Congratulations to our 2012 Outstanding Graduate
Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.
Kelly Gerhold graduated with the highest GPA among her peers in the History Department and was initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. As a student, she has explored the past using microfilm and dusty documents, conducted oral histories and transcribed them. At the Northern California Phi Alpha Theta conference in 2010, Kelly won third prize for Best Undergraduate Paper for her essay "Ukraine and Russia: Context for Current Events."
She is deciding between two impressive, but very different, post-graduate programs: the University of Iceland to pursue a Master's degree in Norse Studies and the College of Charleston for a Master's degree in Maritime History.
Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduate
Silvia Guzman (left) with Professor Gesine Gerhard
At the end of the year, each of the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in the College of the Pacific honors a truly exceptional graduating senior or group of seniors with the Outstanding Graduate Award. This award is given to students who have not only earned a consistently high academic record, but who have also been actively involved in the discipline through activities, research, or special projects.
Silvia Guzman has graduated with a B.A. in History and a Minor in International Studies. She excelled in all of her classes and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. An involved student, Silvia did two internships: one at the Haggin Museum in Stockton and another in the University Archives. She also served as a research assistant for the department, and assisted Professor Caroline Cox on two book projects.
Silvia attended the U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference, where she impressed her faculty mentor with her professionalism and intelligence. Silvia has overcome many obstacles and is relentless in pursuit of her goals. We know she will go far!
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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