Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Studying French in France

Ben Bilimek, Logan Alexander, and Michaela Teague, all history and/or International Political Studies majors, studied French in Annecy, France, this summer as part of the AU in France program.  Here they are hiking with another Ashland student to a spot with a great view of Mont Blanc, the second highest mountain in Europe.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Internship at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL

Maddie Emholtz did an internship this summer at the Naval Aviation Museum, working with the museum's collections. She did a little bit of everything: cataloging new collections, cataloging old collections on back log, the conservation of artifacts, the design of exhibits, the design of booths at events, the archiving of documents and pictures, and researching the history of artifacts. A good job for a History major. Maddie arranged the internship herself, but she got help to pay for it through AU's Great Lakes Internship Grant Program.  The picture below shows her at the booth at the Battle of Midway Memorial, which she helped to design. 

Summer Trips Abroad

Being the curious, adventurous people that they are, many history and political science majors studied or took trips abroad this summer.  Here is a group of them who took the AU trip to Israel.  Here they are at the Sea of Galilee.

And this one shows the group at the Israeli Parliament:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Shelby Boatman Selected for Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award

History major Shelby Boatman is one of only 15 undergraduate history majors in the country to have been chosen to receive the 2016 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award. According to the Gilder Lehrman website, the award "recognizes outstanding college juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies as well as a commitment to public service and community involvement." Scholars spend five days in New York City (June 6–10), during which time they participate in a program of special presentations, including meetings with eminent scholars; they experience exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of historic archives; and receive the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award at a celebratory dinner.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Honors and Awards

This week students and faculty in History and Political Science received several honors for academic excellence, leadership, and service.  

The most important award was the Edward and Louaine Taylor Award for Excellence in Teaching, which was given to Dr. John Moser.  Dr. Moser gave a fine address titled "The Power of Play" at the Academic Honors Convocation. He is the second member of the department to receive the Taylor Award after Dr. Chris Burkett, who won it in 2011. 

In addition, three students were honored for overall academic excellence:  The Sophomore award went to Jackson Yenor; the Junior Award to Joshua Frey; and the Senior Award to James Coyne

The department also made a strong showing at the Leadership and Service Awards ceremony: 

Chris Burkett was a nominee for the Dr. Donald Rinehart Honor and Integrity award;

Chris Burkett, RenĂ© Paddags, and Jeff Sikkenga were three of seven nominees for the Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year award;

Emily Hess was nominated for the Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year award;

Sara Garska was nominated for Outstanding Female Staff Member of the Year award;

Ian Kieffer won Outstanding Male Undergraduate of the Year award.  

Among history, political science, and Integrated Social Studies majors nominated for various other leadership and service awards (sometimes more than one) is this impressive group: Samantha Eron, Matt Rhyand, Caroline Toth, Nathaniel Urban, Lucas Trott, Tara Marasco, Audrey Bontempo, and Ben Bilimek. 

Finally, at a ceremony for student athletes, where the athlete in each sport with the best academic record was honored, several recognized faculty in History and Political Science for their impact: 

Emily Hess was recognized by Ali Cudworth (Volleyball)

Chris Burkett was recognized by Zach Papay (outdoor track) and David Knack (cross country). 

Congratulations to all of the above!  What a great contribution you all make to the life of the department and the university. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Three Centuries of American Prints

Joseph Phelan has written a great review of a wonderful exhibition of American prints at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  He brings out nicely how prints both reflect and comment upon American history and government.  The review is printed in TheInTowner (April 2016), starting on page 6.  More information at the National Gallery of Art.

Visit Israel?

The President of AU has announced a Tour to Israel, to take place from July 30-August 10, 2016.  The cost will be approximately $1,000, which includes airfare, hotels, meals, and local transportation - in other words, pretty much everything except souvenirs, a great deal.  This is a chance for History and Political Science majors to visit key biblical sites, get a first-hand perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and visit the only flourishing democracy in the Middle East. 

Two information meetings will be held: Monday, April 11 at 4pm in the Lower Chapel; and Tuesday, April 12 at 5pm in the HCSC Auditorium.