What do students do with a major in English? Find out below what our former students are doing after graduation from Keene State College. Our students have shown that the degree in English provides an intellectual background and readily transferable skills for a range of personal and professional endeavors.
What will you do with an English major? The question, really, is what will you do with English?
Morgan Richmond teaches English to sophomores and juniors at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in western Maine. Morgan also coaches field hockey at Oxford Hills Middle school. She is especially excited to teach “Macbeth” to her sophomores. She is currently creating a unit on young adult literature to improve reading rates among students struggling with literacy. Morgan misses Keene State College and cherishes the connections she made while at the school.
Jessica Schaper, an English literature and writing major with a minor in mathematics, has accepted a position with AmeriCorps VISTA, as community outreach and development advocate for the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention in Keene.
Morgan McGurn, with majors in elementary education and English/writing, will be student teaching in a first-grade classroom in the fall at the Bicentennial Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Early childhood education and English major Stephanie D’Annolfo will be teaching this summer at Creative Years Child Development and Learning Center in Nashua. In the fall, she’ll be an assistant coach with the Keene State women’s basketball team and will be student teaching at Franklin Elementary School in Keene.
English major Katelyn Franco will be spending the next seven months in the Disney College Program at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Karen Carrien, a history major and writing minor, will be applying to graduate museum studies programs for fall of 2018. In the meantime, she’ll be working at Target.
Tori Tucker, an English major, has been writing a blog called The Gay Agenda as part of an internship with InDepthNH. She’ll continue to write the blog post-graduation, and will be looking for other writing and editing work.
English major Nikki Danish has been hired as a residential counselor at Ivy Street School in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Mylynda Gill is completing her semester as an archival intern at the Dartmouth College library. She will begin the Master’s in Library Science Program in the fall of 2016. She accepted to both McGill University and Simmons College for her MLIS. She will be attending Simmons with a generous fellowship.
Jocelyn Lovering is editorial assistant at Bauhan Publishing, an independent book publisher in Peterborough, New Hampshire
Arline Votruba is working on a master’s in rhetoric, composition, and professional communication at Iowa State University.
Nicole Carrobis is enrolled in the Master of Arts in English program at Boise State University.
Kelly Decerbo is a social media/marketing specialist at Fishbowl Analytics, a Washington, DC, firm that works with restaurants. Her prior position was Social Media and Digital Communications Assistant at BIC Sport in Florence, Italy.
Stephanie Krasco is a Business Administrator at Financial Architects Partners in Boston, Massachusetts.
Becca Falk was recently hired as the Event Sales and Promotions manager for the Crowne Plaza hotel in Woburn.
Taylor Thomas works in the marketing department at Outside Magazine’s New Mexico office.
Nicole Carrobis is in the rhetoric and composition master’s program at Boise State University.
Kelly Bishop (Writing Option) is the Digital Advertising Coordinator at Mary Ann Liebert Publishing, Inc in New Rochelle, New York.
Andrew DiCristina (Writing Option) is a photojournalist at ABC Fox Alaska News.
Chelsea Harris (Writing Option) recently completed her MFA thesis manuscript a collection of stories titled “This Could Have Happened to You” at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.
Brendan Keenan attends the University of Oregon School of Law, where he serves as a representative for the College’s Native American Law Student Association (NALSA.) NALSA’s mission is to promote the study of Indian Law and traditional forms of government while recruiting, supporting and maintaining students pursuing Indian Law.
Jess Lulka is an Associate Editor at Desktop Engineering. Desktop Engineering’s mission is to guide their audience through the myriad of engineering tools by showcasing not only why they should be implemented, but how to take advantage of new technologies.
Holland Morris (Secondary Education, Literature, Writing Minor) is an English teacher at Mascenic Regional High School.
Anthony Munoz (Writing Minor) is a Course Development Specialist at Southern NH University.
Samantha Norton (Writing Minor) works as a Paginator at Digtal First Media in Monroe, Connecticut, where she lays out daily and weekly pages of northeast newspapers using Adobe InDesign, collaborates with design and content editors to meet deadline and production expectations, and proofreads layouts.
Gabriella Raccio is employed as an English Teacher at Brattleboro Area Middle School.
Kenzie Travers (Writing Minor) is a Special Publications Editor at the Keene Sentinel, where she edits ELF magazine, the weekly entertainment and lifestyles magazine in the Monadnock reagion. She also works as a monthly blogger for Stay Work Play New Hampshire
Hillary Bailey (Literature and Writing Options) worked at AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps, and is now working with AmeriCorps as Operations Manager for the NH Food Bank and Catholic Charities.
