2021 Holiday Card

Faculty and Grad Student Trivia Night

Each year at our annual department Holiday Party, we ask those in attendance to help us select the images that should appear on our end-of-year card for our donors and friends.

Once again this year, due to Covid-19, our Holiday Party moved online (for our celebration of retiring faculty member Dr. Christina Hauck, followed by some seasonal poetry and festive conversation), and so we’re seeking input from our readers.

Below are twelve images that have been popular on our social media platforms this year and that capture some of the people, events, and experiences of 2021 during a full year of pandemic life.

Visit tinyurl.com/2021holidaycardselection by Monday (December 20) at 11:59pm to share your ranked preferences.

The top six images — along with some other highlights — will appear on our 2021 holiday card, which will arrive to the mailboxes of our friends and donors in early January and appear on our social media platforms soon after.

Thank you in advance for your help!

With best wishes for a restful and healthy holiday season —

Karin Westman, Department Head


Option 1: Traci Brimhall and grad students Liana Martin (MA ’23), Spencer Young (MA ’22), Tolu Daniel (MA ’22), & Achilles Schartz (MA ’23) enjoyed the 2021 #kansasbookfestival

Option 2: Faculty and Grad Student Trivia Night

Option 3: Mary Cook (MA ’22), Jefferson Storms (MA ’22), & Rachael Cox (MA ’21) present at the 2021 Graduate Literature Symposium, chaired by Wendy Matlock on behalf of the Literature Track

Option 4: Some graduates of our English M.A. Classes of 2020 and 2021 at the combined Graduate School commencement, May 2021

Option 5: Emi Griess (MA ’12), Shaunte’ Montgomery (MA ’08), Brian Zimmerman (BA ’13), and Chelsea Brimer (BA ’05, MA ’09) at the 2021 Alumni Connections panel

Option 6: English Department faculty, graduate students, and alumni present at the 2021 Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Conference

Option 7: 8th Annual Young Writers’ Workshop

Option 8: Wildflowers keeping cool in the morning shade of the ECS Building, August 2021

Option 9: First in-person M.A. defense since March 2020

Option 10: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, via Zoom

Option 11: Mark Crosby, Shirley Tung, Gabrielle Coffey (MA ’22), & Spencer Young (MA ’22) present Lightning Talks on Frankenstein

Option 12: Lucas Cook (BA ’23), Evelyn Garcia (BA ’23), Cassidy Hartig (BA ’24), and Kinsley Searles (BA ’22) are inducted into our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta!

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