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UCCS HISTORY DEPARTMENT AWARDS CEREMONY, APRIL 28, 2015
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
FLORENCE MURPHY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS **Molly Sawyer **Jennifer Morrison
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)
OUTSTANDING SENIOR THESES BY SECTION
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
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.
Liz 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.
Today features another great piece about the work of History Department Instructor Leah Davis-Witherow, whose “day job” is to be curator at the Pioneers Museum. Leah is involved in preserving the history and memories of each neighborhood in Colorado Springs, and this piece describes her work in more detail. Here’s a brief excerpt:
“Every one of us, every house, every street, every neighborhood is an important part of our collective story,” she said.
Of course, I completely understand. I’ve spent most of the last 35 years telling the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Typically, many can’t fathom why I want to meet them and tell their stories.
Anyway, in response to that column, readers started sending in their photos and histories. And Witherow hopes readers will send more.
“I was gone over Christmas and when I came back I started getting all these photos. It’s like I received a Christmas present with these photographs.”
For example, she was tickled to learn of efforts in Ivywild by Linda Johnson and Molly Merry to collect old photos, take contemporary photos, record oral histories of longtime residents and write a history book of the neighborhood south of downtown Colorado Springs.
And she’s equally enthused about other folks who responded to her request.
“We are getting fantastic images of distinct neighborhoods,” she said. “We’re thrilled.”
She especially likes the before-and-after photos some have sent.
“Historians and geographers are always interested in showing change over time,” she said, noting that in 50 years, all the photos of current life will be historic. “Over time, the change can be dramatic. It’s terribly exciting to see. We’d really like before-and-after photos.
Happy 2015 from the UCCS History Department.
We wanted to start out this year by noting some recent accomplishments of a couple of our recent graduates.
Kyle Miller was a student in our BA and MA programs, and now teaches middle school locally. He has recently authored the book Cnut: Rise of a Viking WArrior. We asked Kyle to describe his book, and here’s what he sent back:
My book is entitled Cnut: Rise of a Viking Warrior. It is about a teenager who grew up in Wessex, but was of Viking descent. Once he reconnected with his people, he learns their culture and it replaces his own. As he learns, he joins them in raids and in adventures across the sea.
The inspiration for this book was my middle school students. They enjoyed the stories I told in class and they thought I should do an historical fiction work. I decided on the Vikings because of their current popularity because of the television series, as well as the popularity of the lessons I teach on Vikings among my students. While the main character is fictional, some of the people are historical figures, and several of the events are actual events. The research process for the book was a great experience; however, the editing and publishing process was definitely tedious and time consuming. In the end, everything was worth it once the final product was in my hand. I am currently working on the second book in the four part series and still loving the research and the writing!
Secondly, our M.A. graduate Captain Adam Morgan was recently appointed as the official historian of the Colorado National Guard. Morgan has been involved in a number of projects with his new assignment, including dealing with two of the most difficult issues of Colorado history, the Sand Creek Massacre and the Ludlow Massacre (1864 and 1914).
Morgan recently appeared on the special one-hour documentary on the Ludlow Massacre which aired on the excellent locally-produced KRCC program Wish We Were Here. The program, entitled “Ludlow and Its Legacy,” is a moving portrait of the events at Ludlow and their aftermath, featuring voices of major historians such as Thomas Andrews, poets such as Dave Mason, and our own Captain Morgan. Morgan has also recently authored a searching and sensitive essay about Sand Creek and Ludlow and their relationship to the Colorado National Guard. See “Ludlow, Sand Creek: Could They Happen Again?”
Congratulations to Kyle and Adam for their accomplishments in presenting history, in a variety of formats and genres, to broad public audiences.