Student News, 2011-2012 Academic Year


Congratulations to our 36 Graduating History Majors!

Congrats to our History Majors for 2012

Brian Beardsley
Heather Engstrom
Rachel Pohll
Sean Blanquart
Katrina Frazier
Daniel Ruehle
Donald Brink
Amy Gundlach
Jessica Sanchez
Brandon Browning
Alyssa Logan
Jared Sarten
Danny Canlas
Shane Lopez
Luke Segarra
Tracy Clement
Rebecca Mahar
Al Amin Smith
Stephanie Coyle
Jennifer Meier
Sunday Stinson
Stephanie Cullers
John Morgan
Erin Sullivan
Katy Dahlquist
Julia Mouritsen
Stephen Taylor
Jacob Dee
Tadeusz Musielewicz
Richard Ullrich
Jade Devens
Jessica Paden Elizabeth Vollstedt
Melissa Dusenbery
Wayne Phillips Richard Wooten

[posted 2 May 2012]


Shane Lopez Wins Consortium Library Prize

U.S. Resettlement Administration PosterShane LopezShane Lopez was recently named the winner of the 2012 Consortium Library Prize, an award given for the best research paper each year, university-wide and among all disciplines. The paper, titled “North to Dakota, West to Wisconsin, and South to the Carolinas: The Crossroads of the Resettlement Administration,” was written for a Spring 2011 History A477 Senior Seminar course with Professor Elizabeth James. The study examined a little known New Deal organization which was created to aid farmers and rural citizens during the Great Depression. 


Shane plans to further refine the article and submit it for publication to a historical journal, perhaps one that focuses on agricultural issues or the history of the Mid-West.

[posted 2 May 2012]


Grad-ClipartCome Join Us in Celebrating Our Graduates!

The History Department will be holding a reception for this year's History Graduates on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm in the History Department Office.

We will be celebrating the achievements of our students over coffee and cake.


Fall 2012 Priority Registration Schedule





Signing of the Declaration of Independence, by John TrumballThe History Scholar Award administered by The Gilder Lehrman Institute, honors outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American History or American Studies. The Institute recognizes the outstanding achievements of Phi Alpha Theta undergraduate members. 

Highlights of the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award include:

• Four-Day trip to New York City, June 8-11, 2012.

• Special meetings with eminent history scholars.

• Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of historic archives.

• Celebratory awards dinner.

Recipients will be reimbursed for up to $600 for travel expenses to New York, and room and board will be provided during the award weekend.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2012
Notification Deadline: April 16, 2012

To apply, or for more information, visit:

If you have questions about the award, please email


34_Harry_Truman_3x4Become a Truman Scholar
and win a $30,000 Scholarship!

Harry S. Truman Scholarships, which honor the thirty-third President of the United States, are awarded on the basis of merit to students who are college juniors this year and will be seniors in the 2012-13 academic year, and who have an outstanding potential for leadership in a future career in public service. Scholarships provide support up to $30,000 for graduate school.

Eligibility is open to all full-time juniors at UAA, who are U.S. citizens, in the upper quarter of her or his class, and committed to a career in public service.

Interested students should visit the Truman Scholarship website at

Deadline for applications is 6 January 2012, at noon.


UAA Spring 2012 Priority Registration ScheduleRegistration of Spring 2012
Opens Monday, November 14th

Registration for the Spring 2012 semester starts on Monday, 14 November 2011 for undergraduates.

The actual process of registration will followed the Priority Registration schedule introduced in last spring. Seniors will begin registering on Monday, with other classes allowed to register on succeeding days according to standing, as shown in the chart to the left. (click on the chart to download a .pdf version).

The schedule for History course offerings is now available under Course Schedule.

Students, especially seniors, needing advising should contact their department advisors as soon as possible, since history courses have been filling up rapidly over past semesters.


Calling All Students & Young Professionals!

Logo-Anchorage Original NeighborhoodsThe Municipality of Anchorage and local partners are in the process of creating a Historical Preservation Plan for Anchorage. They are particularly interested in the plan addressing the needs of students at UAA and APU, as well as young professionals.

A focus group session is planned for Wednesday, 26 October 2011 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in the UAA/Consortium Library, Room 306. This is a perfect opportunity to help the Anchorage community--and for history majors to put their skills to use!

Please RSVP to Kristine Bunnell at 907-343-7993 by 24 October 2011. 

Download Flyer for more details . . .

[posted 20 October 2011]


celebrationBack-to-School Student and
New Faculty Breakfast Reception

The History Department invites all history majors to a Back-to-School Breakfast reception on Tuesday, 27 September 2011. The Reception will be held over Continental Breakfast from 9:15am - 11:00am in the History Department (Admin 147B).

Students are particularly invited to attend and meet our new faculty members, Profs. Shannon and Hartman.

[updated 12 September 2011]



Trawniki Auxiliary Guards and Soviet Civilians"Nazi Racial Warfare and the German Invasion of the
Soviet Union-- 70 Years Later"

Dr. Peter Black
Friday, 16 September 2011, 7pm-9pm
Rasmuson Hall 101

The History Department is pleased to present a special talk by Dr. Peter Black, Senior Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Black will speak on the links between Nazi racial policy, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, and the Holocaust.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Black worked for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Investigations, as part of a team tracking and prosecuting suspected war criminals. Dr. Black also has recently published work on the trawniki, the auxiliary non-German concentration and death camp guards.

Dr. Black’s visit and speech has been made possible by the contributions and support of the CAS Dean’s Office, CAS Humanities Division, University Advancement, and the History Department.

The lecture will be given at UAA, Rasmuson Hall 101 on Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m. The event is free, and open to the UAA community and the public. Download Event Flyer

[posted 12 September 2011]


Notice for Students Enrolling in Classes at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

If you plan to register for any class that meets on either Elmendorf or Ft. Richardson military bases, you must now contact those offices directly to get their Departmental Approval to actually register for the class.  All classes that are now held on the military bases require a special approval to register.  
Ft. Richardson's phone number is:  (907) 428-1228
Elmendorf's phone number is: (907) 753-0204
Their website is: