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April 9, 2009

ULM’s Phi Alpha Theta wins awards, gives presentations

Members of the University of Louisiana at Monroe Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society participated in the organization's regional meeting Saturday, April 4, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, winning awards and giving presentations.

Two ULM history graduate students garnered honors at the conference. John Salter of Farmerville won the award for best graduate student paper, and Heather Raley of Warren, Ark., won for best graduate student presentation.

The ULM participants, and their paper titles were:

• Erik Jones of Monroe -"Slaves as Combatants in the American Civil War."

• Raley -"The Changing Burial Rituals for the Northeast/Great Lakes Native Americans in the 17th Century: From Native Ceremonies to Implementing Christian Practices."

• Salter -“The Change in Warfare between the Iroquois and the Huron.”

Roger Carpenter, Ph.D., of the ULM History Department moderated a session titled "The Public is Personal: Local History in Lower Arkansas."

Jones and Raley also presented the same papers when the Louisiana Chapters of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society held their annual meeting at the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center in Monroe Friday, March 20. Four ULM history graduate students gave presentations.

The other two ULM participants and their paper titles were:

• Hewitt Hall of Monroe -"Warfare in Southern France during the Albigensian Crusade, 1209-1229.”

• Salter -"Pontiac Reinterpreted."

Monica Bontty, Ph.D., and Elle Walker of the ULM History Department served as chairs and commentators for two of the sessions; Bontty’s was titled "Society and Politics in 20th Century Europe" and Walker‘s was "Religion in the Ancient and Medieval Eras."

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