Alumni/-ae Profiles

Lucy Gram (2012, English & Drama Major) is a freelance theatre director, arts administrator, and photographer. Shortly after graduation she moved to Boston and started working for Project STEP, a string training education program that identifies and instructs musically talented children from underrepresented Boston communities. She is now their Communications and Administrative Coordinator. When she's not at work, Lucy is directing theatre and producing through her company, One Bird Productions.

Alison Ehrenreich: My job caters to all factions of the Marketing and Communications department at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Ad sales, copy editing/writing, social media, press releases, promotions, and publication management are just some of the few responsibilities I have.

Of all my duties, publication management is perhaps the most stressful and rewarding. It includes our show programs and dramaturgical magazine Asides. I’m collecting and editing content from all departments of the theatre that will eventually end up in the hands of our audience. Ads, dramaturgical articles and artist biographies must all be under review. Recently, I have just finished work on the two publications for our spring repertory Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 featuring Stacy Keach as Falstaff. With a cast of 31 and a production team of 12, that is a lot of bio editing stress.

Haley Brown (2012, English Major, Minors in Honors and Women's Studies): Immediately following graduation, Haley went to work and live on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota with a children's charity called Simply Smiles for three months. She continued to work for Simply Smiles for a year, collaboratively managing donor events, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment and care. She then moved to Boston and currently works in fundraising for the Handel and Haydn Society, a period instrument orchestra and chorus that is the oldest performing arts organization in the United States. Haley placed third in her age group in the Hartford Women's Sprint Triathlon last September, and is currently training for an Olympic-distance race in the spring. In her spare time, she runs the work-study program at JP Centre Yoga in Jamaica Plain, MA, where she actively strives to build intentional community.

James Sica (2012, English and Writing Major): Following his graduation in 2012 James returned to Ithaca College as the Assistant Coach for the Men's Swimming and Diving team, which he was a member of during his time at IC and a captain of his senior year. In the Fall of 2013, James was accepted into the Master's program in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology at Ithaca College. Continuing with the Men's Swimming and Diving team as a Graduate Assistant, James also coaches for Swim Ithaca, a USA Swimming club in Ithaca, NY. As a coach, his main goal is to empower athletes by teaching them how to use the skills they learn through sport to fuel continued success past their athletic careers.

Haley Davis (2012, English minor): Since November 2012 I've been in the Special Markets Sales Department at Random House LLC (now Penguin Random House). In January, I was promoted from Sales Assistant to Sales Associate. Beginning this past September, Haley has been involved in the "Everybody Wins Power Lunch" program, where she reads to a first grade student every week during her lunch. 

Chris Lisee (2010, double major in English and Journalism): Staff writer for Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ; will enter the Ph.D. program in the Harvard Divinity School, Fall 2011.

Danielle O'Reilly (2010, minor in H&S Honors Program): Accepted into the accelerated M.A. program in English Education at Villanova University, aiming towards certification in secondary education.

Nicki Bucciaglia (2009):  Studying for an M.F.A. in the English Department at Southern Illinois University, with full-tuition remission plus a stipend for three years.  In Summer 2014, Nicki will be the Assistant Director of SIU’s Young Writers Workshop for high school students.  She is also the co-founder of SIU’s new literary magazine, Psychopomp.  As president of the SIU Graduate Writers Forum, Nicki is organizing its annual literary festival in Spring 2014.  One of her stories will appear in the online journal West Branch Wired in the second half of 2014.  Between IC and SIU, Nicki taught English in Osaka, Japan, in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme. 

Lillian Shafer (2008): Studying for an M.S. in Information Science at SUNY Albany; has a full tuition scholarship and the Carson Carr Diversity Scholar Assistantship.

Rosie Barki (2007): Studying for a Ph.D. in postcolonial literature, University of Texas, San Antonio.

David Corvi (2007): Working for Teach for America, Philadelphia.

