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Phi Alpha Theta Inducts Three Northwestern Students

Three Northwestern Oklahoma State University students have been inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

Those inducted include Rance Castleberry, Alva senior; Dylan VanCuren, Ponca City senior; and April Smith, a senior from Lucien.

The purpose of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas.

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history, has been the adviser to Northwestern’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter since 2004.

Hardaway explained that membership is open to only a few students each year.

“Members do not have to be history majors, but they do have to take several courses in the discipline and also have excellent grades,” Hardaway said. “By being selective in its membership, Phi Alpha Theta ensures that being inducted into the organization is truly an honor.”

Phi Alpha Theta was organized in 1921 at the University of Arkansas and has more than 850 chapters throughout the United States. Currently, more than 900,000 people, including all current Northwestern history professors, are members.

“These three students are to be commended for maintaining good grades and for upholding the lofty goals of Phi Alpha Theta,” Hardaway said.

For more information contact Hardaway at (580) 327-8520 or by e-mail at rdhardaway@nwosu.edu.


On November 18-19, 2015, Dr. Eric Schmaltz is presenting his paper, “What’s in a Name?:  Russian Germans, German Russians, or Germans from Russia, and the Challenges of Hybrid Identities,” at the academic conference “Russian Germans in a Comparative Context:  New Research Perspectives” in Berlin, Germany, hosted by the Federal Institute for Culture and History of Germans in Eastern Europe.  Schmaltz will be discussing the development of ethnic German from Russia identity and self-identification in North America as it took shape by the late 1960s and early 1970s.


April 29, 2015

 

Josi Hasenauer, a senior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, is among 201 students from 36 states who have been

Josi HasenauerJosi Hasenauer, named as Newman Civic Fellow.

named as Newman Civic Fellows in recognition for service to their local communities. 

The Newman Civic Fellows program was established by Campus Compact in honor of co-founder Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement.

The award is designed to recognize college students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for the challenges faced by communities across the nation through service, research and advocacy. Each of Oklahoma’s fellows will receive a $500 scholarship from Oklahoma Campus Compact. Students are nominated by their college or university president.

“Josi exhibits outstanding campus and community involvement,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “She is serving as an AmeriCorps Tutor at Alva Middle School and will become a social sciences teacher after she graduates.”

“She served as an intern for U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (Nebraska) in Washington D.C., this past summer and is passionate about investing time in the lives of students.”

Hasenauer is committed to positive change in her role as a student and beyond.

“When I was younger, I always told my friends and family I was going to be President of the United States,” Hasenauer said. “I thought if I was President then I could change the world. I now know I don’t need a title to change the world or a person’s life. What I do every day on campus, in schools, and in the community is changing the world - one conversation, one problem, one smile at a time.”

“Through tutoring students at the middle school, I am changing lives of students by encouraging them to believe in themselves, work hard, find value in the little things (even the negatives count), and show them how fun learning can be. I am changing people’s lives by investing my time and energy to support their dreams, see them for who they are, and listen to them."


 

Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz is presenting his talk, “What’s in a Name?:  Russian Germans, German Russians, or Germans from Russia,” as part of the panel on “Germans from Russia” with Dr. Ann Braaten and Dr. Jessica Clark at the Fiftieth Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference hosted by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and Bismarck State College, in Bismarck, ND, on 1-3 Oct. 2015.  Dr. Clark also serves as an NWOSU Institute member.
 


Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz is the featured speaker at the Iowa Wild Rose Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Des Moines, IA, on 26 July 2015.  His topic is “The Germans from Russia in South America.”

 

 


The NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies and Social Sciences Department are planning a short program for April 14, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Bust on the Herod Hall Lawn on the Alva campus.  This program is to recognize the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Death and the 100th Anniversary of the gift of the Lincoln Bust to NWOSU by the Graduating Class of 1915.  A short recitation of the Gettysburg Address will be given and information about the influence of President Lincoln on the United States will be provided.  Handouts describing the Lincoln Stained Glass windows at the First United Methodist Church here in Alva will also be made available.

 

This program is open to the entire campus community and the general public.  Following the program, the film, "Lincoln," will be shown in Jesse Dunn Rm. 306.  We invite each of you to attend.
 


