Stephen F. Austin State University

Current Students & Alumni

We have great students doing history in public! Come join us for intellectual challenges in a collegial atmosphere. Our current students, alumni, and their presentations are listed below.

Current Students

Amanda Carr
Amanda Carr Educational Background: University of Texas-Austin, 2010, BA in Art History Research/Areas of Interest: Antebellum slavery, Liberian colonization, race and culture, art and material culture Office: Dugas LA 347
Ms. Carr is currently working under the direction of Dr. Barringer as a graduate assistant in the History Department. In 2014-2015 as graduate assistant in the History Department she greatly advanced the processing of the Millard's Crossing Historic Village, Inc. archives. She entered the materials of approximately 30 boxes into the Village's PastPerfect database.
Chris Cotton
Chris Cotton Educational Background: Texas A&M University, 2014, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Post '50s American cultural history, history of Rock 'N Roll, American Civil War
Mr. Cotton is currently working as a GA at the East Texas Research Center processing the very large and significant W.T. Carter & Brothers Lumber Company Collection. In Fall 2015 he was a GA with Dr. Chay Runnels on a heritage tourism resources survey in Pine Ridge, SD.
Kendall Gay
Kendall Gay Educational Background: Texas A&M University, 2012, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Popular culture, museums, interpretation, collections management
Ms. Gay is the director of the Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin, Texas. She is currently working on a thesis capstone with Dr. Beisel, Dr. Paul Sandul, Dr. Scott Sosebee, and Dr. Pat Stephens-Williams to design a new interpretive plan for the main exhibit hall at the Texas Forestry Museum, a project Gay began before becoming the director.
Allison Grimes Educational Background: SFASU, 2015, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Rural history, Cold War, popular culture, and Latin America Office: Dugas LA 347
In Fall 2016 Ms. Grimes began work as a graduate assistant in the History Department. She is researching the history of Oak Grove Cemetery and helping professors. In Spring 2016 she assisted Dr. Jackson with SFA's 100th Anniversary research.
Hope Hallmark
Hope Hallmark Educational Background: SFASU, 2012, BA in Social Studies Research/Areas of Interest: East Texas History and Agricultural History
In Fall 2015 Hope worked for the Center for East Texas Studies under the direction of Dr. Jere Jackson researching SFASU alumni veterans in preparation for the university's 100th anniversary in 2023. She then worked at Millard's Crossing Historic Village until January 2016. In 2014-2015 Hallmark graduate assistant in the History Department and worked with Dr. Sandul to create lesson plans based on the Charlie Wilson Oral History Project and African American Heritage Project of Nacogdoches. She has also assisted with the processing of the Millard's Crossing archival collection.
Hayley Hasik
Hayley Hasik Educational Background: Texas A&M University - Commerce, May 2014, BS in History Research/Areas of Interest: War and memory, oral history, 20th century U.S., film and history Office: East Texas Research Center, Steen Library

Hasik, Hayley Michael and Dr. Eric L. Gruver. "Warrior for Freedom and Souls: Navigator, POW, Minister." War, Literature, and the Arts (forthcoming).

Hasik, Hayley Michael, and Dr. Eric L. Gruver. "'He Missed, I Didn't': Tears of an American World War II POW." Sound Historian 16 (2014): 31-43. Gruver, Eric, Hayley Hasik, Austin Baxley, and Kyle Hackney. "Duty, Hope, Brotherhood: Stories from World War II, Home and Abroad." Sound Historian 15 (2013): 45-61.

Duchovnay, Gerald, Eric Gruver, Charles Hamilton, and Hayley Hasik. "Recasting the Past in the Personal Present: History, Film, and Adaptation." In The Adaptation of History: Essays on Ways of Telling the Past, edited by Laurence Raw and Defne Ersin Tutan, 207-222. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2012.

Hayley has presented at numerous conferences including the East Texas Historical Association, Texas Oral History Association, Texas State Historical Association, Texas Library Association, Society of Southwest Archivists, the Southwest Popular Culture and National Popular Culture Conferences. Hayley served as the Program Chair for the Texas Oral History Association Annual Conference in 2015 and was elected to the Board of Directors.

Hayley is currently working as a GA in the ETRC processing archival collections as well as conducting oral history interviews with former SFASU faculty and alumni. She has previously worked as a GA in the History Department processing small archival collections for the Heritage Center of Cherokee County and Millard's Crossing Historic Village, Inc.

