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Phi Alpha Theta Sponsors 22nd Annual Department Cookout

May 9, 2014

The Delta-Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society sponsored the 22nd Annual Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout at Dr. Stephen Carls’s home on May 9, 2014. There were 41 people at the event which was held in honor of graduating history students and Phi Alpha Theta members.

The 13 graduating students whom Carls recognized individually during a program at the event were: Colby Benefield, Kim Chesney, Haley Dauer, Allie Durham, Colton Gebben, Grace Morriss, Ginny Seger, Charles Snow, Cara Snowden, Heather Stricklin, Rachel Thomas, Zach Thompson, and Luke Trammell. Carls gave each of them a history department gift bag that for Phi Alpha Theta members included an honor cord to wear at Union’s spring commencement services. Carls also congratulated the graduating history students not able to attend the cookout: history majors Thomas Blackketter, Josh Lents, Zac McMillan, and Gracie Wise, and history minors T. J. Bollinger and Matt Taylor. Following the program, attendees sang “Happy Birthday” to Stricklin as she celebrated her 22nd birthday.

As for the meal, the main course was made up of BBQ, barbequed bologna, roasted potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, and a homemade guacamole dip and chips. There were four desserts, all of which contained Tennessee-grown strawberries: homemade strawberry cupcakes; strawberries dipped in chocolate; homemade pound cake topped with strawberries and whipped cream; and a homemade strawberry trifle.


Graduation gift bags are ready for distribution to senior history students at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.


Dr. Keith Bates and his son Colin wait for the Phi Alpha Theta cookout meal to begin on May 9, 2014.


Attendees at the history department cookout wait in line to get their food on May 9, 2014. They are (left to right, front of photo) Hannah Jones, Ginny Seger, and Dr. Terry Lindley.


Dr. Henry Allen pauses for a photo at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.


Courtney and Zach Thompson prepare their plates at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout at Dr. Stephen Carls's home on May 9, 2014.


Robert and Brenda Briley prepare their plates at the Phi Alpha Theta cookout at Dr. Stephen Carls's home on May 9, 2014.


Heather Stricklin (left) and Cara Snowden look for a table to sit at during the Phi Alpha Theta cookout on May 9, 2014.


Phi Alpha Theta member Allen Bradley smiles for the camera at the 22nd Annual Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout at Dr. Stephen Carls's home on May 9, 2014.


Attendees have fun eating and talking at the Phi Alpha Theta cookout at Dr. Stephen Carls's home on May 9, 2014.


Attendees at the Phi Alpha Theta cookout on May 9, 2014, relax on the deck of Dr. Stephen Carls's home. They are: (left to right, going clockwise) Colby Benefield, Dr. Terry Lindley, and Colton Gebben.


Caitlin Roach (left) and Savannah German enjoy themsleves at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout at Dr. Stephen Carls's home on May 9, 2014.


Attendees pick out desserts at the Phi Alpha Theta cookout on May 9, 2014. They are: (left to right) Courtney Thompson, Kensie Zills, Sarah Carroll, and Becky Lindley.


Graduating history major and Phi Alpha Theta member Colby Benefield (right) accepts congratulations and a graduation gift bag from Dr. Stephen Carls at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.


Dr. Stephen Carls presents a gift bag to graduating history major Kim Chesney at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.


Graduating history student Haley Dauer accepts a gift bag from Dr. Stephen Carls at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.


Graduating history major and Phi Alpha Theta member Allie Durham poses for the camera with Dr. Stephen Carls after receiving a gift bag from the history department at the Phi Alpha Theta cookout on May 9, 2014.


Graduating history major and Phi Alpha Theta member Colton Gebben (right) poses for the camera with Dr. Stephen Carls after receiving a gift bag at the history department cookout on May 9, 2014.


Phi Alpha Theta member and history minor Grace Morriss accepts a gift bag from Dr. Stephen Carls at the history department cookout on May 9, 2014.


Dr. Stephen Carls presents a gift bag to graduating history major and Phi Alpha Theta member Ginny Seger at the annual Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.


Dr. Stephen Carls hands a gift bag to graduating history major and Phi Alpha Theta member Charles Snow at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.


Dr. Stephen Carls talks to graduating history major Cara Snowden during his introduction of her during a program at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.


History major and Phi Alpha Theta member Heather Stricklin receives a graduation gift bag from Dr. Stephen Carls at the history department cookout on May 9. 2014.


Graduating history student Rachel Thomas receives a gift bag from Dr. Stephen Carls (left), while her father Dr. David Thomas joins in with a smile at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.


Graduating history major and Phi Alpha Theta member Zach Thompson accepts a gift bag from Dr. Stephen Carls at the history department cookout on May 9, 2014.


Graduating history major and Phi Alpha Theta member Luke Trammell (right) joins with Dr. Stephen Carls for a photo after receiving a graduation gift bag at the history department cookout on May 9, 2014.


Heather Stricklin smiles as attendees sing "Happy Birthday" to her at the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout on May 9, 2014.