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2014

Daniel Hieber ’08 started his first year of graduate school at the University of California, Santa Barbara, pursuing his PhD in linguistics. He works with archival materials on languages of the US Southeast and language documentation of endangered languages in East Africa.

2009

Emerson OdangoEmerson Odango (’05) continues to serve in the Peace Corps. He works as an elementary school teacher on Pakin Atoll, some 30 miles NW of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. Emerson's main work assignment involves teaching English, Math, and other subjects in a school of about 34 students grades 1-8. He works with two local teachers. Other projects Emerson has been working on includes beach clean-ups, translating the community's by-laws into their local language, collaborating with environmental NGOs, and learing how to chop wood with a machete without injuring himself. Emerson has developed fluency in Mortlockese, which is the language of his community. He also has experience in Pohnpeian, Chuukese, and Woleaian. He began working in November 2006 and will continue until May 2009.

2008

Leslie Hague (’89) taught English in Osaka, Japan after graduating with a degree in Linguistics and History. In 1998 she received a Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York. She was ordained as a deacon in 1998 and as a priest in 1999. She served as Associate Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia for over four years. Since 2002 she's been the Rector of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia. She previously served as a representative of the Episcopal Church to the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches. In addition to her parish ministry, she serves on the Committee on Priesthood of the Diocese of Virginia, which advises the bishop on matters involving persons discerning a call to the priesthood of the church. She recently completed a sabbatical pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona in Scotland.

2007Elaine Francis

Elaine J. Francis (’93) is an assistant professor in the Department of English and in the Linguistics Program at Purdue University. Before coming to Purdue, she earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago (1999) and taught for three years in the Department of English at the University of Hong Kong (1999-2002). Her research investigates the interaction of form and meaning in grammar and in language processing.

Cheryl Sinner (’96) received an MA in Communication Disorders from UVA in 1999 and went on to work as a clinical speech language pathologist in Ohio. She recently returned to school to start her PhD in Applied Language and Speech Sciences (a combination of linguistics and communication disorders) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

After teaching elementary school for seven years, Kristin Conradi ('99) is now a full-time student working on her PhD in Reading Education at the University of Virginia.

2006

Terrell A. Morgan (’79) is an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Ohio State University. His current research includes the Spanish of Ohio and an electronic catalog of the sounds of Spanish.

Marcy Coon Prochaska (’96) continues to make recordings on hammer dulcimer.

Ann Bunger (’97) completed a PhD at Northwestern University with a dissertation entitled "How we learn to talk about events: Linguistic and conceptual constraints on verb learning." This fall she began a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychology and Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.

Mary Grace Campos (’97) is now Assistant Director of Advising for Multicultural Programs and Services at Virginia Tech.

Matt Couch (’97) is now Associate Director in the Office of Student Affairs at Ohio State University. He appeared this year on The Daily Show. Emerson Odango

Emerson Odango (’05) joined the Peace Corps and is now living on Pakin Atoll, northwest of Pohnpei in Micronesia. He is working hard to learn Mortlockese in addition to Pohnpeian.

Stephen Boxwell (’06) was accepted to graduate school in Linguistics at Ohio State University, where he is specializing in computational linguistics and machine learning.