which is given annually to a University of St. Thomas commuter student who, through dedication and disciplined application, has exercised talents and abilities in an extraordinary manner. Through the exercising of these talents and abilities, the commuter student has overcome significant obstacles to achieve excellence in academics, co-curricular activities and community pursuits.
The award is named for Gregory Marzolf, Jr., who was a student at the University of St. Thomas from Fall 1998 through Fall 1999. Gregory had muscular dystrophy, a disease that causes progressive muscle weakness until the muscles are gradually lost. Though he died in April 2000, he is still remembered for his legacy of service to our University community.
Laura Thompson-Woodland with Pat Marzolf, Gregory’s mother, at the award ceremony on May 7.
Mattheew Keliher, Maggie Whitacre and David Yates presented research papers at the Midwest Conference for the History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta, this April at Park University.
The titles of their papers included the following:
--Matt Kelliher--"The Devisive Legacy of Daniel O'Connell"
--Maggie Whitacre--"When Tyranny Becomes Acceptable: The Presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt"
--David Yates--" "Liberty and Union, Now and Forever: The Nullification Crisis of 1832."
Periodically, our history majors have opportunities to present their research in an academic conference setting. For example, this year several of our majors will attend the Symposium for History Undergraduate Research at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. The theme of the symposium was "Uncovering Buried Voices: Issues of Conflict and Change Through History".
Here is a list of the students and their presentation titles:
Tom Gallaher, "Colonial Causes of the American Revolution"
Renate Hohman, " Development and Divergence in Colonial Virginia and Massachusetts Bay"
Dylan Wallace, "Dekulakization: Violence and Chaos in the Russian Countryside"
Under the guidance of their faculty mentor, Dr. Tom Mega, these students successfully applied for spaces on the conference schedule, practiced their presentation skills, and supported one another at their conference presentations. They also enjoyed meeting other students like themselves from across the country who are passionate about the study of history.
Four new members were inducted into the Gamma Lambda Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honors Society at a ceremony on May 2, 2013. The students include Lauren Hoglund, Emelia Rudd, Matthew Rippentrop, and Michaela Smith.
Former History Major Andrew Jacobs had an article, "Friends and Foes: Religious Publications and the Delano Grape Strike and Boycott (1965-1970) published in the Journal of American Catholic Studies. The article began with a paper written when he was a sophomore for the US in the Sixties course. Jacobs is curently a graduate student at Indiana University, Bloomington.