Each spring, the Department of History holds an induction ceremony for Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society.

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Faculty Presentations

Dwyer, John. "Safeguarding California's Human and Natural Environments." American Studies Association Meeting. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 2012.

Mayer, Holly. "Memory, Merit, and Pensions: American Continentals Maker Their Cases." Annual Meeting of the Society for Military Hitsory. New Orleans, LA. March 2013.

Parsons, Elaine. "Visualizing Union County: Proposed Guidelines for Network Visualization in Qualitative Social History." American Historical Association Annual Meeting. New Orelans, LA. January 2013.

Parsons, Jotham. "Commercial Pamphlets in the Age of Henri IV." Western Society for French History Annual Meeting. Banff, Alberta, Canada. October 2012.

Sienkewicz, Julia A. "Landscape Theory in the American Context: Evaluating Benjamin Latrobe's 'An Essay on Landscape.'" Southeast College Art Association Conference (SECAC). Durham, NC. October 2012.

--. "Garden History or Museum History: Reassessing Charles Wilson Peale's Belfield Garden." Association for Historians of American Art (AHAA) Biannual Symposium. Boston, MA. October 2012.

--. "Living a New World Epic: Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Classical References in Art and Text." Classical Association of the Midwest and South, Southern Section (CAMWS-SS). Tallahassee, FL. November 2012.

Várdy, Steven B. "The Displaced Parsons: Post-War Immigrants." American Hungarian Educators Association Conference. New Brusnwick, NJ. May 2013.

Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony

On Monday, April 22, 2013, we inducted sixteen new members into the Epsilon Phi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society.

phi alplha theta charter

Student Awards

On Monday, April 22, 2013, we presented the Jean E. Hunter Writing History Award and the Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History to two outstanding students, Lara Konefal-Shaer (left) and Tayler Hammell (right), respectively. Seen also in this photo are (back row, L to R): Dr. Matthew Hyland, Dr. Joseph Rishel (now retired), and Dr. Perry Blatz, Faculty Advisor for Phi Alpha Theta (now retired).

award winners

Student Field Trips

During the weekend of December 1-2, 2012, the Art/History Society, led by Dr. Julia Sienkewicz, took a group of almost 40 students and staff to Washington, D.C. to experience the Smithsonian's The Civil War and American Art exhibit.

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Dr. Julia Sienkewicz and Dr. Holly Mayer took a group of students to experience the extraordinary masterpiece Fallingwater, built by America's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Fallingwater group photo


The Fall 2013 History Forum

Speaker: TBD
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: TBD
Location: Power Center Ballroom