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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

English Graduate Group (EGG)

August 9, 2013

Dear Incoming Student,

Welcome! The English Graduate Group would like to congratulate you on your acceptance to UT. Since you will probably be on information overload these first few days, we’ll try to keep this brief. The English Graduate Group, or EGG for short, works to promote opportunities for graduate students within the Department of English. The elected members of the EGG Steering Committee serve to foster a sense of community among graduate students.

As a new member of this community, you will automatically be subscribed to a listserv called NEWEGAD, through which you’ll receive email notifications from the Graduate English office. You will be subscribed using the email address that you provide to the Graduate English office. NEWEGAD is a closed listserv for this year's incoming students. It enables you to communicate exclusively with your cohort during your first year at UT. NEWEGAD is extremely useful for getting to know your fellow incoming students, but it does not connect you to the English graduate program as a whole.

To enter into the larger conversation with your colleagues, we encourage you to subscribe to our listserv, Broken-Eggs, an online discussion group for all interested graduate students in the UT Department of English. On Broken-Eggs, you will receive announcements and queries from other students, and you will also be able to post questions and comments of your own. You will find Broken-Eggs useful for avoiding recall wars, as people often send courtesy queries for books checked out from the library. Broken-Eggs also helps you stay informed about upcoming parties and social events, and members can exchange recommendations for everything from doctors to hairstylists. Be forewarned, however, that Broken-Eggs users do sometimes object to posts advocating political positions, making jokes, or perpetuating flame wars, so please exercise discretion about what you send to the listserv.

If you would like to subscribe to Broken-Eggs, visit this website and follow the instructions: http://lists.cwrl.utexas.edu/mailman/listinfo/broken-eggs.  Gmail users sometimes have difficulty signing up, so you may want to use your UT email address.

We have planned three happy hours so that you can get to know your cohort and some of the other English grad students as well. Please join us at 5:00pm on Monday, August 19th, at the Dog and Duck (406 W 17th St); Thursday, August 22nd, at the Hole in the Wall (2538 Guadalupe St); and Monday, August 26th, at Spiderhouse (2908 Fruth St).

If you have any questions or suggestions about how we can better address graduate student needs, please contact a member of the EGG Steering Committee. We can't wait to meet you and look forward to seeing you at the happy hours.

The EGG Steering Committee:

Laura Thain (lthain@utexas.edu)

Rebecca MacMillan (rmacmillan@utexas.edu)

Courtney Massie (courtney.massie@gmail.com)

Kendra Fortmeyer (kendra.fortmeyer@gmail.com)

Kate Stevenson (katstev@utexas.edu

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