Conor Herterich
Conor Herterich Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2011, BA in History and Secondary Education Research/Areas of Interest: Public History, interpretation and preservation
In Fall 2016 Mr. Herterich joined the Center for Regional Heritage Research as a graduate assistant to work on project as assigned. During the summer Conor docented an exhibit at the E. J. Campbell Museum and helped do city survey work and completed cemetery cleaning at Oak Grove. In Spring 2016 Mr. Herterich became a GA in the History Department and has worked on two historic preservation projects: updating the Cox Street area of the Nacogdoches Historic Sites Survey and conducting survey work in downtown Lufkin which he will add to the Angelina County Historic Resources Survey. His work is available at http://crhr-hrs.org/.
Katie Hutto
Katie Hutto Educational Background: SFASU, 2014, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Museum/Archives, Texas, historic sites, historic surveys, disability and women's history
Ms. Hutto worked for two years as a graduate assistant in the History Department and working with the East Texas Historical Association from Fall 2014 through Spring 2016.
Katherine Jackson
Katherine Jackson Educational Background: Arkansas Tech University, 2014, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: American military history, American west, World War II Germany, museums and archives Office: Railroad Depot
In Fall 2016 Ms. Jackson began work as a student worker at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot on behalf of the City Historic Sites Dept. In Spring 2016 as a GA in the History Department Ms. Jackson assisted with cemetery and marker documentation and cleaning workshops for Oak Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches and the Etoile Cemeteries. In Fall 2015 Katherine researched the structures of the 1938 Nacogdoches film.
Jennifer Kellum
Jennifer Kellum Educational Background: Auburn University, 2014, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: 19th and 20th century U.S., labor/business, consumerism, propaganda (usually Cold War) Office: Dugas LA 345
Ms. Kellum has continued working in the History Department as a GA in Fall 2016 proctoring classes, assisting with Oak Grove Cemetery Cleanings, processing the Millard's Crossing archival collection and other duties. She assisted professors in Spring 2016. In Fall 2015 she was a GA with the East Texas Historical Association wearing a variety of hats including annual meeting coordinator and History Day coordinator.
Mark Musquiz
Mark Musquiz Educational Background: Texas A&M University, 2011, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Memory, American History
In January 2016 Mr. Musquiz accepted a position working at the Stone Fort Museum at SFASU. In Fall 2013 Mark curated an online exhibit about the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster and Recovery for the East Texas Research Center. He is currently working on his thesis, School House Rock and American Memory, under the direction of Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul.
Jared McNeeley
Jared McNeeley Educational Background: SFASU, 2011, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Archives, Post-World War II Germany, Modern East Asia, Popular Culture Office: East Texas Research Center, Steen Library
In the Fall 2013 Collections Management course Mr. McNeeley and two other students wrote a $5,000 grant on behalf of Millard's Crossing which was subsequently funded by the Texas Historical Foundation. Since then he has been working at the East Texas Research Center as a graduate assistant. He is currently working on a thesis capstone project proposal for to develop and interpretive program and exhibit for the Dawn of Light Lodge #79 in Lufkin, Texas founded by the Texas Prince Hall Masons.
Joyce Pitts
Joyce Pitts Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2010, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: How gender roles are formed in societies, what purpose did they serve for the cultures that created them, and how gender roles have affected society, and how they have changed throughout history. Material culture during especially WWI and WWII. Office: East Texas Research Center, Steen Library
Ms. Pitts is currently working on her thesis under the direction of Dr. M. Scott Sosebee. She is a full-time employee of the East Texas Research Center, Steen Library.
Erick Roy
Erick Roy Educational Background: SFASU, 2013, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Holocaust and Nazi Germany
As Assistant Director of Development and Events, Roy is living in Fredericksburg and working for the Admiral Nimitz Museum Foundation. He spent the summer of 2014 working at the Dallas Holocaust Museum which is the focus of his capstone public history project under the direction of Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul. In the Fall 2013 Collections Management course Mr. Roy and two other students wrote a $5,000 grant on behalf of Millard's Crossing which was subsequently funded by the Texas Historical Foundation.
Kathyrn Schieferstein
Kathyrn Schieferstein Educational Background: Texas A&M University - Galveston, 2014, BA in Maritime Studies Research/Areas of Interest: Museums, Texas, Greek/Roman/ Estruscan art and architecture; Ancient Egyptian maritime culture, American merchant marine Office: East Texas Research Center, Steen Library
In Spring 2016 Ms. Shieferstein began working as a GA at the ETRC processing the maps of the W.T. Carter & Brothers Lumber Company Collection. She has continued to work on this collection in Fall 2016.
Samuel Tadlock
Samuel Tadlock Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, May 2011, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Memory, American History, Texas History
Mr. Tadlock has worked for the City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Department and as a Graduate Assistant in the History Department. He is now completing his thesis on the memory of Spanish Texas under the direction of Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul.
Pamela Temple
Pamela Temple Educational Background: Columbia College, July 2005, BA in Psychology Research/Areas of Interest: local East Texas history (especially sawmill towns), oral history, cemeteries, museums and archives and just about anything that allows me to research
Currently the Central Stores Manager at SFASU, Temple previously was a graduate assistant in the History Department and worked for the East Texas Historical Association. She is researching the Arthur Weaver Collection under the direction of her proposed committee, M. Scott Sosebee, Perky Beisel, Court Carney, and Linda Reynolds, C.A.
Kurt Austin Terry
Kurt Austin Terry Educational Background: Baylor University, 2014, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: 19th and 20th century U.S., local history & memory Office: Dugas LA 345

