Three California State University, Stanislaus History Department students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences swept top honors at the April 11-12 Northern California Regional International History Honor Society Conference at CSU Chico.
Three of the seven CSU Stanislaus students who participated swept the top three awards in the Graduate Student category of the Phi Alpha Theta Conference essay competition that included students from the California State University system Northern California campuses, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Santa Clara University, the University of the Pacific, and a number of other private universities and colleges.
CSU Stanislaus student Aerynn Dighton of Turlock won the graduate competition with a research paper and presentation titled "Portraiture as Propaganda: Color and Elizabethan Iconography." Grant Louis Ashley of Stockton was second with "Charley Bates: One of Stockton, California's Slaves," and Therese Lunt of Waterford was third with "International Collusion: The Creation of Stateless People in the Japanese Internment Camps." Dighton has been invited to present her paper at the prestigious Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (AHA) conference this summer.
Other CSU Stanislaus students who presented their research papers and won high acclaim from their panel chairs were Rae Ann Tourville-Nelson of Stockton; Doug Scott Gilbert and Paul Muncy, both of Modesto; and Victoria Gottlieb of Merced. Student competitors were judged on their writing, research, and oral presentation criteria. Dr. Samuel Regalado, History Department Chair, said that the students' success came about through a combination of hard work and dedication to their studies and department discipline as well as dedicated teaching and mentoring by faculty, particularly Dr. Phillip Garone, Phi Alpha Theta adviser.
"The high quality of writing and research exhibited by the Phi Alpha Theta students is in step with the rigid standards of the Department of History itself; whose faculty mentor by example, as seen through their own nationally recognized scholarship in the form of books, articles, and public participation in the discipline of history," Regalado said.