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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.

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!

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!

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.

Jennifer (Jen) Wachtel, ’15 B.A. History, will attend the UMCP Masters of Library Science Program with a concentration in Archives and Digital Curation, in fall 2015.  Jen interned in Special Collections, among other places, which helped her decide on this career path.

Matthew Wilson, ’14 B.A. History, is a Visitors Service Representative at the National Electronic Museum in Linthicum, MD.  He interned at the Holocaust Museum while a student which provided him with invaluable work experience.



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