We'd love to hear from you at all stages of your journey. There are multiple opportunites to engage in the lives of students.Connect with us through our department magazine, Feast of Words. If you're planning a visit to campus, let us know, or share an update about your current success.

Our Distinguished Alumni Board is active in representing the deaprtment, raising funds, and mentoring students. 

We invite you to explore ways to get involved.

Steger Poetry Prize winners joined several of their champions following the awards ceremony, from left: Sarah McCliment, third-place winner; Donna Treacy, supporter; Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English; Aidan Kincaid, second-place winner; Janet Steger, supporter and wife of Charles W. Steger, president emeritus of Virginia Tech, who could not attend; Dennis Treacy, supporter; and Leilani Kassandra Padilla, first-place winner.

Share Your Expertise

We invite you to attend our career and leadership weekend in the spring. This event connects students with alumni. A series of resume reviews, mock interviews, and workshops on professionalism are offered. We want you to share your knowledge and experience with our students.

If your organization would be interested in participating in career fairs, please contact Jen Barton.

We encourage students to engage in hands-on learning that supports course content. Many students are interested in participating in an internship in a business or community organization and you may be able to help them locate such an opportunity. You may also know of research or service learning projects that would support classwork. Please contact us if you can help in this way.

We welcome alumni to speak with students and faculty about their work. From globalization to community impact, we host presentations to inform our students about a variety of industries. We want to encourage them to take action in the world around them. If you wish to volunteer to speak to a class or provide a lecture, please contact Department Head.

Share Your Wealth

Our students benefit from gifts and support from alumni and friends who invest in expanding opportunities. These include endowed scholarships, a program excellence endowed fund, and an endowed lecture. Gifts are made in two categories: annual or major. 

Annual gifts of any size demonstrate your recognition of the value of your degree and your desire to see the program thrive. Please designate your annual gifts to the English Department .

The Distinguished Alumni Board

Our Distinguished Alumni Board represents a diverse group of alumni. Formed in 2003, the board plays an active role in representing the department, raising funds, enhancing visability, developing connections, and mentoring students. Among their projects is the annual Career and Leadership Weekend. Board members visit campus to work one-on-one with students reviewing their resumes and conducting mock interviews. The members established the Distinguished Alumni Board Scholarship, supporting current students.

The twenty members have successful careers in law, teaching, financial services, management of nonprofits, development, creative writing, editing, technical writing, and media services.

Distinguished Alumni Board Members

  • Dan Bailey, Pilot, United States Air Force (retired), Texas
  • Allen Brizee, Assistant Professor of Writing and Internship Coordinator, Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Lisa Derx, Vice President for Government Relations, Best Buddies, Washington, D.C.
  • Gina Desiderio Edmison, Director of Marketing and Communications, Healthy Teen Network, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Charles Epes, Assistant Director of Media Relations, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Richmond, Virginia
  • Karen Gibbs, Alliance Liaison, National Geographic, Washington, D.C.
  • Richard Glancy, Superintendent (retired), Caroline County Schools, Warsaw, Virginia
  • Wanda Hankins Dean, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Degree Management, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Carl Hankla, Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Timothy Larson, Information and Technology Services Engineer, Northrop Grumman, Washington, D.C.
  • Katherine Lynde, Teacher, Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Darrel Mason, Lawyer, Glen Allen, Virginia
  • Stuart Price, Environmental Communicator, Amelia County, Virginia
  • Sandy Seay, Chairman, Seay Management Consultants, Orlando, Florida
  • Dawn Watkins, Vice President for Client Engagement, Being Plaid, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Sharon Will, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge (retired),  Henrico, County
  • Allan Wolf, Author, Poet, Educator, Performer, Ashville, North Carolina
  • Erv Blythe, Vice President for Information Technology, Virginia Tech
  • Elizabeth Crowther, President, Rappahannock Community College
  • Marie Paretti, Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Programs, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Jenny Telwar, America’s National Teenage Scholarship Organization
  • Kathryn Crowder Yarzebenski, Development Officer, Lynchburg College
  • Mark Scroggins, Professor of English,  Florida Atlantic University
  • Mike Yergovich, Government, Reston, Virginia

If you wish to make a major gift, please contact Dan Cleveland, our assistant dean of advancement, by emailing him or calling him at 540-231-5380.