Amy Bethge (Writing Minor) works as a Research Associate II/VITAHLS Coordinator for Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in New Haven, CT.
Katherine Boffetti (Literature Option) is completing her MA at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
Sonya Cheney (Writing Option) publishes two zines, Wonderlust and Whatsername.
Dylan Freni (Literature Option) is a web content writer from Instabill, an international merchant server provider. He writes articles for the company’s nine websites, including three articles a week for the Instabill blog.
Brittany Hemingway (Literature Option, Writing Minor) is the Content Editor at Tantor Media, an independent publisher of unabridged fiction and nonfiction audiobooks.
Summer Gerry (Literature Option) received her Master’s of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at Simmons College in December 2015. She completed her graduate practicum at Boston University with their Head of Distance Services Librarian.
Jess Lulka (Writing Option) is an Associate Editor at Peerless Media. Peerless Media’s mission is to guide their audience through the myriad of engineering tools by showcasing not only why they should be implemented, but how to take advantage of new technologies.
Scott Reiss (Literature Option) has been accepted into the Master of Arts program in Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University.
Bethany-Laura Morin (Literature Option, Writing Minor) is Acting Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement at Keene State College.
Elizabeth Francese (English) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Washington State University’s program in Rhetoric and Composition.
Allison Shufelt is an editor at GEX Inc., an educational publisher in Atkinson, New Hampshire.
Mary Benson has an MFA from Lesley University in Boston. Her poems have appeared in journals including Fried Chicken and Coffee and Contemporary American Voices.
Steven Gonzalez (Individualized major in Writing, History, and Anthropology) is an MA candidate in Anthropology at Brandeis University. He is also employed as a Digital Marketing Consultant at Degree Controls, Inc. and has served as a Creative Technology Writer for SearchPro Systems, an Operations Administrator for Gateways Community Services, and Deputy Field Organizer for Granite State Forward.
Adam Hogue (Literature, Honors Program) is a horticulturalist/farmhand at The Good Earth farm outside of Providence, Rhode Island. He is also employed as a teaching partner at Leo Savoie Elementary School in Providence and as a freelance writer for RI Local Magazine. Adam taught English in Gwangju, South Korea to students in grades 4-6. In addition to backpacking and learning Korean, Adam was a contributing writer to Gwangju News, an international print magazine in Gwangju, as well as Art Elemento, a monthly art and writing print magazine. He has also been a contributing writer for The Next Great Generation, an online Boston-based magazine. And his fiction has appeared in the literary journal Danse Macabre (April 2011) and his art in Student at Large (March 2012). Finally, Adam wrote a creative writing blog, Cold Soup and a blog about his travels in Korea and Southeast Asia, The Kim Chi Chronicles.
Kate (Curtis) Barber is currently teaching special education at Shortridge Academy in Milton, New Hampshire. In the last six years, she has taught English in New Hampshire, College Readiness to students in Los Angeles and Sacramento, and now for students developing executive skills.
Adam Hogue teaches 4th Grade ESL in a public school and is the music columnist for PVD Monthly.
Brittany (Wilson) Hemingway is content editor at Tantor Media, an audiobook publisher in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
Martin Hansen-Verma has an MFA from Emerson College in Boston, which he attended on a full fellowship. He is now assistant manager of online education at UMass Boston.
Tracy Minard (BA in English & Writing Minor) served in the Peace Corps in the Rhodopi Mountains in southern Bulgaria, teaching English to grades 2–8. For a fuller description of Tracy’s work see the article by staff writer Mark Reynolds at KSC Newsline. Tracy works in the Admissions Department at the American University in Bulgaria.
Tyler Kirsch (English): After graduating from Keene State, Tyler completed one-year of service with AmeriCorps at a non-profit in Boston where he wrote and edited grants, and assisted with their submission. In the fall of 2012 Tyler was hired as an Administrative Assistant at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and was later promoted to the position of Ophthalmology Workforce Administrator where he aided in the onboarding of research personnel. In May of 2015, Tyler began working at Harvard University where he is serving as an Administrative Coordinator in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, supporting two deans with their recruitment efforts.
