Students and Alumni
Class of 2016:
Spencer Andrews (Portland, OR), CLAS, CLHI
Lindsey Moriyama (Honolulu, HI), CLAS
Karen Page (Sacramento, CA) CLAS, ARTH
George Paulson (Fayetteville, AR), CLAS
Class of 2015:
Nina Berger (Orinda, CA), CLAS
Ashland Bernhard (Kirkland, WA), CLAS, HIST
Brian McKean (Beaverton, OR), CLAS
Michelle Atherton (Newbury Park, CA), ARTH, clas
Jessica Beach (Salem, OR), ARCH, clas
Colin Chin (Oakland, CA), clas
Megan Cohen (Livermore, CA), ARCH, clas
Lauren Dudley (University Place, WA), ARCH, clas
Kaylie Laxdal (Zimmerman, MN), clas
Nicholas Mead (Tacoma, WA), HIST, clas
Marissa Parr (Jefferson, OR), WGS, clas
Alexina "Lexie" Scheel (Los Altos, CA), MATH, clas
Laura Snook (Missoula, MT), ANTH, clas
Class of 2014:
Hannah Elder (South Lake Tahoe, CA), CLAS
spent Fall 2012 studying in Athens with the College Year in Athens, supported by a Study Abroad Grant from Willamette's Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology. After graduation, Hannah plans to pursue a career as a literary editor.
Jessica "Jo" Heupel (Saint Charles, MO), ARCH, CLAS
was one of eleven Willamette students who attended our Ness of Brodgar archaeological field school on Scotland's Orkney Islands in summer 2012. Her most exciting find, a well-preserved gneiss mace head, catapulted her to international fame! Her picture appeared in the British newspaper, The Observer (Oct 2, 2012), and even graced the cover of British Archaeology (issue 128, January-February 2013), which devoted an 8-page spread to the important discoveries on the Ness. Most recently, she appeared briefly on TV in a PBS report about the Ness of Brodgar excavations.
Eva Michalak (Middletown, MD), CLAS, ENGL
presented a paper on the Role of Women in Terence's Heautontimorumenos at the 2013 NUCAW.
Elaine Carpenter (Reno, NV), RHET, clas, aes
Caitlin Gibson (Spanaway, WA), ENGL, clas
Hannah Penrod (Glendora, CA), ANTH, clas [study abroad in London, United Kingdom, F 2012, and Canterbury, New Zealand, S 2013]
Miles Sari (Klamath Falls, OR), RHET, clas [study abroad at John Cabot U in Rome, Italy, S 2013]
Torah Skelton (Salem, OR), ENGL, SPAN, clas
Class of 2013:
Sam Hawks (Portland, OR), CLAS, chem (pre-med)
Virginia "Ginny" Hodges (San Francisco, CA), CLAS
In Fall 2012, Ginny, an active member of Willamette's track team, combined her interests in Exercise Science and Classics by writing a Senior Thesis, supervised by Prof. Knorr, on the treatment of fractures in Galen's Method of Medicine.
Lacey Polvi (Salem, OR), CLAS, departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Starting June 2013, Lacey is going to attend the Young Executive M.A. in Management Program at Azusa Pacific University. At Willamette, she served as President of the Mortarboard Honor Society. In summer 2010, she studied abroad in Greece with Willamette's Greece Post-Session and again in spring 2012 with the College Year in Athens, partially supported by a Study Abroad Grant from our Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology. See her CYA blog at: http://laceyperagrat.blogspot.com/. At the April 2013 NUCAW, she presented a paper on the conflation of the concepts of rape and wedding in Euripides' Ion.
Kirsten Straus (Teton, ID), CLAS
spent Fall 2011 studying abroad at the prestigious Intercollegiate Center of Classical Studies in Rome. Part of her time, she works as a student worker in the Hatfield Library and at the University's information desk. In 2013, she presented a paper on Latin funeral inscriptions at Willamette's Student Scholarship Recognition Day and another paper on Rape and Motherhood in Greek Tragedy at NUCAW.
