LHU History and Social Studies Graduates
Robert Leiby, B.A. History (2013)
Robert Leiby graduated from Lock Haven University in 2013 with a B.A. in History. While a student at Lock Haven, he interned with the William T. Piper Aviation Museum in Lock Haven, working on archival research and exhibit design. After graduating, he volunteered at the Schuylkill County Historical Society in Pottsville, Pennsylvania where he designed at large scale Schuylkill County History exhibit and assisted with the cataloguing of the society’s large collection of visual media. In 2014 he accepted a position as a restorer on USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts, and is currently involved in the ongoing efforts to restore and preserve the 218 year old naval vessel.
Jennifer Titanski-Hooper, B.S.Ed. Social Studies (2008)
Jennifer Titanski-Hooper graduated from Lock Haven University in 2008 with a B.S. in Secondary Education Social Studies and a minor in Geography. After graduation, she completed an M.A. in Geography at West Virginia University, and she is currently a PhD Candidate and Graduate Instructor in the Department of Geography at Penn State University. In 2011 and 2012, Jennifer was awarded two Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Grants to study the Croatian Language. And, in 2012-2013, Jennifer was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to complete her dissertation fieldwork in Croatia, where she examined the country’s transition to the European Union. Since beginning her PhD program in 2010, Jennifer has served as a Teaching Assistant and Graduate Instructor. She has instructed courses in cultural, human-environment, urban and political geography. She also recently published a chapter, “(B)ordering in the EU: Croatia’s Path toward becoming European,” in an edited volume on the Western Balkans, distributed by Columbia University Press.
Patrick Grubbs, B.A. History and Political Science (2005)
Patrick Grubbs graduated from Lock Haven University in 2005 with a B.A. in both History and Political Science. He completed the M.A. program in History at the University at Buffalo in 2008 and began teaching at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA in January 2009. While at NCC Patrick created a course in Pennsylvania History, which has been offered at the school since 2010, created an online version of the course, one of the few online Pennsylvania History courses in the state, and served as faculty adviser to the History Club in 2013.
While continuing his position as an adjunct professor at NCC, Patrick began the Ph.D. program at Lehigh University in 2011. While at Lehigh Patrick published an essay on the Knights of Labor for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and submitted an article on entitled “Teaching a Tradition: Exploring the Folkness and History of Groundhog Day” for publication for a special issue of Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and Pennsylvania History on teaching Pennsylvania history to be published in Winter 2015. Patrick is expected to complete his work at Lehigh in the spring of 2016.
Wesley Toth, B.A. History (2011)
Wesley Toth began his undergraduate experience at Lock Haven University in 2007, and finished with a B.A. in History in 2011. After graduation, He spent about six months as a substitute social studies teacher at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland. He entered the Master’s program in History at Millersville University in the fall of 2012.
He has worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, attended three conferences presenting papers on Postmodernism and Hungarian nationalism. He completed an M.A. in history at Millersville University in 2014 where he wrote his thesis on the Olympics during the Cold War. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in History at Kent State University.
Monica Barnett, B.S.Ed. Social Studies (2012)
Monica Barnett attended Lock Haven University from 2008-2012. She was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society for Education and active in the LHUP Council for the Social Studies, serving as Secretary for the CSS from 2010-2012. In addition to her participation in these groups, she received academic and service awards from LHU, including the Dr. Alan Golden Memorial Scholarship, Middle States CSS President’s Excellence Award for Leadership, and a Foundation scholarship for service.
Monica graduated cum laude in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies and a minor in Special Education. She was a long-term substitute at Central York High School in York, PA for the 2012-2013 school year and was hired as a permanent faculty member in June 2013. She is currently teaching all levels of 10th grade Global Studies, coaching junior high girls’ basketball, and serving as the faculty advisor of the SADD Club.
Quentin E. Cummings, B.S.Ed. Social Studies (2008)
Quentin E. Cummings graduated from Lock Haven University with a degree in Secondary Education Social Studies. He is an Emergency Manager and member of the National Response Coordination Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, D.C, and an at-large member of FEMA’s 2014 Emerging Leaders Program. He serves in the Army Reserves as the Assistant G-4, Logistics Staff Officer for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Previously, Mr. Cummings served as the Assistant S-3, Brigade Battle Captain for the 78th Homeland Response Force in Atlanta, GA – a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive domestic response unit responsible for FEMA Region 4. He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and peacekeeping missions in Bosnia. His military service enabled him to serve as a Counterinsurgency Advisor, member of the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, and be attached to the Naval Special Warfare Task Group-Arabian Peninsula in Iraq. He worked in close conjunction with U.S. Department of State and USAID representatives abroad and National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster domestically throughout his military and civilian careers.
Mr. Cummings, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, graduated magna cum laude from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania as a Distinguished Military Graduate, ranked nationally in the top 1% of nearly 5000 commissioning officers in Leadership Potential. He is earning a master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management at American Military University.
Joshua M. Szelong, B.S.Ed. Social Studies (2010)
Josh Szelong grew up in Johnstown, PA and graduated from Richland Senior High School in 2006. Upon graduation, Josh chose to attend Lock Haven University and major in Secondary Education Social Studies. Josh was a member of the baseball team at Lock Haven for two years and was also a member of the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies (LHUPCSS). While on campus Josh also worked in the office for the Social Studies department. In the summer of 2009, Josh had the unique opportunity to travel to Northern Ireland with several classmates for a study abroad program with Dr. Sandra Barney. Josh graduated from Lock Haven in 2010.
After graduation, Josh was able to gain valuable experience with a long term substitute job at an inner-city alternative school teaching many different subjects to at-risk students. In the fall of 2011 Josh was hired as a full time alternative education teacher with a company called the Learning Lamp. He spent the 2011-12 school year at Windber Area High School. He has been at Admiral Peary Vo-tech since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. He teaches a full class of at-risk alternative education students from eight different local school districts.
Dr. Stephanie Hinnershitz, B.A. History (2006)
Stephanie knew that she wanted to major in history when she first came to Lock Haven University, but was not sure what to do with her degree. After graduating from LHU in 2006, she attended Temple University (where she received her MA in American and International History in 2008) and then continued on to the University of Maryland for her Ph.D. in American History (2013). Stephanie is currently an assistant professor of American History and Immigration/Ethnic History at Valdosta State University of Georgia, but she has also worked for the National Archives in Washington, DC as an archival assistant before coming to Valdosta State. Her main areas of research are in Asian-American and Asian immigration history in addition to civil rights history in the United States during the twentieth century. Stephanie has published in The Journal of Social History and her book, Race, Religion, and Civil Rights: Asian Students on the West Coast, 1900-1968, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2015. Dr. Hinnershitz credits her degree from LHU and the history faculty with creating a firm foundation to build her skills as an historian throughout her career.
Kendra Kreitzer, B.A. History (2013)
Kendra Kreitzer was a student of the History Program at Lock Haven University from
2009-2013. Not only did she receive her History degree but she also received her certification
in Museum Studies. After graduating in May of 2013 with Honors and as a member of
Zeta Tau Alpha, she began a new adventure in August of the same year by entering Penn
State Harrisburg for her master’s degree in American Studies. She is enjoying her
time at PSU Harrisburg and has also decided to also get her certification in Museum
and Heritage Studies.
Kendra is soon to enter her second year at Penn State Harrisburg and hopes to finish by the Spring of 2015. She has written papers about Jack Horner and his Chickenosaurus, the rise of the Walking Dead and the zombie culture of today and has decided to focus her attention and her thesis on American Civil War Espionage with a main focus on women. She looks forward to completing her degree and looking for a job in her local area as a Museum Educator.