During Commencement Weekend each May, the Department of German Studies celebrates its graduating majors and minors and honors outstanding students who have excelled in their coursework, earned departmental honors, received scholarships or fellowships, and made special service contributions to the program.
Students graduating in May, August, or December will receive details about the event from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Research and teaching interests: Dr. Vanchena's current research focuses on German immigrant culture in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is creating a scholarly digital archive of poems written by German Americans during the First World War. She uses this poetry to examine how German immigrants and their descendants defined their national identity from 1914 to 1918. She also engages with the local history museum to study the Turner movement in Lawrence, KS. Dr. Vanchena teaches courses on the German-American experience, German-language literature, and contemporary German-speaking Europe. She regularly teaches lower-level and advanced online courses for the BGS degree completion program.