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UO English participates in SAIL 2014

Oct 1, 2014Oct 2, 2014

cropped-Eng-Journ-GROUP-PIC-2-1tp4vhrOnce again, UO English will participate in UO’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL). Organized by Connie Wonham and department head, Karen Ford, UO English will host local high school seniors who came to campus for a week to hone their writing skills and prepare for the college essay and application process.

During the week, students will participate in two mock English classes taught by UO English professors Benjamin Saunders and Kirby Brown. They will also work on a video essay with instruction from the Journalism school faculty. On the final day, students will meet individually with UO English faculty volunteers to discuss their college essays and learn about the English major at UO.  SAIL staff will follow up with seniors this year, and it is hoped that some of these campers will make their way to UO next year – and perhaps to the English department as well.

SAIL is a University of Oregon program led by faculty who volunteer their time to increase the number of low-income students enrolling and succeeding in college. Founded in 2005 as a week-long economics camp for 15 students, SAIL now has eight faculty-led summer camps with 150 students. The program is free and gives students information and personal experience with the college campus, including seminars on admissions and financial aid. The program’s goal is for students to finish four years of SAIL and have the tools to succeed in higher education.

Learn more about the sail program by visiting the program’s website at

Thank you, UO English SAIL faculty: Lara Bovilsky, Kirby Brown, Karen Ford, Heidi Kaufman, Anne Laskaya, Benjamin Saunders, Gordon Sayre, William Rossi, Connie Wonham, and Mary Wood.