Congratulations to our 2015 Reinhardt History Program graduates! They are:

Zachariah McElveen
Phi Alpha Theta, cum laude

Alexander Bryant
Phi Alpha Theta, summa cum laude, honors program graduate
Arts and Humanities student of the year

Rives Davidson

Daniel Carpenter
Phi Alpha Theta, magna cum laude, history program student of the year

Zack Muller
Phi Alpha Theta, cum laude

Matthew Amis
Phi Alpha Theta, magna cum laude, history program student of the year

Talon Awards Gala

I was pleased to attend my first Talon Awards Gala tonight at the Falany Performing Arts Center, because two history major graduates were honored with Reinhardt’s Ten Under Ten Award, an award that recognizes ten graduates who have found success in their chosen fields within their first decade of graduation. The first is Courtney Byrd ’11, who lives in New York City where she is a project manager for Nervewire, a marketing firm that helps companies stay relevant, competitive and successful.

The second is Will Cody ’08, who arrived at Reinhardt when I did back in 2004. The photo shows us at Will’s graduation. Will went on to receive a master’s in international relations at the University of Edinburgh, and has taught at international schools in Thailand and Kenya.

I was pleased that Jefferson Holt ’05 was also honored. Jeff was a business and sports studies major, but was a founding member of Reinhardt’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. He is now a lawyer in Atlanta.

Sean Mulligan ’05, another founding member of Phi Alpha Theta (and one of the smartest students I’ve ever had) was also in attendance.

Culture Fest

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Good on organizing another successful Culture Fest. This year’s celebration took place yesterday in the Glass House, and featured exhibits on some forty different countries, music, food, and fashion.

Melissa Martinez at the Nicaragua booth. Photo: Anne Good.

Judith Good admiring three fashionistas. Photo: Pam Wilson.

Georgia Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, 2015

Our conference on Saturday, March 28 was a great success. Forty papers from students at fifteen universities in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida were presented in twelve sessions in Lawson and Tarpley Halls, with close to seventy participants overall. Thanks to Wayne Glowka, Dean of Arts and Humanities, who opened the day’s proceedings and to John Morrow of the University of Georgia, who gave the keynote address (on the 369th Infantry Regiment in World War I). Jeff Reed took a number of pictures:

Gnimbin Ouattara (Brenau) chairs a session on Georgia History with Wyatt Dean (Reinhardt), Timothy Walker (Mercer) and Nick Wooten (Mercer).

Alexa Heard (Clark Atlanta University), TyKeara Mims (Spelman), and Evan Lewis (Spelman), panelists for a session on Racial Violence in America (photo: JG).

Kate Yancey and Robin Glover of Georgia Southwestern at lunch.

John Nelzén (FSU) and Jonathan Good (Reinhardt) at lunch.

Anne Good, Barbara Stamey ’11 and Theresa Ast of Reinhardt.

Keynote Speaker John Morrow of UGA.

Tom Scott of Mercer addresses conference participants on behalf of the national Phi Alpha Theta organization.

James Andrew Storey (Georgia Southwestern) and Kenneth Wheeler (Reinhardt) at lunch. 

It is customary to award prizes to the best papers read at PAT conferences. Choosing them is always difficult, because there are so many good ones! Nonetheless, we felt the following students and their papers were especially worthy:

Courtney Lyles of Spelman College, for her paper “The New Black Soldier: How the Fight Against Racism Radicalized the African American Soldier during the Vietnam War”

Andrew Clanton of Mercer University, for his paper “Industrial Propaganda: How Roosevelt, Labor, and Big Business Shaped America’s Most Important Propaganda Genre of World War Two”

Amelia Evans of Georgia State, for her paper “Representations of Charles I: The Tyrant and the Martyr”

Leslie Maletich Grimes of Georgia State University, for her paper “The Brothers Grimm and Their Quest for a German Nation”

Nick Wooten of Mercer University, for his paper “Opposing the Orgy Pragmatically: The Macon Telegraph’s Coverage of Lynching, 1916-22”

Caroline Angle of Wake Forest University, for her paper on “French Photographs of Algerian Women 1839-88: Their Function as Immigration Propaganda”

Thanks to everyone who helped out, and to all conference participants!

We’re pleased to announce that Spelman College has agreed to host next year’s Georgia Regional Phi Alpha Theta conference.


Congratulations to history major Wyatt Dean, who was inducted into Alpha Chi this weekend. Alpha Chi is an honor society for students at small colleges like Reinhardt, based on their overall GPAs. Wyatt’s Alpha Chi pin is marked in the photo below.

Speaking of honor societies, Wyatt, along with Matt Amis and Alex Bryant, will be delivering a paper at the Georgia Regional Phi Alpha Theta conference, scheduled for March 28 at Reinhardt.

Dylan Ellis ’14

Pleased to get a visit from Dylan Ellis, a recent (and recently-married) Reinhardt history graduate, who is currently substitute teaching at Pickens County High School.

Dylan plans to pursue a master’s degree in American history at the University of North Georgia starting this fall. Glad to hear that this Phi Alpha Theta member wishes to continue on “the high paths of history”!

Phi Alpha Theta

It is with great pleasure that the Reinhardt history program announces that three worthy students have been inducted into the Reinhardt chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the honor society for students of history.

From left to right: Dr. J. Good, Daniel Carpenter, Zach McElveen, Kaitlyn Gibson. Photo: Lauren Thomas.

The ceremony took place yesterday in the Glass House. The new initiates received their certificates, honor cords, and roses, and learned the meaning of esoteric symbolism of the Phi Alpha Theta insigne (seen on the banner). Current members Alex Bryant and Brandi Allen and alumni members Barbara Stamey and Caitlan Sumner were also in attendance.

Patrick Zander, assistant professor of history at Georgia Gwinnett College (and formerly of Reinhardt) was our guest speaker.

Photo: Lauren Thomas. 

He delivered a very interesting talk entitled “TWA, African Development, and Breaking the Color Line in 1950s Kansas City (1946-1954).” This paper dealt with how Trans World Airlines was commissioned to set up a national airline in Ethiopia, and how a TWA executive (Zander’s own grandfather) forced Eddy’s Restaurant to serve visiting Ethiopian executives, in defiance of the conventional segregation of the time. Mr. Eddy himself was in a bit of a quandary: he did not want to risk alienating the biggest corporation in town (nor to court the wrath the Eisenhower administration), but he also did not want to risk a walkout by all his other white customers. His solution: he had the band play a drum roll and the MC announce the presence of “our honored guests, the Ethiopian cabinet!” It worked, and although not particularly momentous, the incident did represent a small victory for desegregation in 1950s Kansas City.

Congratulations again to our new inductees!

The next Phi Alpha Theta event will be the Georgia Regional Conference, scheduled for March 28 at RU.

Reception in Hill Freeman Library

Dr. Wheeler writes:

Reinhardt librarian Joel Langford and I wish to invite you to a reception in the library to recognize the “Images of the Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea” exhibit there, and Rich Elwell, who provided the images. The reception will be next week, Wednesday, January 14, at 3 p.m., in the library. Rich, who lives in Soleil, is a retired CDC administrator who also served as a historian with the Georgia National Guard.

See you there!