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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.
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.
Working as a Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist for Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center in Richmond, Indiana.
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.
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
A Fulbright Scholarship recipient, she will be working as a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant in New Delhi, India
Sovenga, South Africa
Project Coordinator for the Global Environment & Technology Foundation
With a knack for making what’s fun, informative, and what’s informative, fun, it’s no surprise, perhaps, that Meg Duff '11 wound up at Playworks, an organization that works on elementary playgrounds to ensure safe, healthy play.
Alumni / 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.
Crown Point, Ind.
On career day in elementary school, John Sakaleros ’20 wore hospital scrubs. He wanted to look like a doctor. As a tall youngster, he already filled out the uniform pretty well.
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.
Working as a Medical Scribe/Clinical Informatics Specialist for Oak Street Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Abbe Miller ’13 presented her research at the DePauw University Undergraduate Ethics Symposium on April 11-13, 2013. Miller’s paper, “Nomadic Ethics: Addressing the For Profit Immigrant Prison System,” was chosen from submissions by students at leading colleges across the United States.
Tyler Tolman ’18 is a coach with College Possible in Philadelphia, a program that works to improve college access and success for low-income students.
Howard Ly ’18 is serving in the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience, better known as PULSE, which selects recent graduates to work in nonprofits to transform Pittsburgh in a yearlong service and leadership program.
Nicole Aleksandra Gruszka
Conducting research as a Fulbright Fellow in Łomża and Warsaw, Poland.
Flannery Currin ’19, who once dreaded computer courses, is pursuing a career in human-computer interaction and quality of life technology.
New York, New York
Summer Program Staff Member for Wediko Children’s Services in Windsor, New Hampshire
Teaching Vocational and Life Skills to Teenage Mothers in Liberia
Working as a Laboratory Research Technician in the Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts
Erika Phelps Nishiguchi
Since her Earlham days, Erika Phelps Nishiguchi ’10 has seen the years gobbled up by malaria research, a post-baccalaureate fellowship, med school, and yet more training and research.
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.
Garrett Byrd ’20 had never been west of Terre Haute. After a trip to Earlham’s Center for Career and Community, however, he was making plans for an internship in Shanghai, China.
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.
Ph.D. Program in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at Indiana University
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.
Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Earlham
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.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Energy Consultant for GeoInsight Engineering and Consulting Firm in Manchester, New Hampshire
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.
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.
Through an EPIC funded marketing internship in her hometown of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Maite Turlings ’19 says she learned the importance of taking a step back.
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.
Working as a Special Education Teacher for Teach for America in Cleveland, Ohio.
Chipledhunga, Pokhara-4, Nepal
Continuing his education by pursuing a Ph.D. in Particle Physics at the University of Illinois-Chicago
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Michael Grathwohl ’15 can’t hide his delight when asked about the relevance of the Oxford comma.
Mayeesha Ahmed '17 is a scientific illustrator at the Joseph Moore Museum and hopes to become a heart surgeon.
Friends and housemates wish they had a dime for every time Cecelia Capanna ’15 says the word “community.”
Attending the Naturalist Training program at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Minnesota to become a certified naturalist.
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.
His words are lively and personal and as he speaks the raucous room is hushed.
“There are plenty of things that I’m super excited about,” says Jacob Noble ’18.
As a double major in two demanding fields, chemistry and English, Stephanie Petry ’18 doesn’t back down from a challenge.
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.
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.
Pursuing training to assist women during childbirth and earn Doula certification in Louisville, Kentucky
Alizabeth Aramowicz Smith `90
Mallory Crosby’s ’20 trip to Germany over the summer is helping her choose between a career as a doctor or in medical research, one of the big decisions she hopes to resolve in her senior year at Earlham.
Identifying a person who has changed your life is a true gift. For Stesha Pasachnik ’03, that individual is Biology Research Professor John Iverson.
Betsy "Seth" Cochran Metzgar
Craig Earley ’16 discovered his passion at the intersection of social science, statistics, information and computer science.
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.
You never know what might strengthen international relations. For Daiki Takenaka ’20, cultural, grassroots experiences mattered as much as the things that might build a resume.
Pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology with a focus on Ecology at the University of Pittsburgh
Pursuing a master’s degree in Museum Studies at IUPUI in Indianapolis.
