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Kent Williams ‘04

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Kent transferred to SU to be able to follow his academic passions

(from SU Magazine  2004)

Kent Williams’ introduction to archaeological fieldwork would have been a rare opportunity for any undergraduate student. But considering Southwestern doesn’t offer an archeology major, doing graduate level work at the Hacimusalar Project in Turkey might have seemed overwhelming. “It was a rewarding experience. It’s amazing the amount of information that we can derive about a culture from the artifacts left behind.”

imageWilliams assisted Hal Haskell, professor and chair of the Classics Area, in sorting, registering and cataloguing pottery that was thousands of years old. It’s exactly what Williams hoped for when he gave up a golf scholarship to transfer from St. Edward’s, following his cousin and great uncle, who are Southwestern alumni. He only carries a minor in the subject, but in his senior year Williams was named merit award recipient in art history. He hopes to find a museum staff position until he decides on a graduate program in archeology. “I’d like to earn a Ph.D. and then split time teaching and working in the field.”

March 2009, Kent writes:

“I have been working on my M.A. in Biblical Archaeology (Old Testament concentration) at Wheaton College the past two years, and should graduate in May. Right now I am exploring the job market to see what positions/internships are available, and have applied to a few PhD programs as well….. I plan to keep building my experience excavating….”

 

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