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

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 researched the history of Oak Grove Cemetery and helping professors. In Spring 2016 she had assisted Dr. Jackson with SFA's 100th Anniversary research.
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
During Summer 2017 Mr. Herterich will be in Alaska taking part in historic preservation work as a member of HistoriCorps! In Fall 2016 Conor joined the Center for Regional Heritage Research as a graduate assistant to work on projects 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/.
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
In Summer 2017 Ms. Kellum will be working at the McFaddin-Ward House in Beaumont, TX as a museum intern. This is a competitive position. Jennifer has continued working in the History Department as a GA in Fall 2016 proctoring classes, processing the David Rusk Collection for the Stone Fort Museum, 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.
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 worked as a GA at the ETRC processing the maps of the W.T. Carter & Brothers Lumber Company Collection. She continued to work on this collection in Fall 2016 until the maps were completely processed.
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.
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
In July 2017 Shelby began an internship at the William J. Clinton National Archives in Little Rock, AR. From Fall 2016 through Summer 2017, Ms. Winthrop worked in the ETRC processing the W. T. Carter Lumber Company collection, a very large corporate archive. In Spring 2016 Shelby began working for the City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Department which she has continued simultaneously with other positions.

Alumni

Natalie Bach-Prather
Natalie Bach-Prather Educational Background: SFASU, May 2013, MA in History with an emphasis in Public 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 capstone thesis project, Harrison County Historical Resources Survey which included a digital component, an architectural resources survey, under the direction of Dr. Perky Beisel and the committee, Dr. M. Scott Sosebee, Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul and Dr. Chay Runnels. 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: SFASU, 2011, MA in History with an Emphasis in Public History; SFASU, 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: SFASU, 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!
Amanda Carr
Amanda Carr Educational Background: SFASU, 2016, MA in History; 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 joined the History Dept. as an adjunct in Spring 2017. In December 2016 Ms. Carr completed a traditional thesis, Defying Convention: Atypical Perspectives of Slavery in Antebellum New Orleans, under the direction of Dr. Barringer. 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.
Mary Alice Cook
Mary Alice Cook Educational Background: SFASU, 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 Educational Background: SFASU, 2007, MA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Taiwan, material culture, art history
In August 2007 Mr. Fuqua completed his thesis, The Essence of Tea: The Effects of Lu Yu's Ch'a Ching on the Extent of Changes in Tea Drinking and the Material Culture of Yue Ware in Tang China, 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.
Hayley Hasik
Hayley Hasik Educational Background: SFASU, 2017, MA in History with an Emphasis in Public History; 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

Hayley 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 for 2015-2017.

Hayley worked 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.

She completed her capstone thesis project, "I'd Rather be Forgotten than Dishonored": An Oral and Life History Project with a Vietnam Veteran, under the direction of Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul and committee members Dr. Court Carney, Dr. M. Scott Sosebee, Dr. Phil Catton, and Dr. Dianne Dentice.

Misty Hurley
Misty Hurley Educational Background: SFASU, 2013, MA in History with an Emphasis in Public 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 capstone thesis project - Bringing New Life to an Old Cemetery: The Preservation of Oak Grove Cemetery for Heritage Tourism Interpretation in Nacogdoches, Texas - 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: SFASU, 2013, M.A. in History with an Emphasis in Public History; SFASU, 2012, B.A. in History Research/Areas of Interest: oral history, memory, religion
Mr. McAdams completed his capstone thesis project, Can I get a Yee-haw and an Amen: Collecting and Interpreting Oral Histories of Texas Cowboy Churches, which included the conducting of thirteen interviews 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 has now worked as a regional project manager for Public Management since 2014.
Joyce Pitts
Joyce Pitts Educational Background: SFASU, 2016, MA in History with an Emphasis in Public History; SFASU, 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 completed her capstone thesis project, Pickering Lumber Company: Archival Processing Project, under the direction of Dr. M. Scott Sosebee with Dr. Perky Beisel, Dr. Court Carney, and Linda Reynolds also serving on the committee. This project involved the processing of this collection and placing this early twentieth-century Texas timber company in its historic context. She is a full-time employee of the East Texas Research Center, Steen Library.
Cody Stanley
Cody Stanley Educational Background: SFASU, 2016, MA in History with an Emphasis in Public History; SFASU, 2010, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: Museums, Texas History, Political History, 20th Century History
Mr. Stanley completed his public history capstone thesis project, Albert Thomas: Space in the Bayou, 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.
Kurt Austin Terry
Kurt Austin Terry Educational Background: SFASU, 2017, MA in History with an Emphasis in Public History; Baylor University, 2014, BA in History Research/Areas of Interest: 19th and 20th century U.S., local history & memory

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.

Mr. Terry spent 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.

In May 2017 Mr. Terry completed his oral history based capstone thesis project Forgetting the Lynching of Jesse Washington: Manifestations of Memory and the "Waco Horror" under the direction of Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul and the committee members: Dr. Court Carney, Dr. Mark Barringer, and Dr. Stephen Sloan (of Baylor University). He will matriculate at Oklahoma State University in the fall where he will begin work on his Ph.D. in History.

Kaitlin Wieseman
Kaitlin Wieseman Educational Background: SFASU, August 2011, MA in History with an Empahsis in Public History; SFASU, 2009, BA Theater and History Research/Areas of Interest: women's history, Irish history, colonial American history
Ms. Wieseman successfully defended her capstone thesis project, 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.