria and I’m a senior majoring in English. This is my first year in SAGE but besides this, you can find me in the Writing Center where I am an advisor. Because of my love for writing and my passion for books, it only made sense for me to be an English major but I did have to find my way back to it. The English Department is really amazing and so it’s really hard to pick a favorite English class that I’ve had so far. However, Dr. Lori Askeland’s Outlaw Love course is one I deeply appreciated. As I am currently studying abroad, I won’t be at any of the SAGE events this semester, but I am looking forward to hearing about all of them, especially The List event as I need new book suggestions. And now one of my favorite questions: what is my favorite book? I find that I can’t pick a favorite book as I enjoy almost every book I read on a deep level, but my book of the year that I would recommend to everyone to read would have to be Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. – Victoria Ladipo, ’19

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Hi, my name is Emma Stogsdill and I am a senior 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 had a blast taking Advanced Poetry Writing with Dr. Polak and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys poetry in the slightest. – Emma Stogsdill, ’19

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Hey everyone! My name is Erykah Andrews and I am a junior 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

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My name is Reese Harper. I’m a junior English major (and probably doing another major/minor to be determined). If you read my blurb last year, I said I was going to double major in psychology if I get my life together. Life update: I didn’t. In addition to my involvement with SAGE, I am president of the Witt Review of Literature & Art, on exec for Spectrum, write for The Torch, and probably play a role in any of the other italicized student organizations on campus. I’m also a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. I majored in English because I enjoy over-analyzing my existence. My favorite class in the English department so far is one that I’m currently enrolled in: Dr. Scot Hinson’s Contemporary American Fiction. You should come to the English department’s pizza party September 5th. I’m going, and I don’t even like pizza. My favorite book is Demain by Herman Hesse. It’s kind of like The Catcher in the Rye in that should read it before you turn 25. Here is a picture of me eating spaghetti because I don’t like pizza. – Reese Harper, ’20

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.As an English major, I tend to do a lot of reading – more specifically poetry and creative nonfiction, as it is my favorite of the arts. My favorite book consists of “Nothing” by Jane Teller and the Tenth Edition of The Bedford Reader. I find essays to be particularly enjoyable and the art of the essay is quite fascinating. Along with this, I write a tremendous amount in my free time. Writing is undoubtedly a pastime 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. Bob 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. In the past year, I have also published my first book, “Ginger Tea,” available for purchase on Amazon and run a rather inconsistent blog on niksintime.com. I am currently working on publishing my memoir, and hope to unveil my new book of poetry in the months to come! – Nikki Howard, ’20

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Hello, hello! I am Emma Kilpatrick, a junior English major and triple minor in Creative Writing, Dance, and Music. I’m really heavily involved on campus because I’m awful at sitting still. I’m part of Fact in Fiction (the creative writing club), Shakespeare Society, the Tiger Pep Band, Wittenberg Singers, the History Club, and the Witt Late Night planning team. I decided to major in English because I want to be a writer when I grow up, and I wanted to take these four years as an opportunity to really let my craft develop. Because I can’t just pick one, my favorite Witt English courses are D’Arcy Fallon’s Creative Writing course and Dr. Scot Hinson’s American Literary Genealogies. My favorite English Department program is the annual Matchbook Poetry event, because I live and breathe poetry. And finally, my all-time favorite work of fiction is Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. – Emma Kilpatrick, ‘20

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My name is Carly Schneider. I am English and sociology double major and part of the fantastic class of 2020. I am in Alpha Phi Omega, writing for The Torch, and other organizations when I have the time. I decided to be an English major because I am absolutely in love with studying literature. Books have been an important part of my life since I was a little girl and I honestly could not imagine my life without reading. Being able to grow as a person from the books I am reading in class makes my education a reward and not work. My favorite class that I have taken in the English department so far at Witt has been Dr. Cynthia Richards’ 280 on British Literature. I loved her teaching style and the level of class participation involved. Also, her course exposed me to early British texts that I truly love and would love to spend more time deep reading. My favorite English event held by the department is “What Can I Do with an English Major?” LOTS! I loved seeing our Tiger Alumni come back and show us that we do not have to be teachers. My favorite epic I have read in class is Beowulf.– Carly Schneider, ’20

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Hello! My name is Clay Waidelich and I am a junior English major with a minor in Education. Other than my studies I am involved on campus in The Torch, Student Leadership Fellows, S.A.G.E., Sigma Tau Delta (English honors society), and Kappa Delta Pi (Education honors society). Finding my love for English was not your typical story. I have always loved reading, but it took me until my sophomore year of high school until I figured out my love for all of the English subject. The only reason I found my passion was because a fantastic teacher of mine took it upon herself to challenge me and make me a better writer and analyst. I grew significantly through this and my love for English blossomed. Due to the work of my teacher, I decided I wanted to be a high school English teacher. So far, my favorite class in the Witt English department has to be British Literary Genealogies because I was introduced to so many new writers. The colloquiums offered are also really cool; my favorite is by far the defense of the List as professors have to dive into the importance of the works they have chosen. If I were to add a book to the List, it would certainly be The Great Gatsby. – Clay Waidelich, ’20

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Hi, I’m Megan! I’m a junior English major with minors in creative writing and journalism! I work as the manager of the chapel choir and you might see me around in Fact in Fiction, kayak club, WCA, Shakespeare Society, the costume shop, and Greek Life! I’m an English major because you get a free mug (and also endless deep discussions about some of the most incredible literature, but mostly the mug). My favorite English classes are anything with writing! One of the greatest events of the year is the costume party! What other colloquium involves costumes, pizza, and English friends? We’ve read some pretty phenomenal books in my classes, but Gatsby will always hold a special place in my heart. Maybe I’ll dress up as him this year for the costume party. – Megan Winters, ’20

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