Thursday, May 06, 2010

History Major Elisabeth Spalding and History Alum Jennifer Staton Meet up in Norway

History alum Jennifer Staton, working in Celle, Germany, as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant, recently traveled to visit history major Elisabeth Spalding, currently studying abroad in Oslo, Norway.

According to Jennifer, "We swapped stories of our experiences living abroad, comparing certain aspects of life in Norway and Germany and joking about certain quirks that reach across borders (i.e., how almost nothing is open on Sundays). We both realize and appreciate this moment in our lives, and our experiences abroad now happily overlap because this visit."

Pictured here are Jennifer and Elisabeth on a fjord atop Holmenkollen, one of Elisabeth's favorite sites.

To read more about their experiences, please check out Jennifer's blog and Elisabeth's blog.

Stephanie Allen and Jennie Frisby Successfully Pass MA Exams

Congratulations to Stephanie Allen and Jennie Frisby, who have both passed their master's comprehensive exams and will receive their MA degrees at graduation in May.

When asked her final thoughts on her time at UAH, Stephanie, pictured above, said,
"During my matriculation at UAH, the awesome faculty has challenged and encouraged me. The rigorous coursework, challenging books, and attention to detail enriched my historical knowledge, writing skills and teaching pedagogy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of my professors and Ms. Gentry."

Stephanie will now pursue her certification in graduate level geography at the University of Alabama and she will also participate in a study abroad program in Ghana this summer. Says, Stephanie, "I am excited and thrilled to begin my new journey."

Jennie, pictured below, also shared her concluding thoughts on her time at UAH, which included earning both BA and MA degrees: " Working and completing both my Masters and Bachelors at UAH has been a challenging and inspiring experience at UAH. I am thankful for the help and support I received throughout my academic career from the professors and my fellow classmates. If there is one thing I will take away from this department, it would be that the teachers genuinely care and hope the best for their students. I encourage everyone who are even remotely considering returning to school for history to go to our department because of the environment that I have been in for the last 6 years."

Jennie hopes to further her education at some point in the future by pursuing a PhD, but for now plans to stay in the Huntsville area and hope to find a career that allows her to use her experience in history. Says Jennie, "I am excited to have completed this stage of my life and look forward to everything the future holds." She also promised, "I will definitely be back to visit everyone!"

We wish Stephanie and Jennie all the best!

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