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Update from the History Students' Association

Report from the 2016/17 President of the HSA, Braeden Suggitt

The end of the 2016/17 school year marks three years in which I have been involved with the History Students' Association (HSA), with this past year as president. I am honoured to have had this opportunity and am looking forward to continuing to work with the club as Vice-President: Academic for the 2017/18 year.

This year kicked off in its usual fashion, with the recruitment of incoming students at the get- involved fair, and the election of new year representatives.

Throughout the fall semester, we hosted both academic and social events which brought students and faculty together. The annual Remembrance Day ceremony featured Professor Roger Sarty, who reflected on his experiences prior to coming to Laurier, when he administered the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, as well as Vice-President of Student Affairs David McMurray, who carried on his tradition of reading In Flanders Fields, with our own Stephanie Plante reciting the French version of the poem.

One of the most successful events that we hosted in the Fall  was a combined movie night and guest lecture, which featured Associate Professor Eva Plach discussing the history and significance of The Pianist, followed by a screening of the film.

At the beginning of Winter semester, we hosted a second "Meet the Profs" night, which was very well attended by both faculty and students.

Throughout the month of March, we offered a series of three lectures which were all well attended. Daniel Heidt of Trent University gave a visiting speaker presentation on his digitization project for the Confederation Debates. This was followed two talks by faculty members in Laurier’s History department: Professor Leonard Friesen, speaking on "Is Putin another Stalin? Which Means What?" and Professor Douglas Petrovich, who discussed his exciting new research on the origins of the Hebrew language in Egypt.

To finish off another great year, we partnered with the Medieval Students’ Society to organize a trip to Toronto to visit the Royal Ontario Museum and Medieval Times.

Overall the year has been quite successful for the club. I and the other executive members have all gained valuable connections and experience to put into practice next year. I am very thankful for having had the opportunity to serve as president and for all of the support that the club has received from the faculty. I am looking forward to returning for my fourth year and continuing to help run events that bring students and faculty together.

Prospectus for the Coming Year from the 2017/18 President of the HSA, Cameron Baer

As president of the HSA for 2017/18, I am honoured to offer a few short words on the past term and goals for the coming year.

This past year has proven to be an insightful and rewarding one for the HSA as we experimented with new events while also reviving some tried-and-true favourites. Perhaps the most successful of these new events were lectures from Laurier’s own History faculty and other guest speakers; it is my intention that such efforts will continue in the coming year. I would describe the HSA’s main concerns for the coming year as improving outreach to students and assisting with skills development.

Working with the faculty, we hope to build interest in the program among declared and prospective history students and form a community to sustain that interest; to this end we hope to begin hosting general meetings allowing students to voice their opinions on events and the overall course of the association.

We also plan to help students improve on skills critical to their field of study. Besides writing workshops, there are plans to revive the undergraduate conference as a workshop for presentation skills. In light of the success of our faculty lecture series, we may also host lectures led by students as another opportunity to practice these skills.

I am thankful for the opportunity to lead the History Students Association into the new year and I look forward to working with our executive team, the faculty, and the student body to strengthen the program and the community.

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