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History Major Jacob Johnson Receives Dean's Award of Merit

CLASS Interim Dean John Bowes (left) and Jacob Johnson (right)

"Jacob Johnson has maintained a 4.0 GPA as a History major with a minor in Appalachian Studies and a certificate in Environmental Education. These intertwined academic pursuits are reflected in the stellar work he has performed throughout his time at EKU. Beginning with the support of the McNair Summer Research Program in Summer 2021, Jacob has crafted a powerful research project titled, “Hell in the Hollows: Community Response to Strip Mining in Eastern Kentucky from 1946-1981.” This project examines the history of strip mining in Appalachia, the grassroots organizations that rose in opposition to and support of strip mining, and the impact of these developments on the idea of the commons in reclamation projects throughout the region. A collection of oral histories, a poster presentation at the Kentucky capital, and a written contribution to an open-access reader in Appalachian Studies are just some of the material outcomes of his efforts. Jacob has also worked as a Senior Admissions Recruitment Ambassador and is currently a research intern in EKU’s Division of Natural Areas. A native of Floyd County in eastern Kentucky, Jacob has made his mark on this university, and we look forward to his future accomplishments as he pursues his M.A. in History at the University of Kentucky. Congratulations, Jacob! " --Comments from Dr. Bowes during recognition ceremony, April 2022

Published on May 31, 2022

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