Samantha Bardell (English) is a student at the Graduate School at Long Island University (LIU) completing a dual masters degree in literature and writing/rhetoric where she is an assistant in the LIU Writing Center.
Caitlin Joubert completed two years of AmeriCorps after graduating from Keene State College: for one year in Nashua working at Rivier and Daniel Webster Colleges supporting the 21st Century after-school programs in five elementary and three middle schools in the Nashua area, and for one year working for Families in Transition in a preschool working with previously homeless 3-5 year old children. During the 2nd year of AmeriCorps she started a graduate program at Rivier in School Counseling. She finished the program in 2013 and has been working as a School Counselor in a 7-12 school in Littleton, New Hampshire.
Tracy Minard is an Admissions Counselor at American University in Bulgaria.
Jessica Buttafuoco (BA in English & BS in Elementary Education) is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Reading and Language Arts at Central Connecticut State University and is currently working as a permanent substitute teacher for grades PreK-6. During the summer of 2008, she worked as an education intern at a primary school in Notting Hill, London.
James Chevalier (BA in English, with honors) is teaching English for business professionals in the bustling city of Seoul in South Korea.
Sarah Weems (2008) teaches English 8th grade English Language Arts in Hartford, Connecticut.
Jahleh Ghanbari is studying poetry at the MFA program at San Diego State University. She recently published two poems, “Institution” and “You Better” in Forth Magazine, August 2015.
Christine (O’Brien) DiPirro is quality assurance manager at GYK Antler, a marketing agency in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Eve Feldman (BA English Education) is in her second year in the Professional Aerial Program at San Francisco’s Circus Center directed by Elena Panova, the world renown swinging trapeze artist. Before attending college, Eve says, she always wanted to pursue a career in circus. Now in San Francisco, she is truly living her dream.
Suzanne Callis (BA English) has been accepted to Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and will be spending her first summer of the program at Oxford University.
Dominic DiBenedetto (BA in English) teaches Eight Grade English Language Arts at Keene Middle School. Dominic is the recipient of the 2010 “Promising Practitioner” Award from the New England League of Middle Schools. The NELM award recognizes teachers with one to three years teaching experience who have demonstrated a commitment to professional growth, success with students and the ability to foster community connections. He is also nearing completion of his Masters in Education from Antioch New England Graduate School.
Peter Beachamp (BA in English) graduated summa cum laude from New York Law School (NYLS) in 2010. At NYLS Peter was an Editor on the New York Law School Law Review, a John Marshall Harlan Honors Scholar, and a Racial Justice Project Fellow. Peter’s article, “Misinterpreted Justice: The Problematic Use of Islamic Legal Experts in American Trial Courts,” was published in the New York Law School Law Review and was recognized with the school’s graduation prize for the best published student writing. From 2010-2012, Peter was a law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Joan M. Azrack of the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. Peter is currently a law clerk to United States District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto of the Eastern District of New York. In September 2013, Peter will begin a Karpatkin Fellowship at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he will work on civil rights lawsuits and policy initiatives as a member of the Racial Justice Program.
Lauren Mcbeth (BA English) is Dean of Student Life at Winston Preparatory School, New Jersey. She’s both a special education and coordinator of Outdoor Education programming, student field trips, and school events.
Sara Lefsyk earned an MFA from New England College. She has published two poetry chapbooks, and her first full-length collection is due out in 2018.
Kevin White earned an MFA from New England College and then went on to advanced studies in psychology. He is a school psychologist in Rutland, Vermont.
Ethan Ash (BA in English, minor in writing and Economics) is enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts program at St. Mary’s College of California. Ethan writes that he attributes most of his early success at St. Mary’s to being pushed, challenged and encouraged in his courses at Keene State College.
Thea Anderson was accepted into the University of Binghamton’s PhD program in literature and has been awarded a full tuition waver and teaching assistantship. She will begin the program in fall 2016.
Lilly Goldberg (BA Individualized Major: English and Art History) is currently the Leadership Alliances Coordinator at Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, where she creates and manages relationship-building programs that forge and improve connections with individuals across the country. From 2009-2011, Lilly worked as Development Associate and Special Events Manager at Imagination Stage, the largest multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Lilly graduated with honors from the University of Manchester, England in 2007, where she received her M.A. in Art Gallery and Museum Studies and co-founded the Digital Heritage blog, a forum that examines the theory and practice of digital media in museums, galleries, and other cultural and heritage institutions. She has completed internships at the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut; the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, England; and Americans for the Arts. She also taught at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center and worked at The Phillips Collection and Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.