Brian Gnerre (Torrance, CA), PHIL, clas, Phi Beta Kappa
Trevor Griswald (Salem, OR), CompSci, clas, math
David Hopper (Plesanton, CA), ENGL, clas [study abroad in Amsterdam, NL; peer career advisor at WU]
Saneet Johal (Bend, OR), BIO, clas, chem
Darrah Johnson (Kirkland, WA), RHET, clas, wgs
Kayla Kosaki (Hilo, HI), PSYC, clas
Alexandria M. Parsagian (Jacksonville, OR), PHYS, clas
Collin N. Skiles (Salem, OR), CompSci, clas
Class of 2012:
Emily Hannenberg (Las Vegas, NV), CLAS, chem (pre-med)
is working as an Intra-Operative Neuromonitoring Technician in Las Vegas, NV. As a student, she presented a paper "Like Mother, like Daughter: How Agrippina the Elder and her Namesake Re-defined the Role of the Roman Mother in Tacitus' Annals" at the 2012 Northwest Conference on the Ancient World. She also was the President of Willamette's Pre-Health Club, was a Sexual Assault Responder with S.A.R.A, and worked for a year in the Mail Center.
Ethan Poole (Berkeley, CA), CLAS
presented his third public paper, "Barbarians without Romans: The Development and Change of Ethnographic Methods in Tacitus' Germania" at the 2012 Northwest Conference on the Ancient World. In 2010-2011, he spent an entire year at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he took classes in Latin, Greek, and Sogdian (!) and participated in a German student theater troupe.
Almost immediately after graduation, Ethan, who used to manage Willamette's student-run Bistro, was hired by one of the Bistro's suppliers, Portland Roasting. He really likes his job as sales manager, loves chatting about the Classics when he attends trade conventions, and enjoys living in Portand, Oregon.
Anna Zimmermann (Oakridge, OR), CLAS, REL, math
was inducted into the Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honorary society when she graduated in May 2012. Currently, she is studying toward an M.A.T. degree at Willamette University's Graduate School of Education.
Halley M. Arneson (Kodiak, AK), SOC, clas
Noah Church (Oregon City, OR), ENGL, clas, phil
Robert F. Cox (Klamath Falls, OR), ECON, clas [Willamette MBA expected 2013]
Carrie Deal (Salt Lake City, UT), ARCH, clas
Douglas Gilmore (Beaverton, OR), RHET, clas
Jessica Lynn Myers (Plano, TX), ARCH, ARTH, clas
Caitlin H. Roberts (Irvine, CA), ANTHR, clas
Rio Sabella (Port Townsend, WA), RHET, clas
Emily Simmons (Atwater, CA), BIOL, clas
Lindsay A. Trant (Los Altos, CA), SOC, arth, clas
Class of 2011:
Ilana Greenslade (Kennewick, WA), ARCH, CLAS
studied a whole year in Greece with the College Year in Athens (2009-10). She not only improved her knowledge of Ancient Greek immensely but also speaks some Modern Greek now!
In addition, Ilana had a chance to volunteer in the conservation department of the research center that the American School of Classical Studies in Athens maintains on the first floor of the Stoa of Attalos. She packed material for long-term storage and cleaned Rhodian amphora handles for publication photos, and the conservators, Amandina Anastassiades and Karen Loven, gave her a tour of the Stoa--including the artifact-packed basement--and explained how and why they treat the artifacts as they do.
Katy Hoth (Denver, CO), CLAS, math; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
In the long term, Katy is interested in a career in health administration. Before she goes on to graduate school, however, she hopes to get some practical experience in the medical field. Right now, however, she is working as a paralegal. She has considerable experience in this field since she worked as a paralegal for several law firms during every summer break while at Willamette.
During her time at Willamette, Katy tutored students in Latin, History, and Chemistry, worked for Willamette Instructional Technology Services (WITS), and won a Forensic Talent Award. Her Classics senior thesis, which she presented at the Oregon Undergraduate Classics Conference, proposed a new reading of Catullus' Phaselus poem (c. 4).
