2018 Honors Day Awards Review

Each April, the Department of History salutes the achievements of its students, recognizing their commitment to excellence and high academic and personal standards. The faculty of the Department of History extends our heartfelt congratulations to the families and friends of the students honored today. On this Honors Day, please know that we share your pride in the hard work demonstrated by your honoree and look forward to the many further contributions he or she will certainly make, both to our university and to the larger world.

Charles Grayson Summersell Memorial Scholarship Award

The 2018 recipients of this award:

Rhiannon Hein
William McCrary
Emily Calhoun
Carol (Gracie) Engle

The Charles Grayson Summersell Memorial Scholarship
for Most Distinguished Undergraduate History Student

The 2018 recipient of this award

Molly Buffington

Undergraduate History Honor Students

The 2018 recipients of this award:

Molly Buffington
A Faith That Sings: Lutheran Liturgy as Theological Tool in the Reformation.”
Adviser: Dr. George McClure

Linnea Seibel
Creating Queen Anne Boleyn.”
Adviser: Dr. James Mixson

William Thomas
Memory of a Monarch: Otto the Great and the Legacies of Ottonian Historiography.”
Adviser: Dr. James Mixson

Katy Ann Thaxton
The Conflicting Views on Andrew Jackson.”
Adviser: Dr. Lesley J. Gordon

Dylan Hood
A History of Diet and Disease in Twentieth-Century America.”
Adviser: Dr. Charles Clark

Rachel Remmes
Southern Alabama’s Corn, Peanut, and Wheat Agriculture in the 20th Century and 21st Century Trends.”
Adviser: Dr. James Mixson

Alex Fried
Andes and the Amazon: The Impact of Brazil and Chile on Mid-Nineteenth Century Perceptions of South America in the United States.”
Adviser: Dr. Teresa Cribelli

Sam West
A Rainbow Coalition in the Heart of Dixie? Jesse Jackson’s 1984 Presidential Primary Campaign in Alabama.”
Adviser: Dr. Kari Frederickson

Lee David Black and Florence Weinberg Black Memorial Scholarship Award

Established in 1981, this fund provides several awards each year to undergraduate history majors. Academic merit is the primary criterion. This prize carries a monetary award. Students must be nominated by faculty.

The 2018 recipients of this award:

Lawson Mohl
Robert Myers
Natalie Liutkus

The Outstanding Sophomore Scholarships for Fall 2017

Clay Martinson
Emily Adams

The Dr. Howard Jones Endowed Scholarship

Jacob Kynard
Cameron Ridgeway

Peer Mentors

Established in 2013, the Peer Mentor Program recruits advanced undergraduates to enroll in a one-credit hour leadership course focusing on learning strategies. The mentors use these skills throughout the year to tutor their fellow students.

The 2018 Peer Mentor recipients of this award:

David Bermude
Parriss Bettis
Mason Blanke
Kayla Banum
Ian Burt
Ellie Cochran
Harlen Cowart
Matthew Culver
Bridgette David
Gracie Engle
Sarah Forland
Alex Fries
Barry Haggerty
Rhiannon Hein
Vann Hicks
Margaret Lawson
Bryce Ledbetter
Savannah Martin
Morgan Nolan
Genevieve Perry
Oliver Reed
Linnea Siebel
Molly Steiner
Kasey Stender
Lillie Thurman
Lauren Van Fleet
Alex Voss
Camryn Walker
Charlotte Watters
Caitlyn White
Heather Whilhite
Kendell Wilson

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama Essay Award

Jessica Brodt

The Gary Bernard Mills Endowed Dissertation Support Fund

The Gary Bernard Mills Endowed Dissertation Support Fund was established in 2002 in memory of Gary, who was a long-time professor in the Department of History. Begun with a donation from the Mills family, the fund supports dissertation research for graduate students working in areas to which Gary’s own research contributed: the pre-20th-century South with an emphasis on African American, Native American, and Creole history, and family life. The recipient of this award must be nominated by History Department faculty. This award carries a monetary prize.

The 2018 recipient of this award: John Young

The Christopher G. Swindle Graduate Teaching Award

This award was established in 2011 by the Swindle and Owsley families in memory of Christopher, who was a doctoral student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of History. The recipient is that Graduate Teaching Assistant who best exemplifies the attributes Christopher possessed, including intellectual curiosity, respect for students, and a love of teaching. The award carries a monetary prize.

The 2018 recipient of this award: Tori Jessen

The Master Student Teaching Award

Established in 2016, this award recognizes outstanding teaching by a Master’s student.

The 2018 recipient of this award: Kevin McPartland

Frank Lawrence Owsley Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1960 by friends, colleagues, and students of the late Professor Owsley, this monetary award is given each year to graduate students of superior competence in American History. The recipients must be in residence at the time the award is used. Students are nominated by the History Department faculty.

The 2018 recipient of this award: David Ferrara

The Albert Burton Moore Memorial Award

Established in 1969 by friends and students of the late Dean Moore, this award is given each year to an outstanding graduate student in European, Latin American, or Asian History. The recipient must be in residence at the time the award is used.

The 2018 recipient of this award: Chase McCarter

The Ruth Marshall Kibbey Award

Established in 1995, this award is given annually to an individual who has performed dedicated and outstanding service to the History Department. The recipient may be anyone in the History Department (undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff), the University, the State, or community.

The 2018 recipient of this award: Morta Riggs

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