Gates acknowledged with History Department awards

Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Department of History presented awards to one of its students during the college’s annual Honors Convocation on Feb. 2.


The S. G. Whittle Johnston Memorial Award in History for 2007 was presented to Christianne Gates, a senior history major from Hodges, S.C.

The S. G. Whittle Johnston Memorial Award is an annual award established in 2003 by a Huntington University alumna and history major. The award honors the memory of the donor’s graduate school mentor, Dr. S.G. Whittle Johnston of the University of Virginia, who has since passed away. The award goes to the junior or senior history major who submits the most outstanding work of original scholarship to the Department of History faculty. Gates received a plaque and a cash award of $1,000.


The 2007 Jack P. Barlow, Sr., History Book Prize also was awarded to Gates. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in each fall semester’s “Great Issues in European History” course. Winners receive a plaque and $200 to be used for enhancing their personal libraries. The Barlow awards are funded by The Ron Frank Memorial Endowment in History, established under Prof. Barlow’s leadership in 1973. The endowment honors the memory of Ron Frank, a Huntington University history major who passed away during the spring semester of his senior year.

“Christianne Gates is an outstanding student who always asks good questions, loves the world of ideas, and is a joy to have in class,” said Dr. Dwight Brautigam, professor of history. “Someday when Christianne sits in the Oval Office or on the Supreme Court, we will not be surprised. The Department of History is proud to call her one of our own.”
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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