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Military History minor examines more than the battlefield

A new minor in Military History will not only focus on strategy and tactics, but also the dynamics of leadership, command and control, according to Dr. Kevin Shirley, Professor of History.

“Military history is an area of study that examines humanity in all of its amazing complexity,” he said. “War tends to bring out the best and the worst of the human equation. The field of military history not only asks us to consider these truths, but to learn from them.”

Courses will examine the interaction between warfare and diplomacy, economics, social and cultural forces.  

“It’s a lot more than counting cannons,” Dr. Shirley said with a laugh.

The program will begin in Spring 2019 and isn’t just for history majors, he said.

“This is a great field of study for students heading into areas like business, law, education and coaching because it asks students to think critically about the relationship between strategy and tactics, political and military goals, and capabilities on and off the battlefield.”

Dr. Shirley said the program grew out of feedback from students.

“LaGrange scholars, like history students around the country, have a keen interest in military history and studies,” he said. “For many, their introduction to the discipline came through television programs focusing on the history of war, and they are eager to learn more.”

An important part of the program will be to study leadership, said Dr. Lisa Crutchfield, Chair of the History and Social Sciences Department.

“We will look at what leadership is, and who exemplifies it on and off the battlefield,” she said. “These elements directly strengthen the department’s ability to contribute to the college’s institutional goals and outcomes by fostering disciplined, critical thinking and deeper reflection on what it means to both lead and serve.”

For more information about the Military History minor, contact Dr. Shirley at kshirley@lagrange.edu.


In the headlines

Panthers honored by USA South – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 2, 2018

Panthers playing home finale – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 3-4, 2018

Panthers’ Searcy excels – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 7, 2018

LaGrange College football wins big on Senior Day – Troup County News, Nov. 9. 2018

Panthers tip off season – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 9, 2018

Season ends for Panthers – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 10-11, 2018


Video of the Week


Football vs. Huntingdon

The Panthers’ season ended with a 42-14 loss at Huntingdon last Saturday. Senior receiver Marcus Campbell had four receptions for 61 yards. He finished his career third on the LC receiving yards list with 1,946 yards.

Women's basketball vs. Bob Jones

Women’s basketball
LaGrange opened its 2018-19 season with an 80-49 win over Judson on Nov. 9. Senior Marilauren Farr had 21 points and 12 rebounds. LC hosts the six-team LaGrange College Classic that began Thursday and will run through Saturday. The Panthers defeated Bob Jones 68-64 on Thursday, and will play Pensacola Christian today (Friday) at 6 p.m. and Welch on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Men's basketball team photo

Men’s basketball
The Panthers travel to Memphis, Tennessee, for the Rhodes College Tip-off Tournament to open the 2018-19 season. LC will face Rose-Hulman on Saturday at 2 p.m., then either Rhodes or Louisiana College on Sunday.


Campus notes

(Photo by Gabrielle Jansen)

Congratulations to the Campus Circle and Our Circle organizations for winning the 2018 LaGrange Has Talent competition Thursday night. The student group works with people with disabilities, and they performed “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.” (Photo by LaGrange Daily News)

The fourth annual Sophomore Retreat will be March 1-2 at the Historic Banning Mills. Interested students should apply by Dec. 3. Space is limited. For more information, contact Dr. Karen Pruett at the Center for Leadership and Career Development at kruett@lagrange.edu or 706-880-8997.

The Panther Toy Store will be held during Christmas on the Hill on Dec. 4. Volunteers are needed to help set up, take down and work during the event. For more information or to sign up, contact Coral Douglas at cdougla2@student.lagrange.edu. This opportunity is considered service hours.

Students Katie Still and Jason Timms presented their paper, “The Diversionary Theory of War and Peace,” at the annual meeting of the Georgia Political Science Association Nov. 10 in Savannah.  They were accompanied by Dr. John Tures, Professor of Political Science. Other undergraduates who contributed to the research and statistics for this presentation include Robert Allen, David Apiag, John Mitchell Benton, Thomas Bird, Crispin Cuttino, Lindsay Estes, Austin Fain, Correy Farrow, La’Kel Hood, Jamaniac Joiner, Bryan Jones, Zach Lee, Michael Menhart, Jessica Noles, Wade Ray, Damir Rosencrants, Andrew Valbuena, Kameron White and Ronald Youngblood.

There will be no classes next week for Thanksgiving break, and the college will be closed Wednesday through Friday. Classes will resume Nov. 26. There will be no @lagrange next week – it will resume with the Nov. 30 issue.

Upcoming dates to remember: Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27; Lessons and Carols, Dec. 2; Christmas on the Hill, Dec. 4; Band and Percussion Ensemble Holiday Concert, Dec. 4; and “Blithe Spirit,” Dec. 7-11, Lab Theater at Price.