Our Thanks to Alison Wheatley and Marcella Reekie

  During the past weeks, we celebrated the contributions of Alison Wheatley and Marcella Reekie, two of our faculty members who are retiring this May and this August, respectively, after more than 30 years of service to Kansas State. Our first celebration took place during our final department faculty meeting of the year and on … Continue reading Our Thanks to Alison Wheatley and Marcella Reekie

Congratulations to the M.A. Class of 2022

Today is the graduate commencement ceremony for our 2022 M.A. grads. Since the coronavirus pandemic continues to limit in-person meetings, we offer this brief video celebration: Thanks to our graduate program assistant, Hannah Rollison (MA '22), for her help editing the above video. Best wishes to the M.A. class of 2022! Keep us posted on … Continue reading Congratulations to the M.A. Class of 2022

Found Object: 2022 M.A. Projects

Location: Social media.Object: Project Titles,  graduating M.A. students.Observations: 1) Each spring, for many years, we have displayed the M.A. Project and Thesis titles of our graduating M.A. students at our annual spring Awards Banquet.  2) This year, as in 2020 and 2021, COVID prompted us to develop an alternative: with the help of our 2022 … Continue reading Found Object: 2022 M.A. Projects

Alumni Spotlight: Julie Hensley

Julie Hensley (MA '99) When I drove west from the Shenandoah Valley to Manhattan, Kansas for the first time, I remember stopping to pump gas on the West Virginia Turnpike at the base of a mountain that felt so much larger and more dramatic than the misty blue ones I had left behind. Just across … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Julie Hensley

2021-2022 Annual Awards

Lilacs in bloom in Manhattan, KS ~ early evening, April 2022 This first weekend in May would usually find us at the Alumni Center for dinner, conversation, and celebration. We always look forward to recognizing our award winners at our Annual Awards Banquet. However, as it did the past two years, the continuing presence of … Continue reading 2021-2022 Annual Awards

April 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for the edited collection Screening #MeToo, where Katy Karlin's work appears.   Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As we enter a third year living with COVID-19, we continue to direct energies towards teaching our courses and to supporting others during … Continue reading April 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Grad Student Spotlight: Jorden Schoenhofer

The concept of my M.A. project, the beginning of a Y.A. novel titled Mirrored Mirage, started on a patio with fireflies glinting on and off in the distance. My dog rolled freely in the coolness of the grass, while a gentle wind encased me with the haunting screams of the summer cicadas. Their tones became a choir … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Jorden Schoenhofer

Alumni Spotlight: Francesca Royster

Francesca Royster (BA '88) For the past six years, I’ve been working on a book on Black Country Music performers and fans. I stumbled on the topic chatting with my father about his time as a session musician in Nashville in the 1970’s. (Dad — Philip Royster — taught in English and Ethnic Studies at … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Francesca Royster

Still Thinking of Ukraine

Photos from the refugee camp in Budapest, Hungary. (Alexander Hurla | Collegian Media Group) A few weeks ago, Alexander Hurla (BA '22 in Humanities, minor in English) left Manhattan, Kansas, for Budapest, Hungary, to volunteer assistance for those seeking help in response to the war in Ukraine. In his role at Assistant News Editor for … Continue reading Still Thinking of Ukraine