It would be an Honor

This past Monday, I met with Dr. Lisa Tolbert who is the liaison for the Honors College in the History Department and she was very excited about my interest in the program. Her interests align with mine in the areas of southern history and historic preservation so I was looking forward to meeting her. I shared a few potential topics with her and she liked what I had to say. I am wanting to research the role of slaves in building cities of the southern U.S. She was able to point me to several sources of new information I was not aware of. The ones I find most interesting and relevent are Southern Built: American Architecture, Regional Practice and Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900. Both are written by Catherine W. Bishir, who is well known in the field and can boast an impressive resume.

We also discussed what I would need to do in order to graduate with Disciplinary Honors. I would need twelve credit hours in classed designated at Honors classes. Two of these classes can be contract classes which are regular history classes but at the outset of the class I would meet with the teacher and let them know I’m in the Honors program and some extra work would be assigned in order to receive the Honors credit. The last two classes I would need to take are related to my Honors research and project. Dr. Tolbert mentioned Jo Leimenstoll who is a professor at UNC-G specializing in architecture and historic preservation. She teaches a few classes related to those topics and I am hoping to make one of them a contract course. For my other contract course I have emailed Watson Jennison, my professor who taught Race and Slavery last semester about potentially doing an Honors Independent Study class focusing on slave labor or something along those lines. From the information learned in those classes I would then be able to narrow my research topic in the first of my Honors project classes where I do further readings and formulate my thesis. The final course is the actual writing of the paper which has to be roughly 30-50 pages.

I applied to the Lloyd International Honors College today and should have a response next week and I am awaiting a reply from Professor Jennison, as well. I am sure I’ll write a post once I’ve heard and after I’ve met with Dr. Tolbert again.


Last Day of Freedom

Today marks the last day of no classes. The last day of no worries, no stress, no deadlines, no papers. As I sit at my desk looking over syllabi and jotting down due dates and reading assignments, I am overwhelmed but a fair bit of excitement has come over me as well. Excitement because I know I can accomplish the on-coming challenges and finish the semester knowing I gave it everything I had. Excitement for everything new I’ll learn and understand. Excitement knowing that I’m one step closer on this journey. I am looking forward to my involvement with the Geography Club which I was elected an office in October 2016 and my hopeful enrollment in the Lloyd International Honors College. I’ve been bouncing ideas off of friends for a research project in the Honors College but within the next few weeks I should be meeting with Dr. Tolbert, the liaison to the Honors program in the History Department. With potentially three more semesters at UNC-G, it won’t be long until I’m applying to graduate school and packing up and moving somewhere else. To where exactly, I won’t know for another year or so but I have a few schools I’d like to end up in mind. But that’s a post for another day. I’ll just leave all of you, my readers, sitting on the edge of your seat, racking your brain wondering where. Until next time!

Books Galore

img_0944I was able to run over to UNC-G today with my good friend and historian, Arley Ward who also happens to be an alumnus of the school. We walked around campus and discussed each other’s academic careers. I am grateful for the ride as well as all the tips, tricks, and advice.

Spring 2017 Schedule

HIS 221 – Medieval Legacy

HIS 369 – History of Spain

GEO 305 – Environmental Hazards Assessment

GEO 359 – Remote Sensing of the Environment


I do have two more weeks until classes start but I’m ready to get back. I have enjoyed my break but there’s something about being in class and surrounded by fellow academics that is enlightening.

School Update Version 4.0


I finished my first semester at UNC-G with straight As. I’m all registered for next semester and cannot wait for it to begin. Although, I am enjoying my break this holiday season. It has been filled with friends, family, lots of reading, and a few rounds of golf. I am hoping to apply to the Lloyd International Honors College at UNC-G and graduate with disciplinary honors in History. I’ll post more about that towards the end of this month when I meet with Dr. Lisa Tolbert, who is the liaison for the Honors College. I hope the few readers who find their way to this page had a wonderful holiday and have a great year!

It’s Time for a School Update

With the second week of school now over, I can say that it has been pretty fun and it’s definitely different than community college. This week I attended the first meeting of the Geography Club where I learned about the field school they do every summer. Nothing is set in stone yet but they did mention that the department was looking at going to Glacier National Park in Montana for their Summer 2017 school. I would very much like to go on this adventure so I do plan on making some inquiries. The first day of school last week, I learned that I could not receive credit for GEO 106 because of the geology class I had taken at Forsyth Technical CC. I had to drop that class and I signed up for GEO 311 which is Weather and Climate.

SurfaceMapOn the first day of my new class my professor showed us an image like this one and I could not make heads or tails of it but after only two weeks I can tell you about most of the readings on this map.

I am going to try to be more regular about posting on here but I am not making any promises. With that being said, I should get back to some school work.

Image courtesy of

An All Girls School?

The State Normal and Industrial School for women was opened by Dr. Charles Duncan McIver on October 5, 1892. Dr. McIver was passionate about education and he really helped get the school up and running. He became the first president of the school and served until 1906. 223 students were in attendance at the end of the first year and they were enrolled in classes that fell under categories such as “commercial, domestic science, and pedagogy” according to UNC-G’s website.

Foust Building 3
Photo by Dr. Anna M. Gove (1893)

This building was originally called the Main Building when it was constructed in 1892. As the school grew over the next few years, additional wings were added to accommodate this growth.

Foust Building 1
No photographer listed (c. 1910)

In 1908, the addition of the two wings was completed and the building changed names. It was known as the Administration Building until 1960 when it changed names again. This time it was called the Foust Building in honor of Julius Issac Foust who served as the second president of the college for nearly 30 years. It wasn’t until 1964 that men were allowed to enroll in this school. 1963 would be the last year the school was known as the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina and it became the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Photos courtesy of Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA.

Back to School

Today was my very first day at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Having graduated from a little community college, I was quite nervous about my first day at a big university. Now that I am back home I can say that Day 1 was a success. I do not know what I was so scared of. However, I was lucky enough that all my credits transferred and now I get to focus on my majors, History and Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Sciences. Because of the smooth transition I am taking classes that really interest me and will help me in my career as a preservationist. I am sure I will do other posts to update the few readers I have about my progress throughout the semester.

My Schedule 

GEO 106 – Geosystems Sciences

GEO 121 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

HIS 239 – History of Colonial Latin America (1492-1830)

HIS 301 – Race and Slavery

Surprisingly, I was able to purchase all my textbooks for less than half what they used to average at community college.