Annalee Flower Horne
Silver Spring, Md.
Annalee Flower Horne '08 has found a professional home on Capitol Hill. Having an interest in public service and policy, and in making the world a better place," she's a staff assistant for Congressman Peter Stark (D- California).
Pembroke, New Hampshire
As the coordinator of the Richmond Farmers Market, Caleb Smith ’17 loves working with the community to promote the benefits of eating local.
Don’t tell Seren Keskin ’17 the odds. She was selected as one of the 15 of 9,000 applicants to take part in Hilton’s Elevator General Manager Development Program.
During two internships at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Cait Conley ’19 discovered the joy of turning moments of surprise into sparks of curiosity and learning.
Seth Herr '10 is fighting back against bike theft. His weapon is The Bike Index, the open-source bike registry he developed.
Pembroke, New Hampshire
Farmers Market Coordinator for the City of Richmond, Indiana
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.
Opening her own company, Dyepot Studio, in Fort Collins, Colorado
Alumni / 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.
Working as a Science Educator at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont.
Working as a Teaching Assistant for the Tanohata Education Board in Tokyo, Japan
Princess Darnell ’12 M.A.T. ’15, turned down two offers before landing at Northeastern High School in 2015. She was social studies teacher and head varsity girls basketball coach, and now serves as an Admission Counselor at Earlham.
Chilili, New Mexico
Working as a Researcher for the Land Grant Studies Program at Simon Charitable Foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico
As a child, Sage HaleWolfe ’18 knew that actors didn’t just magically appear from a box behind a movie screen.
Program Coordinator at Amigos in Richmond, Indiana
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.
Becky Ioppolo’s ’13 Earlham experience pointed her toward different fields and ways of thinking. And it gave her courage, all of which has proven helpful.
Keeping up with Chau Pham ’19 is no easy task. She will be working in Google’s office in Seattle in the Corporate Engineering team, specifically with application programming interfaces.
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 Ahsan Ali Khoja ’19, once he knows something, it’s hard not to share. Voluntarily sharing skills has been a way of life for the Mathematics and Computer Science major.
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.
Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Earlham
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
Advocate for STEPS to End Family Violence in New York City.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Dressed in business attire, Harrison Rice’s ’21 first task during a summer marketing internship with Good News Habitat for Humanity was to ride to the city dump with the organization’s president to load 200 cans of old paint and then unload them to be recycled.
Talking doesn’t sound like a secret recipe for anything, but for Logan Goodwin ’13 M.A.T. ’14 it’s fundamental to everything he does as a teacher or coach. If you are one of his students or athletes, you and Mr. Goodwin are going to get to know each other.
Alumni / Athlete
Jacob Ebbs '16 uses a variety of lenses to study human nature.
Assistant Language Teacher in Japan
John Zamora ’22, a Pre-Engineering student, wants to dispel the notion that engineering is all work and no play.
When Caitlin Corrigan-Orosco ’19 left her Long Island, N.Y., home for Earlham, she was determined to do more than earn a degree. Just two years into earning her Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham, she is gaining real-world experience in international law, diplomacy, and refugee studies while putting her knowledge into action.
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Melanie Wheeler ’15 wants to help students succeed.
Starting a fellowship with Mountain Gardens in Burnsville, North Carolina.
Continuing his education by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington
San Francisco, California
High School Senior Coach for College Possible in Chicago
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.
Little Elm, Texas
Pursuing a Doctorate in Chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose, California
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.
Olga Galperin ’15 was recently awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to explore how environments facilitate and inform the expression of female identity through music.
Working as a Medical Scribe for Oak Street Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Zach Bell '16 is now an Education Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County.
Working as a Full-Stack Developer at Viagogo in New York City.
Rift Valley, Kenya
Daniel Kibet ’19 reaps a harvest of industry and compassion for his home country of Kenya.
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.
Claremont, New Hampshire
Pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ph.D. Program in Chemistry at the University of Colorado
Eboni Stevens '15 saw the disconnect between social classes here in Richmond. After her third year at Earlham, she saw education as the key and she and four friends set out to make a change.
Anna Schonwald ’16 attributes at least a part of her success at landing a prestigious internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the confidence of knowing what she wanted.
