Huntington students win HU history awards

Huntington University students (back from left) Matthew Schownir and Elizabeth Holtrop are the recipients of two HU history honors given recently, including the award named for Professor Emeritus Jack P. Barlow Sr. (seated).
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The Huntington University Department of History presented awards to two students during a department dinner on April 8.

The history department faculty selected Elizabeth Holtrop and Matthew Schownir, both of Huntington, as this year's recipients of the Jack P. Barlow Sr. History Book Prize.

The award is based on their outstanding performance in Great Issues in American History, a seminar required of all history majors. Each recipient will receive $200 to be used for books for their personal libraries.

Schownir is a senior history major and Holtrop is a junior political studies major.

"Elizabeth is a joy to have as a student," says Dr. Dwight Brautigam, professor of history. "Her intellectual curiosity and vibrant personality are keys to her academic success and will serve her well as she continues on her sure path to Secretary of State."

The Jack P. Barlow Sr. History Book Prize is made possible by the Ron Frank Memorial Endowment in History, a fund established in 1973 to honor the memory of Ron Frank, a Huntington College history major who died during the spring semester of his senior year.

Professor Emeritus Jack Barlow was instrumental in establishing and overseeing the fund; in the spring of 2005, the history department decided to name this award in his honor.

Schownir was also named the winner of the S. G. Whittle Johnston Memorial Award in History for his entry titled "King's Prerogative: Frederick the Great and Prussian Toleration." He will receive a plaque and a cash award of $1,000.

"Matt is a great thinker, excellent writer and conscientious researcher who is richly deserving of these awards," Brautigam said. "Our department anticipates a bright future for Matt as he pursues graduate study in history."

The S. G. Whittle Johnston Memorial Award in History, now in its seventh year, was established by a Huntington College graduate who was a history major. The award goes to the junior or senior history major who submits the most outstanding work of original scholarship to the history department faculty during the fall semester.