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Barry Cohen Barry Cohen

1966, BA in History

Recent Positions
CEO Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School (Retired)
Vice President for Finance and CFO, Centenary College, NJ (Retired)

Additional Degrees, Majors, Training
MBA, Columbia University
EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University

"How did your history degree from University of Rochesterhelp you prepare for your profession?"

It gave me a life long interest in education.  The liberal arts and history fostered an interest in the big picture, curiosity, and actively seeking alternatives.


Adam Konowe

Adam Konowe

1990, BA in History and Political Science

Current Positions
VP, Client Strategy (Aerospace & Defense), TMP Government
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of Communication, American University

Additional Degrees, Majors, Training
Junior Year Abroad, Keele University (UK)
MA Public Communication, American University

"How did your history degree from University of Rochester help you prepare for your profession?"

The research, writing and speaking skills that were honed during my undergraduate years as a University of Rochester history major constitute an invaluable asset that pays dividends to this day. The high expectations of my history professors necessitated and nurtured a rigorous approach to information collection and dissemination that has served me well, first in broadcasting and more recently in marketing. I will be forever grateful to Rochester for equipping me with vital core skills that have stood the test of time and enabled my success.


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Nancy Kelts Rice

1958, BA in History

Current Position
Social Worker, Retired

Additional Degrees, Majors, Training
Masters of Social Work, Syracuse University, 1967

"How did your history degree from University of Rochester help you prepare for your profession?"

Helping people requires an interest in and empathy for their history, including cultural and historical origins.


William RobinsonWilliam Robinson

1972, BA in History

Current Position
Director, Legal Affairs, and Councel for Sanofi Pasteur Biologics LLC

Additional Degrees, Majors, Training
JD, Boston University School of Law, 1975
Member, Massachusetts Bar, 1975-Present

"How did your history degree from University of Rochester help you prepare for your profession?"

The discipline of the history program, the individual excellence of the professors, and the richness of the course content prepared me very well for law school and practice.


Peter Szabo

Peter Szabo

1985, BA in History and Political Science

Current Position
Founder and Principal, Bloomingdale Management Advisors, LLC

Additional Degrees, Majors, Training
MPPM, Yale School of Management, 1990
MA in International Relations, Yale University, 1990

"How did your history degree from University of Rochester help you prepare for your profession?"

My history degree prepared me in many fundamental ways for life and for my career. Among those that come immediately to mind are: a) ability to synthesize lots of information, to look for the essential story, and, with that, the important meanings – this is a crucial skill; b) ability to think critically and independently; c) ability to research, to not trust just the first bit of information you find, but to keep digging; d) a sense of “historiography,” which applied outside academia translates to, “Well, how have people thought about this issue over time, and how do people think about it now?”; e) multiculturalism – how people from different cultures, etc. may view things differently; f) outstanding writing skills.


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Curtis Vock

1986, BA in History and BS in Optics; 1987, MS in Optics

Current Position
Partner at Lathrop & Gage, LLP

Additional Degrees, Majors, Training
JD, New England School of Law, 1992
MBA, University of Denver, 2000


Randall Whitestone

Randall B. Whitestone

1983, BA in History and English

Current Position
Director of Communications for the Americas, The Carlyle Group

Additional Degrees, Majors, Training
MBA in Finance, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

"How did your history degree from University of Rochester help you prepare for your profession?"

A history student’s ability to absorb and synthesize complex information and draw salient conclusions is fundamental to success in any profession – and especially so in communications-related fields. Additionally, historians must demonstrate critical thinking and a commitment to ideas – two attributes that have proved important in my career, whether in publishing a news story or in advising senior corporate executives.


Mark Zaid

Mark Zaid

1989, BA in History and Political Science

Current Position
Attorney/Managing Partner, Mark S. Zaid, P.C.

Additional Degrees, Majors, Training
JD, Albany Law School, 1992

"How did your history degree from University of Rochester help you prepare for your profession?"

My history studies not only helped me prepare for law school, but it continues to help me every day in my profession as an attorney.


Arthur Zapesochny

Arthur Zapesochny

2005, BA in History

Current Position
Financial Consultant, AXA Advisors

Additional Degrees, Majors, Training
Certification in the Retirement Planning Program, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

"How did your history degree from University of Rochester help you prepare for your profession?"

Building at clientele is based on creating an emotional connection. People are often impressed when I can discuss the history (trials and tribulations) of my potential prospects' native country.