Current: Earned history degree in 2016. Accepted a full scholarship to Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, Fall 2016.
Past: I grew up in the paper mill community of Tomahawk, WI on a beef farm graduating from high school at 17. I successfully raised three children as a single parent and graduated from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau twice. My two degrees were Information Processing Specialist and Certified Medical Assistant.
In 2012 I was admitted to UWRF as a transfer student from Saint Paul College seeking my degree in History.
While taking classes from Dr. Leichtle, he pointed me to the McNair Scholars program where he knew I would be able to delve deeper into research and the writing of interesting subjects. Kurt offered to be my mentor for my research project, and with his guidance and encouragement I was able to pursue the subject of the One Hundred Days Men of the Civil War. The McNair Scholars Program awarded me a research grant, with which I was able to travel as I gathered information, and with a travel grant through the SURSCA office, i was able to present my work at NCUR 2015 in Cheney Washington. With an invitation to submit my paper from Dr. Leichtle I presented it again at the Phi Alpha Theta/ Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, NE. With a generous grant from McNair Scholars, I presented an extended project delving into the women's contribution during the 100 days enlistments at the 23 Annual McNair Scholars Symposium at the University of California-Berkely in 2015.
It is only through the generosity of time and spirit of Dr. Leichtle that I was able to see the fulfillment of my unstated dream of research and writing. I don't know what he saw in me, but I will always be deeply grateful for the seeds he planted in my heart that allowed me to reach further than I ever imagine. I grew up in a community and social class that did not use the words "college" and "goals." I dared to dream upon enrolling at UWRF, and Dr. Leichtle helped me to break out of shell.
The result of all this is that I will be graduating with my history degree at the age of 52. Even more exciting, I have accepted a full scholarship to Villanova University this Fall.