English Studies Organization | Alpha Rho Sigma | The Fall Line Review | Pathways

English Studies Organization (ESO)

The ESO is a vibrant and active student organization dedicated to supporting members' appreciation of literature in an engaging, social environment. Open to all MGA students, this group hosts a range of events, including lectures, poetry readings, book discussions, and film screenings. In 2014, ESO members wrote, produced, and performed Mystery Dinner Theater production, and the annual trip to the Shakespeare Tavern is a cherished ESO tradition.

Faculty advisors for ESO are Dr. Benita Muth and Dr. Shane Trayers. You can follow ESO events on Facebook at MGA ESO. Contact Dr. Muth () or Dr. Trayers

To join the English Studies Organization listserv:

  1. Go to the MGA listserver
  2. Select the ESO-L list
  3. Select "Subscribe or Unsubscribe"
  4. Enter your name and email address
  5. Click "Join"
  6. Reply to the confirmation email

Please check your e-mail regularly for news about the English Studies Organization. You can also follow ESO news and events on Facebook: search “MGA ESO.”

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Alpha Rho Sigma (ARS)

Alpha Rho Sigma (ARS) is the Middle Georgia State University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. "The central purpose of Alpha Rho Sigma is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies and to promote literacy in the local community."

Recent ARS activities include co-sponsoring a record-breaking bone marrow donor drive, tutoring middle school students at the Rosa Jackson Recreation Center in Macon, conducting book discussions at middle Georgia elementary and high schools, presenting workshops on GRE preparation, and book drives supporting worldwide literacy efforts in partnership with Better World Books.

The ARS faculty advisor is Dr. Chip Rogers. Email Dr. Rogers () and visit for more information about becoming a member. Find ARS on Facebook by searching “MGS ARS,” and follow us on Twitter: see “@ARSMGSC.”

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The Fall Line Review

The Fall Line Review is an annual journal dedicated to highlighting the literary and artistic achievements of Middle Georgia State University students. The journal was created in the early 1970's and was called Timepiece. In 1998, the journal became The Fall Line Review, placing it within a literary tradition of journals that incorporate a sense of layered time, locale, and geography that the original journal sought to achieve.

Faculty advisors are Dr. Kelly Whiddon and Mr. Adam Young.

The Fall Line Review welcomes music and digital media submissions as well as works of poetry, prose, artwork, and photography.

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Pathways: Models for Composition

Now in its seventh edition, Pathways: Models for Composition is a Pearson-published collection of freshman student essays composed originally for MGA English 1101 and 1102 classes. Pathways provides student writers an outlet for legitimate publication and serves to "make students and instructors attentive to the problems of writing for real audiences. When students know that only instructors will read their writing and that the only consequence will be a grade, whether high or low, their essays will likely lack the authentic tone of those who really want to communicate with an audience. By discussing the selections in Pathways, however, students will discover that freshman writing generally, and quite possibly their own writing in particular, need not be a mere academic exercise" (v).

Serving on the Editorial Board for the Seventh Edition were Dr. Debra H. Matthews, Dr. Amy Berke, Dr. Patrick Brennan, and Dr. Sharon Colley

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