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Spring 2012

Lauren Wrzesinski received the MA degree in History at the August 2012 Commencement Ceremony. Lauren was a former graduate assistant in the Department of Social Sciences.

The following students received the BA degree in History at the August 2012 Commencement Ceremony: Kirby Crow, Cody Mcmillian, Shaina Post, and Wayne Viotto.

Christopher Jenkins received the BS degree in Political Science at the August 2012 Commencement Ceremony.

History major, Kirby Crow, was named Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at the August 2012 Commencement Ceremony. She will attend law school at Texas Tech University in Fall 2012.

History graduate student Russell Zimmerman served as a graduate assistant in the Department of Social Sciences for the 2011-2012 academic year. Mr. Zimmermani worked with the faculty in Stephenville and taught a class of his own in Spring 2012. Cody Mcmillian will serve as graduate assistant for the department for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Mr. Ted Roberts, who received his M.A. in History from Tarleton, has joined the faculty of the Department of Social Sciences for Fall 2012 as Visiting Instructor of History. He will teach both halves of the U.S. History survey.

Taylor Anderson, who received both his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Tarleton (he also taught for us as an adjunct for several years), has published a three-volume series of science fiction with RoC Press, entitled Destroyermen. Set during World War II when a naval vessel accidently enters an alternative universe, the series (which includes Into the Storm, Crusade, and Maelstrom, has received good reviews and has enjoyed excellent sales. Taylor is currently working on a fourth volume in the series. Taylor was honored as the "Outstanding Alumnus" of the Department of Social Sciences in March 2010.

Gene Rhea Tucker,who earned his BA and MA degrees in history from Tarleton, has just had a book manuscript accepted for publication by Texas Tech University Press. Based on his Tarleton MA thesis (written under the direction of Dr. T. Lindsay Baker) and entitled"Oysters, Macaroni, and Beer," this manuscript deals with the history of the company store operations in Thurber, Texas. Mr. Tucker currently teaches at Navarro Community College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2011.

History students Russell Zimmerman, Chelsea Gray, Russell McCarson, and Cody McMillian all attended the Northeast Texas Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta at East Texas A&M University in April 2012. All four students presented papers at this conference: Russell Zimmerman, "Confederate Comet: The Rise and Fall of Major General Patrick Cleburne, CSA;" Cody McMillian, "A Brief Analysis of the Battle of Milliken's Bend;" Russell McCarson, "Factors in Vietnam's Fall in Popularity;" and Chelsea Gray, "Mission in Savannah." Congratulations to all involved.

Political Science instructor, Eric Morrow, received his Ph.D from Baylor University on May 12, 2012. The title of his dissertation was "Transnational Religion in Greek American Political Advocacy." Congratulations Dr. Morrow!

Dr. Matthew Hallgarth recently submitted an essay, "Just War Theory and Killing by Remote Control," to be included in a forthcoming book of essays by Oxford University Press. The book is entitled Killing by Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military, edited by Dr. B.J. Strawser of the Naval Postgraduate College.

Patrick Crawford, who received his MA in history at the December 2010 Commencement Ceremony, presented a paper, entitled "Tracking the Ancient Beasts: The Saga of the Glen Rose Dinosaur Footprints," at the West Texas Historical Society meeting at Texas Tech University in April 2011. Originally written as a research project for Dr. T. Lindsay Baker, this paper investigates the history of paleontological investigations of the dinosaur track ways in the Paluxy River Valley in Somervell Country.

Dr. Dean Minix, professor of Political Science, presented a paper with Dr. Vincent M. Prince (Wilmington College), entitled "The Regional Wars on Terror in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Age of Obama: Angloa, South Africa, Nigeria," at the Oxford Round Table (Oxford University, U.K.) in July 2010. Dr. Minix and Dr. Vincent had presented an earlier version of this paper at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University, on October 30-31, 2009. Dr. Minix also published an article on this general subject, entitled "Sub-Saharan Africa as Another Front in the Global War on Terror," in the Southwestern Journal of International Studies, vol. 3 (2009). And finally, Dr. Minix and Tarleton colleague Dr. Dennis Jones presented a paper entitled "Summer Bridge Programs: Providing a Jump Start toward Student Success" at the Southwest Teaching and Learning Conference, San Antonio, TX during March 27-28, 2009.

Dr. Jeff William Justice, assistant professor of Political Science, recently presented a paper, recently presented a paper, entitled "Ideological Impacts Upon Environmental Problem Perception," at the Oxford Round Table, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. He also presented a paper, "Post-materialism and Environmental Problem Perception: A Reconsideration," at the 2011 meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association. Dr. Justice has also been elected president of the Southwestern International Studies Association and vice-president of the Southwestern Political Science Association. Both organizations are affiliates of the Southwestern Social Science Association, where Dr. Justice serves on the Executive Council. He was also recently appointed to the Boy Scouts of America's national committee on educational relationships. He is also the Pre-Law Advisor for the Department of Social Sciences and sponsor of the Tarleton Pre-Law Society.

