Oct. 23

Oct. 23, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

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MCC faculty member wins award for published book


OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College’s Joy Schulz is the recipient of the 2018 Sally and Ken Owens Award, an annual award given by the Western History Association for the best book on the history of the Pacific West, including Alaska, Hawaii, Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific territories. Schulz, MCC History instructor, won due to “Hawaiian by Birth: Missionary Children, Bicultural Identity, and U.S. Colonialism in the Pacific.”


The book explores the tensions among competing parental, cultural and educational interests affecting children of missionaries in Hawaii during the 1800s and the impact they would eventually have on the island chain. Schulz adds children’s voices to historical records with the first comprehensive study of white children born in the Hawaiian Islands between 1820 and 1850 and their path toward political revolution. 


Schulz formally received the honor at the 2018 Western History Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas during the awards banquet on Friday, Oct. 19. 


About Joy Schulz

Joy Schulz has been a History and Political Science instructor at MCC since 2000. She has a Master of Arts in International Relations from Creighton University and a Ph.D. in History of United States Foreign Relations from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.