The Chair’s Corner: The State of the Department – From the Fall 2011 Pastime Newsletter

In June 2011, Dr. Raymond Wilson, Professor and Chair of the Department of History, retired after serving Fort Hays State University for over three decades. That same month, I took over his duties as Chair. I am pleased to take over this role, however, I am also aware of the shoes that I must fill due to Dr. Wilson’s able leadership. I am lucky to have a core group of tenured faculty and an amazing office staff to assist me in these efforts.
In the spring, the department conducted two searches which resulted in the hire of LaGretia Copp. She is ABD from Ohio State University and filled a much needed gap with her expertise in African and Modern European history. Professor Copp will defend her dissertation, “There and Back Again: British Imperial Projects in Nigeria, 1885-1913,” in October. She came highly recommended from her previous teaching position in the International Studies Program at Miami University in Oxford, OH. We are pleased to have her join the faculty here at FHSU and look forward to her contributions to the department and to the university community.
We have also filled two temporary positions over the summer and were lucky enough to find well-qualified individuals for these spots. Dr. Doug Harvey, a graduate from the Department of History at the University of Kansas, will share his expertise in early American History and Kansas History. Dr. Paul Nienkamp is a graduate from the History of Technology and Science program at Iowa State University. He has willingly stepped in to run our History Teacher Education Program and will also teach courses in modern American history. The department welcomes these two new additions.
Alumni, I will be asking for your help in the coming year. First, we are interested in knowing what you have done with your history degree from FHSU. Included in this newsletter is an Alumni News section. Please take some time to fill it out and email us a current photo. The goal is twofold: so we can understand how the skills you learned at FHSU translated into work in the real world and to post alumni success stories on the university website. Second, later this fall I will be sending out an email survey to alumni regarding your FHSU experience. This survey is simply to collect data for department use in order to understand how we can better serve our students. Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to let us know how you are doing. It is always a pleasure to hear from alumni.
Finally, I would like to thank our alumni and our donors for their support. We could not do what we do without you.

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