Phi Alpha Theta Conference at TWU
Front row: Katie Hinton, Ashley Mayer, and Brandi Smith; back row: Benjamin Lindley, Cameron Shields, Prof. Stephen Hardin, and Ashley Dandridge
On April 5, 2014, McMurry History majors took top honors at the Northeast Texas Regional Phi Alpha Theta History Conference hosted by Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Ashley Mayer, McMurry’s Sigma Beta chapter president, not only led her members to the symposium but presented an admirable paper herself. History majors Ashley Dandridge, Katie Hinton, Cameron Shields, and Brandi Smith represented the chapter and university. Stephen L. Hardin, professor of history and chapter advisor, also attended the conference.
Katie Hinton brought home first-place honors in the undergraduate category for her paper, “Time in Stitches: Quilting in Northwestern Texas.” In March, the Texas State Historical Association awarded Katie its prestigious C. M. Caldwell Memorial Award for Excellence in History for the same paper. Cameron Shields secured a second-place award in the same division for his evocative presentation, “Deep Ellum: Deep Texas Blues,” which examined the roots of Texas blues. Session chairman Dr. Everett Kindig of Midwestern State University applauded Mr. Shields for his lusty rendition of the paper’s musical passages (sorry, we don’t have the audio for you). Students produced these papers as part of the McMurry History Department’s award-winning research and writing program taught by Hardin and Dr. Robert Maberry.