Students and Alumni
Class of 2017:
Rachel Farrar (Buena Vista, CO), CLAS
Molly Masters-Schiller (Crystal, ME), CLAS, ENGL [Community Mentor]
Chase Sumida (Honolulu, HI), CHEM, clas
Class of 2016:
Hokanson, Karin (Woodinville, WA), CLAS [Willamette soccer team, studied Greco-Roman antiquities in Turkey with a UC Davis postsession in summer 2014]
Jenna A. Jones (Vancouver, WA), POL, CLAS
Hannah "Jo" Kasler (Sacramento, CA), CLAS [Latin tutor, active member of the Poi Club (Maori fire dancing), plans to study abroad in Ireland]
Lindsey Moriyama (Honolulu, HI), CLAS, ENGL [Latin tutor; active member of the Hawaii Club, where she co-organizes and performs at the Annual Luau; she also plays volleyball in various on-campus teams and plans to study abroad in Britain]
Karen Page (Windsor, CA) CLAS, ARTH [Director of Rituals at Delta Gamma]
Kristen Patterson (Medford, OR), CLAS
George Paulson (Fayetteville, AR), CLAS [Latin tutor, interested in everything to do with gladiators, admitted to study abroad at the ICCS in Rome]
Jenna Alcalde (Salem, OR), WGS, clas, psyc
Reid Bagley (Pacifica, CA), HIST, clas, pol
Samantha Dias (Aiea, HI), SOC, clas
Mason D. Granato (Damascus, OR), clas
Claire S. Lee (Saint Helena, CA), HIST, arth, clas
Jordan Alexandra "Alex" de Man (Saint Helena, CA), WGS, clas
Olivia Monical (Rough and Ready, CA), ENGL, clas, anthr [set to study at John Cabot U in Rome in Spring 2015]
Taylor Marie "Mary" Needham (Cottonwood, CA), ARCH, clas, anthr
Watson, Stephen (Buffalo, NY), POL, clas
Class of 2015:
Megan R. Cohen (Livermore, CA), ARCH, CLAS
Brian McKean (Beaverton, OR), CLAS [worked at Goudy Commons; studied abroad at John Cabot U in Rome (Spring 2014)]
Michelle Atherton (Newbury Park, CA), ARTH, clas [President of the Archaeology Club; works at the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology]
Kersey Bars (Springfield, OR) EXSCI, clas
Jessica Beach (Salem, OR), ARCH, clas [on Willamette U's swim team]
Nina Berger (Orinda, CA), CCM, clas [is Productions Editor of The Collegian (Willamette's student newspaper), rows on the crew team, and serves as Delta Gamma's VP Communications]
Ashland Bernard (Kirkland, WA), HIST, clas
Colin K. Chin (Oakland, CA), clas
Alyssa K. Dodge (Pleasant Hill, CA), clas
Lauren Dudley (University Place, WA), ARCH, clas
Summer Elias (Elko, NV), MATH, clas
Kaylie Laxdal (Zimmerman, MN), PSYC, clas
Nicholas Mead (Tacoma, WA), ANTH, clas [worked at the Writing Center; studied abroad in Australia]
Madeline "Maddie" Mendez Packer (Pacific Palisades, CA), ARTH, clas
Marissa L. Parr (Jefferson, OR), WGS, clas
Alexina "Lexie" Scheel (Los Altos, CA), MATH, clas
Laura Snook (Missoula, MT), ANTH, clas
Soren Underdahl (Albany, OR), PHIL, POL, clas
Class of 2014:
Hannah J. Elder (South Lake Tahoe, CA), CLAS, Mortar Board [editor of the WU poetry magazine Chrysalis]
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
has attended our Ness of Brodgar archaeological field school on Scotland's Orkney Islands twice, the second time supported by a CASA Field School Grant. Her most exciting find in the summer of 2012, 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. She also appeared briefly on TV in a February 2013 PBS report about the Ness of Brodgar excavations. On January 14, 2014, Jo presented a paper on her senior thesis research at the Ness of Brodgar to the Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.
Eva Michalak (Middletown, MD), CLAS, ENGL, Departmental Honors in Classical Studies
presented a paper on the role of women in Terence's Heautontimorumenos at the 2013 NUCAW and another one related to her senior thesis, "Colorful Insults: Color in Catullus' Invective Poetry," at Willamette's 2014 Student Scholarship Recognition Day. Copy Editor, The Collegian.
