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Tarra Raspanti
Kutztown University, Class of 2015
B.A., History
M.A., University of the Arts


Tarra with Dr. Derr in the picture to the right was working on opening day at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, PA on April 19, 2017.

She has previously interned at the Arch Street Meeting HouseThe Academy of Natural Sciences, and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. She also interned at the PA German Cultural Heritage Center here at Kutztown University.


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Samantha Vecchio
Kutztown University, Class of 2015
B.S. Secondary Ed - Social Studies

Currently: 7th-grade Civics and Government teacher at King George Middle School in King George, Virginia

Caleb Wendling                                                                      
Kutztown University, Class of 2014
B.A., History - Summa Cum Laude 
Currently serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay.

Javonne Duran
Kutztown University, Class of 2016
B.A., History
Currently working for FEMA Corps. 

Erich Lenz
Kutztown University, Class of 2016
B.A., History
Museum Educator at Pottsgrove Manor in Pennsylvania         

Brian Daily
Kutztown University, Class of 2013
B.S.,- Social Studies with Minor in  History
Teacher at St. Michael the Archangel School in Allentown, PA


Muchemi "Peter" Njuguna
Kutztown University, Class of 2015
B.S. Secondary Ed - Social Studies

Currently: Deans Fellow at Stanford University

Upon completion of his education Peter intends to return home to Kenya to use the knowledge he has gained at American universities to benefit the children of his country.


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Samantha Miller
Kutztown University, Class of 2011
B.A., History
M.A., University of Pennsylvania

Currently: Digital Imaging Technician and DAMS Meta data Manager at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

Tim Cirino
Kutztown University, Class of 2013
B.A., History

Currently: Law student at Barry University, President - Environmental Law Society in Orlando, FL.  

"My ConLaw class has just started to discuss the pre/post-Civil War era cases and historical background. Covering the Due Process chapter now so we went into Dred Scott, Plessy v. Fergusson, and Brown v. Board of Edu. I swear, I think people underestimate how useful a History Major is in law school!"


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Rebecca Van Horn
Kutztown University, Class of 2015 - Summa Cum Laude
B.A., History

Currently: Ph.D. candidate at Drew University

Full scholarship at Drew University's History and Culture program. Rebecca is focusing on Modern Mediterranean Culture, specifically transnational movements in Modernist art and literature. She participated in University College London's Intellectual History Seminar in September 2015 where she presented her current research.

Sheila Joy
Kutztown University, Class of 2013
B.A., History
M.A., Public History, Shippensburg

Currently: Archives Assistant, Lutheran Theological Seminary

"My position is at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) as an Archives Assistant. I've been working on many projects and assisting patrons with research requests. Currently, I am working on a big digitization project of reel-to-reel audio tapes. I have also worked on some exhibits in relation to African-American and Women's History months. Two of my former classmates are also working here. LTSG has a good track record with hiring alums, as a fellow alumnus currently works in the Seminary Ridge Museum across the street as the Director of Education and Museum Operations." 

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Guy Sechrist
Kutztown University, Class of 2014
B.A., History
M.A., Villanova University

Currently: Doctoral Candidate, Cambridge University

"Receiving a history degree from Kutztown University has opened so many doors for my future as a historian. With the guidance of Dr. Saidi and Dr. Johnson, I was admitted to Villanova University's history program where I am currently pursuing an MA degree. The department really took their time to help me reach my goals and aspirations. Whether it was in or out of the classroom, the faculty of Kutztown's history department really cared about my endeavors. I would not be where I am today without their insight."

Shawn Devaney
Kutztown University, Class of 2013
B.A., History 

Currently: Ph.D. candidate, Texas Christian University

"Kutztown University's History department provided opportunities and helped lay the groundwork to guarantee success in an esoteric environment by teaching the essential skills all historians need to know. The flexibility of the department's curriculum allowed me to expand my interests, permitting me to enroll in the Gettysburg Semester, which reinforced my interest in history. I'm truly indebted to the department's professors, not only for a great four years but for getting me to where I am today." 

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Andrew Majcher
Kutztown University, Class of 2008
B.A., History

Current Job:  Fairfax County Government

FOIA Analyst, FOIA Program, Office of Public Affairs

Fairfax County Government, County of Fairfax, VA

"My history degree from KU reinforced the skills needed to succeed, such as research methods, organization, writing techniques, and public speaking. I use these skills constantly in my job and while obtaining my Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives and Records Management. The real value of the History Dept. at KU is the faculty; I wouldn't have been as successful during my time at KU without their motivation and encouragement."

Brittaney Eshbach
Kutztown University, Class of 2014
B.A., History, with Minors in Mathematics and Political Science

Currently: Juris Doctor candidate, 2017, Pennsylvania State University, the Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA.