 Judge Richard J. Rinebolt Estate bequests gift to Northwestern Foundation (NWOSU Foundation Release)

 

The late Judge J. Rinebolt of Findlay, Ohio, has bequeathed $2,500 to the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association that will be used to create an endowment to benefit the Institute for Citizenship Studies.  Rinebolt, originally from Ohio, found himself in Alva after enlisting in the Army Air Corps during World War II. At that time, Northwestern was the site of the 92nd C.T.D., college training detachment, where Rinebolt learned to fly the P-51 Mustang fighter plane that would take him on 30 missions over France and Germany.

After the war, Rinebolt travelled back to Ohio and completed law school at Ohio Northern University and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1948. He worked in general law practice until 1956 when he began his tenure as a prosecutor. Rinebolt was appointed a judge of Findlay Municipal Court by the governor in 1976. He continued his judgeship through 1997.

The endowment from Rinebolt will help defray the costs associated with guest speakers on campus, as well as financially assisting various student organizations such as Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta and the Leviathan Society. The money also will assist Northwestern’s Department of Social Sciences research efforts.

“On behalf of the Institute for Citizenship Studies, I wish to express my deep appreciation to Judge Rinebolt and his family for the thoughtful and generous act by which he has honored the University,” said Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science and co-director of the Institute for Citizenship Studies. “His life and example serve as an eloquent testimony to the proper definition of good citizenship and community service.”

The Institute for Citizenship Studies is an organization that tasks itself with fostering civic engagement through public service, promoting annual events such as Constitution Day, the Cultural Heritage Lecture Series and the Presidential Lecture Series.

 


 

Dr. Roger Hardaway recently published an article entitled “Black Hockey Players in Europe.”  It appears in the current edition of The Journal of Hockey Research of the Society for International Hockey Research in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


 

Nach Ubersee CoverIn early 2015, the German Cultural Forum of Eastern Europe in Potsdam, Germany, is publishing Dr. Eric Schmaltz’s article, “Deutsche aus Russland in Amerika—Eine Geschichte der Selbstbehauptung und Transformation” [“Germans from Russia in America:  A Story of Retention and Transformation”] in the new book Nach Übersee—Deutschsprachige Auswanderer aus dem östlichen Europa um 1900 [Overseas:  German-Speaking Emigrants from Eastern Europe around 1900].  The short article is based on his presentation to the Forum in December 2010 in Potsdam, Germany.  The book cover also includes one of Dr. Schmaltz’s historic family photographs taken in 1920s North Dakota.   For more information, go online to:  http://www.kulturforum.info/de/article/1020652.nach-uebersee.html.

 


 

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Institute for Citizenship Studies and the Department of Social Sciences proudly announce their annual Presidential Lecture Series topic for 2015 – “Franklin Delano Roosevelt.”  The program is set for Monday, March 23, at 7:00 PM in the Joe J. Struckle Education Center, Room 109, at Northwestern-Alva. This event is free and open to the public.

Speaking on one of America’s most important and transformative chief executives is Dr. George McJimsey, emeritus professor of history from Iowa State University in Ames and the acclaimed author of numerous books.  His notable works include:  Genteel Partisan: Manton Marble 1834-1917 (Ames:  Iowa State University Press, 1971); The Dividing and Reuniting of America, 1848-1877 (Kansas City and Chicago:  Forum Press/Harlan Davidson Press, 1979/1985); Harry Hopkins:  Ally of the Poor and Defender of Democracy (Cambridge, Massachusetts:  Harvard University Press, 1987); and The Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Lawrence:  University Press of Kansas, 2000).  McJimsey is well-known and respected among Franklin Roosevelt scholars and will be a great complement to our FDR theme this spring. 

For more information, call the Institute for Citizenship Studies office at (580) 327-8525 or email mason@nwosu.edu.


Dr. Eric Schmaltz will be giving a Power Point discussion on his October 2014 trip to Kansas called “A Visual Tour of Hays and Victoria, Ellis County, Kansas:  Volga German Iron Crosses and the Cathedral of the Plains” to the Golden Spread Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Shattuck, Oklahoma, at 1:00 PM on April 19, 2015, at the Senior Citizens Center.
Dr. Eric Schmaltz will be presenting on “Russia’s Kaliningrad Enclave:  Debates over Free-Trade Zones and Settlement of Ethnic Germans (1990-2000)” to the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) Chapter of Portland, Oregon, on May 23, 2015.
Dr. Eric Schmaltz will be giving a session presentation called “Die Heimat in South America:  Germans from Russia in Argentina and Brazil” at the Forty-sixth International Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) in Billings, Montana, on July 17-18, 2015.  It will coincide with the new documentary film on the topic which premieres this summer and is produced by the North Dakota State University Libraries Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and Prairie Public Broadcasting in Fargo.  Dr. Schmaltz is serving as a historical consultant to the documentary.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, specializing in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology in Phoenix, Arizona, a former Lt. Commander in the United States Navy, and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, will serve as Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Constitution Day speaker on Thursday, September 17, 2015, on the Enid campus.  Dr. Jasser is a nationally recognized speaker and activist, appearing on numerous cable network programs.  He is also author of the recent book, A Battle for the Soul of Islam:  An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith.

