Thank You for Your Gifts to the English Department!


Because of your generosity, we are able to:

Invite nationally- and internationally-renowned guest writers and scholars to campus to read from their work and talk with our majors

In Spring 2017 we hosted Robin Coste Lewis, winner of the National Book Award in Poetry and Ralph Alan Cohen, co-founder of the American Shakespeare Festival.

Support annual scholarships for outstanding English majors
  • the Paul Hague Award for Excellence: 2016-2017 winner Anne Kopas
  • the Joseph B. Connors Scholarship: 2016-2017 winner Paul Rousseau

Fund research assistantships for both undergraduate and graduate students to work directly with professors


Sponsor students' travel to present their research findings and creative writing at conferences

In the past two years students have presented and enjoyed networking at the following conferences:

Offer students professional development opportunities

In June 2016 Megan Vaughan studied at the Summer Institute in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.


Buy tickets and memberships for students to visit and work with cultural organizations

such as Mia, the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Guthrie Theater, and the Playwrights' Center.

Please contact department chair Dr. Olga Herrera ( or 651-962-5613) if you would like to make a gift to the English Department.