Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Senior Jason Mahar presented Paper at Phi Alpha Theta Conference

Senior History major Jason Mahar presented a paper entitled "Albert Gallatin: Visionary Clouded by Debt" at the regional conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, on Saturday, April 20. The event was held at Ramapo College in New Jersey and featured a day of the best student history papers from colleges in the northeast. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Jared Kausner, a SBU History Alum, Returns to Bonaventure

Jared Kausner (right) with Matt Dirisio, another SBU History Alum.
Jared Kausner graduated from SBU in 2008 with BA in History as well as a commission as a Second Lieutenant that he received through the SBU ROTC program.  After leaving Bonaventure, Jared spent four years working with the Army in various assignments, including a combat tour to Afghanistan.  Throughout his time in the Army, Jared was always using the analytical skills that the SBU History Department had taught him.  The ability to research effectively, come to sound conclusions, and cite examples are all valuable skills that are unique to students of History and were critical to Jared’s success in the military.  In late 2012, Jared reverted to the Army National Guard where he continues to serve his country.  In March 2013, Jared returned to St. Bonaventure where he serves as the Assistant Professor of Military Science for the Army ROTC Program.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

History Majors Inducted in Phi Alpha Theta

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, six history majors formally became members of Phi Alpha Theta, a prestigious national history society. The new members are: Shannon Conheady, Harrison Leone, Jason Mahar, Alexandra McCumiskey, Samuel Moore, and Maria Swieciki. Here are a few photos from the induction ceremony!
Alexandra McCumiskey
Maria Swieciki
Jason Mahar
Shannon Conheady 
Harrison Leone
Sam Moore

History Majors at the 2013 Arts & Sciences Exposition

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, seven history majors presented their research at the 2013 Arts and Sciences Exposition in Doyle Hall. Congratulations!
Matt Zaros, "The Battle of Britain"
(Mentor: Dr. Schaeper)
Colin O'Donnell, "Dr. Seuss and World War II"
(Mentor: Dr. Marinari)
Alexandra McCumiskey, "The Vauxhall Gardens"
(Mentor: Dr. Schaeper)
Jason Mahar, "Albert Gallatin: A Visionary Clouded by Debt"
(Mentor: Dr. Robbins)
Harrison Leone, "The Manhattan Project"
(Mentor: Dr. Marinari)
Shannon Conheady, "Bobby Sands: The Life and Impact"
(Mentor: Dr. Schaeper)
Colin Bearer, "Local Teachers' Unions in the 1960s and early 70s"
(Mentor: Dr. Marinari)

Congratulations to Dr. Payne!

On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Dr. Phillip Payne, professor of history (left), received an award for Professional Excellence in Research and Publishing from Provost Dr. Michael Fischer. Congratulations!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013: A Busy Day for History Majors!

Eight History Majors will present their research at the 2013 Arts & Sciences Exposition at St. Bonaventure University. On Thursday, April 18, a reception will be held in the Trustees Room from 11:30 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m., during which our eight students will stand by their posters and answer questions about their research projects. 

Please come by to talk to Colin Bearer, Shannon Conheady, Harrison Leone, Jason Mahar, Alexandra McCumiskey, Colin O'Donnell, and Matt Zaros!

On the same day, at 5 p.m., the History Department will initiate six new students into its national honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. The induction ceremony will take place in the Living Room of University Ministries, and there will be a small reception afterward. Please come and support our new members: Shannon Conheady, Harrison Leone, Jason Mahar, Alexandra McCumiskey, and Maria Swieciki.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Introduction to Public History

Now that we’re into registration I’d like to plug History 206: Introduction to Public History. Public History is a smorgasbord of the types of history that exists outside the academy. One of the goals of the course is to introduce students to their career options in history and fields related to history. We look at a range of things from the how and why of museum work, historic preservation, history tourism, grant writing and more. What role does the historian play? How does it differ from traditional history? What skills are needed? A second goal is for students to do hands-on projects that will be available for public viewing. We work closely with Dennis Frank in the university archives. Past projects have included oral histories, exhibits on SBU’s history and other stuff. The point is we want to move beyond the paper with an audience of one, the professor, into projects that the university community will enjoy.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Mixing History and Music

Sure, 8 o’clock in the morning may be early and, yeah, it’s cold more often than not here at St. Bonaventure, but, every Tuesday, three stalwart cohosts rub the sleep from their eyes, guzzle their coffee, gulp down their breakfast sandwiches, and brave the sub-freezing temperatures to bring the “To Be Announced Show” to the world.
While I haven’t had the pleasure to listen to every show aired on WSBU The Buzz, St. Bonaventure’s nationally renowned, student-run radio station, I can say with confidence that the “To Be Announced Show” is the only one on 88.3 FM featuring a major historical component. Not only are two of the three hosts history majors-and proud of it, damn it-but our DJ names, “Kid Charlemagne” and “DJ Boris”, are inspired by historical figures. While we can’t claim to be a solid two-hour block of historical wisdom, we do have to play some music, after all, but we can at the very least say we incorporate a healthy dose of intelligent discussion into our show.