UCCS HISTORY DEPARTMENT AWARDS, for Academic Year 2019 – 2020
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS: Selected by the faculty of the History Department after lengthy discussions, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award honors graduating MA History students who have among the highest cumulative GPAs in their cohort and who have distinguished themselves in other ways in their academic performance, community outreach (on campus and beyond), and professional engagement. This honor is the highest recognition bestowed directly by the department faculty.
OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS: Selected by the faculty of the History Department after lengthy discussions, the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award honors graduating MA History students who have among the highest cumulative GPAs in their cohort and who have distinguished themselves in other ways in their academic performance, community outreach (on campus and beyond), and professional engagement. This honor is the highest recognition bestowed directly by the department faculty.
OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT Across ALL HUMANITIES Depts:
Winner: Eric Witte, a non-traditional student and double major in History and Geography (GES) was nominated by the Department of History faculty for this award, acknowledging his excellent interdisciplinary work. Apart from being an outstanding student, Eric’s professors in both departments described how his contribution to class discussion elevated the overall educational experience. He is also a writing fellow and works at the Writing Center. He is a generous peer and mentor to other students. He is active in our chapter of the History National Honor Society–Phi Alpha Theta as well as CSURF, and other public presentations. The chairs of the humanities departments voted to select him for this honor.
WUNDERLI SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS: The Department gives out annual scholarships, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department. Her generosity supports these multiple $1250 awards.
Kristy Wilson, Heather Bergh, Shannon Fortune, James Perkins, Tania Reyes, Bailey Ford, Jennifer Mills, Emily Cosper, Joshua Rodriguez, Mariah Fluegel
FLORENCE MURPHY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: The scholarship is possible through the generosity of one of the most distinguished graduates of UCCS. The scholarship consists of two $750 awards for the school year for non-traditional undergraduate students (25 years or older) who are History majors.
2019-2020 Awardee: Jeffrey Mann
INTERNSHIPS IN HISTORY, Guided by Profs. Christina Jimenez and Amy Haines, these students have completed the Internship course (HIST 3995/HIST 6995) and worked for 104 hours at various community organizations. If you are interested in learning more about graduate or undergrad internships for course credits (HIST 3995/HIST 6995), please contact Prof. Jimenez, email@example.com.
Kurt Blose, United States Olympic Committee Archives
Heather Poll, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Ashley Affleck-Johnson, Old Colorado City Heritage Center
Lora Reiher, United States Olympic Committee Archives
Jeremiah Warren, Fourth Infantry Division Museum
Amybeth Frederickson, United States Olympic Committee Archives
Mariah Fluegel, Western Museum of Mining and Industry
James Perkins, United States Air Force Academy Archives, Clark Special Collections
Peyton Taylor, United States Olympic Committee Archives
Joshua Rodriguez, United States Olympic Committee Archives
Vanessa Davila, Western Museum of Mining and Industry
Joshua Van Sanford, One Nation Walking
Jamie Anderson, United States Olympic Committee Archives
Taylor Burnfield, United States Olympic Committee Archives
FRIENDS OF FOUNTAIN FAIRVIEW CEMETERY BENEVOLENT SOCIETY: Thank you to Profs. Barbara Headle and Amy Haines for their work! We would like to recognize the work of our UCCS student volunteers as well.
Student Volunteers for 2019: Bryan Wheeler, Heather Bergh, Kristy Wilson, Aaron Wilson, and Nikki Valdez
Volunteer of the Year: Nikki Valdez
College of LAS Student-Faculty Research Award: Christopher Schreck, Dr. Roger Martinez and Mary Rupp for “Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Spain.” Chris worked specifically with a group of thirty individual documents from the Burgos Cathedral in Spain. The process for extracting metadata from the transcriptions and abstracts provided and entering that information into a database.
PHI ALPHA THETA, the History National Honor Society, UCCS chapter (Tau Chi) is open to student interested in history. Faculty Advisor: Professor Samantha Christiansen. The Phi Alpha Theta (Tau Chi ) Award for Student Leadership is awarded annually in recognition of the leadership, talent, and impact of one undergraduate and one graduate student in our Phi Alpha Theta, Tau Chi chapter. The winners of this award have demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in promoting the study of history in our department and the broader community through research, event planning, and/or other forms of public engagement, while maintaining a high GPA and overall record of academic excellence. Thank you to Dr. Christiansen for her role as advisor!
This year’s 2019-2020 PAT Student Leadership Award Winners:
Undergraduate Student: Madison Harris
Graduate Student: Bryan Wheeler
2020 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees: Mariah Fluegel; Theodore A. Givler; Hunter M. Henderson; Victoria L. Mason; Rosalyn Myrick; Victoria Lynn Pfeifer; Erin Rogers; Damian A. Ruminski; Joshua Van Sanford; Eric Witte; Cyrus J. Youngs
Undergraduate Student Conference Presentations:
- Madison Harris presented her paper on “Martin Luther King and the Quest for Racial Justice in Utah,” at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at Western State University
- Madison Harris presented her paper at the Sunstone Symposium 2020: “The Hands of Our Enemies”: Brigham Young University and the Federal Government in the Fight for Civil Rights, 1968-1975,” June 2020
Graduate Student Conference and Public Presentations:
- Bryan Wheeler presented his paper on “The Search for Identity: Nineteenth-Century Women Find Who They Are” At the National Phi Alpha Theta Conference in San Antonio.