Alumni / Athlete
Dreams of defending the poor and wrongfully accused are slowly replacing Johnnie Fitzpatrick’s ’16 recurring dream where he relives being shot in the left leg because of someone else’s drug deal gone bad.
Master of Science Program in Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare at the University of Edinburgh
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.
Having artwork accepted into a national juried exhibition came as surprise and affirmation to Lili Guzman ’16.
Assistant Language Teacher for Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
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.
Josh Friedberg ’10 says he’s been able to put to good use a lot of what he has learned at Earlham and in life.
Round Rock, Texas
After graduating, Mary Jones '12 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.
Ram Chandra Itani
Ph.D. Program in Physical Chemistry at the University of Chicago.
Working as a Research Assistant at Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.
"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 .
Alejandra Traslosheros Reyes
Growing up in four different countries taught Alejandra Traslosheros Reyes ’18 that you can never learn enough.
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.
Nora Tisel Farley
Participating in the JET program as the Coordinator for International Relations in Japan.
Master of Public Affairs Program with a Concentration in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University
Mallory Ward ’16 says one of her best experiences at Earlham was being entrenched in theater, 24 hours straight.
As the first student who will complete the newly established Japan Study and Waseda University Double Degree Program, Jennifer Waldman ’18 will be one step closer to a goal she’s had since childhood.
Benjamin Parks '14 wants to help workers and the companies they work for avoid conflict.
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.
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.”
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.
Working as a Project Assistant for the Global Environment & Technology Foundation in Arlington, Virginia
Teaching as an Assistant Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming
An Earlham class helped Eden Shroyer rediscover her love for math, puzzles and proofs.
Elijah Dixon Owens
Brooklyn, New York
Working as an Assistant Language Teacher as part of the EC-ALT program in Morioka, Iwate, Japan.
Joining the Peace Corps and working as an Agriculture Extension Agent in Senegal.
Working at the Philadelphia Zoo as an Environmental Education and Animal Behavior Intern
Equation and equitation might sound similar, but they are about as different as can be. Sarah Spodek ’18 loves them both.
West End, North Carolina
Master’s Degree Program in Geochemical Systems at the University of New Hampshire
Long Island, New York
When Alexis Warren ’21 visited Earlham as a prospective student she thought, "Too good to be true."
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.
Intern for the Maria Mitchell Association in Nantucket, Massachusetts
Master of Science Program at Rochester Institute of Technology
Silver Spring, Maryland
Continuing his education by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Louisville.
Yaro Zabavskiy ’14 is happy. In fact he’s more than happy as a teacher of ceramics and analog photography at the newly constructed United World College Dilijan in Armenia.
Teaching Assistant for Earlham’s France-Senegal Program
Ana Rabut ’16 has been told that she is the glue that holds friendships together.
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?
Being at Earlham has helped Arlo Townsley ’20 realize how much he took for granted back home on his family’s organic farm in rural Wisconsin.
Ph.D. Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis
While studying in Jordan during a Mellon-funded May Term, Hope Safford ‘16 became increasingly interested the how of music: specifically, how the people she was working with were improvising and learning music
English Instructor for IB English in Japan
Working as a Planner/GIS Technician for the Jefferson County Government in Hillsboro, Missouri.
During four years at Earlham, Rachel Riggs ’18 developed strong friendships with her peers. A few reptiles at Earlham’s Joseph Moore Museum might want to call her a friend as well.
Daniel Chris Gomes
Working as a Research Technician at the University of Louisville Diabetes and Obesity Center in Louisville, Kentucky
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.
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.
Santa Ana, Calif.
Phoebe Jones ’15 has always enjoyed asking, and answering, life’s big questions. That great curiosity has led her down some interesting paths.
Continuing her education by pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
Participating in the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program (JET) and working as a Coordinator of International Relations in Tokyo, Japan
Chancellor Milligan '13 uses his study of Human Development and Social Relations to think critically about global issues.
Master of Arts Program in Public Relations at Ball State University
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.
Anh Quynh Nguyen
Thanh Hoa, Vietnam
Pursuing a Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago as a Neubauer Family Distinguished Doctoral Fellow.
