Dear UCCS History Students,
Greetings! Welcome to the 2016-17 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, a few opportunities just especially for students. The History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta, was reformed and revitalized last year, with some excellent students taking the lead, and I invite you to consider participating in it. The first meeting of the year will be Friday, September 9th, at 6:00 p.m., in CoLU 324, and I invite you to attend and learn more about the society and its many activities during the year. If you are interested in joining, please contact me and I’ll give you more details about that.
As well, last year was our second 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 six scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, worth a total of $10,000 with these funds. You’ll be hearing more about that in your classes later this semester.
Our undergraduate students have done amazing work in their Senior Thesis Seminars. If you will go to our departmental blog, https://uccshistory.wordpress.com, you will see a full listing there of all of our award winners from last year, including the winner of Outstanding Senior Thesis for each section. So please check the department blog, and also the department website, http://www.uccs.edu/history, which has recently been updated with a lot of new materials, photographs, and more.
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.
Also, I want to introduce to you our new professor in the Department – Dr. Michael Martoccio, who will be here for 2 years replacing Professor Roger Martinez, who is on leave. Michael will be teaching a wide variety of courses in medieval and early modern history. This fall, for example, he is doing a course on “The Cross and the Crescent,” which focuses especially on the military history of medieval Europe.
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 email@example.com. 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
719 255 4078; firstname.lastname@example.org