History Club presents “Saint Francis University Among the Pines”
published: 04-28-2012

Elyse Grasser, vice president of History Club, served as "m.c." for the event and presented a narrative, as told to her by Mr. Ruggiero, about SFU students protesting the library's formal dress code in the 1970s. As Mr. Ruggiero told Elyse, "this was our Vietnam."

March 2012.  In conjunction with the Cambria County Historical Society, History Club presented a “History Short,” consisting of readings of stories from Saint Francis University’s past.

Thanks to Elyse, Julie, Leah, and Lizeth for making SFU’s history come to life.  Thanks also to the Cambria County Historical Society and Dave Huber for inviting History Club to participate in this event.  Read more and see more pics after the jump.

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Lizeth George recognized for her work with History Club
published: 04-27-2012

Kelly Anne Heyden, club treasurer, and Lizeth George, club president.

Lizeth George, president of History Club, was recognized by SFU’s Student Government Association for all the work she’s done with History Club at the First Annual Student Involvement Awards held on Thursday, April 19th, 2012.





In the past year, Lizeth has coordinated:

Thanks to Lizeth and all the History Club members, especially officers Elyse Grasser, Kelly Anne Heyden, and Leah Kletzi, for your hard work and participation.  History Club adds extracurricular fun and opportunities to the HiPS department and the SFU community.

History Club Sponsors Trip to Washington, D.C.

In March 2012 the History Club sponsored a bus trip to Washington, D.C., to visit museums and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The trip was free and open to any SFU student who wanted to come along.  Read more about it and see more pictures after the jump!

Dr. Woods, History Club president Lizeth George, and friends reach higher at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Field Trip Not a Disaster
published: 04-24-2012

History and Environmental Engineering students at the flood memorial in South Fork, where the dam broke in 1889, causing the Johnstown Flood - one of the most devastating, and famous, natural disasters in U.S. history.

 Crossing disciplines and using the local to study the global

The students in Dr. Damico’s class, “Disaster!  Social and Environmental Crises in World History,” took a field trip in February 2012 to Johnstown, PA.  They joined students from Dr. Bill Strosnider’s Environmental Engineering class, “Appropriate Technologies in the Developing World.”

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History majors sweep the SFU Student Athlete Development Leadership Awards!

History majors Paul Print and Katie Dacanay received SFU’s Student Athlete Development Leadership Awards on April 23, 2012, at SFU’s annual Athletics Awards Banquet.  These two seniors are great models of student-athletes who lead on the field, in the classroom, and on campus.  Congratulations.

History Club News! And “Save the Date”: March 21st
published: 02-17-2012

Cambria County Historical Society, January 2012

The History Club has attended two “History Shorts” (dramatic presentations about the past) put on by the Cambria County Historical Society, and is producing our own, entitled “Saint Francis University Among the Pines,” to be presented on March 21st at JFK.

If you would like to get involved with this activity or other History Club events, contact one of our officers or Dr. Damico.  Our spring 2012 History Club officers are:

President: Lizeth George

Vice President: Elyse Grasser

Treasurer: Kelly-Anne Heyden

Secretary: Leah Kletzi

How awesome is the SFU HiPS department?
published: 10-28-2011

Watch this video to find out: HiPS Awesomeness






Cool History-related CES talk TONIGHT!
published: 10-27-2011


The Saint Francis University Institute for Ethics Presents…

Standard Lives: Visualizing the Culture of Oil in Louisiana


Dr. Michael Pasquier

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Louisiana State University

Thursday, October 27, 7:00pm

Stokes-Twyman Room (2nd floor, Stokes Athletic Center)


During the 1940s, the Standard Oil Company supported a major photo-documentary project to capture “the benefits of oil on everyday life in the United States.” In “Standard Lives: Visualizing the Culture of Oil in Louisiana,” Dr. Michael Pasquier reconnects these historical photographs with the peoples, places, and institutions represented in those mid-twentieth-century images. By bridging the temporal gap dividing photographic moments and current circumstances, “Standard Lives” illustrates the cultural impact of the oil industry on rural coastal communities throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


Dr. Pasquier is the author of Fathers on the Frontier: French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870 (Oxford University Press, 2010) and the editor of the Journal of Southern Religion. His forthcoming edited bookGods of the Mississippi (Indiana University Press, 2012) includes a collection of essays on the history of religion and culture in the Mississippi Valley. He is a former visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. At LSU, he teaches courses on religion in America and Louisiana, U.S. Catholic History, and world religions.


For more information on this event, please visit: http://www.francis.edu/Pasquier.htm

History Club! Chili Cookoff! This Saturday from 11 to 1!
published: 10-26-2011

UPDATE – UPDATE – UPDATE – The Chili Cookoff has unfortunately been canceled due to LACK OF INTEREST.  I hereby declare the History Club the unofficial winner, in that we were the only entrant!  CONGRATULATIONS HISTORY CLUB AND OFFICIAL HISTORY CLUB CHILI CHEF KEN DAMICO ON YOUR AWARD WINNING CHILI!  See you next year!
History Club has entered the Chili Cookoff sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega this Saturday! If our chili (ie, the chili made by my husband and Noted Chili Expert Ken) wins H Club gets half of the proceeds from the event!
It’s from 11 to 1 at JFK’s front patio (or indoors, if it’s rainy). Admission is 5 bucks, which includes a LOT of awesome stuff like:
1. a beverage
2. cornbread
3. a dixie cup full of chili from each different entry! what!!!!
4. 3 tickets to be used for voting for your favorite chili!
5. a Gold Star from Dr. Damico
Holy cow that’s a lot of awesomeness for the low, low price of 5 dollars. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear extemporaneous commentary from Dr. Damico on the history of chili!

History Club! CES!! “The King’s Speech”!!
published: 09-16-2011

Do you like movies? Do you like kings and/or speeches?


Need CES credits and want to enjoy a good movie at the same time?! Join History Club this Tuesday September 20th at 7pm in Padua 110 as we watch The King’s Speech! All are welcome! Following the movie will be a brief discussion of the movie and its historical context with History professor Dr. Damico! See you then!


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