Dr. Jeff Justice has also continued his Scottish Studies Program for 2012. He took 11 students to Edinburgh in June 2012, where they earned six hours credit. They visited and heard lectures at the Scottish Parliament and various Scottish government ministries, the Scottish National Party's headquarters, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the High Court of Justiciary, and other venues.

Both Drs. Patricia and Donald Zelman have decided to enter modified service at Tarleton. They are semi-retired but will teach two classes per semester until they retire full-time.

Dr. Greg Atkinson has completed his term as the Social Science representative on the Faculty Senate. He will be replaced next fall by Dr. Matthew Hallgarth.

Students in HIST 509 (Historic Preservation) undertook a four-month hands-on learning project in Glen Rose, Texas during the Spring 2012 semester. Dr. T. Lindsay Baker had negotiated a contract between Tarleton State University and the City of Glen Rose for the students to prepare the individual building histories and architectural descriptions for more than two dozen historic structures fronting onto the courthouse square in the town to form the core of a nomination of that district to the National Register of Historic Places. The 1893 Somervell County Courthouse is already a listed structure. The students documented each of the structures using published and unpublished family histories, historic tax rolls, current tax records, interviews with property owners, historic maps, and especially helpful historic photographs preserved in the Somervell County Heritage Center. As part of the agreement between the university and the city, Dr. Baker was able to transport the students to participate in the annual Preservation Summit meeting hosted by Preservation Texas in Austin, in March 2012. The students' work constitutes the central element of a district nomination to the NRHP that Dr. Baker will complete for the City of Glen Rose during the summer of 2012.

Dr. Jesus Valasco has joined the faculty of the Department of Social Science as the holder of the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Political Science. An expert in Mexican and Latin America history and government, Dr. Valasco has dramatically strengthened our course offerings in those important areas and has greatly enhanced the prestige of our department. Dr. Velasco has also just published an important book in political science: Neoconservatives in U.S. Foreign Policy Under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).

Dr. T. Lindsay Baker has also been named editor of the Tarleton State Book Series on Southwestern Studies in the Humanities. The series produces one book a year and is published by Texas A&M University Press.

Dr. Christopher Guthrie, professor of history and now fully recovered from his heart attack, was named one of two Faculty Fellows in the Excellence in Teaching Program run by Tarleton's Center of Instructional Innovation. His term of office was originally to run for one year but has just been extended for an additional year. His duties center around the facilitation of discussion regarding classroom instruction and the design and implementation of methods to improve teaching at Tarleton. He made a presentation with Drs. Credence Baker and Kayla Peak about this program at The Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, GA in May 2011 and made two presentations at the same conference in Washington D.C. in June 2012.

History graduate Benjamin Brown was accepted into the history graduate program of Southern Methodist University. Highly recruited by the University of North Texas, Baylor University, and the University of Texas at Arlington, Mr. Brown chose SMU because of the strength of its history program and the generosity of its financial offer to him. We know that he will make Tarleton proud at SMU.

Mr. Micah Adkinson, a recent graduate with a degree in Political Science, is currently a captain in the United States Marine Corps.He serves as an instructor at the Marine's training facility at Quantico, Virginia.

Mr. Aaron Smith, who received his MA in History in Spring 2006, is now stationed with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. He is a Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot who was deployed in 2008.

History graduate Michael Baird now teaches English in South Korea. He visited South Korea while participating in Tarleton's Study Abroad program as an undergraduate. He fell in love with the country, its people, and its culture and decided to work there after his graduation in 2005.

Mr. Michael McLatchy, who received his MA in History in 2005 and a MA degree in Political Science in 2007 assumed a teaching position at Claredon College in 2007.

Mr. Kenneth Davis, who graduated with a B.A. in History in May 2006, has obtained a job teaching World and Texas History at Roby High School (Roby, TX).

Ms Cynthia Johnson, who obtained her MA degree in history in May 2001, teaches world and American history at Cisco Community College and has just been awarded tenure there.

Mr. Frank Chamberlain, who earned his M.A. degree in history in May 2007, teaches U.S. History part-time for our department.He also works with Jennifer Green, who received her masters degree in history in 2004, in the Upward Bound program at Tarleton. Ms. Green is the director of the program.

Mr. Michael Silverman, who earned his M.A. degree in Political Science from Tarleton in 1996 achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. He served two years with the CIA Office of Military Affairs. In 2006, Mike commanded a tank battalion out of Fort Stewart, Georgia, and served 15 months in Iraq where he played a crucial role in the Battle of Ramadi. Mike has recently retired from the army and lives in Midway, Georgia where he is working on a book on the battles of Ramadi and al Anbar as well as teaching at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Dr. Paula Martin, who earned her MA in history in 1998 under the direction of Dr. Christopher Guthrie, has completed her dissertation on Dr. Suzanne Noel, an early 20th century French plastic surgeon and an influential feminist leader, and earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Nevada at Reno. She has obtained a tenure-track teaching position at Georgia Southern University and is working on a book based on her dissertation. Johns Hopkins University Press has expressed an interest in publishing it.

Mr. Christopher Lehman, who earned his BA degree in history in Spring 2004, completed his masters degree in Public History at Texas State University-San Marcos. He now works for Texas State as a computer technician.