Alumni News

John Marks '10, Jon Shipe '08, '10 MA, Ashley Schmidt '10, and Professor Nichole Sanders met at the American Historical Association (AHA) annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in January 2013. All three alumni are enrolled in History PhD programs: John Marks is at Rice, Jon Shipe is at Florida State, and Ashley Schmidt is at Tulane.

Amber DiPasquale (Smith) '06 After graduating from Lynchburg College in May of 2006, I moved to Northern Virginia and started a master's degree program at George Mason University. I graduated with a Master's degree in history with an emphasis in European History in May of 2008. It was a wonderful experience to work with some of their amazing professors. Living outside of the Nation's Capital has afforded me the ability to see wonderful things at the city's amazing museums and partake in all the cultural experiences offered . It's an amazing place for a history buff! The following fall I started working at a small private school in Northern Virginia teaching both history and English to high school students grades 9-12. I was married in the summer of 2009 to my husband Matthew. Currently we live in the heart of Fairfax with our two cats, and I am exploring the option of going back to school for my PhD I plan to be Dr. DiPasquale one day!

Greg Useem '03, planning and accountability officer, Prince George's County Maryland, recently published an article in Government Finance Review, Moving from Reporting Performance Information to Using It; Prince George's County, Maryland. He also is pursuing a master of public education degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Genevieve 'Jenny' Smith '06 currently has a teaching position with the Amherst County Public Schools as an 8th grade world history teacher at Monelison Middle School.

Barbara Jean Beagle Pryor '71, history major: U.S. Congressional candidate, Virginia 6th District.

Paul R. Waibel ’68, a professor of history at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, has published a new book, Martin Luther: A Brief Introduction to His Life and Works (Harlan Davidson, 2004).

Mark Steele ’71 continues to work at Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey, where he teaches history and coaches soccer and golf. Steele also works as a singer/songwriter, and recently released "My Story," a music CD cataloging his work.

Susan Cary Strickland ’75 continues working as a secondary school history teacher, teaching at Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland. At Friendly, she co-coaches a successful mock trial team. Last year, she was selected to participate in the National Board for Professional Teachers Certification program.

Mary Kennedy Wyckoff ’77 works for the Social Security Administration, specializing in labor/management relations.

David L. Filer ’85, ’91, continues his work in New York City as a prosecutor in the trial division of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Phillip Bailey ’88, who teaches communication and humanities courses at the Rocky Mount, North Carolina campus of Edgecombe Community College, won the 2003-2004 “Excellence in Teaching Award.”

Jeffrey S. Cole ’89, a professor of history and humanities at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, recently contributed an essay, “Hopeful People on the Move: The Urban South and the Transient Problem During the Great Depression,” to an edited volume entitled The New Deal and Beyond: Social Welfare in the South Since 1930, (University of Georgia Press, 2003). Professor Cole’s contribution includes information about the Lynchburg Transient Center fire in 1934.

Vickie Miller ’97 completed her MA in special education from Salem College in 2003. Currently, she is pursuing an MSA. degree from Appalachian State University.

Early S. Kitchen '70 taught history and was an assistant basketball and baseball coach at Tidewater Academy in Wakefield, Va. for four years after graduation. He joined the Sussex County Sheriff's Office and worked there for 33 years, the last 27 as sheriff. Retired this summer, he has returned to Tidewater Academy to teach history and coach basketball.

Vincent Wiley '87 has been employed by Diamond Products (A Tyrolit Group Co) for the past 10 years in sales management.

Jason Powell '04 has just began working for the National Park service in Manteo, N.C. as a museum technician with the Outer Banks Group, which includes the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh. All of these sites contain artifacts that belong to the National Park Service, and Jason will be responsible for lending to other museums and memorials, acquiring new materials, preservation, and formulating new exhibits. Jason is a certified diver and was given the chance to be one of 800 people chosen to see Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, up close and personal.