College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

April 20th, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 8:15am

Dear HIST majors,

Week 15 means the last two weeks of the semester are finally here. I hope this message finds you all well and looking forward to a successful completion of your Spring 2020 courses. Remember, if you haven’t had the chance to share your input about your Spring 2020 remote learning experiences, you have until April 22nd to follow the link I sent by email to a short 5-minute survey. Remember, too, this Thursday’s professional development session with TJ Warren on resumes, interviewing, networking, and your personal brand. I hope to see you at 4:00 for the session on Zoom.

My focus for this week’s message is celebrating your achievements. These final weeks of the spring semester are traditionally a time for reflecting on the activities and successes of the academic year, with student awards banquets, honor society initiations, club meetings and social events, and Commencement itself. Although our setting this year certainly isn’t traditional, I don’t want to lose the opportunity to honor the hard work you’ve done.

The Department of History is launching a celebration of its graduating seniors on our Facebook page. Each day, a different senior will be profiled. Please visit our page regularly to congratulate your friends and classmates and to help recognize their persistence in pursuit of their academic and professional goals. The attainment of a university degree is a tremendous achievement that deserves all the good wishes we can offer!

I’m also pleased to let you know that two honor societies associated with History and History-Teaching – Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences for our teacher education students – can now accept new members online. Brena Hamilton, the current president of UNI’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, sent a message to all of this spring’s eligible PAT members with instructions for accepting their invitations to membership; please check your email for details. I sent out invitations to membership for Pi Gamma Mu earlier in the month; if you received an invitation, the deadline for accepting your membership in this recruitment cycle is May 4. If you’re new to the major or don’t yet have the credits or GPA for membership in these organizations, now is a great time to set a goal of pursuing honor society membership for the future.

Graduating and being initiated into a prestigious honor society are big achievements, and not all of you are experiencing these particular successes this spring. But ALL of you will have achieved something of deep significance when you complete this semester. Keep working through the challenges, and be sure to celebrate your dedication to your education. Know, too, that I’ll be celebrating each of you.

Remember to continue to monitor Prepare.UNI.edu (Now ForwardTogether.UNI.edu). If you are here in the Cedar Valley, please take note of the new precautions issued for Northeastern Iowans. Wherever you are, stay safe.

Take care, and be well,

Dr. McNabb