Scott Bartell

What did you like most about studying history at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay?

I truly wouldn't trade my degree in history and experiences at UWGB for anything. Going there, and especially studying history, literally changed the trajectory of my life. Many will caution students about the lack of professions outside of teaching for those with a degree in history, but I feel that lacks imagination and the sentiments of that statement are counter to every skill a his-tory major is required to possess. For starters, we are made to conduct exhaustive research in a wide-range of areas, often outside of our interests. Then that research has to be comprehensively analyzed, many times mixing objective with subjective viewpoints. Finally, opinions and deci-sions are made based on information from multiple resources and only after careful examination of issues at hand. To me, someone with a degree in history is perfectly suited for nearly any pro-fession, and their value in the business world is highly underappreciated.

Did you have an internship and/or work with a professor on any special project? If so, what project?

All of the professors at UWGB were extremely hands-on, caring, and nurturing. And they really assumed the role of mentor as well. I got to know many of them quite well during my time at UWGB and manage to keep in contact with them to this day. One of these outstanding professors is Gregory Aldrete, who even to this day I've had a great working relationship with and am fortunate to call him and his wife my good friends. Right after my junior year at GB, Professor Aldrete and I began an original research project that focused on the study and reconstruction of a type of ancient cloth body armor worn by many civilizations around the ancient Mediterranean. This work culminated in the publication of a research book through Johns Hopkins University Press; and we continue to write about the topic in academic magazines and journals, as well as lecture on the subject in various forums. Aldrete and I have also done a number of projects in reconstructive archaeology that have involved other students and professors in joint ventures. Other professors that have helped me tremendously through the years are (in no order): Heidi Sherman, Clifton Ganyard, David Voelker, and Derek Jeffreys.

What are you currently doing with your history degree?

Personally, and not to sound dramatic, I use my degree each day. And I try to do as many professional things as I can fit in. A couple times each year I volunteer to give lectures for the UWGB program Learning in Retirement. I've often taught full days at my old high school as well. Currently, I am just beginning to work on an article for a local magazine that centers on the history of northeast Wisconsin. And on top of that, I hope to attend graduate school in the fall to get my master's in history. I may be biased, but I feel like everyone could benefit from having a degree in history. And there literally isn't a single thing throughout the day that doesn't have a history, a story, a reason, etc. History has, very unfairly, been relegated to be little more than names and dates of long ago people and events of the past. However, history is everything. It is art, psychology, biology, anthropology, business, ethics, philosophy, geography, English/writing, sociology, etc, etc! As i said earlier, this, among many things, is why I believe a history major is suited for nearly any profession in any area of life.