Rashanda (Pease) King
Class of 2008
When it comes to opportunities in college, Rashanda King had her share. While at UE, she has held leadership positions in several campus organizations; had a five-week internship with a member of the Canadian Parliament; studied abroad for one year in Paris, France; and received an undergraduate research grant.
"All of these opportunities were possible because of the support and enthusiasm of the entire history department. My courses and personal relationships with each faculty member have prepared me well for the extremely diverse responsibilities, challenges, and experiences I faced in college and will continue to face in my future."
In her position as the visitor experience manager for the Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rashanda manages the operations and works with groups interested in touring the county. "Whether I was in Evansville, Ottawa, or Paris, I made it a point to learn about and become a part of the community. My UE professors and my experiences instilled in me an interest and a pride in the community where I live. My position with the visitor's bureau has allowed me the unique opportunity of not only learning about my community, but also sharing it with visitors each and every day."
Class of 2008
Lori Brown believes that studying history at UE prepares students for a wide range of careers, including work in law, academia, or the nonprofit sector. For her, it has led to politics. "As a legislative correspondent for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the critical thinking and composition skills I developed through my study of history have proven very beneficial. Perhaps most importantly, the professors provided the encouragement, support, and personal attention I needed to thrive. I would recommend a major in history to anyone who wants to get involved in government or politics."
While at UE, Lori interned with the United States House of Representatives, studied abroad in Spain, and worked in the office of the mayor of Evansville. "The skills, knowledge, and experiences I've acquired through my study here at UE have given me a clear path for the future."
Class of 2008
Dana Caldemeyer's preparation for her position with her Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team began at the University of Evansville. "As a history major, I did a great deal of research on coal mining history. My UE professors steered me in the right direction regarding research methods and writing style. They presses me to do more than I thought I could. They caused me to think critically, gave me confidence to present my research at national conferences, and ultimately helped me exceed my own expectations."
Dana continued her graduate studies at West Virginia University where she earned an MA in history. She can attest to UE's eagerness to help its students — past and present. "The professors prodded me to continue my research on a graduate level, and many of my professors encouraged me to apply for the job I know hold. The professors became more than teachers; they became my mentors and my friends." In her new position, Dana hopes to expand the efforts of the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team to distressed coal mining areas in the Midwest.