Awards

Department of History Awards

The History Department gives two awards to history majors.  These awards are merit-based on the specific work done in the History courses.  

The Lekai Award

The Department of History acknowledges the outstanding performance in the major with a departmental award which is named in honor of a valued, former member of the University of Dallas faculty, Fr. Louis J. Lekai.  A member of the Cistercian Order,  Fr. Louis was one of the founding faculty of the University of Dallas. He published widely - several books and more than a hundred articles - and earned recognition as the world's foremost historian of the Cistercian Order. 

The Sommerfeldt Senior Thesis Award

The Department of History recognizes excellence in the senior thesis thanks to a generous gift of Dr. John Sommerfeldt.  Dr. Sommerfeldt is a professor of Emeritus of History.  He taught in the history department for more than 40 years, was the academic dean of Constantin College, and served as University President from 1978-1980.  His research interests include medieval history. 

 

News

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When it came time for Ana Henriquez, BA '20 and Class of 2020 valedictorian, to pick a college, she knew she wanted a small, Catholic, liberal arts university that offered both biology and Latin. That sounds like UD in a nutshell, and she thought so too. In the spring of her senior year of high school at The Atonement Academy in San Antonio, as she approached UD's campus for her last visit, she knew she would spend the next four years there and shouted to her mom, "Look, that's my tower! That's my home!"

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