Monday, October 21, 2013

Kudos to New Phi Alpha Theta Inductees

In April 2013, the Tau Omega chapter of the international history honorary Phi Alpha Theta welcomed three new members, Wendy Hazle, Regina Head, and Daniel Munn. These students all attained a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in their history coursework at UAH.

Pictured here are Wendy Hazle and Daniel Munn receiving their certificates from Phi Alpha Theta faculty advisor Dr. Evan Ragland at the induction ceremony. (Regina Head was unable to attend.)

Congrats to you all!

Congratulations to James Xiques for winning Best Paper award at the Regional Phi Alpha Theta conference

The history department offers belated congratulations to undergraduate history major James Xiques, who won "Best Paper" award at the regional meeting of the international Phi Alpha Theta history honorary last March, held at Judson College in Marion, Alabama.

James' paper was entitled "One Long Leap into The Big Spring: Memory, Legend, and the True Story of the James Brothers in North Alabama, 1880-1884."

We are very proud of you, James!

Congrats to History MA Student Janis Dye for winning campus-wide "Three Minute Thesis" Award!

Belated congratulations to MA student Janis Dye for winning both the judge's award ($300) and the people's choice / audience award ($100) in the MA thesis category at the UAH Graduate Studies Program's Three Minute Thesis competition in April 2013.

The three-minute public speaking exercise assists masters and Ph.D., students in developing academic presentation, and research communication skills, and supports students' efforts to concisely explain their research projects in layman's terms for a non-specialist audience. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was developed by The University of Queensland (Australia).

The title of Jan's thesis presentation was "The Japanese Americans of World War II: Memory and Myth." She presented the four dominant myths in the history of the 442d Regimental Combat Team, explaining which were false and which were true. She then explained that she had two goals in addressing this issue of historical myth and historical truth. First, she wanted to dispel the myths, thus shedding light on the many Hawaiian-born Nissei who volunteered, fought, and in many cases died fighting in WWII. Second, she wanted to try to understand how and why those men were excluded from the history of the 442d.

Pictured here see Jan holding her certificate and also receiving her award from Associate Provost Dr. Brent Wren and acting Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Rhonda Gaede.

You can also check out Jan's presentation on youtube:

Congratulations Jan -- we are very proud of you!

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