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Featured Alum Linnea Nelson, '10

Major: History

Current Position: Conservator at Washington State University's Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. Nelson repairs and preserves the materials held in MASC. This includes cleaning and repairing paper, rebinding books, and making custom boxes for books and other objects.

Why Whitworth? "I chose to attend Whitworth because it had a good history program, small class sizes, and a strong commitment to students – and it was a good distance from my hometown."

Whitworth Activities: "I was involved in Relay For Life each year. I was a small-group leader one year. I also worked in the library with interlibrary loans."

Influential Whitworth Professor: "The professor who has been most influential in my career path is Janet Hauck. Her classes gave a realistic view of what each aspect of public history involves. They also helped provide experience in a variety of public history fields through class projects and internships. After my graduation, Janet wrote letters of recommendation to help me get into grad school. When I was searching for a job, she sent me job postings that she saw. At a recent conference, she introduced me to her colleagues so I could add to my network of contacts. I am grateful that she has been willing to help me so far past graduation!"

Career Goals: "I plan on staying in this job for a very long time!"

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

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

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

  • Samantha (Keenan) Gaerte received an M.A. in public history from Temple University, in Philadelphia, and is now an executive assistant at East End Cooperative Ministry, a faith-based social services nonprofit.

  • Marissa Johnson completed her master's degree in history with certification in gender, sexuality and women's studies at the University of North Carolina. She is currently co-writing a book about the anti-human-trafficking movement in Washington state with the University of Washington Women's Center.

  • Nichlas Fox is a lead budget analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living. He is also an adjunct professor of aging policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • Kelsy Brown completed an M.Div. at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is serving as a pastor at Altavista Presbyterian Church, in Altavista, Va.

  • Hannah Carrier is earning a master's degree in library and information science at San Jose State University.

  • Katie Chase is an architectural historian at Artifacts Consulting, in Tacoma, Wash.