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We Move the World Forward.
Endlessly Curious. Passionately Engaged. Community Builders. Global Citizens. Earlhamites are people just like you. See how Earlham students, alumni and faculty are moving the world forward.
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Behar Xharra has recently co-authored a study on the public diplomacy of Kosovo. The work, translated into seven languages. dismantles the myths that the country is war-torn, gray, fanatic, and a place with no future.
New York City
James Logan is associate professor of religion and associate professor and director of the program in African and African American Studies (AAAS).
When Associate Professor of Religion Lyn Miller teaches the New Testament, she typically draws a fascinating mix of evangelicals, liberals, agnostics, atheists and those from non-Christian faith traditions to her classroom.
"For the last 15 years I have been doing diversity, anti-discrimination and intercultural training and consulting. My clients are global, and I have worked on projects in more than 30 countries" says Melissa Lamson '91 .
New Carlisle, Ind.
Sydney McBride '15 plans to use her interest in science to help people by pursuing a medical career. Earlham was McBride's choice because Earlhamites enjoy a high percentage of acceptance into one of their top 3 choices for graduate or professional school.
Santa Monica, Calif.
Actor Owiso Odera '96 means to change the way Hollywood tells Africa’s story, and in so doing tell his own. He has appeared in recurring roles in such television series' as "Numb3rs," "Flash Forward," "Three Rivers" and "The Unit."
A combination of Earlham factors aligned to help Jessa Watters ’01 secure her position as Collection Manager for Herpetology at the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma.
Chelsea Blake '08 is exploring the effects of invasive predator species on native prey species, an area of inquiry that allows her to combine her interests in behavioral ecology and conservation.
As a member of the Young Voices Panel of the Northwest Indiana Times newspaper, Jones has a column published every other month. This past summer she interned in the Gary Mayor’s office working for the director of communications. She self-published her first novel as a high school junior and is currently applying for the National Journalism Center Internship in Washington, DC.
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Naysan McIlhargey '97 — owner of Miami Valley Pottery in Yellow Springs, Ohio — is one of many successful potters to emerge from Earlham’s art department. Earlham has played an important role in this tradition.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Eli Darnell ’11 will begin medical school at the University of Chicago this fall. He received multiple acceptances to top medical schools, and several merit scholarships, including a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Chicago.
Josh Penn '06 is one of the producers of Beasts of the Southern Wild, a 2013 nominee for an Oscar for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Victor Anciano '09, a student at Harvard Medical School, believes that Earlham was instrumental in helping him get into — and thrive at — one of the top ranked schools in the country.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Deborah Jackson takes her teaching way outside the traditional classroom to environmental "hot spots."
New York, N.Y.
Dan McCoy '00 finds himself at the top of his profession as a staff writer for “The Daily Show,” hosted by Jon Stewart. It is the first time he has held a full-time job in comedy. But this is not as improbable as it sounds.
Clara Whitman Parrett
Visiting Clara Whitman Parrett '83 and husband Lloyd's humble yet extraordinary home in Centerville, Ind., gives insight into a way to live simply yet fully. The couple recently moved into "the Old Farmhouse."
Nicol Chinchilla Cordero
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
The environmental studies and business and nonprofit management double major is an impressive student. Within her first year, Chinchilla completed a Ford/Knight research project, which are normally tackled by upperclassmen. The project focused on water issues in Guatemala, ecosystems and sustainability, all of which are important to Chinchilla.
Laura Ladlow ’12 recalls dynamic and powerful classes from science courses to Earlham Seminars. She also studied in Tanzania and participated in sports, the Outdoors Club, student government and Dance Alloy.
East Lansing, Mich.
One the morning in September of 2005, Rob Pennock ’80 found himself hurrying into a sleek, high-rise office building in downtown Harrisburg, Pa. Pennock was about to become a key figure in one of the most divisive First Amendment debates in the history of the United States.
Basil AbdulRazeq Farraj ’14 has a vision to work with Palestinian youth. He draws inspiration from his experiences on campus as a Peace and Global Studies major, a semester abroad and summer in Northern Ireland, and two internships in his home country of Palestine.
