The annual History Awards ceremony was combined with the End of Year Party. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed refreshments and door prizes as we honored the achievements of our distinguished department.
The department honored five undergraduates. The Glenn Gray Award to the outstanding undergraduate major went to Alexandria Lierz. Alex completed a degree in History, English, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies and is graduating from the honors program and with distinction. The topic of her honors thesis is “Gender Inversion and Motherhood in the Stories of the Early Christian Martyrs.”
The Ed Hirsch Scholarship went to History and English major Jared Wiebelhaus, who is also in the Honors Program. Jared has a minor in Computer Science and is contributing material to Dr. Will Thomas’s digital project on slave petitions for freedom in early Washington D.C.
The Alan Woolworth Scholarship went to History, Political Science, and Spanish major Kelsey Hanson. She impressed the awards committee with an insightful paper analyzing the early years of the Cold War.
History Department also awarded two students for high distinction and service to the History Department. The department recognized History and Classics major Andrew Ide for his high grade point average and challenging program of study. He completed an honors thesis on the cult of the emperor in early imperial Rome. A graduating senior who will be continuing his studies in the UNL M.A. program next year, Robert Perry, got an award for the service to the History Department. He has donated a generous amount of time to the department helping us with events for Phi Alpha Theta, recruitment, including shooting a recruitment video for our website and dressing in costume for the Big Red Road Show.
Six graduate students received awards and fellowships in the department. Kevin Chrisman, a graduating Master’s student received the Dov Ospovat Memorial Award for the best graduate research paper in 2012-2013academic year. Students of Early Modern Europe Andrea Nichols and Paul Strauss received the Marguerite C. and Clare McPhee Memorial Fellowship for the next academic year. Paul Strauss also got Albin T. and Pauline Anderson Memorial Award. Two Americanists Michelle Tiedje and Rebecca Wingo were recognized with Addison E. Sheldon Nebraska History Fellowship and Brian Sarnaki received Helen and Perry Moran Fellowship.
The Graduate Student Association paid tribute to Department Secretary Barbara Bullington with Staff Outstanding Service to Graduate Students Award.
Four members of the faculty were awarded research grants to support them in the beginning or continuation of their book research. Professor Timothy Mahoney received the James A. Rawley Faculty Research Grant. Dr. Katrina Jagodinsky received the Clay Thomas Faculty Research Grant. Dr. Waskar Ari and Dr. Dawne Curry received the Charles Henry Oldfather Faculty Research Grant. Professor David Cahan received the Albin and Pauine Anderson Faculty Award. Congratulations to Dr. Dawne Curry who was promoted to Associate Professor.
Professor Kenneth Winkle took wonderful pictures of the party, more of which you can see on our Facebook page. The picture above features Department Chair Professor William G. Thomas, Department secretary Barb Bullington, and History Graduate Students' Association president for 2012-2013 Academic Year Rebecca Wingo.