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Featured Alum Amber Glen, '09

Major: History

Current Position: Glen is a curator for the Clatsop County Historical Society, which operates four museums in Astoria, Ore. She also is working on her master's degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University via online classes.

Why Whitworth? "I was drawn to Whitworth by the small campus and student body. The personal attention paid to me as a potential student and a freshman encouraged me both to enroll and to continue my education at Whitworth."

Whitworth Activities: Worked for the IT department, attended history conferences, and participated in the History of Christianity Jan Term study-abroad program in Great Britain.

Quote: "Whitworth helped prepare me for my current field through the support of excellent faculty and staff, as well as by providing me opportunities that may not have been possible at other schools. The history and museum fields are difficult ones to get experience in without internships, and being able to have three internships helped me gain vital professional experience."

Influential Whitworth Experiences: "The entire history department faculty and Janet Hauck, Whitworth's archivist, influenced my career choices and helped me grow into the professional I am today. Although I entered Whitworth knowing what my major would be and what I wanted to do after school, learning from Janet and taking as many history classes as I could helped solidify my goals of earning a master's degree and working for a museum."

Career Goals: "In the future I would like to work as a registrar/curator in a museum in the United Kingdom, where I can learn and experience different museum practices and possibly work on collaborative research or other projects."

Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their history degrees:

  • Bailey Cavender, '10 (history and English double major), is the education coordinator for The Historical Seaport, in Grays Harbor, Wash.

  • Danelle Feddes, '05, earned a master's degree in history museum studies through the Cooperstown Graduate Program; she is now an assistant curator at the Puget Sound Navy Museum, in Bremerton, Wash.

  • Jennifer (Norwood) Binczewski, '09 (history and communication studies double major), received her master's in ancient history from King's College in London, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in early modern European history at Washington State University.

  • Samantha Keenan, '10, is a graduate student in public history at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

  • Clayton Erickson, '07, is serving in Iraq with the 1041st Transportation Company of theWashington National Guard.

  • Marissa Johnson, '10, is enrolled in a master's program in history with certification in gender, sexuality and women's studies at the University of North Carolina and is an assistant to the editor at First World War Studies Journal.

  • Ashley Johnson, '08, is teaching English at Sawala Secondary School, in Mafinga, Tanzania.

  • Nichlas Fox, '04, works for the White House Conference on Aging.

  • Kelsy Brown, '07, is attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

  • Jeff Naslund, '06, is a history teacher at Mt. Spokane High School.


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