English major chosen for Pembroke exchange

Amanda Williams (’12), a double major in English-literature and theatre arts, was one of two IWU students selected to study for the 2010-11 academic year at Oxford University. The Pembroke College exchange program admits 100 undergraduates each year, 40 of whom are from 11 of America’s top universities, including IWU. The first year that IWU students participated was 1997, and since then 27 total have studied at Pembroke—one of the 36 colleges that constitute Oxford University.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time,” Williams told The Argus student newspaper. “The benefits of participating in this program are innumerable, and I know that going to Pembroke, as well as living abroad, will give me life skills and intellectual insight that will benefit me for the rest of my life.”

Williams joins a growing list of IWU English majors to study at Oxford, among them Brandon Dorn (English-Writing, ’09-’10), Jordan Jeffers (English-Writing, ’07-’08), Jim Kjelland (English-Writing, ’06-’07), Erie Roberts (English-Literature, ’04-’05), Megan Mondi (English-Literature, ’04-’05), Katie Forristall (English-Writing, ’03-’04), and Ericka Wills (English-Literature, ’02-’03).

Careers ‘n Coffee to feature English alums

Four of eleven alumnae scheduled to be on hand for the next Careers ‘n Coffee are former English majors. The Career Center event is designed to give current students a chance to network with professionals and get answers to their questions about interviewing, resumes, networking, job etiquette, and anything else about “life after Wesleyan” that has them wondering. It’s open to all students, and free coffee is provided.

The former English majors are Debbie Burt-Frazier (’75), an educator from Thornton Township High School; Claudia Brogan (’77), a training manager at Emory University; Karin McDowell (’00), ITS Project Manager at Country Financial; and Katie Coleman (’04), a grant writer for the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Today’s job market is highly competitive, and an hour spent with these successful alums might help current students learn how to stand out in a crowded field of applicants and rise up the ladder.

Careers ‘n Coffee will be held Friday, March 26th from 10:45-12:00 p.m. in the Dugout at Memorial Center. The event is sponsored by the Council for IWU Women and Hart Career Center.