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Department presents annual awards to 16 history majors



Tuesday night, April 28, 16 History or History-Social Sciences Education majors gathered with their families and department faculty members to be recognized for their hard work.  Nearly $30,000 was awarded to these students from eight department scholarship funds:

Helen M. Cavanagh Awards Best Master’s Degree Student – Meghan Hawkins and Fusheng Luo

Helen M. Cavanagh Awards for Best Master’s Thesis in US History – Kera Storrs

Helen M. Cavanagh Awards for Best Master’s Thesis in non-US History – Fusheng Luo

Lucy Lucile Tasher Senior Scholarship – Samuel Quast and David Shanahan

Gleynafa A. Ray Award – Blake Bodine, Matthew Donta, Nora Dunne and Kerry Garvey

Mark Wyman Scholarship – Adam Barnes and Jeremy Yeary

James Todd Wilborn Scholarship – Kelly Schrems

Darrel A. Sutter Award – Jason Blankenship and Trevor Shields

Kyle C. Sessions Honors Scholarship – Beau Ott

William and Jeanne Howard Scholarship – Lucas Mays

Four new members of Phi Alpha Theta inducted Tuesday night

new members

Benjamin Boing, Addison Tweedy, Katelyn Maragi and Eldon Yeakel were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta Tuesday night as part of the department Awards Ceremony.  To qualify a student must have at least 12 semester hours in History with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History and 3.0 overall.  Graduate students must have 12 graduate house completed toward their Master’s Degree with at least a 3.5 GPA.  Only Phi Beta Kappa has more stringent membership qualifications.  As a result, the faculty and staff of the History Department take these students’ achievement very seriously.  Congratulations!

Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Activities

Sudipa Topdar published “Duties of a ‘good citizen': colonial secondary school textbook policites in late nineteenth-century India, ” in South Asian history and Culture 6 (3) (April 2015): 1-25.

John Reda’s appearance in this Sunday’s (4/26) episode of TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” was featured in today’s CAS News:

Amy Wood presented “Sympathetic Sentiment and the Psychiatric Treatment of Prisoners in the Progressive Era” at the OAH conference in St. Louis.

Andrew Hartman presented “Studies on the Left, 1959-1967: towards an American Western Marxism” at the OAH.

Richard Soderlund, Issam Nassar, Ross Kennedy and Dan Stump received rave reviews for their Senior Professionals classes on World War I.  Part 2 in fall consists of Kat Paehler, Christine Varga-Harris, Dan Stump and Ross Kennedy.

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