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History Department Participates in Several Events to Begin the 2012-2013 Academic Year

Aug 24, 2012

The history department participated in several Union University activities in August to mark the start of the 2012-2013 academic year. They included functions organized for faculty and staff, for students, and for the entire campus community.

One important event was the faculty-staff dinner on August 14. Approximately 300 people joined together to celebrate Union’s upcoming school year with good food, engaging conversation, and an excellent program. The main feature of the evening was Michael John Talbot, a Catholic composer/singer/guitarist and founder of a monastic community, who performed several songs from his repertoire of Christian music. Members of the history department, along with spouses, sat together for this special occasion.

On August 18, four students sat at the history table during the New Student Dinner to talk about a variety of subjects with Dr. Stephen Carls and each other. The students were: Brittany Ary, Allen Bradley, Nicholas Linn, and Cara Snowden. They later enjoyed ice cream at Union President Dr. David Dockery’s home.

When Union held its Student Organizations Fair on August 20, the history department had a display board and the presidents of its two student organizations there. Jeffrey Lewoczko, president of the Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and Mary Ellen Poe, president of the Rutledge Honorary History Club (who also serves as Phi Alpha Theta vice president) greeted students and discussed their clubs’ activities. Dr. Stephen Carls also talked to students about the department. Some 15 students visited with the department’s representatives at the fair.

The climax to the events launching the new school year was Union’s annual fall convocation on August 24. History faculty members donned their caps and gowns for the occasion, and a number of history students were among the attendees. President Dockery delivered the convocation address on “Thy Kingdom Come: Learning from Lottie.” He highlighted the life of Lottie Moon, a missionary to China in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as an example for modern Christians to follow in terms of kingdom-focused and missional living. The Reverend Dr. Todd Brady, who graduated from Union in the early 1990s with a history major, was installed as vice president for church relations at the gathering.


History faculty members and spouses enjoy their time together at Union's faculty-staff dinner on August 14, 2012. They are: (starting at the front left and going clockwise) Mrs. Nancy Thomas, Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Stephen Carls, Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls, Mrs. Becky Lindley, Dr. Terry Lindley, and Dr. Judy LeForge. Photo by Morris Abernathy.


Dr. David and Mrs. Nancy Thomas show appreciation for singer/songwriter Michael John Talbot at the beginning of his evening program at Union's faculty/staff dinner on August 14, 2012.


Singer/songwriter Michael John Talbot introduces himself at Union's faculty/staff dinner on August 14, 2012.


Michael John Talbot, a Catholic singer/composer/guitarist, performs one of his songs at Union's faculty/staff dinner on August 14, 2012. Photo by Morris Abernathy.


Students interested in history sit with Dr. Stephen Carls (center) during the New Student Dinner on August 18, 2012. The students are: (left to right) Brittany Ary, Cara Snowden, Allen Bradley, and Nicholas Linn. Photo by Zac Calvert.


History major Cara Snowden shows a big smile during the New Student Dinner in the Carl Grant Events Center on August 20, 2012.


Dr. Stephen Carls (left to right), Mary Ellen Poe, and Jeffrey Lewoczko stand by the history department display booth at the Student Organizations Fair on August 20, 2012. Photo by Jacob Moore


Phi Alpha Theta President Jeffrey Lewoczko (front, wearing red T-shirt) and Rutledge Honorary History Club President Mary Ellen Poe (behind Jeffrey, wearing red T-shirt) talk about the history department with students during the Student Organizations Fair on August 20, 2012.


The history department display occupies a prominent place at the Student Organizations Fair on August 20, 2012.


Union University President Dr. David Dockery talks about the Christian example set by Lottie Moon as a missionary to China in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries during his convocation address on August 24, 2012. Photo by Morris Abernathy.