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Department of History and Political Science - Student & Alumni News Archive

Current students and alumni of our history, political science, pre-law, mock trial, and model United Nations programs are invited to submit news and updates regarding their respective successes and whereabouts. Send items to Dr. Mark Angelos, Chair, Department of History and Political Science.

 

Student and Alumni News Fall 2011

  • Who's Who - Our hearty congratulations go to the fourteen department majors and minors nominated for inclusion in the 2011-12 Who’s Who among Students in American Universities & Colleges. The Department of History and Political Science salutes: Briana Bass (HIST minor), Humphrey Bwire (POSC major), Samantha Chapman (POSC major), Clifford Hannon (EDUC-Social Studies major), Kaylee Hawley (HIST major), Benjamin Houston (HIST major), William Kallas (POSC major), Matthew Morris (HIST major), Samuel Ott (HIST minor), Alma Cristina Rodriguez (POSC major), Veronica Schilb (POSC major), Edward Shei (POSC major), Benjamin Tapper (POSC major), and Christopher Thomas (POSC major).
  • Mock Trial Tournament - Manchester was represented by two mock trial teams at the 10th Annual Illinois State University Invitational Mock Trial Tournament, Nov. 11-12. Thirty teams from colleges and universities throughout the midwest were present. One team lost a number of close ballots, and so, finished the tournament with a 1-6-1 record. The other team earned a record of 3 wins, 5 losses, and boasted an Outstanding Witness award for junior Kourtney Reed. For a full story, see Mock Trial first-timer nabs "Outstanding Witness" title.

 

 

Student and Alumni News Spring 2011

  • Mock Trial Tournament - Manchester’s Mock Trial team competed in 2011 South Bend Regional Tournament, February 26-27. Despite facing challenges that nearly forced us to withdraw entirely from the tournament, the team came together and welcomed two new members—Daniel Allen, who joined less than two weeks prior to competition, and Margo Hess, who joined the day prior to the tournament.

    Our team finished the weekend with a 2-6 record, losing to some teams that advanced to the next round of competition. We celebrated with Daniel Allen, who earned an All-Region Witness award in his first-ever mock trial tournament! The team consisted of Daniel Allen, Benjamin Crim, Margaret (Margo) Hess, William Kallas, Aja Neumann, and Kacee Robins. Everyone on the team earned some recognition by the judges for their performances as attorneys and witnesses in the American Mock Trial Association tournament.






Student and Alumni News Fall 2010

  • Realizing the Dream - History major Kaylee Hawley is being recognized as an outstanding first-generation university student by Manchester University and the Independent Colleges of Indiana. Kaylee's success as a student and a campus leader led to the "Realizing the Dream" award. Recognition and monetary awards go both to Kaylee and the high school teacher who encouraged her. Congratulations to Kaylee, her family, and her favorite teacher! For more information, see "New-to-university family finds state-honored success at Manchester."

    History and Political Science Department Rocks the Vote

  • Rock the Vote - The Political Science Club once again led a "Rock the Vote" event on campus this year. Working with MU University Republicans and Indiana Young Democrats, the effort registered 34 new voters and processed 76 absentee ballot applications. Congratulations to all.

  • Welcome New Students - Best wishes and welcome to all our new students in History, Political Science, and Social Studies Education. We are glad that you chose MU and that you chose our department.

  • MU Students Study Abroad - Students in our department often study abroad. This semester, Cassie Davis will be studying in Cheltenham, England.


 

Spring 2010

 

 

Congratulations
Congratulations to these Political Science majors who graduated with honors: Tihitina Dagnew (summa cum laude), Hannah Doenges (cum laude), Kathryn Garret (cum laude) and Trenton Weisser (cum laude). Best wishes!

Mock Trial
Manchester has just completed its 21st year of Mock Trial competition. Dr. Leonard Williams (History and Political Science) and Prof. Brad Pyrah (Accounting and Business) again coached a team through the regional tournament, held this year in Cincinnati, February 27-28.

The team finished in a tie for 8th-place, received Honorable Mention, and narrowly missed winning a bid to the Opening Round Championships. Jacqueline Dobbert earned another award as one of the outstanding attorneys at the tournament.

Manchester students on the regional team were Emily Ashbrook, Paul Billingsley, Benjamin Crim, Tihitina Dagnew, Jacqueline Dobbert, William Kallas, Kalyee Hawley, Ian Hoover, and Kacee Robins.

