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Nazareth students earn honors at Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society conference

Published May 03, 2024

Nazareth University students presented original research papers at the Central/Western New York Regional Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society conference on April 27, 2024, at University of Buffalo. Nazareth students joined peers from other New York colleges and universities including Buffalo State University, Ithaca College, Le Moyne, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, and University of Buffalo.

Nazareth’s Katherine Paulus and Madison Darrell earned Best of the Conference awards for their research.

History major Griffin Bond '27 says "Phi Alpha Theta has expanded opportunities for me to pursue study outside of the classroom. When presenting my paper at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, the support from the professors within the department and from my peers made the experience incredibly worthwhile. Combining my love of history and tennis, I gave a paper on Arthur Ashe and the 1970s civil rights movement. Beyond presenting my work, I was able to listen to papers on a unique array of topics from college students around Western New York. Phi Alpha Theta has pushed me to become a stronger student of history and has inspired me to improve my research skills and writing."

Nazareth students who participated and their research projects:

Katherine Paulus, “Saving History One Game Over at a Time: The Joystick Chronicles of Video Games as Public Historians”    ***Best of Conference Award winner***

Madison Darrell, “Twas New England’s Time to Dance: The Dance Revolution of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies in the Late Colonial and Early Republic Era”  ***Best of Conference Award winner***

Cathleen "Cat" Moores, “Institutionalization to Bearing Arms: The Brief History of Mental Health and Modern United States Gun Violence”

Isabelle Nudd, “The Least Dangerous” Branch?: The Power and Influence of Presidential Supreme Court Appointments under President Donald Trump”

Griffin Bond, “A Tennis Superstar’s Transformative Civil Rights Journey: Arthur Ashe and Anti-Apartheid Movements of the 1970s”

Rheanna Barney, “Bones of Contention: Navigating the Ethical Labyrinth of Medical Museums”

Wren Heron, “Making Visible the Invisible: Combatting Archival Silences, Redefining Archives, and Collecting Queer/Trans Asian Pacific Islander Stories”

Faculty included Timothy Kneeland, Phillip Guingona, and Jessica McCane.   

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Back row: Isabelle Nudd, Cat Moores, Professor Phillip Guingona, Visiting Professor Jessica McCane, Griffin Bond, Kyle Kuzniar; front row: Professor Timothy Kneeland, Wren Heron, Rheanna Barney, Katherine Paulus, Madison Darrell