Gates receives awards from History Department

Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Department of History presented awards to Christianne Gates during the annual Honors Convocation on Feb. 15.

Gates is a senior history major from Hodges, S.C.

The Jack P. Barlow Sr. History Book Prize is made possible by the Ron Frank Memorial Endowment in History, a fund established in 1973 to honor the memory of Ron Frank, a Huntington College history major who passed away during the spring semester of his senior year. Emeritus Professor Jack Barlow was instrumental in establishing and overseeing the fund; in the spring of 2005 the History Department decided to name this award in his honor. He and the other donors to the fund sincerely desire to provide financial assistance to history majors at Huntington University while also memorializing Ron Frank. They also wish to recognize outstanding history students at Huntington University, and the Barlow History Book Prize is one means of accomplishing that goal.

Department of History faculty selected Gates based on her outstanding performance in Great Issues in European History, a seminar required of all history majors. She will receive $200 to be used for books for her personal library.

The S. G. Whittle Johnston Memorial Award in History, now in its sixth year, was established by a Huntington College alum who was a history major here. The award honors the memory of this alum’s graduate school mentor. By funding this award, the donor wishes to encourage upper level history students in their study of history. The award goes to the junior or senior history major who submits the most outstanding work of original scholarship to the History Department faculty during the fall semester. Department faculty then select the winner from the submissions received. The recipient will receive a plaque and a cash award of $1000.

Gates’ winning entry was titled “Christian and Muslim Rulers’ Treatment of the Jewish Minority: Comparisons and Religious Connotations.”

“The History Department is proud to present these awards to Christianne Gates,” said Dr. Dwight Brautigam, professor of history. “She combines an incredibly lively mind, a fantastic work ethic and a thirst for learning that will serve her well as she continues her academic career in graduate school. In addition to her sterling academic and personal qualities, Christianne is also a caring, committed Christian woman who understands fully the relationship between serving God and being a strong thinker.”

This is the second year Gates has won both awards.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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