Daniel Miller (Tacoma, WA), CLAS
is planning to go on to graduate school in Classics. His senior paper on Catullus' Atthis poem (c. 63), which he presented at the Oregon Undergraduate Classics Conference, was accepted for publication by a new Classics undergraduate journal started at Western Washington University, Vexillum. He is currently preparing himself for entering a Ph.D. program in Classics by spending a year of Post-Bac studies at the University of Washington.
Margaret M. Robertson (Olympia, WA), CLAS
is working on becoming a chiropractic. In 2010, she traveled to Greece with the Willamette in Greece post-session.
Anita Santos (Rota, CNMI [Confederation of the Northern Mariana Islands]), CLAS
Having grown up on the tiny island of Rota near Guam, Anita studied first at Mount Holyoke but transferred after one year to Willamette University. At the 2011 Oregon Undergraduate Classics Conference, she presented a paper on "Ovid’s Amores and the Game of Love". During her time at Willamette, she served as a first responder with Willamette Emergency Medical Services (WEMS), presided for a semester over the Health Club, and co-organized the Hawaii Club's Annual Luau.
Before graduation, Anita already started working on the side as a research assistant for the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. This work inspired her to add on a second B.A., in Linguistics, which she is currently pursuing at the University of Oregon. Once she has completed this degree as well, she is planning to go on to graduate school in Linguistics. (11/2012)
Caitlin M. Dilley (Sedro Wooley, WA), SOC, clas [Willamette MBA 2012]
Caitlin R. Ellis (Walnut Creek, CA), POL, clas, rhet
Matthew R. Houser (Vancouver, WA), EXSCI, clas [Adult Programming Administrator at Columbia Basin Racquet Club]
Andrew A. Korzun (Sunland, CA), ARCH, clas
Kathryn Pawlick (Emmet, ID), ARTH, clas; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa [Program Coordinator - IELP at University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education]
Dennis R. Plzak (Gilbert, AZ), ECON, SOC, clas
David M. Reid (Shoreline, WA), HIST, clas
Adam W. Saltzman (Warminster, PA), HIST, REL, clas
Severn Bannow (Vancouver, WA), CLAS
wrote his Senior Thesis on the Hebrew version of the Book of Esther. He is now attending a Master's program at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland.
Alicia Maggard (Sammamish, WA), CLAS, HIST, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in American History at Brown University on a full scholarship. While at Willamette, she spent spring 2009 studying at the prestigious Intercollegate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. A term paper she wrote at the ICCS, entitled “The Supposed Separation of Collegium and State: Trajan and the Rise of Mercantile Associations”, won the 2009 Carl Knopf Award for Best Student Paper awarded annually by Willamette University's Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (CASA). Alicia also won two important History fellowships. In summer 2009, she spent several weeks pursuing research for her senior thesis in History in Philadelphia through the SHEAR/Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center. After that she headed to New York as a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar, where she visited historical collections and complete a research project on Abraham Lincoln. Before entering graduate school, Alicia spent two years teaching English in Japan with the j.E.T. Program. For more of her story, click here.
Christina Peaslee (Tigard, OR), ARTH, CLAS, cum laude
was accepted by Teach for America. She is now teaching Sixth-Grade Math at West Generation Academy in Denver, CO.
William Pilon (Davis, CA), CLAS, cum laude
spent Spring 2009 serving as Legislative Intern for State Representative Nancy Nathanson across the street from campus. During fall 2009, he enjoyed attending John Cabot University in Rome. Since fall 2010, he has been a law student at the UCLA Law School (class of 2013). His revised senior thesis, "Accentual Rhythm in Ovid's Amores I", was published in the 2013 Classical World, the journal of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States.
