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Eleven History People Attend the Phi Alpha Theta 2010 Biennial Convention in San Diego

Jan 9, 2010
Six Union University history students and five history faculty members attended the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society 2010 Biennial Convention in San Diego, California on January 6-9. The six students presented papers at the convention, and three of the faculty members served as panel chairs/commentators. All Union participants enjoyed the several meals served as a part of the convention schedule. Dr. Jack Tunstall, the executive director of Phi Alpha Theta, recognized Dr. Stephen Carls, Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter faculty advisor, with an Outstanding Service Award at the Presidential Banquet for Dr. Carls’s many contributions to Phi Alpha Theta over the past 27 years. In all, more than 500 people attended the convention.

The six students who attended the convention, along with the titles of their papers, were: Noah Arnold, “Making Waves: The Steamboat ‘Bloomer’ and Alabama’s Deepening Engagement in the Civil War;” Elizabeth Blevins, “The Evolution of States’ Rights as Reflected in America’s Foundational Documents;” Kate Cline, “Napoleon’s Military Victories: Bicentennial Celebrations and Reenactments;” Charles Googe, “The Role of the 14th West Virginia Infantry Regiment in the Civil War;” Micah Snow, “Composing the Revolution: Music’s Role in Revolutionary France;” and Cameron White, “Memphis and the Civil War.”

Among the faculty, Dr. Keith Bates chaired and commented for a panel called “The Reformation,” Dr. Carls oversaw sessions on “Ideology in Warfare” and “20th Century Europe,” and Dr. Judy LeForge led sessions titled “Changes in the Images of Women” and “Women Pushing the Boundaries.” In addition, Dr. Carls chaired a faculty panel on “Improving Your Chapter.” Union’s Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls from the University of Tennessee at Martin also attended the conference as members of the faculty team from Jackson, Tennessee.

The Union group also did several activities beyond the convention. On Wednesday evening (January 6), they ate dinner at the Old Town Mexican Café, an award-winning restaurant in an historic part of San Diego. On Saturday (January 9), many spent a part of the morning at Mission Bay Beach on the Pacific Ocean near their hotel. They braved the cold ocean water to face the walls of waves that chased them from the sea. The weather was ideal for this experience as temperatures were mild and there was lots of sun. Later, the group visited the USS Midway Museum, where they saw many parts of the retired aircraft carrier and a number of airplanes that at one time or another were a part of the carrier’s weaponry. The group then had a late lunch at The Fish Market Restaurant located near the museum. Group members spent the remainder of the day exploring San Diego on their own.

As the group traveled back to Tennessee on January 10, they spent much time talking to each other about the conference and their experiences in California. After their plane landed in Nashville, they traveled by van back to Union’s campus where the trip officially ended with their arrival shortly before 8:30 p.m.


Union University student participants at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society 2010 Biennial Convention in San Diego, California on January 6-9 are (left to right): Noah Arnold, Elizabeth Blevins, Kate Cline, Cameron White, Charles Googe, and Micah Snow.


History major Elizabeth Blevins smiles at the end of her paper presentation on “The Evolution of States’ Rights as Reflected in America’s Foundational Documents” as a part of a panel titled “Foundations of Freedom” on January 7.


Dr. Sandra Horvath-Peterson (left) of Georgetown University comments on Micah Snow’s paper titled “Composing the Revolution: Music’s Role in Revolutionary France” during a panel on “The French Revolution” on January 7. Seated with Dr. Horvath-Peterson are (left to right) Micah Snow, Holly Garnett Ownby (California State University, Dominguez Hills), and Amande Bongard (Susquehanna University).


Dr. Keith Bates (center), a panel chair/commentator, starts his session on “The Reformation” on January 7.


Dr. Judy LeForge (right), a chair/commentator for a panel called “Changes in the Images of Women,” introduces Morgan Hoodenpyle ([left] Arizona State University) and her paper about “Moving the Chorus One Step Backward: ‘Glorification,’ Glamour, and Boundaries in the Follies and Ziegfield’s 1926 Declaration” on January 7.


History major Kate Cline presents her paper on “Napoleon’s Military Victories: Bicentennial Celebrations and Reenactments” during a panel titled “The Legacy of Napoleon” on January 8. Dr. Sandra Horvath-Peterson of Georgetown University served as the panel chair/commentator.


History major Noah Arnold presents his paper on “Making Waves: The Steamboat ‘Bloomer’ and Alabama’s Deepening Engagement in the Civil War” for a panel called “Alabama History” on January 8.


Members of a January 8 panel titled “The Civil War” are (left to right): Dr. John Cimprich (Thomas More College) who was the chair/commentator, Charles Googe (Union University), Marshall Barry Lamm (East Carolina University), and Cameron White (Union University). Charles delivered a paper on “The Role of the 14th West Virginia Infantry Regiment in the Civil War” and Cameron presented a paper on “Memphis and the Civil War.”


Members of the Union University group at the Phi Alpha Theta 2010 Biennial Convention in San Diego join together at the end of the Presidential Banquet on January 8. They are (left to right): Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Keith Bates, Dr. Judy LeForge, Micah Snow, Elizabeth Blevins, Noah Arnold, Kate Cline, Charles Googe, Cameron White, Dr. Stephen Carls, and Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls.


Dr. Stephen Carls (right) stands with Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Jack Tunstall and the newly installed president Dr. Sandra Horvath-Peterson at the end of the Presidential Banquet on January 8.


Kate Cline and Noah Arnold enjoy the waters of the Pacific Ocean at Mission Bay on January 9.


Dr. Stephen Carls, Kate Cline (center), and Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls take a break from their activities along the Pacific Ocean at Mission Bay on January 9.


Dr. David Thomas reflects on the power and majesty of the Pacific Ocean that he encounters on January 9, 2010.


Noah Arnold and Dr. Keith Bates stand in front of an SBD Dauntless dive bomber while visiting the USS Midway Museum on January 9.


Members of the Union University contingent stand on the deck of the USS Midway – with the USS Ronald Reagan in the background – during a visit on January 9. They are (left to right): Micah Snow, Charles Googe, Cameron White, Elizabeth Blevins, Kate Cline, and Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls.


Members of the Union group leave the USS Midway Museum on January 9 to go to The Fish Market Restaurant nearby. They are (front, left to right): Elizabeth Blevins, Kate Cline, Dr. David Thomas, and Cameron White. Behind Dr. Thomas is Charles Googe.


Members of the Union delegation at the Phi Alpha Theta convention wait for their lunches at The Fish Market Restaurant (next to the USS Midway Museum) in San Diego on January 9. They are (clockwise): Micah Snow, Cameron White, Noah Arnold, Charles Googe, Dr. Keith Bates, Dr. Stephen Carls, Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls, Dr. David Thomas, Elizabeth Blevins, and Kate Cline.


A striking sunset fills the sky over Mission Bay in San Diego on January 9, 2010.