A "talking head" in the May 11, 2016 broadcast of Waco's Unfinished Legacy: Part 2 - The Waco Horror about the Waco lynching of Jessie Washington on May 15, 1916.

"The Brazos Project: The Failure of Urban Renewal in Downtown Waco," in The Pulse: Undergraduate Journal of Baylor University, Fall 2014 Volume 12 Number 1.

Paper Presentation, "The Perpetual Wound- Legacy, Memory, Meaning and the Lynching of Jesse Washington" at the National Council on Public History Conference, April 15-18, 2015, Nashville, Tennessee.

He will spend Summer 2016 supervising the USDA Forest Service, National Forests and Grasslands in Texas Oral History project. These interviews were conducted by USFS personnel in the 1990s and 2000s with former CCC workers and people connected with the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area in Davy Crockett National Forest and the Aldridge Sawmill Historic Site in Angelina National Forest. Previously Kurt worked as a GA in the History Department for the 2015-2016 semester transcribing oral histories, processing archival materials, and completing a historic resources survey for the Voice from Small Places project.

Shelby Winthrop
Shelby Winthrop Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2014, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: British history, museums Office: East Texas Research Center, Steen Library
Beginning in Fall 2016 Ms. Winthrop is working in the ETRC processing the W. T. Carter Lumber Company collection. In Spring 2016 Shelby worked for the City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Department.

