Class of 2024:
Logan Coleman (Sparks, NV) CLAS [Residential Advisor]
Hannah Purdy (Aumsville, OR) CLAS, pple, 3+3 BA/JD Dual Degree Program [ASWU Senator 2021-2022; Latin & Greek tutor]
Miriam Michels (Orinda, CA) CLAS, CHEM
Madelynn Brown (Beaverton, OR) BIO, clas
Morgan Davis HIST, clas [Director of Communications for the Residence Hall Association]
Kasey Englert (Salem, OR) PPLE, clas
Ryan Johns (Las Vegas, NV) PPLE, hist, clas [plays football for Willamette U]
Jamie Majarrez (Palo Alto, CA) ENGL, clas [Tutor in the Writing Center]
Jett Starr (Portland, OR) CCM, clas [plays soccer for Willamette U]
Kayla Stinson (AZ) PSYC, clas
Class of 2023:
Joseph A. Gomez (San Carlos, CA) CLAS, PPLE, hist [ASWU Senator 2021; Latin & Greek tutor]
Megan Rodgers CLAS, PSYC [studied at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome; works at the library]
Noah Bolls (Eugene, OR) ENGL-Creative Writing, CCM, clas [Tutor in the Writing Center; student manager at the library]
Katherine M. Locker (Eugene, OR) HIST, clas
Class of 2022:
Rowan Barton (Los Angeles, CA), CLAS, ARCH, ENVR, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors in Classics [Archaeology Club Treasurer, 2019-20; President, 2020-22; won the 2022 Carl Knopf Award for Best Student Paper on the Ancient World and its Reception; Cornerstone of Community Award, 2022; worked as Admissions Ambassador (2019) and CASA Assistant (2020-22); interned with Hallie Ford Museum of Art and as Archaeology Intern for the City of Salem]
Alex L. Morel (Carlsbad, CA) CLAS, BIOL
Sergio Muñoz (Los Angeles, CA), CLAS, CHEM
Diego Murphy-Mendez (Salem, OR), CLAS, HIST
Evelyn Newburne (Pittsburg, CA), CLAS, ANTH, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors in Classics, magna cum laude, Mortar Board honor society [Classics Tutor, 2019-20; Digital Learning Studio Student Manager, 2020-21; Ultimate Frisbee Club Treasurer and Co-Coach 2019-20; Jewish Student Union Treasurer, 2019-21; President 2021-22; Jessie E. West Leadership Award, 2022]
Jessie Radcliffe (Portland, OR), CLAS, RUSS, Phi Beta Kappa
Jennifer Antonson (Salem, OR), ENGL, clas
Delaney Buchanan (Newbury Park, CA), ARTH, clas, arch
Emma Canchola (Oregon City, Oregon), ARCH, clas, Chi Alpha Sigma [Women's Lacrosse]
David Flanagan (Elmhurst, IL) ENGL, PSYC, clas [Residential Advisor, Collegian writer]
Charlotte Holmes (Canyon Country, CA) ECON, clas [training to become a doula]
Alexander Knorr (Salem, OR) HIST, PPLE, clas
Nicole Nagel (Corona, CA), PSYC, ANTH, clas
Class of 2021:
Bergetta Coleman (Springville, UT), CLAS, ARCH [spent Fall 2019 studying abroad with College Year in Athens; now completing an MSc in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Edinburgh in the UK]
Kai Griffith (Portland, OR), CLAS, ARTH [won the 2020 Carl Knopf Award for Best Student Paper on the Ancient World and its Reception]
Amar Kshetrapal (Berkeley, CA), CLAS
Holly Piper (Boulder City, NV), CLAS, ARCH, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors in Classics, cum laude [Consul of the Archaeology Club and Archon of the Classics Club, excavated at the Ness of Brodgar supported by a CASA Field School Scholarship, won the 2021 Carl Knopf Award for Best Student Paper on the Ancient World]
Louis Polcin (Concord, CA), CLAS, HIST, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors in Classics, summa cum laude [Greek and Latin language tutor; now pursuing a Masters dregree at the University of British Columbia in Canada]
Liandra Chapman (Portland, OR), ECON, clas, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors in Economics, magna cum laude, Mortar Board honor society [now an Analyst with Evergreen Economics in Portland, OR]
Miranda Livers (Sacramento, CA), ANTH, clas, soc [studied abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand]
Mo K. Stein (Denver, CO), ARCH, clas [staff writer for the Collegian]
Sean Stover (Oakland, CA), INTL, clas, econ, hist [interned at the Oregon State Capitol]
Clara Wilkinson (Dufur, OR), PHIL, clas
Class of 2020:
Sydney L. Sundell (Prescott Valley, AZ), CLAS, ARCH, pol [researched and cataloged the Greek Imperial coins in the Hallie Ford Museum; worked in the Hatfield Library and as Classics liaison and head Greek & Latin tutor in the Language Learning Center; Archaeology Club Consul [2018-20] and Classics Club Archon [2019-20]; after graduation won a paid internship with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office; now Lab Manager/Staff Archaeologist at Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc.]
