What's Going On? For the latest news and events, including readings, films, discussions, and workshops related to English, the best sources of information are Pitt-Greensburg's student-run newspaper, The Insider, the Pitt-Greensburg campus calendar, and the Pitt-Greensburg main page.

Recent Activities: Pitt-Greensburg 2009 Writers' Festival: March 16-21

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Students Presenting at Conferences:
Our English programs are establishing an annual tradition of sending students each year to present their original work at international and regional undergraduate conferences around the country.

  • 2008-2009 School Year: Five students presented papers at two conferences this year. A group of four students traveled with Dr. Beshero-Bondar to Minneapolis, Minnesota to chair panels and present literary research papers and creative nonfiction at the 2009 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, held March 25-28. Two students later presented papers at the Eastern Association of Pennsylvania State University (EAPSU) Convention at West Chester University on April 6, 2009. Read more.

  • 2007-2008 School Year: In Fall 2007-Spring 2008, six  English Literature and Writing majors presented research papers and original poetry at three separate undergraduate conferences, including the 2008 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Read more.

  • 2006-2007 School Year: "Confluence": The 2007 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention: March 28-31, 2007 at the Pittsburgh Hilton: Twelve of our Pitt-Greensburg English Writing and Literature majors presented papers and took part in discussion sessions at this prestigious conference of the International English Honor Society. Read more.

Student Work Accepted for Publication: This is only a partial list of students' accomplishments in publishing their work in the past year. To help keep the web editor updated on current publications, please send information to ebb8 at

Deidre Stuffer's research essay, “Edna Pontellier’s Strip Tease of Essentiality: An Examination of the Metaphorical Role of Clothing in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening,” was accepted for publication in the Sigma Tau Delta Review, the international English honor society’s journal of critical writing. Stuffer’s article was one of 12 essays selected for publication in the Sigma Tau Delta Review (research journal in literature) and 48 pieces selected for the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle (creative writing journal) out of 1,000 entries, and her work will represent a model for literary research for honor society members around the world.

Mike Zindren's memoir "The Westmoreland County Fair" is published in Quicksilver, issue 1. 2. Quicksilver is an online literary magazine produced at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Three students recently had work accepted for publication in the very first issue of Mind Murals, a Literary and Art Journal, sponsored by the Eastern Region of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. Student work to appear includes:

  • Tracy Sarpolis's poems, "Before God," "Love Knows It's Time," and "Winter Night Revisited;"
  • Mary Stolarik's poems, "Laser Envy," and "Bikini Bandit;"
  • Joy Pinkney's original photography entitled "Bird House," "Carnation," and "Graffiti."

Meghan Tutolo's poem, "Married to a Plastic Surgeon" was published in the 2008 issue of the annual refereed Sigma Tau Delta journal, The Rectangle. Tutolo is a recent graduate of the English Writing program and a master's student at Chatham University.

Scholarship Opportunities:

The Norman N. McWhinney Scholarships in English Literature at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg:
To be awarded each fall semester. One scholarship for a Junior Literature major, and one for a Senior Literature major. Must meet GPA requirements: 3.50 or above in major, and 3.25 overall. Must be nominated by English faculty or any senior faculty at UPG. Follow the link above for more detailed information.

Annual Awards: Pitt-Greensburg offers annual awards for the best work produced in English Writing and Literature classes. We are proud to present an honor roll of our most recent award winners:


JELP Award: (Spring 09): awarded to the best research paper on literature by a Pitt-Greensburg Junior. awarded to Matthew Reilly for his essay entitled, "William Blake's New Poetry."

Gerald Stern Prize in Poetry: Alyssa Sauter

Scott Turow Prize in Fiction: Michael Zindren

Joan Didion Prize in Creative Nonfiction: Joel Gazal

Ida B. Wells Prize in Journalism and Creative Nonfiction: Ashley Macik


Norman N. WcWhinney Scholarships in English Literature: (Fall 08)
Senior Award: Kailey Burtnett
Junior Award: Deidre Stuffer

JELP Award: (Spring 08): Michelle Sarver for her essay on Charlotte Bronte's Villette

Gerald Stern Prize in Poetry: Kelly Scarff

Scott Turow Prize in Fiction: Dylan Nice

Joan Didion Prize in Creative Nonfiction: Lorenzo Lista

Ida B. Wells Prize in Journalism and Creative Nonfiction: David Streett


Norman N. WcWhinney Scholarships in English Literature: 
Senior Award: Jamie Mathews
Junior Award: Michelle Sarver

JELP Award: Jamie Mathews for her essay, "Love and Beauty in Sidney's Sonnet 7 and Shakespeare's Sonnet 130"

Scott Turow Prize in Fiction: Jason Downey

Gerald Stern Prize in Poetry: Tim Gebadlo and Heather Gustine

Joan Didion Prize in Creative Nonfiction: Dylan Nice


Norman N. WcWhinney Scholarships in English Literature: 
Senior Award: Amy Duli
Junior Award: Jamie Mathews

JELP Award:  Alexandra Gray for her essay on Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World.

Scott Turow Prize in Fiction: Brandon Cleary, Spring 2006 graduate.

Gerald Stern Prize in Poetry: Timothy Gebaldo

Ida B. Wells Prize in Journalism and Creative Nonfiction: Christopher Carrolli, Spring 2006 graduate.