Meeting Minutes: Fall 2012-Spring 2013

September 5, 2012 Meeting

Attendance: 11

An in-depth discussion of History Helpers. If you missed the meeting, please see the "History Helpers" tab located at the top of this webpage for more information on how you can take part in this exciting new tutoring program.

August 30, 2012 Meeting

Attendance: 26

Open Forum

     v    The Northerner Historical Review

This is the first year that a student-organized journal will be published in any academic discipline at NIU. Anyone in any History class may submit a paper. The journal will be published each semester with roughly 10 academic submissions selected for each publication. Please contact Wayne Duerkes at for more details.

     v    History Helpers

The History Club, with the support of NIU’s History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will begin tutoring students in 100 and 200-level History classes. The requirements to become a tutor are as follows: Have taken the class that one wishes to tutor in at NIU or an equivalent class at another institution, received a letter grade of an “A” in that class, and a Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member. However, there are exceptions to these criteria. Please contact Wayne Duerkes for more details at

       v    Reminisce with the History Club

The History Club will begin oral interviews at the Barb City Manor located in DeKalb, Il. Utilizing a generous grant that allowed the History Club to purchase audio/video equipment, these interviews will be filmed or otherwise digitally recorded; these digital recordings will then be processed and preserved for later use. A great opportunity for any student interested in History, Journalism, or Museum Studies. Please contact Rob Alanzo for more details at

Meeting Minutes: Fall 2011-Spring 2012

October 6 Meeting Notes:

Club Election

-Elected President: Wayne Duerkes

-Elected Vice President: Jessie Shatluck

-Elected Secretary: Chelsea Shullanberger

-Elected Treasurer: Jennifer Wegmann-Gaddo

-Elected Chair of Publicity: Natalie Cincotta

-Elected Chair of Membership: Becca Weust

Discussion of Possible Guest Speakers and Meeting Dates

-10/11: Guest Speaker Cathy Doederlein, Coordinator of Internships for Humanities in Dusable 274

-10/20: Movie Night in Douglas TV room from 6:00-10:45 p.m.

-10/27:  Guest Speaker Jim Milhorn in the Library Room 297


-11/9: Guest Speaker Anne Hanley

-11/24: Thanksgiving


-12/8: Finals

Discussion of Movie Night

Would be held after a club meeting, possibly on 10/11 or 10/27 in Douglas Building.

Discussion of Field Trips

Possible field trip to a museum in Chicago on 11/5.

 October 11 Notes:

-Guest Speaker Cathy Doederlein, Coordinator of Internships for Humanities

*Provides on-the-job training, professional experience for resume, eligible for financial credit, transcript recognition through Career Services,etc.

*Where to look: Career Services,,, Craig's List, make appointment with her

*How to apply: Create a resume, write a cover letter, prepare writing samples, request recommendation letters, complete application with her

*Where to go: Museums, Government Offices, State Parks, Academic Presses, Editorial Houses, Marketing/Advertising

*Specific Places: Cantigny's First Division Museum, NIU Press, Rockford Veteran's Memorial Hall, etc.

October 20 Notes:

-Orientation Days: Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays for 1 hour increments

-Field Trip to the Field Museum on November 5

-Passed out "Rate My Professor" sheets of the History professors

October 27 Notes:

-Guest Speaker Jim Millhorn, Library Liaison to the History Department

-Described the Research Databases on the Library website

-Recommended the the databases Hathi Trust, Center for Research Libraries, America: History & LIfe, International Medieval Bibliography, and

-Many databases have full text documents and primary resources, as well as rare books

November 3 Notes:

-Revised Meeting Schedule

-Discussed Registration Dates: 11/7 Honors, Athletes, Disabled, 11/8 Graduate Students, 11/9 Post Baccalaureate(120-999.9 credits), 11/10 90-119.99 credits, 11/11 60-89.9 credits, 11/14-11/15 30-59.9 credits, 11/16 0-29.9 credits, 11/18 Open Enrollment

-Rate My Professor: Most classes that had been taken were said to have been reading-intensive, stuck strictly to the syllabus, attendance was very important, and had around 3 papers due

Nov. 9 Meeting Notes

-Guest Speaker Dr. Anne Hanley (Director of Graduate Studies)

-Find a program: You should find out what geographic area you are interested in, as well as the thematic or methodical history. It is important to study what interests you. You can find programs that fit your interests by identifying books/authors that you love. By going to the History page on the NIU website, then clicking on the Graduate Programs icon, then the Graduate Faculty icon, you can see which areas are taught by each member of the faculty. 

