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Department Celebrates Dr. Bates' Ph.D.

Mar 3, 2006 - The history and political science department had a reception on March 3, 2006, to recognize Dr. Keith Bates for his successful completion of a doctor of philosophy degree in history at Kansas State University in December, 2005. Dr. Bates's wife Lisa was also an honoree at the reception. Phi Alpha Theta members Ben Burleson, Bethany Kossick, and Natalie Treece helped at the event by serving punch, cutting cake, and registering guests. Approximately 40 people attended the occasion.

Dr. Keith Bates poses with his wife Lisa at the beginning of the reception on March 3, 2006.

Dr. Bates (left) chats with Dr. David Dockery, Union's president, at the reception. Dr. Dockery presented Dr. Bates with a copy of Joel Carpenter’s book, Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism, in recognition of Dr. Bates’s doctoral accomplishment.

Dr. Bates (left) stands with Phi Alpha Theta members Ben Burleson, Natalie Treece, and Bethany Kossick during the reception.

The reception cake displays the colors of Kansas State University (purple and white) and includes the name of John R. Rice, a twentieth-century fundamentalist who was the subject of Dr. Bates's dissertation.