History

History

2020 LAS Awards

Outstanding Students: Undergraduate & Graduate

KATERI PACETTI
Outstanding Student, BA in History
After completing her associate degree at PPCC as a nontraditional student, Kat Pacetti transferred to UCCS to pursue her BA in History and her teaching license. At UCCS Kat pursued a wide range of historical studies and while she resisted specializing in any one area or topic she was particularly drawn to women’s history as well as the intersection of pop culture and history. Her senior thesis focused on how the evolution of femininity and sexuality were portrayed in Sherlock Holmes texts ranging from the original Doyle stories to modern incarnations like the BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’s Elementary. Kat is excited to pursue a career teaching middle school and high school students that history isn’t just a bunch of boring dates and names, but is rather a series of stories that tell us who we are and how we came to be the people and societies of today. Kat is eternally grateful to the history department and all the professors in it who have helped feed her constant thirst for knowledge and plans on returning to UCCS to complete a Master’s degree in history after having settled into the life of a teacher.
ERIN ROGERS
Outstanding Overall Anthropology Undergraduate
Erin Rogers grew up in a small town in Maryland and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2005. She is a wife and mother to three daughters. While juggling many responsibilities, Erin completed her Associate's Degree at Pikes Peak Community College in 2014 and her began working her on work on her Bachelor's Degree in History at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2017. Her Senior thesis combined her love of medieval history with pop culture by looking at how the stories of Robin Hood, from the High Middle Ages to current day, related to ideas of community support. After three years she is graduating with a GPA of 3.977 and a member of Phi Alpha Theta. She currently began work as a Teaching Assistant at Liberty Tree Academy in Falcon, CO and hopes to begin teaching history there in a few years. She plans to continue with her education and get her Master's Degree at UCCS and wishes to teach history at the secondary education level and later at the college level.
THECLA SHUBERT
Outstanding Student, BA in Histor
After completing her associate degree in communication, Thecla Shubert transferred to UCCS where she began her studies in history. She specializes in the social and environmental history of the US, with an additional emphasis in 19th century history. Her senior thesis focuses on contextualizing traditional historical narratives of industrialization and American Exceptionalism in the American Northwest through social and environmental lenses. She has also been recognized for her work on global menstrual stigmas and how they impact women’s access to education and safety. This research was awarded best undergraduate paper at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Communication Association’s Conference. Besides her studies, she works in manufacturing and volunteers as a coach for a local middle school's competitive public speaking team. She hopes to transition to a career in education after graduating and eventually pursue a job in higher education. Thecla has been incredibly delighted and honored to have been a part of the amazing history department community and is excited to be continuing her education in the graduate program at UCCS next year.
AARON ROSS WILSON
Outstanding Student, BA in History
Aaron Wilson is from Columbus, Indiana. From 2006 to 2014 he served on active duty in the United States Army; deploying twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and spending a year working alongside the Republic of Korea Army. He double majored in History and Geography & Environmental Studies. Aaron has contributed to the college of Letters, Arts, and Science during his undergraduate studies as history writing fellow and as teaching assistant in the GES department. Aaron is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and SALUTE, the history and veterans honorary societies. Aaron wrote his senior thesis on Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) by examining the event through the lens of Nazi documents. Aaron focuses his historical studies on warfare and the global twentieth century. Aaron will join the History Masters program at UCCS in Fall 2020 with the goal of becoming a lecturer.
ERIC WITTE
Outstanding Student, BA in History
Eric Witte is from Lincoln, Nebraska. He returned to school after years working as a chef to pursue his bachelor’s degree in history. While working toward his history degree Eric opted to become a double major by pursuing a degree in GES as well. His focus of study is Iberian history and the subsequent globalization event unleashed at the end of the 15th century. Upon graduation this Spring, Eric intends to pursue a Master’s in history here at UCCS. Eric has been actively involved in Phi Alpha Theta and presented research at last year’s regional conference in Gunnison, CO. He, along with Barbara Headle, were the recipients of the Student/Faculty LAS Research Grant in the Fall of 2018 and presented his research the following Spring at CSURF held at UCCS. Eric has been a writing fellow for Barbara Headle the past two semesters and plans to continue in this endeavor going into graduate school. He is also an employee at the Excel Writing Center here at UCCS where he works with fellow students to improve their writing skills. Eric would like to take this opportunity to thank all faculty and staff as well as his comrades in the history and geography programs for their continuing support, without them, this would not have been possible.
STEFAN HUDDLESTON
Outstanding Studient, MA in History
Stefan Huddleston was born in South Central Los Angeles. He is a life-long fan of many science fiction and fantasy properties, tabletop role-playing games, films of all sorts, and many other past times. After moving to Colorado in he worked in the fire protection industry before a layoff encouraged him to return to school to pursue his dream of studying history. After earning the Resiher Scholarship with his performance at Pike Peak Community College he completed his undergraduate degree in history at UCCS with a minor in film studies while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and earning Outstanding undergraduate awards from the History Department and the College of Letters in Art and Sciences. After transferring to the UCCS History Master's Program Stefan earned a Graduate Fellowship Award for his final year. Stefan hopes to teach college courses and use the accessibility of film to bring educational content to disadvantaged and underserved demographics.
HEATHER POL
Outstanding Studient, MA in History
Heather was born and raised in Colorado Springs and attended UCCS for both undergraduate and graduate studies. She received her B.A. in Art History and her M.A. in History. She was the recipient of the 2016 LAS Student-Faculty Research and Creative Work Award, 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in Art History, and 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in History. Her M.A. research focused on marginalized people groups and ethnic studies. Her theses included Afro-Creole Spiritualism in the Civil War era, the effects of commercialized expeditions on the Sherpa community of the My. Everest region, and identity politics in the lives and artwork of Frotz Scholder and Jimmie Durham. She completed an internship at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and plans to pursue a career in Museum Studies.
CHRIS SCHRECK
Outstanding Studient, MA in History
Chris Schreck graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History from CSU-Pueblo in 2015. He spent the following three years as the Archives Manager and Interim Executive Director of the Steelworks Museum in Pueblo before beginning his graduate studies at UCCS. He moved with his family from Pueblo to Colorado Springs in the summer of 2019, where he now works as an archivist at the US Air Force Academy. He is experienced in archives, public history, and providing access to historical resources through modern digital tools and platforms. His thesis papers at UCCS varied widely from an account of anti-clerical violence in the Spanish Civil War, to medieval French economics, to the industrialization of the American West. His other activities at UCCS included a teaching assistantship, a writing fellowship, an internship at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and he is currently the Managing Editor of the university’s graduate history journal.

Scholarships & Fellowships

JEFFREY MANN
The Wunderli Scholarships
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
HEATHER BERGH
Wunderli Scholarship
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
Emily Casper
Wunderli Scholarship
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
Mariah Fluegel
Wunderli Scholarship
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
James Ford
Wunderli Scholarship
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
Shannon Fortune
Wunderli Scholarship
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
James Perkins
Wunderli Scholarship
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
TANIA REYES
Wunderli Scholarship
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
JOSHUA RODRIGUEZ
Oustanding Undergraduate Student - Japanese Minor
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
JENNIFER MILLS
Wunderli Scholarship
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.
KRISTY WILSON
Wunderli Scholarship
The Department gives out annual scholarships of up to $5,000 per student, named in honor of Rick Wunderli, long-time Professor of Medieval History at UCCS. The scholarship comes from an endowment established by Judith Price (1944-2012), a long-time Instructor in the Department.