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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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Benjamin Parks '14 wants to help workers and the companies they work for avoid conflict.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When she took public office in 2005, Gelser became the youngest woman serving in the Oregon State House of Representatives, and was quickly tapped by colleagues for leadership roles, including several years as Assistant Majority Leader.
History major Taylor Jeromos ’14 looks beyond the traditional narratives as she focuses on medieval and women's history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emily Lynch ’03 knew as an Earlham Sociology/Anthropology (SOAN) major that she enjoyed being with people and exploring social dynamics in everyday life.
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.
Last summer Ed Marshall '12 had the opportunity to experience the world of geological research. Marshall has known that he wanted to work with rocks since he was five years old. "I am absolutely rabid about geology" he declares.
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 English 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.
Maya Wright ’04 has a job that she loves, and is also succeeding as a graduate student. Wright, who studied art history at Earlham, landed a position at the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver not long after graduation.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Heavy metal drummer Jeremy Reed '14 combined his interests in Middle Eastern music, anthropology and percussion to discover his passion.
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.
Studying the Japanese tea ceremony, our students learn to brew their experience using the same values that shape Earlham. Kento Ichikawa ’12 was surprised by how the values of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility overlap.
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.
The rich geological history of Richmond, Indiana, has provided the perfect environment for Lyndsey Tu ’14 to pursue her love for geology and her service work in the Richmond community. Tu transferred to Earlham as a sophomore, drawn to the academic and social community on campus.
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.
Daniel Hernandez Joseph
Some remember classroom conversations as challenging intellectual exercises, but somewhat removed from daily life. But Daniel Hernandez Joseph '81 thinks that these classroom experiences formed the core of his life and career.
Chance Milligan '13 uses his study of Human Development and Social Relations to think critically about global issues.
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.
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 Earlham theater department often looks to Henry Bateman ’14 for inspiration, and he in turn is inspired by life’s beautiful moments.
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.
Lamont Watson ’08 has been singing all his life. Growing up in Philadelphia, he sang with his family at church. At Earlham, he majored in music. And now, as a graduate student at New York University (NYU), he is training to become a professional opera singer.
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).
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.
The Joseph Moore Museum served as the perfect training ground for biology major Carrie Seltzer ’04. A Ph.D. candidate, she has researched seed dispersal and forest regeneration in Tanzania.
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.
Student / Athlete
Bria Sneed ’14 recently joined the women’s basketball 1,000 point club and is now sixth on the all-scoring list with 1,107 points.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conor Hall ’13 is spent the final semester of his college career abroad, spending time in Vietnam, Morocco and Bolivia, as well as California.
Professor Emeritus of Biology John Iverson’s turtle research has provided summer research experiences for students for more than 30 years.
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.
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.
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.
Alicia Kees refined her ideas of teaching through a variety of experiences, including her Bonner Scholars work at the Boys and Girls Club and her classroom assistant experience at Westview Elementary.
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.
Katie Delbecq '09 spends her days immersed in geology, researching, teaching and taking classes. Her passion for the science took off at Earlham, and since then it has taken her around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
"Honestly, I didn't think I would play in college. I was just tired of all the team politics", says Lauren Berry '11. "But when I came to visit Earlham and met the players, I realized that soccer would be different here".
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.
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.
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.
Encouraged by Earlham professors Bob Rosenberg and Peter Blair (both in biology), biochemistry major Elizabeth Richards ’14 spent a summer in the Frank Sacks Lab at the Harvard School of Public Health studying cardiovascular disease.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Deborah Jackson takes her teaching way outside the traditional classroom to environmental "hot spots."
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.
The experiences of Daniel Greene ’04 as a teaching assistant to Biology Research Professor John Iverson and as a volunteer at Wildman Woods were catalysts to his current Ph.D. studies at the University of Florida.
Topher Weiss-Lehman ’10 is studying invasive species through a theoretical lens.
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.
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.
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.
Emily traveled from the coast of Maine to the coast of New Zealand to discover her passion.
Andrew T. "Andy" Simkin '83 is U.S. Consul General in Chennai, India. A career foreign service officer, the history major previously served in Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Cuba, Spain and Kuwait.
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.
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.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Jacob LaChance says math is simple, and the key is not to think about math but rather to think with math. As a sophomore, he was part of the Earlham duo that placed first in the Michigan Autumn Take Home Challenge.
Identifying a person who has changed your life is a true gift. For Stesha Pasachnik ’03, that individual is Biology Research Professor John Iverson.
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.
Tom Farquhar '77 first published an essay identifying eight distinctions of Quaker Education in the Summer of 2011. "Today we are witnessing seismic shifts in the modes and methods of knowledge creation" he says.
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.
"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 .
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.
Maria Vaikath '11 enjoyed the small classes, faculty members who know by name, and how she could walk into a professor's office almost any time. "In terms of the relationships you build, I don't think it gets better than at Earlham".
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).
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.
A student leader par excellence, Monica Black is one of those Earlhamites who managed to thrive in a myriad of student activities while graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She’s taken that same drive and enthusiasm to graduate school.
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.
East Lansing, Mich.
With a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, Adam Putnam '07 will continue his study of the effects of testing on memory.
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.
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.
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.
J. Peter Burkholder
More than a decade ago, an editor from W.W. Norton Company asked J. Peter Burkholder ’75 for his opinion of the latest edition of A History of Western Music by Donald Jay Grout. The man from Norton was most likely expecting praise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seth Herr '10 is fighting back against bike theft. His weapon is The Bike Index, the open-source bike registry he developed.
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.
Student / Athlete
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Within a two-week span, Tamru Taye ’14 presented research at a national geography conference and attacked the midfield during Earlham's men’s soccer conference tournament match.
When Sarah Burks arrived at Earlham, she had no idea what to major in. She explored a wide variety of interests before deciding to major in Human Development and Social Relations (HDSR) and minor in Psychology.
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.
Alex Lemann '06 worked with a group of fellow computer science majors to transform a class assignment into a successful business.
David Shear '75, who is set to be nominated as the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and the Pacific, says he entered the foreign service “completely by chance,” though he says that his study of Japan as an Earlham student clearly had something to do with it.
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.
Senior art major Rosa Friedrichs wants her elementary classroom, however it might be constructed, to be filled with creativity, so that she utilizes her strengths and interests.
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.
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.
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.
Earlham art major Marcela Pardo knows the power of art. She knows art can be aesthetically pleasant, art can cause people to feel, and perhaps more importantly, art can cause people to think differently.
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.
An Earlham class helped Eden Shroyer rediscover her love for math, puzzles and proofs.
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.
As a leader for Earlham's Student Government, Robert Awkward '14 has visions of creating a community where student involvement is a normal facet of life.
The Rev. Justin Cannon, an ordained Episcopal priest, says majoring in French had wonderful surprises.
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.
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.