Student Organizations

You are encouraged to join student organizations. They provide social interaction, but more importantly, leadership opportunities that will help you in your job search. Some of the organizations you might be interested in include:

Student English Association 
The Student English Association (and its honorary Sigma Tau Delta) provides a social environment for English majors and serves as an outlet for written student expression with its magazine literary magazine The Bell Tower, which features poetry, fiction, essays, photography, and drawing. If you're interested in joining the SEA, watch for call-out information in September and January, or contact Dr. Barbara Dixon, advisor for the organization. Students interested in our Sigma Tau Delta Honors English Society should contact Prof. Jenny Bay.

Haraka Writers 
The Black Cultural Center sponsors the Haraka Writers, a collective of students committed to literary expression. Their writings include short stories, prose, essays, and poetry. Since 1973, the Haraka Writers have functioned as modern day griots, working to preserve the concept of Black oral tradition. Poets who have been featured guests at Purdue University include:

Angela Jackson 
Gwendolyn Brooks 
Nikki Giovanni 
Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee 
Haki Madhubuti 
Sonia Sanchez 
Maya Angelou

If you are interested in joining the Haraka Writers or other cultural activities related to the African-American experience, check with the Black Cultural Center located at 315 University St. (telephone: 765-494-3092).

Professional Writers Club 
The Professional Writers Club was founded in the spring of 2000. The goals of the club are to provide students with social, academic, and career opportunities. Meetings have featured guest speakers including employees from Pearson Publishing, MicroData Base Systems (mdbs), and Simply Written; Society for Technical Communication members; and Professional Writing graduates who come to share their job hunting and employment experiences. Club members often conduct various computer tutorials for the Purdue community.

All Professional Writing students may subscribe to the PW Talk mailing list. The list serves as a forum for job listings, curriculum concerns, and Professional Writers Club meeting minutes and announcements. To subscribe online, go to the Professional Writing Club web site.

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