Timothy G. Fehler (B.A., 1988) is associate professor of history at Furman University where he specializes in European and British history. Dr. Fehler received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of Poor Relief and Protestantism: The Evolution of Social Welfare in Sixteenth-Century Emden (Ashgate, 1999). This past year he was honored with the Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching. In receiving this distinction, Tim recognized the influence of Dr. James W. Vardaman in inspiring him toward graduate work in history. (See accompanying letter).