Eric Dusseault (BA English) is currently a Residence Director at the Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts. Before taking his current position, Eric earned a M.A. in administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and worked as an Area Coordinator at the College of Art in Baltimore, Md.
Ben Cammett (BA English & Writing Minor) is currently a documentation specialist at GlaxoSmithKline. He is currently in the Duke University Certificate in Technical Communication Program and is planning to continue his graduate studies in the Master of Science in Technical Communication at North Carolina State.
Josh Lawrason (BA English) has completed a Masters in Secondary Ed with a focus in Aesthetical Education and is teaching 9th and 10th grade English at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Colorado. Josh is teaching courses in writing and American literature and reports that teaching Faulkner (As I Lay Dying) was a struggle, but that the students loved it when he read Vardaman’s sections out loud), and that his students created and designed Holden Caulfield action figures in a unit on The Catcher in the Rye.
Paul Visser (BA English) is enrolled in a Masters of Arts in Teaching program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He has been awarded a graduate assistantship and is proud to report a 4.0 GPA last semester while holding down two part time jobs. He plans to get double certified so that he will be able to teach elementary and middle grades.
Collie Fulford (BA English) is a doctoral student in English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she teaches, tutors, and mentors for the Writing Program. Finding ways to make work and play overlap has been one of Collie’s lifelong aims, and she attributes some of her success in making the transition to graduate school to her English professors at Keene State: Nona Fienberg’s use of invention and performance in her Shakespeare classes made Antony and Cleopatra feel alive; Bill Doreski’s attention to poetic structures as something to try, not just to analyze, made theory engaging; Mark Long’s invitation to work out ideas in multiple genres dissolved her assumption about what academic writing could be; Kirsti Sandy’s encouragement to analyze all kinds of texts—comics, tarot cards, scholarly essays—expanded her concept of what academic writing could be about; and Sally Joyce’s explication of trickster figures has somehow snuck into Collie’s teaching persona. Collie is spending the 2006-07 academic year Collie as the assistant to the director of the Center for Writing at Keene State College.
Audra Ramos (BA English & writing minor) has been certified in Massage Therapy and has recently applied to the Journalism program at Qunnipiac in Hamden, Connecticut.
Lara Scott (BA English & BS in Elementary Education) worked for one year in Baltimore, Maryland, in the Mercy Volunteer Corps where she ran an after school program for 1st-6th graders in inner city Baltimore. She then enrolled in The University of Vermont where she received a Masters Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. She is currently working at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, in the Residential Life department. Lara reports that the study of English has been a huge help in her professional life—in the after school program literacy program, editing grant proposals, and in graduate school. In her current work at Champlain College, Lara types memos, e-mails, and proposals daily and is grateful for her ability to express her ideas and present them in an organized way. She is also grateful for the diversity of courses she took in the English department at Keene State College. Her literature and theory courses, in particular, have been very helpful to her as a higher education professional who spends a lot of time challenging students in areas of diversity and social justice. Lara writes, “I do not think I’d feel as confident in expressing my ideas and thoughts if I had not been part of the English department. Written expression of my thoughts, summarizing conversations and meetings, and writing proposals all happen almost every day (personally and professionally) for me and I am very grateful to have English in my background to help.”
Molly Dunne (BA English) spent four years teaching middle school language arts and history at St. Kevin School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She currently teaches at St. Mary’s School in Melrose, Massachusett, where she teaches 7th and 8th grade history and 7th grade Religion. She is currently completing the requirements for her Masters in Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Molly writes that her background in English from Keene has been immensely important in her work as a teacher. She has taught non-English speaking students how to read and write, has taught poetry, and has used her research writing skills to teach her students how to write an essay. She credits the English faculty with helping her become a person who loves read and write, and inspiring her to share that passion with her students.
Drew Forbes (BA English) is currently working for Group Creativity Project (GCP). GCP is a group founded and run by David Shepard. (David is improvisation creator-subject of part of the book “Compass.”) Drew is currently involved in work on an improvisational format that deals with the end of oil.
Susan C Ashman (BA English & Women’s Studies Minor) is the Head Start Coordinator at Action for Children in Chicago, IL. She is also the managing editor of Tuffy Feminist Zine. Susan has had her writing published in Curve Magazine and will be having another article published in Curve this spring. Susan is a self-described “radical performance artist and guerilla activist” with xxx-esoterica, the Lickity Split Radicals, and Gender Force in Chicago. This group has performed all over the country and was a featured act at the Sundance Independent Film Festival. Susan is currently considering a return to school to pursue an MA in Gender Studies.
