Current: Earned history degree in 2016. Accepted a full scholarship to Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, Fall 2016.
Since my Masters concentration is Public History, I am this semester taking the course Material Culture. My research project is centered around a Civil War amputation kit. My task is to analyze and research the kit in a biographical and life cycle context. the kit is housed at the Union League of Philadelphia, and it's there I will be working to do the initial analysis. I'm also hoping to be able to do an internship there this summer.
I have also applied for the Summer Research Fellowship. If I get it I will be working at the National Archives in Washington on a continuation of my Civil War research on the One Hundred Days Men. Dr. Judith Giesberg, author of Army at Home, and recently Sex and the Civil War, is my sponsor for the project and will be guiding my directed readings this summer also.
With my tuition scholarship comes the obligation to work 10 hours per week. I am using that time as research assistant for Dr. Rebecca Winer. She is an associate professor specializing in Jewish Women's and Medieval History.
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.