March

Student wins top prize at state history conference

March 12, 2014

Tresselle
HPU student Trevor Tresselle is recognized by Shirley Buchanan, Graduate President, Phi Alpha Theta, University of Hawai'i chapter, at the Phi Alpha Theta History Conference, March 8. Tresselle won the prestigious Walter Vella Prize in primary research. [Photo courtesy of Jon Davidann]

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University student Trevor Tresselle won the prestigious Walter Vella Prize in primary research, at the Phi Alpha Theta History Conference at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, March 8. He was among four HPU Master in Diplomacy and Military Studies program students participating in the state history honors society conference. 

Joining Tresselle were HPU students Adrienne Brantley, John Freese and Inga Klusa-Curit to present their graduate research. The papers were organized by Professor Jon Davidann, Ph.D., from his graduate history course, American Cultural Diplomacy. 

“Trevor’s winning of the Walter Vella Prize at the Phi Alpha Theta conference demonstrates the high caliber students of the History Department – and particularly its MA in Diplomacy and Military Studies program,” said Professor Russell Hart, Ph.D., chair of HPU’s Department of History. “It also reflects the high quality instruction and mentorship History and Diplomacy and Military Studies faculty provide to students.” 

HPU History faculty members also participated in the state conference. Associate Professor of History James Corcoran, Ph.D., served as chief judge and Professor Marc Gilbert, Ph.D., also judged the competition.