Congratulations to all for a solid performance.

Model UN
Dr. Benson Onyeji is again leading a group of students to the 56th Harvard National Model United Nations, February 11 to February 14.

Manchester students are representing Liberia this year. Our delegation consists of Imad Abudiab, Wallace Butts, Humphrey Bwire, Ben Crim, Jackie Dobbert, Ali Gharabeh, Wasim Jabari, Kourtney Reed, Eddie Shei, Joe Stuart, and Ha Vu.

We wish them success.

MU Students Study Abroad
A number of students in our department are studying abroad this semester: Brittney Koehnlein in Strasbourg, France; Haley Johnson in Quito, Ecuador; and Emily Bantz in Cheltenham, England.

Also, we should mention that students in Comparative Civilizations class went to Europe again this past January. Dr. Mark Angelos led the group on exciting visits to Italy and Greece.

Fall 2009

 

 

Semester under way
A large number of new students in history, political science, and 5-12 Social Studies education were welcomed to campus in early September. They have added great dynamism and enthusiasm to our classes and our department.

As we progress through the semester, now approaching midterm, most students are engaged in the usual activities attending classes and participating in extra-curricular activities. Model UN, Mock Trial, and the Political Science Club are meeting. Some students are preparing for a January trip to Europe, while others are taking the LSAT.

Mock Trial Tournament
Two mock trial teams will participate in an invitational tournament in Quincy, Illinois, on October 24. This year's case, The State of Midlands v. Jackie Owens, is a murder case.

Fall 2008

Departmental Gathering
New and returning students met in North Manchester's Warvel Park on October 1 for a picnic. Food and drink were lovingly prepared by the faculty.

Departmental major received award for study abroad
Senior political science major Brittney Gick has received a $5,000 Freeman-ASIA Award to offset her BCA study abroad expenses this fall at the Dalian University of Foreign Language. Her study of ancient culture in Peru, hikes in the Bolivian jungle, participation in the presidential caucuses in Iowa, and leadership in campus organizations led to her success in achieving this competitive national award. 

Manchester students follow the presidential election

  • Students in The Road to the White House taught by Prof. Leonard Williams are posting to a blog, MU Campaign Watch 2008. (Students in a Communication Studies class are also posting.) Take a look at the blog, where you will find analysis, commentary, news links, and a countdown clock.
  • Students across campus are attending Debate Watch events hosted by Prof. Williams (Political Science) and Prof. Mary Lahman (Communication Studies).
  • The Political Science Club (with help from an Indiana Campus Compact grant) has been conducting a voter registration drive, featuring a very successful Rock the Vote event on September 24. 

Spring 2008

History Senior Andrew Haff wins Fulbright award
The faculty of the department of History and Political Science congratulates senior history major Andrew Haff on winning a prestigious Fulbright grant, the nation's pre-eminent award for international study. Andrew will be teaching English in Vietnam.

Haff is one of two Fulbrights from Manchester this year. Over the last seven years, Manchester has produced twenty-five Fulbrights*. Five of the university's 25 Fulbrights have been awarded to students majoring in either History or Political Science.

Departmental majors selected for the 10th Annual Student Research Symposium
We proudly recognize the following students who were selected to present in the annual Dean's Student Scholarship Symposium:

 

Nkechi Onyeji Political Science Is the Fate of United Nations Peacemaking Missions Dependent on the Actions of the United States?
Darcy Davidson History A Good Day to Die: The Occupation of Wounded Knee and the Rise and Fall of the American Indian Movement
Holly DeNeve Political Science Combating Environmental Racism through Grassroots Activism
Christopher Greenwood History The Change in Self Perception of African American Males Caused by their Participation in the American Civil War
Andrew Haff History “Hell No, We Won’t Go!”: Conscientious Objectors and Draft Registers During the Vietnam War
Farida Adam Political Science

Cambodia: Lack of Democracy and Civic Engagement: A Study of the Relationship between the Khmer Rouge Regime and Present Day Democracy in Cambodia

Fall 2007

 

 

Departmental majors nominated for Who's Who among Students in American Universities & Colleges
We proudly recognize the following students who were nominated by the University for inclusion in the 2007-08 edition of Who's Who:

 

History Political Science Social Studies
Darcy Davidson Ryan Deeter Shawn Baker
Andrew Haff Holly DeNeve Matthew Holycross
Katherine McCann Benjamin Martin Sarah Yocum
  Nkechi Onyeji  
  Adam Stokes  

 

Student presents at Peace and Justice Conference
Farida Adam Political Science will be presenting a workshop entitled "A Silent Cry" to the 6th Annual Peace and Social Justice Symposium at Valparaiso University on November 10. The workshop focuses on the suffering of the Cambodian people during the Pol Pot regime, and the continued threats that Cambodian women and children face from domestic violence, hunger, and lack of childcare.

