Phi Alpha Theta continues to dominate as Best Chapter

Shanae Giles, Staff Writer
September 28, 2011

Defeating over 422 other schools in the competition, Francis Marion University’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society recently claimed the Best Chapter Award for the second year in a row. “We’ve done a lot of community awareness,” Dr. Christopher Kennedy, associate professor of... Read more »

Senior wins first place at regional conference

Brittany Parker, Editor-in-Chief
April 14, 2011

Francis Marion University history major Hunter Deas brought home the prize for best overall paper at the 2011 Carolinas Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, held at FMU for the first time ever on Saturday, April 9. “I feel like I can graduate now,” Deas said. “I won the award from the national... Read more »

Dr. Larry E. Nelson delivers 5th William C. Moran Address

Alexis M. Johnson, Staff Writer
March 30, 2011

“I cannot explain why, but I have been interested in history since I was a child in elementary school,” Dr. Larry E. Nelson, retired Professor of History, said as he opened the 5th William C. Moran Address on Thursday, March 24 in the Lowrimore Auditorium. The Moran Address, a parting lecture... Read more »

Phi Alpha Theta to host regional conference for the first time

Hunter Deas, Copy Editor
March 30, 2011

A bid was made last April for Francis Marion University to host the 2011 regional Phi Alpha Theta conference for the first time, and the plan has come to fruition as the university will host the conference this April. Debra Walters, president of the university’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the... Read more »

Professor Spotlight on Dr. Alena Eskridge-Kosmach


Hunter Deas, Copy Editor
November 17, 2010

Dr. , assistant professor of history, loves her job. “For me, history is a passion,” Kosmach said. “I love what I’m doing. It’s not just simply an occupation, a way to make money – it’s a passion.” Kosmach has taught at Francis Marion for four years, following... Read more »

Former Iran hostage captures audience’s attention

Alexis M. Johnson, Staff Writer
October 20, 2010

Cortlandt Barnes was once in the Navy, then a CIA employee. He is now retired and works as a U.S. government consultant. Thirty years ago, he was unsure of whether he would live to see the next day. In 1979, he was one of the hostages in the Iran hostage crisis. Barnes spoke to FMU students, professors... Read more »

Kennedy shines light on Irish nationalism

Hunter Deas, Copy Editor
September 22, 2010

Dr. Christopher M. Kennedy, assistant professor of history at FMU and author of the recently published book, “Genesis of the Rising 1912 – 1916: A Transformation of Nationalist Opinion,” is looking forward to beginning work on another book next spring. Kennedy graduated from University... Read more »

Recent FMU graduate braves Amazon jungle


Hunter Deas, Copy Editor
September 22, 2010

Recent Francis Marion graduate Sam McLellan spent this past summer in the jungle of South America, from June 1 to July 28. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history, he traveled to Peru as a member of a mission trip sponsored by the North American Mission Board and FMU’s Baptist Collegiate... Read more »

Phi Alpha Theta wins best chapter

Hunter Deas, Copy Editor
September 8, 2010

Competing against over 900 schools throughout the United States and Canada for the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society in History’s best chapter award, FMU’s chapter, Alpha Theta Zeta, won the 2010 competition. Each academic year, chapters of Phi Alpha Theta all over the country compete... Read more »