Undergraduate Students at the Institute

Jordan Bolan

Jordan Bolan is the Institute’s Supervisor of Students and Senior Assistant overseeing the 22 undergraduates working at the Institute. She is a senior graduating in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Editing, Writing, and Media. In the past, Jordan has interned in the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, FSU’s Department of Political Science, and in Senator Bill Nelson’s constituent’s office.  She has worked for the Institute since her freshman year and assists with archival work, donor outreach, writing and editing media material, and organizing events for guests of the Institutes. For the upcoming Society of Military History Meeting, Jordan has taken on a large role preparing for the event and will be acting as floor manager at the Conference.

Christina Armes

Christina Armes began her academic career at Florida State University at the young age of sixteen years old. With her Associate's degree already under her belt along with her high school diploma, she jumped right into upper division courses for her History and Spanish majors. She joined the team at the World War II Institute as an Undergraduate Assistant over Summer 2016 when she met the Institute Archivist, Mike Kasper. Over the course of her employment, she has processed many notable collections, including the Carl Johnson letters and the Alexander Schmidt collection, as well as published finding aids for collections on the online database. Christina continues to process and digitize incoming collections and will join the Institute team in hosting the Society for Military History Conference in Jacksonville this Spring.

Caroline Bowers

Caroline Bowers is a junior at FSU working on a double major in History and General Music, as well as a minor in Museum Studies. Her research interests focuses on topics concerning music history. She is beginning a DIS with the Institute this Spring, where she will be processing collections specifically related to military musicians and USO performers. Outside her work at the Institute, she is involved with the Honors program, she plays cello in the University Philharmonic Orchestra, and she is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota professional music fraternity.

Lorenzo Bright

Lorenzo is a senior studying history at Florida State University. His research interests broadly include African American history, World War II, and space history. After serving as a Conservation intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, he dreams of one day working for a museum and educating the next generation of historians. At the Institute, he is currently researching African American involvement in the Second World War and the social, political, and economic effects of the atomic bomb.

Eleanor Clark

Nell Clark is a junior International Affairs and Creative Writing double major from Saint Petersburg, Florida. During her time at Florida State she has been a Resident Assistant in Wildwood and Salley Halls, a 2016 Orientation Leader, and she currently performs research and public relations duties for the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at FSU; her research focuses on food crises in post-World War II Nazi Germany. In the future, she hopes to work as an analyst for National Public Radio and combine her passions for writing and international affairs.

Amelia Cross

Amelia Cross is a Junior at Florida State majoring in International Affairs and Public Relations. Her involvement with the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience began last Spring after taking an honors course with Dr. Kurt Piehler. Amelia then began working as an Undergraduate Assistant focusing on general publicity for the Institute and for the upcoming Society for Military History Conference. She plans to relocate to Washington D.C. after graduation with the hopes of working in government or for a non-profit organization.

Connor Doke

Connor Doke is an undergraduate student from Inverness, Florida. He is majoring in History at FSU. He is currently dedicated to building an online timeline on World War II to help develop the online presence of the Institute. The timeline will help students and professors utilize the great amount of collections and artifacts that are present at the Institute.

John Eubanks

John grew up in Bonifay, Florida, where he lived until transferring to Florida State University from Chipola College in the fall of 2015. He is currently in his final semester as a Florida State student, completing a degree in history with a minor in philosophy. John’s current project in the Institute is focused on the GI and the Law in World War II. This project allows him to explore the relationship between military and legal history. John is the Vice President of Risk Management for the Beta Psi chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and is an active member of the Sailing Club at FSU. In his time away from the University, John enjoys hiking, sailing, and traveling whenever possible.

Olivia Foley

Olivia is a sophomore pre-med student studying biology. Olivia is currently an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) student studying the history of medicine at the Institute. Olivia contributes to the Institute by processing collections and entering data into the FSU Archon database. She is also an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, National Society of Colligate Scholars, Student Alumni Association, Student Boosters, Fundamentals of Research and Career Education (FORCE), Health and Educational Relief Organization (HERO), and a First Responder in the Medical Response Unit. Olivia is very interested in world cultures. In fact, Olivia and her family have hosted over 30 foreign exchange and because of these relationships, Olivia was able to travel to France for 7 weeks in the summer of 2014, and Germany and Austria for 3 weeks in the summer of 2015.

Jacob Groh

Jacob Groh is a senior majoring in history with a minor in philosophy. He has been a member of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience since August of 2016. His interests in World War II include topics related to armored warfare and the European Theater of Operations. Currently, Jacob is processing raw collections and working with fellow student, Connor Doke, on a comprehensive World War II timeline for the Institute’s website.

Destinee Haller

Destinee Haller is a sophomore from Miami, Florida majoring in History and African American Studies. She is currently involved with the Black Female Development Circle and Southern Scholarship Foundation. In the future, she would like to pursue higher education within the realm of history. At the World War II Institute, she is working on entering some of the African American collections into various archival databases and hopes to increase the Institute’s African American collections.

Jeffrey Henley

Jeffrey Scott Henley is a second semester re-admitted student to Florida State University.  He graduated from FSU in 1989 with a BS in Marketing.  After a successful 26 year career in sales and account management including the last 11 years with C.H. Robinson Inc., a Fortune 250 third party logistics provider, he decided to leave his career and return to the academic world to pursue his long time passion of studying history with hopes of a second career passing along this love of history to others.  He is majoring in History with a planned minor in German. His interests in history include Weimar Germany, World War II and the American Civil War. 