Benjamin Bressoud (Granville, OH), ARCH, clas, phil [is going to start a graduate program at the University of Birmingham in the UK in Fall 2022; studied abroad at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland; excavated at the Ness of Brodgar, supported by a CASA fellowship; ASWU Senator; Archaeology Club Herald, 2019-20; after graduation he worked as an archaeologist with a CRM firm in Lowell, Mass.]
Conall E. Doss (Salem, OR), HIST, clas, Phi Beta Kappa
Monica N. (Gray) Odyssée (Oregon City, OR), EXSCI, clas [received her Masters in Legal Studies from Pepperdine University in 2021 and now works as an assistant paralegal for a law firm in San Francisco]
Johannes P. Griesser (Bainbridge Island, WA) MATH, clas
Kendall Matthews (Sacramento, CA), ARTH, arch, anth
Riley K. McCann (Hillsboro, OR), POL, clas [worked as a student stage technician; now an event stage specialist for Willamette University]
Cynthia N. Ramirez-Coria (Salem, OR), POL, clas
Michael J. Shaw (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), PHIL, clas
Katrina H. Thomas (Maui, HI), PSYC, clas
Colin W. Troesken (Pittsburg, PA), PHIL, CINE, clas, pol [ASWU Senator]
James D. Willis (Concord, CA), CCM, clas
Class of 2019:
Rachel Dell (Seattle, WA), BIO, CLAS, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors in Classics [Now a Research Technician at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle (1/20). At Willamette she worked as Classics Liaison at the Language Learning Center and received the 2018 Carl S. Knopf Award for her senior thesis on Lucian's True History.]
Sophia Anderson (Lake Oswego, OR), COMP SCI, clas, Departmental Honors in Computer Science [now a Security Engineer for Target in Minneapolis, MN]
Devne't DeGrandmont (Brentwood, CA), ARTH, clas [complete an MA in Museum Studies/Museology at Johns Hopkins U in 2022]
Scott DuPlessis (Ocala, FL), PHIL, clas [now pursuing a fully-funded law degree at the University of Idaho]
Moira Eaton (Milwaukie, OR), GERM, PHIL, clas, pol, Departmental Honors in German [studied abroad in Mannheim, Germany; English teacher with the Peace Corps in Benin, 2019-2020]
Montréal Gray (San Francisco, CA), ANTH, clas, Social Justice Leadership Award [now works as a Legal Assistant for a San Francisco law firm]
William Gupton (La Morada, CA), REL, clas
Peter Lawson (Woodinville, WA), ARCH, MUSIC, clas, anthr, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors in Music [spent two seasons at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological field school and studied abroad in Malta, supported by CASA grants; in 2021, he received an MA in Archaeology with distinction from the University College London]
Neha S. Malik (San Francisco, CA), ENGL, clas, Departmental Honors in English [studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome]
Peter Oaks (Belmont, CA), PSYC, clas [MA, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2021; while at Willamette, he volunteered as a Victim's Advocate with the ]
Thea Phillips (Santa Monica, CA), ARTS, clas, psyc, Departmental Honors in Studio Arts
Rigby, Miles (Lake Oswego, OR), POL, clas, mus
Matthew Roling (Santa Clara, CA), PSYC, clas, rel
Class of 2018:
Luc Marceau (Lodi, CA), CLAS [studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy]
Rachael Rappoport (Redwood City, CA), BIOL, CLAS, chem, Departmental Honors in Classics
Mikaela Renshaw (San Diego, CA), CLAS, ENGL, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors in Classics, magna cum laude [studied abroad at NUI Galway in Fall 2016. Now pursuing a fully-funded Ph.D. in English at Indiana University.]
