Student Achievements

2017-2018 Awards

The following English Department students received awards for 2017-2018:

English Department Distinguished Student Award

  • Walker Larson

The Distinguished Student is selected by faculty vote to honor the graduating senior who has distinguished themselves throughout their academic program and has shown the most promise as a student of English.

Outstanding Students (University Honors Recognition - Spring Semester)

  • CALT: Madison Wilke
  • English Writing: Walker Larson
  • Literature & Language: Rachel Williams-Belter
  • Film Studies: Jacob Nielsen
  • TESOL: Melody Sheppard

Each semester, the department members select the outstanding student in each of the two licensure programs and the other English programs combined.  These students are honored at the Evening of Distinction ceremony during the week of graduation.

Ann and James Nichols Scholarly Paper Award

  • Walker Larson
  • Honorable Mention: Sajda Omar

Outstanding scholarly papers are submitted each year to a department subcommittee that then selects the best scholarly papers for this award.

Sandra Adickes Outstanding Freshman Essay

  • Research: Autumn Braundau
  • Research Runner-Up: Mattie Dumdei, Mark Mathison
  • Non-Research: Grace Stanley

All students enrolled in ENG 111 (College Reading and Writing) and ENG 112 (Research Writing) are eligible to have their essays reviewed by a department subcommittee, which selects the most outstanding essays in the categories of research and non-research.

Outstanding Portfolio

  • Undergraduate: Rachel Williams-Belter, Megan Wefel
  • Graduate: Kate Errthum, Jenna Putz

All English majors are required to compile and submit a portfolio of their academic work during the semester that they graduate.  Department members review the portfolios and select the most outstanding ones for this award.

Satori Editors

  • Sajda Omar
  • Elyse Hoffman
  • Kylie Hoff
  • Keyanna Hultman
  • Audrey Sitte

Student editors of the Satori literary magazine provide leadership for selection of entries, editing, layout, and publication of the magazine.

2017-2018 Scholarships

The following students were awarded English Department scholarships for 2017-18:

James W. & Ann Eljenholm Nichols Scholarship

  • Allison Moga
  • Kristin Kovalsky

Marion J. Deeren Scholarship

  • Audrianna Wichman
  • Madeline Peterson

Augusta Nelson Memorial Scholarship

  • Anna Hammell

Darlene Radsek Scholarship

  • Nicholas Lundell

Sylvia Bremer Memorial Scholarship

  • Loralee Arbanas

Leslie & Gladys (Sanford) King Scholarship

  • Christy Aleckson

Cornwell Family Scholarship

  • Raelynn Peter

Thomas Leuchtenberg English Scholarship

  • N/A - alternates yearly and this year was not English.

Alma Smith Scholarship in Honor of Miss Gertrude Finch and Dr. Augusta Nelson

  • Loralee Arbanas