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English Student Activities

As an English major at Mount Mary University, you can participate in several student clubs and organizations, such as Arches, Sigma Tau Delta honor society and "Paper Clips."

Other activities include:

Ann Smith

Evening of Poetry & Jazz

Featuring Poet Leonard D. Moore and the Dennis Klopfer jazz trio

In April 2013, the Mount Mary community enjoyed a wine and dessert reception followed by a powerful reading by renowned poet Leonard D. Moore, who was accompanied by Milwaukee's own Dennis Klopfer jazz trio.

  • Writers on Writing reading series
  • Poetry slams and student fiction readings
  • Fun road trips to student conferences (in October 2013, Arches staff members traveled to New Orleans for the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention!)
  • Student mixers and campus-wide book clubs

Arches - Student Newspaper

Mount Mary students of any major can gain practical workplace skills as staff members of Arches, Mount Mary's award-winning student newspaper and companion website. No experience is necessary to join the Arches staff; students are trained to work as reporters, editors, website managers, social media experts and more. Former staff members have gone on to work at top publishing houses, marketing companies and news agencies in Milwaukee and throughout the country.

Students can receive training in:

  • Reporting
  • Website writing & management
  • Publication layout & design
  • Advertising sales
  • Editing
  • Social media management & analytics
  • Photography
  • And more!

Arches awards

When you join the Arches staff, you'll be able to say you are a part of an award-winning student newspaper. Here are just a few of the awards Arches has recently received:

  • Nominated for a Pacemaker Award (often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of student journalism) for its website
  • 6th place in the Best of Show competition at the national ACP/CMA College Media Convention in New Orleans, Oct. 26, 2013
  • First Place - General Web Excellence from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association at its annual Collegiate Better Newspaper competition, February 2013
  • Named a first class newspaper from the Associated Collegiate Press, with two marks of distinction

Arches is a member of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Associated Collegiate Press. As members of these organizations, Arches staff members have the opportunity to travel to student journalism conferences throughout the country.

Read Arches online, like Arches on Facebook or follow Arches on Twitter.

To become involved with Arches, contact Laura Otto, faculty adviser, or email the newspaper at mmu-arches@mtmary.edu.

Paper Clips

As a Mount Mary student, you’ll have the opportunity to have your writing published in "Paper Clips," an anthology of the university’s finest student writing. Submissions are first selected from writing within English classes. After the papers are submitted, English faculty read the selections and choose those to be published.

Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

Since 1951, Mount Mary has had a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, on campus. The society provides opportunities for publishing in scholarly publication in "The Rectangle" and presenting at the society’s annual spring conference.

Members of Sigma Tau Delta are eligible for undergraduate and graduate scholarships through the honor society. In 2013, Mount Mary graduate student Amanda Webster won the national Individual Blog Award. In 2012, Mount Mary English major Christine Blasi Gill won the Midwest Regional Scholarship.

Potential members are invited to apply each fall. To apply, you must be an English major or minor, have a 3.0 or higher GPA and have sophomore or higher status.