Alumni

Natalie Bach-Prather
Natalie Bach-Prather Educational Background: SFASU, 2013, MA in History; East Texas Baptist University, BA in History, BA in English, Minor in Piano Performance Research/Areas of Interest: local history, history of the west, Texas history, and nutrition
Ms. Bach-Prather completed her thesis project, an architectural resources survey of Harrison County, Texas under the direction of Dr. Perky Beisel and the committee, Dr. M. Scott Sosebee and Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul. She is the head coach of the women's and men's cross country coach teams at East Texas Baptist University. Both teams have had notable success under her leadership since she began in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
Lisa Bentley
Lisa Bentley Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2000, BS & BA biology, history, art, and minor in education Research/Areas of Interest: Texas history, bootlegging, prohibition, moonshine, popular culture, memory Office: Dugas Liberal Arts 346 Phone: 936.468.2084
Ms. Bentley completed her thesis in May 2011, Shine On: Moonshine in the Memory of Texans under the direction of Dr. Paul Sandul and the rest of the committee, Dr. Perky Beisel and Dr. M. Scott Sosebee. Since Fall 2012 she has worked as an adjunct for the History Department at SFASU.
Jennifer Brancato
Jennifer Brancato Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2008, MA in History with an Emphasis in Public History Research/Areas of Interest: Archives, Material Culture, Texas History
Ms. Brancato completed her thesis in August 2008, A Glimpse of Life in Nineteenth-Century East Texas: Material Cultue and the Durst-Taylor House under the direction of Dr. Perky Beisel and the rest of the committee, Dr. Mark Barringer, Dr. M. Scott Sosebee, and Dr. Karol Chandler-Ezell. After working at the East Texas Research Center for several years, Ms. Brancato is now the University Archivist and Special Collections Coordinator at the University of Dayton in Ohio. She passed the SAA's Certified Archivist Examination in August 2014 on her first try!
Mary Alice Cook
Mary Alice Cook Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, May 2011, MA in History with an emphasis in Public History; University of Alaska Anchorage, 1982, BA political science Research/Areas of Interest: oral history and museum curation, American West (especially Alaska), Native American history, and cultural studies (especially religious culture)
Ms. Cook's thesis was titled Patients and Profits: East Texas Lumber Company Doctors, 1890-1930 and was completed in May 2011 under the direction of Dr. Perky Beisel with her committe of Dr. M. Scott Sosebee, Dr. Allan Richman, and Dr. Gary Kronrad. After briefly serving as the the Director of the Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin, Texas in early 2013, she returned to Alaska where she continues to pursue her historic interests.
Stephen Delear
Stephen Delear Educational Background: SFASU, 2011, MA in History; Texas State University - San Marcos, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Race, 20th Century US, Oral History
Mr. Delear defended his thesis, March! The Fight for Civil Rights in a Land of Fear: Nacogdoches, Texas 1929-1975 on August 8, 2011 before his committee: Dr. Paul Sandul, Dr. M. Scott Sosebee, Dr. Mark Barringer, and Dr. Diane Dentice. He is now enrolled in the Texas A&M History Department's Ph.D. program and continuing the same topic for his dissertation.
Jason Fuqua Research/Areas of Interest: Taiwan, material culture, art history
In August 2007 Mr. Fuqua completed his thesis, , under the direction of Dr. Perky Beisel and his committee Dr. Randi Cox, Dr. Theresa Coble. After living in Taiwan for several years, he is now working on Ph.D. at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations.
Misty Hurley
Misty Hurley Educational Background: SFASU, 2013, MA in History; Sam Houston State University, 2007, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: The creation of educational programs for museums and historic sites, Colonial History, World War II era in Europe and the United States
Ms. Hurley completed her thesis project - heritage toursim and cemeteries in Nacogdoches - under the direction of Dr. Perky Beisel and her committee, Dr. Paul J.P. Sandul and Dr. M. Scott Sosebee. She worked for the Department of Defense (2013-2014) in Germany giving tours of historic sites to military personnel and their families. Hurley is now working as a tour guide and interpreter at The Alamo!
Jake McAdams
Jake McAdams Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2012, B.A. History; 2013 M.A. History Research/Areas of Interest: oral history, memory, religion
Mr. McAdams completed his thesis about the development of cowboys churches through the use of oral histories in May 2013 under the direction of Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul. Drs. David Rex-Galindo and Dr. M. Scott Sosebee also served on his committee. The department nominated his thesis for the overall thesis award. Mr. McAdams is now working in Dallas for a planning firm.
Cody Stanley
Cody Stanley Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2010, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Museums, Texas History, Political History, 20th Century History
Mr. Stanley has completed his public history capstone thesis project about U.S. Representative Albert L. Thomas (8th Texas District) and his role in the expansion of Houston through the establishment of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center in that city. As part of the project Mr. Stanley created four individualized exhibits for Rice University, NASA, Millard's Crossing Historic Village, Inc., and The University of Houston-Clear Lake, all repositories of Representative Thomas's archival materials spanning his long career from 1936 until his death in 1966. The thesis director was Dr. Perky Beisel and Dr. M. Scott Sosebee, Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul, and Linda Reynolds were also on the committee. Click here to see a selection of interpretive panels (all in pdf format) from his exhibit - Congressman Albert Thomas and Space in the Bayou: Panel 9, Panel 21, Panel 22, Panel 35, Panel 81, and Panel 82.
Kaitlin Wieseman
Kaitlin Wieseman Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, August 2011, MA in History with an empahsis in Public History; Stephen F. Austin State University, 2009, BA theater and history Research/Areas of Interest: women's history, Irish history, colonial American history
Ms. Wieseman successfully defended her thesis, The Forgotten Irish: The Important of the Irish Immigrant s in theTexas Revolution and a Lack of a Public Remembrance, under the direction of Dr. Perky Beisel and her committee Dr. Paul Sandul, Dr. M. Scott Sosebee, and Dr. Chay Runnels. As part of her thesis, Ms. Wieseman created a website utilizing Weebly - http://power-hewetsoncolony.weebly.com/index.html and an Omeka site for her primary sources - http://powerhewetsoncolony.omeka.net/. Ms. Wieseman worked as a research assistant and educator at the Stone Fort Museum on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University for a year. She is now the education coordinator at the Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin.

