2013-14 Welcome Back Letter for BA and MA Students in History

2013-2014 Welcome Back Letter for BA and MA Students in History!

Dear UCCS History Majors and M.A. Students,

Welcome to the 2013-14 UCCS school year! This is Paul Harvey, 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. My office is Columbine Hall 2055, email pharvey@uccs.edu, and phone 255-4078.

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 at http://www.uccs.edu/history, and the departmental blog at https://uccshistory.wordpress.com.

You will find at the website (http://www.uccs.edu/history) 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 at the departmental blog, at https://uccshistory.wordpress.com, 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. 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 Ms. Leah Davis-Witherow (with whom many of you have had classes in Colorado History and like subjects) is now an Instructor in the Department, meaning she will regularly teach two courses a semester. Dr. Yang Wei (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2012) is beginning his 2nd year with the Department, and in Spring 2014 he will be teaching an exciting new course “Introduction to Contemporary China.” 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.

Also in the Spring, we will be offering our first (but definitely not our last) course in contemporary African history, a subject we plan to develop much more in future years.

I want to encourage you as well to consider our courses that are offered as part of “Weekend University,” 10-week classes that meet on Saturdays during the fall and spring. In the fall, we are offering Weekend University classes in early medieval history and in the history of Christianity; in the spring, we will have courses in Japanese History as well as the cultural history of Medieval Europe. These are exciting ways to supplement your education and also take courses that you might not have time for in the Weekdays.

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


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