Liz Fox (2007): Assistant dramaturge for a theater company in New York City.

Vanessa Graniello (2007):  Studying for an M.A. in English Literature at Queens College, CUNY.

Miranda Selover (2007): Research/communications assistant, United States Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.  Also freelancing as a writer and copy editor for Scholastic Press.  Miranda has written a non-fiction book for children titled Etch and Sketch: Wild Animals that will be published in Fall 2010 by Scholastic's Tangerine Press.  Miranda says the book "is probably my proudest accomplishment since graduating." In Spring, 2011 Scholastic Press published her book Gross Pranks, an activity book for children 6-10. It combines science with "kid-friendly pranks, like fake bugs in ice cubes and things like that."

Jenna Whittaker (2007): Studying for a Ph.D. in English literature, University of Indiana.

Patrick Bradley (2006):  Studying for a Master's of Science at the University of Edinburgh, where his focus is upon European theatre. He is also the principal trombone player for the university orchestra. At IC, Patrick was an English major with a minor in Music.

Brandi Remington (2006): Studying for a master's degree study in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University, Worcester, MA.  In Summer 2009, Brandi will intern at the Metta Center for Nonviolent Education in San Francisco as one of 12 applicants chosen from a field of 50.  After graduating from IC, Brandi worked for AmeriCorps in Rochester, NY, and was awarded the 2008 Willie J. Lightfoot Youth Advocate of the Year Award, presented yearly in Monroe County, NY.  

Jennifer Cronenberg (2005):  Studying law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. In 2007-08 she was Senior Managing Editor of CommLaw Conspectus (a journal of communications law policy).

Jenny Fein (2005): Was awarded her J.D. in May 2009 from the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia, where she served as a Senior Editor on the Law Review.  While at the D. C. Council, she amended and edited a bill which was passed by the full Council and the Mayor and subsequently enacted into law. As a part of a special seminar, "Katrina & Beyond: Disaster Prevention and Recovery, Social Justice and Governmental Accountability," she spent a Spring break in New Orleans, assisting an Orleans Public Defenders Office attorney in court. While at the Student Press Law Center, she published two articles on internet speech rights: "Legal Tips to Know Before You Post: A Guide to Maintaining an Off-Campus Website" and "Web Publishing Carries Promise and Pitfalls: Legal Tips for Students Looking to Speak out Online." When not saving the world, Jen still enjoys cooking, reading, and superhero movies.

Dina Schiff (2005): Director of a religious school in Chapel Hill, NC.  "I spend my days administrating, fundraising, meeting with committees, praying that no one calls out so I will not need to do the find-a-sub dance, popping into classrooms."  On August 4th, 2010, Dina delivered a presentation on "Laboring Over Lesson Plans: Secrets for Success," at the NewCAJE conference, Gann Academy, Waltham, MA.

Meghan Walsh (2005): Received an M.A. in Irish literature at Trinity College, Dublin.

Nelson Beard (2004): Currently studying for an M.S. in elementary education at Niagara University.  After graduation, Nelson taught English in the R.E.L.P. English Institute, Incheon City, South Korea; at Paul's English School in Yanji City, People's Republic of China; and in Dowon Elementary School, Bucheon, South Korea.  Between 2004 and 2008 he also earned two diplomas in TESOL and TESOL for Children and an advanced certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners.

Neal Brodsky (2004): Received an M.A. in medieval English language and literature at University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Jennifer Doherty (2004): Writes that after abandoning M.A. studies not once but twice, she "began moonlighting as a copywriter at a small (but mighty!) advertising agency," where she parlayed her writing skills into a "full-time copywriting gig at a major advertising firm in the Detroit Metro area."

Paul McCabe (2004): Had his play, Get Off, produced in May and June of 2006 as part of the Kitchen Theatre Company's New Play Festival, in Ithaca, New York. Paul wrote the play in an independent study that he took with Claire Gleitman in the fall of his senior year.  In 2004 the play was produced as a staged reading by the On the Verge theater troupe at IC, and in 2005 it was awarded the Jean Kennedy Smith award for best play on the subject of disability by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Read about it in the May 4, 2005, Ithaca Journal.

