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Spotlight - Department of History, Illinois State University Spotlight

Meet our Graduate Assistants

Mark Adams

Mark Stephen Adams II

Hometown:        Easton, Pennsylvania

Plans after graduation:   Working on my Doctorate somewhere in the Midwest

Favorite period in history:  The Early 1960′s

Favorite historical figure:  Martin Luther King Jr.

What do you like about being a GA:  I really enjoy getting to know the awesome faculty here at ISU, who have made me feel welcome.  I also greatly appreciate the experience of working in the college classroom, which will surely benefit me later down the road.

What advice would you give to undergraduates:  Balance is key to a fruitful and positive collegiate journey, especially at the Undergrad level.  Definitely make sure you organize a schedule to ensure you have designated times to study, as well as times to socialize and enjoy yourself.

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Caputo

Matt Caputo

Hometown:        Tinley Park, IL

Plans after graduation:   Seek a PhD or join a Non-Profit Organization

Favorite period in history:  Cold War, Contemporary

Favorite historical figure:  Che Guevara, Jimmy Carter

What do you like about being a GA:  I love being around others that share the same passions as me.  I thoroughly enjoy the social and intellectual connections I have made with both students and staff.  Being a GA has also been crucial in my development as a scholar and an educator.

What advice would you give to undergraduates:  Choose to study what you are passionate about.  My least favorite phrase when talking about a career choice is “It’s good money.”  Life is not about the accumulation of wealth.  Do what makes you happy and in the end you will have lived a fulfilling life.

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Diane

A. Diane Russeau-Pletcher

Hometown:        West Lafayette, IN

Plans after graduation:   Heading to North Carolina to seek a Ph.D.

Favorite period in history:  Post-WWII Era

Favorite historical figure:  A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Paul K. Longmore

What do you like about being a GA:  I love assisting in the creation of pedagogical material and helping students to expand their understanding of the world.  The best part of being a GA is helping students get to the moment when they realize history is not a series of pre-ordained events, allowing them to push beyond their earlier notions of history as merely black and white.  Once students can no longer see past events in such stark terms, it awakens a new ability to question and a new way to think critically.

What advice would you give to undergraduates:  Give yourself the time you deserve, in your studies as well as in life.  You do not have to know everything about what you want to do or who you are right at this moment.  Allow yourself to explore and enjoy the process.

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Department of History
Normal, Il 61790-4420
Phone: (309) 438-5641
Fax: (309) 438-5607