Shawn M. Cigliano (Irvine, CA), ENGL, clas [now West Hollywood, CA]
Lindsey Arrington (Columbia, MO), FRENCH, clas
John Gallager (Reno, NV), ENGL, clas
Nikki K. Lytle (Culver, OR), BIO, REL, chem, clas
Lydia J. Marsalli (Klamath Falls, OR), PSYCH, clas
Melissa A. Mercer (Sherwood, OR), BIO, clas [study abroad in Galway, Ireland]
Laura C. Moravec (Eugene, OR), ECON, arth, clas
Ian B. Petersen (Anchorage, AK), POL, clas [Law Office Assistant at State of Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, Anchorage, AK]
Stephen M. Scott (Portland, OR), RHET, clas [Willamette U College of Law, degree expected 2013]
Jeffrey Yancey (Barboursville, WV), ARCH, REL, clas [studied abroad in Japan and currently teaches English in Ibaraki, Japan]
Class of 2009:
Tracy Carrithers (Bellevue, WA), CLAS cum laude; Departmental Honors
was accepted to the 1-year Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. She decided to change tracks, though, and is currently pursuing her interests in computer science instead. Working through a subcontractor for Microsoft, she tests new computer games.
Joe Daniels-Hall (Port Orchard, WA), CHEM, CLAS
pursued an M.A. in Chemistry at the University of Oregon; has joined the Navy.
Gregory Henselman (Portland, OR), CLAS, Phi Beta Kappa
was a star athlete in Crew and Swimming. After graduation, he spent two years at the University of Oregon taking a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in math in preparation for an M.A. or Ph.D. program in Mathematics. In the end, however, he decided to go the engineering route instead and is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the GRASP (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception) Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania.
Melissa L. Magana (Honolulu, HI), CLAS
currently is a travel coordiator with Schnitzer Steel in Portland, OR, after several years of working in a similar capacity for SEIU Local 503 in Salem, OR. As a student, Melissa attended Willamette's archaeological fieldschool in Italy's Sangro Valley on a CASA fieldschool grant. On campus, she also worked as the Bistro's kitchen manager and as the theater house manager for the university's Theater Department. (3/2013)
Lauren Saxton (Portland, OR), CLAS, HIST, cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
studied for a semester with the College Year in Athens. She is attending the Ph.D. program in History at the CUNY Graduate School in New York City and enjoys studying right across from the Empire State Building!
Margaret M. Bradley (Prineville, OR), BIOL, clas [M.A.T., University of New Mexico 2012; now Science Teacher at the Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.]
Katie Hoesly (Wilsonville, OR), BIOL, HIST, clas
Isabelle S. Shankar (Portland, OR), MATH, PHIL, clas [Master of Science (M.S.), Mathematics, Stockholm University, Sweden, 2010-2012]
Nathan Werst (Columbia, MO), CHEM, clas [M.S., Chemistry, University of Oregon; Chemist at Willamette Valley Company in Eugene, OR]
Class of 2008:
Ashley Buchheit (Mount Angel, OR), CLAS, HIST
traveled to Greece with the Willamette in Greece post-session. After graduation, she was admitted to the M.A. Program in Theological Studies at Princeton University’s Theological Seminary, but then decided postpone her studies and work instead at Willamette's sister campus across 12th Street, Tokyo International University in America, as Campus Life Assistant and Summer Community Coordinator. Now at Fuller Theological Seminary in Southern California (2012- ).
Sara L. Foerster (Beaverton, OR), CLAS
spent a semester abroad at John Cabot University in Rome. After graduation, she received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania. M.A.T., Lewis and Clark College, 2012.
Elizabeth Swensen (Santa Rosa, CA), CLAS
spent a semester at the prestigious Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. An aspiring writer and avid video gamer, she recently (2011) received her Master of Fine Arts from the program in Interactive Media within the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. One of the projects she worked on was a game called Pathfinder that is supposed to engage high school students in the college preparation and application process. She is now a Research Associate with U.S.C.
