President Dan McAlexander, left, signs a partnership agreement with the Georgia Humanities Council for National History Day in Georgia. To his left are Jamil Zinaldain, GHC president; Provost David Garrison; and Dr. Kevin Shirley, Dr. Joe Cafaro, Dr. Lisa Crutchfield and Dr. Joshua Van Lieu with the college's History Department.
Georgia Humanities Council, college team for History Day initiativeOct. 12, 2012
LaGrange College has been named the official education/outreach partner of the Georgia Humanities Council in support of National History Day across Georgia.
Jamil Zinaldain, president of the GHC, visited the campus on Oct. 2 to formalize the partnership.
"This is a culmination of several years of hard work," he said. "I appreciate the leadership that the History Department at LaGrange College has provided. The collaboration between higher education and scholars outside the classroom is very important."
President Dan McAlexander also expressed his gratitude for the hard work done by the history faculty and staff.
"I am especially proud of our History Department and their dedication to National History Day," he said. "It is inspiring to see their commitment to not only transform the lives of our students, but also the lives of young students across this state. This is the most active History Department I've ever seen."
Dr. Kevin Shirley, Professor of History, will be the coordinator for the partnership.
"This is a great day for the college," he said. "We're excited about the future of the program and what we can contribute to its success."
Last year, more than 160 students from 13 middle and high schools converged on campus for the 32nd annual West Georgia Regional History Day. It was co-sponsored by the college and the Troup County Historical Society.
Dr. Shirley also led a workshop for history teachers last year where they heard talks from award-winning instructors and state history experts.
Under the agreement, LaGrange College will serve as lead partner for statewide educational outreach, organizing an annual kickoff workshop for teachers and mentoring student researchers through email, a Facebook page and school visits. The college also will host a workshop for the national competition qualifiers after the state competition to provide additional individualized feedback on entries.
An additional workshop for national competition qualifiers in another part of the state is being considered, and the college is in discussion with GHC about hosting a multi-day summer NHD institute beginning in July 2013.
National History Day in Georgia is a program of the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with LaGrange College, Mercer University and the University of West Georgia.
Regional contest sponsors include Augusta State University, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, Fort Valley State University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, St. Teresa's Catholic School, the Troup County Historical Society and LaGrange College, and the University of Georgia.