New Office Manager Brings a Little Bit of South Dakota to the Chapman Center

A South Dakota native, Micaela Rausch double majored in Business Administration and English at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. Harboring an adventurous spirit, she hung up her graduation gown and moved down to Manhattan in early September.

Upon arriving at her new home, Micaela quickly expressed a strong desire to become a member of the K-State community.

“When I decided to move to Manhattan, I discerned right away that I wanted to work at the heart of the town—K-State. The office position in the Chapman Center for Rural Studies seemed like a solid fit for my background in administrative support work as well as the commitment I have to lifelong learning.”

In addition to her background in clerical work, Micaela also spent a summer in college working on a cemetery restoration project that sparked an interest in investigating stories of the past. Her summer uncovering the stories of a cemetery makes it easy for her to understand why everyone in the Chapman Center is so passionate about the research they conduct.

When she’s not working, Micaela always strives to stay active and involved. With two marathons under her belt, she has enjoyed exploring the various running trails around town. Loving to sing, she quickly joined her church choir and is fitting into the Manhattan lifestyle quite well.

“I’ve only been in Manhattan for a few weeks, but already the liveliness and vibrancy of Manhattan makes it seem like home. It feels like I’ve been here months instead of just weeks.”



Fall 2012 Intern ~ Janet Adam

Introducing Janet Adam, one of our new interns at the Chapman Center this year. She is no stranger to us though, as she has been one of our trusty office assistants for almost two years now. This is a new title and achievement for Janet and we are glad to have her researching for us. She is a history major here at K-State and minors in anthropology. Her area of study is the Great Plains region with an emphasis on lost communities and small rural towns. She is a non-traditional student who returned to school after 35 years of working and raising children; she and her husband Mark are now proud grandparents of three grandsons. Janet plans to graduate in May, 2013.

Fall 2012 Intern ~ Aaron Melby

The Chapman Center would like to welcome Aaron Melby, one of our newest 2012 Fall interns. Aaron is a homegrown Kansas academic and grew up in the Mankato area.  He is a junior working towards a bachelors degree in history with a minor in Anthropology.  After graduating he plans on either attending KSU graduate school for Security Studies, or going to work for the FBI.

While serving in United States Army, Aaron grew interested in the history of the Middle East.  However, after taking Dr. Morgan’s class “Lost Kansas Communities,” he quickly became interested in history relating to crime and justice.  In Aaron’s current project he seeks to link crime rates in Wabaunsee Township, to major national and regional events.

For Aaron, this opportunity to work at the Chapman Center is very exciting.  He says, “The experience with field research and primary sources has been remarkable.  What I enjoy most though, is getting a chance to help preserve rural Kansas history that would otherwise be lost.”

Fall 2012 Intern ~ Jessica Wheeler

Jessica Wheeler is a pre-law sophomore majoring in history and minoring in business.  She hails from Ellis, Kansas, and knows firsthand about rural Kansas life.  Jessica got her first chance to work in a historical setting in high school when she took a position at the Ellis Railroad Museum.  She has worked there for the past three summers, beginning as a tour guide.  Although she still enjoys interacting with visitors, over the past summer she has been responsible for establishing a photo archive at the Railroad Museum.

As soon as Wheeler heard about Dr. Morgan’s class, Lost Kansas Communities, she knew she wanted to be a Chapman Center Intern.  During the class, Wheeler enjoyed researching a lost community in Ellis County named Chetolah.  Although Chetolah is completely gone now, it was once home to a Pawnee Indian settlement, prospective railroad employees, and even hopeful gold miners.  Doing research for this class helped Jessica finalize her decision to become a history major.  This semester she accomplished her goal to become an intern and looks forward to doing more research in the future with the Chapman Center.

Fall 2012 Undergraduate Research Assistant ~ Angela Schnee

Angela Schnee is the Chapman Center’s 2012 Undergraduate Research Assistant. She is a senior geography major, history minor, and will be completing the GIS certificate this year. This will be her 4th semester working with the Chapman Center and we are very glad to have her expertise in the field. In this brand new position Angela will be working with undergraduate students predominately; she will also be supervising the uploading of student work to our website  all while completing her own research in Jefferson and Shawnee Counties. Angela is a skilled geographer and this year she will be creating a map that looks at where nineteenth-century rural crime occurred in our eleven county service area, as well as several other projects the CC has in the works for this year. In her free time (if she has any)Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Eli, Angela, Noah, Jared, and Chloe Schnee