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Summer 2017

Current Students

Emma Seely, '18, is writing poetry this summer with people she meets on the streets of Philadelphia, as part of her Summer Scholars project under the mentorship of Tom Coyne, M.F.A., associate professor of English. Read more about Emma here.


Katherine Grygo, '16, will enter the M.A. program in Global Strategic Communications at Georgetown University in fall 2017. She is currently the program coordinator at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center in Washington, D.C.

Kayla Lane, '17, was hired as a project coordinator for Envision Pharma Group, a medical communications group specializing in strategic consulting, market access and global publication planning.

Erin Raftery, '15, will begin a master's program in international affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in the fall of 2017. Erin is currently an associate editor at Inside Health Exchanges at Inside Washington Publishers.

Darby Rourick, '16, is interning this summer at the the United States Attorney’s Office in the Cyber Division. Darby just finished her first year of law school at The George Washington University Law School.


Peter Norberg, Ph.D., professor of English, was a fellow in the NEH Summer Institute "Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller," doing archival research and visiting historic sites.

Jenny Spinner, Ph.D., associate professor of English, received a Michael J. Morris Grant for Scholarly Research for the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Spinner is doing research on the Florence Crittenton Anchorage, a home for unwed mothers that operated in Chicago from 1949 to 1983.


Spring 2017

Current Students

Brenna Ritzert, '17,  was awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Slovakia.  In the fall of 2017, she will head to the town of Trebišov to teach English to high school students. Read more about Brenna here.