 

More event information will be forthcoming early in the 2015 fall term.  Dr. Jasser’s Website is:  http://aifdemocracy.org/.


Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz makes his first journey to Africa on Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, 2015, to present at the University of Ghana in Accra for the Inaugural and First Biennial Conference of the Pan-African Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-ASIA) in cooperation with the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS):  “Asian Studies in Africa:  The Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interaction.”  Dr. Schmaltz will be speaking on the political development and cultural status of the large minority of ethnic Germans in Soviet Kazakhstan for an international panel on ethnic Germans in Central Asia led by Dr. J. Otto Pohl of the University of Ghana, who is also a NWOSU Institute member.  See Website: http://africas.asia/ 

 

2014 Events

Kylie Pethoud, José Martinez and Josi Hasenauer

Social Science student award recipients are (from left) Kylie Pethoud, José Martinez and Josi Hasenauer.

The NWOSU Social Sciences Department is fortunate this year to have three major awards going to our departmental students.  Jose Martinez, a political science major, has been named The Brad Henry Scholar and will spend a year studying in Wales.  Kylie Pethoud is the Oklahoma State Legislative Intern and the Newman Civic Engagement Award Winner.  Kylie will intern with Senator Bryce Marlatt during the final weeks of the legislative session.  Kylie is a Social Work major and Political Science minor.  Josie Hasenauer, a Social Science major, is the recipient of a Congressional Internship and will spend the summer in Washington D.C. interning with Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska.

Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, co-authored a recent article in the interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management published out of United Kingdom.  The article, “Tragedy of the Commons Meets the Anti-Commons:  Water Management and Conflict on the Southern Plains of the United States,” treats the policy challenges of administering precious natural water resources in the region today.  The findings make clear that political decision-makers at all levels will increasingly have to take into account water policy matters. 

Mason and Schmaltz collaborated with colleagues Dr. Tony Wohlers of Cameron University in Lawton and Dr. John Wood at Rose State College in Midwest City.  Both Wohlers and Woods are also involved with the NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies, which is co-directed by Mason and Schmaltz.


In connection with the Leviathan Society of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Social Sciences Department and Institute for Citizenship Studies, Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history, recently accompanied two students to the Spiro Mounds Archeological Center near Spiro, OK. 

The group included Harold Henson, Alva sophomore; and Ralyssa Taylor, Alva sophomore.

The group took a scheduled tour through the Archeological Center before walking the trail site, which consists of twelve mounds as well as the recreation of a traditional house.  Spiro was one of the major centers of Native North America’s Mississippian Civilization, containing at its peak a total population of over 10,000.  With a wide trade network spanning much of what is now the continental United States, Spiro flourished between the 800s and 1400s A.D.


In early fall 2009 Mason and Schmaltz established the Leviathan Society at Northwestern. This informal group in the Social Sciences Department encourages students interested in topics on government, politics and history to participate in campus sponsored activities and trips.  It consists of students majoring in political science and history, though membership is open to students of all majors.

For more information about the Leviathan Society or the Institute, contact Mason at mason@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8522 or Schmaltz at ejschmaltz@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8526.


Dr. Justin Olmstead is presenting paper entitled “Peace, a Tactical Approach:  How Britain and Germany Abused the Promise of Peace during the First World War” at the International Conference “The Advocates of Peace, 1899-1917” in Paris, France, in Jan. 2014.  It is sponsored by the University of Paris-Est and the German Historical Institute.


Dr. Aaron Mason gave a public talk on the subject of President Abraham Lincoln at a local women's group on Friday, January 17, 2014, in Alva, OK.


At the beginning of March 2014, Dr. Roger Hardaway spoke on Black Army Soldiers at a gathering in Watonga, OK.


The Social Sciences Department and the NWOSU Citizenship Institute are proud to bring to the Alva Campus, Dr. Gregory Cumming, Supervisory Archivist at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.  Dr. Cumming will present this year’s annual Presidential Lecture titled “Richard Nixon: Meet the Man You Do Not Know” on March 27, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center Room 109.


