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Spring Homecoming

2020 schedule and information coming soon

Schedule of Events: Thursday, April 25, 2019 

130 Colson Hall 
  • 10 a.m. Coffee 
  • 10:30 a.m. Alumni panel featuring Whit Arnold, Sara Ash Georgi, Toni Poling, and Jessica Queener 

Rhododendron Room, WVU Downtown Library 
  • 7:30 p.m. MFA graduation reading by Ryan Kalis, Kayla McCormick, Emilie Shumway, Dan Al-Daqa, Kanza Javed, Thomas Martin, Jacob Block, Evan Kertman, Lauren Milici, and Heather Myers


Alumni Panelists 


Whit Arnold 
Product Specialist

WVU graduate with an MFA in creative nonfiction in 2017. After graduation, he taught in WVU’s Department of English for one year as an adjunct professor. He currently works at Rakuten OverDrive. Whit’s essay “Snap” was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2018.

Sara Ash Georgi 
Managing Editor
West Virginia University Press

Managing editor at West Virginia University Press. She works with authors, copyeditors, and typesetters to publish books and journals in history, geography, Appalachian studies, environmental studies, and other fields. She received her MA in professional writing and editing from WVU in 2015. As an MA student, Sara interned at WVU Press. An unabashed editing nerd, she tweets about publishing at @snageorgi.

Toni Poling 
National Board Certified Teacher
2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year
English Dept. Chair, Fairmont Senior High School

Attended WVU’s 5-Year Teacher Education Program, earning a BA in English and MA in secondary education in 2004. She has worked at Fairmont Senior High School since 2006 where she teaches AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, and serves in a number of leadership positions. In 2013, she achieved her National Board Certification. Toni was honored as the 2017 West Virginia State Teacher of the Year and spent her year of service advocating for public education in the Mountain State. She is currently pursuing an EdD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

Jessica Queener
Director of Graduate Studies
WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at WVU. While working toward her PhD in English, Jessica completed a dissertation in nineteenth-century British literature. She also taught classes in composition, literature, pop culture, college success, and leading study abroad. Prior to graduating in 2015, she also worked as an advisor in English and Multidisciplinary Studies and as a recruiter and advising specialist for Eberly College.