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Undergraduate Alumni News and Biographies

Welcome back to the Department of Greek and Latin!  We hope that you will get in touch with us if we have not yet located you.


Robert Coons (BA, Classical Civilization and History) hails from Newark, Delaware. His passion is ancient history, and he hopes to one day achieve a PhD in the field. Robert studied in Greece with the College Year in Athens Program through CUA in the spring semester of 2008 and upon his return completed two senior thesis projects, one dealing with Sertorius and one on archaic and classical Sparta.
Monica Cortright (BA, Classics and Philosophy) is from Vallejo, California. Her main areas of interest are ancient philosophy and tragic poetry. For excellence in the humanities she received the Young Humanist Award for 2007 from the District of Columbia's chapter of the Italian Cultural Society. For the academic year 2007-08, Monica served as an RA in Centennial Village on the CUA campus. She plans to attend graduate school in classical philosophy and go on to teach.


Jocelyn Rohrbach (BA, Classics) also minored in Philosophy and Medieval & Byzantine Studies. In fall 2006, Jocelyn had the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She fell thoroughly in love with modern and ancient Greece during the summer of 2007, when she participated in the Summer Session of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Most of all, Greek drama and both Greek and Latin poetry and art intrigue her. In her spare time, Jocelyn loves to paint and draw. She also enjoys teaching Latin and Greek, and will now be pursuing classics in graduate school.

Courtney Valeo (BA, Latin and Classical Humanities) came to CUA from Norristown, Pennsylvania. A member of the women's lacrosse team, she studied abroad on the CUA Rome Program during the fall 2006 semester.

Kathryn Winter (BA, Classical Civilization) hails from southern Rhode Island where she feels at home on the water, whether it be swimming at the beach or spending time on her family's boat. While in Washington, DC, Kathryn worked on the Potomac River on several vessels, including the Odyssey III. During her junior year, she took advantage of an opportunity to work as an intern at The Walters Art Museum under the direction of Dr. Sabine Albersmeier, who is both a curator there and a faculty member in CUA's Department of Greek and Latin. Kathryn now hopes to pursue her dream to perform in musical theater, as well as to continue her education in art history. She hopes that her further studies will create opportunities for her to travel and experience art in other parts of the world.

Kristin Mullarkey (BA, Classics), also graduated with a minor in Music, and spent her 2006 spring semester on the CUA Study Abroad Program in Rome. During her time at CUA, she was a member of the CUA Honors Program, the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and the Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honor Society. Outside of work, she ballroom dances (with a preference toward the International Latin style), plays amateur photographer on occasion, displays a solid fascination with forensic psychology, and lifts weights on the side.

Erica Buentello (BA, Classical Civilization) completed the postbaccalaureate program in classics at the University of Pennsylvania, and then also received an MA in Art and Museum Studies at Georgetown University. Her spring 2008 semester was spent in London as an intern at Sotheby's.


Sarah Insley (BA, Classics) is a PhD candidate in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University. During her senior year at CUA, she was awarded Javits and Mellon fellowships, as well as a Bliss fellowship from Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Georgetown. Her dissertation focuses on changing concepts of identity in the Eastern Roman Empire from approximately 300-800. She plans to return soon to Washington to take her junior fellowship year at Dumbarton Oaks, try out the cafes in Georgetown, and spend time with old friends at CUA and in the DC area.


Catherine Peters (BA, Classical Civilization, and administrative assistant in the department from 2004 to 2006) is a full-time teacher of high school history in Massachusetts. She and her husband, Tom, were married in June 2007.


Michelle Shupp (BA, Latin and Classical Humanities) is a full-time teacher of high school Latin in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Her love of travel has led her to destinations as diverse as Israel, Costa Rica, Luxembourg, and Ecuador, as well as to the classical lands: having studied in both Greece and Italy herself, she now brings her students to Italy every two years. Michelle is also already helping to create the next generation of CUA classicists: the first of her own students to enter CUA has just completed a BA in the department!


Shanna (Peterson) O'Neal (BA, Latin), resides in Philadelphia with her husband Tye and their new son, Owen Joseph. Shanna practices law at Dechert LLP, and invites any CUA classicists who may be interested in law school and the legal profession to contact her.

