Alumni Connections, 2013 and 2020

Our panelists for the 2013 Alumni Connections career panel, left to right: Jimbo Ivy (BA '10), Toni Tadolini (MA '07), Sarah Caldwell Hancock (BA '94, MA '96), Michelle Haupt (BA '93), and Alyssa Dawson (MA '10) Since 2005, the English Department has hosted an alumni career panel to connect our current students with the expertise … Continue reading Alumni Connections, 2013 and 2020

Found Object: ECS Autumn Quotes

Location: ECS 119B, ECS Building.Object: White board on the door to the custodial storage area in ECS.Observations: For the past few weeks, when walking through our department mailroom in ECS 119, I've noticed an autumn-themed quote on the door to our custodial storage area. Every day or so, a new quote appears. Location: ECS 119B, … Continue reading Found Object: ECS Autumn Quotes

Halloween Horror: The Tell-Tale Heart

Image Credit: Goodreads ENGL 251 "Introduction to Literature" students usually are not English majors; they have backgrounds in everything from architecture to physics, psychology to dietetics. Adaptation assignments, which create new art from course texts, allow students to hone reading skills via talents developed in other contexts. Taylor's project below supports her literary analysis of … Continue reading Halloween Horror: The Tell-Tale Heart

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Makaela Stevens

Makaela Stevens (BA '22) If you’d asked me back in 2015 where I’d be in five years, I might have told you that I’d be attending Kansas State University, and I would’ve been correct. I might have told you that I’d be an English major, and I would’ve been right again. But if you’d asked … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Makaela Stevens

Kansas State Indigenous Peoples Day and So Much More

On Monday, October 12, 2020, the Kansas State Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance hosted their fifth annual Indigenous Peoples Day Symposium. It comes in a season of compelling events, including a live art performance by artist/activist Bunky Echo-Hawk (Yakama/Pawnee), which was part of K-State’s KSUnite programming on Tuesday, October 13, and, looking forward, the upcoming … Continue reading Kansas State Indigenous Peoples Day and So Much More

Grad Student Spotlight: Monica Kopenhaver

Many critics believe that the intellectual pursuits of William Faulkner and Ralph Waldo Emerson remain distinct. Emerson optimistically embraces the present, while the past imprisons many of Faulkner’s characters and even Faulkner himself. Quentin Compson, a profoundly troubled young man in the Sound and the Fury, relives his past until it kills him. But in wanders Lena … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Monica Kopenhaver

September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for the special issue of The Chaucer Review (vol. 55, no. 4, 2020) co-edited by Wendy Matlock.     Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct significant energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting … Continue reading September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Olsen

Rachel Olsen (MA '08) During my second year in the English Master’s program at K-State, I gave an incoming graduate student named Jarrod McCartney (MA ‘09) a tour. Four years later, I married that graduate student and made use of my degree as an English Language Program teacher, writing center director, and English teacher at … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Olsen

Zoom vs. Reality

Phil Nel, Professor Inspired by a Tweet from Dr. Gretchen Goldman -- "Just so I'm being honest," she wrote, sharing a side-by-side photo of herself on camera and the space she's speaking from -- we offer some of our own "Zoom vs. Reality" moments from K-State English as we continue to navigate our current COVID-19 … Continue reading Zoom vs. Reality