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Department Begins New Academic Year with Many Activities and a New Home

Aug 27, 2010

The history department began the 2010-2011academic year with a variety of activities and a new home for its faculty offices. On August 17, department faculty members attended the annual faculty-staff dinner where Union President Dr. David Dockery welcomed them back from their summer break. Mr. Travis Cottrell, the worship minister at Englewood Baptist Church, provided attendees with a program of music. The next morning faculty attended a workshop led by Associate Provost Dr. Barbara McMillin on “Creating Significant Learning Experiences: Dreams and Realities.” Following a faculty-staff luncheon the same day, department members attended a College of Arts and Sciences faculty meeting and then participated in a welcome reception for new faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The department was also involved in activities that focused on students. On August 21, Dr. Stephen Carls hosted a table at a new student dinner called “Dinner with Your Academic Department.” Seven new history majors sat down for dinner and conversation with him at the Grant Events Center. The students were: Dalton Carneal, Kim Chesney, Joshua Davis, Colton Gebben, Ashley Harris, Josh Lents, and Lowell Van Ness. On Monday, August 23, the Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the Rutledge Honorary History Club participated in the annual Student Organization Fair. Phi Alpha Theta President Kate Cline and History Club President Elizabeth Blevins joined Dr. Carls in meeting students and talking about the two history organizations and the department in general. Dr. Carls had a working lunch with the president and vice-president of the Delta-Psi Chapter on August 26 to plan the society’s activities for the fall semester. Meanwhile, professors met with students in their daytime classes for the first time on August 24. A climax to the week came with Union’s annual fall convocation on August 27, where a 90-voice student chorus made up of Union’s Choral Union and University Singers joyfully sang, and President Dockery presented the convocation address on “Qoheleth: Learning from ‘The Teacher.’”

Finally, the history department moved to new offices over the summer. After spending more than fifteen years in offices located near the Fred Delay basketball gymnasium, the department moved to offices located in the old pharmacy suite. The area of their new offices is now called the Jones Warren F. Jones Suite, and it houses not just the history department but several other departments and programs.


History faculty and spouses sit together at the annual faculty-staff dinner on August 17. They are: (left to right) Dr. Stephen Carls, Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls, Dr. Terry Lindley, Mrs. Becky Lindley, and Dr. Keith Bates.


Mr.Travis Cottrell, the worship minister at Englewood Baptist Church, sings at the faculty-staff dinner on August 17.


New students majoring in history sit together at the “Dinner with Your Academic Department” on August 21. They are: (left to right) Kim Chesney, Dalton Carneal, Colton Gebben, Lowell Van Ness, Joshua Davis, Ashley Harris, and Josh Lents.


Rutledge Honorary History Club President Elizabeth Blevins, Phi Alpha Theta Senator David Conway, and Phi Alpha Theta President Kate Cline stand in front of the history department display at the Student Organization Fair on August 23.


Kate Cline (back to camera) and Elizabeth Blevins (with hand on display table) talk to students about the history department at Union University during the Student Organization Fair on August 23.


Rebecca Blevins (left), Elizabeth Blevins, and history department faculty member Dr. Keith Bates talk about the upcoming school year at the August 23rd Student Organization Fair.


Rebecca Blevins (left) and Elizabeth Blevins stand at the history department booth during the 2010 Student Organization Fair.


History Department Chair Dr. Stephen Carls stands with History Club President Elizabeth Blevins (left) and Phi Alpha Theta President Kate Cline at the annual Student Organization Fair.


Students in a section of World Civilization to the 18th Century show enthusiasm as they begin their first day in the course on August 25.


Union University President Dr. David Dockery stands with Student Government Association President Micah Raeder and Senior Class President Betsy Davis prior to Union’s annual fall convocation on August 27, 2010. Betsy is a history major and a member of Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. She carried one of the Union University banners during the event.


Union University’s Choral Union and University Singers combine their voices to sing I Sing the Mighty Power of God at the fall convocation on August 27. History major David Conway is second from the right in the back row of the photo.


Union University President Dr. David Dockery presents his fall convocation address titled “Qoheleth: Learning from the Teacher” on August 27.


Dr. Judy LeForge, Associate Professor of History, congratulates Union President Dr. David Dockery following his excellent convocation address on August 27.