Shane R. Corey (Bellingham, WA), ECON, clas, soc [student at Fordham University School of Law and simultaneously masters student in International Political Economy & Development, International Finance at Fordham U, NYC, degrees expected 2013]
Laura Ann Palmiter Ely (West Linn, OR), HIST, clas
Kristine M. Gibbs (Marysville, WA), ANTHR, clas
Thanh-Truc "Quyen" Thi Nguyen (Tacoma, WA), PSYC, chem, clas
William H. Patton (Lake Oswego, OR), RHET, clas [Distribution Group Leader at Target, Portland, OR]
Amie P. Platt (Arlington Heights, IL), PHIL, clas [M.Ed., DePaul University in Chicago, 2010-2013 (expected)]
Kathryn S. Salisbury (Nine Mile Falls, WA), REL, anth, clas
Deborah Sapiro (Whittier, CA), ANTHR, clas
Heather C. Tom (Aiea, HI), ECON, clas
Class of 2007:
Rositsa Atanasova (Haskovo, Bulgaria), CLAS, magna cum laude; Departmental Honors; Phi Beta Kappa
focused on ancient Greek and Hebrew. Her Biblical Hebrew eased her way into Arabic, which she studied together with French at the Sorbonne during her study abroad year in Paris, France, while producing a documentary film about French Muslim women and the veil.
After graduation from Willamette, Rositsa completed an M.T.S. (Masters in Theological Studies) at Harvard Divinity School, specializing in Islamic Studies. She then took a year off, spending part of that year perfecting her Arabic in Damascus, Syria. Currently, she is pursuing a law degree at Trinity College, University of Cambrige, from where she is due to graduate later this year. All her graduates studies have been founded by a generous Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Rositsa hopes to work on constitutional developments in the Middle East, and she recently wrote that "the linguistic precision Classics taught me is truly invaluable as is the grounding in the textual traditions, the history and culture of the region, which came with it." (12/2012)
Brian P. Bowinski (Denver, CO) CLAS
was a Preproduction Administrator with Liberty Home Products in Denver, CO, then worked for Circuit City, the consumer electronics chain that has been hard hit by the current economic downturn. Just in time, Brian changed tracks again. In November 2008, he started teaching English in Namyanju, a suburb of Seoul, South Korea. He is now back in Denver.
Jeffrey E. Johnson (Boise, ID), CLAS, chem (pre-med), Phi Beta Kappa
who interned at a hospital in Bulgaria, successfully attended medical school at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, one of the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the United States. He is now in the process of completing his residency (2012).
Matthew W. Bost (Hillsboro, OR), RHET, clas, pol
Alexandra Brown (Portland, OR), SPAN, clas
Kevin M. Dean (Weed, CA), CHEM, clas [Ph.D. cand. in Biochemistry, U Colorado at Boulder, degree expected 2013]
Jessica Ann Gospe (Lake Forrest Park, WA), MATH, clas, span
Peter R. Hughes (Great Falls, VA), B.M. in Performance-Strings, clas
Jeffrey A. Morris (Aloha, OR), CHEM, PSYC, clas
Minh Hoang Pham (Salem, OR), CHEM, clas [OSU College of Pharmacy 2007-2011]
Kelly G. Poe (Baker City, OR), CHEM, clas
Lauren Elizabeth Quinlan (Keizer, OR), ENGL, arth, clas
Margaret Elizabeth Shaneyfelt (Bozeman, MT), EXSCI, clas
Sterling Michael Stein (Eugene, OR), PSYC, clas [UI analyst at Cisco Systems, Portland, OR]
Alicia Glory Vandeering (Keizer, OR), HIST, clas, rel
died shortly before graduation in a tragic car accident:
Logan Will (1984-2006) (Grants Pass, OR), POL, clas
Class of 2006:
Mariah E. Smith (Ventura, CA), CLAS, Phi Beta Kappa
studied some German in Vienna and helped excavate a Roman garum factory in Troia, Portugal. She recently completed her M.A. in Classics at the University of Kansas (full scholarship). In the summer of her graduation, she was able to spend a few weeks in Rome, accompanying Kansas undergraduates. Now in the Ph.D. program in Classics at Indiana University, she attended the last two CAMWS meetings. In 2009, she presented a paper there called "By the Light of the Moon: Medea and Agrarian Magic in Ovid's Metamorphoses." In March 2010, her paper was entitled "Secrecy and Silence: Revealing the Character of the Roman Lares." Currently, Mariah is preparing for her oral qualifying exams. (4/2010).
