Monday, September 19, 2011

Graduate Assistant Spotlight: Regina Brinza

Each fall, the History Department awards graduate assistantship positions to outstanding students, providing for them full tuition, a modest stipend, and the opportunity to engage in research and other scholarly activities under the supervision of a faculty member. 

And each year, we like to highlight those graduate assistants on our blog. To start off the 2011-2012 academic year, we would like to introduce you to Regina Brinza, a graduate student in the Public History Program.


Undergraduate Institution:
Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA

Undergraduate Major:
History, with minors in Public History and Sociology

Greensburg, PA


Favorite Movie:
Out of the more serious genres, I'd pick V for Vendetta or The Truman Show. As for comedies, The Producers and The Ladykillers are high on my list. 

Favorite Historical Period:
Late 19th and early 20th century U.S. - industrialization is fascinating.

Extracurricular Activities in College:
I was president of Saint Vincent's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. I also volunteered at the Westmoreland County Historical Society and sang in one of the college choirs.  My work-study positions were in Financial Aid, the History Department, and a small museum on campus called the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery, which exhibits woven blankets and textile processing tools.

Little Known Fact About You:
I recently joined a pinball league, which I found to be surprisingly addictive and challenging.

What area of history are you focusing on in your graduate career here at Duquesne University?
Standardization is a major theme in the industrialization of the U.S., so I'd like to explore the general public's increased access to information as enabled by rail travel, wired communications, and mass consumption of print catalogs and magazines.   I'm on the Public History track and will take the professional courses for archival and museum studies.

What are some of the responsibilities you will have as a graduate assistant here in the department?  Who are the faculty members you’ll be assisting?
I'll be assisting Drs. Jay Dwyer and Jay Li in bibliographical research, finding relevant research grants, and other various tasks that may come up as the semester progresses and as they work on writing projects.

How do you like Pittsburgh?
It's even better than I expected.  Navigation of these unpredictable Pittsburgh roads isn't so bad.  Plus, there have been festivals and other events in the city every weekend.  Even though it's no major metropolis, the city and surrounding area has more museums, restaurants, bars, parks, and other places to go than a person could visit in two years.

What are your plans (or your dreams) for after you finish your M.A.?
Although cultural institutions are taking a hard hit in this economy, I hope to be working in collections at a museum in the Northeast (or perhaps the Midwest).  It might also be rewarding to work for the National Park Service.

What is one of the things you’re most excited to experience here at Duquesne/in Pittsburgh? I can't wait to start an internship, because all of my experience so far has been at small institutions.  It will be interesting to see whether or not I prefer the atmosphere at a larger one.  Plus, I'd like to continue whittling down my gargantuan "to-visit" list of Pittsburgh attractions.

1 comment:

  1. Ein wirklich interessanter Blog, und schön eingeleitet mit dem provokativen Foto. Diese Bild ist wirklich sehr ungewöhnlich wie z.b. dieses Gemälde von dem schweizer Maler Paul Klee und seinem Blick über dem Park. Dieses und noch vielmehr kann auf angeschaut und als Druck oder auch als Gemälde bestellt werden.