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Parker Exhibit

History Major Gives Presentation.

Caitlyn Parker spoke at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum on November 15.  Her talk was on the history of storekeeping in southwestern Virginia during the early 19th century.  Caitlyn was an intern at the museum in Newbern, Virginia, and she based her talk on research of the commercial ledgers housed in the museum archives.  During her time as an intern, Parker also wrote a bi-weekly column for the Pulaski, Virginia, Southwest Times and put together the first-ever Women History Month exhibit at the musuem.

Three Students Graduate With History Honors.

Nicholas Scott Brickey, Russell Alexander Korb, and Amy Walters graduated with honors in history when they received their degrees during the university's December 2014 commencement exercises.  To receive honors in history, a student must maintain a high grade point average in all history courses, must earn at least a grade of "B" in the history methods course, and must earn an "A" in the Senior Seminar, the capstone experience for the history major.  Few students earn this distinction, so Amy, Nicholas, and Russell are to be especially congratulated.

Dean's Scholars

Annually, each department in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences picks one student for recognition as a Dean's Scholar.  Honorees are selected based on their scholarly achievements as well as their contributions to the campus and local community.  Because the Department of History administers both the history program and the social science program, it selects two Dean's Scholars.  For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Department of History picked Katherine Okie (History) and Hollyn Lofton (Social Science) for this honor.

Taking the Heat

History Alumnus Publishes Book

Richard Sarver, who graduated from Radford with a degree in history, has published a book on his experiences working in the steel industry.  Taking the Heat : A Steel Worker's Story, is based on Sarver's journals about his thirty-two years of work turning scrap metal into a useable product.  The job can be tough but dangerous, and Sarver provides an unvarnished look at his life in this industry.  Sarver's personal story, itself, is a remarkable one.  While working long hours, he labored, with the help of his family to complete degrees in higher education, first at New River Community College and then at Radford University.  At RU, he distinguished himself academically, and was recognized as a Dean's Scholar.



Internship Opportunities.

Many students benefit from the practice experience gained through internships.  Students have worked in area museums, at historical sites, and for the state park service.  If you are interested in pursuing an internship experience, The Department of History, please contact Mr. Greg Ryder (jryder3@radford.edu) at the Radford University Department of History for further information.