University history department holds reception for recent move to Lincoln Hall

Event also honored long-time emeritus history faculty member Jim Hulse

From left to right, University emeritus history faculty members Dick Davies, Frank Hartigan, Neal Ferguson and William Rowley, with special honoree Jim Hulse, seated, at the history department celebration Thursday, Nov. 9.

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11/20/2017 | By: Bailey MeCey |

The University of Nevada, Reno's Department of History held an event on Thursday, Nov. 9 to honor the department's legacy and recent move to Lincoln Hall. Previously located in Mack Social Sciences for the past 50 years, the event brought together emeritus faculty to explore the new location.

Dennis Dworkin, chair of the history department, was ecstatic to show off the new home for his colleagues and emeriti faculty.

"This seemed to us like the perfect occasion to have our own party, to celebrate the move, introduce people to our new surrounding and new colleagues, and commemorate the heritage of the 50 years that have intervened between 1967, when Mack Social Science was brand new, and 2017, when the very old Lincoln Hall is new again," Dworkin said.

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Debra Moddelmog, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, thanked emeri faculty for the support they have given over the years to the department.

"These endowments fund student scholarships, support faculty research, and enhance the outreach and programming initiatives of the department," Moddelmog said. "Many of you in this room have played a significant role in making all of this possible through your generosity."

The event also honored emeritus faculty member Jim Hulse, who was surprised with a customized replica blue plaque. Modeled after historical landmark signs in England, it commemorates Hulse's long history as a departmental faculty member as well as the unlikely coincidence that he lived in Lincoln Hall while attending the University as an undergraduate student.

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