February 2022 Newsletter
Department of English
The application for UNK Continuing Scholarships is now open. You can access the application on your MyBlue account. UNK offers many scholarships to majors or minors in English, English Education, and Language Arts. For more information, see HERE. The deadline to apply is 28 February 2022.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 is the deadline for submissions to a high school writing contest, the Nebraska Emerging Writer Contest, sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta along with the American Democracy Project, Phi Eta Sigma and the Writing Center. Help spread the word to your siblings, friends, and neighbors who are in high school. You can find more information about the contest here: LINK.
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 7pm Reynolds Poetry Series will feature poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. The event will held via Zoom (LINK). In the meantime, you can check out her work on her website: LINK. Then on Thursday, February 17 from 3:30-5:30 pm (Zoom LINK), the poet will offer a “Poetry Playhouse” (as opposed to a workshop) on choosing metaphors.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7 pm the UNK Film Club is hosting a FREE showing of Guillermo del Toro’s film Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno) at the World Theatre in downtown Kearney.
Join the UNK Film Club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The club was launched last fall. Student members, in association with the World Theatre in downtown Kearney, select films for a free showing each month.
Save-the-Date: On Friday, April 22, 2022, the Department of English will hold its annual Student Language and Literature Conference in Thomas Hall. More information and a call-for-papers will be forthcoming soon.
⭐ Featured Major ⭐
This month’s featured student is Caitlin Armburst.
Born in Broken Bow, Nebraska, Caitlin graduated from Kearney High School and transferred to UNK after starting her degree elsewhere. She is an English major (literature track) with 2 minors: public history and creative writing. This past fall, Caitlin presented original scholarship at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference and was inducted into the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta. She also works at the Calvin T. Ryan Library.
I transferred to UNK because here I can pursue both English and history together. My experience with my professors at UNK has been incredibly impactful on me. Dr. Annarose Steinke (English faculty) has been my mentor for both the Midwest Modern Language Association and my undergraduate research project. At the MMLA conference which was held in Milwaukee last November, I presented my paper, “Mrs Dalloway and the Women Who Enable the Patriarchy,” on a panel about feminism and literature. It was a rewarding experience, and I was fortunate to meet so many people and learn about different topics. I am furthering this paper for my undergraduate research project where I will be focusing on modernist women authors who used female characters to criticize women who perpetuate the patriarchy. Last year, I was also inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, and it has been rewarding as an English major. When I’m not in class, you can find me in the UNK library working in the archives and special collections department where I get to combine my love for books and history, thanks to Dr. Will Stoutamire’s (history faculty) guidance. I never would have imagined that I would be given the opportunities that I have received as a student at UNK, and I recommend for students to take full advantage of what UNK has to offer and to learn all they can from their professors while they’re here!
📚 Reading Circle Recommendation 📚
Each year, the state of Nebraska chooses one book as its "book of the year” as part of its One Book One Nebraska program. The pick for 2022 is The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee. For more information check out, the official website: http://onebook.nebraska.gov/2022/book.aspx . Copies are available at the Kearney Public Library and at UNK’s library (call no. PS3551.G4 B66 2016, 2nd level).
Learn more about opportunities for UNK English majors and minors to
…apply for scholarships HERE 🏫.
…minor in English and/or Humanities HERE 📓
…major in English +Pre-Law HERE ⚖️
…major in English +MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) HERE 📚
…major in English +Music/Theatre/Dance/Art HERE 🎭
…major in English +STEM HERE 🚀
…participate in the Undergraduate Research Fellow program HERE 👩🎓
…present research & creative writing at the department’s annual conference HERE👨🏫
…publish poetry and stories HERE ✍️
…study abroad HERE 🗺️
…work as a tutor at the Learning Commons HERE 💡💻