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History Department Participates in Opening Events of New School Year

Aug 23, 2013

The history department participated in several events that helped launch the 2013-2014 school year at Union University. On August 13, three department members and their spouses, joined by recent Union graduates Caitlin Roach and Jordan Haskins, sat together at the annual faculty-staff dinner. Paul and Ricky Clark, both ministers of music, provided the evening program with a focus on hymns.

Dr. Stephen Carls, chair of the history department, was recognized for 30 years of service to Union at the school’s faculty-staff luncheon on August 15. He was one of three Union employees who received 30-year service awards. Dr. Jimmy Davis of the chemistry department was honored for 35 years of employment at the school.

On August 16, Dr. Keith Bates, Associate Professor of History, participated in Union’s annual New Student Move-in Day. He helped take the belongings of several freshmen to their dorm rooms. Senior history major Gracie Wise also aided with the move-in process for new students. Bates and Wise were among the many faculty, staff, and returning students who welcomed some 550 freshmen and transfer students to Union’s campus as they arrived for the start of the school year.

Carls hosted a table of students interested in history at the New Student Dinner on August 17. Six students sat with him to talk about history, summer activities, and Union University. The students included seniors Allie Durham and Wise as well as freshmen Quinten Brasher, Stephen Lewoczko, Audrey Mitchell, and Lucas Parrett.

On August 19, history majors Charles Snow, Heather Stricklin, and Wise joined Carls in staffing the history display table at the annual Student Organizations Fair. A number of students inquired about the history department and its two student clubs, namely, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the Rutledge Honorary History Club.

Finally, all history faculty attended Union’s annual opening convocation on August 23. Dr. David S. Dockery, the university’s president, delivered the convocation address on “From Faith to Faith: Revisiting the Great Cloud of Witnesses.” He discussed key individuals in the history of Union University and their impact on the development of the school. There was a near capacity crowd in Union’s chapel for this event, and all faculty members were dressed in their academic regalia.


Attendees at the faculty-staff dinner who sat at the history department's table are: (starting on the left, going clockwise) Dr. Stephen Carls, Caitlin Roach, Jordan Haskins, Professor Haelim Allen, Dr. Henry Allen, Dr. Terry Lindley, Mrs. Becky Lindley, and Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Music ministers Paul B. Clark (left) and Ricky Clark lead in the singing of a hymn at Union's faculty-staff dinner on August 13, 2013.


Four Union University employees whose combined employment at the school reached 125 years in 2013 stand together for a photo. They, along with their years of service, are: (left to right) Mrs. Bobbie Bishop (30 years), Mr. Robert Simpson (30 years), Dr. Jimmy Davis (35 years), and Dr. Stephen Carls (30 years). All were recognized at the faculty-staff luncheon on August 15, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


History students join together for a photo at the history department's table during the New Student Dinner on August 17, 2013. They are: (seated, left to right) Audrey Mitchell, Lucas Parrett, Quentin Brash, and Stephen Lewoczko; (standing, left to right) Allie Durham and Gracie Wise.


Heather Stricklin and Charles Snow stand by the history department's display table prior to the Student Organizations Fair on August 19, 2013.


History majors Charles Snow (left) and Heather Stricklin (back to camera), wearing their Phi Alpha Theta T-shirts, talk to students about the history department during the Student Organizations Fair on August 19, 2013.


Senior history major Gracie Wise (left) helps a new student move into the dorms on August 16, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Dr. Stephen Carls participates in the processional during Union University's Fall Convocation on August 23, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Union University President Dr. David S. Dockery delivers his address on "From Faith to Faith" at the school's Fall Convocation on August 23, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


A near capacity crowd in the G. M. Savage Memorial Chapel listens to Union University President Dr. David S. Dockery deliver his fall convocation address on August 23, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy