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Spring 2008:

  • Stefanie Adkins (BA in Political Science; minors in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies) moved to St. Paul, Minn., to attend Hamline University School of Law. She was elected to the Student Bar Association and works with the Twin Cities Urban Debate League, where she coaches inner-city middle school kids on the fundamentals of debate.
  • Leslie Cormack (BSE in English [Secondary Education] and BA in English; minors in ESL and Spanish [Secondary Education]) is teaching seventh grade English at DC Everest Middle School near Wausau. “It is a great district and a beautiful, new school,” she said. “The students keep me laughing, working my hardest and perpetually challenged. I put in long hours but feel fortunate and privileged to be these students’ teacher.” Leslie also serves on many committees, including one that is focused on bringing speakers from around the world to north-central Wisconsin.
  • David Flagel (BS in Biology [Ecology and Organismal Studies]) is working toward a PhD as an Arthur J. Schmitt Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. His study focuses on terrestrial trophic cascades, specifically the interactions of gray wolves, whitetail deer and tree regeneration in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
  • Sarah Harris (BA in Theatre [Design] and BA in Theatre [Acting]; minor in Spanish) worked as a props intern for Saint Michael’s Playhouse in Burlington, Vt., and then moved to Phoenix, Ariz., to intern with Phoenix Theatre. Sarah was then planning to apply to graduate schools for scenic design.
  • Leah Hanson (formerly Betz) (BS in Mathematics; minor in Psychology) worked at UW Oshkosh as a Program Assistant for the Accelerated Online BSN Program, which allows qualified students to achieve a BSN within twelve months. Leah is working towards another Bachelor’s degree of her own. “My goal is to go straight to grad school after I complete my nursing degree and to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner,” she says. Leah completed her BSN in fall 2010.
  • Erica J. Harwell (BS in Psychology; minor in Neuroscience) is working with AmeriCorps at Admission Possible, a nonprofit college access program in Milwaukee. She assists Milwaukee High School seniors with college searches, applications, scholarships and financial aid. She also plans to further her education in psychology.
  • Teresa Hoerres (BA in International Studies; minor in French) joined AmeriCorps and was soon offered a position at the International Institute of Erie, Pa. “Each day I come to work is like a trip to a faraway land,” she said. “I have the privilege of working directly with refugees from all over the world. My agency assists refugees who have been victims of war crimes and have come here seeking permanent resettlement through the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Some refugees are quite educated [and ] others have very low education levels because they have been living in refugee camps or political prisons for 20+ years in countries such as Nepal and Burma. My primary responsibility is teaching them nutrition and health [and] helping them to acclimate to our culture. I have been met with a lot of success so far, but this job can be quite stressful or emotionally draining some days. I do, however, love what I’m doing, and I view this as a huge stepping stone in my career. “ After her year of service,Teresa planned to “take advantage of the Non-Competitive Federal Employment Advantage granted to AmeriCorps alumni and apply at USCRI. Following that, I will go to grad school for Peace and Conflict Resolution with the ultimate goal of employment at the United Nations. That’s still a few years down the road, though.”
  • Mindy Korish (BA in Psychology; minor in Spanish) moved to Madison to work full time as a community support coordinator with Dungarvin, an organization that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the U.S. Providers work within individuals’ homes and offer all sorts of assistance, including physical therapy, cooking and cleaning. “Some homes are needier than others,” Mindy explains, “and the home that I work in is the only home in Madison that is licensed by the state, so we have more guidelines and rules to follow. As a coordinator, I am in charge of managing individual finances and planning activities for individuals…. I work with individuals with disabilities ranging from autism and mental retardation to traumatic brain injury.” Mindy's plans also include graduate school at UW Milwaukee, UW Madison or Marquette University.
  • Julie Leibold (BS in Chemistry and minor in Mathematics) is a graduate student in the Geochemistry PhD program in the Department of Geology and Geologic Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden. “I just switched departments from Chemistry to Geology and passed my comprehensive exams,” Julie says. Her thesis project is a geochemical study of a roll-front uranium deposit (a concentration of uranium that develops in a confined aquifer through the interaction between oxidized groundwater and the reduced sediment--we had to ask!) in northwestern Nebraska. Julie plans to graduate sometime in 2012.
  • Amanda Longdin (BSE in Elementary Education; minors in Language Arts and French [Elementary Education]) is working as a long-term substitute French teacher at Waupun Area High School. While she graduated with a minor in French and is licensed to teach French at the elementary and middle school levels, Amanda was accepted at UW Oshkosh as a re-entry student and is pursuing her teaching certification in French for secondary education.
  • Shayla Schermetzler (BS in Psychology; minors in Neuroscience and Philosophy) is pursuing a master's of science in Mental Health Counseling at UW Stout.
  • Eric Stetler (BBA in Accounting, BBA in Finance and BBA in Economics [Business], Spring 2008) served as vice president and president on the UHSA executive board, graduated summa cum laude and was a Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award Winner in the 2008 “Best in Class” selection. Eric joined Robert W. Baird & Company, an employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, asset management and private equity firm, in Milwaukee as an investment banking analyst. He then moved to downtown Chicago, to work as a senior analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Baird, which was awarded the #11 position on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For® list in 2010. As a member of the Industrial Group, Eric provides analytical support on equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and other financial advisory services. He is a Certified Management Accountant.
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