Steve Light

Sliding into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Gettysburg history majors are a hit at the Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP), through which two 2005 grads have become position players at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, N.Y.

Steve Light ’05 is the hallowed hall’s manager of museum programs; Emily Voss ’05 is a school programs associate.

“We love Gettysburg students. They’re great in the academic world,” said Catherine Raddatz, alumni coordinator for the CGP, which is a partnership between the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association. “We’re thrilled to have them come and apply.”

“My (CGP) history professor would always comment on my Gettysburg training,” said Light.

“The manner in which Gettysburg College classes are taught helped a lot,” Voss agreed, pointing to the emphasis on critical thinking, research, and writing in history and other courses.

She noted that a broad spectrum of career options is open to Gettysburg history majors. “It doesn’t have to be just you in a library all the time,” she said.

Light concurred. “I knew what I wanted to do when I left Gettysburg — and that was to share my love of history with others — and now I get to do that every day,” he said. “Work doesn’t seem like work if it’s something that you will actually enjoy doing.”  

— by Tommy Riggs

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Sun, 2 Sep 2012

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