"While pursuing my B.A., the History Department at KU afforded me numerous opportunities to hone my research, critical reading, writing, and analytical skills. As a law student, those skills are invaluable and I utilize each of them on a daily basis. In particular, with regard to some of my Constitution-based classes, having a History degree has given me a better understanding of the legal landscape because I am aware of the context within which the cases have arisen. My History degree has provided a solid foundation for the start of my legal career."

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Liz Hopkins
Kutztown University, Class of 2014
B.A., History

Currently managing the textiles collection at the Allentown Pennsylvania Museum of Art

Laura Blazewicz
Kutztown University, Class of 2013
B.A., History
M.A., Higher Education Administration, Rowan University

"My history degree has helped me with the work I do on a daily basis by enhancing my time management and organization. Those skills taught me to be able to juggle multiple assignments at once, keep all my work organized and turned in by its deadline, research effectively, and be very confident in my writing ability."

Chris Fick
Kutztown University, Class of 2012
B.A., History

Currently Social Worker with PeopleFirst. He says, "Next time a student asks what you can do with a history degree, add Social Worker to the list!"


Alan Schulze
Kutztown University, Class of 2013
B.A., History

Currently: Park Guide at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, PA


Sarah Ford
Kutztown University, Class of 2013
B.A., History & B.S., Psychology - Clinical Counseling
M.A., History - Rutgers University  
M.A., History & Philosophy of Science and Technology - NJ Institute of Technology
NJIT US AID Fellow - Cape Town, South Africa

"One of the most important things I learned while studying history at KU was to never limit myself. Being a history major doesn't limit your options to just teaching in a classroom. Rather, the knowledge and skills acquired from studying in this field can open doors to numerous opportunities. You just have to be creative and inspired by the work that you do. What the faculty at KU taught me went beyond the classroom and encouraged me to achieve excellence."

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Rutgers Graduation Spring 2016

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Shane Moran
Kutztown University, Class of 2013
B.S.,  Secondary Ed (Social Studies) Minor (History)

Current Job: Teaching US and World History at Weatherly Area High School in Weatherly, Pennsylvania

"My love for history and its many facets of research and methodology were fostered and fine-tuned in the Kutztown University History Department.  The professors expanded on my many interests in history with their wide variety of expertise. They provided me with an array of ways to convey information and think about history, which I incorporate into my history classes every day. They also made me realize that one day I would like to teach at the collegiate level."

Kristin Franz
Kutztown University, Class of 2008
B.A., History (with Paralegal Studies)

"Being a history major can open up so many doors; the possibilities are endless. History was the perfect subject to study before studying law because as a history major, you do a lot of reading and writing: just as in law."


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Vaneesa Cook
Kutztown University, Class of 2001
B.A., History --M.P.A. (2004)

"There's no doubt that the KU history faculty inspired me to pursue a Ph.D. But, it wasn't until I began graduate school that I realized how well the program had prepared me not only in terms of historical content but also in the methodology of historical research and writing. It's nice to know I can still count on KU faculty for guidance and support after all these years as an alum."

Brian Pawling
Kutztown University, Class of 2001
B.S., Secondary Education/Social Studies
Current Position: Business Manager at Brandywine Heights Area School District

"While my career path did not lead to a position related to history, the education and the relationships I formed in the KU history department really helped prepare me for a professional career. Dr. Gabriel, Prof. Fries, Dr. Sanelli, Dr. Valuska, and others empowered me to put forth my best effort and those skills helped me through my MBA program. I use the education I received at KU daily to serve the students and community in administering a fiscally responsible program while meeting the educational needs of the children in the Brandywine Heights School District."

Corey Summers
Kutztown University, Class of 2015
B.A.History with Paralegal
Named Harrisburg Magazine's Young Person of the Year 2017 
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John Hoptak
Kutztown University, Class of 2000
B.A., History

Current job: Interpretive Park Ranger, Gettysburg National Battlefield

"I found my four years at Kutztown to be the most rewarding of my life, and I thoroughly enjoyed being a student in the History Department. What I found most rewarding was the personal one-on-one interaction with the faculty, and the fact that they have consistently provided me with assistance in the years since graduation."

Joseph Zagorski
Kutztown University, Class of 2000
B.S., Secondary Education/History/Social Studies

Current job: Chief of Interpretation at the Obed Wild and Scenic River in Wartburg, Tennessee

"The most rewarding thing to me about being involved in the history program at KU was just having the opportunity to learn more in-depth about the history of America from some of the best professors in America. People like Dr. Gabriel, Dr. Derr, Dr. Delaney, Dr. Kelleher, Dr. Gambone, Dr. Fries, Dr. Sanelli, and so many others, really made learning at KU a joy. My degree has enabled me to have a prominent role in the National Park Service and has afforded me an opportunity to make a living wage."


Joseph Zagorski