Joshua E. Braun (Hillsborough, CA), COMP SCI, ECON, clas
Elaine L. Carpenter (Reno, NV), RHET, clas, aes [Legislative Intern with Senator Jackie Winter, Oregon Capitol]
Shelby S. "Kaliko" Gadson (Princeville, HI/Carlton, OR), BIO, clas, engl (creative writing)
Caitlin A. Gibson (Spanaway, WA), ENGL-CW, clas, Phi Beta Kappa
Colin A. Jones (Newcastle, WA), CHEM, arth, clas [Intro to Chem Group tutor, WU Tech Shop Technical Assistant]
Alexandria "Lexi" M. Parsagian (Medford, OR), PHYS, clas, Mortar Board, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa [plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics; co-author on a Physics article with Prof. Michaela Kleinert]
Hannah N. Penrod (Glendora, CA), ANTHR, clas, Departmental Honors in Anthropology [study abroad in London, United Kingdom, F 2012, and Canterbury, New Zealand, S 2013]
Samantha J. Reynolds (Phoenix, AZ), ECON, MATH, clas [Delta Gamma's VP Finance; study abroad in Galway, Ireland in S 2014]
Miles J. Sari (Klamath Falls, OR), ENGL-CW, RHET, clas, Mortar Board, Order of Omega [editor-in-chief, The Collegian; study abroad at John Cabot U in Rome, Italy, S 2013]
Torah J. Skelton (Salem, OR), ENGL, SPAN, clas, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Ami F. Snur (Salem, OR), PSYC, clas
Class of 2013:
Sam Hawks (Portland, OR), CLAS, chem (pre-med)
Virginia "Ginny" Hodges (San Francisco, CA), CLAS
is planning to pursue an M.A.T. at Notre Dame De Namur University. A varsity athlete, Ginny played soccer for Willamette, served as Captain of the Track & Field team in her Senior year, and helped run the intramural sports leagues as an Intramural Supervisor with the Office of Student Activities. For her senior thesis, supervised by Prof. Knorr, Ginny was able to combine her interests in Exercise Science and Classics by writing on the treatment of fractures in Galen's Method of Medicine. (9/2013)
Lacey Polvi (Salem, OR), CLAS, cum laude, Departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Lacey is attending 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
studied abroad at the prestigious Intercollegiate Center of Classical Studies in Rome (Fall 2011). On campus, she worked part-time 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. In the summer after graduation, she created an on-line exhibit for the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's McIntyre Ancient Coin Collection as part of a CASA-funded museum's internship.
Brian Gnerre (Torrance, CA), PHIL, clas, Phi Beta Kappa [studied abroad in Sweden]
Trevor Griswald (Salem, OR), COMP SCI, clas, math [now Systems Analyst at the State of Oregon]
David Hopper (Plesanton, CA), ENGL, clas [study abroad in Amsterdam, NL; peer career advisor at WU]
Saneet Johal (Bend, OR), BIO, clas, chem (pre-med)
Darrah Johnson (Kirkland, WA), RHET, clas, wgs [now Lead Data Entry at Taylor Metal Products in Salem, OR]
Kayla Kosaki (Hilo, HI), PSYC, clas [admitted to the Master's program in College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University for Fall 2014]
Collin N. Skiles (Salem, OR), COMP SCI, clas, cum laude [now Enterprise Programmer Analyst at Willamette University]
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 [M.A.T., Willamette, 2013]
is currently teaching Math at Houck Middle School in Salem, OR. As one of our Hebrew students, she wrote her Classics senior thesis with Professor McCreery on Biblical Views of Sexuality in Genesis 18-19 and 38. Even though math was only her minor, she was inducted into the Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honorary society when she graduated in May 2012.
Halley M. Arneson (Kodiak, AK), SOC, clas [Community Services Program Specialist with the Kodiak Area Native Association in Kodiak, AK]
Noah Church (Oregon City, OR), ENGL, clas, phil [studied abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand.]
Robert F. Cox (Klamath Falls, OR), ECON, clas, Departmental Honors in Economy [M.B.A., Willamette U, 2013; now Associate Territory Sales Manager with Genie Industries in Redmond, WA.]