Heather Pamula (B.A. English) lives in New York City where she has worked as a professional actor, in advertising and sales at HGTV, and in PR at Magnet. She is currently working in Private Equity as an Assistant Financial Analyst. Heather continues to participate in writers’ forums and attends readings and networking functions. This participation led to her current work as an out-of-house editor and she is also working on a novel of her own. Heather reports spending hours on the subway re-reading formerly “required” books for pleasure.
Brian A. Bilodeau (BA English with secondary education teacher certification) spent three years after graduation as an English teacher in Vermont and Massachusetts. Brian then moved to Chicago to pursue a second degree in interior design at Harrington College of Design. He will finish his degree in December 2005 and has already had his work displayed in the 2005 Oak Park-River Forest ASID Showcase House. Recently, Brian had the opportunity to utilize both of his degrees when he edited the introduction to a book on theoretical structures called Visionary Chicago Architecture. Brian currently designs furniture and installations for a high-end glass and mirror manufacturer in Chicago.
Stephen Chupaska (BA English) is a reporter and columnist for the New London Times, a weekly newspaper in New London, Connecticut, where he also writes as a pop music correspondent for theday.com. After graduating from Keene State College, Steve spent two years pursuing a Master’s degree in American Literature at San Diego State University. He then worked in public radio and freelancing for alternative newsweeklies in San Diego, California. Since taking his position at the New London Times, Steve covered Kelo v. City of New London, the landmark eminent domain case that was heard before the Supreme Court. Steve has also written about politics, including statewide and municipal elections. Another part of his beat is the vibrant underground music and arts scene in New London. Steve continues to be much happier receiving payment, rather than a B-minus, for his written work. Check out Steve’s blog at http://www.theday.com/.
Thea Durling (BA English) is employed in the Fitchburg, Massachusetts Public School system as a math/ESL inclusion teacher for three years. Since graduation, Thea has taught English as a Foreign Language in Ecuador and English as a Second Language in the United States. She received an MEd in English as a Second Language from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2001 and an MEd in Math for Secondary Level 5-8 at Cambridge College in 2004. She continues to teach ESL as a volunteer.
Henry E. Lee, Jr (BA English, BS Computer Science) is a Senior Systems Analyst for Pequot Capital Management, Inc. After graduation, Henry worked as an entry- and senior-level computer programmer and then started his own business in computer programming consulting. He then worked full-time position as a Senior Programmer with Credit Suisse First Boston before accepting his current position at Pequot Capital. Although English has never been a requirement in the field of computer science, Henry reports that his English degree has set him apart from many of his peers and co-workers who struggle with the reading and writing requirements of their jobs. He has used his English skills, in particular, in e-mail communication, writing marketing text, and in countless other ways to make him “a more complete and valuable asset” to the firms for which he has worked.
Megan Anne Todd (BA English and Individualized Major in Language, Reading, and Culture of the Americas) is enrolled in a new PhD program at ASU entitled Theatre and Performance of the Americas, with a concentration area in dance. Before enrolling in the PhD program, Megan completed a Master’s in Exercise and Wellness. Megan is especially grateful for her work with Dr. Dizard, whose teaching permeates and informs Megan’s work today.
When Jason Bennett (BA English) graduated from Keene State College he began teaching at Thayer High School in Winchester, New Hampshire. His studies of Japanese language, however, took him to Japan, where he spent seven years living in Osaka Prefecture. His professional experiences in Japan included teaching at private and public schools and working for a corporation. Jason also entered into the world of professional full-contact fighting sports, and pursued prize-fighting in South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan. When Jason returned the United States he taught at Monadnock Regional High School before moving to the Dublin School, where for six years he has taught courses in world literature, American literature, and a variety of electives, including Arthurian literature, magical realism, science fiction, and fantasy literature. In addition to his work with students in the classroom, Jason coaches a wrestling team, supervises a dormitory and continues his involvement in the performing arts by assisting with the dance team. Most recently, Jason traveled to Beijing, in the People’s Republic of China, where he took part in a conference on educational reform. Jason reports that his passion and dedication as a teacher was inspired by his time at Keene State, particularly in Tim Antrim’s classes.
