Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!

Dear UCCS History Students,

Greetings! Welcome to the 2015-16 school year. I’m writing to update you a little further on exciting news in the History Department at UCCS, as we gear up for the academic year.

First, an update on the work of some of our faculty. Several faculty members have just finished or are just finishing books that will be coming out over the next couple of years. These include a massive work by Professor Roger Martinez on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in medieval Spain; by Professor G. Carole Woodall on urban culture, nightlife, and politics in Istanbul in the early Turkish Republic (1920s); by Christina Jimenez on citizenship and urban life in Morelia, Mexico in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and by myself, Paul Harvey, on religion and race in the American South from Jamestown (1607) to the present.

And more on Professors Martinez and Jimenez. This spring, Professor Roger Martinez (famous locally for leading his students in a Halloween pumpkin-chunking done via the medieval trebuchet weapon that the students themselves had built) received a highly prestigious three-year fellowship, funded by the European Union. He will be in residence in Madrid, Spain, from fall 2015 to summer 2018, and while there conducting a number of very large research and teaching projects in Spanish history. Meanwhile, Professor Jimenez will be spending her sabbatical this fall in Mexico, where she will be working with colleagues at a university and gearing up a new research project on cities and citizenship in Mexico, to carry her for the next several years. This year, the department will be conducting a search for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor, to replace Professor Martinez in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

This fall, the Department is continuing a program of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level of History Internships. Last year we placed students into public history institutions throughout the Pike’s Peak region, including at the newly opened archives of the U.S. Olympic Committee in downtown Colorado Springs; in the Pioneers Museum archives; in the UCCS Archives, where a graduate student took oral history interviews with several early UCCS students and professors in celebration of UCCS’s 50th Anniversary; and at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. One of our current MA graduate students already has parlayed her experience into a full-time position at the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway Museum. We strongly encourage you to consider doing a History internship this year. For undergraduates, the course (3995) is offered every fall by Ms. Leah Davis-Witherow, and for graduate students either myself or Professor Jimenez can supervise you in Hist 6995, the graduate-level internship.

Our graduate program is on a roll. This past school year, three of our M.A. graduate students received fellowships from the UCCS Graduate School, each worth $5000.

As well, last year was our first year to give out our newly endowed Wunderli scholarships, with funds generously bestowed on the department by our long-time Instructor of Asian History, Judith Price (1944-2012). Last year, we gave out five scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, worth a total of $8,000, with these funds, and we will be giving our similar amounts each school year in perpetuity thanks to the generosity of Ms. Price.

This year we will run five sections of History 4990, the Senior Thesis — 2 in the fall and 3 in the spring, covering a large variety of topics. It’s always good to “look ahead” and try to plan to do your Senior Thesis with the professor who best meets your interest. Please check out the Senior Thesis page on the History Department Website for more information, and for the schedule of who is teaching the course and when over the next two years. You may find that at http://www.uccs.edu/history/undergraduate/general-requirements/senior-thesis.html.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the program and/or Department. For questions about your undergraduate work, or for general advising, please speak to our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Robert Sackett, at rsackett@uccs.edu.

My office is Columbine 2055, and my phone is 255-4078; I’ll be happy to meet any of you at any time. Again, welcome to the school year, and hope to see many of you soon.

Paul Harvey
Chair, Department of History

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Value of an Internship in the Job Market

Note: Each year the Department offers internships for undergraduates (Hist 3995) and Graduate Students (6995). This fall, the course is offered Mondays 4:45 – 7:20. A veteran of our M.A. program as well as doing an internship herself recently reflected on the value of her internship experience — important words for current students to consider!

by Lindsey Duncan
What I learned about the value of my internship in the job market.

I’ve graduated with my Masters in History-success!  Now what do I do?  At the end of my graduate career, I was flying high.  There’s nothing quite like the feeling of passing oral defense and wearing the Masters hood
holly2 at graduation.  Reality soon sets in, however, when the search for a job begins.  For those of us seeking higher education in history, it is clear that we are passionate about our studies, but the world doesn’t always see how valuable we truly are.  Yes, we have an MA, but finding a job in history is difficult.

For someone who entered the program hoping for a future in academia, the news that teaching jobs are rare is disappointing.  Luckily, I took the Internship in History course.  Teaching history is not the only route graduates can take.  This is exciting news!  I studied the public side of history and I gained invaluable experience in understanding what the world has to offer for graduates.  I interned in an archive where I learned and applied standard archival procedures, discovered how to make an excellent, usable finding aid, and practiced working with different personalities.  This one course has opened many doors for me because I can apply to positions in museums, archives, foundations, and businesses across the country.


Joe Berg, M.A. Student in History, working at the 4th Infantry Museum at Ft. Carson

Without the internship, I would not qualify for any of those positions because experience is mandatory.  One semester is all the department requires (though I recommend starting in your first semester and continuing to intern the rest of your graduate career-more experience always helps).  The internship asks for 104 hours over 15 weeks-that’s 7 hours a week!  Anyone can make that work, and you should!  The fact of the matter is, finding a job is difficult.  Any way you can add to your CV, make professional connections, learn more about history, and understand its varying applications serve to increase your likelihood of working in the field post-graduation.