Michelle Ibarra

Michelle Ibarra is a senior studying Art History at Florida State with minors in History, Museum Studies, and Anthropology.  She has a broad interest in material culture as well as visual and social histories. She intends to become a curator focusing on Native American art, history, and culture.  Last summer she worked with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage helping to document material culture from their Folklife Festival.  Previously, she has worked with the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience in a Museum Studies class that put together an exhibition using the Donald Kupfer collection.  This semester, she is interning at the Institute documenting collections and assisting with outreach.

Christopher Kapustin

Chris Kapustin is a senior working on a History degree with a minor in Museum Studies. He’s originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, but moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2001. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 2011 and attended Florida State College of Jacksonville where he received an Associate’s Degree. Then he transferred to Florida State University and is currently an intern at the World War II Institute and the Human Experience.

Brianna McLean

Brianna McLean is a student at Florida State University pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts in History with a minor in French. She has enjoyed working at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience since the summer of 2016. Whenever she is not going to school or work, she enjoys extracurricular activities like being a part of the World-Renowned Florida State University Marching Chiefs and Seminole Sound. She looks forward to one day being a professional historian conducting research and writing. Her interests include World War II, Women's Military History, American Military History, Home Front History, and War History in general. Brianna has plans to travel and gain research and writing experience before going back to school to get a Master’s of Library Science, and eventually, earn a Doctor of Philosophy in History.

Gillian Morton

Gillian Morton is a sophomore at Florida State University double majoring in History and International Affairs. Her interest in history comes from her father, who received his PhD in military history from FSU and is an active duty Colonel in the United States Army. Having grown up an Army Brat, Gillian has no hometown, but has lived in six US states (LA, FL, NY, VA, PA, SC) and two German cities. Gillian is particularly interested in World War II history, having visited many important European battlefields and landmarks. She enjoys focusing on the role of women in the military during WWII because of the inspiration of her own mother, who was an Army helicopter pilot.

Megan Quinn

Megan is a junior at FSU double majoring in History and Editing, Writing, and Media. She has taken many classes pertaining to World War II and is currently in her second semester as an editorial assistant at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience. She is interested in writing and wants to work in publishing as an editor once she graduates. Last summer, Megan spent two months in Ghana volunteering in a rural village as a teacher's aide. This coming summer she will be going to Peru to work at a wildlife rescue center.

Lyndee Rose

Lyndee Rose grew up in Orlando, Florida and graduated from The First Academy. She attends Florida State University and is majoring in Social Sciences with a minor in Professional Communications. She is actively participating in the Direct Individual Study program at the World War Institute for the Human Experience, an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, and interning for the State of Florida Lottery. Passionate for politics, Lyndee works as the Executive District Secretary for Senator Hutson of District 7. Lyndee aspires to pursue a career as a lobbyist for the Americans with Disabilities Association. After graduation this spring, Lyndee plans to be living in Washington D.C.

Hannah Shapiro

Hannah Shapiro is an Editing, Writing, and Media Major at Florida State University. Though she graduated from Satellite High School in 2015, she is in the midst of her junior year and plans to graduate next summer. In addition to her rigorous course work, Hannah is an active member of the Florida State Honors Program. She is currently a Colloquium Leader for the Honor’s Freshman Class and will be teaching her first classes this semester. Hannah is an executive member of her sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and the President of one of the five Florida State University A Cappella groups, Coda A Cappella. Last semester, Hannah completed a Directed Individual Study at the Institute on World War II studying the impact the Merchant Marines had on the war effort. This semester, now as an employee, Hannah will continue her work on the Merchant Marines, as well as other sanctions of the military and their affects on World War II.

Michela Sieman

Michela is a first year History major. She is very excited to be getting involved with her major early on, as a volunteer at the Institute and as a researcher under Dr. Stoltzfus in the History Department. She plans to concentrate in European History and hopes to one day have a career in which she can travel the world. She is also involved in Phocus Photography, Best Buddies and Technoles.

Jill Szaroleta

Jill Szaroleta is a history major from Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from Fleming Island High School in 2014. She joined the team at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at FSU, and began a project on a set of letters written by a Union soldier in the American Civil War. The project continued into a Directed Individual Study, and Jill is now in the beginning stages of publishing the letters and memoir. She processes collections and deals with administrative matters at the Institute, and plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Library Sciences and a career in archival and museum work. She is particularly interested in American Civil War and Cold War history. 

Julianna Witt

Julianna Witt is a sophomore at Florida State University and is majoring in History with a minor in Museum Studies. She is doing a Direct Individual Study as part of her first semester working with the World War II Institute. She is focusing on Holocaust related material. Last semester, she helped put together an art exhibit at the William Johnston Gallery on campus in her Museum Object. She hopes to work with Holocaust related objects and/or archives at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. or the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.

Emily Woessner

Emily Woessner is a senior at Florida State University. She graduated from Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida in the spring of 2013 and then enrolled at Florida State University in the fall as an international affairs major. She studied abroad in Berlin, Germany at the Free University Berlin. On her return to the United States that summer, she moved to Queenstown, New Zealand where she spent the next year living and working. She then re-enrolled at Florida State University in the fall of 2016 and continues her international affairs major with a focus in history, as well as minors in German, museum studies, and art history. She has worked at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience since the fall of 2016 and intends to continue to do so until graduation. She will be graduating in the spring of 2018 and then hopes to work abroad in Australia.