James Timbrell (San Francisco, CA)
attended Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management on a merit-based scholarship and graduated with an MBA in May 2008. While a Classics major and Mathematics minor at the College of Liberal Arts, James was a NWC Cross Country Academic All-Star, acclaimed food critic for the Willamette Collegian, and sometime free-lance writer for the Statesman Journal. As a graduate student, he co-authored an article for the Journal of Advertising with AGSM Dean and Professor of Marketing Debra Ringold. After working in business for a while and, on the side, co-founding his own organic honey business, the San Francisco Honey Co., James is now attending law school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He continues to write, e.g., for Culinary Trends and Willamette's Scene Magazine.
Megan Nicole Bentley (Roseburg, OR), MATH, clas
William Cannon (Tacoma, WA), HIST, clas
Brittany Dearing (Orangevale, CA), BIO, clas [AA, Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College; Retail Manager & Customer Service Provider, Las Vegas, NV]
Elyssa Lauren Figari (Woodacre, CA), ARCH, clas [M.A. Archaeology student at San Diego State U, 2011-]
Nathan Charles Jackson (Stayton, OR), PHIL, clas, econ, Phi Beta Kappa
Michael T. LeChevallier (Lake Oswego, OR), FRENCH, REL, clas [Ph.D. cand. Theology, U Chicago]
Andrew "Drew" Murray Miller (Keizer, OR), HIST, clas, econ [nutrition trainer at Courthouse Athletic Club, Salem, OR, 2010-]
Timothy B. Stumhofer (Lee, NH), POL, clas, econ
Andrew John Thomson (Lakeside, MT), ARCH, clas [Ph.D. student in the Nautical Archaeology program at Texas A&M University, 2009 - ]
Class of 2005:
Kate A. (McClendon) Boufidis (Classical Studies & Religious Studies '05)
researched traces of Shamanism in ancient Greek religion with the help of a Lilly Grant. She graduated in 2007 with an M.A. in Greek Philology from Florida State University (full scholarship) and now works for a start-up pharmaceutical company in Philadelphia.
Leah P. (Batt) Thibault (Napa, CA), THTR, clas, engl [Director of Operations at CEI Capital Management LLC, Portland, Maine]
Delan Canclini (Eureka, CA), PHIL, arts, clas [Willamette M.A.T., 2006]
Maureen D. Dean (Lincoln City, OR), FRENCH, clas
Bryan B. Hughey (Corvallis, OR), ENGL, clas [Willamette M.A.T.; Sprague HS English teacher]
Zachary J. Larsen (Blachly, OR), CHEM, clas
Jennifer E. Heidt (Caldwell, ID), POL, SOC, clas
Kasey Jakien (Portland, OR), ENGL, clas
Curtis D. Johnson (Montana City, MT), ENGL, clas, bio
Class of 2004:
Amanda M. Alexander (Watsonville, CA), MATH, clas [M.A.T., Willamette '06]
Claire T. (Barker) Harai (McMinnville, OR), FREN, REL, clas
Class of 2003:
Travis Larsen (Tigard, OR), CLAS, REL
has been the pastor of St. Paul of Damascus Lutheran Church in Boring, OR, since 2008. He received his M.A. from the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
Class of 2002:
Rachel R. Standley (Cave Junction, OR), CLAS
was planning to teach high school Latin; she now lives in Cave Junction, OR.
