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Evin Stovall received the Award for Best Paper from the Social Sciences Division during VWC's Undergraduate Research Symposium. Stovall's paper was drawn from his incisive undergraduate thesis that examined the interrelated aspects of the Reagan administration's pursuit of the Cold and Drug Wars. Stovall also presented his research at the local chapter meeting of Phi Alpha Theta.  Congratulations on this richly deserved honor!

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The Department wishes to congratulate Meagan Jones, who has recently won an Undergraduate Research Grant to support her summer plans.  Moreover, we are excited that Meagan has also been admitted to the Rare Book School, housed at the University of Virginia.  The school has a long track record of not admitting undergraduates to the program.  Meagan will be exploring a future career as an archivist.

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Departmental graduates have been accepted at a number of impressive institutions for graduate and professional study for the upcoming Fall semester.  We are excited to celebrate the admittance of two past graduates into Ph.D. programs.  Kimberly Stinedurf ('07) will be attending the University of Delaware to study early American and religious history, and Robert Thompson ('06) will be studying twentieth-century military and transnational history at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Amber Randolph ('06) has been admitted to the University of Virginia's Law School, while two of our most recent graduates also have bright futures ahead of them.  Koren Robins ('09) will be attending Duke University's Divinity School in the Fall, and Evin Stovall ('09) will be studying History at Old Dominion University in pursuit of a Master's Degree.  We wish all of our current and past graduates success in their future endeavors, whatever they may hold!

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Congratulations to John Maravich, a junior history major, who was accepted as a fellow into the 2009 SHEAR/Mellon Undergraduate Research Program. John will spend three weeks in Philadelphia working on the initial stages of his senior thesis. John will be joined by his thesis advisor, Dr. Daniel Margolies, during the last week of the program.

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Five members of the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta presented papers at the regional Phi Alpha Theta gathering on Saturday, February 28, 2009. Koren Robins and Meagan Jones received second and third place prizes in the U.S. History category, respectively. The department is proud of all the students, including Chavon Freeman, Meagan Jones, Koren Robins, Evin Stovall, and Amanda Thomas, who represented VWC during this gathering.

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History majors have garnered some very exciting internship opportunities for the 2009 Spring semester. Chavon Freeman will be working with the archivists at the MacArthur Memorial Library & Archives, Meagan Jones will be interning in the Jean Outland Chrysler Library, and Jay Sawyer will be working at Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum.

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Faculty News

Congratulations to Sara Sewell, who was rewarded with a sabbatical for the Spring 2009 semester. Sewell will be continuing to work on her manuscript, "Militant Masculinity: German Communism and the Creation of the Political Spectacle, 1918-1933."

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Clay Drees was one of 15 invited participants in a Folger Institute Faculty Weekend Seminar entitled "The University Cultures of Early Modern Oxford and Cambridge" at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, 10-11 October 2008.

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Congratulations to Dan Margolies for winning a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute fellowship to study "Ethnomusicology and Global Culture" at Wesleyan University in June 2011.

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Congratulations to Dan Margolies for winning a Faculty Fellowship to the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for his project on sustainability in Mongolian traditional music.

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Congratulations to Rich Bond and Dan Margolies for winning Tocqueville Fellowships from the 2010 Tocqueville Seminar Summer Institute, "The Atlantic World and the Pacific Rim," held at the University of Richmond in June, 2010.

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Congratulations to Dan Margolies for winning the 2010 Carl Bode Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of American Culture for his article, "Latino Migrant Music and Identity in the Borderlands of the New South," that appeared in the journal's June 2009 issue.

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