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Delta-Psi Chapter Members Present Papers at Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conferences

Apr 10, 2010
Union Phi Alpha Theta members were busy delivering papers at society-sponsored regional conferences in late March and early April. One member of Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter presented a paper at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference on March 27, 2010, and four other Delta-Psi members made paper presentations at the Alabama Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference on April 10, 2010.

Elizabeth Blevins represented Union University at the Tennessee conference, which was held on the campus of Lee University in Cleveland. Her paper was titled “The Evolution of States’ Rights as Reflected in the Founding Documents.” The featured speaker at the conference was Dr. Jeffrey Hamilton, Chair of the Department of History at Baylor University, whose luncheon presentation was on “The Uncertain Death of Edward II.” Members of Elizabeth’s family joined her in attending the conference.

The four Union students who attended the Alabama conference at the University of North Alabama in Florence were: Noah Arnold, who talked about “Making Waves: The Steamboat Bloomer and Alabama’s Deepening Engagement in the Civil War;” Kate Cline, whose paper was on “Napoleon’s Military Victories: Bicentennial Celebrations and Re-enactments;” Charles Googe, who discussed “The Role of the Fourteenth West Virginia Infantry Regiment in the Civil War;” and Shelby Johnson, whose paper dealt with “The Last Progressive: Will Durant and the New History.” Five faculty members accompanied the students to the conference, including Union’s Dr. Keith Bates, Dr. Stephen Carls, Dr. Judy LeForge, and Dr. Terry Lindley; Dr. Alice Catherine Carls represented the University of Tennessee at Martin. Drs. A. C. Carls and LeForge served as panel chairs and commentators, with the former presiding at a session called “Religion” and the latter overseeing a panel on “Women’s History.” Dr. Ed Bridges, Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, spoke on “A Life in History” at the conference luncheon.

At the end of the Alabama conference, the Union and UT Martin attendees went to see two lions that serve as the mascots for the University of North Alabama athletic teams and that have their home in the heart of the campus. It was only after that unique experience that the group from West Tennessee made the return trip back to Union’s campus.


The participants in Phi Alpha Theta delegation that traveled from Union University to the Alabama regional conference on April 10, 2010, include: (left to right) Dr. Keith Bates, Kate Cline, Noah Arnold, Dr. Stephen Carls, Shelby Johnson, Dr. Alice Catherine Carls, Dr. Terry Lindley, Dr. Judy LeForge, and Charles Googe.


Union’s student presenters at the Alabama Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference join together for a photo. They are: (left to right) Charles Googe, Shelby Johnson, Kate Cline, and Noah Arnold.


Senior history major Charles Googe talks about “The Role of the Fourteenth West Virginia Infantry Regiment in the Civil War” during a Phi Alpha Theta conference session on “The Civil War.”


Senior history major Noah Arnold (center) answers a question about his paper on “Making Waves: The Steamboat Bloomer and alabama’s Deepening Engagement in the Civil War” during the panel on “The Civil War.” Union’s Charles Googe is on the left of the photo and Daniel McCall of Montevallo University is on the right.


Dr. Judy LeForge listens attentively to a question from an audience member during the Alabama conference session on “Women’s History.”


Union University conference participants go through the lunch line at the Alabama Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference on April 10. They are: (front to back) Kate Cline, Dr. Keith Bates, Noah Arnold, and Charles Googe.


Dr. Ed Bridges, Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, delivers his address on “A Life in History” at the Alabama Phi Alpha Theta conference luncheon.


Attendees at the Alabama Phi Alpha Theta conference luncheon listen to Dr. Ed Bridges of the Alabama Department of Archives and History make his presentation on “A Life in History.” Members of the group from Union University are seated at the table in the foreground.


Union’s Kate Cline presents her paper on “Napoleon’s Military Victories: Bicentennial Celebrations and Re-enactments” at the Alabama Phi Alpha Theta conference during a session on “Modern Europe.”


Senior history major Shelby Johnson makes her presentation on “The Last Progressive: Will Durant and the New History” at a Phi Alpha Theta conference session on “History and Culture.” Seated behind her is Dr. Martin Olliff, Professor of History at Troy University – Dothan, who served as the panel chair.


One of the lion mascots at the University of North Alabama enjoys the beautiful weather on April 10, 2010.


Members of the delegation from Union University observe the lion mascots and their habitat at the University of North Alabama on April 10, 2010. Members include: (left to right) Dr. Judy LeForge, Shelby Johnson, Dr. Terry Lindley, Noah Arnold, Kate Cline, Dr. Alice Catherine Carls, Dr. Keith Bates, and Charles Googe.