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Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Our Graduates

May 2018

Sam Barron
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 ComfortErin 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.


Fall 2017 Interns

Darren Ivey

Darren Ivey

Obviously, I’m older than the average intern. After a lackluster first attempt at college, I went to work in the food industry, construction, factory work, and professional firefighting. I returned to college four years ago, and plan to graduate next year (I don’t recommend the 30-year college plan, by the way). My wife and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary earlier this year. We have three sons, two of whom have left the nest. The oldest is married, but there are no grandkids yet. In the field of history, I have written two non-fiction books, the second of which will be published in October. I’m also preparing articles for submission to Great Plains QuarterlyMontana: The Magazine of Western History, and Kansas History. In addition, I publish a “Historical Artwork of the West” post every Sunday morning on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DarrenL.IveyOfficial/) that discusses a specific painting and the history behind it. I have ideas for 25 more books and three articles, all concerning nineteenth-century American history (Civil War, Texas Rangers, the Indian Wars, and lawmen of the Old West). My future career goal is to find employment as an archivist at a historical archive, hopefully somewhere here in the Midwest. This coming semester, my project will be a study of the civilian scouts employed by the U.S. Army in the Plains states in the 1860s and 1870s.                                                                                                 

Macy Davis

Macy Davis

My name is Macy Davis and I am a junior majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in mass communications and journalism. I’m currently serving as President of Alpha of Clovia 4-H Cooperative Leadership house, and I compete on the K-State forensics team. As a book lover, it should come as no surprise that my favorite hobbies are reading and writing, plus I spent this past summer as an intern at the Young Readers Center in the Library of Congress. As a western Kansas native (I’m from Scott City), I have an affinity for windswept prairie and sunsets over farm fields. I look forward to writing about western Kansas this semester as I work on a research project about sense of place, potentially through the angle of the moving window. 

Molly Black

Molly Black

My name is Molly Black and I am a sophomore in History at Kansas State University. I was born in Lafayette, Indiana, but have lived in McPherson, Kansas for the past 11 years. I am an avid music listener, adventurer, and lover of the arts. My entire life I have been fascinated with stories: theatre, books, movies, etc. When it boils down to it, my love for history stems from my love for both stories and people. In the future, I would love to work in Public History. My dream at the moment is to work in a history museum in a large city. At K-State I am involved in the orchestra playing violin, as well as taking private lessons. In addition, I am a part of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and am involved in the Ichthus campus ministry.

Morgan Fluker

Morgan Fluker

My name is Morgan Fluker, and I am from Valley Center, Kansas. I am a senior in Anthropology this year with a focus in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnohistory. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, writing, and going on road trips, especially to museums and festivals. My project for the Chapman Center will be focused around the Kanza Indian tribe and their use of natural resources in and around waterways in Kansas. The project will be to produce an original map of the known resources and trails. After graduation in May, I hope to continue my education in graduate school focusing on Cultural Anthropology or Museum and Heritage Studies.

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!