Dr. Eric Schmaltz presents on the topic of "Wrought Iron-Cross Cemeteries of the Germans from Russia" before the Golden Spread Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia on Sunday, April 6, 2014, 12:30 PM, in Shattuck, OK.  He will provide brief opening commentary to Dr. Timothy Kloberdanz's well-received 2002 video documentary, "Prairie Crosses, Prairie Voices:  Iron Crosses of the Great Plains."


Dr. Eric Schmaltz gives a public talk with Power Point on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 AM, at the Sod Museum in Aline, OK, entitled, "Germans from Russia in South America:  New Research Frontiers."


Dr. Eric Schmaltz reflects with Power Point  on “A Historic October 2013 Tour of German-Russian Settlements in Argentina” on Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:30 PM, to the Golden Wheat Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Wichita, KS. 


Dr. Eric Schmaltz and Dr. Justin Olmstead are each presenting a paper at the annual World History Association Conference under the theme of "Licit and Illicit Transnational Networks in World History" held at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Tuesday-Friday, July 15-18, 2014. Dr. Olmstead will speak on "Changing Definitions and Opinions:  Britain, the United States and the Restriction of Trade during the First World War," while Dr. Schmaltz discusses "The Transnational Exchange of Ideas:  The Ethnic German Dissident and Emigration Movement’s Impact on Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policy, 1972-1987."  They also hope to visit fellow Institute colleague Dr. Mario Carvajal of Costa Rica while there!  For more information, please see the conference link:  http://www.thewha.org/event/23rd-annual-wha-conference-costa-rica-2014/


Dr. Eric Schmaltz presents two papers at the Germans from Russia Heritage Society's annual convention held on Wednesday-Sunday, July 23-27, 2014, in Spokane, WA.  His first talk will be as keynote speaker:  "Coming ‘Full Circle’:  South America’s Germans from Russia and Other 21st-Century Reflections on Our Global Diaspora."  His second will be a session presentation called, "The Ethnic German Dissident and Emigration Movement’s Impact on Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policy, 1972-1987."


Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz presents twice on August 2, 2014, at a conference hosted by the Center for Volga German Studies (Concordia University, Portland, Oregon) and held at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.  The conference theme is “Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of the First Volga German Colony.”  His discussions are “The Ethnic German Dissident and Emigration Movement’s Impact on Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policy, 1972-1987” and “Reform, ‘Rebirth,’ and Regret:  A Brief History of the Former USSR’s Ethnic Germans in the Last Days of Communism, the Post-Cold War, and Beyond, 1988 to the Present.”  See the Center’s Website for more information:  http://cvgs.cu-portland.edu/events/2014Aug2.cfm


Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz is a featured speaker on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the All-State Meeting of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia held at the Edmond Mennonite Church in Edmond, OK.   His presentation is called “Ethnic Germans and the Recent Crimean and Ukrainian Crises in Historical Context.”

 


 

The NWOSU Social Sciences Department extends a public invitation to attend the Annual Cultural Heritage Lecture Series set for September 17, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom on the NWOSU Alva Campus.  Lance McDaniel, Executive Director of the deadCENTER Film Festival organization, will be the event’s featured guest lecturer.  Mr. McDaniel’s lecture will focus on Oklahoma’s Heritage as Film Genre and the growing film industry in Oklahoma.  He will also discuss his career path from Oscar winning films in Los Angeles to low budget independent films made in Oklahoma.   He has earned degrees from Stanford University and Oklahoma City University.  His career in film directing and producing is significant.  Lance is an Alva native and an independent filmmaker who has worked on 14 feature films, including Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby. Lance’s documentary about the 2010 governor’s race, First & Female, was nominated for two Emmy Awards, and, his latest film, Light from the Darkroom, is a religious thriller set in Panama, but filmed in Oklahoma that will screen September 18 at Alva's Rialto Twin Theatre. 

In addition to the Cultural Heritage Lecture on September 17, Mr. McDaniel and his staff are working with the Alva Cultural Enterprise District to host the First Annual Salt Fork Film Festival.  As part of the film festival, deadCENTER will present two workshops on the NWOSU Alva campus from 1:30 to 5:00 in the Student Center Ballroom.  Workshop #1 begins at 1:30 p.m. and workshop #2 begins at 3:15 p.m.  Students, faculty, and the general public are invited to participate in these workshops which discuss film making, directing, production, and acting. 

