Dan McHale, Marist ‘15
Majored in Criminal Justice
What has your career path been to this point?
I am a Captain in the United States Army.
Can you share an experience/memory from your time at HRVI that stands out as meaningful?
I always learned something new while studying as a student with Prof. Johnson. HRVI gave me valuable insight into the history and importance of the Hudson River Valley. I learned of previous historical events that had occurred up and down the Hudson River: these included the importance of vessels transporting travelers from New York City up and down the river, crew regattas that had thousands of spectators, and the important role the river played in the early development of the United States.
How has your experience at HRVI helped you advance your education and/or professional pursuits since graduating from Marist?
It has given me an appreciation for history that I otherwise lacked as I came from a separate school of study.
As HRVI celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022, do you have any advice for future HRVI interns based on your time at HRVI and your experience in your professional field?
Always seek out new and interesting accounts of things from the past particularly in an area so rich in history as the Hudson River Valley. There is always an insight that can be applied to today’s problems from the vast array of historical events that have repeated throughout time.