Presentations

On April 23, 2016 Hayley Hasik, Conor Herterich, Kurt Terry, and Chris Cotton conducted panel session on the use of oral history transcriptions in teaching at the graduate level as part of the Texas Oral History Association Annual Meeting at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Here is the conference program. Dr. Beisel was the session chair and Dr. Sosebee and Dr. Sandul attended as well.

Both Dr. Beisel and Ms. Hasik serve as members of the 2015-2017 TOHA Board. They are shown here, far right and second from right respectively, at the 2016 TOHA Conference with other board members.

Graduate Research Conference, CLAA, SFASU

In Spring 2015 Erick Roy presented a poster on the life and work of Arthur Szyk. Amanda Carr presented a poster on the Millard's Crossing Historic Village, Inc. archival processing project from 2010-2015. (See photographs below)

East Texas Historical Assoc. Annual Meetings, Nacogdoches, TX (Fall) & various in TX (Spring)

ETHA Spring 2016 - Hayley Hasik, Kurt Terry, and Katie Hutto all participated in Beaumont.

ETHA Spring 2013 - Chase A. Ables, John Aaron Grimes, John K. Keeling, Kristi R. Warren, Mark L. Musquiz Jr., Pamela A. Temple, and William Tracy Allen presented the findings of their oral history project conducted as part of HIS581 Seminar in Public History (Oral History) with Dr. Sandul in summer 2012. "Oral Histories of Black Life in East Texas: A Student Project," was very well received in Galveston!

ETHA Fall 2010 - Stephen DeLear, Laura Blackburn, Jessy Hanshaw, Matt Tallant, Aaron Marsh, and Lisa Bentley presented their oral interviews conducted on the behalf of the African American Heritage Project.

ETHA Fall 2009 - Chris Elzen, Lisa Bentley, Pam Ringle, Cassie Bennett, Joyce Preston, and Brenna Kelly presented papers at the fall meeting of the East Texas Historical Association in Nacogdoches. (See photographs below)

ETHA Fall 2008 - Sara Baker, Jennifer Brancato, and Chris Elzen presented papers at the fall meeting of the East Texas Historical Association in Nacogdoches. (See photographs below)

ETHA Fall 2007 - Paul Maleski, Angela Henderson, and Curtis Odom presented a summary of their Nacogdoches Historic Resources Survey project (Presentation PowerPoint).

2011 NCPH Meeting - Pensacola, FL

April 2011 On Wednesday the 6th of April four History MA students (Kaitlin Wieseman, Carolyn Whitsitt, Carolyn White, and Misty Hurley) and one History BA student (Cassandra Bennett who began the Public History MA program at Middle Tennessee State University in Fall 2011) joined Drs. Perky Beisel, Paul Sandul, and Scott Sosebee along with Mr. Herman Wright (LongBlackLine.org) on a twelve-hour road trip from Nacogdoches, TX to Pensacola, FL. Thanks to the generous support of the East Texas Historical Association, the History Department, and Student Affairs, we were able to make this an affordable and extremely educational trip. We all had fun at the conference, met great people, listened to stimulating sessions, toured the posters and the town (including a dip in the Gulf of Mexico), and presented our papers. Carolyn Whitsitt and Kaitlin Wiseman presented papers concerning their thesis research and Cassandra Bennett presented a poster. (See photographs below).

NCPH Mini-Conference in San Marcos Oct. 10, 2015
Graduate Research Conference Presentations
Presentations & Students at the East Texas Historical Association Meetings
For more information on the Fall 2009 project, see the Cultural Resources Management section.
National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, April 6-9, 2011 in Pensacola, FL
One van, three professors, one community leader, five students, two destinations = a great conference! For more pictures (especially architecture and gravestones) see the NCPH trip set on Dr. Beisel's Flickr page.