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Three Delta-Psi Students Present Papers at Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

Mar 24, 2012

Three student members of Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society presented papers at the 2012 Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference held at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) on March 23-24, 2012. The student presenters and their paper titles were: Savannah German, “Judge M. M. Neil, A Tennessee Supreme Court Judge: A Southern Conservative During the Progressive Era;” Caraline Rickard, “Southern Heart and Dixie Drive: Anne Dallas Dudley, Sue Shelton White, and the Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, 1911-1920;” and Caitlin Roach, “A Voice for the Children: Florence Kelley and American Child Labor.” The students’ papers were part of a panel titled “Progressive-Era Reformers” for which Professor Mary Evins of Middle Tennessee State University served as the chair/commentator. Professor Evins commended all three students for the high quality of their work. The Union contingent at the conference also included Drs. Stephen Carls and Terry Lindley.

The conference began on Friday, March 23, with a banquet that had Dr. Carroll Van West, Director of the Center of Excellence in Historic Preservation at MTSU, as the main speaker. He talked about “The Blessings and Curses of Anniversaries in Public History.” Dr. Peter Cunningham, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at MTSU, welcomed attendees at the banquet, and Dr. Carls, who is the national vice president of Phi Alpha Theta, delivered greetings on behalf the society’s national office.

Approximately 70 people attended the conference, and 36 undergraduate and graduate students presented papers. Dr. Amy Sayward, the conference coordinator, also had special sessions in the program on “Creating a Research Culture for Students through Experiential Learning” and “Y’all Come See Us: A Virtual Visit to the Tennessee State Library and Archives,” as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of MTSU’s Center for Popular Music.


Union's Delta-Psi Chapter student attendees at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference look at a conference folder near the registration table at Middle Tennessee State University on March 23, 2012. They are (left to right) Caitlin Roach, Caraline Rickard, and Savannah German.


Attendees at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Middle Tennessee State University enjoy food and conversation together at one of the tables of the opening banquet on March 23, 2012. They are: (left to right) Joshua Riddle of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls of the University of Tennessee at Martin, and Union University students Savannah German, Caitlin Roach, and Caraline Rickard.


Dr. Peter Cunningham, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, welcomes attendees to the MTSU campus during the opening banquet of the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Conference on March 23, 2012. On the left is Dr. Amy Sayward, the conference coordinator.


Dr. Carroll Van West, Director of the Center of Excellence in Historic Preservation at MTSU, talks about "The Blessings and Curses of Anniversaries in Public History" during the opening banquet of the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference on March 23, 2012.


Union University paper presenters sit with Dr. Mary Evins (right), their panel chair/commentator, at the start of their panel about "Progressive-Era Reformers" on March 24, 2012. The presenters are (left to right) Caitlin Roach, Savannah German, and Caraline Rickard.


Union University history major Caitlin Roach presents a paper on "A Voice for the Children: Florence Kelley and American Child Labor" at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Middle Tennessee State University on March 24, 2012. Panel members Savannah German (left) and Caraline Rickard (center) listen intently.


History major Savannah German delivers a paper on "Judge M. M. Neil, A Tennessee Supreme Court Judge: A Southern Conservative During the Progressive Era" at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at MTSU on March 24, 2012.


Delta-Psi Chapter members (left to right) Caitlin Roach, Savannah German, and Caraline Rickard listen to comments about their papers from panel chair Dr. Mary Evins during the Phi Alpha Theta conference session titled "Progressive-Era Reformers" on March 24, 2012.


History major Caraline Rickard (right) answers a question about her paper on "Southern Heart and Dixie Drive: Anne Dallas Dudley, Sue Shelton White, and the Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, 1911-1920" during the Phi Alpha Theta conference session about "Progressive Era Reformers" on March 24, 2012. Delta-Psi Chapter member Savannah German listens carefully to Caraline's response.