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James Lett '77 - After I completed my Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Florida in 1983, I worked for three years as a television newscaster. Then I spent 29 years teaching Anthropology & Geography at Indian River State College in Florida before retiring in June 2015 and moving to France. My wife and I bought a 15th-century farmhouse on the edge of a small village in Dordogne (not too far from Lascaux), and we're busy immersing ourselves in French culture. (10/2015)

Gabrielle "Missy" Geroe Zimmerman '78 - After 32 years with the Department of Defense, working in Contracting and Information Technology, followed by a couple of years consulting in private industry, I have come back to W&M. My studies in Anthropology have stood me well over time, giving me the tools to understand the cultures and folkways of my indigenous colleagues. The Office of Procurement here at W&M has established a new position, which I now inhabit. My goal is to move the College forward in pursuit of more strategic approaches to acquiring the goods and services needed for our mission of providing a first class education to our students. It's good to be back! (05/2015)

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)

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)

Donald Jones '80 - On August 1, 2011, Dr. Jones was named Director of US/ICOMOS, the United States National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Headquartered in Paris, ICOMOS is a world-wide network of professionals dedicated to the conservation of the world's built heritage. US/ICOMOS, one of the largest national committees of ICOMOS, is headquartered in Washington, DC. (03/2013)

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)

Amanda Vtipil '09 - I am currently working as the curator of the Fort Lee Regional Archaeological Curation Facility, where we house thousands of artifacts from across Virginia and D.C. I plan on graduating from Johns Hopkins University in May with my Master of Arts in Museum Studies. With my undergraduate degree focused in archaeology and my graduate degree in Museum Studies I hope to continue to work towards making archaeological collections more accessible to the public and researchers alike. My session on this topic has been accepted for presentation at the Virginia Association of Museums annual conference next year. And after over ten years together, my boyfriend and I are engaged so in my spare time (what little there is...) I am busy planning our wedding! I couldn't have made it this far without my experiences in the WM Anthropology department! (10/2012)

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)