2018 Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium

The 2018 Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium, hosted by the Special Collections of the Pikes Peak Library District, will be held June 9, 2018.

The 2018 theme will be “Remarkable Rascals, Despicable Dudes, & Hidden Heroes of the Pikes Peak Region.” This will be the 15th annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium which attracts a live audience of over 200  for the day long symposium. This year’s symposium, “Enduring Legacies and Forgotten Landmarks: the Built Environment of the Pikes Peak Region,” devoted to historic architects, architecture, and land use had 211 attending in person and nearly 1,000 video viewers for each of the morning and afternoon video streams on Facebook.  Participating in the symposium either as a presenter, providing a 20-minute presentation,  or as an author of a 6,000 to 12,000 word chapter for the published proceedings (or both), offers scholars a perfect venue to share their research with an interested audience.

Chris Nicholl – Symposium Coordinator


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The Historian’s Craft: Introduction to the Discipline of History. Fall 2017 Course


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Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Award Winners!

The History Department Awards Ceremony is Wednesday, May 10th, at 3:00 in UC 122. Below are the names, bios, and photos of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students this year (2016-27). Congratulations to all! They and others will be recognized on Wednesday. Gift cards will be gifted.

Other students will be receiving recognition for other awards, TAships served, fellowships won, research trips taken, etc. A full list is available here, at the department website.

Outstanding Undergraduate Students, May 2017

Amy Statton graduates this May with a Bachelors of Arts in History and a

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Amy Statton

leadership certificate through the UCCSLead program. She transferred from Pikes Peak Community College after earning her Associates of Arts degree with an emphasis in History. Amy wrote her Senior Thesis on the French legitimization of their claim to the Mandates of Syria and Lebanon after World War I. During her time at UCCS, she also received the Reisher Scholarship for 2015-2017 academic years, as well as the Wunderli Scholarship for 2016-2017 academic year. Amy plans to take a year off from academic study, but plans to go on to earn a Masters or potentially a Doctorate in History. Amy is extremely grateful for the people who supported her academic goals, including her family, her fiancé, and her teachers at Pikes Peak Community College and UCCS.

Jessica Juhala

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Jessica Juhala

Jessica Juhala transferred to UCCS in the fall of 2015. She immediately fell in love with the History department and has taken a variety of classes with an almost perfect record throughout. Jessica is also involved in UCCSLead and will graduate this semester with a Breakthrough Leadership Certificate. Along with other UCCS history students, she participated in the annual Fountain Fairview Cemetery Tour as a docent. This semester Jessica chose to write her Undergraduate thesis on the evolution of Uncle Sam, focusing specifically on the relationship between the image and various American wars. After graduation Jessica plans to continue to pursue her passion for history and hopefully return to UCCS for graduate studies at some point in the future.

Outstanding Graduate Students, May 2017

Thomas Fugler


Tommy Fugler

Thomas Fugler, a Graduate Student in the History Department, active duty Air Force officer, and happily married father of three, has oriented his work toward the Middle East with a focus on Turkey. After graduating with a BS in Humanities from the Air Force Academy in 2005, Major Fugler served 11 years as an F-16 fighter pilot, amassing 1000 hours. He attained his MA in Management and Leadership at Liberty University in 2013, followed by an AA in Turkish at the Defense Language Institute. Upon completion of the program in 2014 Major Fugler spent 1 year in Turkey assigned to the Turkish Air Force as a NATO advisor and F-16 instructor. This priceless experience led to his research focus on modern Turkey. Following graduation, Major Fugler will serve as a history Instructor at the Air Force Academy, after which he aspires to pursue a PhD centered on Middle East studies.

Michael Bunch


Michael Bunch

Michael received his BA in History from the University of North Georgia in 2008. His graduate work included: – Alamannic immigrant influence on the Roman provinces of Germania Superior and the Agri Decumates in the third and fourth centuries CE; the continuation of East Prussian culture in relation to Nazi oppression and East Prussian painter identity in the refugee community post-World War II; and the lack of political representation of the Kosovar-Albanian diaspora in 1990s in Frankfurt am Main. Michael plans on applying for a PhD program and continuing his studies.

Biography for Jami Wilson

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Jami Wilson

Jami earned her BA in Chinese studies and writing from Pacific Lutheran University in 2014. In May 2017, she will obtain her MA in history from UCCS. While resident at UCCS, Jami focused her research on human rights in modern Chinese history and presented her work at three academic conferences, including Harvard’s East Asia Society Conference 2016: [Re]imagining Asia, the Annual American Historical Association (AHA) Conference (2017)and Columbia’s 26th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia (2017). Jami also volunteered and interned at the Crawford Family U.S. Olympic Archives in Colorado Springs, where she processed and organized all Olympic Games manuscripts into the archive’s software, allowing for scholar’s easy access to historical materials. Her graduate school experience ultimately involved extensive research, writing, archiving, and mentorship (thank you, Professor Woodall and Wei) integral to her person.

