College of Arts and Sciences

Student Organizations

WIU students participate in a wide variety of activities within the student organizations listed below.

African American Literary Society (AALS)

  • All students are welcome - particularly those who love reading and writing short stories, essays, plays, and poetry.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pat Young

The Reading Room Series

  • Faculty and students share their poetry and prose at monthly readings in the Simpkins Reading Room.
  • Faculty Advisor: Barb Lawhorn

Community of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students (CLASS)

English Graduate Organization (EGO)

  • Advocacy, networking, professional development, and social events for English graduate students.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Roberta Di Carmine

Film Club

  • Students who appreciate international, independent, and Hollywood cinema.
  • Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Roberta Di Carmine

Game Studies Group

  • Students, faculty, and members of the community who are interested in studying and playing games academically.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chris Morrow

Interdisciplinary English and the Arts Society (IDEAS)

  • IDEAS is an organization created by and for undergraduate and graduate students at Western Illinois University-QC who are interested in English, the Arts and humanities.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Everett Hamner


  • Students can assist with creating, editing, printing, and publishing in one or more of the English department's magazines!

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Affiliate

  • Participates in events and conferences for educators and collaborates about education resources.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rebekah Buchanan

Sigma Tau Delta (STD)

  • Our Phi Delta chapter of the International English Honor Society. Active in many department events!
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Timothy Helwig

Writer's Block

  • Writer's Block is a creative writing group open to all students and welcomes all majors interested in writing - from stories to poetry, fiction to non-fiction, and plays to song lyrics.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Merrill Cole