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Alumni News: 2010s

Amanda Andrei '10 - Amanda Andrei '10 and Colton O'Connor '10 will be getting married this July 2013. Colton is currently working on his Ph.D. in nuclear physics at MIT. Amanda currently works in Northern VIrginia at the MITRE Corporation while pursuing her interests in writing as a playwright and a journalist at Asian Fortune. She will be attending Georgetown University in the fall to pursue a masters in Communication, Culture, and Technology. (05/2013)

Lauren Brincat '10 - I am currently working as the FAO Schwarz Foundation Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York. The Fellowship funds recent graduates to work full-time for two years in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York in major education-based nonprofits. At MCNY I educate school groups in guided school programs as well as research, write, and develop new school programs drawing from the Museum's exhibitions and collections. (12/13/2010)

Lauren Brincat '10 - After completing two years writing and teaching school programs at the Museum of the City of New York, Lauren is now a Lois F. McNeil Fellow pursuing a Master's degree at the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. There, her research will investigate cultural contact, exchange, and assimilation manifested by material objects among the Dutch and other communities in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Flushing, Queens. (03/2013)

Laura Buchanan '10 - I am finishing a field archaeology internship at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez,Colorado. It's been a great experience digging in the southwest over the past couple months! Next week I head back to Virginia, and I'll be interning in the repatriation department of the National Museum of the American Indian through the end of the year.

Laura Buchanan '10 - A story about Dr. Voigt: I took my senior seminar - Archaeology of Cities - with Dr. Voigt in fall of 2009. It was a small class, but that made for an enriching and fun enviornment. One day we were discussing definitions of civilization, and I (cheekily) commented - "Oh, and it's a computer game." Dr. Voigt responded quickly - "Yes! I play it every day." Apparently Civilization - along with a hot cup of coffee - was a good way to wake up and get ready for a busy day at Gordion. Whenever I think of this story it puts a smile on my face! (4/7/2011)

Douglas Leung '15 - Douglas is a serving member of the United States Army. During his time in service, he has used the anthropological perspectives taught in Dr. Glasser’s cultural classes to effectively mediate between people with a variety of backgrounds. He has also used methods from his applied anthropology classes while doing people-focused research as an Army recruiting commander and as a platoon leader working in Kosovo. He hopes to attend graduate school and continue to build upon the knowledge and practices learned at William and Mary. He is currently residing in Illinois.

Emma Prins '12 - I will be starting my Masters in Public Health program at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health in the fall. I will be in the dept of Sociomedical Sciences with a focus on applying anthropology to the field of public health. (05/2013)

Kristina Vornadore '11 - Traveled to a children's community, Jhamtse Gatsal, in Northeast India with fellow alum Anna Kayes. There, they ran a 6 week soccer program. At the end of their program, they left Jhamtse Gatsal to coach soccer and teach English in Thailand for 6 months. Kristian had this to say about their experience:

"The region of Arunachal Pradesh has an incredible history and amazing stories to tell. The local people live in tribes scattered along the Himalayas and have resided there for hundreds of years. Many still wear their traditional garb and speak their tribes dialect. The children at the community speak a local dialect called "Monpa". It was also through this region that the Dalai Lama escaped the Chinese and sought asylum in India in 1959. The famous "Towang Monastery" where he stayed his 2nd night in India is very close to the location of the community. Anna and I felt incredibly lucky to have had our experience there.

Anna and I went to Jhamtse to Before we left the States, we raised enough money for 40 soccer balls, cones, and some pop-up nets. Having no idea what to expect, we were completely blown away by everyone at the community. The kids were ecstatic each day for soccer practice and many of the teachers and staff joined in on the fun! The most amazing part was witnessing the girls thoroughly enjoy learning how to play the sport and through that enjoyment their confidence in themselves grew. Towards the end of our time there, the girls were confident enough in themselves to take on and compete with the boys! Since sports in this region of the world are predominantly played by males it was a very rewarding feeling to see them enjoy themselves and each other through the sport soccer. " (07/2012)