Sean Weeks (Salem, OR), CLAS, now a free-lance writer
Bryce K. Withy-Berry (Kailua, HI), CLAS, psyc [studied abroad at the ICCS in Rome in Fall 2016; now a Telehealth Coordinator/Assistant with Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for Hawai'i and the Pacific Basin which aims to improve heathcare access in underserved areas.]
Sarah E. Crabb (Highlands Ranch, CO), ARTH, ARCH, art, clas, medieval & renaissance studies, Departmental Honors in Art History [currently a free-lance
Casey L. Dobbert (Santa Rosa, CA), ENGL (Creative Writing), wgs, clas [studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome]
Darren R. Fletcher (Oakland, CA), MUS, clas [currently working in cash management at Beneficial State Bank in Oakland, CA and continuing to enjoy music as a choir section leader in his church choir]
Leo H. Goldstein (Davis, CA), MATH, clas, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
Charlotte Lerner-Wright (Fairfax, CA), HIST, clas [now pursuing a Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (8/2020)]
Luke E. Moy (Albuquerque, NM), ENGL, WGS, clas, Departmental Honors in Women & Gender Studies [now working for the Accessibility Services office at Central New Mexico Community College]
Sam Mularz (Ashland, OR), ENVR, clas, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, Departmental Honors in Environmental Science [now a Biological Science Technician (Plants) with the U.S. Forest Service in Dufur, OR]
Bridgette Peirce (Reno, NV), ENGL, clas, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
[Currently Digital Contents Editor at C-4 Analytics, LLC in Salem. Sprinted and jumped on WU's Track & Field team; Senior-Scholar Athlete Award - Women's Intercollegiate Athletics.]
Class of 2017:
Rachel (Rae) D. Farrar (Buena Vista, CO), CLAS, arth
[VP Panhellenic of her sorority, Delta Gamma; now Collections Manager at Buena Vista Heritage Museum in Buena Vista, CO]
Madelynn O. Ellis (Lake Oswego, OR), BIO, clas [Tri Beta Biological Honor Society]
Conor J. Feeney (Petaluma, CA), PSYCH, clas, philos, soc [member of WU's Football Team; now running a program for homeless veterans in Petaluma]
Nathan A. Fritsch (Petaluma, CA), HIST, clas, engl [now a free-lance editor in Fort Worth, TX, specialising in speculative fiction, esp. fantasy]
Janet (Gallagher) Dell (Auburn, WA), PHYS, clas
Chase K. Sumida (Honolulu, HI), CHEM, clas [Tri Beta Biological Honor Society]
Angela E. Turpen (Alsea, OR), SOC, aes, clas, wgs
Xuerong Wang (Qingdao, China), ASIAN STUDIES, arth, clas [At WU, Xuerong worked as a Chinese Tutor and as an Assistant for the Office of International Education. Now a Secretary with Chen and Associates Insurance Service in Beaverton, OR.]
Alexandra R. Wert (Cheney, WA), CHEM, clas
Class of 2016:
Karin Hokanson (Woodinville, WA), CLAS
received her M.B.A. in Marketing & Global Management from Willamette University in 2018 and is now a Senior Project Manager & Operations Lead with the advertising agency World Famous in Seattle. While at Willamette, she studied Greco-Roman antiquities in Turkey with a UC Davis postsession in summer 2014; she also played varsity soccer for all four years and coached for the Seattle Sounders FC.
Jenna A. Jones (Vancouver, WA), POL, CLAS
is working for the League of Oregon Cities and may at some point pursue a law degree. As a student, Jenna worked as a Bike Shop Coordinator and Intramural (Sports) Supervisor.
Hannah "Jo" Kasler (Sacramento, CA), CLAS, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors took up a position as an Assistant Master Electrician with the Sacramento Theater Company after college. At WU, she worked as a lighting technician for the Theater Department, but also as a Latin Tutor in the Language Learning Lab. In addition, she studied abroad at NUI Galway in Ireland, supported by a CASA Study Abroad Grant, and became an accomplished Maori fire dancer with the Poi Club.
Lindsey Moriyama (Honolulu, HI), CLAS, ENGL
received an MFA in Creative Writing from City University of New York, City College, in 2018 and is now a professional writer. As an undergraduate, she worked as a Latin tutor and studied abroad in London. With the Hawaii Club, she co-organized and performed at the Annual Luau. She also played volleyball with various teams on campus.
