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Success Stories | 2022


History Alum Wins Fellowship

MSU Denver History Alum Carlos Nevares just won a competitive Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation Fellowship! Carlos is currently teaching American History and Geography and works as Esports Head Coach at Grandview High School in the Cherry Creek School District.

Carlos will join a select group of Fellows who will travel to Poland this summer and immerse themselves in the study and teaching of Holocaust history. Then he will share his expertise next year with students at Grandview. “This was really a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Carlos noted, “and I couldn’t pass it up.”

Carlos began his MSU Denver coursework after serving for seven years with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator and Combat Marksmanship trainer. Reflecting back on his military service, Carlos said: “In the Marine Corps I was entrusted with the personal and professional development of young men and women. That mentorship aspect of being a Marine was extremely rewarding to me, so I thought the natural job field I should pursue was being a high school history teacher.”

The MSU Denver History Department congratulates Carlos on this exciting opportunity. We were delighted that you chose to study History and Education with us.

Success Stories | 2021-2019

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Matthew Makley's Book Wins Award

Dr. Makley’s book, The Small Shall Be Strong: A History of Lake Tahoe’s Washoe Indians, was selected as the 2019 “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice. Their letter of notification specified, “These outstanding works have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as an important—often the first—treatment of their subject.

Constituting about eleven percent of the titles reviewed by Choice during the past year, and two percent of the more than 21,000 titles submitted to Choice during the same period, Outstanding Academic Titles are truly the ‘best of the best.”

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Cristina Bejan’s New Book Featured at International Event

The event for Dr. Bejan’s 1st Romanian book launch for her award-winning book of poetry Green Horses on the Walls, was hosted by the Mayor of Sibiu, Astrid Fodor, and her “Sister Cities” program. This was due in part, to Dr. Bejan, recently becoming Cultural Attaché for her hometown of Durham, NC which has a “Sister Cities” partnership with Sibiu, Romania. (Sibiu, the 2007 “European Capital of Culture”, is in the heart of Transylvania and the city that Romania’s current president Klaus Iohannis is from.)

The event was in English but Romanian was also featured as some of Dr. Bejan’s poetry is bilingual. The book launch also featured two luminaries of Romanian literature, both originally from Sibiu themselves: ANDREI CODRESCU (USA) and RADU VANCU (RO).

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