Hashem Abu Sham'a
Master's Degree Program in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford (UK)
Staff member at Children’s International Summer Village in Cleveland, Ohio
Dennis Vera ’19 places a priority on people, loves to socialize and has a deep love for family. She also refuses to give up.
Thanh Hoa, Vietnam
History is the passion of Anh Nguyen '19, specifically the history of the emergence of modernity, women and human rights in Vietnam and China.
Brooklyn, New York
Intern for the University of Notre Dame at the National Bison Range in Montana
Santa Monica, Calif.
Babies are pint-sized moral philosophers? It may not be such a silly question. In her senior project, Karli Oxford-Jordan ’17, equipped with puppet shows and parent questionnaires, is determined to explore morality in babies as young as four months.
Micky Jo Myers
In an Earlham classics course, Micky Jo Myers ’16 discovered her passion, stories. That discovery and a set of undergraduate research experiences launched her toward a Ph.D. in folklore at Indiana University.
Rodoula Kyvelou-Kokkaliaris ’15 wants to study mathematical modeling in graduate school and apply those skills to solving real-world problems.
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.
After spending an additional year in Costa Rica working on her award-winning start-up Bean Voyage, SungHee Tark ’16 returned in September to complete her double master’s program in Public Administration and Government at London School of Economics and Peking University.
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.
She introduces herself to fellow students as Julia from Germany, Sweden, Finland and Singapore. There’s got to be a story behind that set of countries, right?
Munkhbat Munkjargal ’19 doesn't stand still for long. Outside of the classroom, he fills his time with student organizations and activities that engage people, as he puts it, in meaningful ways.
An EPIC Advantage research internship gave Malvika Dua ’20 experience in biological techniques and a more realistic understanding of the process of research. As a research assistant at the Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School, Dua’s interest in research was confirmed.
Barbara Howard ’78, anchor of “All Things Considered” for WGBH in Boston, was a member of Earlham's first cohort in Human Development and Social Relations.
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.
A self-described “history geek,” Sierra Newby-Smith always knew that history would be an important part of her education and career.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteering with the Peace Corps as a Secondary Education English Teacher in Antananarivo, Madagascar
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.
Phuong Minh Tran
Working as an Analyst for VnDirect in Hanoi, Vietnam.
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Martin Moon ’13 thought a metals class, a class he accidentally gained admittance to, would be a fun counterbalance for all of the hard science courses he was taking.
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.
The Rev. Justin Cannon, an ordained Episcopal priest, says majoring in French had wonderful surprises.
Bronx, New York
Working as a Graduate Resident and Admissions Associate at the Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vershire, Vermont.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Elena Johnson '18 is a writer and correspondent for her hometown newspaper in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Tamer Nagy Mahmoud
Tamer Nagy Mahmoud ’02 found himself counseling governments, including advising the drafters of a new constitution for his home country of Egypt.
Continuing his education by pursuing a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh
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.
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.
Hampstead, North Carolina
Yasmin DaSilva ’19 would love to have 24 hours every day to write. “I would love to be able to write every day and just focus on that. I’m studying to be a professor, but if I’m being honest, I want to be an author.”
Working as the CEO of NadaBot, an app developed by Earlhamites to help students find resources on and around campus
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.
Continuing her education by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy And Management at the University of Washington
She was doing her back-to-school clothes shopping during middle school when Lirit Olyan '13 forged a creative path, first to make her own clothes and then to design costumes.
Duncan McNelis ’18 says he feels ready to accomplish big things.
Assistant Professor of History Betsy Schlabach’s first book,
Along the Streets of Bronzeville: Black Chicago’s Literary Landscape
, was named to the Chicago Book Review’s Best Books of 2014 in nonfiction.
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.
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."
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.
Rosa Aldridge ’13 decided that she wanted to study Japanese language so she could help those studying abroad to have positive experiences. Now in her fifth year in Japan, Aldridge works at Tokyo International University’s Career Center, where she is the only English-speaking adviser.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Working as a Researcher for the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Qianyi Luo '16 came to Earlham from China "looking for a new me" in a liberal arts setting. While studying at Earlham, she says she's found what she was seeking.
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.
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.
Jonathan Birkel ’16 never would have guessed his education would revolve so much around soil. He was able to help develop soil sensors during a May Term, and research ancient agriculture on a summer project.
