Congratulations and Farewell

To all of our graduating seniors. Fortunately, somebody thought to bring a camera to our annual graduating seniors reception and awards ceremony – we’re working on a better title – so we can all remember the accomplishments of the past four years (hopefully only four years).

And yes, there was cake.

Cake

Cake

Who all was there? Only the best and brightest our department has to offer. Of course all of our graduating seniors are the best and the brightest, but notable mentions go to the following award winners:

Outstanding History Major: Mike Lisitano (with department chair Dr. Kirchmann)

Outstanding History Major: Mike Lisitano (with department chair Dr. Kirchmann)

Two students were awarded the Outstanding History/Social Science award:

Outstanding History/Social Science major Alaina Torromeo

Outstanding History/Social Studies major Kate Butler

Outstanding History/Social Studies major Kate Butler

Next we have our Outstanding History/American Studies major:

Outstanding History/American Studies major

Outstanding History/American Studies major Adrianna Mihalek

Three graduating seniors earned a Service to the Department award for their contributions to the History Club and Team History, the department’s championship pedigreed College Bowl team:

Shawn Batchelder

Shawn Batchelder

Claire Tensa

Claire Tensa

Patrick Thomson

Patrick Thomson

Another student was honored by being selected as Student Marshall:

Gabrielle Archibald

Gabrielle Archibald

Two History majors were also awarded scholarships for their academic achievement:

Taryn McCabe, recipient of the Ann and Kenneth Tucker Scholarship Award

Taryn McCabe, recipient of the Ann and Kenneth Tucker Scholarship Award

Sara Dean, recipient of the first Dr. Thomas Anderson Memorial Prize

Sara Dean, recipient of the first Dr. Thomas Anderson Memorial Prize

And, finally, professors teaching the History capstone seminar are allowed to recognize one student for writing the best seminar paper in their class. For Fall 2016, the best seminar papers were:

  • Michael Lisitano, “The Normans of Southern Italy: Conquests of the Hautville Family”, with Dr. David Frye.
  • Devin Stanley, “‘We had to organize, we had to move, we had to get started’: The Organization of the American Gay Rights Movement”, with Dr. Tom Balcerski.

The winners of the Spring 2017 seminar paper awards will be announced this summer on this blog.

So congratulations to all graduating seniors, and good luck in your future endeavors! Don’t forget to keep in touch.

Oh, wait, before you go… I almost forgot, can we get everyone together for a group photo?

Group photo, with everyone together

Group photo, with everyone together. For that last time.