History Department
History Department

Normandy Scholars Graduate

Mon, June 4, 2007

The Normandy Scholar Program on World War II (NSP) is a study abroad program that is open to all majors. However, there are usually quite a few history majors in each class. Every spring semester approximately 20 students study the origins and multiple other aspects of WWII. The semester culminates in a three-week tour of WWII related sites in London, Normandy, Paris, and Berlin. They all travel together with five NSP faculty--the best tour guides possible.

Strong bonds are formed between the students and with the professors. They share the academic rigors of the program and then travel together through Europe. This makes graduating from the university as a group even more memorable. Out of the 160 graduates participating in the department's ceremony, there were four scholars from the class of 2005, four from 2006, and one from 2004.

Some scholars will begin new jobs, like Laura Querubin, who will be returning to her native country of Colombia to become a journalist. Alexandra Glick, NS '05, will start law school at UT this fall.

From the class of '06: Rex Douglass graduated with a double major in government and history and participated in the government ceremony. He will be attending a PhD program in political science at Princeton this fall. Margaret Sapozhnikov participated in the business ceremony earning a finance degree with a minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She will be attending Hofstra Law School in New York this fall. Rebecca Ziger graduated in December 2006 with a psychology degree and a minor in history. She will be attending the University of Washington School of Law in the fall. Kelli Benham graduated with a degree in government and will be pursuing a law degree in the fall either in Iowa or William and Mary, to be decided. Kris Edwards will be graduating in July with a degree in history and religious studies. She is planning to return to Normandy, France to teach English.

All have vivid memories of being in Normandy, France just a few years ago visiting the beaches where D-Day took place on June 6, 1944. Scholars say being able to particiapte in the NSP was one of, if not, the highlight of their college experiences.

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