Danielle (Smith) Bostick (BA, Classics) taught Greek and Latin at a private school for three years after receiving her degree from CUA. She has built her career in counseling, consulting, and witing: you can read more about her and her work at her website, 


Julia Borek (BA, Classics) is writing her doctoral dissertation in the classical archaeology program of the Department of Classics at Florida State University. Her project is entitled Facilis Descensus Averno: The Journey to the Underworld in the Greek and Italic Tomb Painting of Italy.


Paul Lotz (BA, Classics and Physics) writes: "Life after college has taken me to some exciting places, among them Chicago for volunteer work, NYC for studies in philosophy and theology and Ann Arbor for graduate engineering studies--I have a master's in electrical engineering/optics now--Connecticut for work designing cutting-edge photolithography machines, with an occasional assignment in the Netherlands, and finally my current location in Flagstaff, AZ, where I am heading up the software development for Lowell Observatory's Discovery Channel Telescope.  Along the way I have continued to invest some time in classical studies--including tutoring Greek in DC, teaching Latin to some interested folks at the Newman Center in Ann Arbor, attending a conference on oral Latin, and reading early church writers in both languages at the St. Monica Institute in Stamford, CT.  I am quite grateful for the ability to be able to read some of history's most fascinating works in the original languages, and most especially for the friendships I have been fortunate to share along the way! More recently I've tried my hand at Spanish and French, too.  I have remained active in various ministries in the various local parishes and I invested a lot of time in the Danbury Jaycees. My hobbies always include one or more sports (basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, Ultimate, and so on) and right now I am enjoying the swing dance scene out here in the wild west. Let me know when you can come for a visit!"

Ray Nedohon (BA, Social Work, Minor, Latin and Classical Humanities) has spent most of his professional career making a difference through his involvement with nonprofit organizations. In September 2006 he accepted a position as Executive Director of The Metro Foundation in Hinsdale, IL, which provides comprehensive education, training, and outreach related to infectious diseases. In his current role, Ray is responsible for the foundation's day-to-day operations as well as its overall strategic direction and growth.  Before coming to The Metro Foundation, Ray spent seven years in senior development roles with a number of national nonprofit organizations that include Jumpstart, an early childhood literacy organization, and City of Hope Cancer Center. At the outset of his career, Ray spent more than six years in sales, marketing and general management with a national trade association in both their Washington, DC headquarters and Chicago office.  Outside of his direct work experience, Ray has impacted numerous other organizations through his involvement on boards and in other volunteer leadership roles. From 2003 to 2007 he served on the executive board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago), and was the organization's Executive Co-Chair in 2004-05.  He has been a member of the advisory board of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University, and since 1995 has been in various volunteer leadership roles with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  Ray has lived in the Chicago area since 1998 and recently moved from downtown Chicago to northwest Indiana, where he is engaged to be married in June 2008. He is currently the volunteer director of the Junior High School Youth Group of his church and previously volunteered with Holy Name Cathedral's catechism program in Chicago.

Monica Williams (BA, Latin and Classical Humanities) writes: "Currently, I am working as a manager at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, CA, back where my career in funeral service began 18 years ago. In between, I have worked as a funeral director, a funeral services consultant and have managed a funeral home, crematory, mausoleum, and columbarium. I have found great satisfaction in this field, where I can help people and find professional challenge. I even put my Latin to work on an occasional headstone epitaph! After a few years in the beautiful Northwest, I am living again in San Francisco and delighted to be home. I stay busy working, traveling, taking classes, and spoiling the world's cutest nieces. Memories of department parties, research in the stacks, the amazing support of the professors and staff, good classes, and good friends stay with me."


Charlie Giglio (BA, Greek and Latin) is the president of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). He and his wife Pat, reside in Albany, NY; their children Tom and Annie, both of whom are married, also live nearby.


Dennis Sullivan (BA, Greek and Latin) is a poet and the Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Justice Review, living in Voorheesville, NY, with his wife, Georgia Gray. Dr. Sullivan has recently written a detailed recollection of Dr. George Siefert's (d. 1984) Latin teaching at CUA, entitled "Encomium for George" (Beau Gray Press, 2006) and helped to begin a new potential Siefert scholarship fund currently in progress in the Department of Greek and Latin.