Hands on Research

So far the research I have done has been somewhat discouraging. My group is in charge of finding the history about the dorms and student government. As stated by my other classmates my group as well has delegated responsibilities for each section, mine being the dorms. The first thing that came to my mind was going through the yearbooks provided to us through the archive and Kean website to see if I could find any information about the dorms through those resources, but I have yet to go through them to the extent that is needed. I started by going to the dorms and speaking with Jennifer Van Dyk who runs the dorms at Kean. I originally went to her to see if there was any sort of record of who might have been an RA or RD over the years to, which I was disappointed to find that there is no such record. The meeting was not a total disappointment as she was able to give me a list of people around campus that might be able to further help me in my research. The second person I spoke with was Stella Maher who is in charge of Alumni relations. This meeting went a little bit better as she informed me that she could put me in direct contact with former students that are apart of the Alumni Association, which gave me a brighter outlook on how this project will unfold. The next step in finding out a broader history of how the dorms were throughout the years is to dig through the yearbooks and try to get in contact with former students which I look forward to doing in the upcoming weeks.


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