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Senior Success: Mary Hite ’14
Senior Success: Mary Hite ’14
Mary Hite '14 and Libby Girard Howlett '06 at Agecroft Hall
Randolph-Macon College student
Mary Hite ’14
major and studio art minor, is doing an
at Agecroft Hall Museum and Gardens in Richmond, Virginia.
Agecroft is a Tudor estate built in Lancashire, England in the late 15th Century. The house was dismantled and shipped across the Atlantic in the mid-1920s and reassembled in Richmond’s Windsor Farms neighborhood. Each year, hundreds of visitors tour the art-filled house and its exquisite gardens.
Learning by Doing
Under the guidance of Manager of Collections/Curator
Libby Girard Howlett ’06
, Hite is helping to create a new exhibition space at Agecroft Hall.
“Agecroft hosts the Richmond Shakespeare Festival every summer, and this exhibit revolves around the life of Shakespeare,” says Hite, who has been researching the Bard’s life and creating didactic panels of his biography. “It is quite a learning experience and really allows me to use the knowledge I gained from my Art History Theory and Method class, taught by Art History Professor Evie Terrono.” Hite also works with Agecroft’s conservator to learn how historic homes are preserved.
Yellow Jackets Working Together
“In the short time that I have had her as an intern, Mary has written an excellent paper on the life of Shakespeare, a topic she knew relatively little about,” says Girard Howlett. “This paper is being turned into an exhibit that will be on display in our refurbished sunroom/exhibit space.”
Internships, says Girard Howlett, are an invaluable opportunity for students.
“They help you network and find jobs,” she says. “Internships are also important in helping students decide what type of career they’d like to pursue—in Mary’s case, for example, curatorial or education or fundraising.” Girard Howlett has enjoyed working with a fellow Yellow Jacket.
“We had an instant connection, and I like the aspect of giving back to my alma mater,” she says. “I was once where Mary is, about to graduate, ready for the next step. I like being able to talk to her, give her advice and cheer her on.”
Terrono says that students who participate in internships have the opportunity to hone their research and writing skills, all the while experiencing their relevance and utility in a professional setting.
“I am delighted that Mary has the opportunity to intern with Libby, who had done in-depth research while an R-MC student. Libby understands our demanding research and writing objectives in art history at Randolph-Macon, which prepare our students fully for either graduate school or professional development in art history and relative fields. Libby has provided a challenging opportunity for Mary that includes experiential learning and research—both of which Mary can cite on her résumé as evidence of her abilities and use to further her professional development.”
During January Term (
) 2014, in conjunction with Terrono’s Baroque Art and Architecture course, Hite studied abroad in Munich, Dresden, Prague, Salzburg, and Vienna.
“It was truly a rewarding experience,” says Hite. “We studied in class the artwork and architecture we would see, and when we arrived in Europe and visited museums and other points of interest, it was great being able to see firsthand what we’d read about. Travel courses add a wonderful dimension to learning.”
Hite worked with staff from
, R-MC’s four-year career planning program, in securing and preparing for her internships. Cathy Rollman, director of professional development, helped Hite write her résumé and encouraged her to attend R-MC networking events. In addition, Rollman spoke to students in Terrono’s Theory and Methods Art History course.
“She shared great information about how to conduct oneself in an interview, and she gave us tips on how to build a solid résumé,” says Hite.
Yellow Jacket Community
“R-MC’s strong sense of community is the best thing about being a Yellow Jacket,” says Hite, whose aunts (
Cassie Hart ’01
Candace Barnette ’09
) and uncle (
Randy Hart ’01
) are alumni. “My aunts and uncle loved their years at R-MC and ultimately influenced my decision to come to Randolph-Macon. My liberal arts education has benefited me in so many ways. I am prepared for the next phase of my life and I thank R-MC for helping to make me into a well-rounded person.”
The EDGE is an intensive four-year program that prepares students for life after college. Located within the
Career for Personal and Professional Development
gives students a competitive advantage in the job market or graduate-school admissions process. Workshops, internships, one-on one advising and a host of other resources ensure that students who graduate from R-MC are lifelong learners who can think critically and adapt to new situations.
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