History senior wins regional Phi Alpha Theta award for paper

Marietta College senior Tia Bina was recently awarded first place for the Best U.S. History Paper by an Undergraduate Student at the regional meeting of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society at Ashland College.

Bina, a senior majoring in history, won for her paper on "Marietta on the Silver Screen, the Movie Premier of Battle Hymn." Bina, the daughter of Jill Bina of Washington, W.Va., wrote the paper for her senior capstone course with Dr. Katy McDaniel.

"It consisted of a semester-long research project, which encompassed archival research in the College's Special Collections, as well as other means of researching," said Bina, a graduate of Parkersburg South High School. "The paper topic had to be about Marietta College or the Marietta Community in the 1950s. I chose to research the movie premier of the film "Battle Hymn" staring Rock Hudson. The premier was held in Marietta because the film is based off a book written by Dean Hess, a Marietta College graduate and Korean War veteran."

McDaniel is proud of Bina's paper and the award.

"She told the story of Marietta's brush with glamour in hosting the premiere of Rock Hudson's film Battle Hymn," McDaniel said. "Tia's paper reflects both her hard work in researching and writing on this topic, and also the genuine enthusiasm and interest she brought to it."