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History Students Receive Recognition at Union University’s Annual Awards Convocation

May 4, 2012

Four history majors and one history minor were among the many students recognized by Union University for exceptional achievement at the school’s annual awards convocation on May 4, 2012. During the first part of the awards program, history majors David Conway, Elaura Highfield, Caraline Rickard, and Caitlin Roach, along with history minor Phillip Tang, were included in the 52 outstanding juniors and seniors who were honored for being listed in Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The second segment of the convocation, which focused primarily on the recognition of students’ achievements in specific areas, began with the awarding of an Academic Excellence Medal in each major; the history major medal went to Caitlin Roach while that for political science was given to Caraline Rickard. Caitlin later received the first place award in the 2012 Dr. James Alex Baggett History Research Paper Competition. It was also during the awarding of individual honors that Union University recognized Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, along with a number of other discipline-focused honor societies, for promoting academic excellence at the school.


Dr. Keith Bates, Union University's 2011-2012 Faculty Member of the Year, carries the school's mace during the processional at the awards convocation on May 4, 2012. Seated to the right is history major Savannah German (dressed in a turquoise top).


Union faculty members stand during the university's processional at the awards convocation on May 4, 2012. Dr. Stephen Carls, chair of the history department, is fifth from the left in the front row.


History major David Conway receives a certificate of recognition from Acting Registrar Dr. Barbara McMillin at Union's awards convocation on May 4, 2012, for being listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.


History major Elaura Highfield (right) accepts a certificate of recognition from Acting Registrar Dr. Barbara McMillin at Union University's awards convocation on May 4, 2012, for being listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.


Dr. Barbara McMillin (left), the acting registrar at Union University, presents a certificate of recognition to senior history major Caraline Rickard at school's awards convocation on May 4, 2012, for being listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.


Caitlin Roach (right) accepts a certificate of recognition from Acting Registrar Dr. Barbara McMillin at Union University's awards convocation on May 4, 2012, for being listed in Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges.


Dr. Barbara McMillin, the acting registrar at Union, presents a certificate of recognition to history minor Phillip Tang at the university's awards convocation on May 4, 2012, for being listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.


Caitlin Roach accepts the Academic Excellence Medal in History from Dr. Stephen Carls at Union University's awards convocation on May 4, 2012.


Dr. Stephen Carls presents the first place prize in the Dr. James Alex Baggett History Research Paper Competition to Caitlin Roach at Union University' awards convocation on May 4, 2012.