-How to apply: You need to have your transcripts, good grades in history, GREs (need at least a 60% verbal score and at least a 4.5/6 writing score), writing sample and application essay (explain why you are drawn to history, what your interests are, what training you have, etc.) 

-Assistantships: Need at least 90% verbal score and at least a 5.0 writing score. This is very competitive. You need to be able to stand out with your grades.

-What happens next: Enter MA program(2 years, composed of coursework, research seminars, and comprehensive examinations). Apply to PhD program (similar structure, specializing, mix courses according to topics and levels of education).

-NIU program: 30 hours=10 classes

-Fields are geographic, MA is field-driven, PhD is more about methods/thematic history

-Public History program: work with public interpretations, archives, museums. 

January 19 Meeting Notes

-Discussed the general schedule plan for the future meetings

-Possibly may join the Dodgeball Organizational League

-Possibly may have Professor Andrews as a guest speaker

-Shared an article from the Perspectives on History magazine from the American Historical Association: states that the job market is improving and PhD recipients are on the rise

-Noted that this is John Hink's last semester as the advisor

-March 3 is the deadline for History scholarships; submit to Eric on the 7th floor of Zulauf

-Discussed ideas for our schedule: Hear about internships,the Ottoman States, Postcolonial Africa, & Latin America, go to a museum on campus, have a Trivia Night, go to some Chicago museums, go to a historical bookstore, take an architecture or cemetery tour, have a mixer with other clubs, go to Medieval Times, and have Movie Nights.

-First movie night will probably be January 31 

January 26 

-Guest Speaker: Cathy Doederlein, located in Reavis Hall 306 A, email:, spoke about Internships for Humanity Majors

-There is a Facebook page; Like "NIU Humanities Majors Internships" on Facebook for information regarding internships

-Internship Workshop on February 16 at 5 to 7 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center

-You can make an appointment with Cathy if you are interested in becoming involved with an internship

-Some internships give academic credit and are linked to the course ILAS 390

-If applying for an internship, it is important to have a resume and a cover letter

-Internships mentioned at the meeting were the RAMP internship, Food & Water Watch, Cantini internship, and Vintage Wheels & Wings museum

-Many local organizations have internships or may be willing to have them

-Several other guest speakers that may appear in the future meetings are Dr. Andrews, Dr. Dawson, Dr. Sandberg, Dr. Montana, and the President of the History Graduate program

February 2

-President Wayne Duerkes provided information about the Illinois Heritage Association; the email list sends information about museums, funding for teachers, seminars, fellowships, conferences, links to legitimate historical documents, and provides good bibliographical information

-To be put on the email list for the Illinois Heritage Associaton contact:

-February 7: Professor Dawson is scheduled to talk to us in Dusable 446 at 5 p.m.

-February 16: Tentatively scheduled Movie Night from 6-10:45 p.m. in Douglas, as well as the White Elephant game

-February 23: Professor Andrews will talk about Chinese history in Graham 340 at 2:30 p.m.

-February 25: Grad. Prep Seminar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., register online at

-March 1: Trivia Night "World War II" at 5 p.m.