Spring 2007

 

 

Forthcoming Student Activities
Many of the Department's students will be busy with special projects this summer and beyond.  Here is an example:

  • Ashley Lichtenbarger (History) will work on an oral history project this summer as an intern with the Wabash County Historical Museum (http://www.wabashmuseum.org/). Also, this fall, she will enter a master's program in Public History at IUPUI.
  • Farida Adam (Political Science) will intern with a non-governmental organization in Cambodia.

History Senior Sam Cox wins Fulbright award
The faculty of the department of History and Political Science congratulates senior history major Sam Cox on winning a prestigious Fulbright grant, the nation's pre-eminent award for international study. Sam will be teaching in Germany.

Cox is one of three Fulbrights from Manchester this year. Over the last seven years, Manchester has produced twenty-two Fulbrights*, ranking first in the state of Indiana in per capita awards and third in terms of the total number of grants received. Four of the university's 22 Fulbrights have been awarded to students majoring in History or Political Science.

2007 Dean's Student Scholarship Symposium
The Department is proud of the research work done by its students. Several seniors presented the results of their research projects to the 9th Annual Dean's Student Scholarship Symposium on March 9. The students presenting papers were:

 

 

History: Sam Cox, Andrew Haff, and Matt Talarico

Political Science: Jessica Bair and Camilo Velasquez Mejia

5-12 Social Studies: Eli Hersberger

Congratulations to Sam Cox on winning the Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence ifor his paper, Proving their Loyalty during World War I: German-Americans Confronted with Anti-German Fervor and Suspicion.” Sam is the 7th major in the Department to have written and presented an award-winning paper for the Dean's Student Scholarship Symposium. The tradition continues ...

Spring 2006

 

 

Best wishes to our graduating seniors on their forthcoming adventures
History

 

 

Marissa Buckles: Brethren Volunteer Service
Logan Condon
: Internship with the Brethren Historical Library and Archives
Joseph Lamplot: A
ccount executive for ESPN 1380 radio in Fort Wayne
Aja Michael: Education Advocate for the YWCA in Fort Wayne
Zachary Taylor: Assistant Football Coach at Lafayette Central Catholic

Political Science

 

 

Blake Hike: Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis
Nicci Small: University of Tulsa College of Law

2006 Dean's Student Scholarship Symposium
The Department is proud of the research work done by its students.  Several seniors presented the results of their research projects to the 8th Annual Dean's Student Scholarship Symposium on March 10.  The students presenting papers were:

History: Zachary Burton, Logan Condon, and Joe Lamplot

Political Science: James Blake Hike and Judith (Nicci) Small

Congratulations to Blake Hike on winning the Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence in Writing for his paper, Kelo v. City of New London: Radical Break or Reaffirmation?

Spring 2003

 

 

Herniak and Heddings win Attorney Awards
Mitchell Herniak and Penny Heddings were 2003 individual award-winners in Mock Trial. Mitchell Herniak received distinction as an Intercollegiate All-American Attorney at the American Mock Trial Association's National Tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Mitch had previously received an Outstanding Attorney award at the American Tournament in 2002.) Penny Heddings won an award as an Outstanding Attorney at the Notre Dame regional tournament.


History Senior Beth Allen wins Fulbright award

The faculty of the department of History and Political Science congratulates senior history major Elizabeth (Beth) J. Allen on winning a prestigious Fulbright grant, the nation's pre-eminent award for international study. Allen will work in Germany for the duration of her award.

Allen has also just completed her senior thesis, "Guess Who's Coming to Convo: The Intended and Actual Visits of Martin Luther King, Jr. to Manchester University, 1967-1968," which has unanimously been recommended for publication by the history faculty.

Allen is one of three Fulbrights from Manchester this year (a fourth student won an affiliated award through the French Ministry of Education). Over the last seven years, Manchester has produced twelve Fulbrights*, ranking first in the state of Indiana in per capita awards and third in terms of the total number of grants received.

 


 

*Click here to see updated Manchester Fulbright statistics.



 
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