2018 Social Studies Highlights

2018 Social Studies Program Highlights

It’s been another exciting and successful year for the Social Studies program!
Congratulations to the Class of 2018! This post highlights their achievements and other great news as we wrap up the semester.

History Dinner & Awards

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alums gather each spring at our History Dinner to celebrate the end of the academic year and honor our student scholarship recipients. This year, 27 History and Social Studies majors join the Class of 2018!
Honors student Matthew Dober (History/Social Studies Double Major) received this year’s award for Outstanding Undergraduate Social Studies Major. Matt is an exemplary representative of our program and is excited to pursue graduate studies in Philosophy after graduation.

2018 award recipients

Thomas F. Campbell Awards
Matthew Saplak
Joseph Boomhower
Nicholas O’Connor
Joseph Schmook
Ryan Cardenas
William Shorrock Award
Mary Nazimiec
Leon C. Soule Award
John Martin
Jeannette Tuve Award
Elizabeth Nardi & Bethany Guignette
Malaysia Brooks
Outstanding Undergraduate History Major
Charlotte Toledo

Graduate Student Awards

Outstanding History Graduate Students
Genie Donley & Sarah Nemeth
Marjorie Shorrock Graduate Fellowship
Jacob Taylor & Genie Donley
John A. Lonsak Scholarship 
Sarah Nemeth
Charles Z. Adamson Scholarship for Modern European History
Katherine Behnke
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The department also honored retiring Associate Dean Joyce Mastboom, who has been a member of the Department of History since 1988. Dr. Mastboom served as department chair from 2002-2009, and was the director of the Liberal Studies program. In 2011, she was named Associate Dean for the Curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Dr. Mastboom has been a tireless advocate for history and is a key supporter of faculty and students. She regularly attends project fairs presented by students in our social studies and history courses and students are always impressed both by her genuine interest in their work and her incisive questions, urging them to think more deeply. We wish her all the best as she begins her retirement!
Department Chair Tom Humphrey and Associate Dean Joyce Mastboom

Class of 2018 News

History Major Clinton Ransey

CSU basketball great Clinton Ransey joins the Class of 2018! We’re so proud of his achievements and perseverance. See his inspiring story here:

Genie Donley ’16, MA ’18

Social Studies and History Alum Genie Donley graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BA in 2016. She didn’t stop there, in April 2018 she successfully defended her thesis “The Gathering Storm: The Role of White Nationalism in U.S. Politics” and she will receive her MA this weekend.

L-R: Karen Sotiropoulos, Genie Donley, Robert Shelton, Tom Humphrey

Enzo Zacardelli

History and Anthropology double major Enzo Zacardelli is CLASS Valedictorian and one of two university-wide valedictorians. He will give commencement remarks at the morning commencement on 5/12. Enzo will attend The Ohio State University to pursue his PhD in Anthropology.

Thanks for a great year and congratulations to the Class of 2018!!