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School Name Changes

Posted by Admin On 7/01/2015 0 comments
The School of History, Technology, and Society is now officially the School of History and Sociology!  The change reflects the importance of both disciplines in the school and acknowledges that--while the faculty are leaders in the study of science, technology, and medicine--they also do research on a wide variety of other things.

The new abbreviation for the school will be HSOC.  Both the undergraduate and graduate degree names (BS- History, Technology, and Society; MS & PhD- History and Sociology of Technology and Science) and the course prefixes (HIST, HTS, SOC) will remain the same.

Smith Awarded Henry Wallace Prize

Posted by Admin On 7/01/2015 0 comments
Jenny Leigh Smith, assistant professor in the School of History and Sociology, was named a recipient of the Henry Wallace Award for her book Works in Progress: Plans and Realities on Soviet Farms, 1930-1963 (Yale University Press, 2014).

The Henry A. Wallace Award, given out by the Agricultural History Society at Mississipe State University, recognizes the best book on any aspect (broadly interpreted) of agricultural history outside of the United States. The Award has been offerred annually since 2010.  To read the full story, visit www.hsoc.gatech.edu/about/news/story?id=405401.  Congratulations Dr. Smith!

'Ministers at War' by Jonathan Scanner was named Book of the Month by BBC History Magazine.  You can read the full story at www.hsoc.gatech.edu/about/news/story?id=405581.  Congratulations to Dr. Schneer!

Johnny Smith, assistant professor in the School of History and Sociology and the undergraduate advisor for the Sports, Society, and Technology (SST) program, discussed the phenomenon of sports dynasties and how fans celebrate their downfall.

Specifically, the controversy surrounding partially deflated footballs, the New England Patriots, and Tom Brady has fans relishing in their demise. After Tom Brady went from being an undesirable player to multimillionaire, he became viewed as the epitome of success.

To read the full story, go to www.hsoc.gatech.edu/about/news/story?id=407811.

Donate to Buzzin' Back to School

Posted by Admin On 7/01/2015 0 comments
Donate to the Buzzin' Back to School Campaign!  The Office of Human Resources has secured 360 backpacks to be filled with school supplies. They will be distributed to randomly selected Georgia Tech employees with children (grades K-12) who may not have the financial means to obtain the necessary supplies for school. Help out Tech employees by donating supplies!  For more information, go to www.ohr.gatech.edu/buzzinbacktoschool.

IAC Alum Night at the Braves Game

Posted by Admin On 6/30/2015 0 comments
Cheer on the Braves with Ivan Allen College alumni.  Tickets are at a discounted rate of $20*.  BOGO! - Buy One, Get One Free so you can bring a friend!

What: Braves Game with Alumni of the Ivan Allen College
When: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Turner Field

RSVP here by July 17th!

To change your RSVP, contact Meredith Schnepp.

*Payable by check to the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. More information about tickets will be sent to alumni planning to attend.

Organized by the Ivan Allen College Alumni Affinity Group

The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta is looking for interns with an interest in non-profit and/or non-governmental organizations to join our various departments this fall.  The IRC in Atlanta provides an essential learning experience that serves as a foundation for interns to gain real-life experience and attain proficient skills in various fields.

IRC internships require a commitment of at least 15 hours a week for three months and are unpaid. Available internship opportunities can be seen at www.rescue.org/us-program/us-atlanta-ga/intern-volunteer-assistant-opportunities. To apply for an internship, each candidate must send a resume with a cover letter. They must indicate their preferred internship position as well as up to two alternates. Unfortunately, we will not be accepting applications for Women’s Health and Wellness, as fall internship positions are not available in that department.  The deadline to apply for a fall semester internship is July 15.

Interviews will be held with the relevant departments from June 15 to July 31.  To coordinate with the busy schedule of our staff, applicants must let us know their regular, weekly availability.  Interviews are held at our office, and candidates with special circumstances will need to inform us to coordinate an alternate interview.  We will begin notifying applicants of their status on July 15.

Application Checklist

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of Internship Preferences
  • Interview Availability

James Madison Fellowships

Posted by Admin On 6/30/2015 0 comments

Interested in teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level?  Consider the James Madison Fellowship Program, which funds both current teachers and college students interested in teaching.  Fellows receive $24,000 for pursuing graduate education to assist with their teaching.

In addition to the financial assistance for a master's degree program, Fellows have the unique opportunity to attend a summer institute to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government.
The application for the 2016 awards is open.  Go to jamesmadison.gov to learn more!  Questions?  Email madison@ScholarshipAmerica.org or call 800.525.6928.

HTS Alum Featured in Story on NPR

Posted by Admin On 6/30/2015 0 comments
HTM alum Robert Rule, now Executive Director of the Lake Jackson Historical Association, was featured in a June 18th story about senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul.  You can listen to the story here.  

The fee payment deadline for incoming summer freshmen students is Monday, June 22, at 4.00 PM.  For more information, go to the bursar's website at www.bursar.gatech.edu.

If you want to graduate in FALL 2015 or SPRING 2016, please read the following:

The OAG for fall graduation will be open through August 21.  The OAG for spring graduation will be open September 1 - January 15.  ALL STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GRADUATE IN EITHER SEMESTER MUST FILE AN OAG.

Information on the OAG and how to file it can be found on the registrar's website here: http://registrar.gatech.edu/students/oag.php.

Here are the steps that you need to follow. Please note that this system relies on YOU to be responsible for following through with all the steps. Don't do it? You won't graduate.