Danielle Atherton (BA English & Holocaust studies minor) is completing a MA in English Literature at the University of Sheffield . Danielle is planning to enter the PhD program to complete a study of post Holocaust genocide narratives. She hopes to do field work in Cambodia and is interested in studying oral narratives.
Scott Cohen (BA English) completed his M.A. at The Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. He is currently an assistant professor of twentieth-century British and postcolonial literatures at Stonehill College. Scott teaches courses in Postcolonial cultural studies, world Anglophone literatures, transnational and international modernism, and the history and theory of the novel. His research interests include materialism and theories of space, gender and sexuality, globalization and urban culture, aesthetics and theories of values, and advertising and empire. Many of these interests inform his current book project In the Crosscurrents of Empire: A Moving Geography of Global British Fiction; the study considers the importance of real and imagined movement and mobility in the formation of modernist aesthetics and British imperial policy.
David Nims’ forty-year teaching career included teaching at Peterborough Consolidated School and serving as English department chair for thirty-four years at Oakmont Regional School, serving the towns of Ashburnham and Westminster, Massachusetts. He’s now retired and living in Oakmont.
Christopher Locke received his MFA from Goddard College and his poems & essays have appeared in over 100 magazines, including: The North American Review, The Rumpus, Parents, Poetry East, Verse Daily, Southwest Review, Slice, The Literary Review, The Sun, West Branch, Gargoyle, The Chattahoochee Review, Mudlark, Saranac Review, and NPR’s Morning Edition and Ireland’s Radio One. Locke has seven collections of poetry published: How to Burn (Adastra Press 1995), Slipping Under Diamond Light (Clamp Down Press 2002), Possessed (Main Street Rag 2005), End of American Magic (Salmon Poetry 2010), Waiting for Grace & Other Poems (2013 Turning Point), Trespassers (2016 Finishing Line Press), and Ordinary Gods, (Salmon Poetry 2017). His first post-punk/spoken word album, Late Lights, was recently released by Burst & Bloom Records, and a book for children, Heart-Flight, (Cedar Grove Publishing), is forthcoming in 2019. Locke has received over a dozen grants, fellowships, and awards for his poetry including the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Award, state grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and a Fellowship from Fundacion Valparaiso, (Spain). He teaches creative writing at North Country Community College in the Adirondacks.
Kathy Keeling Brown started as a Technical Writer at a medical device company, writing Operator and Service Manuals for blood centrifuges. She was promoted to Regulatory Affairs Manager, taking ownership of their entire documentation system. After taking a few years off to raise three children, she returned to school to complete her teaching certification. She also joined with some like-minded people to bring an online newspaper to our small town. The following year she started working at an elementary school as a Reading and Math interventionist. She has continued to work on the newspaper, where for four years now she has been the Senior Editor.
Laird Christensen (BA English) is associate professor of English and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College, an environmental liberal arts college in Poultney, Vermont. After completing his undergraduate work at Keene State College, Laird earned an MA in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by a PhD in English Literature at the University of Oregon. His essays and poems have appeared in a variety of books and journals, including Wild Earth, Whole Terrain, and the Utne Reader. He is currently editing two books on environmental education, including one—Teaching North American Environmental Literature—that is co-edited by current KSC professor, Mark Long. At Green Mountain College, where Laird has taught since 2000, he chairs the Department of English, Philosophy, and Communications, and directs the Environmental Studies graduate program.
Tom Morgan (BA English) is currently Sales Liaison at Overture.com, a Yahoo!-owned search engine. After graduating from KSC Tom, who blames Professor Mallon for his love of literature, moved to NYC to “be a writer.” He waited tables in the Village for a couple of years while renting an apartment in Jersey City with his brother and his girlfriend (both KSC alumni). He currently resides on the West Coast in, of all places, Arcadia , California —home of Seabiscuit. Tom has a literary agent who is currently shopping around his completed novel manuscript, North of Here, his “answer to David Lynch’s Blue Velvet.” Tom is outlining another novel and working on some screenplays with a writing partner. And last but not least, he is also completing a stage play about D.H. Lawrence. (Tom sends his thanks to Dr. Antrim, his academic advisor who introduced him to Lawrence in two seminars!)
Jay Hunter worked in insurance for thirty-five years and is now running his own LLC as an independent contractor for insurers.
