Department of English Awards

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Paul A. Orr Award

This award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Paul A. Orr, a long-standing, devoted member of the Department of English, Communications, and Fine Arts. The award is given for excellence in the study and practice of English language and literatures to a graduating senior.


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Faith Rinklin
Class of 2013
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Sarah Creamer Rouhier
Class of 2014
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Kaitlyn Carpino
Class of 2015
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Megan Steele
Class of 2017

International English Honor Society: Sigma Tau Delta (WJU Alpha Omicron Gamma Chapter)

Student membership in Sigma Tau Delta is by invitation only to select undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a four-year college or university who maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in English as well as a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in general scholarship while also ranking in the highest 35% of their class.

Wheeling Jesuit University’s Alpha Omicron Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta was chartered in 2007. Chapter members serve an integral role in fostering a “community” among our majors, minors, and faculty members by organizing at least one social event per semester, completing one service project per semester, collaborating with department faculty members to complete and distribute a monthly newsletter to all majors and minors, and designing and ordering annual English Department t-shirts. In addition to chapter opportunities, members receive a personalized Sigma Tau Delta membership certificate and official Society pin, and a department-sponsored medallion to wear at graduation. Members are also eligible to apply for Sigma Tau Delta scholarships, participate in international conventions, and submit original work for publication and writing awards.

English Award, WJU Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Symposium

This award is given to the English major who delivers the best oral presentation on his or her capstone research project.