Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant – Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Upon graduating from Longwood University with my B.S. in Anthropology and Criminal Justice, I decided to follow in the footsteps of many Lancers before me and pursue a M.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Historical Archaeology at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I am currently a Graduate Assistant with the Applied Anthropology Laboratories working on a Historic Preservation Fund grant in Newton County, Indiana. The purpose of this grant is to conduct Phase I pedestrian survey over 800-900 acres of agricultural land in a county deficient in archaeological data and produce a two volume technical report for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA).
Through my time at Longwood I learned many useful skills that I was able to bring with me to Ball State. During an independent study course with Dr. Jordan, I was able to learn the necessary skills to work independently on a large research project and produce both a written report and a full class lecture, which has been instrumental in my current thesis work. Dr. Bates, through several field projects, three field school seasons, and lab courses, instilled the confidence I have needed to lead field crews of my own and to positively be able to identify and date both prehistoric and historic artifacts collected. Thank you to Drs. Jordan, Dalton, and Bates for guiding me through my formative anthropology years and for giving me the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in my chosen path. And also thank you to Mrs. Perutelli for all of your help and guidance ensuring that I graduated within four years.