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The 2016 English Awards Ceremony

May 9, 2016
Picture of the opening reception

Two weeks ago today, faculty, staff, students, families, and friends all gathered in the Longaberger Alumni House to celebrate another successful year of English at Ohio State.  They were greeted with a smile, name tag, and drink ticket from our wonderful advising staff, then enjoyed a buffet and some small talk. While I was running around playing waiter, attendees checked out research projects from this year’s Denman Undergraduate Research Forum participants. At 5 p.m., the doors opened and everyone took their seats in the Alumni House’s gorgeous presentation room. There they found Chair Debra Moddelmog and Academic Program Coordinator Mike Bierschenk, who took guests through a presentation honoring those who received awards this past year. Awards were handed out; pictures were taken. Everyone had a good time.

Esposto Wins 2016 R.L. Stine Scholarship

May 5, 2016
Picture of current and past Stine Scholarship winners

Laura Esposto has been awarded the second inaugural R.L. Stine Scholarship. Generously provided by author R.L. Stine, an Ohio State English alumnus (BA, 1965) and award-winning author of children’s horror stories, this $11,000 tuition scholarship supports English majors who have demonstrated a serious interest in Creative Writing.

Wendy Hesford Receives Yale Fellowship, to Step Down as Vice Chair

May 2, 2016
Wendy S. Hesford.

The Department of English would like to congratulate Wendy Hesford on receiving Yale University's Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery interdisciplinary fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, part of

Robyn Warhol's Graphic Memoir Class Creates Stunning Comics

April 27, 2016
Picture of Robyn Warhol

“Graphic Memoir,” English 5664 in the Spring of 2016, is a course on autobiographies written and drawn by comics artists.  All the students (half of them graduate students and half advanced undergrads) had to produce a one-page comic about their lives.

Award-Winning Rand Morrison Offers Advice to Students: Know Deeply, Write Well, Intern

April 26, 2016
Picture of Rand and Students

Rand Morrison was teeming with advice when he sat down for his interview conducted by professional writing minor students Emily Berestecky and Trent Lammers on Friday, April 15. Morrison visited Ohio State to receive the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Achievement Award, which he adds to his ten Emmy, two George Foster Peabody, and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards. An alumnus of the English Department—he received his degree in English here in 1971—Morrison stopped by Denney Hall to share his expertise in a wide-ranging conversation with students.

Scott DeWitt Featured in Dispatch for His Ukulele Sessions

April 25, 2016
Picture of Scott DeWitt

Scott DeWitt, Associate Professor of English and Vice Chair of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday, April 24th for his work in Strings Attached, a beginner-friendly, no-pressure ukulele group that meets once a month in a warehouse. Scott founded the group in 2012 with his friend, MIkey Thomas.

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