This is the goal of history students and therefore you should jump at the opportunity afforded you and register for HIST 6995!  Not only will you experience public history first-hand through the internship, but you will also learn from experts in their field about public history: what it means, how it is used, and what opportunities exist for historians.  I know by taking the course I have a greater chance for success in the history job market and for that alone I know I made the right decision.

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2015 Graduation Pic: History Department MAs Glad to Be Done!


2015 Graduation featuring four of our M.A. graduates — from left to right, Rochelle Richards-Burks, Lindsey Duncan, Megan Ishum, and Jennifer Broderick. Also pictured: Professors Paul Harvey (in back) and Christina Jimenez (on right).

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OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT(s): **Brenna McCrea  **Megan Bell   **Erin Wallace

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT(s): ***Megan Ishum   ***Sabine Banuelos

UCCS GRADUATE SCHOOL FELLOWSHIP WINNER ($5000!!) *** Melanie Pimentel   *** Holly Taylor    *** Megan Murphy

WUNDERLI SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS *Alana Martin  *Alex Ward  *Kylie Cornella *Torrah Giles  *Kim Sweetwood


LAS SCHOLAR AWARD WINNERS ($1,500) Aaron Birks, “Dangerous Obsession: Troubled History of US-Cuban Relations” Thomas Price, “Edwin Carter: Activist Naturalist”

PHI ALPHA THETA INDUCTEES Ian Smith, Melanie Pimentel, Maggie Williams, Holly Taylor, John Garrett, Kyle Scott, Dominic Parisi, Jennifer Broderick, Jan Cannon, Rochelle Richards-Burks, Marisa Campanaro, Kim Sweetwood, Lindsey Duncan, Megan Ishum, Jennifer Vanderwalker, Michelle Ozonur CESAR CHAVEZ AWARD WINNER Emilee Shindel, for her Senior Thesis ($500)


Professor Harvey’s Section

Emilee Shindel, “Ministers of Reconciliation: The Mennonite Church in American Race Relations, 1890-1963” Lauren Hoyal, “Health Seekers and Little London: How Idealism and Sanitary Reform Impacted Colorado Springs’ Built Environment”

Professor Headle’s Section Collin MacDonald, “The Original Boston Strong” Kyle Newkirk, “Any Color as Long as It Is Black: Social Equality in Detroit, 1880-1940.”

Professor Davis-Witherow’s Section Kyle Scott, “Proud to Prove: Reputation, Loyalty, and the Plight of Germans in Colorado During WWI”

Professor Forrest’s Section Sam Twynam, “The Cold War and the American Morality Play as Evidenced in Science Fiction” Elizabeth Michaelson, “Women’s Determination”

CSURF PRESENTERS Thomas Price, “Edwin Carter: Activist Naturalist”

GRADUATE TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS **Lindsey Duncan  **Sabine Banuelos  **Holly Taylor **Colin McAlister

GRADUATING M.A. STUDENTS *Ray Shaner   *Megan Ishum  *Lindsey Duncan   *Rochelle Richards-Burks *Nicole Dennis *Richard Hernandez   *Jennifer Broderick *Steve Jezewski  *Sabine Banuelos-Sanchez

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

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY VOLUNTEER JUDGES Lindsey Duncan, Marc Cavazos, Holly Taylor, Stephen Jeweski, Rich Hernandez

MOUNTAIN LION RESEARCH DAY PRESENTATIONS Lindsey Duncan, Jennifer Broderick, and Rochelle Richards-Burks

INTERNSHIPS IN HISTORY Special Recognition of Undergraduates and Graduates who received Internships with Public History Organizations this year in HIST 3995 and 6995

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS FOR COMING ACADEMIC YEAR *Ian Smith  *Kim Sweetwood  *Megan Murphy *Maggie Williams *Melanie Pimental *Kyle Clark

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS JUST COMPLETED *Jennifer Broderick *Sabine Banuelos *Ray Shaner *Megan Ishum *Lindsey Duncan *Rochelle Richards-Burks

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Departmental Awards Celebration Tuesday April 28th


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UCCS History Students Visit Western Museum of Mining and Industry

caseyUCCS students visit Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Feb. 9

On Feb. 9, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) students from the 19th Century American History course (taught by History Department Lecturer Casey Pearce) pose in front of the 35-ton Corliss steam engine at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI). During their museum visit, the students learned about the development of steam power, an energy source that powered the Industrial Revolution from the 18th to 20th centuries and is still used today. The students learned that steam was initially used to create a vacuum in a condenser, used to draw down one side of a beam engine. Eventually steam engines were developed that created mechanical energy from steam pressurizing a piston up and down in a piston chamber, which then rotated an axle and flywheel. A belt on the steam engine flywheel transferred the energy to the flywheel on the machine needing power. Museum staff operated a number of steam engines demonstrating this transfer of power principle. Information on upcoming events at the museum is at www.wmmi.org. Photo by David Futey.

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Student Senior Thesis Published!

lizturnerLiz Turner, an outstanding recent graduate of the UCCS History Department, is having her Senior Thesis published in IEEE A & E Systems Magazine. The thesis is entitled “Women Air Force Service Pilots: An Army Air Corps Experiment.” Turner’s work made the cover, and they are running it as a two-part series in the January and February issues. Congratulations to Ms. Turner, and to her Senior Thesis supervisor, Barbara Headle.

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