Carrie Deal (Salt Lake City, UT), RHET, clas, phil [founded a non-profit, New Freedom College, to provide an affordable college education to prison inmates]
Douglas Gilmore (Beaverton, OR), RHET, clas [M.B.A., Willamette U, 2013; now Account Specialist for the Bonneville Power Administration in Spokane, WA]
Jessica Lynn Meyers (Plano, TX), ARCH, ARTH, clas [now Assistant Director of Quintana Galleries in Portland, OR]
Caitlin H. Roberts (Irvine, CA), ANTHR, clas
Rio Sabella (Port Townsend, WA), RHET, clas
Emily Simmons (Atwater, CA), BIOL, clas [now a Clinical Molecular and Genetic Analyst at ChemaTox Laboratory, Inc., in Boulder, CO]
Lindsay A. Trant (Los Altos, CA), SOC, arth, clas [worked in the Quad Center; C. Wright Mills Award to the Outstanding Senior in Sociology (2012); now a farmer at Minto Island Growers]
Class of 2011:
MAJORS: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 [M.B.A. Willamette '12]
Caitlin R. Ellis (Walnut Creek, CA), POL, clas, rhet [is pursuing an M.P.A. (Masters of Public Affairs) at Indiana University Bloomington]
Matthew R. Houser (Vancouver, WA), EXSCI, clas [Adult Programming Administrator at Columbia Basin Racquet Club]
Andrew A. Korzun (Sunland, CA), ARCH, clas [Brewhouse Assistant at Eagle Rock Brewery in Los Angeles, CA]
Kathryn Pawlick (Emmet, ID), ARTH, clas; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa [International Student Advisor at Seattle Central Community College]
Dennis R. Plzak (Gilbert, AZ), ECON, SOC, clas [Youth Pastor at Christ's Church of the Valley, Meza, AZ]
David M. Reid (Shoreline, WA), HIST, clas [taught with Teach for America in Mississipi; now 1st-grade teacher at Match Community Day school in Boston, MA]
Adam W. Saltzman (Warminster, PA), HIST, REL, clas
Class of 2010:
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 [J.D., University of California Los Angeles School of Law, 2013]
Now an Associate Attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. While at Willamette, Will 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. 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. In Law School, he was a Research Assistant and worked for the UCLA Law Review.
Shawn M. Cigliano (Irvine, CA), ENGL, clas [now a free-lance Marketing and Advertising Professional, West Hollywood, CA]
Lindsey Arrington (Columbia, MO), FRENCH, clas [now lives in Murcia, Spain]
John Gallager (Reno, NV), ENGL, clas [now a stand-up comedian in San Francisco, CA]
Nikki K. Lytle (Culver, OR), BIO, REL, chem, clas [now pursuing a graduate degree at UC San Diego]
Lydia J. Marsalli (Klamath Falls, OR), PSYCH, clas, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Melissa A. Mercer (Sherwood, OR), BIO, clas [now studying toward a D.V.M. at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine; studied 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 [J.D., Willamette U College of Law, 2013; now an associate at Sather Bylery Holloway law firm in Portland, OR]
Jeffrey Yancey (Barboursville, WV), ARCH, REL, clas [currently pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science at West Virginia University; studied abroad in Japan and later taught 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. Currently working as a QA Analyst for WB Games, she has worked on a series of projects for CompuCom and other companies that develop and test, e.g., mobile games for iOS devices.
Joe Daniels-Hall (Port Orchard, WA), CHEM, CLAS
pursued an M.S. 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, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa [M.S., Mathematics, Stockholm University, Sweden, 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 [M.A., Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2013]
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 a Case Worker at the International Rescue Committee in the Los Angeles area.
Sara L. Foerster (Beaverton, OR), CLAS, cum laude, Departmental Honors in Classics [M.A.T., Lewis and Clark College, 2012]
now manages corporate learning and development for Nike in Beaverton, OR. While at Willamette, she 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 and in 2012 an M.A.T. from Lewis and Clark College.
Elizabeth Swensen (Santa Rosa, CA), CLAS [M.F.A., Interactive Media, University of Southern California, 2011]
is now a Research Associate at the University of Southern California. While at WU, she spent a semester at the prestigious Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome. An aspiring writer and avid video gamer, she received her Master of Fine Arts from the program in Interactive Media within the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in 2011. 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.
Shane R. Corey (Bellingham, WA), ECON, clas, soc, cum laude [J.D., magna cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 2013; M.A. in International Political Economy & Development, International Finance, Fordham University, NYC, 2013; now Law Clerk at Ropes & Gray LLP, New York City.]
