Welcome to the 2012-13 School Year and the New History Department Website!

Dear UCCS History Majors and M.A. Students,

Welcome to the 2012-2013 UCCS school year! This is Paul Harvey, the new incoming 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. Here is my contact information.

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 and the departmental blog, where you are at now.

You will find at the newly revamped history department website 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. The department website is intended to be a one-stop shopping site for what you need to know.

You will find here at the departmental blog  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 (and who you want to do it with). Professor Roger Martinez will be posting updates on his remarkable student-led project at recreating a trebuchet (a medieval weapon). I will post updates on events and opportunities locally such as lectures, work opportunities, and internships. So, please “bookmark” the blog and check in occasionally during the school year. If any of you want to contribute to the blog, just let me know and we can arrange that.

This year, I also wanted to let you know about several new developments within the department itself. First, I am delighted to announce that we have our first ever full-time tenure track professor in the field of East Asian History. Dr. Yang Wei (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2012) will be teaching our courses on the history of China and East Asia, and sometimes Japan. Dr. Wei grew up near Nanjing, China, and attended college at Nanjing University prior to getting his graduate degrees in the US. He is also an expert in Chinese cooking, and, if that were not enough, he also plays a mean blues guitar in the style of what he calls “Yangtze River Delta Blues.” I encourage you to take this wonderful opportunity to enroll in courses with Dr. Wei.

Next, I am happy to let you know that we have created a new Committee for Undergraduate Studies, and a similar one for Graduate Studies. Our Undergraduate Studies Committee will be headed by Dr. Christopher Hill (chill@uccs.edu). Dr. Hill, and committee members Dr. Roger Martinez and Ms. Jan Myers, will be overseeing our undergraduate program, and also will be responsible for helping you with all student advising issues. The committee members hope to meet all of you individually and advise you on your academic progress specifically within the department. We are keen to make a personal connection with all students, so please introduce yourself to Dr. Hill or Martinez or Ms. Myers and let them know what you need to help you get through our major successfully.

Our Graduate Studies Committee will be led by Dr. Christina Jimenez (cjimenez@uccs.edu), who will be the best person to contact with questions specific to your present or prospective graduate career in our M.A. program.

Once again, welcome to the school year, and I look forward to meeting all of you. Let me know any questions or concerns you have, and we’ll do our best to address them.

All my best,

 Paul Harvey
Professor and Chair of History, UCCS

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