Maggie Kate Coleman (2003): "Pop!", a musical about Andy Warhol for which Maggie wrote the book and lyrics, was played at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre in June, and will receive its world premiere production, directed by Mark Brokaw, at the Yale Repertory Theatre on Nov. 27-Dec. 19, with an official opening Dec. 3.  Read about it at Playbill.com.  Maggie is a graduate of the musical theater program in the Tisch School of New York University.  Her play, "Memento Mori," was produced at the Beechman Theater, 407 W. 42nd St., NYC on April 407 West 42nd St., NYC, on April 6, 13, and 20, 2007.

Matt Godzieba (2003; MS. Publishing, New York University):  Business Analyst at the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, creating documentation and training materials for web-based applications, as well as running training programs.  Matt says, "I'll get to do some international travel too. I do not know exactly where just yet (it will be as the situation allows), but China is almost certain." Prior to his current position, he was Online Marketing Coordinator at Holtzbrinck Publishers (which includes Tor; Farrar, Straus, and Giroux; St. Martin's Press; and Henry Holt, as well as several smaller publishers).

Kimberly Huth (2003): Completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a dissertation titled, "Bodily Pain and Experience of Self in Early Modern English Literature," directed by Heather Dubrow, then taught in the Ithaca College English Department as an assistant professor in 2009-10.

Samantha Mosher (2003): Received an MA in Applied Educational Psychology/Reading in 2005 from Teachers College, Manhattan. After four years doing reading and writing assessment and intervention at a small middle school for low-income girls on the Lower East Side, Samantha is currently overseeing the literacy program at a school for students with disabilities in Manhattan. She does professional development and curriculum design for literacy, and she works individually with teachers. Samantha is also an adjunct instructor in the Reading Specialist program at Teachers College, where she teaches a course in literacy assessment and intervention.

Lives in New York City, where she is working on her master's degree in Applied Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Reading, from Teachers College, Columbia University, at the end of December. At Teachers College Samantha received both the Neff Scholarship for Excellence in Reading Interventions and the Neff Fellowship. She was also the Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Deloris Perin, who is doing research on Adolescent Literacy and adult developmental education. Samantha also works working in a learning center in Manhattan.

Sarah Pechulis Petrie (2003): Received an M.A. in Literacy K-12 and teaches 8th grade Language Arts at the Sweet Home Middle School, Amherst, NY.

Kendra Scaletta (2003): Teaches high school English in Arizona. Already department chair, as well as an instructional coach for new teachers at her school, Kendra is working towards an M.Ed. at Northern Arizona University.  She reports, “I feel stressed and blessed, all at the same time.  I get to teach the The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and The House on Mango Street to my freshmen, and I love seeing them fall in love with literature and change their lives because of what they have read. Teaching is such a rewarding profession, but it truly is challenging each day.”  Kendra and her fiancé have a house, two dogs, and plans to marry in 2007. “All in all, I am very happy and healthy and fortunate.”

Rebecca Symes (2003): Studying law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., which features her on its web page about law and social justice.

Amanda Lewis (2002): Taught English at Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, Maine.

Levi Mumma (2002):  Taught speech, creative writing, and American literature at his alma mater, Mechanicsburg High School, in Pennsylvania.

Ashley Shelden (2002; Ph.D., English, Tufts University):  Assistant Professor of 20th century British literature and film studies at Kennesaw State University, beginning in fall 2009.

Lauren Byler (2001):  Completed a PhD at Tufts University in 2011, and in fall of 2012 she will be an Assistant Professor in the English Department at California State University Northridge.  Her speciality is Victorian literature, and her publications include an essay on Anthony Trollope in Novel: A Forum on Fiction and an essay on Dickens forthcoming from Victorian Literature and Culture

Zack Howard (2001): Working on an M.P.A. at the the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.  After a year of classes, he plans to apply to work for an additional master's degree in urban planning.