On September 18, deadCENTER will sponsor a series of film making workshops with Alva High School students.  The evening of September 18, deadCENTER will feature film viewings at the Rialto Theater in downtown Alva.  There is no cost to attend and all events are open to the public.

For more information about the Cultural Heritage Lecture or the Salt Fork Film Festival please contact Dr. Kay Decker at 580-327-8521 or Matt Adair at 580-327-8456 in the Mass Communications Department.

 


Dr. Kay Decker is the Chair of the Inaugural Salt Fork Film Festival to be held on September 17-18 featuring deadCENTER Film Festival staff and Executive Director, Lance McDaniel.  Film workshops, the Cultural Heritage Lecture, Films, and Receptions will take place in a variety of venues over the two-day period.

 

Dr. Aaron Mason will be giving a presentation for the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma!” discussion group sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.  The lecture is the “Prince Among Slaves” at the Woodward Library on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 7:00 PM.  The book “Prince Among Slaves” tells the story of Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori, a West African prince who was made a slave in the United States and freed forty years later.  Based on a biography by Northern Virginia Community College history professor Terry Alford, the book chronicles Abdulrahman’s true life African-Muslim-prince-turned-American-slave drama cycle with historical and scholarly commentary along the way.



The NWOSU Social Science Department and the Institute for Citizenship Studies is hosting the annual Constitution Day program at the Alabaster Room in Vinson Hall in Alva on Monday, September 22, 2014, from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Dr. Aaron Mason will direct the discussion in honor of the 227th Anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution.


 

Dr. Aaron Mason will be giving a presentation for the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma!” discussion group sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.  His discussion is called “Making Sense of the Civil War,” based on the James McPherson book “Crossroads of Freedom.”  It will held at the Alva Public Library on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 7:00 PM.

 



On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz gives two presentations at the “2014 Kansas Roundup” in connection with Fort Hays State University’s Volga German Society Oktoberfest in Hays, KS.   His afternoon presentation will be “Germans from Russia in Argentina and Brazil.”  His evening banquet talk is entitled “Coming ‘Full Circle’:  South America’s Germans from Russia and Other 21st-Century Reflections on Our Global Diaspora.”  For more event information, please see:  http://www.germancapitalofkansas.com/index.asp?DocumentID=693

 


 

Dr. Kay Decker will be speaking at the Oklahoma Arts Council-Statewide Arts Conference.  She will join Ron Frantz and Hope Mander as a panel discussant in the “Our Town, Revitalized: The Oklahoma Cultural District Initiative” session on October 23, 2014, in Norman, Oklahoma.

 


 

Dr. Kay Decker wrote and was awarded a $60,000.00 USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant for the Downtown Revitalization Project in Alva sponsored by Freedom West CDC.  The announcement was received in August 2014

 


Dr. Kay Decker wrote and was awarded a $7,400.00 Cultural Enterprise District Year #2 Planning Grant.  This grant is for year #2 activities of the 3-year program for the City of Alva.  This funding was received from the Oklahoma Arts Council. 

 

 


 

Dr. Aaron L. Mason, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz, associate professor of history, gave a joint presentation "Comparative Federalism between the Former Soviet Union, the Russian Federation and the United States: Ethnic Minority Rights and Sovereignty in the Case of Ethnic Germans and the Cherokee Nation" at the annual conference of the Oklahoma Political Science Association (OPSA) held on November 6-7, 2014, at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma. Both hope to develop further the presentation into a viable research article for the OPSA's annual journal "Oklahoma Politics." One conference highlight was Mason winning this year's OPSA Teacher of the Year Award.  


2013 Events

Dr. Eric Schmaltz is working as a historical consultant and scriptwriter for a TV documentary on Germans from Russia in South America in association with North Dakota State University Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and Prairie Public Broadcasting in Fargo, ND.  He travels to Argentina with the producers and film crew for this project in October 2013.  The documentary's completion date is projected for 2014 or 2015.  As contributing editor to the Germans from Russia in Oregon and Washington (GROW) Newsletter, he also continues to publish a short article series on the history of German-Russians in Argentina and Brazil, some of which will be later developed for the TV documentary and perhaps into a longer journal article.

Dr. Aaron Mason will be giving a talk on Timothy Egan's book "The Worst Hard Time" concerning the 1930s Dust Bowl for the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” discussion group sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council held at the Alva Public Library in late Sept. 2013.