Sarah (Natelson) Romano (Missoula, MT), CLAS
was engaged in campus ministry at the Colorado School of Mines, but is now focusing on being a first-time mother. At Willamette, she worked as a Latin tutor in the Language Learning Lab.
Karen Page (Windsor, CA) CLAS, ARTH, Departmental Honors in Art History
received a Masters in Art History, Criticism and Conservation from Indiana University Bloomington in 2019. At Willamette, she received funding through LARC to complete a LARC summer research thesis on "Demystifying the Parthenon" (2015). She also worked at the front desk of WU's Office of International Education and served as Director of Rituals for her sorority, Delta Gamma.
Kristen Patterson (Medford, OR), CLAS, arth, magna cum laude, Departmental Honors
is pursuing her Ph.D. in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College. As an undergraduate, she worked as the Classics Liaison to the Language Lab and Latin & Greek Tutor. She also presented at Willamette's 2014 SSRD on "The Judgement of Paris in Art: A Critical Look at the Judge Himself" and at the 2015 NUCAW on "Agricola the Scholar General." Over the summer, she worked as a horse wrangler in Sunriver, OR. After WU, she completed the 1-year Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania, then went on and received her MA in Classics from Bryn Mawr, before entering the Ph.D. program there.
George Paulson (Fayetteville, AR), CLAS, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors
After graduation, George studied Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies with a focus on Game Design at the University of Arkansas and interned with UA's Tesseract Center for Immersive Environments and Game Design. The co-founder of New Media Arts Education of Northwest Arkansas, he co-directed a new media arts workshop called Gaming to Know You. Currently, he is pursuing an M.A.T. from the University of Central Arkansas. At Willamette, George worked as a Latin tutor and was able to pursue his interest in everything to do with gladiators by recreating gladiatorial arms and fencing with the Boffer Club. Presented at Willamette's 2014 SSRD on "Amazon and Achillia: The Importance of Stage Names for the Identification of Female Gladiators and their Characterization as Amazons." Studied abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome, supported by a CASA Study Abroad Grant.
Jenna Alcalde (Salem, OR), WGS, clas, psyc
Reid Bagley (Pacifica, CA), HIST, clas, pol [now a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps]
Paul Beery (Seattle, WA), POL, clas, econ
Samantha Dias (Aiea, HI), SOC, clas
Emily Durham (Santa Fe, NM), POL, clas
Mason D. Granato (Damascus, OR), ECON, clas
Cara Jack (Redwood City, CA), ENGL (Creative Writing), clas
Jordan Alexandra "Alex" de Man (Saint Helena, CA), WGS, clas
Olivia Monical (Rough and Ready, CA), ENGL, clas, anthr [Chemawa Indian School tutor; study abroad at John Cabot U in Rome. Now a writer, artist and event book coordinator in San Jose, CA]
Mary J. Needham (Alameda, CA), ARCH, clas, anthr [Ness of Brodgar archaeological field school on the Orkney Islands, Scotland, supported by a CASA Field School Grant; MA, International Cultural Heritage Management, Durham University, UK, 2019]
Wendy Rosenstein (Mercer Island, WA), POL, clas [J.D. candidate, class of '23, at Seattle University School of Law]
Brent Sundvall (Tigard, OR), POL, clas
Stephen Watson (Buffalo, NY), POL, clas
Class of 2015:
Brian McKean (Beaverton, OR), CLAS
Now a Colony Development Coordinator for his old fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. At WU, he studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome (Spring 2014) and worked at Goudy Commons.
Michelle Atherton (Newbury Park, CA), ARTH, clas, Phi Beta Kappa
received her M.Sc. in the History of Art, Theory, and Display from the University of Edinburgh in 2017. She now is a Lead Inventory Officer with the National Trust for Scotland. At WU, she worked as a student assistant at the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology and served as President of the Archaeology Club. In 2017, she was featured in the Willamette Magazine.
Kersey Bars (Springfield, OR) EXSCI, clas
Jessica Beach (Salem, OR), ARCH, clas, Phi Beta Kappa
received an M.A. in Museology/Museums Studies from George Washington University in 2017. As an undergraduate, she competed on Willamette University's swim team.
