Welcome to the 2014 School Year

15 August 2014

Dear UCCS History Majors and M.A. Students,

Welcome to the 2014-15 UCCS school year! This is Paul Harvey, Chair of the History Department, I wanted to introduce myself to all of you, to encourage you to stop by and introduce yourself, and to let you know of some of the exciting events and opportunities in the department and at UCCS for this upcoming year. My office is Columbine Hall 2055, email pharvey@uccs.edu, and phone 255-4078.

Besides me, our departmental assistant, Ian Smith, is there in COB 2048 during the day to help you with all your needs; he can also be reached at email at ismith2@uccs.edu, or at 255-4069. I want to encourage all of you to make use of our best resources for departmental information and updates: the departmental website at http://www.uccs.edu/history, and the departmental blog at http://uccshistory.wordpress.com.

You will find at the website (http://www.uccs.edu/history) an abundance of information, including full information on all the regular faculty and instructors; helpful guides to the major itself; a special section just for those of you who are transfer students; information about the senior thesis required of all history majors; information on the undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) programs; events, lectures, and opportunities during the school year; and much, much more.

You will find at the departmental blog, at http://uccshistory.wordpress.com, reminders, announcements, and “late breaking news,” as well as occasional guest posts from students and faculty members on historical issues in the news. For example, we will periodically post the schedule for senior thesis for several semesters in advance, helping you plan when you want to do your thesis. I will post updates on events and opportunities locally such as lectures, work opportunities, and internships.

This year, I also wanted to let you know about several new developments within the department itself. First, I am delighted to announce that Ms. Roy Jo Sartin is now a half-time Instructor in the Department, meaning she will be teaching two courses a semester in fields such as Ancient Greee, Ancient Egypt, and Mesopotamian History. Also, we are beginning a new program of History Internships for both undergraduates and graduates; it will be led by Leah Davis-Witherow, chief Archivist at the Pioneers Museum – look for History 3955 to sign up and get some great experience working for local public history institutions.

Once again, welcome to the school year, and best of luck.

All my best,

Paul Harvey
Professor and Chair of History, UCCS

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History Department Student Award Winners

UCCS HISTORY DEPARTMENT AWARDS CEREMONY, APRIL 25, 2014
Ceremony from 2 – 3 p.m., April 25, 2014, UC 116

OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT(s):
Danielle McKinley
Colette Richards

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT:
Angela Knipe

UCCS GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP WINNERS
Megan Dobbins Ishum
Sabine Banuelos

CU FACULTY ASSOCIATION KISSLINGER AWARD
Amy Haines

OUTSTANDING SENIOR THESES BY SECTION

Professor Sackett’s Section

***Jennifer Hepworth: ‘Holocaust Writing: An Individual’s Account’
***Amber Bradish: ‘The Women Behind the Men: Sophie Scholl and Freya von Moltke and the German Resistance’
***Taylor Wirth: ‘Transitions from Communism in Eastern Europe’

Professor Duvick’s Section
***Jennifer Vanderwalker, “The Search for the Inconceivable Uncontained: Revealing the Unique Eschatology in the Gospel of Truth”

Professor Headle’s Section
***Alexander Keck, “Blood and Thunder: The Evolution of the American Navy from 1776 to 1815.”

Professor Myers’ Section

Erin Wallace, “Poetry with a Purpose:  The Bardic Defense of Gaelic Culture During the Tudor Conquest.”

Megan Bell, “Christine de Pizan and her Mighty Pen”

CSURF PRESENTERS
Anna Rosza, John Garrett, Maria Cordova, and Jennifer Hepworth

GRADUATE TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS
**Colin McAllister  **Sabine Banuelos  **Richard Hernandez

GRADUATING M.A. STUDENTS
**Angela Knipe
**Jeremiah Snyder
**Preston Petermeier
**Maggie Sargeant
**Veronica Spicer
**Christopher Darrow
**Linda Aldrich
**Robin Lynch
**Nicole DeV Emmons

FOUNTAIN/FAIRVIEW CEMETERY PROJECT VOLUNTEERS
Barbara Headle will recognize students who participated in the Fountain/Fairview Cemetery Project

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD FROM THE HISTORICAL ENGINEERING SOCIETY
**Ben Putnam, President of the Society

SPECIAL PUBLISHING RECOGNITION
Kym Brumlik, for article published in the Journal of South Asian Studies
Samantha Christiansen (alumnus), for new book conract

SPECIAL THANK-YOU RECOGNITIONS FOR SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT
***Kim Sweetwood
***Aimee Morgado

INTERNSHIPS IN HISTORY
**Preston Petermeier, African American Historical and Genealogical Society and the Broadmoor Archives
**Angie Knipe and Dylan Tyler Interns at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

COMMUNITY SERVICE AT LOCAL HISTORY DAYS
**Linda Aldrich    **Jeremiah Snyder    **Lindsey Duncan

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS FOR COMING ACADEMIC YEAR
Sabine Banuelos, Ray Shaner, Lindsey Duncan, Rochelle Richards-Burks, Megan Ishum, Jennifer Broderick

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS JUST COMPLETED
Linda Aldrich, Aimee Morgado, Linda Aldrich, DeV Emmons, Angie Knipe, Robin Lynch

OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR AWARD, LAS
******   Leah Davis-Witherow  *****

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History Department Awards Ceremony and Other Events in April and May!