Katherine Simon '15 discovered a warm, caring support system in Quaker Fellows. She also learned about herself and applied that knowledge to the world around her.
Alex Lemann '06 worked with a group of fellow computer science majors to transform a class assignment into a successful business.
Student / Athlete
Jack Ventura-Cruess ’16 is anxious to show Earlham fans just how good the men’s tennis team is. Last season, his skills helped take the team to its third straight appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Members hope to return again this season.
What is human dignity? Professor of Psychology Vince Punzo teaches a course pondering that question, thanks in part to a $22,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to foster exploration of enduring questions.
Elena Sergienko '14 says that even though most of her fellow computer science majors are male, she has found plenty of support and lots of opportunities to gain skills and build her resume at Earlham. While earning her degree, she has found similar support from successful women in her chosen field as she completed internships with two notable corporations.
With a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, Shane Hogle '10 is studying plankton, a classification of undersea life that encompasses jellyfish, phytoplankton, amoebas, and microscopic protists.
While attending Earlham as an undergraduate, I watched the M.A.T. program get off the ground. Since I wanted to become a public school teacher, enrolling in the program was a natural segue after finishing my bachelor’s degree.
The Rev. Justin Cannon, an ordained Episcopal priest, says majoring in French had wonderful surprises.
Jared Patton '13 has joined the ranks of such notable individuals as John Lithgow, Sylvia Plath, Dale Chihuly, Aaron Copland and Joseph Hellar by being honored as Earlham College's newest Fulbright recipient.
Liza Donnelly '77, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, sold her first cartoon to the magazine in 1979 and has been a regular contributor ever since. She has also published her work in many periodicals and books.
Yim Rodriguez '14 earned a full scholarship to participate in the Munich Brain Course, a week-long intensive study offered by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität - Munich.
For Ian Henry ’01, Ph.D., undergraduate campus projects and involvements honed skills he now uses in his career as Senior Scientist in Research and Development with consumer-products giant Procter and Gamble.
San Diego, Calif.
Ken Edgett ’87 is a senior research scientist at Malin Space Science Systems and the principal investigator for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, which touched down on the Red Planet on Aug. 6, 2012.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kerry Flannagan ’12 was hired as a laboratory technician at Michigan Medical Genetics in August 2012, and has her sights set on graduate school. She shares how Earlham has been instrumental in her career path.
An Earlham class helped Eden Shroyer rediscover her love for math, puzzles and proofs.
Qianyi Luo '16 came to Earlham from China "looking for a new me" in a liberal arts setting. While studying history and environmental science, she says she's found what she was seeking.
Geology major Katherine Sorrows ’17 says she sets her ambition toward anything that catches her interest. During her first year at Earlham, several things have caught her interest.
St. Louis, Mo.
In spring semester of her junior year Winona Hawker-Boehnke’14 went on an off-campus program to Jordan to learn more about the U.S. role in the Middle East. Earlham has about 20 off-campus programs located throughout the world, allowing students a remarkable opportunity to get more out of their education beyond just what they learn in a classroom.
After Earlham, Joe Hedrick earned his M.B.A. at Duke University, and began his banking career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. At State Street Corporation, he has worked for a number of years on risk and compliance issues.
Student / Athlete
Bria Robinson '17 mixes music, acting, singing, dancing and volleyball as part of her liberal arts education. Her aspirations include graduate school and Broadway.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Geology major Adam Simon ’15 says it’s not unreasonable to think that rare earth materials will be mined from asteroids in 20 years, and he wants to be part of that process.
Professor Emeritus of Biology John Iverson’s turtle research has provided summer research experiences for students for more than 30 years.
Lots of kids have fun digging holes in the backyard, but for Johanna Best ’02, this pastime led to her professional calling."I lived in this big house in Connecticut and I got interested in reading National Geographic, probably around third grade," she says.
