Department of English
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
On Friday, May 13, 2022, UNK Commencement will be held at 10:00 am in the Health and Sports Center. See the main website for more information: LINK. Congratulations to the class of 2022!
On Monday, May 16, 2022, summer term classes begin.
⭐ Student Success ⭐
❇️ Tanya Woodward presented her master’s thesis at the 2022 MAGS Three-Minute Thesis Competition held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 22. Tanya also presented a paper, “Pitch This: Rhetorical Situation Business Video Pitches,” at the Online Writing Instruction (OWI) Symposium in August 2021.
❇️ Tyler Michael Jacobs (B.A. 2021) published a book of poetry, Building Brownville, with Stephen F. Austin University Press. See a news story about it at Kearney Hub here: LINK.
❇️ At the upcoming CAS Spring Outstanding Seniors Ceremony, two graduating seniors in English will be honored: Elijah Lynch and Joshua Wetovick.
❇️ On April 22, fifty-one students presented their research or creative writing at the Department of English’s annual Student Language and Literature Conference. You can find the full program HERE.
❇️ At the 2022 Student Language and Literature Conference, the following 11 students won awards: Mara Andersen, Trinity Angle, Emily Brachle, Elijah Lynch, Kenny Mitchell, Josh Peschang, Coleman Riggins, Koree Schueler, Joshua Wetovick, and Darian Wilson.
For more information, see here: LINK
⭐ Featured Majors ⭐
This month’s featured student is Gracie Luebbe.
Gracie Luebbe is a sophomore from Columbus, Nebraska, where she attended Columbus High School. At UNK, Gracie is majoring in Secondary Education with a 7-12 English Endorsement and a minor in Spanish. On campus, she is involved in the Alpha Phi sorority, the Honors Program, and LPAC (Loper Programming and Activities Council). She also serves as a Homecoming Co-Chair for LPAC, a Student Senator for Student Government, and works as a writing tutor in the Learning Commons. At UNK Research Day, her paper titled, “An Analysis of the Traits Which Form the Identities of Three Women within There There,” won the Diversity Award.
I love all the opportunities that UNK provides for students, especially any chance to create connections within the English Department! In each of my English classes, I have been able to meet so many new people and develop new relationships with both faculty and peers. Even if someone is not pursuing a major in English or even a minor, they should consider taking at least class in Thomas Hall with this group of people, because they will gain so many new ideas and perspectives from this excellent opportunity.
Being able to represent the English Department as a Student Senator is also a great chance for me to make connections within student government so I can be a voice for my peers. I believe that getting involved in as many organizations and groups as possible while in college is a great way to expand your horizons and become more well-rounded. I greatly encourage all students, those in the English Department or not, to try and become as active as they can on campus because it will bring them amazing experiences and great friends!
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 💡💻