English and Journalism

Student Organizations

WIU students participate in a wide variety of activities, creating publications such as the literary magazine Elements, and participating in student organizations listed below.

Western Advertising Club

Activities for students interested in advertising, including workshops, internships, and scholarship opportunities.

Faculty sponsor—Terri Simmons


Western's student literary magazine, published annually.

Boiler Room

Faculty and students sharing their poetry and prose.

English Graduate Organization (EGO)

Advocacy, networking, professional development, and social events for English graduate students.

Film Club

Students who appreciate international, independent, and Hollywood cinema.

Film Club Poster

Spring 2015 Schedule of Films

President: Dan Pourroy
Vice President: Thomas Franklin

Treasurer: Hannah Nelson
Adviser: Dr. Roberta Di Carmine

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wiufilmclub

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ-WIU)

WIU chapter of NABJ, an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

NABJ meets from 4:00-5:00 pm every Wednesday in Simpkins Hall, room 019. Faculty sponsor—Pearlie Strother-Adams

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Since Spring 1991, PRSSA has provided WIU students studying Public Relations with a variety of opportunities for learning professional skills, networking, and many other activities.

PRSSA meets at 5:00 pm every other Tuesday in Simpkins Hall 120.  Faculty sponsor—Mohammad Siddiqi

Sigma Tau Delta

The English honor society.

Faculty sponsor—Tim Helwig

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

The nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Faculty sponsor—Lisa Kernek