Oxford Scholars’ Semester

Congratulations to Annie (Anastasia) Sparks on her acceptance to Scholars’ Semester at Oxford!  As a student in SSO, Annie will be an official member of Wycliffe Hall and a Registered Visiting Student.  As described by CCCU Best Semester, “This is your access point to a 900-year history, world-recognized academic excellence and 119 libraries, with their 11 million books and outstanding electronic resources.” Annie joins the ranks of Vanguard English Alumni who’ve studied at Oxford, including Meredith Howard (Class of 2014) and our own Dr. Laurie Camp Hatch, Assistant Professor of English.

Oxford Scholars' Semester 




National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. “NaNoWriMo!”

Live out your dreams as a writer:  Write a novel in one month!  Sign up for free at NaNoWriMo.  Questions or ideas about upcoming NaNoWriMo events on our campus?  Please contact the Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society) Co-Presidents, Elaina Ahmed <elaina [dot] ahmed [at] vanguard.edu> or Annie Sparks <anastasia [dot] sparks [at] vanguard.edu>!

Ready Writers

English Alumni News

Congratulations to Valerie Geary (2005), author of the beautiful debut novel Crooked River (Morrow/Harper 2014), a November 2014 Indie Next Great Read!  Her short stories have appeared in Weekly RumpusDay One, Menda City Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Foundling Review, the UK publication Litro, and others.

As Valerie shares on her website, she grew up in Albany, Oregon and spent most of her childhood tromping through the woods, reading in her tree fort, and writing stories that featured heroic raccoons, squirrel detectives, and alien teachers. She majored in English Literature at Vanguard University of Southern California where she worked at a bookstore and as a tutor in our Writing Center. One bright summer she tripped through the Spanish countryside, taking language classes at the University of Salamanca and falling in love with churros con chocolate. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband. In addition to writing and reading, Valerie also enjoys gardening, hiking, sailing, and playing disc golf.

We are so proud of your accomplishments, Valerie!  Felicidades y bendiciones!


Crooked River by Valerie Geary


English Academic Advising

English majors!  Academic advising ends on Friday, November 7. Please sign up for an appointment; sign-up sheets & advising lists are posted on your academic advisor’s office door. If you do not receive official advisement, MyVU will automatically block you from Spring 2015 registration.

Note: Registration Week begins on Monday, November 10.  Please register on the day assigned to your class level.  See you soon!

English Welcome Tea

English majors, minors, & friends!  You’re invited to the annual English Welcome Tea on Thursday, September 4 @ 12 noon to 2 pm in the GCH. Your English professors will provide home-baked glazed amaretto cake, caramel pecan chocolate brownies, fresh fruit, chips, and a delicious selection of gourmet teas.  Take a study break and enjoy the company of your beloved faculty and peers!



Welcome to Fall 2014

The  English Department & Spanish Minor will open on Monday, August 18. Our weekly hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am to 1 pm in Heath 233.  For faculty office hours, please check the postings outside our doors.  The first day of classes is Monday, August 25.

Mark your calendars for these literary events:

English Welcome Tea – Thursday, September 4 @ 12 noon to 2 pm in GCH
English Christmas Tea — Wednesday, December 10 @ 10 am to 12 noon in GCH
Synecdoche Literary Celebration – Thursday, April 16 @ 7 pm to 9 pm in GCH
UG Conference on Global Literatures & Christianity – Friday, April 17 @ 9:30 am to 4 pm in Location TBA

May your semester receive *blessings* in full!

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (NASB, Psalm 150:6).

Synecdoche Literary Celebration

Join us on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Great Commission Hall for the Annual Synecdoche Literary Celebration!  Live music, delish finger sandwiches, mini-cheesecakes, chocolate cake-pops, fruit-infused mineral water, and literary readings galore!

The Sigma Tau Delta / English Honor Society induction ceremony will also occur during the Synecdoche Literary Celebration.

Next, join us on Friday, April 11 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in NURS 101 for the VU Conference on Global Literatures & Christianity.  Hot mochaccino and specialty doughnuts will be served.  For more information, click here.

English Academic Advising

Academic Advising for English majors starts on Monday, March 24!  Sign-up sheets are posted on your English professors’ office doors.  If you aren’t sure which professor is your advisor, check the Advising List above the sign-up sheets.

Registration for Summer and Fall 2014 courses is the week of Monday, April 7th.



English Valentine Tea

English majors, minors, & friends!  You’re invited to the annual English Valentine Tea on Monday, February 10 @ 10:00 am to 12 noon in the GCH. Your English professors will provide chocolate amaretto cake, fresh fruit, chips, and a delicious selection of gourmet teas.  Take a study break and enjoy the company of your beloved faculty and peers!

“God is love” (1 John 4.8).   Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!