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Outstanding Students

Congratulations to our 2013 Outstanding Graduates

Taylor Hitt is the outstanding senior in History for 2013.  She graduated with the highest G.P.A. among her peers in the History department and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.  Taylor studied abroad in Assisi, Italy and completed two internships-one at the Naval Historical Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the other at the Haggin Museum in Stockton-while at Pacific. Her senior Capstone research was on the student Christian organizations at Pacific from the 1950s to the present.   Taylor graduated magna cum laude.  The History faculty wish her all the best in her future endeavors! 

Aneka McKean is the outstanding senior in the Social Sciences major for 2013.  The Social Sciences major is a cross-disciplinary program in the College that prepares students for careers in secondary education.  Aneka graduated with the highest G.P.A. among her peers and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.  Aneka is also a Legal Scholar.  Aneka served the department professionally as both a peer advisor and on a faculty Third Year Review committee.   Aneka was accepted into Teach For America and will begin her service in Las Vegas in summer 2013.  She graduated magna cum laude.   Congratulations, Aneka!


Off to Grad School!

Amy Langford '10 has been accepted into three graduate schools: Brandeis University, Temple University and American University. American University offered her a four-year fellowship for their Ph.D. program in History, which Amy has accepted. She will begin the program in the fall.

Nidya Gonzalez '10 will pursue a Masters in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh starting in fall. She was awarded a generous scholarship through the Pitt's Partner Program and will work in the Hillman Library in the Latin American Studies and Eduardo Lozano Collection. Nidya was also awarded the SAA Josephine Foreman Scholarship.


Alumna Receives New Scholarship for Archival Science

History major Nidya G. Gonzalez '08 was the first recipient of the Josephine Forman Scholarship, which was presented in August 2011 at ARCHIVES 360°, the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Chicago.

The scholarship provides substantial financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science. The award is intended to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. Nidya will begin studies this fall at the University of Pittsburgh where she is enrolled in the MLIS program with a specialization in archives, preservation, and records management.

While at Pacific, Nidya served as an intern in the library/archives at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, which inspired her to become an archivist. "She worked alongside the curator and was given projects that required serious decision making and historical sensitivities on her part," said one of her nominators. "She accomplished these tasks with great skill and commitment."

Nidya's senior paper, "Off to Work They Go: An Analysis of Mexican Immigrant women Laborers in Canneries," received praise from one of her nominators, who noted that "this original research project included both archived oral histories from the 1980s and oral histories that Gonzalez herself completed with research subjects. Her expertise in this subject was recognized by the national history honor society."

The Josephine Forman Scholarship was established in 2010 by the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church and named for Josephine Forman, archivist for 18 years of the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.


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