Emilee Shindel

Emilee Shindel

Emilee Shindel

Emilee earned her BA from UCCS in 2014, finishing then with an award-winning Senior Thesis about race relations in the Mennonite Church in the 20th century. She then went on to the History MA program, where, under the influence of Professor Sackett, she became especially interested in Jewish history. She has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Jewish history at Temple University, where she will be studying with noted scholar Lila Corwin Berman. Emilee also has spent the last two years working in the History Office, as well as being President of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honors Society. She is also an expert in the fine arts of coffee roasting, and selecting draft picks in her fantasy football league.

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History Department Student Awards Celebration

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History Department Student Awards  Celebration.

Wednesday, May 10, 3:00 – 4:15, UC 122

Come join all the 2016-17 student award winners, conference presenters, and graduating MA students. We will recognize our Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Student Award Winners, the best Senior Theses (one or two for each Sr. Thesis section for this school year), CSURF presenters, and  MA graduates  this school year.

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Letter to Alumni, April 2017, and Chris Hill’s Retirement Celebration

Department of History Alumni Update: April 2017

Greetings from the
UCCS History Department. I’m writing to alert you to a couple of milestones and significant events in the life of the Department, and to invite you to a special event at the end of this school year.
First, I wanted to let you know that our long-time Professor of South Asian History, Christopher Hill, is retiring at the end of this school year. Chris came to the Department in 1993, has published a number of significant books in his field of South Asian Environmental History while he was here, and developed as well a loyal student following for his courses on Vietnam Wars, Environmental History, The 1960s through Film, and many other popular offerings. We are very sad indeed to see him leave the Department.
The Department is honoring Professor Hill with a very special retirement event, scheduled for May 10, starting about 4:30 and going on to 6:30 or longer, in the patio area just outside Clyde’s in the University Center. Food and drink will be served. We are inviting all students, undergraduates and graduates, who had Dr. Hill as a professor and wish to attend this celebration of his career. 
This year the Department ran a national search to replace Dr. Hill, and selected as his replacement Dr. Samantha Christiansen. “Sam,” as she is known, was actually a UCCS alumnus from 2005. After graduating from UCCS, Sam went on to receive her Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston in 2013, where she worked on the history of student protest movements in Bangladesh.
She then took a position as Assistant Professor of History at Marywood University in Pennsylvania, where she has taught for the last four years. We are delighted to have Dr. Christiansen join us, and it’s all the more meaningful that she began her career at UCCS as a protégé of Professor Christopher Hill, ensuring that his legacy will continue for many years to come in the Department.

Just a few other things to let you know. Last school year Dr.
Carole Woodall, Professor of Middle Eastern History, was granted tenure and promotion in the Department, and she is now an Associate Professor. This school year, Dr. Roger Martinez (currently on a European Union-funded research leave in Madrid, Spain), was granted tenure and promotion, and Dr. Christina Jimenez, who since 2000 has taught Latin American History in the Department, has been promoted to Full Professor. Congratulations to all of these teacher/scholars for these successful milestones in their careers.

And starting July 1, I will be stepping down as Chair, and Professor Jimenez will be stepping into that role and leading the Department into a new era!

As always, we have students accomplishing great things in the Department and at the university. Recently, we instituted a new Internship program in the Department, and have had students working at the Pioneers Museum, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, and at the Archives of the U. S. Olympics Committee. One of those students, Jami Wilson, wrote about her experience at the U.S. Olympics Archives
hereat the departmental blog. You can go to that blog anytime and scroll down to read all the updates about great happenings with students and professors in the Department.

We’d love to hear from you. Please send us your stories and updates. We’d love to post about your successes on our departmental alumni webpage and on the history department blog. You can send them directly to

We wish you all the best in your endeavors, and hope to hear from some of you who want to attend the retirement celebration for Christopher Hill on Wednesday, May 10.

Best wishes,

Paul Harvey
Chair, Department of History
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Guest Speaker Michah White: The End of Protest

16836646_10209574444221419_5161134042332783650_oThe End of Protest

Micah White, PhD is a public intellectual and lifelong activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street, a global social movement that spread to 82 countries, while an
editor of Adbusters magazine.

Micah will be discussing his new book:
The End of Protest: a New Playbook for Revolution

When: Monday April 24th 4:45pm – 6:45pm
Where: Centennial 203

Brought to you by: the Humanities Speaker Series
email nlee2@uccs.edu for more information

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Teaching the Middle East Workshop, April 8th, Denver University

From our colleague Carole Woodall:

Teaching about the Middle East & Islam Teacher Workshop
University of Denver Saturday, April 8, 9:30am-noon
Free to Register / Parking Provided Faculty

Presenters: Dr. Andrea Stanton (Religious Studies, DU)
Dr. Carole Woodall (History, UCCS)

Register: cmes@du.edu

Sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and the Department of Religious Studies

For a flyer for this event, click:  Teacher Workshop 4.8.17 flyer

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