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Faculty, alums, and those who care about English know that students thrive on opportunity. The student who has never left Wyoming will blossom on the London Semester; the impoverished student who must hold down a job will flourish when he or she can study full time; the anxious student will shine when recognized by a merit scholarship. Faculty will open new and greater opportunities for students when they themselves are supported to research and teach at the cutting edge--as all university faculty should.
Are you an alum, a faculty member, or simply a friend to the discipline of English? UW’s English faculty and students are tremendously grateful to our donors for their generosity. It lifts our hearts to know that you value the discipline, our work, and the future that will be manifested in today’s students.
If you would like to support our endeavors, consider giving to one of our established funds or, to develop a fund in your name and for a specific purpose, contact the Chair of the department or the UW Foundation.
Robert L. Torry fund for English and English Honors
This fund, begun by the department chairs who have known and respected Bob Torry, is now open to receive gifts from the numerous colleagues and students who have benefited by the remarkable intellectual and personal generosity of a dear friend and mentor.
To what types of programs and scholarships can I donate?
Funds like these, created by or named for past faculty and students, connect today’s students to their heritage in the department. If you remember these colleagues and students, you may like to supplement a fund in their name.
Please use the University of Wyoming Foundation donation form to donate to the English Department and designate our department for your gift.
Like the Andrew, Geer, Kambouris or Tanner families, ponder the many ways in which you could offer a unique type of support to our students and activities. The Andrew and Kambouris families focus on graduate students and on need; the Geer family links us to other humanities departments; the Tanner family works to send students abroad.
What do you want to do for our students or for your department? We are always in need of more travel and research funding for students and faculty alike. We would love to improve our elegant but old building—or look toward a more modern facility. We have never had an endowed professorship . . . and we’d be happy to discover what that feels like!
Ryan Ikeda traveled to the Canary Islands with the Environment and Natural Resources team to study how metaphor influences international environmental policy; Mary Kate McCarney studied Doomsday Tourism in the Mayan Heartland, asking how cultural hearsay and pseudoscience combine in compelling narrative—even as that narrative decouples from its origins; Caleb Johnson read at the YALO art gallery in Oxford Mississippi.
Joseph Platt spent a semester at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; Corina Powell joined the “London Semester.”
The graduate student funding provided by UW's English Department enabled me to leave the career position I'd held for eight years, and pursue my dream of continuing literary studies in graduate school. The financial support has allowed me to completely change where I'm heading professionally, bringing me a sense of personal fulfillment. I feel that the funding is channeled even further into the community by enabling me to reach out to undergraduate students at UW through the teaching opportunity it provides. -Kerry Ceszyk
I received funding to attend a TESOL conference in Colorado. At this conference I learned new teaching techniques that I applied to teaching composition and ESL. I believe that this experience enriched my education and improved my teaching, and without the funding I would not have been able to attend this conference. -Keri Bjorklund,
The money I received from the Kambouris Fellowship funded my attendance to the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Conference 2012 in Pocatello, Idaho, where I presented my paper, "Masking Comus: Cultural Anxiety and Foreignness." Throughout the summer of 2012, it also supported my studying for the reading list exam and preparing for writing my thesis. I was able to work a part-time job and spend much of my time reading. In addition, much of the money allowed me to buy books that have proven invaluable not only for the reading list exam, but also for research for my thesis. Without the Kambouris Fellowship, my reading list and exam wouldn't have gone nearly as smoothly as it did, and I wouldn't have been as prepared for writing my thesis.-Courtney Carlisle