By Eduardo Castaeeda
Cal Poly Pomona’s History Club continues to advocate creativity and excellence by providing students and faculty with resources and an open forum to analyze historical events.
The History Club encourages students to express their passions and ideas for history in a learning environment outside the classroom. All students interested in the discipline are welcome.
In an emailed response, History Club President Marco Covarrubias, a sixth-year history student, said he wants the club to illustrate the diversity and interests of students. His philosophy for the club is to be available to serve students.
“The club is a community that is meant for both collective and individual progress. Whatever tools they need to succeed, the club should be looking to provide that,” said Covarrubias. “Whether it’s information about a topic, visiting a museum to learn more or simply needing a space to ask questions, the club will do anything it can to provide that.”
Covarrubias plans the organization’s events and meetings according to his club members’ suggestions. He believes his responsibility is to satisfy his members’ needs by providing them with resources and activities they cannot access alone.
These activities involve museum visits, city tours, fundraisers, debates, intramural sports, films and documentaries.
The organization’s list of traditional fieldtrips includes the Getty Villa, San Gabriel Mission, La Brea Tar Pits and other local historical sites. The organization visits other locations that members may want to visit together.
The organization invites faculty members that are related to the field of expertise of whichever museum or site they visit. Faculty members play a large role in the organization by guiding and assisting students in their academic and personal endeavors.
Faculty members assist the organization by speaking on topics that affect students accompanying students to meetings and participating in fundraisers.
Rachel Van, assistant professor at CPP’s Department of History, is the organization’s advisor and works as a liaison between the students and faculty.
In an emailed response, Van said she supports students in all of their activities, as she provides them with guidance based on their interests. She encourages student-faculty relationships, as she understands that faculty members enjoy participating with students whenever they can.
“We have such a wonderful club this year. The club has always been a place where students come together to exchange ideas on how to survive and thrive in thesis,” said Van. “The biggest hope is that the momentum continues.Some of the ideas they have for this year sound outrageously fun.”
In the previous academic year, Van organized a senior thesis forum for students to share and discuss their research in front of a faculty panel. The forum brought together some of the department’s top students, alumni, and award winners of previous senior thesis projects.
The organization plans to host two more forums for winter quarter: a senior thesis forum and an internship forum. Trivia nights open to the university are also in the works.
Another potential project for the organization is a collaboration with the University Library’s special collections. The club wants to create a collection that would document student life and more on campus.
A potential event for the organization is a dodge ball tournament that the club will host alongside the Political Science Club.
The History Club also overlaps with Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor society in the department. PAT works with the club to provide lectures and presentations, as well as attending each other’s events.
PAT serves history students by assisting them with homework, and they provide students with a specific network of jobs and graduate programs
In an emailed response, PAT President Caitlyn Guesnon, a fourth-year history student, said she has only been a member of the club for two years and can already see the major changes that the club has experienced.
“The sense of community from the club as a whole represents a social support group for those of us going through research and classes in general,” said Guesnon.”This year we have truly made a turn around difference from last year. We are a lot more involved than we have been previously and look forward to our upcoming events.”
Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post
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