News from Undergraduate History Majors

Phi Alpha Theta

Twenty-one students joined Phi Alpha Theta at the annual initiation banquet in February 2009. Irene Guenther and Tim McMahon were faculty advisors to PAT this year, which also held a number of events during the academic year, including a workshop on applying to graduate and law school and two “movie nights” (in which department faculty introduced and provided historical context for classic movies; Michael Donoghue did “Dr. Strangelove,” while Kristen Foster and Dave McDaniel handled “Easy Rider”). Lezlie Knox delivered the after-dinner talk at the initiation banquet. President Charles Keenan attended the regional PAT conference the Twin Cities in February.

Nicholas Baumgartner, the recipient of a Dean’s Merit Scholarship, will attend De Paul University School of Law in the fall.

Danielle Decker and Chris McFadin earned recognition as the first Mellon-funded grant winners for the department’s new undergraduate research assistantships for 2009-2010. McFadin will be working with Dr. Julius Ruff and Decker will be working with Dr. Michael Donoghue.

Grete Engel was awarded a Dean’s scholarship to attend the New England Law School in Boston in the fall.

Nika Grabavoy will attend Valparaiso Law School in the fall.

Erik Heinrichs received his Ph.D. in early modern European history from Harvard University (June 2009). The dissertation examines the medical and religious innovations developed during the constant plague epidemics in early modern Germany. He was first introduced to his primary sources by Ronald Zupko while he was an undergraduate at Marquette.

Mark Kelley won the Library’s Maria Dittman Research Paper Competition in the undergraduate category for his paper “The Golden Age of Comic Books; Representations of American Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War.” He wrote the paper in Kristen Foster’s Social and Cultural History of the United States course.

Charles Keenan, the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society president for 2008-2009 and winner of the Boden Award for the outstanding history major for 2009, delivered a paper at the 17th Annual Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference at Purdue University-Calumet. He will enter the PhD program at Northwestern University with a five-year guaranteed fellowship/assistantship package.

Knox and Koski

Phil Koski graduated cum laude and will be heading off to St. Louis University to study medieval history.

Dr. Lezlie Knox and Phil Koski after the Arts & Sciences graduation ceremony.

Emily Lonergan, who as part of the Pre-Law Scholars program completed her first year of law school as a senior, graduated in May and will begin her second year of studies at the MU Law School in the fall.

Marie Lynch, who was awarded a Loyola honors-at-entrance merit scholarship, will attend Loyola University Chicago in the fall.

Chris McFadin won the Jablonowski Award for his essay “The Nazi Conception of the Human Being” which he wrote in Irene Guenther’s Modern German History course.

Kathryn Rumer, who graduated with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Public History, will attend Louisiana State University to study for a Master’s in Library & Information Services with an archives specialization.

Nathan Viehl will attend law school at the University of Chicago in the fall.

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