SAFE Grant Student Spotlight: Eloisa Sanchez, Mathematics

SAFE Grant Student Spotlight: Eloisa Sanchez, Mathematics 

Eloisa Sanchez is an undergraduate student from Zebulon, N.C. 

Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recipient 
Project: “Collegiate Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) Creative Endeavor”

Through SAFE grant funding, Sanchez was able to attend the Collegiate Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) at the University of Houston as a performer and observer along with five other Appalachian State University. At this event, students compete by memorizing their written pieces and performing them before a live audience.

“Being able to attend CUPSI not only inspired me to dive deeper into my artistic interests, but also exposed me to a wider variety of backgrounds through the performances and interactions with other performers… I was able to indulge my own creativity and realize that my creative endeavors can be more than just a hobby” said Sanchez.

The ability to attend CUPSI provided valuable experiences to Sanchez and other Appalachian students by learning more about slam poetry performance and listening to other creative individuals from across the country. 

"Over the past twenty years, CUPSI has grown into the nation's premier collegiate poetry slam event, and it's wonderful to have App State represented and to give our student poets this opportunity to develop and showcase their art,” said mentor Dr. Carl Eby, professor, English. 


About The SAFE Fund
Initially endowed by Hughlene and Bill Frank, the College of Arts and Sciences Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund provides resources that can be used to support undergraduate, graduate and faculty experiences. The SAFE Fund provides funding for college priorities and opportunities that arise throughout the year. These unrestricted funds support student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities. Learn more at:

About the Department of English
The Department of English at Appalachian State University is committed to outstanding work in the classroom, the support and mentorship of students, and a dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory and literature. The department offers master’s degrees in English and rhetoric and composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, professional writing and English education. Learn more at

Compiled and written by Barclay Ann Blankenship and Ellen Gwin Burnette
Feb. 18, 2021

Student and Faculty Excellence Fund
Published: Feb 18, 2021 12:11pm