From left to right: Elle, Amy, Whitney, Shannon, Jennifer
University of Mary Washington campus, Spring 2008
Amy Benjamin is a history and education major at the University of Mary Washington who hails from Damascus, Maryland. She is planning on graduating in the spring of 2009. After graduation she plans on teaching middle or high school history. Amy is involved in various activities which include singing in the UMW Chorus and serving as a mentor in the Young Women Leaders Program. She is also the publicity chair for the Historic Preservation Club and has twice co-organized the club’s annual Ghost Walk event.
Elle Weaver is a junior planning to graduate in the Spring of 2009 from the University of Mary Washington. Her home town is Charlottesville, Virginia. Outside of her studies as a History major she also tour guides for UMW, plays Club Soccer, serves as President of the UMW Chapter of Young Women Leaders Program, and she is also serving as the Publicity Chair of the UMW Chapter of Mortar Board. After graduation Elle plans to travel and possibly attend graduate school for Education.
Jennifer Feldhaus is a senior at the University of Mary Washington and will graduate in the spring of 2008. She is a history major and will also receive her certification to teach elementary school. She will be returning to the University of Mary Washington in the fall to complete her master’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduating with her master’s degree in the spring of 2009, she plans on teaching third or fourth grade.
During the school year, she works part time at a child care center. She also coaches swimming during the summers in her hometown of Stafford, Virginia. For the past four years, Jennifer has been a member of the University of Mary Washington Community Symphony Orchestra; she plays the string bass. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and creative writing.
Shannon Hauser is a sophomore set to graduate in May of 2010. She is a history major and when she is not busy with her studies she works at the university’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies as a student aide. In addition, she serves as a Young Life leader in the Fredericksburg area. She is unsure of her plans after college, but is interested in the field of digital history.
Whitney Holcomb is a history major at the University of Mary Washington and is expecting to graduate in December 2008. She transferred to UMW in January 2007 from Northern Virginia Community College, where she received an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts in December 2006. Whitney currently works for Virginia State Parks and volunteers at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park, as well as for the Head Start program at a local preschool. In her spare time, Whitney loves to play the piano, to sing, and to swing dance with friends. She hopes to continue working for the Virginia State Parks system or the National Park Service after graduation.