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folk, bluegrass, and Celtic traditions and recording an album with Donogh Hen - nessy, a founder of the Irish supergroup Lunasa. She aslo freelances as a Gaelic language teacher and promotes her music at KELLY GENOIS 1455 BEACON STREET, APT. 31 BROOKLINE, MA 02446 KGENOIS@GMAIL.COM


June Rockefeller, who taught English in China after graduation,

is enrolled in an MFA program in poetry at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Colin Lord, a former Salmagundi stu- dent assistant and New York State Sum - mer Writers Institute scholarship winner, has returned from a year of teaching English in Spain. While applying to grad- uate programs, he is working in advertis- ing. He recently finished a project pro- moting an album for rap star Jay Z. Heather Gilchrist is finishing her sec- ond year teaching middle school English and social studies in New Orleans, LA, with Teach for America. She is “surviving and even considering a third year.” SHANNON HASSETT SHANNON.HASSETT@GMAIL.COM

Anne Wisan lives in Astoria in Queens, and has been spending her time professionally caring for two wonderful children. Jess Thorn lives in Boston, MA, where she teaches sixth-grade English at a char- ter school. Her first year as a teacher has been challenging but rewarding. She re - cently traveled to NYC to visit a group of classmates including Melissa Ross, David Butler, Brendan Duggan, and Keith Petri. She would like to visit Sara toga as soon as she can! After graduation Amanda King moved to Baltimore, MD, to study at the Mary - land Institute College of Art for a postbac- calaureate degree in printmaking. She was a teaching assistant this year. Morgan Violette is working on a mas-


ter’s in urban environmental analysis and management at Rutgers University. She hopes to graduate in 2012. She is a li - censed substitute teacher in NYC. Lindsay Jackson lives in Brooklyn. She completed a semester toward a master’s degree in social work at CUNY’s Hunter College but realized she needed a break from school. She is now a part-time office assistant at a real estate appraisal firm and looks forward to reconnecting with Skid - dies in the NYC area. Lauren Donovan lives in Manhattan

and works in publicity for Random House Children’s Books. She visited Kristina Scheurle in Paris, France, where Kristina teaches English. Alex Adler is at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies.

After graduation and a cross-country road trip, Laura Schwecherl moved to Washington, DC, to intern at the Smith - sonian National Museum of African Art. She is now interning for a nonprofit that monitors disaster relief groups to make sure donations are being used efficiently. Grace Winschel enjoyed her first year at the University of Michigan, working toward a PhD in synthetic organic chem- istry. She specializes in carbohydrates/sug- ars under Dr. Pavel Nagorny. Raina Bretan is finishing her first year at Rutgers School of Law in Camden, NJ. She had a great time seeing old friends at Skidmore’s Zero-Year Reunion. In Washington, DC, Kyle Bogaert is working at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in its Sci - ence and Human Rights Program. Leah Werner-Evans is teaching conver- sational English to 10- and 11th-graders at a boarding school in Chiang Rai, Thai - land, on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. She notes, “So far, it’s been a wonderful experience exploring the sights, sounds, tastes, and culture of Thai - land!”

After graduation Adrian Texidor worked for David Cicilline’s successful Congress - ional campaign in Rhode Island. Erika Astarita lives in Vero Beach, FL, and works at the world’s largest chim- panzee sanctuary, Save the Chimps, as a caregiver.

Alysia Hildebrandt is getting a master’s in genetic counseling at Arcadia Univer - sity in Philadelphia. She loves her pro- gram.

Sara Staples is at the University of Ver - mont College of Medicine. She was pleased to make it through her first se mester and 12 weeks in the gross anatomy lab. She is learning how to take pa tient histories and give physical exams and is shadowing a physician in a hospital. Hillary Winans is pursuing an MBA and master’s in accounting at Northeastern and plans to graduate in August. She has been interning at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, working through the busy audit season. In NYC Brendan Duggan works part- time as a caterer and part-time as a dancer. He is working with a choreogra- pher named Deganit Shemy and has per-

AT WORK Sea steward


nspired by her childhood on the California coast, Courtney Mattison ’08 came to Skid -

more fully intending to be an artist and a marine biologist. Study abroad on the Great Barrier Reef further captivated her, and Mattison is now a master’s candidate in environmental studies at Brown University, where her thesis project is a sprawling ceramic coral-reef wall installation. The exhibit, in the lobby of the Herbert C.

Hoover Building—headquarters for the US Department of Commerce and National Oceanic

and Atmospheric Administration—is up through June 15. Hundreds of corals, anemones, and other creatures representing “the rainforest of the sea” are mounted to plywood panels hanging from a steel grid 15 feet high and 11 feet wide. The installation depicts a coral reef fading into “bleached, degraded, and algae-smothered rub- ble” and incorporates quotes from notable scien- tists advising how to help conserve reefs. Matti - son aims to “inspire the public to be better stew- ards of our marine environment” and also effect policy change. For her, there’s a close connection between art and science. “I understand and remember concepts and relationships better once I have interacted with them in three-dimensional space,” she says. “In sculpting an anatomically correct coral and arranging ceramic reef organ- isms in ecologically accurate relationships,” she often discovers characteristics of marine life she never would have noticed otherwise. Does Mattison consider herself more artist

or scientist? “I can’t decide, and I don't want to!” she says. “Most of my coursework at Skidmore was in biology and chemistry. However, as my work develops and I realize how much potential art has to affect people emotionally by evoking a sense of wonder, I can’t help but stay up all night sometimes, brainstorming new sculptural pieces I want to create. I guess that’s pretty telling.” —MTS



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