Laura Ann Palmiter Ely (West Linn, OR), HIST, clas
Kristine M. Gibbs (Marysville, WA), ANTHR, clas [taught English in Japan; now a Spa Concierge with T-Spa at the Tulalip Resort and Casino in Tulalip, WA]
Thanh-Truc "Quyen" Thi Nguyen (Tacoma, WA), PSYC, chem, clas, Departmental Honors in Psychology
William H. Patton (Lake Oswego, OR), RHET, clas [M.B.A., Willamette U, 2011; Distribution Group Leader at Target, Portland, OR; Assistant Coach, Men's Lacross, at Western Oregon U]
Kathryn S. Salisbury (Nine Mile Falls, WA), REL, anth, clas, Phi Beta Kappa [M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, 2010; now lives in Pittsburg, PA]
Deborah Sapiro (Whittier, CA), ANTHR, clas [Trinity Cert TESOL Certificate; has been teaching English in China, India, Turkey, Singapore, and now the Czech Republic]
Heather C. Tom (Aiea, HI), ECON, clas
Class of 2007:
Rositsa Atanasova (Haskovo, Bulgaria), CLAS, magna cum laude; Departmental Honors; Phi Beta Kappa
[M.T.S., Harvard U; J.D., Cambridge U, United Kingdom]
At Willamette, Rositsa 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. Then she completed a law degree at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. All her graduates studies were 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." Most recently, she was in the Bulgarian news as one of three women organizing help for Syrian refugees in Bulgaria. (10/2013)
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), magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
[M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City]
Jeff was actively involved with W.E.M.S. at Willamette and served as its Director for one year. For study abroad, Jeff interned at a hospital in Bulgaria. After graduation, he was admitted to several medical schools. He chose the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, one of the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the United States. Now he is in the process of completing his residency (2012).
Matthew W. Bost (Hillsboro, OR), RHET, clas, pol [Ph.D. in Communication Studies, U Minnesota, 2013; now back at WU as Vis. Asst. Prof. in the Dept. of Communication and Media Studies!]
Alexandra Brown (Portland, OR), SPAN, clas
Kevin M. Dean (Weed, CA), CHEM, clas [Ph.D. in Biochemistry, U Colorado at Boulder, 2013; Director of BioFrontiers Advanced Imaging Resource at the U Colorado, Boulder, 2013-14; now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern, the flagship medical school of the UT system]
Jessica Ann Gospe (Lake Forrest Park, WA), MATH, clas, span, Phi Beta Kappa
Peter R. Hughes (Great Falls, VA), B.M. in Performance-Strings, clas [guitar teacher in Portland, OR; his band, Sons of Huns, was named one of the 10 Best New Bands by the Willamette Week in 2012.
Jeffrey A. Morris (Aloha, OR), CHEM, PSYC, clas [M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine; now a Radiology Resident at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA]
Minh Hoang Pham (Salem, OR), CHEM, clas [Doctor of Pharmacy, OSU College of Pharmacy/OHSU, 2011; now a pharmacist with Walgreens, he lives in Lake Oswego, OR]
Kelly G. Poe (Baker City, OR), CHEM, clas [J.D., Phoenix School of Law; now an Associate Attorney with Gorman & Jones, PLC, in Sun City, AZ]
Lauren Elizabeth Quinlan (Keizer, OR), ENGL, arth, clas, cum laude [Operations and Policy Analyst for the Oregon State Hospital, Salem, OR]
Margaret Elizabeth Shaneyfelt (Bozeman, MT), EXSCI, clas [Professional Billing Analyst with OCHIN, Portland, OR]
Sterling Michael Stein (Eugene, OR), PSYC, clas [UI Analyst at Cisco Systems, Portland, OR]
Alicia Glory Vaandering (Keizer, OR), HIST, clas, rel, cum laude [lives in Salem, OR]
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 [M.A. Classics, U Kansas; Ph.D. cand., Indiana U]
studied some German in Vienna and helped excavate a Roman garum factory in Troia, Portugal. She then 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) [M.B.A., Willamette U, 2008; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2014]
graduated with top honors in Public Service from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. In Sept. 2014, he will begin work at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. 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. Later he attended Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management on a merit-based scholarship and graduated with an M.B.A. in May 2008. 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. On the side, James has continued to write, e.g., for Culinary Trends and Willamette's Scene Magazine.
Megan Nicole Bentley (Roseburg, OR), MATH, clas [J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 2010; now Admissions Counselor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.]