-April 21: Tentatively scheduled Chicago Architecture Tour of the South Side of Historical Downtown

-March 8: Study Abroad meeting

-March 22: "Rate My Professor" night with John Hink

February 23

-Guest Speaker Teri Schmidgall (Career Counselor in Career Services)

-Career Services helps with: individual career counseling, individual internship/job search counseling, resume development & review, interview preparation, career fairs, and graduate/professional school assistance

-Internship & Job Fairs occur every October and February, Educator's Fair occurs every spring, Graduate School Fair occurs every fall

-It is important to: plan early for grad school, take advantage of research opportunities, ingratiate yourself with your faculty, and invest time in career exploration

-Career Resource Center is located in Campus Life Building room 235

-Trivia Night will be on March 1st at 5 p.m.

March 8

-Guest Speaker Greg Bereiter Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Program

-Most doctoral programs require a foreign language

-M.A. Program: 10 classes, 30 hours, 2 classes in secondary field, 2 exam essays in primary field

-Grad Seminar: less than 15 students, core of grad program, fast-paced

-Research Seminar: independent research, 25-30 page paper, mostly primary sources

-Reading Seminar: focus on theme or location with 1 book per week, mostly secondary sources

-Reading Tips: take notes on introduction, take notes on conclusion, selectively read, focus on 1st sentences

-4th semester: satisfy exam requirements, independent study, academic credit

-Financial Aspect: assistantship or fellowship, separate applications, most students are funded

-Consider whether programs have money to support sources for thesis, how long funding is available, do they have internal grants

March 22

-Guest Speaker Lauren Mock from the Stuy Abroad Office, Williston 417

-Did her study abroad in Oxford

-Study Abroad: take classes overseas, transfer credit towards GPA and area of study

-500 programs, 80 countries have study abroad

-Requirements: at least 2 semesters at NIU, around a 2.75 GPA, be in good standing with the university

-2 types: Cosponsor (partner with other organizations, offer scholarships/discounts/grants, in country contact) & Faculty-Directed (led by NIU faculty, NIU courses)

-Financial aid comes with you from the university

-Study abroad gives you the ability to take rare courses, such as Sailing or Bartending

-You should access your major's department for financial funding

-$500-$1,000 given in scholarships (based on essay and faculty recommendations)

-Summer program last from 3-6 weeks, there are also semester and yearlong programs

-There are internship options, may need a work visa or permit

-Student visas are needed in some cases

-Go to the travel clinic to get recommendations for vaccines

-Provides 3-6 credit hours in summer programs

March 27

-Guest Speaker John Hink, introduction of new advisor David

-New Faculty: Dr. Smalley (Director of Teacher Certification), Dr. Kuby (Modern France & Imperialism), Dr. Bruno (Russian History),and Dr. Joy (Native Americans)

-John suggests that we get to know our professors and meet with our advisors

-Rate My Professor Night

-Discussed our various impressions on teachers we have had at NIU

April 12

-Guest Speakers: Professor Jones and Sandberg

-Professor Jones: Malaysia-Brunei study abroad this summer

-Can get 6 credits of 400 level History courses

-This is the cheapest program

-Usually stay in one place for 3-4 days

-In-field presentations, all inclusive, you don't need a background in Asian history, no language requirements, Deadline May 1

-Professor Sandberg: History of the Ottoman Empire

-Was a world power in the 16th-17th centuries

-Muslim religion is associated with them

-Turkish peoples (Anatolia)

-Competition with the Persian Empire

-Were thought barbaric by Europe

-Had a loyal and well-trained infantry, became a colonizing power

-Ruined by World War One

April 26

-Announcements; May 7 at 4 p.m. Knights and Samurai perform at the Kishwaukee YMCA, May 10 from 3-6 p.m. History Department Picnic at Hopkins Park

-Elections for new officers, effective May 10: President-Jennifer Wegmann-Gabb, Vice President-Natalie Cincotta, Treasurer-Michael Cravens, Secretary-Ron Leonhardt, Membership Chair-Robert Alanzo, & Publicity Chair-Becca Weust

-Elections for Executive Board for the Publication: Jordan Pastorik, Natalie Cincotta, Ron Leonhardt, Becca Weust, & Jennifer Wegmann-Gabb