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EGSA to begin mentorship program

TAMPA, Fla. -- As the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) holds elections for next year’s officers and coordinators, the organization’s current members would like to announce their plans for the end of the semester and the next academic year.

EGSA has had a successful and productive year so far, thanks in large part to the organizers of the Fall Colloquium and Spring Conference: Haili Alcorn, Brittany Cagle, Heather Fox and Stephanie Phillips. Both of these events featured outstanding student work and fostered departmental unity, and EGSA would like to continue to build upon these successes.

This year’s final event will be an end-of-semester barbecue on Saturday, May 9 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the USF Riverfront Park. All graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty and guests are welcome to attend. Food will be provided, but feel free to bring your own special dish! More information about the event is in the Evite sent to your USF email address.

EGSA members also are excited to announce the new Mentorship Program to build community between undergraduate majors and graduate students. According to the program’s mission statement, “undergraduate majors will be assigned graduate mentors, who will provide support and guidance throughout the degree-seeking process… The program will include full-group and small-group workshops, presentations and social events to address the benefits and challenges of being an English major.”

Developed by Heather Fox and Meg Mandell, the program will launch in fall 2015, and EGSA is currently seeking volunteer mentors and electing co-coordinators. EGSA hopes this program will encourage communication between undergraduate and graduate students, provide valuable experience for both mentors and mentees and improve undergraduate retention rates.

This has been a busy and productive year, and EGSA looks forward to next year’s initiatives.

Rachel Tanski is a Ph.D. student in English Literature. She can be reached at


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Author:Rachel Tanski