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Spring 2010

Elizabeth Lane Furdell, Professor Emerita

Elizabeth Lane Furdell delivered a well-received Lasting Lecture entitled "Magic, Alchemy and Medicine in the English Renaissance: The Historical Context for the 'Harry Potter' Series" to a large gathering of UNF faculty and friends at the end of Spring 2010.  Dr. Furdell's plans for the future include more research and writing, more time with grandchildren (including the newest, her namesake) -- and no time at all grading papers. Elizabeth Lane Furdell, Professor Emerita 


Dr. Furdell has a long and distinguished career as a member of the history faculty at the University of North Florida.  Her colleagues university-wide recognized her value to the university when, in 2002, they elected her Distinguished Professor because of her accomplishments as a teacher, a scholar, and contributing member of the professional community.


During her years at UNF Dr. Furdell has taught literally thousands of students, many of whom still stop her in public to tell her how much they enjoyed her lectures when they took Freshman Core.  She has developed a body of courses in English history, British Empire, Irish history, and Early Modern Europe at the upper and graduate level, and teaches them exceedingly well. She has directed numerous M.A. theses and served on M.A. committees.  She has won almost every teaching award available, many of them more than once.

As a scholar, Dr. Furdell is internationally known as an expert on the history of medicine in Tudor and Stuart England, and in particular is sought out for her knowledge of the development of medical publishing.  She has published six books, nineteen articles, numerous substantial encyclopedia entries, and has given some thirty-four professional papers. 

Three other faculty members were also promoted this year.  J. Michael Francis now holds the rank of Professor, and Charles Closmann and David Sheffler were tenured and promoted to Associate Professor.  

Student Accomplishments  

The history department's spring 2010 celebration recognized an impressive set of accomplishments by our students.  Saber Gray won the Undergraduate History Prize for her paper, "'The only thing left for him to take from me is my life:The 1602 Investigation, Politics and Relationships in Early Colonial St. Augustine."  Two fine papers shared the Graduate History Prize: Deanne Ashton's "Preston and the River Ribble: How Local Autonomy Hindered Pollution Control" and Karen Cousins's “Highland Lakes, Hidden Emeralds, and Santiago’s Bones: Local Religion in Colonial Colombia.”  Cousins earned her B.A. from UNF in August 2009, and was also honored as the department's Outstanding B.A. graduate for 2009-10.  Ashton will complete her M.A. in August 2010.  She has been admitted to Ph.D. programs at Lancaster, Stirling, and St. Andrews, but has not yet made her decision.

Other UNF historians heading for Ph.D. programs are Justin Blanton, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Amanda Chapman, University of Kentucky; Amy Christiansen, Auburn, in Archival Studies; Ashleigh Dean, Emory; Kyle Fortenberry, University of Oregon; James Hill, William and Mary; and Spencer Tyce, Ohio State University.

History students also represented UNF well in publications and scholarly presentations.  John F. (Buck) Fannin's article "The Jacksonville Mutiny of 1865," appeared in Florida Historical Quarterly 88 (Winter 2010): 368-96.  Karen Rhodes is the author of Non-Federal Censuses of Florida, 1784-1945: A Guide to Sources (McFarland Publishing, 2010). Delivering papers at the Southwestern Historical Association,  Houston, TX, March 31-April 3, 2010 were: Karen Cousins, whose “Highland Lakes, Hidden Emeralds, and Santiago’s Bones: Local Religion in Colonial Colombia”  was selected as winner of the SHA's Ben Proctor Student Research Award, and James Hill, "Axes, Combs and Rifles: Native American Trade Goods and Spanish Diplomacy in Florida, 1763-1783."  Tracy Upchurch spoke on “Goldwater, Maddox, and McClung: Principled Resistance to the Civil Rights Act of 1964” at the Southeast Regional History Graduate Student Conference, hosted by Florida State University,  April 3, 2010. At the Florida Historical Society meeting held in St. Augustine, FL, May 26-29, 2010, Judy Connolly gave a paper on " Discovering Augusta Savage:  Florida’s Elusive African-American Artist, Educator, and Activist," and Jim Vearil's paper focused on " Captain Gabriel Priest: Migration, Community, and Kinship Along the East Florida Frontier."


An internship can give history majors a chance to apply their historical skills in an off-campus setting.  In May 2010 the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission recognized the UNF History Department's internship agreements with the Jacksonville Historical Society with a 2010 Historic Preservation Award.  Other history interns have worked with the National Park Service’s Kingsley Plantation and Fort Caroline, the archives at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, the St. John’s Riverkeeper, and a host of other public history projects.  


Castillo de San Marcos in St. AugustineRanger Joe Brehm of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine visited UNF in April to talk with history students about two internship opportunities available there. There will be one paid internship for the summer with the possibility for an extension beyond that date. The Castillo is also funding one STEP internship, a position which starts the student at the GS-4 level. Interested students should contact Joe_Brehm@nps.gov, and attach a resume.

Students who can leave Jacksonville for an internship may want to consider the Student Conservation Association http://www.thesca.org/  While some projects are primarily in resource conservation, many are related directly to history and historic preservation.

Other internship opportunities include local historical societies, the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, the Lighthouse Museum in St. Augustine, and the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History.  For more information about internships both inside and outside Jacksonville, contact department chair Dr. Dale Clifford.



Alumni News

Carol S. Clark (M.A. 2002) has moved from the Kingsley Plantation to become Park Ranger Interpretive Specialist at the National Trails Intermountain Region.  She is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but will be traveling trails throughout the area.  She loves the fact that her job with the National Park Service allows her to work closely with historians, cultural resource managers, GIS folks, landscape architects, and recreation planners.

Jennifer Whittier Gomez (B.A. 2003, M.A. 2009) has a new daughter, Viviana Lucia Gomez, born March 3, 2010.  Jennifer teaches history at the Bolles School.

Elizabeth Lowman (M.A. 2007) directs the Oral History Program for the Seminole Tribe’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum -- you can visit the website at http://www.ahtahthiki.com/seminole-indian-collections/oral-history.html.  She has been active in presenting papers at the annual conferences of the Oral History Association. 2010 Spring - Mangelsdorf 


Sallie Middleton (B.A. 1979) went on to earn a Ph.D. in history and is now a member of the faculty at Palm Beach State College. 

Dianna Golding Mangelsdorf (B.A. 1998, M.A. 2001) married Trey Mangelsdorf in 2007.  She loves living and working in Washington D.C., but still misses Florida.


Naveen (Drek) Ortiz (B.A. 2004) interrupted his graduate work in history to spend a few years in China, learning the language and the country. Most recently he has been teaching English in Shanghai. In December 2009 he married Chen Wei (Grace; their wedding photo is at right). They will move to Jacksonville this summer, and Drek will return to UNF to finish his M.A. 


Aaron Quick (B.A. 2009) has been nominated into the Secondary Education – TEFL/English program for North/Middle East Africa, with an estimated departure date of October 2010.

Stay in Touch

We would like to feature more news about history students and alumni in future editions of the history newsletter.  If you have news you would like us to include, please e-mail the details to clifford@unf.edu

The department is creating a list of the careers of history majors.  We promise not to list you by name (unless you want us to), but only by your chosen career(s), so just send a quick e-mail to clifford@unf.edu with the information.  


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Or you may mail your contribution to:
Department of History, University of North Florida,
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In closing, please enjoy a photo of faculty and families on the department's trip to the Okefenokee Swamp, organized by Environmental Historian Charles Closmann (pictured at left in the front row): 


History Faculty and their family at a department outing 


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