Charles D. Beckwith (Firth, ID), HIST, clas
Alyssa E. N. Brown (Davis, CA), ENGL, THTR, clas
Cynthia J. Holt (Keizer, OR), REL, clas
Sarah B. Johnson (Austin, TX), THTR, clas
Class of 2001:
Matthew H. Schrumpf (Corvallis, OR), CLAS, REL, Phi Beta Kappa
spent the first two years after graduation in Japan where he taught English with the Kawagoe Exchange and Teaching (KET) program. He has since obtained a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law and is now an Assistant Attorney General in Consumer Protection for the state of Massachusetts (4/2010).
Julie C. (Ford) Sparks (Littleton, CO) CLAS, ENGL, Phi Beta Kappa
researched and recreated the illumination techniques in medieval manuscripts with the help of a Carsons Undergraduate Research Grant. For years, her impressive results were displayed on the second floor of Eaton Hall, now they are available online under the title "The Painted Word".
After graduation, Julie worked for a decade as an Administrative Assistant II at Willamette University’s Hatfield Library where she digitized, e.g., Willamette's fifteenth-century Book of Hours (view). She and her husband Jeremy Sparks (Computer Science, '01) now have a little son, Nolan, born in 2008. In 2012, Julie and her family moved to Colorado, where Jeremy now works at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. In Colorado Julie continues to write her food blog, persnicketypalate.com, and has just enrolled at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, CO, to become a master nutrition therapist.(8/2012)
Astrid van Giffen (The Baarns, Netherlands), CLAS, arth, arts, cum laude
In 2007, Astrid graduated from the very prestigious professional training program for the conservation and restauration of glass and ceramics at the Instituut Collectie Nederland in Amsterdam. Her exam project investigated the advantages of using cyclododecane, a wax-like substance that at room temperature transforms into a gas, as a temporary consolidant for weathered glass during the bonding of sherds. From 2008-2009, she was the Kress fellow in objects conservation at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museum. During that fellowship she researched the Harvard Glass Flowers and other objects made by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. She presented this research at the International Association for the History of Glass meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece in September 2009. She presented another part of this research at the International Counsel for Museums – Conservation Committee’s Glass and Ceramics Working Group’s Interim meeting in Corning, NY, in October 2010.
She has been the assistant conservator at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, since October 2009.
Nicholas A. Hill (Salem, OR), HIST, clas [M.B.A. Willamette '03]
Melissa J. Pedersen (McCary) Sommer (Salem, OR), PSYC, clas
Class of 2000:
Andrew J. Herrmann (West Linn, OR), CLAS
worked for many years as a system analyst for the Purchasing Department of the Salem-Keizer School District's District Office in Salem, OR, involved in database and process development and management. In March 2012, he started as a software developer with Performance Health Technology in Salem, OR.
Emmett C. Woolley (Snohomish, WA), CLAS
works for a medical supply company in Snohomish, WA.
Mary L. (King) Sterling (Salem, OR), ENGL, clas [J.D., Willamette U Law School, 2005; now attorney in Salem, OR]
Class of 1999:
Marie E. Diamond (Amsterdam, NL), ENGL, clas [Program Coordinator at excerpta Medica BV-Adelphi Group (Publishing), Amsterdam area, NL]
Class of 1998:
Julie A. Briggs (Portland, OR), CLAS, MATH,
Phi Beta Kappa
started out working for the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Mercer, a leading HR consulting company with 15,000 employees worldwide, but now works with the Stancorp Financial Group in Portland, Oregon.
Joseph "Joey" Lillywhite (Beaverton, OR), CLAS, Phi Beta Kappa
attended the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania, then acquired an M.A. in Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati. He spent the 2007-08 academic year as a School Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, working on a study called Ceramic Record of Ancient Greece: The Decline of Red-Figure Technique. On January 12, 2009, he presented a paper at the Annual Convention of the Archaeological Institute of America in Philadelphia on the "Lead Glaze on a 5th-century BC Athenian Vessel." Currently, he teaches high school history at Misr American College in Cairo, Egypt. Check out his February 2011 pictures from Tahrir Square on his Facebook page!