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Helping to Restore the Tower of Victory

Helping to Restore the Tower of Victory

Executive Director Jim Johnson as Ensign James Johnson, 5th New York exhorts the crowd at Newburgh Brewing Company on Sunday to support the restoration of Washington Headquarters’ Tower of Victory with their tips. Johnson serves on the fund-raising committee to save Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln’s memorial to peace and victory in the American Revolution.


Meet the Intern: Rosemarie Martens

RoRosemarie Martenssemarie Martens is a junior at Marist College studying History and Adolescent Education with minors in Spanish and Latin American/Caribbean Studies. She has a passion for learning about non-western civilizations. Her favorite classes that she has experienced during her undergraduate years at Marist College would most likely be either Women in Asia or Race and Relations in Latin America. Both classes challenged the analytical categories such as race, gender and class. Rosemarie has always wanted to travel during her undergraduate years and if she had been able to she would have loved to study in Spain or Cuba for a semester or more.

Some hobbies that Rosemarie enjoys include thrilling activities such as playing sports strictly for fun, paintballing, laser tagging, swimming, running, and riding roller coasters. Rosemarie loves playing beach volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, softball, and street hockey; although she tends to not watch sports on television. She rarely watches television in general, but when she does she enjoys watching adult comedy, crime shows, the Olympics or Shark Week. Rosemarie also loves watching and quoting movies that she has seen countless times such as Star Wars and classic Pixar movies. When she has the time to visit home for the weekend on Long Island, Rosemarie loves playing with her two golden doodles Bonnie and Clyde who she calls her bookends since they’re always in the mood to snuggle up with their favorite owner. Rosemarie has difficulty sitting in silence and so she listens, sings and or whistles to country music, indie folk or her all-time favorite band Muse.

In the future, Rosemarie hopes to one day work as a Social Studies teacher at an inner city middle school with a focus on multicultural education. When she is on summer vacation, Rosemarie plans on continuing her part time job at the Christian summer day camp, Camp Alvernia, where she has proudly worked for the past six summers. She anticipates pursuing grad school for Adolescent Education somewhere in New York City as well as applying to teach English as a second language in a Spanish speaking country. Rosemarie also seeks to continue her anti-bullying campaign which she has been coordinating as well as presenting at the Poughkeepsie Middle School during her undergraduate years at Marist. Rosemarie is a passionately driven individual who strives to constantly challenge herself and make a difference to those she comes into contact with.

Meet the Intern: Robert Carreira

Hi everyone! My name is Robert Carreira, and I am a current junior here at Marist College and a new intern at the Hudson River Valley Institute. I am extremely excited to begin interning here at the Hudson River Valley Institute, especially since I am a Hudson Valley native myself!  The majority of my childhood was spent in Granite Springs, a small town in Westchester County, New York, only 10 minutes from the Hudson River. I love the programs, professors, as well as clubs and activities here at Marist that I have been able to enjoy so far.

I am currently majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in history, as a well as a minor in psychology. I have come to truly enjoy and bond with my various professors, across all the departments. I have been able to hone my literary and higher thinking skills due the excellent classroom environments created by the spectacular staff. Outside of academics I try to stay busy with many on campus activities and clubs. For the past three years I have thoroughly enjoyed playing many intramural sports, both in the fall and spring semesters. These sports have included badminton, basketball, dodge ball, and soccer. I also am a part of Phi Alpha Theta, which is the history honor society and club here at Marist, as the current vice-president. I have been lucky enough to also be a part of Campus Ministry, as well as Teachers of Tomorrow. I have been a Resident Assistant for the past two years, and I am currently in Leo Hall. I have met some of my best friends through becoming a Resident Assistant. The job has numerous challenges, yet overcoming these challenges has helped me mature and become better prepared to be a strong educator in the future.

Some personal interests of mine include TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Office, as well as Modern Family. I also have a huge passion for soccer. It has always been an outlet for me and has helped me through tough and stressful times throughout my life. Soccer is also a very intricate part of my culture. My family is Portuguese and I was blessed to spend a small portion of my childhood in Portugal. I am fluent in Portuguese as well as Spanish and I love the rich and unique culture of my family. This background has led to my interest and involvement with the Hudson River Valley Institute. Having grown up near the Hudson River, I feel that I have not learned about its diverse and interesting history. Robert Carreira

Meet the Intern: Dennis Primiano

Hello Intranet! My name is Dennis Primiano, and I am one of the new spring interns (and possibly the oldest ever) here at the Hudson River Valley Institute. I am currently a senior at Marist College, majoring in history and secondary education. I am from right here in Poughkeepsie, New York.

After a successful twelve year career serving my nation as a member of the United States Air Force, I decided that I needed a change. My wife, Erika, and I moved back to the area from Phoenix, Arizona. Looking for a new path in life, Erika, who is a school teacher, inspired me to pursue a teaching career, and that is how I landed here at Marist College. My connection to the college runDennis Primianos very deep. As a child, I would attend basketball games and my wife is an alumna. My time outside of the classroom is spent with my two daughters Elyse (3 yrs.) and Raegan (9 mos.). During the winter months, the family and I can be found running around the McCann Center at both Men’s and Women’s basketball games. I have also been known to play a round of golf or two. I have always been involved with sports, and golf has allowed me to keep those competitive fires burning. I also spend one weekend a month and two weeks a year serving as a Technical Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves.

I am incredibly happy that I am able to intern at the Hudson River Valley Institute this semester and to work and learn about historic Hudson River Valley landmarks. History has a greater impact when you can actually see the history and not just read about it. History is real, not just words on a page.  This area of the country is robust with historical landmarks. As a native of this area, I remember taking class trips to landmarks like the FDR Presidential Library, George Washington’s Headquarters and West Point. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the Hudson River Valley and trying to bring this history to the classroom. I have already been fortunate enough to have had my dream job, but after leaving Marist I hope to one day have a teaching job and a classroom of my own. During my time in the Air Force I was fortunate enough to travel the world, and I think I can bring an out of the box prospective to History in the classroom.

Meet our Social Media Intern: Amanda Schmaeling

Hello! My name is Amanda Schmaeling and I am a junior here at Marist College. Originally I am from Long Island, NY where I grew up playing on the sandy north-shore beaches with my three sisters and taking care of our adorable yellow lab, Holly. Currently I am a Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Fashion Merchandising. So far I have been loving my time here at Marist and all the great courses and professors I have encountered. Last semester I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where I had the unique opportunity to explore the amazing Italian culture while continuing my course curriculum. When I graduate college I hope to work in New York City at a Public Relations firm or the Communications department of a fashion company doing PR, marketing, or even advertising. Meanwhile, in my free time, I like to keep very busy. I am a member of multiple clubs on campus including Zumba, yoga, and the dance ensemble. I enjoy volunteering with the Habitat for Humanity organization as well as the Campus Ministry club. Along with those, I am the PanHellenic officer of the Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma and the Public Relations Coordinator of the Silver Needle Runway fashion show. I also work in the Academic Affairs office located in the Marist College Hancock amanda_schmaelingCenter, and to add one more thing to my plate, I just started interning with the Hudson River Valley Institute.

This leads me to my excitement about this new position as a Social Media coordinator for the HRVI. I am very much looking forward to working with this organization to uphold its professional reputation as well as help the organization upgrade into the 21st century with new forms of social media and marketing. I am hoping that this internship will allow me to expand my knowledge of PR related functions such as social media tactics and grow from my experiences as both a mentor and learner. I look forward to all the great things that lay ahead this semester and cannot wait to see what this new year will have in store!