Pipkin Wins Outstanding Intern Award

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Kyle Pipkin ’11 won the College’s Mel Grinspan Award, given annually to a student for outstanding work as an intern.  Kyle participated in the Department’s Public History Internship during spring 2011.  This meant that he took Prof. Tim Huebner’s course on Public History while working ten hours per week at a local public history site – in this case Memphis Heritage, the leading historic preservation agency in the Mid-South.  This is the first time that a member of the Department’s internship program has won this award.

According to his supervisors at Memphis Heritage, who nominated him, Kyle enthusiastically and skillfully performed every task—no matter how big or how small.  “He helped us archive many old articles and photos, most of which he retrieved from boxes in our attic.  He helped reorganize our resource files so people can come by to do research.  He helped organize our website by categorizing and labeling articles of interest. …He put together several invitations for events and created a brochure for us to use to entice past members to rejoin.  He even helped go pick up large items that people had donated for our architectural auction,” one of his supervisors wrote.  Kyle’s work with Memphis Heritage also included collaborating with students at East High School on moving a historic one-room schoolhouse to their property and turning it into an exhibit. 

Kyle’s participation and involvement in the Public History course also proved exemplary.  According to Prof. Huebner, who joined in nominating him, “Kyle’s experience shows the enormous value of giving students the opportunities to make deliberate connections between the classroom and their work in the community.”