Jennifer Russell (2001): Associate Director, Office of Programs for International Students, School of Visual Arts, New York City.

Melissa Littlefield (2000; Ph.D. English, Pennsylvania State University): Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), where she teaches both English and Kinesiology.  She has published several essays, including "Matter for Thought: The Psychon in Neurology, Psychology, and American Culture, 1927-1943," in Nervous States: Modernity and the Neurological Self, ed. Laura Salisbury and Andrew Shail, forthcoming in 2010.

Bob Oswald (2000): Studying Information Science at the University of Washington in Seattle and writing for the Belltown Messenger, a local newspaper.  In 11/08 he wrote to Prof. Claire Gleitman, "I also have my own little publishing company and have put out a few books by local poets and writers... but in my humble opinion the standout piece among them is my own little vanity project, Haunted Planet (http://www.plateausigmapress.com/HP), which, if it's not too crassly commercial, would be swell to mention numerous times in letters as large and colorful as possible."  About his education in English at IC, Bob wrote, "I feel very lucky to have landed in a place where professors who demonstrated such intellectual rigor and passion for literature that I couldn't help but trying, in my own way, to emulate those qualities.  And who took an interest in me as an individual, suggesting books and offering thoughtful advice when I painted myself into a corner intellectually.  I think the education I received and the entire experience I had as a student at IC were the best I could have hoped for, and I feel indebted to all of you for not only exposing me to all of those great plays and books and stories, but slowly and surely, and mostly by example, teaching... why thinking seriously about literature is so important."  The link to his recently published story: http://42opus.com/v8n3/bob-oswald-stages

1990-1999

Pavitra Sundar (1999; Ph.D., English, University of Michigan): Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Film, Media, and Women's Studies in the Department of Film and Media Studies, Dartmouth College, where she teaches courses titled "Bollywood Cinema" and "Women and Popular Media in India."  Before moving to Dartmouth, Pavitra taught at Oberlin College. 

Maria Voulgaris (1999): Communications coordinator at the national headquarters of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, White Plains, New York, from which she administers the society's 60 nationwide chapters.

Stacy DeBuhr (1998): Teaches a bilingual first grade in Oakland, California.

Emily Franzosa (1996, English and drama): Administrator at the Arts and Business Council, New York City.

Kathy Lubey (1996):  Has a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the English Department at St. John's University in Queens, New York City.  Her Ph.D. is from Rutgers University, and her dissertation, on 18th century literature, concerned aesthetics and pornography.

Petrina Keddell (1995):  Director of Licensing at the Investors Title Insurance Company, Chapel Hill, NC.  Petrina received a law degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Matt Greaves (1994):  Network engineer for Dataprise, an IT services company that assists small companies in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  Matt began as an acquisitions assistant at Taylor and Francis Publishers, then "crossed to the other side" and went into information technology at Resources for the Future, a non-profit think-tank.

Traci Scott Jerson (1994):  Director of Marketing for 6N Systems in upstate New York.

Azhar Tyabji (1993; Ph.D. candidate, Cambridge University): Author of Bhuj (Usmanpura, India:  Mapin Publishing, 2006), a study of the artistic, architectural, historical, and civic-planning issues involved in rebuilding the city of Bhuj, India, after it was destroyed by an earthquake in 2001.  Reviewer Rahul Mehrotra wrote that Bhuj "celebrates collaboration and demonstrates how ethnography and advocacy planning can be intertwined to engage people in the making and remaking of a place.... The book will serve as an important precedent for all those interested in urban scholarship and design."  Bhuj is available internationally:  see www.mapinpub.com.