- Heather Bergh presented her paper on: “A Whole City of Whores” At the National Phi Alpha Theta Conference in San Antonio
- Heather Bergh presented her paper on: “A Whole City of Whores: Prostitution in the Civil War” at The Mountain Lion Research days.
- Barry Binder, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Lecture Series, In My Ain Countrie: Thomas MacLaren, Walter Farquhar Douglas, and Thompson Duncan Hetherington; a transnational case study of Scottish migration at the turn of the 20th century.” Available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhD49vASPZc
OUTSTANDING SENIOR THESES BY SECTION, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
Professor Martinez’s section, fall 2019:
- Eric Witte for his thesis “The Myth of El Cid, Spanish Identity, and the Fallacy of the Reconquista”
Professor Christiansen’s Section, Fall 2019:
- Bridget Harris for her thesis “American Apartheid”
Professor Harvey’s Section, spring 2020:
- Jeffrey Mann, “Water, Sugar Beets, and Labor: Rocky Ford in the 20th Century.”
- Madison Harris, “ ‘The Hands of Our Enemies’: Brigham Young University and the Federal Government in the Fight for Civil Rights, 1968-1975″
GRADUATING M.A. STUDENTS
Fall 2019: Taylor Bright, Ryan Grant, Lora Reiher, April Roof, Nicholas Smith, Ian Torres
Spring 2020: Kurt Blose, Kirstin Dillingham, Ryan Harris, Stefan Huddleston, Reagen Hudson, Allison McDonald, Spencer Miles, Heather Poll, Nathaniel Rennicks, Christopher Schreck
GRADUATE TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT: Michael Moody and Shannon Ritchey
TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS FOR AY 2019-20 YEAR:
Barry Binder, Stefan Huddleston, Teddy Givler, Ian Torres, Heather Bergh, Bryan Wheeler
GRADUATE RESEARCH JOURNAL and Upcoming “The Springs Online Graduate History Journal “
Special Recognition: Christopher Schreck, editor
Reagen Eric Hudson “Red Nation, Golden Arches: An Examination of McDonalds in China”
Barry C. Binder “In My Ain Countrie: Thomas MacLaren, Walter Farquhar Douglas, and Thompson Duncan Hetherington; a transnational case study of Scottish migration at the turn of the 20th century”
Christopher J. Schreck “Spoils of War: Development and Dispossession in the American Southwest”
History Students also won Fellowships and Competitions – campus-wide.
Campus-wide Graduate Student Fellowship, a very competitive award where MA and PhD applicants (with at least one fund year left of school) from across the colleges at UCCS vie for a $5000/ year fellowship.
This year, Eilex Rodriguez, a first year MA graduate student, won one. Congratulations, Eilex!
Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship Competition. The scholarship competition, along with the Rosa Parks and Janice M. Gould scholarships, are designed to give students an opportunity to explore and research both domestic and/or global issues regarding social and/or environmental justice, human rights, and injustice or discrimination in all forms; and express their thoughts regarding the ideals that Rosa Parks, Cesar E. Chavez and Janice M. Gould represent. The History Department had two students win the campus-wide Cesar Chavez student research essay award.
Cesar E. Chavez Undergraduate Student Award:
Eilex Rodriguez – “Mexico City and Global Ties: The 1960s Student Movements”
Cesar E. Chavez Graduate Student Award:
Michelle Mason – “Weaving a Web of Justice; Political Economy and Tradition in Mayan Cooperatives: A Discourse on Modern Colonialism”
PhD Acceptances — of History MA Alumni — What a banner year!
The History Department Faculty would like to announce and congratulate these MA Alumni on their acceptance to PhD History Programs. All of these students were accepted and offered fully-funded financial packages — consisting of both guaranteed scholarships and guaranteed research and teaching assistant-ships for their PhD studies. The competition for these funded slots in PhD History Programs is very difficult. Each of these individuals crafted a resume and track record of research, teaching, public engagement, publications, award winning, and professional presenting. We have never had this many MA alumni continuing on to PhD programs in one year. Congratulations! We are so proud of how you will continue to represent UCCS and the History MA Program.
- Kellen DeAlba, MA will attend the University of Utah, PhD History Program, guaranteed funding
- Amy Haines, MA will attend the University of Colorado, Boulder, PhD History Program, guaranteed funding
- Don Unger, MA will attend the University of Arizona, PhD History Program, guaranteed funding
- Timmy Vilgiate, MA will attend the University of Texas, Austin PhD History Program, guaranteed funding
SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR OUTSTANDING DEPARTMENTAL ASSISTANCE: Bryan Wheeler