CHADRON – Three Chadron State College students who are members of the local chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) National History Honor Society presented at two regional history conferences March 3-5 in Omaha, Nebraska. The three earned high praise and brought home one award, according to Dr. Dave Nesheim, assistant professor in the social and communication arts department.
The three history majors – Broc Anderson, Marietta Kuhl and Tory Snyder – presented research they conducted during Dr. Kurt Kinbacher’s HIST 475 Process in World History, a senior level course requiring extensive research in primary sources.
Anderson of Alliance, Nebraska, presented at the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), which typically features advanced graduate students and faculty as presenters. His work on the globalization of the Cuban Revolution was featured in a Society for Military History panel, and was well received by the academics and service members in attendance, according to Nesheim.
Anderson said the competition was a great experience.
“It was a friendly and scholarly atmosphere that exposed me to a higher level of thinking. I received solid feedback on where to take my research and made valuable connections with other institutions for graduate school,” he said.
Kuhl of Herman, Nebraska, and Snyder of Fort Pierre, South Dakota, presented at the Phi Alpha Theta conference, competing against undergraduate and graduate students.
Kuhl’s paper on the independent origin of tattoos across the globe, covering an extensive timeframe, was judged the third place undergraduate paper.
Snyder’s paper traced the diffusion of Chinese porcelain around the world and through several centuries. Her presentation earned commendation for impressive scope and extensive research.
Other Chadron State PAT members attending the two conferences with Nesheim includedKeeya Marquez and Mauro Ovando.
—CSC College Relations