Nina Berger (Orinda, CA), CCM, clas
is now a Career Services Manager at PreSales Academy in the Washington, DC area. Before, she worked for several years in College administration; in 2019, she received a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. At WU, she worked as Productions Editor of The Collegian (Willamette's student newspaper), rowed on the crew team, and served as Delta Gamma's VP Communications.
Ashland Bernard (Kirkland, WA), HIST, clas [Received her J.D. in 2020 and her LL.M. degree in Bankruptcy Law in 2022, both from St. John's University Law School in New York City. She is now a Judicial Law Clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the E.D.N.Y.]
Colin K. Chin (Oakland, CA), PHIL, clas
Megan R. Cohen (Livermore, CA), ARCH, clas [Spent a few years doing archaeological survey work for CRM companies, then slipped into managing political campaigns. In May 2022 she graduated with a Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia, where she has been working as a graduate research assistant on using AI in archiving, and she has a co-authored book chapter forthcoming.]
Alyssa K. Dodge (Pleasant Hill, CA), PSYC, clas
Lauren Dudley (University Place, WA), ARCH, HIST, clas
Summer Elias (Elko, NV), MATH, clas [pursuing an M.A. in Biomedical/Medical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis]
Alex Geiszler (Missoula, MT), ARTH, clas [lives in Portland, OR, and is a drummer with the band Orchards.]
Page Gorry (Islip, NY), RHET, clas [now a Software Engineer at Momentive-AI in Portland, OR]
Kaylie Laxdal (Zimmerman, MN), ENGL, PSYC, clas
Claire S. Lee (Saint Helena, CA), HIST, arth, clas
Nicholas Mead (Tacoma, WA), ANTH, clas [Writing Center Associate; study abroad in Australia] Received his M.A. in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton in the U.K. in 2018. Currently works as an archaeological field technician for the North Wind Group in Seattle.
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 [bookkeeper at Withnell Auto, Salem, OR]
Soren Underdahl (Albany, OR), PHIL, POL, clas [Classics liaison with WU's Language Learning Center. Soren became a 2015 Teach For America Corps Member and is currently teaching 7th-Grade English in Memphis, TN.]
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. Long-term, Hannah hopes to pursue a career as a literary editor; while a student, she edited the literary student journal Chrysalis and did a one-year internship with Polebridge Press while it was housed on Willamette's campus. Currently, she is working as a Senior Project Manager for Genalyte, a mobile medical testing lab company in San Diego, CA.
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. Currently, she is working as a Business Development Specialist for Ingredient Exchange in St. Louis, MO.
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. Currently, she is working as a Communications Assistant for the Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society in , writing copy for ads, brochures, newsletters, and reports and editing the company website.
Joshua E. Braun (Hillsborough, CA), COMP SCI, ECON, clas [now a Software Engineer with Office Ally in Vancouver, WA]
Elaine L. Carpenter (Reno, NV), RHET, clas, pol [while at WU, she interned with Governor Kitzhaber's Citizen's Representative Office at the Oregon Capitol and worked as a campus tour guide; now she is a Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS)]
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, [M.A.T. Western Oregon University, 2016]
Ami F. Snur (Salem, OR), PSYC, clas [now pursuing an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at Lewis and Clark College]
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
Graduated from the Young Executive M.A. in Management Program at Azusa Pacific University in 2014. She is now a Graduate Intern in Information Technology with Kaiser Permanente and working as a Teacher's Assistant and Writing Consultant at Azusa Pacific. She recently published her first article in the American Journal of Economics and Business Administration. 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
received her M.A. in Public History from Portland State University in 2018. She currently is the Rose Tucker Editorial Fellow at the Oregon Historical Society. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad at the prestigious Intercollegiate Center of Classical Studies in Rome (Fall 2011). On campus, she worked as a part-time 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. Right out of college, she became a full-time paid staff member with the Willamette Humane Society where she had volunteered for several years.
Brian Gnerre (Torrance, CA), PHIL, clas, Phi Beta Kappa [studied abroad in Sweden]
Trevor Griswold (Salem, OR), COMP SCI, clas, math [now Senior 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 [M.S., College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University, 2016; Assistant Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, Whittier College]
Collin N. Skiles (Salem, OR), COMP SCI, clas, cum laude [now Enterprise Programmer Analyst at Willamette University]
Class of 2012:
Emily (Hannenberg) Castillo (Las Vegas, NV), CLAS, chem (pre-med)
is a Certified Intra-Operative Neurophysiologist (CNIM) in Huntington Beach, CA. 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.(10/2017)
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 still knows how to make the perfect cappuccino, but after acquiring a G.I.S. certificate, he now works as a GIS technician at FLO Analytics. He continues to enjoy living in Portland, Oregon (2/2020).
