English Students

Activities and Opportunities for Students

The Lakas English Scholarship is available for the qualified prospective student who wishes to pursue a major or minor English at Rockhurst.  A portfolio of the student's current work must be submitted to the chair of the English Department. For application materials, please call the Lakas Scholarship representative, Dr. Charles Kovich, (816) 501-4034.

The Thomas F. Heitlinger Scholarship benefits deserving English majors thanks to the generosity of alumnus Louis J. Heitlinger, who established this award to honor his brother, Thomas, also a Rockhurst alumnus, who died at a young age.  The scholarship requires applicants to have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA and demonstrated financial need.   Please contact the English Department chair for further information. 

Plays in Progress Workshop is a twice yearly production of professional and student playwriting efforts. Dr. Charles Kovich, as Managing Director, supervises the student-run program that has found a sturdy support in the Rockhurst community as well as the greater Kansas City area. For further information, contact Dr. Kovich at (816) 501-4034.

The Rockhurst Review, with the support of the English Department, publishes  poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by accomplished and emerging writers. The Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Elizabeth Barnett.

The English Club The Walter J. Ong Society is an exciting and active English club for people from all disciplines who enjoy both discussing and writing literature. Our goals are to foster intellectual exchange between students in the realm of literature, criticism, and creative writing. Every year the students of the Walter J. Ong Society participate in literary-related events such as poetry readings, book clubs, workshops, and the Annual Marathon Reading. We are open to all students who have a love for literature and creative writing in all forms. We especially encourage the participation of freshmen who are still wondering about their majors. For further information, contact Dr. Kovich at (816) 501-4034.

Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society The Alpha Mu Gamma chapter at Rockhurst was founded in 2004 to recognize the outstanding achievements of English students and to promote the literary arts. Each spring the Society inducts new members who meet national academic requirements and who have taken at least three English courses beyond College Composition II. Among the benefits for student members are opportunities to apply for national scholarships and internships, to publish creative or analytical work in Sigma Tau Delta's award-winning journals, and to attend and/or present work at the annual convention. For further information, contact Dr. Kerrigan at (816) 501-4315.

Writing Assistance (Aylward-Dunn Learning Center) Writing assistance is provided to Rockhurst students by professional and student staff members (including English faculty and students) who work individually with students to improve critical thinking and writing skills. From the planning stage to final editing, students receive assistance that extends throughout the writing process. Writing assistance is available by appointment or on a drop-in basis during the fall and spring semesters. For further information, contact the Learning Center at (816) 501-4052.