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Department Recognizes Students and a History Alumnus at Annual Awards Banquet

May 5, 2011

The history department presented awards to several students and a history alumnus at its annual awards banquet on May 5, 2011. The Rutledge Honorary History Club coordinated the event, which was attended by 39 people. Dr. Terry Lindley, the faculty sponsor of the history club, served as the emcee at the banquet.

The program began with two history club ceremonies. The first was the induction, led by club president Elizabeth Blevins, of Whitney Kramer and Samuel Wiggin into the club. Elizabeth then presided over the installation of the club’s new officers for 2011-2012. Those installed were: David Conway, president; Mary Ellen Poe, vice president; Savannah German, secretary; and Lori Landon, senator.

Dr. Stephen Carls, the chair of the history department, was the banquet’s featured speaker. The focus of his presentation was a twentieth-century European textbook he is coauthoring with his wife. He mentioned some of the unique features of the text, such as a greater emphasis on Eastern Europe, the role of religion, and the interwar origins of the European Union. He also highlighted some of the challenges he and his wife have faced, including what events to include and how much detail to provide for each topic covered.

All full-time department faculty members participated in the presentation of student awards. The awards and the student recipients were: Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship Pin and Academic Achievement Award, Kate Cline; History Major Award, Elizabeth Blevins and Betsy Davis; History Minor Award, Katelyn O’Roark; Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference Paper Presenter Awards, Elizabeth Blevins, Betsy Davis, Mary Ellen Poe, Caitlin Roach, and Mary Alisa Techentin; History Student Teacher Award, Kevin Reid; and the Dr. James Alex Baggett History Research Paper Competition Awards, second place to Hunter Bragg and third place to Betsy Davis.

The history department, with Dr. Lindley acting as its spokesperson, presented the Third Annual History Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award to Mr. John D. Burleson. Mr. Burleson was a member of both the Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the Rutledge Honorary History Club while a student at Union. After finishing his studies at Union in 1978, he attended law school at the University of Tennessee from where he graduated in 1983. He then joined the Jackson law firm of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell where he became a partner in 1989 and president in 2008. He serves as Union University’s attorney.

The final student recognitions at the banquet were given to the presidents of the department’s two student organizations. Dr. Carls gave a certificate of appreciation to Kate Cline who served as president of the Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society in 2010-2011, and Dr. Lindley recognized Elizabeth Blevins with a certificate of appreciation for her work in 2010-2011 as president of the Rutledge Honorary History Club.


Dr. Terry Lindley welcomes attendees to the Annual Department of History Awards Banquet on May 5, 2011.


Attendees go through the buffet dinner line at the history awards banquet on May 5, 2011. At the front left is Rebecca Blevins and on the right is history major Kevin Reid. Behind Kevin is Dr. Keith Bates.


Samuel Wiggin and Whitney Kramer proudly display their certificates of membership following their induction into the Rutledge Honorary History Club on May 5, 2011.


Rutledge Honorary History Club President Elizabeth Blevins (right) leads an installation ceremony for new officers in the history club on May 5, 2011. Those being installed are: ((left to right) Mary Ellen Poe, vice president; Savannah German, secretary; Lori Landon, senator; and David Conway, president.


Dr. Terry Lindley introduces Dr. Stephen Carls as the history banquet speaker on May 5, 2011.


Dr. Stephen Carls, the featured speaker at the history awards banquet on May 5, 2011, talks about his work in coauthoring a textbook with his wife on twentieth century Europe.


Kate Cline accepts the Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship Pin and Academic Achievement Award from Dr. Stephen Carls on May 5, 2011.


Dr. David Thomas presents one of the History Major Awards to Elizabeth Blevins at the May 5 history awards banquet.


Dr. Keith Bates gives a certificate of recognition and a book to Betsy Davis at the history awards banquet on May 5 for her paper presentation at the Kentucky Phi Alpha Theta regional conference in early April.


Mary Ellen Poe accepts a book and certificate of recognition from Dr. Keith Bates on May 5 for her paper presentation at the Kentucky Phi Alpha Theta regional conference in early April.


Dr. Keith Bates gives a book and certificate of recognition to Mary Alisa Techentin on May 5 for the paper she presented at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at Murray State University in early April.


Dr. Judy LeForge honors Kevin Reid with the History Student Teacher Award at the history awards banquet on May 5, 2011.


Hunter Bragg receives the second place prize in the 2011 Dr. James Alex Baggett History Research Paper Competition from Dr. Judy LeForge on May 5, 2011.


Dr. Terry Lindley presents the History Alumni Distinctive Achievement Award to John D. Burleson at the history awards banquet on May 5, 2011.


Dr. Stephen Carls gives Kate Cline a certificate of appreciation on May 5 for her work as president of the Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta in 2010-2011.


Dr. Terry Lindley gives a certificate of appreciation to Elizabeth Blevins at the history awards banquet for her service as president of the Rutledge Honorary History Club in 2010-2011.