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 working for a digital marketing agency, Perficient Digital, in Bozeman, MT]
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:
Ilana Greenslade (Kennewick, WA), ARCH, CLAS
works as a Training & Development Specialist at Great Harvest Franchising (bio). As a double major in Classics and Archaeology at Willamette, Ilana was able to study a whole year in Greece with the College Year in Athens (2009-2010) where she picked up Modern Greek in addition to her Ancient Greek. Ilana also volunteered 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
received her MBA in Health/Health Care Administration and Management from the University of Denver in 2018. She now manages the day-to-day operations of the eight locations of the Boulder Valley Allergy and Asthma Clinics.
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) Conner (Tacoma, WA), CLAS
received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Washington in 2018. He is spending 2018-2020 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Purdue University in Lafayette, IN. While still an undergraduate, he presented his senior thesis on Catullus' Atthis poem (c. 63) at the Oregon Undergraduate Classics Conference and had it accepted for publication by the then new Classics undergraduate journal Vexillum out of Western Washington University. In 2018, he presented an excellent paper entitled "Lesbius, Gellius, and Catullus: Rivals for the Lesbian Muse" at the CAPN conference in Tacoma. (2/2020)
Margaret M. Robertson (Olympia, WA), CLAS
Maggie received her doctorate in chiropractic (D.C.) from University of Western States; she is also a certified nutritionist. She and her husband now run their own chiropractic clinic in Redmond, WA. While still a Willamette student, she had the opportunity to travel all over Greece with the Willamette in Greece post-session in summer 2010.(12/2020)
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 H. Pawlick (Emmet, ID), ARTH, clas; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
In 2018, Kathryn received her J.D. summa cum laude from Willamette University College of Law, where she served as the Symposium Editor for the Willamette Law Review and the Articles Editor for the Willamette Environmental Law Journal. She is now an associate attorney with Fetherston Edmonds, LLP in Salem, OR.(12/2020)
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 Mississippi; later 1st-grade teacher at Match Community Day school in Boston, MA; now an Associate Director for Customer Success with the subscription-based education technology platform TeachBoost; received his MBA from U Washington in 2022]
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. After receiving an M.A. from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, he is now an Associate Pastor in Roseburg, OR.(10/2017)
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 Intercollegiate 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.
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 attorney with the employment law firm Fisher Philips 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. They decided to change tracks, though, and is currently pursuing their interests in computer science instead. Now serving as an Associate Producer for Monolith Productions (WB Games), Tracy 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, but then joined the Navy where he served on submarines.
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. In 2017, he completed a Ph.D. at the GRASP (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception) Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania. He is now a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oxford in the UK.(9/2020)
Melissa L. Magana (Honolulu, HI), CLAS
While a student, Melissa attended an archaeological fieldschool in Italy's Sangro Valley on a CASA fieldschool grant. On the side, she worked as the Bistro's kitchen manager and as the theater house manager for the university's Theater Department, and finally as Wedding Coordinator and Day Conferences Assistant. That campus job inspired her to work in travel and event coordination after graduation, and from there she went into human resources, receiving a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Portland State University in 2018. Currently, she is the Human Resources Administrator at the Portland office of a large Canadian electronics manufacturer. On the side, she acts and models; she has even made it into two movies so far!(2/2020)
Lauren Saxton (Portland, OR), CLAS, HIST, cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
studied for a semester with the College Year in Athens. In 2015, she received her Ph.D. in History with a dissertation entitled "Before Addiction: The Medical History of Alcoholism in Nineteenth-Century France" from the City University of New York's Graduate Center where she studied right across from the Empire State Building. She then switched tracks, however, and worked first for Columbia University's Career Center and then went into Alumni Relations and Advancements. After quickly rising to Associate Director for Alumni Marketing and Communications at Columbia, she saw an ad for an open position in Willamette's Advancement Office, and the rest is history. Since 2019, Lauren has been the Associate Director of the Willamette Annual Fund, Direct Marketing.
