In addition to her communication work for the project, MBDA’s spring 2012 undergraduate intern (senior Comm Studies major from Bloomsburg Univ) has started a letter of the week (LOTW) series on Crowd-Ed, and her first two posts are promising. She and an undergraduate research assistant (first-year History major from Berry College) are also completing digital editing tasks on the dev site. Thanks to these students and our undergraduate scanning team (which has already imaged thousands of documents) working in the Berry College Archives, the project is steadily advancing.
Although I never had any doubts about applying for and using funding to hire and train undergrads to support MBDA, I did not entirely predict how essential to development their collective contributions would become. In fact, I’m counting weeks already… not because I’m eagerly anticipating semester’s end, but because – knowing that we’ll be losing several of these wonderful researchers in May – it’s coming much too soon.