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Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Our Graduates

May 2018

Samuel Barron-Hernandez

Sam graduated with double majors in Finance and Accounting and a minor in French. He has earned a job in Kansas City with an accounting firm.

Erin Comfort

Erin graduated with a B.A. in History and a minor in Anthropology, and has been with the Chapman Center since the summer of 2017. She started as an intern with Eric Gudenkauf, working at the Blue Rapids Museum in strategic planning. She has since served as an office assistant, and her primary project was digitizing the Chapman Center Library - nearly 700 entries!

She doesn't quite know what she wants to do yet, but is on the hunt for a good job so that she can support her fiance in getting his degree. They will be getting married in June of 2018.

Darren Ivey

Darren was an intern in the Fall of 2017, and he studied civilian scouts employed by the U.S. Army in the Plains region during the Civil War. He hopes to find employment as an archivist somewhere in the Midwest.

Morgan Fluker

Morgan majored in Anthropology and will be attending a graduate program on the East Coast.

Mckenzie Combes

Mckenzie has graduated with double majors in History and Park Management and Conservation. She enjoys reading, cooking, archery, and hunting.


December 2017

Taj Brimmer

Taj, a senior in Public Relations with a minor in Leadership Studies, has been with the Chapman Center for three years. As a student office assistant, she served as a social media specialist in promoting the Chapman Center and its important work to KSU and the community. Taj also contributed to several of the Center's signature projects, including the Going Home Exhibit that garnered national recognition.

Taj's leadership and commitment to excellence extends beyond her work with the Chapman Center. She has been a leadership force on KSU's campus as President of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and VP of the Black Student Union. She has received several awards including the 2017 Dean of Students Most Outstanding Senior Award. We are so proud of her and wish her the best on her postgraduate endeavors.

Brad Galka

Brad received his Masters of Arts degree in History. (His thesis "A Business Plot in the American Press" is a scintillating read.) Brad has been a staple of the Center since joining the team in spring 2016. He is the Assistant Editor for The Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy, as well as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of History. 

Brad has accomplished a lot during his time at the Chapman Center. Recently, he contributed his research and writing skills to a World War II memorial commemorating the service and the lives of Riley County veterans. He was also an indispensable member of the Going Home Exhibit team. Check out his Graduate Spotlight piece in the Archives!