History Graduate Student Stuart Shelton Featured in ETSU Footprints
The Washington County Historical Association: (WCHA) Awards of Merit program annually
recognizes individuals, as well as organizations, whose work have significantly contributed
to our understanding of community history as it occurred throughout Washington County’s
historical boundaries, including work on Sullivan, Greene, Johnson, Unicoi and Carter
History is the study of humans as revealed by the past. The study of history is an
indispensable intellectual endeavor for students who desire to understand and appreciate
the human condition in all its diversity, as well as the historical process that has
shaped their personal lives. The Department of History offers a wide array of courses
in the history of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the United States designed
to acquaint students with the complexities of today's multicultural "global village"
and to deepen their understanding of the events, opinions, ideas, and facts they will
need to make informed political, social, and personal judgments throughout their lives.
The study of history provides an appropriate background for almost any career. The
history degree is particularly useful in preparation for professional and graduate
studies, such as law and religion. The non-professional historian can find a rewarding
career in teaching, archival work, museums, journalism, government, administration,
and other occupations that call for a strong liberal arts background.
Mrs. Sharon Chandler, executive aide for the Department of History, passed
away on September 11, 2018, at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Sharon was a lifelong resident of Washington County. She was 59 years old. Sharon
leaves behind a husband, John Sr., and son, John Jr.
In 1990, Sharon began her career and service to East Tennessee State University. Thriving
in multiple positions, always with increased responsibilities, Sharon eventually became
the executive aide in the Department of History in 2002. She loyally served the department
for sixteen years through several department chairs. Always organized and willing
to lend a hand Sharon brought a high level of professionalism and competence to the
department. Faculty, staff, and students, could always count of her to give timely
advice and assistance. She was a confidant of many in the department because of her
discretion and sound judgment.
More than anything Sharon Chandler was our friend and colleague. Her quiet dignity
and strong faith were an inspiration to all of us. The Department of History expresses
its deepest condolences to her family.
Historical Events in October
October 31, 1517: Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg's palace
October 18, 1685: The Edict of Nantes was revoked by King Louis XIV of France.
October 7, 1765: The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York.
October 8, 1871: The Great Fire of Chicago erupted.