Letter to Alumni, April 2017, and Chris Hill’s Retirement Celebration

Department of History Alumni Update: April 2017

Greetings from the
UCCS History Department. I’m writing to alert you to a couple of milestones and significant events in the life of the Department, and to invite you to a special event at the end of this school year.
First, I wanted to let you know that our long-time Professor of South Asian History, Christopher Hill, is retiring at the end of this school year. Chris came to the Department in 1993, has published a number of significant books in his field of South Asian Environmental History while he was here, and developed as well a loyal student following for his courses on Vietnam Wars, Environmental History, The 1960s through Film, and many other popular offerings. We are very sad indeed to see him leave the Department.
The Department is honoring Professor Hill with a very special retirement event, scheduled for May 10, starting about 4:30 and going on to 6:30 or longer, in the patio area just outside Clyde’s in the University Center. Food and drink will be served. We are inviting all students, undergraduates and graduates, who had Dr. Hill as a professor and wish to attend this celebration of his career. 
This year the Department ran a national search to replace Dr. Hill, and selected as his replacement Dr. Samantha Christiansen. “Sam,” as she is known, was actually a UCCS alumnus from 2005. After graduating from UCCS, Sam went on to receive her Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston in 2013, where she worked on the history of student protest movements in Bangladesh.
She then took a position as Assistant Professor of History at Marywood University in Pennsylvania, where she has taught for the last four years. We are delighted to have Dr. Christiansen join us, and it’s all the more meaningful that she began her career at UCCS as a protégé of Professor Christopher Hill, ensuring that his legacy will continue for many years to come in the Department.

Just a few other things to let you know. Last school year Dr.
Carole Woodall, Professor of Middle Eastern History, was granted tenure and promotion in the Department, and she is now an Associate Professor. This school year, Dr. Roger Martinez (currently on a European Union-funded research leave in Madrid, Spain), was granted tenure and promotion, and Dr. Christina Jimenez, who since 2000 has taught Latin American History in the Department, has been promoted to Full Professor. Congratulations to all of these teacher/scholars for these successful milestones in their careers.

And starting July 1, I will be stepping down as Chair, and Professor Jimenez will be stepping into that role and leading the Department into a new era!

As always, we have students accomplishing great things in the Department and at the university. Recently, we instituted a new Internship program in the Department, and have had students working at the Pioneers Museum, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, and at the Archives of the U. S. Olympics Committee. One of those students, Jami Wilson, wrote about her experience at the U.S. Olympics Archives
hereat the departmental blog. You can go to that blog anytime and scroll down to read all the updates about great happenings with students and professors in the Department.

We’d love to hear from you. Please send us your stories and updates. We’d love to post about your successes on our departmental alumni webpage and on the history department blog. You can send them directly to

We wish you all the best in your endeavors, and hope to hear from some of you who want to attend the retirement celebration for Christopher Hill on Wednesday, May 10.

Best wishes,

Paul Harvey
Chair, Department of History
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