History Newsletter 2017

From the Chair’s Corner The students are back, the faculty and staff have settled into our fall routine, and those pesky first exams are being given as I write this. Despite a challenging budget environment, I am pleased to report that the history department has had another good year. The faculty will tell you their achievements elsewhere in the newsletter, but our students continue to excel. Here are just a few of their notable successes: • Rose McLaughlin, an honors student majoring in history and international studies, won a Boren Scholarship last spring and is spending the 2017–2018 academic year studying at Azerbaijan University of Languages in Baku, Azerbaijan. • Current M.A. student Taylor Hamblin’s paper titled “Getting Past the Gatekeepers: Post-Cold War Training Doctrine” won the Kevin J. Carroll Paper Prize at the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha this spring. • Current M.A. student Ophelia May presented her paper titled “Reliquaries and Revolt: The Catholic Presence in Early Jamestown” at the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha this spring. May, who is completing a museum and archives studies certificate as part of her M.A. program, also spent her summer working for the National Music Museum. • CurrentM.A. student JacobNovosadpresented twopapers based on hisM.A. thesis research at conferences this spring. The first was at the 50th annual Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains at Augustana University. The second paper, titled “South Dakota Education: An Examination of Social Studies Curriculum and the Representation of American Indians in South Dakota Public Schools, 1970- 2000,” was presented at Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research in Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba. • Josiah Davis (’17 B.A.) was accepted to multiple law schools with multiple scholarship offers and is now attending the University of Nebraska School of Law. We also love to hear from alumni about what they’ve done since leaving USD, and I have the pleasure of sharing their good news. • Nick Bubak (’12 M.A.) successfully defended his disser- tation at the University of Liverpool in early January. Congratulations, Dr. Bubak! • Landon Morse (’05 B.S.) was named Teacher of the Year at Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Mississippi. • Capt. Michael Van Dyke (’12 B.A.) is stationed in Germany for the next three years and is looking forward to seeing as many historical sites as possible. • Kristyn Ward’s (’15 M.A.) photograph titled “Sunset Serenade” won second place in the amateur/hobbyist class of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s annual photo contest. • Chris Zimmer (’16 B.S.Ed.), who has been in Greece on a Fulbright/Hellenic-American Educational Foundation fellowship, had that award extended for a second year. These successes owe a lot to the constant care and attention that our faculty and staff give to the educational experience that students receive during their tenure at USD. Those efforts have continued this last year. Nicole Hamonic, Ph.D., worked closely with a very active Student History Club to generate a full slate of events and meetings, creating a welcome environment where history majors can interact and have fun with their peers. The department annually hosts its Student History Conference, coordinated by Professor Lehmann, with last year being the 52nd annual convening of what is now the longest running student research event at USD. Last year, the faculty had a fruitful discussion about how we might make that conference look more like our professional meetings, with the intent of giving students a comfortable introduction to that part Kurt Hackemer continued on page 2 Newsletter Fall 2017 D epartment of H istory