1. Familiarize yourself with the OAG. Go to http://registrar.gatech.edu/students/oag.php and read through the information. A downloadable instructional PDF can be printed out here: http://registrar.gatech.edu/docs/pdf/oaghta.pdf.

2. Complete the OAG via OSCAR. Instructions on where to access the OAG in OSCAR are in the document listed in #1 (OSCAR> Student Services & Financial Aid> Student Records> Apply to Graduate). If your major is listed incorrectly or you have a declared minor that is missing, STOP IMMEDIATELY and email the Office of the Registrar Degree Certification team at dc@lists.gatech.edu. If your minor is not appearing because you haven't yet declared it, then you must do that first (refer to instructions in point #1 with information on how to do this). Schedule an appointment with me to take care of declaring your minor.

3. Once you hit "submit," continue on to the Georgia Tech Exit Survey, using the link provided.

4. Schedule a *HALF HOUR* advising appointment with Dr. D'Unger at gatech.gradesfirst.com. This must be done no later than August 31, 2015  if you are graduating in fall 2015 and January 15, 2016 if you are graduating in spring 2016.

5. Access the online HTS post-graduation contact form here and the HTS undergraduate exit survey here. PRINT OUT BOTH FORMS AND COMPLETE THEM. BRING THEM TO YOUR 1/2 HOUR ADVISING APPOINTMENT WITH DR. D'UNGER.


  • complete the OAG,
  • fill out the Georgia Tech exit survey,
  • have a 1/2 hour appointment with Dr. D'Unger no later than August 31, 2015  if you are graduating in fall 2015 and January 15, 2016 if you are graduating in spring 2016, and
  • turn in both the HTS contact form and HTS exit survey to Dr. D'Unger (at the advising appointment).

HTS Introduces Minor in Social Justice

Posted by Admin On 6/17/2015 0 comments
HTS and LMC have collaborated to create a new minor in Social Justice.  The minor is for undergraduate students who are interested in incorporating an in-depth awareness of social issues into their fields of study and careers. Humanities and social science classes included in the minor address issues of equity and inclusiveness in relation to historical, cultural, social, economic, political, and/or techno-scientific factors. Students develop the analytic skills, social understanding, and creative mindsets needed to become informed, ethical, and innovative problem solvers and leaders in an increasingly global and technological world. 

Knox Robinson Publishing is an international, independent publisher of fiction. It is the home of the imprints Mithras Books (Young Adult Speculative Fiction) and Under the Maple Tree Books (Children's and Juvenile Fiction). Knox Robinson expanded into the US market in 2012. Our books are distributed in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia. KRP is the home of several award-winning authors, academics and scholars from all over the world, including two Georgia Author of the Year winners.

We are represented in the UK and Europe by Marston Book Services (Oxford, England) and the United States by Midpoint Trade Books (New York, New York).

KRP is looking for three interns to work in our Atlanta, Georgia office.  The internships are listed on Book Jobs at the links below:
Commissioning and Acquisitions Internship
Sales and Marketing Internship
Book Production and Accounting Internship
The start date is September.  This positions are unpaid, but you would earn HTS academic credit.

In order to apply for FALL 2015 or SPRING 2015 graduation, you must submit an Online Application for Graduation (OAG) during the application window. The window for fall is open through August 21st.  The window for spring is open September 1 - January 15.


Instructions are as follows:

1. Login to OSCAR
. Select Student Services & Financial Aid.
3. Select Student Records.
4. Select Apply to Graduate.
5. The first screen will prompt you to select a term. Select the current term, NOT the term in which you’d like to graduate. Later in the process you will be able to select either FALL 2015 or SPRING 2016 as the term you are planning to graduate.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The program you are applying for must be officially declared. The second screen of the OAG will ask you to select your program on record. If the program on record is incorrect in any way, STOP immediately and contact dc@lists.gatech.edu . Your program should include your degree, major, any concentrations and undergraduate minors, but will not include certificates, CO-OP, International Plan, or Research Option.

Here are the instruction to check your Graduation Application:

*Login to OSCAR
*Select "Student Services and Financial Aid"
*Select "Student Records" 
*Select "View Application to Graduate"

Commencement Information: 

Information for Early Walk Request: 

Academic Calendar-filter for Term and Graduation Events: 

Degree Certification Process: 

OAG Information: 

Degree Candidate FAQ: 
Should you have any questions or concerns about the graduation application window, please contact us at dc@registrar.gatech.edu.

Join Generation Green, the Georgia Conservancy, members of Atlanta's sustainability movement, urban farmers and friends of Liam for the annual Liam Rattray Day of Service on June 13 at the Wheat Street Gardens at the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture in Atlanta.

Liam grew up in Atlanta and was one of the city's most promising young environmental leaders. In his sophomore year at Georgia Tech, Liam founded Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS) and laid the groundwork for Tech's campus garden, community supported agriculture program and sustainable dining committee. His reach extended well beyond the campus setting to community organizations that include Georgia Organics, Atlanta Local Food Initiative, East Atlanta Farmers Market, Truly Living Well Farms, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and many more. On Memorial Day 2011, just weeks after graduating from Georgia Tech's Honors Program with his bachelor’s degree in public policy, Liam was killed by a drunk driver in Little Five Points while on his moped. This loss was a stunning blow to Atlanta's sustainability community and all the people whose lives Liam touched.

Join us in honoring his memory. Participation is free and we encourage you to invite friends and family.

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