Friday, September 12, 2014

A Long Time Coming: Carter Bunce, Incoming History Major

My name is Carter Bunce, and I am from Phelps, New York. Phelps is a small town, situated almost equidistant between Rochester and Syracuse in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. I have an identical twin brother, Garrett, who also attends St. Bonaventure and is a sports studies major. I also have an older sister, Marissa, who is twenty three and a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College. I enjoy watching all types of sports, including soccer, basketball, football, and baseball, and I participated in sports throughout high school. I enjoy reading, watching documentaries, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. I am open minded, responsible, caring and have a strong work ethic which will hopefully lead me to success during my time in college.

St. Bonaventure was the right choice for me because of the community atmosphere and size. I was drawn by how caring everyone treats each other and by the reassurance that I would get to know my professors on a better level than at a large school. Coming from a small high school, it was an easier transition knowing that there was not a large number of students per class. Also, the beauty of the campus and the pride of being a Bonnie were hard to miss out on. I have never heard a single negative comment about the school; I knew something had to be special.

I am majoring in history with a hope to become a high school history teacher. History was my topic of choice because, ever since I could remember, I have loved every aspect of it. As a young child, I could not get my hands on enough books about history, especially anything about the Revolutionary, Civil, and World Wars, or watch enough television programs or movies. I never considered a future that didn’t involve a substantial amount of history. Then, growing up and going into high school, I became even more interested about the social impact of history, world cultures, American history, and the Presidents. I am enticed by the stories of struggle, revolt, compromise, and conflict that are present in history that you can’t get in other areas of study. Another reason for my interest was my junior level Advanced Placement United States History teacher Mr. Ken Campbell. He made learning fun by talking in voices relevant to the topic, telling stories that weren’t in the textbook, and by bringing in his guitar to sing during a lesson. From then on, I looked at him as a role model and knew that I really wanted to teach. In teaching history, I could hopefully give a student the experience that I was given by Mr. Campbell.

The permanence of history is also fascinating to me. The topics we study actually occurred and have played a large role in shaping cultures, and way of life. The world as we know it wouldn’t be the same without the various events that occurred in the past. Studying history will help me achieve my goals and give me an even greater grasp on the world around me.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

History Club Meeting!

The History Club will have its first meeting of the year at 7 p.m. this coming Thursday, September 11. It will meet in the first floor Plassmann Lounge. All majors are welcome. You need to like history! Help decide what trips and activities the club will engage in this year. Last fall, the club went to the Teddy Roosevelt Inaugural site in Buffalo, followed by the Anchor Bar for wings. In the spring, the club went to the Eldred WWII museum with lunch at Red and Trudy's. Where will the club go this year? Come and find out.

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Bona History Grad in the News

Diana Phalon, a recent history graduate from St. Bonaventure, recently appeared in the Olean Times Herald. In addition to teaching social studies at Allegany-Limestone, Diana also works with aspiring softball players in the area. Read the article to find out more about what she's up to!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New York World's Fair - 1964 / 1965

I'm doing some preparation to for class, particularly teaching Jules Verne's Paris in the Twentieth Century, and this led me to look at other how others have thought about the future and technology at the 1964 World's Fair.  Above is a report on what a visitor to the fair could expect.  If you have the time, and don't mind getting sucked in, there is a Youtube channel for the Fair.  I have to say, I'm in the group wanting to know why we don't have jet packs.  You can also check out "Recalling a Vision of the Future" at the New York Times.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Follow Our Department on Twitter

We are on Twitter. Follow @BonaHistory where we'll share news, stories, and other topics of interest for the History community.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Welcome Back

Tomorrow is the first day of class, so welcome to our new and returning students!

Friday, August 22, 2014

What Kind of Jobs Do History Majors Land?

Here is the link to a very interesting article recently published on the History News Networks that Dr. Horowitz would like to share with our history majors. The author uses a new tool offered by LinkedIn to analyze data on what history majors do with their degree after college. Enjoy!