The NWOSU Social Science Department and Institute for Citizenship Studies is holding its annual fall Cultural Heritage Lecture Series on Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 7:00-8:00 PM at the J.W. Martin Library on the Alva Campus.  This year's speaker is Dr. Bill Corbett, Professor of History at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.  He has written extensively about the World War II Prisoners of War Camps in Oklahoma.  Local community and state groups and NWOSU Social Science Department members have been recently coordinating efforts to preserve the Alva POW Camp's remaining structures and its history for the region.

Dr. Justin Olmstead is delivering a paper entitled “Acquiring America:  The Diplomatic Battle for the United States, 1914-1917” at the Mid-West World History Association held at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, on Sept. 27-28, 2013.

Dr. Aaron Mason will be giving a book talk on the subject of the Battle of Antietam during the U.S. Civil War for the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” discussion group sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council in Woodward, OK, on Sept. 19, 2013.

The NWOSU Social Science Department and the Institute for Citizenship Studies is hosting the annual Constitution Day program at the Alabaster Room in Vinson Hall in Alva on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 2:00-3:00 PM.  This year’s topic will be “Historical Considerations of the Separation of Church and State:  The First Amendment and Religious Freedom.”  Dr. Aaron Mason and Dr. Eric Schmaltz will lead the discussion in honor of the 226th Anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution.

Dr. Eric Schmaltz is presenting the talk "Germans from Russia in South America:  New Research Frontiers" at two sessions of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society Annual Convention held in Bismarck, ND, on July 19-20, 2013.

Dr. Roger Hardaway is presenting on an American West history topic at an international academic conference held in Budapest, Hungary, in late June 2013.

Dr. Aaron Mason is serving as an associate editor for the Oklahoma Political Science Association's annual volume Oklahoma Politics.  Fellow Institute member Dr. Tony Wohlers at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, is also the journal's chief editor.

Dr. Eric Schmaltz is presenting the talk “‘The Long Trek’ of Ethnic Germans from Soviet Ukraine to Nazi-Occupied Poland between 1943 and 1945” at the spring gathering of the Golden Spread Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Shattuck, OK, on April 21, 2013.

Dr. Aaron Mason will be speaking to the Friends of the Alva Public Library on Monday, April 15, 2013, on the classic historical novel "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote.

Dr. Roger Hardaway is presenting on the topic of "Buffalo Soldiers" on Thursday, February 14, at a Rotary Club Luncheon Meeting in Alva, OK.

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz will give a presentation at the Research at the Oklahoma  History Center in Oklahoma City on “Germans from Russia in Oklahoma and Family History Research.”  His focus will be on family history research of descendants of German-Russian heritage in Oklahoma and the Great Plains states. He will give a brief history of the migration of German-Russians into the region and then highlight some of the key publications, archival records, heritage and professional organizations, Websites, and family history research trends of this group today.

2012 Events

“Under the Glass Dome:  Studying the Past to Understand the Future”:  Guest Speaker Dr. Steven B. Rogers, US Government Investigator of Nazi-Era Crimes, to Speak on Monday, October 8, 2012, 7:00-9:00 PM at Herod Hall Auditorium in Alva

Dr. Steven Rogers speaking in Herod Hall Auditorium
Dr. Steven Rogers speaking in Herod Hall Auditorium for the 2012 Annual Cultural Heritage Lecture Series.

The NWOSU Social Sciences Department and the Institute for Citizenship Studies are pleased to host Dr. Steven B. Rogers on Monday, October 8, 2012, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Herod Hall Auditorium on the Alva campus as part of its Annual Cultural Heritage Lecture Series.  Dr. Rogers will discuss his academic background and how it prepared him for a distinguished career in the US federal government in his talk, “Under the Glass Dome:  Studying the Past to Understand the Future.”

Dr. Rogers originates from Chicago and has lived in the Washington, DC area since 1976.  He holds degrees in German, German Literature, and Germanic Studies from Florida Southern College (1974), the University of Arizona (1975), and the University of Maryland (1984).  He also studied at the Pädigogische Hochschule and the Albert-Ludwig-Universität in Freiburg, Germany.

Dr. Rogers’ teaching credentials include courses in German language, literature, and culture at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the University of Maryland at College Park, the University College of Maryland, and the Prince George’s Community College, and for several years he was on the summer faculty at Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont, and at the Human Rights and Holocaust Center of Maine at Bates College, teaching Holocaust-related courses.

