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Department Celebrates the Achievements of History Students at Awards Banquet

May 1, 2014

The history department recognized the achievements of several history students at its annual awards banquet on May 1, 2014. The Rutledge Honorary History Club sponsored the event, and club faculty advisor Dr. Terry Lindley coordinated it. The featured speaker at the banquet was Dr. Greg Ryan of Union’s political science department, who talked about experiences from his years as a U.S. naval officer and a teacher in China. The evening’s program also included the induction of the 2014-2015 officers of the history club: Bree McCuin as president, Hannah Conway as vice president, and Hannah Jones as secretary. Thirty-five people attended the banquet.

Dr. Stephen Carls, assisted by history department faculty members, presided over the presentation of awards. The department gave Phi Alpha Theta Certificates of Academic Excellence and Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship Pins to Charles Snow and Gracie Wise. Allie Durham, Heather Stricklin, and Lowell Van Ness were the recipients of History Major Awards. The History Minor Award went to Grace Morriss, while Josh Lents received the History Student Teacher Award. Morriss won the second place prize and Snow the third place award in the Dr. James Alex Baggett History Research Paper Competition. The department also recognized the following students with books and certificate awards for the excellent papers they presented at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville on February 22, 2014: Colby Benefield, Zachary Thompson, Morriss, and Snow. Durham also received a book for submitting a paper for the regional conference, although she was unable to travel to Cookeville owing to illness.

The department presented its Sixth Annual History Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award to Angie B. Nichols. She has had a long career tied to public history in the Nashville area, where she has had managerial responsibilities at the Hermitage, the Belmont Mansion, and the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park. In 2004, she established her own consulting firm called ABN Design Group, specializing in work with non-profit organizations. Her firm’s clients have included the Nashville City Cemetery Association, the American Friends of Chantilly, Friends of Metro Archives, the Belmont Mansion, and the Hermitage. Carls noted that Nichols “is an excellent example of what our history graduates can do professionally and we are very proud of her accomplishments and her successful career.” Her husband Michael was also an attendee at the banquet.

The last awards at the banquet were presented to officers in the department’s two student organizations. Wise and Snow received certificates of appreciation as president and vice president, respectively, of the Delta-Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta during the past year. Snow also received a certificate of appreciation for his role as president of the Rutledge Honorary History Club in 2013-2014.


The 35 attendees at the History Department Awards Banquet enjoy food and conversation together at the beginning of the evening on May 1, 2014.


Sarah (left) and Hannah Conway smile for the camera at the History Department Awards Banquet on May 1, 2014.


Attendees at the History Department Awards Banquet on May 1, 2014, wait for the meal to begin. They are: (left to right) Ashton Hostetler, Michaela Winter, Kathryn Mitchell, and Morgan Moody.


Attendees at the History Department Awards Banquet go through the buffet line in Union's Coburn Dining Room on May 1, 2014. In the foreground are Colby Benefield (left) and Dr. Keith Bates right). Immediately behind Bates is Jordan Pratt.


Dr. Terry Lindley begins the program at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014.


Rutledge Honorary History Club President Charles Snow begins the induction ceremony of the 2014-2015 officers at the History Department Awards Banquet on May 1, 2014.


Rutledge Honorary History Club officers pose for a photo prior to taking their oaths of office at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014. They are: (left to right) Bree McCuin, president; Hannah Conway, vice president; and Hannah Jones, secretary.


Dr. Greg Ryan of Union's political science department talks about his experiences in China as the featured speaker at the History Department Awards Banquet on May 1, 2014.


Dr. Greg Ryan of Union's political science department talks about China as the featured speaker at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014.


Dr. Keith Bates asks a question of Dr. Greg Ryan who was the history awards banquet speaker on May 1, 2014.


Robert Briley (left), Gracie Wise, and Dr. Stephen Carls stand together during the presentation of a Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship Pin and a Phi Alpha Theta Certificate of Academic Excellence to Wise at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014.


Robert Briley (left) presents a Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship Pin and a Phi Alpha Theta Certificate of Academic Excellence to Charles Snow (center) at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014. Dr. Stephen Carls (right) watches the presentation.


Dr. David Thomas presents a History Major Award to Allie Durham at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014.


Dr. Terry Lindley gives the History Minor Award to Grace Morriss at the History Department Awards Banquet on May 1, 2014.


Josh Lents (right) receives the History Student Teacher Award from Dr. Jared Myracle at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014.


Dr. David Thomas presents the second place prize in the Dr. James Alex Baggett History Research Paper Competition to Grace Morriss at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014.


Charles Snow (left) accepts congratulations from Dr. David Thomas at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014, for winning third place in the Dr. James Alex Baggett History Research Paper Competition.


Dr. Keith Bates presents a certificate of recognition and a book to Grace Morriss at the History Department Awards Banquet on May 1, 2014, for the excellent paper that she presented at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in February, 2014.


Colby Benefield (right) receives a certificate of recognition and a book from Dr. Keith Bates on May 1, 2014, for the excellent paper he presented at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in February, 2014.


Dr. Keith Bates (left) presents a certificate of recognition and a book to Charles Snow at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014, for the excellent paper that Snow presented at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Tennessee Tech University in February, 2014.


Allie Durham accepts a book from Dr. Keith Bates at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014, for the excellent paper she submitted for presentation at the 20014 Phi Alpha Theta regional conference in Cookeville, Tennessee.


Dr. Stephen Carls introduces Angie B. Nichols as the recipient of the Sixth Annual History Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award at the History Department Awards Banquet on May 1, 2014.


Angie B. Nichols accepts the Sixth Annual History Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from Dr. Stephen Carls at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014.


Charles Snow receives a certificate of appreciation from Dr. Stephen Carls at the history awards banquet for his work as vice president of the Delta-Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta in 2013-2014.


Dr. Stephen Carls presents a certificate of appreciation to Gracie Wise at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014, for her dedicated service as president of the Delta-Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta in 2013-2014.


Charles Snow (left) accepts a certificate of appreciation from Dr. Terry Lindley at the history awards banquet on May 1, 2014, for his service as president of the Rutledge Honorary History Club in 2013-2014.