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Alvaro Puente ’11,has put both Geology and Physics into practice as a staff geologist for Geologic Services & Consultants, Inc., an environmental geology consulting company located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Anna Crumley Effinger
Anna Crumley-Effinger '07 works with the American Friends Service Committee in the Horn of Africa, with a focus on peace-building in Burundi and famine relief in Somalia. She's involved in many American Quaker organizations.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ivan Zovko ’14 came to Earlham from Bosnia and Herzegovina to become a doctor. An alternate path led him to use science and business to bring together a country affected by war.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
A 2013 graduate of Earlham's M.A.T. program, Camilla Fulvi ’12 finds that dystopian literature spurs critical thinking. Books sparked interesting discussion among her students.
Abhinav Khanal ’16, Economics and Politics double major, wants to become a politician in his native Nepal and change the current unstable political situation in Nepal and South Asia. LIke Khanal, Earlhamites pursue personal achievement while being socially concerned about the greater good. Thirty percent of Earlham graduates believe that most or all of their work is geared toward social change.
Maryia Pupko is proof that good comes from even the worst disasters. The compassion she experienced after her mother's death has inspired her to advocate for the otherwise disregarded.
Tyrian Robertson ’17 sees how the broader world is at work in her life and is inspired to use her skills and abilities to benefit others. After graduation, Robertson hopes to start a nonprofit that helps areas recover from natural disasters.
Trout Creek, Mont.
Like many of our student-athletes, Jacob Naegeli’s '12 first interaction with Earlham was not through sports. “I developed friendships with art instructor Nathan Jones as well as cross country coach Pat Thomas” said Jacob.
Jonathan Birkel ’16 is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, but he probably never would have guessed his education would revolve so much around soil.
Professor of Music Marc Benamou challenges anyone to find another college or university in the country that has a music department as small as Earlham’s, where one of the faculty members is an ethnomusicologist.
If a regular picture is worth a thousand words, then what is a mural visible from a 14-lane highway in New York City worth? Just ask Katie Yamasaki '99 who recently finished just such a mural and was featured in the New York Times this past August.
A 2011 graduate of Earlham’s M.A.T. program, Tiauna Washington ’04 is a first-generation college graduate and now she’s encouraging other first-generation students to do the same as part of a rewarding career.
Student / Athlete
Matt Brankle came to Earlham to pitch for the baseball team and to study business, art or English. As a junior, he will declare art as his major later this fall with hopes of becoming a high school principal — a principal who will work hard to correct problems he sees in the American education system.
Informed by the commitment to critical questioning and social justice fostered at Earlham, Lilly Lerner ’13 is headed to Palestine, where she will live and work in a refugee camp in the West Bank.
Identifying a person who has changed your life is a true gift. For Stesha Pasachnik ’03, that individual is Biology Research Professor John Iverson.
Robert Faulkens ’84 is a former high school teacher, coach and principal. An athlete at Earlham, he says, “this job is a chance to be a part of something I love. I can’t play any more, but this is a way I can still be involved.”
Sara Amina Adem
Sara Amina Adem ’12 recently completed a unique extra assignment when she spoke before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the United Nations in New York.
Yaro Zabavskiy says he made two important discoveries at Earlham. He learned the true meaning of friendship, and he found out that it is OK to do what you love for a living.
Lena Tchilingarian ’05 puts her business and non-profit management degree to use in her native Russia, working for the philanthropic arm of one of the most recognizable brands in the world.
Erik Patel’s doctoral research on the silky sifaka lemur has received press from such publications as National Geographic magazine and The New York Times; the BBC will soon release a documentary. But it got off to a humble start.
Meredith believes a liberal arts education at Earlham provides the freedom to choose one's own academic adventures and doesn't pigeonhole one into a Pre-Med track.
Chance Milligan '13 uses his study of Human Development and Social Relations to think critically about global issues.
Rob Strobel '95 came to Earlham after serving in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War. He worked in management for the Kessler’s Sporting Goods chain and with the consulting firm Deloitte and Touche before joining Lithko in 2003.
Seth Herr '10 is fighting back against bike theft. His weapon is The Bike Index, the open-source bike registry he developed.
Benjamin Parks '14 wants to help workers and the companies they work for avoid conflict.
