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2015 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

‌‌‌A photograph of the eight CCU students who participated in the 2015 Phi Alpha Theta Carolinas Regional Conference at USC Beaufort

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, eight CCU students presented research papers at the Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) Carolinas Regional Conference at USC Beaufort’s Gateway/Hilton Head campus. All students represented the Department well at the conference. In addition, PAT members Margaret Carnan, Michael Jones and Joshua Knutson won awards for the Best Paper their sessions. Julie Emory, a junior at the Scholars Academy, was especially noteworthy, presenting her paper and handling several tough follow-up questions with ease and grace. Special thanks to Wink Prince, Ph.D., Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies Director, for hosting the Friday night pre-conference dinner in Beaufort, and for attending and mentoring at the conference. PAT Advisor John Navin, Ph.D., organized the Coastal contigent, mentored all presenters, and accompanied the group to Beaufort.


Congratulations to the following students and faculty mentors:

Nicholas Barton, “Folk and Slave Medicine and Professional Medicine”

Advisor: John Navin, Ph.D.

Margaret Carnan, “Prostitution and Reform in Antebellum America”

Advisor: John Navin, Ph.D.

Julie Emory, “Foreign Relations, Korea, and Pre-Modern Japanese History”

Advisor: Brandon Palmer, Ph.D.

Michael Jones, “1960s American-Syrian Relations and the Ba’ath”

Advisor: Chris Gunn, Ph.D.

Joshua Knutson, “Nullification Crisis: the Unionist Fight in SC, 1828-1833”

Advisor: John Navin, Ph.D.

Evan Messer, “The Anti-Isolationist Views of Theodor S. Geisel”

Advisor: Brandon Palmer, Ph.D.

Brikena Qirici, “Education and Slavery”

Advisor: John Navin, Ph.D.

Sean Smith, “The Gallipoli Campaign”

Advisor: Philip Whalen, Ph.D.

The Prince Fellows

The Prince Fellows program is an opportunity for students to develop primary research skills. Students will engage in Horry and Georgetown county-based archival research, investigation of local census and county records, and interviews. These student-driven projects allow members to gain firsthand planning, writing, and oral presentation skills. Students in the Prince Fellows program work on projects for two consecutive semesters and earn three credit hours per course.  

Recent Prince Fellows projects include an investigation of former one-room schoolhouses in the counties of Horry and Georgetown under faculty mentorship with John Roper, adjunct instructor in CCU’s Department of History. Students gathered information from Whittemore, R.F. Howard, and Conway High Schools and conducted more than a dozen interviews with alumni.  Similarly, Eliza Glaze, professor in the Department of History, mentored a cohort of students studying antebellum gardening and Black landscaping. The class also visited the SC Historical Society archives as a component of their research. 

Students interested in the Prince Fellows program should contact Aneilya Barns, Chair of the Department of History, at