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) Thai (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 recruited by Tokyo International University in America, Willamette's sister campus across 12th Street, to work as a Campus Life Assistant and Summer Community Coordinator. In 2010, she moved for several years to Los Angeles, where she successfully pursued a Masters in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and then assisted newly arrived refugee families as a case worker with the International Rescue Committee. Now she works as a Developmental Operations and Policy Analyst in the Policy Division of the Department of Human Services in Salem, Oregon.(10/2017)
Sara L. Foerster (Beaverton, OR), CLAS, cum laude, Departmental Honors in Classics [M.A.T., Lewis and Clark College, 2012]
is now a Change Manager in Digital Product Creation for Nike in Beaverton, OR; she started at Nike in 2012 as a Transition and Training Manager. 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.(07/2022)
Elizabeth Swensen (Santa Rosa, CA), CLAS [M.F.A., Interactive Media, University of Southern California, 2011]
is now an Assistant Professor of Art and Design: Games and Playable Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, researching metacognitive development outcomes and strategy-based learning in games and designing games that explore the role language plays in enforcing identity. 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 and later served as a Research Associate at the University of Southern California. For an overview of her current and past projects, click here.(10/2017)
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; received an online-MA in Public History through Southern New Hampshire University while working full-time as an Administrative Assistant; now a Social Services Assistant at Life Care Centers of America in Sedro Woodley, WA, and a Consulting Archivist for the Museum of Northwest Art in Conner, 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." In 2013, she was in the Bulgarian news as one of three women organizing help for Syrian refugees in Bulgaria. In 2020, when Willamette Magazine featured her, Rositsa continued to support refugees as an advocacy expert for the Center for Legal Aid: Voice in Bulgaria.
Brian P. Bowinski (Denver, CO) CLAS
Currently a Technology Specialist with Arapahoe Libraries in Denver, CO. Previously worked as a Legal Assistant and Accountant. He has even lived in South Korea, where he taught English at a private after-school English academy, Chungdahm Learning in Namyanju, a suburb of Seoul, from 2008-2010. At Willamette, he was an active member not only of the Classics Club, but also of Freaks & Geeks/Culture Shock and Ultimate Frisbee.(2/2020)
Jeffrey E. Johnson (Boise, ID), CLAS, chem (pre-med), magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
[M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City]
Now a surgeon at the University of North Carolina, Jeff volunteered with Willamette Emergency Medical Services (W.E.M.S.) on campus and served as its Director for one year. For study abroad, Jeff interned at a hospital in Bulgaria. Admitted to several medical schools, he chose Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, one of the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the United States. Between 2014-2019, he worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (2/2020).
Matthew W. Bost (Hillsboro, OR), RHET, clas, pol [Ph.D. in Communication Studies, U Minnesota, 2013; spent a year at WU as Vis. Asst. Prof. in the Dept. of Communication and Media Studies; in 2016, he joined the Whitman College faculty.]
Alexandra Brown (Portland, OR), SPAN, clas
Kevin M. Dean (Weed, CA), CHEM, clas [Received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, U Colorado at Boulder, 2013; Director of BioFrontiers Advanced Imaging Resource at the U Colorado, Boulder, 2013-14; then a Postdoctoral Fellow at UT Southwestern, and now an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Microscopy Lab at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 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., Indiana U]
Received her Ph.D. in Classics from Indiana University in 2016. After a stint of teaching at the University of Southern California, she joined the University of New Hampshire as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Currently, she is a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Georgia. During her time at Willamette University, she studied some German in Vienna and helped excavate a Roman garum factory in Troia, Portugal. After graduation, she went to the University of Kansas on a full scholarship and completed her M.A. in Classics with a study of the Roman Lares (2009). In the summer of her graduation, she was able to spend a few weeks in Rome, accompanying Kansas undergraduates. (5/2022).
James Timbrell (San Francisco, CA) CLAS, math [M.B.A., Willamette U, 2008; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2014]
Now a Chambers Attorney at the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. At Willamette, James majored in Classics and minored in Mathematics. In addition, he was a NWC Cross Country Academic All-Star and acclaimed food critic for the Willamette Collegian. Over the years, he also worked as a free-lance writer for the Statesman Journal, Culinary Trends, Willamette's Scene Magazine, and others. After college, James 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. He then worked in advertising for a while, running his own organic honey business, the San Francisco Honey Co., on the side. After a few years, however, he decided to change careers and was admitted to Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, from where he graduated with top honors in Public Service in 2014.(2/2020)
Megan Nicole Bentley (Roseburg, OR), MATH, clas
[received her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2010, but later changed careers and is now a Manager and Business Analyst for Conference Programs & Proceedings with SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics in Bellingham, WA.]
