On Saturday March 29th Nickolas Martin and Tammy Martin, both seniors in the History Department, presented papers at “Meeting in the Middle: the Undergraduate Medieval Conference of Longwood University” in Farmville, VA. Both Nick and Tammy represented the department and the college admirably, presenting well-researched papers in an engaging manner.

Each year, the organizers present the Abels-Johnson Award for Excellence to the student who gives the best paper at the conference. The w2014-03-31 Nickolas Martin and Tammy Martin BAC history studentsinner is chosen from amongst the numerous presenters by the plenary speaker, usually an internationally-renowned medievalist. This year’s plenary speaker was Professor William Aird of Edinburgh University in Scotland. From a strong field, Professor Aird decided to award the prize to Tammy for her paper “Leprosy and Kingship: A Questionable Pairing in an Unstable Land,” and gave Nick an honorable mention for his contribution, “The Campaign to the Holy Land that Dethroned a Christian Emperor.” The photograph below shows Tammy and Nick with Professor Aird.

We would like to congratulate both students, and especially Tammy, on this wonderful achievement.