Friday, March 25, 2011

Calling All Alumni: Please Check In!

The faculty and staff in the history department always enjoy receiving updates from our alumni, and we like to broadcast your news on our blog. So, please check in with us at! We also encourage you to join our new department Facebook group.

Alumni Update from Whitney Snow

The history department is pleased to announce that MA alum Whitney Snow has just passed her comprehensive exams for her PhD studies at Mississippi State University. Her fields are U.S. History Since 1877; U.S. History to 1877; Southern History; and Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History. She is now working on her dissertation proposal and plans to write on the domestic tung oil industry. Whitney has also been busy presenting her research at academic conferences and has published articles in the Journal of East Tennessee History and the Alabama Review, and articles accepted by Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture and the Journal of Mississippi History. Whitney also very much enjoys her work as a teaching assistant at Mississippi State, though she finds it hard to get to know her students when she has over 300 at one time!

We are pleased to hear how well Whitney is doing and wish her luck as she continues the dissertation process!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Congratulations to our New Phi Alpha Theta Members

This year's induction ceremony for the Tau Omega chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honorary, took place on March 12, 2011 at the home of history professor John Kvach. Several dozen faculty members and current and graduated Phi Alpha Theta members also joined the celebration.

The inductees were Evan Gieselman, Anna Grace, and Jared Robinson. The featured speaker was Phi Alpha Theta member and UAH history alum Elisabeth Spalding who briefly spoke about her experience studying abroad in Norway.

Congratulations to Evan, Anna, and Jared, and thanks to Sandra Mendiola, Phi Alpha Theta faculty advisor, for organizing the induction.

UAH History Students Invade Shiloh Battlefield and Corinth, Mississippi

Fifteen UAH students from three classes spent Friday, March 18, 2011, visiting Corinth, Mississippi, and the Shiloh National Battlefield. Although Dr. John Kvach organized the day long tour as part of his Civil War and Reconstruction class, students from other history classes tagged along to learn more about the battle of Shiloh.

The day included a visit to the Corinth Interpretative History Center, an architectural tour of downtown Corinth, and a park ranger-led tour of Shiloh battlefield. Students also enjoyed eating lunch at oldest continuously operated drugstore in Mississippi (famous for something called the Slugburger) and dinner at Hagy’s Catfish Hotel (fish check in but don’t check out). All in all a great day of history!

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