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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Chair, Department of History