Friday, April 5, 2013

Greetings, History Loggers! Sorry for the delayed update, but there's just been so much going on already during this second half of the semester!

Most importantly: REGISTRATION! It starts on Monday! Make sure you're awake and ready for your registration time. You really don't want to miss it, I promise. Also, double check with your adviser and other professors to make sure you have all necessary codes for accessing the class when you register. If you have any questions or concerns about how to use PeopleSoft for registration, make sure to check in with the helpful folks at Tech Services in the library.

Also, make sure to keep an eye out for the new class being offered by the new visiting professor for next year: Melisa Galvan! The course is titled Contested Terrain: Conflict Along the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands!

This Day In History:
-1621: The Mayflower sets off from Plymouth back to England
-1792: President George Washington is the first to veto a bill
-1992: The Siege of Sarajevo begins

--Your frazzled History Department assistant

Friday, March 15, 2013

Hello again, History Loggers! It's that wonderful time of year again known as Spring Break! Hopefully, you all have a restful and productive (however you wish to define that) break. I know I sure will!

This Day In History
-44 BC: Julius Caesar stabbed to death by a group of conspirators.
-221 AD: Liu Bei declares himself Emperor of the Shu-Han Dynasty (Three Kingdoms Period)
-1917: Czar Nicholas II takes the throne of Russia

--Your checked-out, spring break loving History Department assistant

Friday, March 8, 2013

Greetings, History Loggers! Spring Break is just a week away which means next week is the dreaded mid-terms week. I'm sure many of you have tests and papers and project proposals piled on top of each other for the coming week so make sure to implement some smart time-management skills. Take care of simple things first as they will be quicker to do. Pace yourself so you don't burn out. Switch between different tasks every couple of hours. By following some of these tips, you'll sail through mid-terms week and be ready for a relaxing Spring Break!

This Day In History:
-1618: Johannes Kepler discovers third law of planetary motion
-1817: The New York Stock Exchange is founded
-1920: The Arab Kingdom of Syria is established

--Your ever-busy History Department assistant

Friday, March 1, 2013

Hey there, History Loggers. I hope that your semester continues to progress well and that you're not getting too bogged down in your schoolwork. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, something creative and thought provoking, check out Taylor Mali (award-winning spoken word artist) tomorrow at 7:30 pm in Schneebeck! Also, drafts of the Fall 2013 schedule are up in the new StudentCenter through Cascade. Start planning your schedules early to make sure you get the classes you want.

This Day In History:
-1565: Rio De Janeiro is founded.
-1692: The Salem Witch Trials begin with the hearings of Sara Good, Sara Osborn and Tituba.
-1781: The Articles of Confederation are adopted by the Continental Congress.

--Your two steps ahead History Department assistant

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hey there, History Loggers. Sorry for missing last weeks post but I was crazy busy getting things ready for the Bill Cosby show! I hope you were able to make it to the show. It was wild!

Speaking of entertainment, there's a lot of great venues for entertainment around Tacoma. Nearby Metronome Cafe often has live bands playing. If you're part of the over 21 crowd, check out Jazzbones or Chopstix (which moved to downtown from 6th Ave!). Plus, there's always great entertainment happening around campus from campus films to open mic nights and poetry readings.

This Day In History
-1113: Pope Paschal II sanctions the establishment of the Hospitallers.
-1933: Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate FDR but ends up killing Chicago mayor Anton J. Chermak
-1989: Soviet Union officially announces that all soldiers have left Afghanistan

--Your entertaining History Department assistant

Friday, February 1, 2013

Greetings, History Loggers. It's your favorite office assistant here with another pro-tip for you all. We all know that eating at the SUB can be a drag, but, with a little ingenuity, you can keep things fresh and appetizing.

The Chef's Table is always the best when it comes to variety, but places like the grill and sandwich line can be different too. The sandwich line tends to have weekly fillings, cheeses and sauces. This week they have a "puebla" sauce. It's mayo based and has a very smokey flavor (mostly due to the cumin!) and is pretty good if you cut it with a little bit of regular mayo to fight back the smokeyness. Try switching up your usual sandwich plan.

Here's another innovative tip. Get yourself a piece or two of provolone from the sandwich line and take it over to the grill. Ask them for a hot dog and to have them put some marinara sauce on it. Put the cheese on top and, eureka!, you've got yourself a pizza dog.

And, don't forget that the Latin American station has specials every Tuesday night. And, my favorite, every Saturday night the vegan station becomes a baked potato and chili bar.

This Day In History
-1709: A lone man is rescued from a deserted island inspiring Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe
-1865: President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment
-1979: Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after years of exile

-- Your very culinary History Department assistant 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Welcome back, History Loggers! Hopefully, the winter break was refreshing and relaxing for you and that the spring semester finds you well. As it turns out, the world didn't end in December which allows you to experience all of the great things happening at UPS this semester.

In the History Department, we have three visiting professors. Michelle Garceau, Patrick Peel and Neil O'Brien. Maybe you're lucky enough to have class with them this semester, but if you're not, make sure to stop by and say hello!

Across campus, there's many wonderful things happening to welcome you back to the school. Today kicks off the year long celebration of UPS's 125th birthday. Also, Club Rendezvous is being renovated to be a more exciting space. And don't forget that Bill Cosby will be here on February 10!

Also, here's an exciting opportunity for you!:

The Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies as well as a commitment to public service and community involvement.
Fifteen winners will be selected from candidates across the country. Awardees will attend specially arranged meetings with leading American historians and VIP behind-the-scenes tours of archives. The recipients will be reimbursed for up to $600 for travel expenses to New York, and room and board will be provided during the award weekend.


At the time of application (March 1, 2013) students:
  • Must be considered graduating seniors in an accredited college or university in the United States. (Must have already graduated or expect to graduate by the end of the spring semester).
  • Must be a history or American studies major with an American history concentration.
All application materials must be received on or before March 1, 2013. Notifications will be sent out in the first week of April 2013.
Click here to go to the application page.
If you have questions, please consult the History Scholars FAQs first, and then contact us at or 646-366-9666 if your question has not been answered.

To Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials:
  • Academic writing sample of 7–10 pages. The sample can be a paper, an essay, or a thesis chapter.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from American history or American studies faculty
  • Personal Statement: a 500-word academic autobiography describing your interest in American history and how that connects with your involvements in civic life
  • Official transcript
* Award is conditional upon successful graduation and coming in-person to be recognized.

Plenty of things to be excited about, loggers! Hope you're ready for a great semester!

This Day In History:
-41 A.D.: Claudius accepted as Roman Emperor
-1533: King Henry VIII of England marries Anne Boleyn
-1755: Moscow University is founded.

--Your super-energized History Department assistant