In 1978-1979, Dr. Rogers served as a research analyst for the Special Litigation Unit of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, a task force established to investigate allegations that individuals who assisted in Nazi-sponsored persecution had entered the United States illegally after World War II.  In 1979, he was hired as the first historian for the newly created Office of Special Investigations (OSI) in the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice which assumed full jurisdiction for the investigation and prosecution of Nazi persecutors residing in the United States.  During his tenure at OSI, he served as case historian on several proceedings involving Nazi atrocities in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.  He also served as acting director for Research and Case Development, and later as Senior Historian for Special Projects.  It was in this latter capacity that he monitored the various US border lookout systems attempting to interdict Nazi persecutors attempting to enter the country.  He served on special task forces investigating the postwar fugitives Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele, Nazi gold and other Holocaust-era assets (for which he received the Deputy Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Special Initiative), and finally he was OSI’s point man on the review of millions of pages of recently declassified records released by federal agencies to the National Archives and Records Administration.  Dr. Rogers retired from the US Department of Justice in March 2010 after almost 32 years of service.  Today he works as a freelance historian and research consultant on a variety of projects.

Dr. Rogers has written and lectured extensively on the investigation of Nazi war crimes and related topics.  His historical essays, literary criticism pieces, poems, translations, and other publications have appeared in several books, journals and magazines.  He is also the editor of A Gradual Twilight:  An Appreciation of John Haines, published by CavanKerry Press in 2003.  He is currently working on a novel whose focus is the Great Halifax Explosion of 1917.

He and his wife Sally Ann divide their time between homes in historic Mount Rainier, Maryland, and New Gloucester, Maine.

 

Ceremony at Ft. Reno
Picture taken by Dr. Eric Schmaltz at the German American Society of Tulsa’s annual commemoration of the National Day of Mourning (Volkstrauertag) for German POWs held at the Fort Reno cemetery on November 13, 2011. Both the Oklahoma Governor’s Color Guard and German armed forces representatives participated in the event. Dr. Schmaltz also served as one of the featured speakers.

Dr. Eric Schmaltz is presenting the talk “Germans from Russia in Kansas and Family History Research” to the Wichita Golden Wheat Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Wichita, KS, on Oct. 7, 2012.

Dr. Aaron Mason is the featured speaker on the book American Sphinx:  The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis at “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” discussion group sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council at the Alva Public Library in Alva, OK, on Oct. 15, 2012. 

J. W. Platt is the featured speaker on the book Scandalmonger:  A Novel by William Safire concerning the life of Alexander Hamilton at “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” discussion group sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council at the Alva Public Library in Alva, OK, on Oct. 29, 2012. 

The Social Sciences Department and the NWOSU-Masonic Institute for Citizenship Studies will host Matthew T. Schaefer, M.A., Senior Archivist at the Hoover Presidential

Library in West Branch, Iowa, on April 2, 2012, as its Presidential Lecture Series guest speaker. The Presidential Lecture is scheduled for 7:00 PM at the Graceful Arts Center in downtown Alva. The lecture is open to the public, free of charge. A reception will be held immediately prior to the lecture for the public to meet Mr. Schaefer.

Dr. Eric Schmaltz presents a talk, “The Voices in Exile Have Returned: Recent Scholarship on Ethnic German Letters from the Soviet Union Published on the Great Plains from 1917 to 1937,” for the Society for German-American Studies Annual Symposium held at the University of Kansas-Lawrence, Lawrence, KS, 12-14 Apr. 2012.

Dr. Roger Hardaway is speaking on the topic of black cowboys in the American West at the 14th Biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North American Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland, on May 8-11, 2012.  This event explores the definition of “North America as West/The West of North America.”

 

Dr. Eric Schmaltz at a conference in Portland, OR
Picture taken during a conference sponsored by the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University and held in conjunction with the Forty-third International Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Portland, OR, on June 15-17, 2012. Dr. Schmaltz presented a session paper and moderated for a couple of other sessions at the conference.

Dr. Eric Schmaltz presents “Postcards from Ukraine:  Visiting My Ancestral German Villages in May 2011” to the Northwest Oklahoma Genealogy Society at the Alva Public Library on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 2 PM.  He considers the villages’ early nineteenth-century historical development and the eventual dissolution of these once vibrant communities under the Soviet and Nazi regimes.  He also highlights some pressing issues facing the region

today.  The presentation utilizes maps and numerous photos from the memorable journey. 

Dr. Eric Schmaltz presents his paper, “Carrots and Sticks ... and Demonstrations:  Yuri Andropov’s Failed Autonomy Plan for the Germans of Soviet Kazakhstan, 1976-1980,” at a conference sponsored by the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University and held in conjunction with the Forty-third International Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Portland, OR, 14-17 June 2012.

