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History BA Alumni (send us your news!)

Katie Egan, ’94 B.A. History, is co-founder of HowGirlsCode, an organization that offers computer science instructional programs to elementary school girls in Howard County, and they are partnering with UMBC Training Centers to offer a coding camp for girls.

Michelle (Margolis) Chesner, ’06 B.A. History (past president of the History Student Council), received an MLIS from Long Island University, and an MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at NYU in 2008, worked as a Judaica Reference Librarian from 2008-2010 at the University of Pennsylvania, and then started in 2010 as Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies at Columbia University where she is responsible for the general collections as well as for a significant Hebrew rare book and manuscript collection.  She writes it all started with Dr. Grubb’s 497 Capstone Course, as he encouraged her to work on Hebrew incunabula!

Elise Hoffman, ’08 B.A. History, is an 8th Grade Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher, Lindale Middle School, in Linthicum heights, MD. She received a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2012 and drafted the recently approved National Historic Main Street application for the Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore, MD.

Kyle Bacon, ’12 B.A. History, is a Digital Preservation Specialist at JHU Special Collections AND the owner/operator of DigiPreserve, helping people preserve family photographs. He previously worked for, after spending 10 months as a historical research intern at the Maryland State Archives, and working with Baltimore Heritage and the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County.

Robert Bennett, ’12 B.A. History, is Executive Director of the William Brinton 1704 House & Historic Site, near West Chester, PA.  Credits his paper in Prof. Kars’ 201 class for getting him the job!

Kelly Jordan, ’13 B.A History, is Education Coordinator at the Universities at Shady Grove and getting an MA in HR Management at the University of Maryland University College.

Sandra Delaney, ’14 B.A. History, recently promoted to speechwriter for Senator Ben Cardin, credits the writing and research skills she learned in her history courses with her career success, and writes that her experience with the Shady Grove History program completely changed her life!

Mark Latanishen, ’14 B.A. History, is a writer for Ink•Bird Content Development.  He recently finished an internship with them and now creates web pages, blogs, product descriptions and other similar materials.  He credits his experience with the Department of History with helping him hone his writing skills to make this line of work possible.

Leslie McNamara, ’14 BA, will be attending UMCP’s Masters of Public Policy Program with a concentration in health policy in the fall of 2015.

Matthew Wilson, ’14 B.A. History, worked at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum.  After six months, he left to become a director at the Baltimore Humane Society where he runs the entire cemetery and funeral department along with bereavement and counseling    He writes that “the skills I learned from my time as a history major have proven to be incredibly valuable. I have to manage a database, deal with presenting to large groups of investors, and I have to be able to organize information and write on a daily basis.”  As a student, he interned at the  Holocaust Museum which provided him with valuable work experience.

Jennifer (Jen) Wachtel, ’15 B.A. History, is enrolled in the UMCP Masters of Library Science Program with a concentration in Archives and Digital Curation, Jen interned in Special Collections, among other places, which helped her decide on this career path.


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