|some of the students who were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta and/or received departmental awards|
|Dr. Matthew Hyland, faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, reads from the induction booklet.|
|Students take an oath to uphold the responsibilities of membership in Phi Alpha Theta.|
|Daniel Branagan (center) takes an oath to uphold the responsibilities of membership in Phi Alpha Theta.|
History and Political Science double major Gannam Rifkah received our department's top award, the Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History, which we give to our top graduating senior. We were honored to have in attendance Mrs. Josie Morice, the wife of the faculty member for whom the award is named.
|Joseph R. Morice Award recipient Gannam Rifkah|
|Gannam Rifkah, recipient of the 2014 Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History, poses with guest of honor Mrs. Josephine "Josie" Morice, wife of the faculty member for whom the award is named.|
|Gannam Rifkah (right), recipient of the Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History, shares a light moment with our guest of honor, Mrs. Josephine "Josie" Morice, wife of the faculty member for whom the award is named.|
We were also excited to honor Gesue Staltari with the Jean E. Hunter Award for Excellence in Writing History, which is an award we give to a student demonstrating superior research skills, imaginative analysis, optimal organization, and clear, polished writing in the major methods course, HIST 311W, Writing History. Gesue is also a senior double major in History and Political Science.
|Gesue Staltari poses with his award, the Jean E. Hunter Award for Excellence in Writing History|
|Gesue Staltari was very happy to receive the Jean E. Hunter Award for Excellence in Writing History!|
Included in our awards ceremony was the Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant. Mr. Gerhard was a graduate of our history program and has generously provided the award to "rising scholars" in the field of History. This year's recipients are History majors Shannon Smith and Daniel Branagan. The award comes with a framed certificate and generous financial honorarium. (Unfortunately, we were not able to get a photo of Shannon Smith before she left the event.)
|History major Daniel Branagan received the 2014 Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant for his promising scholarly work in the field of History.|
|Public History graduate student alumna Emily Weaver, curator of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse, speaks to the group about her experience of studying history and ultimately getting a job in the field.|
Public History graduate students Carrie Hadley and Lauren Van Zandt also spoke. Their talk focused on what it's like to present a paper at a conference. A few weeks ago, they and fellow graduate student Aaron O'Data traveled with faculty mentor Dr. Matthew Hyland to Slippery Rock University for the Annual Western Pennsylvania Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, where they presented some of their recent scholarship. All three students received awards for their work, including Best Paper for Aaron O'Data's panel and Best Paper for Lauren Van Zandt's panel. Carrie Hadley received an Honorable Mention.
|Public History graduate students Lauren Van Zandt (left) and Carrie Hadley (right) talk about their experiences of presenting papers at the Western PA Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference which was held recently at Slippery Rock University.|
We were happy to see that some parents showed up to help celebrate with us. It's always an honor to recognize our students for the outstanding work they're doing. Can't wait until next year!