On Thursday, February 12, the History department welcomed new members of Phi Alpha Theta. Professor Jennifer Murray, the chapter advisor, welcomed her fellow historians and gave the newest members the oath of membership. New members include Edward Lawrence, Kayla Ratliff, Jessica Miller, Jay Cash (not pictured), Forrest Duncan, Katelyn Sturgill, and Rachel Fischer.
Jennifer M. Murray, assistant professor of history at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, is the author of the recently published, “On A Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013.”
This Spring, ten outstanding history students were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta.
On Friday, September 21, Thomas Mackie visited Dr. Jennifer Murray's Public History class. As the Director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University, Mackie was able to give students in the class special insights into the role of the public historian.
During the annual Faculty Awards Luncheon, members of the History Department were recognized for contributions to the college.
UVa-Wise's chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success has given professor Donald Leech its Excellence in Teaching Award for 2011-2012. Leech is a very popular professor whose other college activities include coaching the cross country team.
The History Department presented awards to its best undergraduate students on Sunday, April 22.
On Thursday, April 19, 2012, seven new members of Phi Alpha Theta were initiated into the most prestigious honor society in History. The new members are: Laken Branson, Jessilyn Strauss, Matthew Donlevy, Sam Poole, Murphy Mullins, Amondre Johnson, and Taylor Bryan.
On Saturday, March 31, six UVa-Wise History students presented their research at Phi Alpha Theta's Virginia regional conference. With twelve colleges represented and sixty papers given, the UVa-Wise students competed admirably against the best of their peers in the state. Those traveling to Lynchburg were Amondre Johnson, Caleb Greene, Murphy Mullins, Karl DeLuca, Jessilynn Strauss, and Lloyd Tomlinson. Although Wycliffe Farquarson was unable to travel to Lynchburg, Jessilynn Strauss read her paper at the conference.
"Wolny publishes article"
New member of the History Department, Religious Studies Professor Witold Wolny, has recently published an article in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS), Vol. 2 No. 5; March 2012, entitled "What, How, and Why: The Geertzian Definition of Religion and Neurotheological Project on Meta and Megatheology."