Department of History
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO COLORADO SPRINGS

8 March 2014

Dear UCCS History Students, MA Students, and Alumni,

As we approach the last part of another school year, I wanted to send you a special invitation to a couple of upcoming events organized by the History Department, and featuring/honoring the work of our excellent undergraduate and graduate students. 

First, each year the History Department stages its own celebration of the achievements of our students, where we honor our Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student award winners, outstanding Senior Thesis winners (1 or 2 per section), students who have presented at conferences or had their work published, and students who have worked with community organizations or in public history venues. 

This year the awards ceremony will be on FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH, from 2 – 3 p.m., in University Center 116. All students (undergraduate and graduate) AND alumni are welcome to join us. Refreshments will be served, and we hope to see a lot of you there. 

Second, each spring the History Department hosts a Heller Center Symposium, where the work of students or alumni (or both) are presented in the style of a History conference. This year, the graduate students in Paul Harvey’s Civil War History and Bernice Forrest’s Native American Ethnography seminars will present their research work. This event will be TUESDAY, MAY 6TH, FROM 4:30 – 8:30 P.M., at the Heller Center. You may feel free to come and go as you please and as you have time. Again, all students and alumni welcome. 

Third, on Wed., APRIL 2, 9am-noon at the Heller Center, Drs. Roger Martinez (History) and Colin McAllister (VAPA, Music) have organized a symposium: “Astrology, Anglo-Saxons, and Dissonance: The Idea of Renaissance in Europe from the Ninth to the Sixteenth Century, ” associated with their HUM course. Again, all students and alumni welcome. Please rsvp to Professor Roger Martinez.

We hope you will keep abreast of our events and our student achievements through our History Department Newsletter, this blog, and the History Department website. We have many exciting new projects and initiatives just starting that we hope to share with you in the near future.

Paul Harvey
Chair, Department of History

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Talk on Christianity and Politics in Modern America — Tuesday, March 11, 3:00 p.m.

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Spring Graduate Student Happy Hour

Please join the History faculty for an informal Happy Hour (no host):

When: March 6, Thursday, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Come for as long or short a time as you like. 

Where: La Hacienda Restaurant, just across N. Nevada in University Village shopping Center

Who: History Department Faculty and Graduate students

For more program info/events, please see: http://www.uccs.edu/history

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Book by Department Member Named to Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles List

Professor’s book named outstanding academic title

 by , reprinted from UCCS Communique

Color of ChristSubject editors of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries recently announced The Color of Christ: The Son of God & the Saga of Race in America as one of the Top 25 Books in its annual Outstanding Academic Titles List.

The Color of Christ was written by Paul Harvey, professor, Department of History, and Edward Blum, associate professor, Department of History, San Diego State University. The book explores the nature of Christ worship in the U.S. and addresses how his image has been visually remade to champion causes of white supremacists and civil rights leaders alike, and why the idea of a white Christ has endured.

Choice is a leading source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. More than 22,000 librarians, faculty, and key decision makers rely on Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online for collection development and scholarly research.

In a Dec. 16 release, Choice shared the “Top 25 Books: and “Top 10 Internet Resources” lists. A full Outstanding Academic Titles list will appear in the Jan. 2014 issue.

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Student Robin Lynch’s presentation to the El Paso County Pioneers’ Association

Congratulations to UCCS History student Robin Lynch, who (after a 25-year career in the military) came to our graduate program and has been doing some amazing work in discovering some previously untapped sources on the history of poor farms and paupers in El Paso County. This newletter of the El Paso County Pioneers’ Association details some of that work. Congratulations to Robin! Here’s a brief excerpt:

In North Platte Nebraska, where Robin grew up, a book had been written about the local poor farm. A movie, Evil Obsessions is to be produced about that institution whose matron was said to be “evil.” That started the search for local history here regarding our local poor farm. Yes, there was one here on 21 street and an earlier facility ston the East side of the city. One set of information led to another and as the various pieces of information Robin found, in different governmental archives, got put together, at first in her mind then on paper. She became interested it putting it all in one place not only for her class work but for us. Posterity!

Research led her to our “potters field” and on to EPCPA’ s involvement at Evergreen Cemetery. Most Counties have designated cemetery plots for those unable to pay. The EPCPA under the guidance of Mel Sinton and other Board members documented the “pioneer” section of Evergreen Cemetery some years ago. Robin asked EPCPA permission to retype the information from EPCPA work at the Cemetery into a database. A good idea so that it is more readily available to everyone these days.
Permission happily given!

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