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History Department Participates in Several Events to Launch Academic Year

Aug 26, 2011

August 26, 2011 – The history department launched the new academic year with several faculty and student activities. On August 16, department members attended Union’s faculty-staff dinner where Dr. John “Chuck” Chalberg of Normandale Community College in Minnesota provided the evening’s program by doing an impersonation of the English writer G. K. Chesterton. Dr. Terry Lindley was recognized at the faculty-staff luncheon on August 18 for his 25 years of service as a Union University faculty member; he joined the history department in the fall of 1986. Dr. Stephen Carls and Dr. David Thomas participated in the new student dinner on August 20; several students sat at the history table to learn more about the department and each other.

On August 22, the history department had a booth at the annual Student Organizations Fair; student officers Caitlin Roach (president) and Savannah German (vice president) represented Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, while David Conway (president) was there for the Rutledge Honorary History Club. A number of students stopped by the booth to talk to them and to Dr. Carls, who served as the department’s faculty representative.

On August 26, Union held its annual fall convocation. The theme for the event was the importance of confessional commitments in the life of the Christian community. In fulfillment of that theme, attendees recited the Apostles’ Creed in segments that were coordinated with scripture verses and hymns, and Union University President Dr. David Dockery delivered his convocation address on “We Believe…in the Communion of Saints: Confession and Community at Union University.” In his presentation, President Dockery paid tribute to St. Augustine for providing in his City of God a defense of Christian beliefs and Christian community.


Dr. Stephen Carls (left) and Dr. Terry Lindley share a Phi Alpha Theta moment together at Union's Faculty-Staff Dinner on August 16, 2011.


Dr. Stephen Carls (left) and Dr. David Thomas share a Phi Alpha Theta celebrate Phi Alpha Theta at Union's annual Faculty-Staff Dinner on August 16, 2011.


Dr. John "Chuck" Chalberg stands ready to present his impersonation of English writer G. K. Chesterton at Union's faculty-staff dinner on August 16, 2011.


Dr. John "Chuck" Chalberg impersonates English writer G. K. Chesterton at the faculty-staff dinner on August 16, 2011. Dr. Chalberg's presentation was the main event of the dinner program.


Dr. Terry Lindley receives a check from Union University Provost Dr. Carla Sanderson for his 25 years of service to the school during the faculty-staff luncheon on August 18, 2011.


The full-time history department faculty stand together following the faculty-staff luncheon on August 18, 2011. They are: (left to right) Dr. Keith Bates, Dr. Judy LeForge, Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Terry Lindley, and Dr. Stephen Carls.


New students interested in history sit with Dr. David Thomas (second from left) during the New Students Dinner on August 20, 2011. The students are: (left to right) Shelby Pace, Noah Hunt, Heather Stricklin, and Luke Adkins.


Phi Alpha Theta Vice President Savannah German (second from right, in red T-shirt) and Rutledge Honorary History Club President David Conway (right) talk to students at the Student Organizations Fair on August 22, 2011. The students, all history majors, are (left to right) Samuel Wiggin, Heather Stricklin, and Caraline Rickard.


Phi Alpha Theta members (wearing red T-shirts, left to right) Savannah German, Caitlin Roach, and David Conway talk to students at the history department booth during the Student Organizations Fair on August 22, 2011.


Union University President Dr. David Dockery delivers his fall convocation address on August 26, 2011. The title of his presentation was "We Believe... in the Communion of Saints: Confession and Community at Union University."


Dr. Keith Bates, Union University's 2011 Faculty Member of the Year, carries the university mace during the recessional at Union's annual fall convocation on August 26, 2011.


Dr. Stephen Carls (left) expresses appreciation to Union University President David Dockery (right) on August 26, 2011, for Dr. Dockery's convocation address on the importance of Christian confessional statements to the Christian community. Dr. James Patterson of the Department of Theology and Missions stands with them.