English Department

Opportunities for Campus Involvement

Students have many opportunities to get involved in English-related activities at Grove City College. Among these options students can write for the campus newspaper, act in a number of theater events, participate in one of the English honorary societies, participate in the campus radio station and contribute to the college literary magazine. More information about each of the activities is available below.

Honoraries & Scholarships


Publications & Media


Honoraries & Scholarships

LIT English Honorary

The Beta Iota Chapter of Lambda Iota Tau (LIT) is an international literary honorary. Candidates must be in at least their fourth semester and have completed 12 credit hours of literary courses with an overall QPA of 3.1 and a QPA of 3.5 in their literature courses. A paper of either a scholarly or creative nature, if accepted, earns admission into the society. Activities include story hours, poetry readings, trips to theatrical performances and sponsorship of other literary activities on campus.

TAP Theatre Honorary

Tau Alpha Pi serves to encourage participation and creativity in the various aspects of the theatre arts. TAP sponsors the student-directed One Act Festival in the spring and fall and annually honors theater participants for outstanding achievements. Bids to the honorary are awarded after the final performance of the last play each semester and membership is based on points earned by theatre participation.

English Scholarships

There are five different awards for which students can apply: the Hilda Adam Kring Award for academic achievement and promise of future success; three Thelma Baltz Morrow Awards for excellence in composition and the use of the English language; and the Douglas Bockes Award for promise of success in graduate study. The prizes awarded range from $600 to $2,000. All awards are open to current juniors, with the exception of the Douglas Bockes Award, which is given to a senior English major who has been accepted to an accredited graduate program in English.

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Publications & Media

The Collegian

The student newspaper, The Collegian, is owned and published by Grove City College. The paper is published weekly, free of charge, with the purpose of 1) reporting happenings on campus and beyond, and 2) teaching students responsible journalistic practices. It contains sections for news, perspectives, features, entertainment, religion and sports. Student editors and staff handle writing, editing, photography, layout and all other aspects of newspaper production, except the actual printing. Students may apply for the staff at the Organizational Fair.

Find out more at: The Collegian

The Bridge

The purpose of the Bridge, the college yearbook, is to produce an accurate account of the school year in words and pictures. Weekly staff meetings and work times help the staff to meet deadlines and produce a quality publication. Staff positions are open to all students and provide practical experience for writers, photographers, and those wishing to learn computer-aided graphic design. Published in the fall semester, the book is partially financed through the Student Activities Committee.

The Echo

The Echo is a student-produced creative review, which features student poetry, prose, fiction, photography and artwork. The magazine is published during the spring semester. Students are urged to submit works to the magazine or join the various committees involved in producing the Echo.

WSAJ Radio

Grove City College's FM radio station features mainstream Jazz overnight, Classical music during the day, and student-led music programming in the evenings. The student portion of programming consists of contemporary, "indie" music and numerous specialty shows, including Christian music. Any student can audition to be a DJ on the station. The station is managed by an executive staff of students who coordinate programming, produce news, broadcast and engineer live sports, and develop station promotion. No experience is necessary to get involved! Check out the station at WSAJ 91.1-FM.

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Mainstage Theatre

"For a school without a theatre major, we have one of the most dynamic theatre programs in the nation," says Dr. James Dixon, chairman of the department of English. "The goal of mainstage productions at GCC is twofold: 1) to educate our participating students in the arts of theatre, and 2) to educate through excellent productions our audiences in the classics of dramatic literature and musical theatre."  Dixon and fellow professor Betsy Craig each direct one mainstage production a year, usually including a musical and a play.  They pick productions that are "both educational and entertaining," Dixon says. The 18th century comedy, School for Scandal, staged in 2003, had a lot to teach about "the way hypocrisy and scandal continue to work in our society," he says. The fall 2001 production, "What Fools These Mortals Be," was a compilation of Shakespearean scenes. Dixon, who compiled and directed the scenes, hoped to "give audiences a flavor of the remarkable range of Shakespeare's genius and to teach them a little more about Shakespeare than they already knew." Dixon's most recent productions include Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, the musical version of Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre, and the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, The Pirates of Penzance.

***Click here to see photos of the 2005 performance of Much Ado About Nothing. ***


TAP One-Act Play Festivals

Every semester, Tau Alpha Pi, the theatre honorary, sponsors a one-act play festival consisting of four or five plays directed and acted by students in the Little Theatre in the Pew Fine Arts Center. These productions have a different personality than mainstage productions by virtue of the smaller performance space of the Little Theatre and the close proximity of the audience. As with all of our productions, students from any major can audition or volunteer to work "tech" backstage.  There are many opportunities in directing, run-crew, lighting, props, costumes, makeup and sound. Whether you're watching, acting, "tech"-ing or directing, the one-acts are sure to bring years of memories.

Children's Theatre

Children noisily file into the auditorium and dutifully fill empty seats. Actors in stage makeup and costumes meander through the aisles, smiling widely and cheerfully calling out greetings. Then, with a quick motion of a hand, the cast members disappear from the room. Soon, the lights lower, forcing the noisy din to quiet. In the hush to follow, the curtain rises and the children watch in anticipation, craning their necks for a first glimpse of the characters. From directing, acting and stage-managing, to set design and costumes, the two annual children's theatre productions are entirely student-run, like the TAP One-Act Festivals.


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