Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Graduation May 2014

It's hard to believe another academic year has come to an end. We're so proud of our students who graduated last week and wish them all much success, happiness, and health! Here are a few highlights from the Saturday, May 10, 2014, diploma ceremony. Enjoy! And we'll see you back here in August for the start of a new academic year!

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some of our graduate students posing prior to the ceremony


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Gannam Rifkah, one of our History majors, was the recipient of the General Excellence Award for the McAnulty College and Graduate School. Here he poses with Department Chair, Dr. Jay Dwyer, and Associate Professor of History, Dr. Holly Mayer.


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General Excellence Award recipient and History major, Gannam Rifkah, speaks to the crowd.

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Dual degree student, Christina Loscalzo, smiles for the camera. Christina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

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History major Gesue Staltari poses with his diploma. Gesue was the recipient of the Jean E. Hunter Award for Writing History.

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Shannon Smith, one of our History majors, poses with her diploma. Shannon was the recipient of the Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant this year, an award given to rising student scholars in the field of History.


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Historical Studies graduate student Zachary DeBacco gives a big smile as he walks off stage after receiving his diploma. Zach is considering a PhD program in the fall of 2014.

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Despite the slight bluriness, Art History and History double major, Abigail Jones, is all smiles after receiving her diploma! During her time in the Department of History, Abby received the Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant and the Giorgio Vasari Award for Excellence in Art History.


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David Harkleroad, a graduate student in the Historical Studies Program, poses with Associate Professor Holly Mayer after the ceremony. David holds a graduation gift given to him by Dr. Mayer. Both David and Dr. Mayer are military members (David currently in the Army and Dr. Mayer retired from the Army), and the two formed a unique friendship and bond as a result. We thank them both for their service to our country.

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Current Public History student and graduate assistant Carrie Hadley (left), recent Public History graduate and graduate assistant Aaron O'Data (center), and Department of History Administrative Assistant Laura Donaldson (right) pose for a "selfie" after the ceremony. 

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David Harkleroad and Aaron O'Data are all smiles on graduation day!

University Archivist Tom White details important events in Musmanno Collection

Tom White, University Archivist and part-time instructor in the Department of History, is featured again in the most recent issue of Duquesne Magazine. For the complete version of the Spring 2014 issue, as well as others, visit here.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Phi Alpha Theta Induction and Departmental Awards Ceremony 2014

This past Friday, April 11, 2014, our department proudly inducted 22 students into our chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society, as well as recognized four of our students with departmental awards for excellence in scholarship. To view the full album, visit our Facebook page.

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some of the students who were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta and/or received departmental awards

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Dr. Matthew Hyland, faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, reads from the induction booklet.

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Students take an oath to uphold the responsibilities of membership in Phi Alpha Theta.

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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. 


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Joseph R. Morice Award recipient Gannam Rifkah

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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. 

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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.


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Gesue Staltari poses with his award, the Jean E. Hunter Award for Excellence in Writing History

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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.)

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History major Daniel Branagan received the 2014 Erik Gerhard Student Resource Grant for his promising scholarly work in the field of History.

Our event also included guest speakers. Emily Weaver, curator of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse and 2009 graduate of our Public History graduate program, spoke to the group about her experience in our graduate program and how it helped her land a job in the field. 


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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.

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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!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Visiting Artist Andrew Hairstans' Exhibit, "A Model for Asylum"

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, for the opening lecture with visiting artist, Mr. Andrew Hairstans, followed by a reception and exhibition opening. See you there!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Summer and Fall 2014 Course Offerings Now Available!

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It's Spring Break this week on campus, but when students return next week, they'll begin preparations for Summer and Fall 2014 course registration, which starts on March 24, 2014.

Take a look at the exciting courses we'll be offering in our programs for Summer and Fall 2014!

Undergraduate Art History

Summer 2014

Fall 2014

Undergraduate History

Summer 2014 (be sure to scroll down to Undergraduate History)

Fall 2014

Graduate History

Summer 2014 (be sure to scroll down to Graduate History)

Fall 2014

For our undergraduate students, please remember to meet with your departmental mentor prior to registration. Details can be found on our Intranet page via the Index in the upper right-hand corner of DORI (after you log in).

For our graduate students, please remember to meet with Dr. Michael Cahall, Director of Graduate Studies, prior to registration. Details can be found on our Intranet page via the Index in the upper right-hand corner of DORI (after you log in).