William Cannon (Tacoma, WA), HIST, clas, Phi Beta Kappa
[now lives in Sandpoint, ID, where he works as an Assistant Winemaker for Pend D' Oreille Winery and creates his own line of stoneware.(2/2020)]
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
[received her M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from San Diego State University in 2016. Now a Senior Manager at management consulting firm ICF in San Diego.]
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
[received his M.Div. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School; he is now Associate Director of the Lumen Christi Institute in Chicago (1/20)]
Andrew "Drew" Murray Miller (Keizer, OR), HIST, clas, econ
[received his M.A. in Psychology from the Positive Health Psychology program at the Claremont Graduate University in 2019. He is also a Parter with MakeMe, a Seattle-based company that designed a Health Challenges Software for Employee Wellness and Gym Member Engagement.]
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 [received his Ph.D. in Nautical Archaeology program from Texas A&M University in 2013. Now he is an Archaeological Conservator for the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program at the]in
Class of 2005:
Kate A. (McClendon) Boufidis (San Diego, CA) CLAS, REL '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). For more than a decade, she has worked in Human Resources, first for a pharmaceutical company, now for Knoell USA in Philadelphia, PA (5/22).
Leah P. (Batt) Thibault (Napa, CA), THTR, clas, engl [formerly Director of Operations at CEI Capital Management LLC, Portland, Maine, now Marketing Manager at CEI (Coastal Enterprises, Inc.) also in 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; worked as an art teacher for 5 years, then became a (much happier) tattoo artist, now running his own studio in Savannah, GA]
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 anin Bethesda, MD]
Kasey Jakien (Portland, OR), ENGL, clas [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 [received his Doctor of Pharmacy (DPharm) from the University of Montana and is now a Registered Pharmacist (RPh) in Helena, MT (1/20)]
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
SEO Strategist at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads in Grants Pass, OR, one of the largest beading and jewelry suppliers in the world.
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
has been an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice since 2014. 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, clerked for a year with the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and worked more than five years as Assistant Attorney General in Consumer Protection for the state of Massachusetts.
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) have two sons, Nolan and Theo. 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 professionally designed food blog, persnicketypalate.com.(10/2017)
Astrid van Giffen (The Baarns, Netherlands), CLAS, arth, arts, cum laude
is an Associate Conservator at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, where she has worked 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 or the pictures from his 2014 wedding at Loch Lomond in Scotland.
Class of 1942:
Clifford T. Stewart (Great Falls, MT), Classical Civilization, Senior Scholar (1920 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - 1991 Wilsonville, OR)
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. His college education was interrupted by a four-year stint in the Navy during WW2, after which he returned to Willamette and graduated. He then worked for 34 years in accounting. After retirement, he became a deacon in the Episcopal Church and served, among other places, at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville, OR, which he co-founded.
Francis "Fran" (Harris) Parke (Spokane, WA), Classical Civilization and Literature (1916 Spokane, WA - 2014 DeKalb, IL)
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. While stationed with the American Red Cross in New Caledonia in the South Pacific in 1944, she met Major Henry Wellings Parke of the U.S. Army. They married in 1946 in Spokane, WA, and moved to Sycamore, IL, where she and her husband raised two sons. Among other organizations, she was active in the P.E.O. Sisterhood (KJ chapter), a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing to women increased opportunities for higher education.
Class of 1941:
Robert S. Hinman (Medford, OR), Classical Literature (1916 Medford, OR - 2003 Portland, OR)
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. In WW2, he was a pilot with the U.S. Navy.
Jewell C. (Minier) Potter (Salem, OR), Classical Civilization and Literature (1919 Salem, OR - 1979 Salem, OR)
A four-year member of the Beta Chi sorority, Jewell was also active in YMCA and Track. 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. A member of AAUW, she headed the local alumni chapter after graduation. In May 1942, she married Ervin Potter '40, who later became a lawyer in Salem.
Class of 1940:
Lois (Herman) Whalin (Medford, OR), Classical Literature & History, Senior Scholar in Classical Literature (1919 Enterprise, OR - 1980 Medford, OR)
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. in 1943, she married Donald B. Whalin, with whom she raised two children.