Transfer student and English Major Anthony Reitz wins 2015-2016 LAS Undergraduate Research Award (LASURI)
Dr. Jennifer Rupert, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies in English, interviews undergraduate Anthony Reitz about transferring to UIC from community college, his experience majoring in English at UIC, and his current award-winning research.
- Tony, when we met you were an incoming transfer student from one of Chicagoland’s many community colleges, Joliet Junior College. When did you know you were going to be an English major?
Two semesters before I transferred to UIC, I was taking the equivalent of English 161, and we had to write an essay in response to The White Tiger. Our instructor was calling us up one by one to get our papers. I was confident that I got a good grade. As I approached the table where my instructor was sitting, he said, “Tony, you’re a pretty good writer. Have you ever considered writing for the school paper?” I told him “No” as he flipped over my essay to reveal a B-. I thought that after his comment an A was in the bag. After that, I wanted to prove him wrong. I got an A on my next essay, but even before that I was hooked.
Message from the Head
Welcome back, everyone, to what promises to be an exciting school year. 2014-15 was both an engaged and a fulfilling one. The list of prizes and fellowships won, major talks (keynotes and plenaries) given, significant writing published, and exciting activities undertaken is so long that I won’t try to reproduce it here. I’ll limit myself to noting that Christina Pugh, Nasser Mufti and Robin Reames won’t be teaching this year because of fellowships (for Christina, a Guggenheim, and for Nasser and Robin fellowships from the Humanities Institute) that will give them the chance to write and to pursue the intellectual interests that will enhance their teaching in the future. But we’re putting together a more complete list of achievements to go elsewhere on this site so please email us with information. In fact, one of the things we want to do is make the site more useful as a way of tracking and, when possible, linking to new work, so you should absolutely let us know (write Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org) when something has come out, and we’ll put the news up. And you should also be sure to tell us about accomplishments and activities that don’t take the form of publication but are just as central to the contribution we seek to make to intellectual life at UIC and in Chicago.