Student Highlights: Undergraduates
Phi Alpha Theta: One annual highlight is the initiation of new members into Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society for History. This spring’s initiates were:
Class of 2016:
Melissa Conroy was chosen by the faculty as the winner of the Walter C. Boden Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior for 2016, while Jakub Sierzputowski received the Jablonowski Award for Outstanding Essay by an Undergraduate for his paper, “A Comparison of the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel during World War I, with Regards to the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the sinking of the Lusitania, and the Battles of the Somme and Verdun.”
Robert Borowik (a triple major in History, Economics, and Education) received a Fulbright to assist teachers of English in Azerbaijan in 2016-2017.
Kendall Cosley is continuing her internship in the Raynor Memorial Libraries Archives this summer, and this fall will enter the MA program in History at Marquette.
Matt Fitzsimmons is a museum assistant at the Custer Battlefield Museum, where he conducts research, helps with displays, and answers visitors’ questions.
Phillip Froelich will attend law school at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Robert Lovejoy is working this summer as an intern at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Tacoma, Washington. After receiving his commission in the US Navy in the fall, he will report to USS Ashland, LSD 48, stationed in Sasabo, Japan.
Madeline Makhlouf will enter the MA program in public history at American University.
Jakub Sierzputowski is one of 2,000 recent graduates participating in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program; for the next two years he will be teaching English to Japanese high school and junior high school students. He is assigned to the city of Sendai.
Danny Smith will be teaching high school social studies to the Yupik people in the village of Kipnuk, Alaska.
John Tobin will be teaching English—and learning Chinese—at Anhui University of Technology in Anhui, China, for the next two years. He hopes eventually to attend graduate school in Chinese history.
Anya Toledo will be studying for an MA in Medieval History at the University of Edinborough.
Karl Krems has an internship at Fischer Farm Museum in Bensenville, Illinois.
Robert Lovejoy is working as an intern at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Tacoma, Washington.
Rachel Niswander is working as a historical interpreter at Blackberry Farms, which is part of the Fox Valley Park District in Aurora, Illinois; she teaches children about 1800s Aurora.
Nick Ostermann, Steven Wales, Daniel Bernard, and Christian Van Scoy are working on the Near West Side history project with Dr. Marten this summer.