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 runs 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.