David Lein began his career as an English teacher at Manchester West High School. He completed a Masters in Acting and Directing and began a long-term substitute position at Windham High School in Willimantic, Connecticut. Thirty-eight years later he retired from teaching English at Windham, earned an administrative degree, and became the administrator for an Alternative High School. David has also served as mayor of his town and currently serves on his town’s Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the Library Board.
Joseph Fulliero (BA Safety Studies, Minor in English) continued his studies at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in the Work Environment with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene. He is currently completing the requirements for the degree and has just recently gained employment as an Industrial Hygiene Consultant. Joseph reports that a minor in English has helped him in his job (almost every job he has applied for requires strong written and verbal communication skills, his graduate-level work, and his life as a reader. After finishing his Master’s degree, and working for several years, Joseph plans to continue his education by pursuing a degree in law. Joseph anticipates that his background in English will help with the complexities of the legal profession he hopes to enter.
Scott Mansfield (BA American Studies, Writing Minor) is writing on a web log (or blog) of his trip to Nepal
Kevin White is completing an MFA in poetry writing at New England College.
Ethan Ash (BA in English, minor in writing and Economics 2005) is enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts program at St. Mary’s College of California.
Rebecca Spiegel (BS Sociology & writing minor) is currently at Plymouth State University working on a Master’s in School Counseling.
Ben Cammett (BA English, Writing Minor) is currently a documentation specialist at GlaxoSmithKline. He is currently in the Duke University Certificate in Technical Communication Program and is planning to continue his graduate studies in the Master of Science in Technical Communication at North Carolina State.
Sylvia Xanthopolous (BS Management & writing minor) co-owns and runs Keene ‘s Pizza Palace with her brother, Lazo. She is still writing and working on sending out her work for publication.
Christine Walker (BS Computer Science, writing minor) is currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Bioinformatics at Northeastern University . Bioinformatics combines biology and computer science to map out the human genome and potentially create new pharmaceutical products.
General Studies in English and Writing and Interdisciplinary Studies
George F. Roberson (BA American Studies, Geography Minor and Art History concentration) is the Founder, Director and Publisher of Collaborative Media International(CMI), and organization dedicated to furthering intercultural dialogue and understanding between the United States, North Africa, Middle East, and world-wide through multinational collaboration, research, and education. George completed a PhD in Geosciences in the Human Geography Research Group, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the Geography Human Dimensions Research Group.
A liberal arts education gave George the chance to take courses in a great variety of subject areas and he took full advantage of the course offerings at Keene State College: geography, history, literature, art, history, design, math, management, economics, education, and a host of “sciences” – environmental, social, health, earth, computer and physical. As George writes, “besides giving me a broad-base and big-picture view of life and the world, this experience taught me how to think, learn, adapt, and engage. The most important course was Bill Sullivan’s seminar on the 1930’s in the USA: how never-before-seen human progress rose from disaster – and was driven by innovation, creativity, vision, and an openness to true change.” George goes on to say that the professors at Keene State College “have had lifelong impacts on me, in particular: David Leinster, History; Bill Sullivan, American Studies; Tom Havill, Al Rydant, and Klaus Behr, Geography, Anne-Marie Mallon, Literature; Henry Freedman, Art History; and Glenn Theulen, Education/Coaching. They all cared about big and important things and their passion and generosity inspired action and emulation.”
Danielle Richey (BA Political Science) took numerous American Studies and writing courses in the English department. Danielle is currently enrolled at Penn State ‘s Dickinson School of Law on a full academic scholarship. She is also working for a law professor who is also an ACLU attorney on a racial profiling case. Danielle recalls spending hours preparing her citations to be sure it was perfect and reports that this care has paid off in following the citation form for legal documents and briefs. Having Dr. Sandy stress the importance of citations has made a difference in law school and in communicating with judges. She says that students need to know that the expectation for careful research and citations does not go away. And once you are in the habit of perfecting citations it will make your writing that much more effective when writing for professors and employers.
Rachel Bailey (BS in Elementary Education and Geography) completed a Masters in Geography from Texas State University-San Marcos and is currently a 1 st year teacher at Hudson Memorial School in Hudson, NH, where she teaches 7 th grade Social Studies and Language Arts. Rachel intended to major in English at KSC, and it was her coursework in English that helped her get her current position. She encourages all students to take additional courses outside of their major, especially if they are going into education, as teaching more than one subject is common. A liberal arts curriculum will help future teachers meet the requirements put into place by No Child Left Behind.