International Affairs Success Stories
- Kirsten Battaglia, class of ’13, majored in International Affairs and Spanish. She is attending the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing her interest in international human rights law and hopes to one day work for the State Department as an ambassador. Kirsten has a summer, ’14 internship with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere. The Organization of American States brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Western hemisphere. The IACHR, where Kirsten is interning, defends human rights by representing victims of human rights violations, filing petitions and requests for precautionary measures with the Commission, advising civil society organizations that represent victims in the inter-American system, and working with government bodies and Ombudsmen’s Offices.
While a student at Muskingum, Kirsten was a Spanish House resident, Spanish Club President, an exchange student at the Universidad Blas Pascal in Córdoba, Argentina, and an accomplished vocalist and flautist. She is a member of the Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honorary.
- Emily Preston (’12), a French and International Affairs major, is participating in Muskingum’s Washington Semester program. As part of her InterFaith Conference Internship in Washington D.C., Emily is organizing a public dialogue for the IFC of Metropolitan Washington. The dialogue is about the uses of and meanings behind the swastika, from the viewpoints of Eastern religions (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain), the Jewish community, and from an academic perspective that explains the reasons behind Germany's use of the swastika. She has been a French House resident for two and a half years. She held offices in the French Club (Treasurer) and Phi Sigma Iota (Vice-President). She has also been a regular columnist for The Black & Magenta and a varsity soccer player. Emily studied at l’Université du Sud Toulon-Var in France for a semester and will travel to Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus during her Washington Semester program on international conflict resolution.
- Allison Maykuth (’11), won a prestigious Phi Sigma Iota award, and has been awarded the Dr. Henry Ward Church Scholarship in the sum of $2,500 (the highest stipend a Muskingum language major has ever received for winning a national PSI award). Allison majored in French and Spanish at Muskingum, studying in France and Mexico. She was recognized for “Distinction in the Major Capstone” for her Senior Seminar in Spanish, was a recipient of a Fourth-Year award (recognizing students in the top 5% of their class all four years at Muskingum), and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the National Academic Honor Society. She served as President of Muskingum's Phi Sigma Iota chapter, and wrote for The Black & Magenta, Muskingum's weekly student newspaper. Allison is completing a Master's degree in International Affairs with a specialization in Intelligence and Security.
Josh Wentz, Class of 2004, graduated from Muskingum with a double major in Music and International Business. The Belpre, Ohio native has spent many years traveling and performing. Wentz has sung with many opera companies both in the U.S., Europe, and Brazil.
In addition to performing, Wentz finished his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree and began teaching. He spent three years teaching at the University of South Carolina where he taught the 2014 #1 NFL draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, in a music appreciation class. Wentz recently accepted a position at Western Wyoming Community College as the head of the music department.