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Phi Alpha Theta Group Attends Regional Conference in Nashville

Feb 23, 2013

A group of six Union University faculty members and students attended the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Belmont University in Nashville on February 23, 2013. Some 85 people from across the state and beyond participated in the conference which featured Dr. Richard Blackett, the Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, as the luncheon speaker. Professor Blackett talked about “Going into the Belly of the Beast: The Underground Railroad and the Attack on Slavery.”

Three Union Phi Alpha Theta student members presented papers. They and their paper titles were: Patricia Dawson, “The Weapon of Dress: Identity, Acculturation, and Self Image in Cherokee Clothing, 1794-1838;” Jeffrey Lewoczko, “Training to “Win: The Army Air Corps Flight Training during World War II;” and Mary Ellen Poe, “The Desegregation of the Public Schools in Jackson, Tennessee.” Each of their presentations was extremely well received by those who were at their panels.

Two of the Union University faculty members attending the conference served as panel chairs. Dr. Terry Lindley presided over a panel titled “The United States in World War II” and commented on each of the three papers that comprised his session. Also acting as a chair was Dr. Henry Allen, who commented on three papers in a panel called “The Progressive Era in the United States.” Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls of the University of Tennessee at Martin, who traveled with the Union University contingent to the conference, served as a chair for a panel called “Concepts of Power in the Atlantic Revolution.”

The third history faculty member from Union at the conference was Dr. Stephen Carls who represented Phi Alpha Theta national headquarters in a brief talk at the conference luncheon. He congratulated Dr. Cynthia Bisson, the conference coordinator, for the fine work she did in organizing the event, and he thanked all those who attended for helping make the conference a success. He also talked about the 2014 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Phi Alpha Theta online merchandise store. The luncheon was the last official conference activity.


Attendees from Jackson at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Belmont University on February 23, 2013, stand together at the Massey Business Center, where the conference was held. They are: (left to right) Dr. Stephen Carls, Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls, Patricia Dawson, Mary Ellen Poe, Dr. Terry Lindley, Jeffrey Lewoczko, and Dr. Henry Allen.


Union University's Jeffrey Lewoczko presents a paper on "Training to Win: The Army Air Corps Flight Training during World War II" at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Belmont University on February 23, 2013.


Dr. Terry Lindley comments on papers during a panel titled "The United States in World War II" at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference on February 23, 2013.


Senior history major Patricia Dawson presents a paper titled "The Weapon of Dress: Identity, Acculturation, and Self Image in Cherokee Clothing 1794-1838" at the 2013 Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Conference at Belmont University on February 23.


Dr. Terry Lindley (left to right), Mary Ellen Poe, and Jeffrey Lewoczko wait for the luncheon to start at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference on February 23, 2013.


Delta-Psi Chapter members Jeffrey Lewoczko and Patricia Dawson stand in buffet luncheon line at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Belmont University on February 23, 2013.


Members of the Union University delegation at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at Belmont University on February 23, 2013, enjoy lunch together prior to the luncheon program. They are: (starting in the foreground on the left and going clockwise) Jeffrey Lewoczko, Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls (wearing the purple jacket), Patricia Dawson, Dr. Henry Allen, Dr. Terry Lindley, and Mary Ellen Poe (back to camera).


Dr. Stephen Carls, representing the national Phi Alpha Theta office, congratulates Dr. Cynthia Bisson of Belmont University on her successful coordination of the2013 Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Conference during the conference luncheon on February 23, 2013.


Dr. Richard Blackett, the Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, speaks on "Going into the Belly of the Beast: The Underground Railroad and the Attack on Slavery" during the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference luncheon at Belmont University on February 23, 2013.


Delta-Psi Chapter members who presented papers at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Reginal Conference stand together after the end of the conference on February 23, 2013. They are (left to right) Patricia Dawson, Jeffrey Lewoczko, and Mary Ellen Poe.