William Cannon (Tacoma, WA), HIST, clas, Phi Beta Kappa
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 [Software Quality Assurance Analyst with Greater Giving, Portland, OR]
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 [MSc., Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science; now a Senior Program Associate with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute in San Francisco, CA]
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; on the side Leah runs her own knitwear pattern company; some patterns are inspired by her Classics minor: http://mscleaver.com/?s=lamassu.]
Delan Canclini (Eureka, CA), PHIL, arts, clas [M.A.T., Willamette U, 2006]
Maureen D. Dean (Lincoln City, OR), FRENCH, clas [now a Legal Assistant and free-lance artist in Salem, OR]
Bryan B. Hughey (Corvallis, OR), ENGL, clas [M.A.T., Willamette U, 2010; English teacher at Judson Middle School in Salem, OR]
Zachary J. Larsen (Blachly, OR), CHEM, clas [Director of Environmental Services at T.J. Sisk & Company in Denver, CO]
Jennifer E. (Heidt) White (Caldwell, ID), POL, SOC, clas, Phi Beta Kappa, Truman Scholar [J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2010; now an Associate Attorney with Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins in Fairfax, VA]
Kasey Jakien (Portland, OR), ENGL, clas [is now a researcher at the Portland VA Medical Center/NCRAR, the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research]
Curtis D. Johnson (Montana City, MT), ENGL, clas, bio [is now working toward a D.Pharm. degree at the University of Montana]
Class of 2004:
Amanda M. "Mandy" Alexander (Watsonville, CA), MATH, clas [M.A.T., Willamette U, 2006; now Pooled Material Program Coordinator at Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc., in California]
Claire T. (Barker) Harai (McMinnville, OR), FREN, REL, clas [now the Housing and Administrative Coordinator at the Paris, France office of The Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA)]
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 [M.B.A., Willamette U, 2004]
Alyssa E. N. Brown (Davis, CA), ENGL, THTR, clas, Phi Beta Kappa
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
is now an Assistant Attorney General in Consumer Protection for the state of Massachusetts. The first two years after graduation he spent in Japan where he taught English with the Kawagoe Exchange and Teaching (KET) program. After that, he obtained a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law.
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
has been the Assistant Conservator at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, since 2009. 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.
Nicholas A. Hill (Salem, OR), HIST, clas [M.B.A. Willamette U, 2003]
Melissa J. Pedersen (McCary) Sommer (Salem, OR), PSYC, clas
Class of 2000:
Andrew J. Herrmann (West Linn, OR), CLAS
now a software developer with Performance Health Technology in Salem, OR, Andrew 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.
Emmett C. Woolley (Snohomish, WA), CLAS
works for a medical supply company in Snohomish, WA.
Mary L. (King) Sterling (Salem, OR), ENGL, clas, Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., Willamette U Law School, 2005; now an 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
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. After that, he entered the Ph.D. Program 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!
Class of 1942:
Clifford T. Stewart (Great Falls, MT), Classical Civilization, Senior Scholar
Played basketball for Willamette in his first year and later in the Intramurals. As a Senior, he was President of the Kappa Gamma Rho fraternity and President of the Blue Key service fraternity, and he was elected Class President.
Francis Harris (Spokane, WA), Classical Civilization and Literature
A graduate of Lewis & Clark High School, Francis joined the Beta Chi sorority and was active in the Little Theatre. From her Sophomore to her Senior Year, she worked as Assistant to the Registrar.
Class of 1941:
Robert Hinman (Medford, OR), Classical Literature
Transferred to Willamette from the University of Oregon as a Sophomore. Played football for Willamette as a Sophomore and Junior when he became an All-Conference Player. Was also active in the W Club, a service organization, and in Intramurals. As a Senior, he served as Intramural Sports Manager.
Jewell Minier (Salem, OR), Classical Civilization and Literature
A four-year member of the Beta Chi sorority, Jewell was also active in YMCA and Tack. As a Sophomore, she worked for Willamette's student paper, the Collegian. Her last two years, she sang with the Philharmonic Choir, and as a Senior, she was elected Sergeant-at-Arms.
Class of 1940:
Lois Herman (Medford, OR), Classical Literature & History, Senior Scholar in Classical Literature
Transferred to Willamette from Pasadena Junior College as a Junior. Joined the Beta Chi sorority, sang with the Philharmonic Choir, was active in Little Theatre, Phi Delta Mu, and YMCA. As a Junior, she served on the Inter-Sorority Dance Committee and helped organize the Junior-Senior Prom. As a Senior, she sat on the House Council, was chosen to be the May Day Princess, and was elected Vice-President of the Senior Class.