Dr. Eric Schmaltz is traveling to northern England to present a paper on June 22-23, 2012, at Durham University’s conference on the German Diaspora in Eastern and Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union.  His presentation is called “‘A People on the Move’:  The Germans from Russia Diaspora as a Transnational Community after the Cold War.”  Scholars from Europe and elsewhere will be attending the event.  The organizers plan to publish some of the conference proceedings.

Dr. Eric Schmaltz is presenting “Those Other Germans: Germans from Russia in Oklahoma and Family History Research” to the Oklahoma Genealogical Society in Oklahoma City, OK, on July 2, 2012.

Dr. Roger Hardaway is speaking on the topic of black college hockey players at a black community academic conference held at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in July 2012.

 

Eisenhower House in Abilene, KS Eisenhower statue in Abilene, KS
Pictures from the Leviathan Society's visit to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, KS, on Saturday, March 9, 2013. All pictures courtesy of Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz.
Durham University in England Center for Volga German Studies
Picture taken by Dr. Eric Schmaltz during the Workshop on the German Diaspora in Eastern and Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union sponsored by the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, England, on June 22-23, 2012. Dr. Schmaltz presented a session paper and moderated for another session at this time. Included is a scenic view of the historic Durham Cathedral near the train station. Picture taken by Dr. Eric Schmaltz during a conference sponsored by the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University and held in conjunction with the Forty-third International Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Portland, OR, on June 15-17, 2012.  Dr. Schmaltz presented a session paper and moderated for a couple of other sessions at the conference.
J.W. Platt giving a presentation A group visiting Ft. Larned
Pictures taken by Dr. Eric Schmaltz and Dr. Aaron Mason during the Secondary School Teachers’ Workshop on the U.S. Civil War hosted by the NWOSU Department of Social Sciences and the Institute for Citizenship Studies in conjunction with the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities on June 11-14, 2012, in Alva, OK, and Fort Larned, KS.
The Alamo at night San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, TX
A night image of the historic Alamo in downtown San Antonio, TX.  Picture taken by Dr. Eric Schmaltz. San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio, TX, established in 1738.  The crypt with the supposed remains of Alamo defenders William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett are kept inside the church’s left-side entranceway. Picture taken by Dr. Eric Schmaltz.
The Eisenhower Library in Abilene, KS
Picture from the Leviathan Society's visit to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, KS, on Saturday, March 9, 2013.  Picture courtesy of Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz.

2011 Events

Dr. James V. CalviNorthwestern’s annual Constitution Day Event will be held on Wednesday, September 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in EC 109. Dr. James V. Calvi, Professor of Political Science at West Texas A&M University will portray the character of Alexander Hamilton and describe his efforts to ratify the US Constitution. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. The event is sponsored by the NWOSU Masonic Institute for Citizenship Studies and the NWOSU Social Sciences Department. For more information, call Dr. Aaron Mason at (580) 327-8522.

Alexander HamiltonDr. Eric J. Schmaltz is presenting on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 AM his paper, “Volk auf dem Weg: The Germans from Russia in the Americas,” at the Forty-sixth Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference held at Minnesota State University at Mankato.

Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz is the featured guest speaker on Sunday, October 9, at 3:00 PM at the annual event of the German Society of Tulsa held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His talk will be “German-American Day, 2011: Germans in Oklahoma.”

On Monday, October 24, the Institute will hold its annual Cultural Heritage Lecture Series Event. This year’s observance will involve Beverly Kinzie and her new book “Images of America: Early Woods County.” The event will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Education Center (EC) 109 on the Alva Campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Aaron Mason at (580) 327-8522.

Dr. Aaron L. Mason, J. W. Platt and Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz are participating in the 2011 Oklahoma Research Day held on Friday, November 4, at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Their abstract with poster is “The American Presidency as Seen through Print Journalism.”

Dr. Aaron L. Mason, Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz and Dr. Tony E. Wohlers are holding a joint panel presentation called “Water Management and Conflicts in Oklahoma: Regulating and Competing for a Limited Resource” at the Oklahoma Political Science Association Annual Meeting held on Thursday-Friday, November 10-11, at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz is the featured guest speaker at the annual commemoration of the German Society of Tulsa held on Sunday, November 13, at 3:00 PM at Fort Reno in El Reno, Oklahoma. His presentation will be “German POWs in Oklahoma on the National Day of Mourning (Volkstrauertag), 2011.”