Anna Lechleiter Waldron (1993; Ph.D. Cornell University): Co-founder of Main Street Science, a provider of educational programs in science for public schools and the general public.  Anna received a Ph.D. from Cornell University, the original home of Main Street Science, before which she taught English and directed the honors program at Lansing High School, Lansing, NY.

Jennifer Hoofard (1992; M.A. English, Mills College, 1997; Ph.D. English, University of California, Davis, 2004): Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Mills College, Oakland, CA. 

Scott MacIver (1991): Recently lauched a Web-based marketing consulting business, Walk Sign Consulting.  Previously he was the director-owner of advertising firms in New York City and Boston.

Stephanie Overcash Morrison (1991; M.A. English, University of Rhode Island): Teaches Plus Phase (12th grade) English at the E3 Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, as well as introductory-level college classes in the City Campus Program at CCRI.

Kristin Wald (1991; M.S. in Teaching, SUNY Binghamton, 1992): Teaches English in the New York City public school system.

1980-1989

 

Steven Hartman (1987; M.F.A. American University 1991; Ph.D. English, SUNY Albany, 2003):  Professor of English, Mid Sweden University.  Sleet, his translation of short stories by Swedish author Stig Dagerman (Verba Mundi Books, 2013), has been long-listed for the 2104 Best Translated Book Award, to be given by the University of Rochester’s weblog Three Percent.  The opening story in the collection, “To Kill A Child,” can be read on the New York Review of Books web page.

Hartman has published articles on Thoreau, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, Derek Walcott and other writers.  In 2008, in the National Library of Sweden, he discovered a letter by Henry David Thoreau to Ralph Waldo Emerson that was previously believed to be lost.  

Andrew Dugas (1985): Fiction writer and poet based in San Francisco.  His work has been published in SoMa Literary Review and elsewhere.  His web page features chapters of a novel in progress titled Sleepwalking in Paradise; and his blog features essays on the future of electronic publishing.   Read an interview with him in the San Francisco Examiner. The March 10, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle reports on his haiku-a-day accomplishment.  He recently purchased an apartment once occupied by the author Dashiell Hammett.

Marta Werner (1985; Ph.D. English, SUNY Buffalo, 1993):  Assistant Professor of English at D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY, where she teaches American literature.  A recipient of the Fredson Bowers Prize and the JoAnn Boydson Prize for her scholarship, as well as the 2001 D'Youville College Faculty-Scholar Award, Werner is the author of Emily Dickinson's Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing (U of Michigan P, 1995), Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson's Late Fragments and Related Texts (U of Michigan P, 1999), as well as numerous articles on 19th- and 20th-century literature.  Her newest book, co-authored with Nicholas Lawrence, Warwick University, is called Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Journal of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, and is due out from the American Philosophical Society in January 2006.  She was a member of The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman and American Culture, a project on the use of technology in the humanities, for which she composed "'The Soul's Distinct Connection': Emily Dickinson, Photography, and 19th-Century American Culture," a Web teaching component.  She serves on the executive board of the Society for Textual Scholarship.

Jane Larkworthy (1984): Beauty director at W magazine; previously she was beauty director at Jane magazine and senior beauty editor at Mademoiselle.  She has recently published a book, Smile: The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Smile Beauty, written with cosmetic dentist Jonathan Levine.

Michael Sheehan (1984; Northeastern University Law School 1987): Has had his own law practice in Concord, NH, since 1995, specializing in prisoners' rights litigation.

Amy Weingartner (1984; M.A. English and American Literature, Boston University; M.F.A. Fiction Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts): Visiting Lecturer teaching World Literature to 1750 at Westfield State College, MA, and a freelance writer and editor for The Walt Disney Company.  Read her short story "Minnie Driver," published in the Spring 2010 issue of the Massachusetts Review.

 

 

 

School of Humanities and Sciences  ·  201 Muller Center  ·  Ithaca College  ·  Ithaca, NY 14850  ·  (607) 274-3102  ·  Full Directory Listing