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Union Group Attends Kentucky Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference; Five UU Students Present Papers

Apr 2, 2011

Twelve people from Union, including five history department faculty and seven Phi Alpha Theta student members, attended the Kentucky-Jackson Purchase Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Murray State University on April 2, 2011. Three faculty members, namely, Dr. Keith Bates, Dr. Judy LeForge, and Dr. Terry Lindley, served as panel chairs at the conference, and five Union students presented papers. Ms. Constance Alexander, a Kentucky writer and Kentucky Humanities Council speaker, was the featured speaker at the conference luncheon. Her topic was “Kilroy Was Here: Children on the Home Front in World War II.”

The five Union student presenters, along with their paper topics, were: Elizabeth Blevins, “The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918-19: Its Economic, Social, and Medical Impact in Whitfield County, Georgia;” Betsy Davis, “Red Carpet Reds: Jewish Influence on Hollywood Communism;” Mary Ellen Poe, “The Influence of Newsweek on Public Opinion Prior to World War II;” Caitlin Roach, “Love or Vocation?: A New Historical Look at Philanthropy in Dickens’ Bleak House;” and Mary Alisa Techentin, “Image and Imagination in Devout Meditation: The Impact of the Catholic Counter-Reformation on Spanish Visual Art.”

Others from Union at the conference were faculty members Dr. Stephen Carls and Dr. Henry Allen as well as Phi Alpha Theta student members Savannah German and Megan Winters.


Union attendees at the Kentucky Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference wait for the luncheon to begin on April 2, 2011. They are (left to right, going clockwise) Dr. Terry Lindley, Dr. Keith Bates, Betsy Davis, Caitlin Roach, Mary Alisa Techentin, Dr. Stephen Carls, Dr. Judy LeForge, Megan Winters, Savannah German, Mary Ellen Poe, Dr. Henry Allen, and Elizabeth Blevins.


Megan Winters (left to right), Savannah German, and Caitlin Roach stand by a wooden sculpture in the Curris Student Center at Murray State University on the morning of April 2.


Union history major Caitlin Roach presents her paper on “Love or Vocation? A New Historical Look at Philanthropy in Dickens’ Bleak House” at the Kentucky-Jackson Purchase Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.


Union student Caitlin Roach (third from left on the dais) answers a question from the audience during the panel session on “England” at the Kentucky-Jackson Purchase Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.


Dr. James Ramage, representing the national office of Phi Alpha Theta, welcomes participants to the Kentucky-Jackson Purchase Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference. Dr. Stephanie Carpenter, the conference coordinator, is to his left.


A large group of participants from many schools attend the welcome ceremony at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at Murray State University on April 2. Dr. James Ramage (front right) of Northern Kentucky University speaks during the group meeting.


Participants in the Phi Alpha Theta conference panel titled “Local History” join together just prior to the beginning of the session. They are: (left to right) Richard Davis (Murray State University), Elizabeth Blevins (Union University), Rachel Powell (Thomas More College), and Dr. Keith Bates (Union University).


Dr. Keith Bates, chair of the Phi Alpha Theta conference panel on “Local History,” introduces Union University student presenter Elizabeth Blevins.


Union University history major Elizabeth Blevins begins her paper on “The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918-19: Its Economic, Social, and Medical Impact in Whitfield County, Georgia” as a part of the Phi Alpha Theta conference panel titled “Local History.”


Union history major Betsy Davis responds to a question following her paper presentation on “Red Carpet Reds: Jewish Influence on Hollywood Communism” at Murray State University on April 2, 2011.


Attendees at the Phi Alpha Theta conference panel on “Political Ideologies” listen intently as panel member and Union student Betsy Davis answers a question from the audience on April 2.


Savannah German (left) and Betsy Davis prepare their plates during the Phi Alpha Theta conference luncheon on April 2. Dr. Henry Allen is directly behind Betsy.


Conference coordinator Dr. Stephanie Carpenter welcomes attendees to Murray State University during the luncheon program. To Dr. Carpenter’s left is the luncheon speaker, Ms. Constance Alexander.


Ms. Constance Alexander, a Kentucky writer and columnist, presents her Phi Alpha Theta conference luncheon talk on “Kilroy Was Here: Children on the Home Front in World War II.”


Members of the Phi Alpha Theta conference panel on “War and Media” sit together just before the beginning of the session. They are: (left to right) Eli Gibbons (Belmont University), David Chambliss (University of Tennessee at Martin), Mary Ellen Poe (Union University), and Dr. Terry Lindley (Union University).


Dr. Terry Lindley introduces student paper presenter Eli Gibbons of Belmont University during the Phi Alpha Theta conference panel on “War and Media.”


Union history major Mary Alisa Techentin presents her paper on “Image and Imagination in Devout Meditation: The Impact of the Catholic Counter-Reformation on Spanish Visual Art” during a panel session titled “Spanish Diaspora” at Murray State University on April 2.


Members of the Union contingent head toward their travel vehicles following the end of the Kentucky-Jackson Purchase Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference on April 2, 2011.


Union University history major Mary Alisa Techentin enjoys the beautiful spring weather in Murray, Kentucky, as she heads toward her departure vehicle following the Kentucky-Jackson Purchase Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference on April 2.


Several members of the Union group that attended the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at Murray State University stand together just before returning to Jackson on the afternoon of April 2. They are: (left to right) Dr. Keith Bates, Betsy Davis, Elizabeth Blevins, Caitlin Roach, Dr. Terry Lindley, Savannah German, Megan Winters, Mary Alisa Techentin, and Mary Ellen Poe.