Monthly Archive: May, 2018

Being an English Major while Residing Temporarily in Simpkin’s Hall

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  It has been a journey as an English major while at Western Illinois University. Simpkins became my home away from home. Seven years ago, I embarked on my college career as an… Continue reading

Jerry Hansen Retires

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    When Jerry Hansen arrived at WIU in 1984, he had no idea he’d stay 34 years. Here in WIU’s English Department, Jerry found his home. He immediately immersed himself in the… Continue reading

Letter from the Chair — Reading Beyond the Present Moment

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This Spring my undergraduate mentor, Dr. Jeffrey Skoblow, retired from teaching. Jeff Skoblow will always be the embodiment of “English” for me. A deeply read Marxist theorist, specializing in William Morris and Victorian… Continue reading

2017-2018 Awards and Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this… Continue reading

Simpkins’ Fairy Tales of Leatherneck Pride

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Once upon a time, every year in Fall, WIU has “Dec the Office” where faculty and staff can decorate their offices based on the yearly theme for homecoming. A panel of judges comes… Continue reading