The Department of English would like to congratulate Rachel Hopkin on winning the Sue Samuelson Foodways Essay Contest, which is awarded via the Foodways section of the American Folklore Society. As a part of the prize, Rachel's winning essay, "The Way of the Croissant," will appear in the foodways journal Digest; she will also receive a free one-year membership to the Foodways Section of AFS. The 2016 committee noted that Hopkin's paper had "good depth and breadth of analysis, while maintaining focus and a writing style that put it ahead of the other submissions."
The Department of English is pleased to introduce a new initiative: The Visiting Professor Interview Series (VPIS). The Series aims to grant students and faculty the opportunity to learn more about our visiting professors on a personal level, who would not otherwise get that opportunity.
The Department of English would like to congratulate Brian McHale for winning the university-wide Distinguished Scholar Award. Established in 1978, the Award recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research.