Quinn Smith '04 worked with others in writing a petition that helped convince the U.S. government to ban all fishing in Arctic waters. The petition and the movement was a truly massive undertaking.
Kristen McMahon ’12 feels the M.A.T. is the reason she was able to be competitive in the job market for her first year of teaching.
Round Rock, Texas
After graduating, Mary Jones found that she was tailor-made for a position available at Cope Environmental Center due to the skill set and relationships that she had developed while an undergraduate at Earlham.
Welling Hall, Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies and Politics, says her own academic study was strong influenced by her study of potential U.S.-Soviet collaboration during the Cold War.
Topher Weiss-Lehman ’10 is studying invasive species through a theoretical lens.
Yellow Springs, Ohio
How many people get up-close-and-personal with birds of prey? Jesse Varga ’08 does. He is a caretaker of owls, falcons, vultures, and eagles at Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
When Associate Professor of English Joann Quiñones was a high school kid in New Jersey, she didn’t think she could afford to go to college. Neither of her parents had followed the traditional route to a bachelor’s degree.
Faced with an itch to travel and the need to stay in Boston, artist Laura Meilman ’10 decided to document in detail her adopted city. Since then, she has sketched 60 stations of Boston’s subway system.
Syed "Onik" Kamal
Syed “Onik” Kamal ’11 says he knew at a very young age that helping people would be foremost in whatever career he might choose. Studying at Earlham has only reinforced that idea.
Originally from Houston, Ron Berry '95 has been active in Austin theater since graduating from Earlham. As artistic director of the Refraction Arts Company he created cross-disciplinary events that were the precursors to Fusebox.
Justin Vadas gained a rare combination of scientific skills and experience at Earlham. A double major in chemistry and physics, he earned the Outstanding Student Award for his work during a summer research experience at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Charlotte-Anne Malischewski '11 had a busy three years at Earlham — a time full of engagement on campus and beyond. She was involved in various campus organizations, musical groups, and a study abroad program.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
“I am fascinated by the criminal mind and want to learn more about it. I want to revolutionize the way we think about the legal system and its impact on the mentally ill,” explains Claire Welsh '16.
Assistant Professor of Art Walt Bistline’s own path to photography is unusual. After working as a lawyer for 25 years, Bistline decided to pursue his creative passion behind the lens.
Associate Professor of Biology Peter Blair is a talented researcher and teacher. His courses include cell biology, immunology and parasitology, and his summer research opportunity is one of the most popular on campus.
Ruby Laskin '08, a medical student at Temple University, says the Earlham faculty believed that she could become a physician — even before she believed it herself.
Mayeesha Ahmed '17 is a scientific illustrator at the Joseph Moore Museum and hopes to become a heart surgeon.
New York, N.Y.
What do you get when you mix training in traditional American studio ceramics, knowledge of ancient African pottery techniques and a strong education in philosophy?
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Natalie Schelling '12 has taken her self-designed major in Integrated Math Education from Earlham to an Educational Psychology doctoral degree program at Ball State.
Di Wang ’11 says that Earlham’s excellent faculty were key to his success. In fact, the Nanjing, China, native referred to John Howell, professor emeritus of physics, as “my all-time idol and an everlasting source of motivation.”
Student / Athlete
Jacob Ebbs '16 uses a variety of lenses to study human nature.
At Earlham, Miriam Lowenfield-Jayne found a school with opportunities to be involved in a student-run horse barn and a student-run coffee shop. She also self-designed a major in Middle East Studies.
Salt Lake City, Utah
When Sylvia Torti ’92 arrived in Chiapas, Mexico in 1994, she thought she was going to gather data for a doctoral dissertation related to bird migration. Instead she had stumbled upon the idea for a novel.
Ashley Chabot '13 hopes to enhance the lives of those affected by childhood illness. In her science classes, the Maine native developed the hands-on lab techniques that enable her to feel comfortable with skills that she uses now as a graduate student.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Lori Watson is a national leader in an effort to help inorganic chemistry professors include the latest developments in the field in their teaching.