Jessica Vadas gained a rare combination of scientific skills and experience at Earlham. A double major in chemistry and physics, she earned the Outstanding Student Award for her work during a summer research experience at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Abhinav Khanal ’16, a Politics 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.
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.
Nick Archer ’16, a Physics major, was one of those kids who liked to take things apart.
Topher Weiss-Lehman ’10 is studying invasive species through a theoretical lens.
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.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
A whirlwind of international experience in her junior year helped Hao Nguyen ’17 narrow her career focus. She spent spring semester in London and then travelled to China to complete an internship and research opportunity.
Lalitpur Bagmati, Nepal
Working as a Math and Natural Sciences Apprentice at the High Mountain Institute in Leadville, Colorado.
Pursuing a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
Working as a founding member of a new non-profit in Richmond, Indiana, which aims to promote community engagement and co-operative education.
Clara Stuligross ’14 has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship at the University of California-Davis.
Alumni / Athlete
Kamau 'TiQi' Brown
Kamau “TiQi” Brown ’16 likes to keep a busy schedule.
Ezra Smith ’15 grew up on a yoga ashram in the rural countryside of northeastern Pennsylvania and only realized how much that experience influenced him after he arrived at Earlham.
Babylon, New York
Brianna Brown '16 is currently teaching English Language Arts at an all-girls school in New York City, and will be pursuing a second master's in teaching Latin.
Simi Valley, Calif.
Not unlike the Japanese culture she studies, Amanda Moore’s interests are multi-layered, complex, and have been developing for years.
Ph.D. Program in English Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Memphis
Working for the Bonner Foundation as an intern.
Yelitza Garcia ’17 spent many early mornings working outside in the cold and dark in her senior year at Earlham. She loved it.
Saskia Bailey-de Bruijn
Completing Reiki Training and pursuing a DONA Birth Doula Certification.
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.
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.
Rachel Wadleigh '16 varies her day by mixing her interests in biology, outdoor education, horses and snakes.
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Pursuing a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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.
Alex Lemann '06 worked with a group of fellow computer science majors to transform a class assignment into a successful business.
St. Louis, Missouri
Jerilyn Gillenwater ’20 can hardly wait to be a nurse midwife and deliver her first baby. Earlham is helping. After an EPIC-funded internship at Jamaa Birthing Village in St. Louis, she is more determined than ever to make her dream come true.
Mia Kaplan ’18 came to Earlham with art in mind as a back-up plan. “After I got here, I figured out that art was my plan and that I didn’t need a back-up,” she says.
Maggie Jesme '14 combines Peace and Global Studies and pre-med to address disparities in access to health care. A semester in Jordan solidified her goals and aspirations.
Nicol Chinchilla Cordero
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
Within her first year, Nicol Chinchilla Cordero '16 completed a Ford/Knight research project, which are normally tackled by upperclassmen.
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.
After a research trip to Nicaragua during winter break, George Crowson ’16 won’t look at the sky and see it the same way.
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.
Bethany Hartzell spent part of her summer reading letters of gratitude written by children to the people who were helping to make their education possible. She was interning in Indianapolis with International Child Care Ministries.
Jared Patton '13 joined the ranks of such notable individuals as John Lithgow, Sylvia Plath, Dale Chihuly, Aaron Copland and Joseph Hellar by being honored as a Fulbright grant recipient.
Minda Dettman ’18 experienced everything at Earlham from Indonesian gamelan ensembles to translation work to studying geology to learning about museums. She puts it all to use in her role as coordinator for international relations at Murote UNESCO Geopark with the Japan Exchange and Teaching program.
At Girls Inc., Akilah Hartgrove ’20 listens. She listens to young girls and all their enthusiasms, thoughts and impressions. And Hartgrove listens at a nursing home, Friends Fellowship, to dementia patients searching for their memories.
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.
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.
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.
Now a research scientist for the Minnesota Population Center, Marina Gorsuch '08 works with an interdisciplinary team of economists, sociologists and public health researchers that integrates — or harmonizes — federal population data.
Isaiah Waire ’19 knows a lot about basketball. He’s played it since forever. Worked at it. Loved it. And his dedication and talent earned him every minute on the court for the Quakers. As a senior, though, he’s had to look at what’s next.
Randall Shrock `68
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