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Delta-Psi Chapter Members Attend Phi Alpha Theta Conference at Tennessee Tech University

Feb 22, 2014

Eight members of Union University’s Delta-Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society attended the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville on February 22, 2014. Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls of the University of Tennessee at Martin also traveled with the Union contingent to the conference.

Four students were among the Union group that went to Cookeville, and all four presented papers. The students, along with their paper titles, were: Colby Benefield, “The American Civil War in Madison County, Tennessee;” Grace Morris, “Friend or Foe: How the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps Used Soviet and German Intelligence Sources in the Cold War;” Charles Snow, “Were All Men Created Equal?: Examining Equality in Early America;” and Zach Thompson, “American Church Leadership’s Past-Oriented Reaction to Hiroshima.” Chapter member Allie Durham also submitted a paper but was unable to attend the conference. Carls, who chaired Durham’s panel, read the paper on her behalf; it was titled “Rendering Freedom: Winslow Homer and the Condition of the Emancipated Slave.” Morris won a second-place award in the undergraduate paper competition, and recent Union history graduate Elaura Highfield, now a second-year graduate student in history at Middle Tennessee State University, won first place in the graduate school paper division.

Also attending the conference were Drs. Henry Allen, Keith Bates, Stephen Carls, and Terry Lindley of Union’s history department. Allen, Bates, and Lindley served as undergraduate paper judges for the conference, and Allen and Lindley chaired paper panels. Allen oversaw a panel called “New Attitudes in the Modern U.S.A.” and Lindley headed a panel on “World War in Europe.” Carls, the national president of Phi Alpha Theta, presented a brief talk at the conference luncheon on behalf of the society’s national office.

Dr. Susan Laningham of Tennessee Technological University coordinated the conference that more than 125 people attended. There were some 40 student paper presenters from twelve Tennessee colleges and universities. The featured speaker at the luncheon was Dr. Lynda Coon, Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, who spoke on “Dark Age Jesus.”


The members of the group from Union University at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at Tennessee Tech University on February 22, 2014, join together for a photo at the conference luncheon. They are: (left to right) Dr. Henry Allen, Dr. Keith Bates, Charles Snow, Zach Thompson, Colby Benefield, Grace Morriss, Dr. Terry Lindley, and Dr. Stephen Carls.


Dr. Terry Lindley serves as the chair/commentator for a session titled "World War in Europe" at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Tennessee Tech University on February 18, 2014.


Elaura Highfield, a Union history graduate now doing an M.A. in history at Middle Tennessee State University, sits with Union student Charles Snow prior to a session on "The American Civil War" at the Phi Alpha Theta conference at Tennessee Tech University on February 22, 2014.


Delta-Psi chapter member Colby Benefield sits with his cousin (left) and mother prior to the session on "The American Civil War" at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Tennessee Tech University on February 22, 2014.


Union's Colby Benefield listens to comments that panel chair Dr. Kent Dollar of Tennessee Tech University made about his paper on the Civil War in Madison County during the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference on February 22, 2014.


Phi Alpha Theta conference attendees with ties to Union University await the beginning of the session titled "The American Civil War." They are: (left to right) Zach and Courtney Thompson, Dr. Terry Lindley, Lesa Highfield, and Dr. Keith Bates.


Grace Morriss presents a paper on "Friend or Foe: How the U. S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps Used Soviet and German Intelligence Sources in the Cold War" at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in Cookeville on February 22, 2014.


Zach Thompson presents a paper on the topic of "American Church Leadership's Past-Oriented Reaction to Hiroshima" at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at Tennessee Tech University on February 22, 2014.


Grace Morriss answers a question at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference on February 22, 2014, in Cookeville about her paper on the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps in the Cold War. Her panel session was on "The Aftermath of Atomic War."


Dr. Susan Laningham, the coordinator of the 2014 Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Tennessee Technological University, welcomes attendees during the conference luncheon on February 22.


Dr. Stephen Carls, the national president of Phi Alpha Theta, brings greetings to conference attendees from the society's national office during the conference luncheon on February 22, 2014.


Phi Alpha Theta National President Stephen Carls and Tennessee regional conference coordinator Susan Laningham smile together after he presented her with a package of Peeps at the conference luncheon on February 22, 2014.


Dr. Lynda Coon, Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, talks about "Dark Age Jesus" as the luncheon speaker at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in Cookeville on February 22, 2014.


Union history graduate Elaura Highfield, now a second-year graduate student in history at Middle Tennesse State University, moves toward the podium to receive the first-place award for graduate papers at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference in Cookeville on February 22, 2014.


Elaura Highfield (right), a 2012 Union University history graduate and now a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University, stands with Tennessee Tech student Whitney Carr who presents her with the first place award for graduate papers at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference luncheon on February 22, 2014.


Union's Grace Morriss walks toward the podium after the announcement that she has won a second-place award for undergraduate papers at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at Tennessee Tech University on February 22, 2014.


Grace Morriss, the winner of a second-place award for undergraduate papers, stands with Tennessee Tech student Tanner Wells who presents her with the prize at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference luncheon on February 22, 2014.