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Recent Alumni Submissions

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Kelly Dunne ’91 (Classical Studies): I am a faculty member at George Mason University, currently serving as the executive director of the School of Integrative Studies.  I was greatly influenced by my Classical Studies professors -- Dr. Burns, Dr. Jones, Dr. Baron, and Dr. Reilly -- and credit them for setting me on a path to a career in higher education.”

Phil Walsh '99 has recently been appointed as editor of Classical Outlook, the official journal of the American Classical League.  Phil teaches Latin and Greek at St. Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware.  Follow this link to read about Phil and his appointment.

Harald Anderson '89 (Classical Studies): My almost-300-page article on medieval commentaries on Statius was just published ("Publius Papinius Statius," Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum 13 [2020] 53-346). I first read Statius under Prof. Jones in his course on Silver Latin, and something about his poetry spoke to me. I work as an econometrician and data scientist outside DC and Latin (especially medieval manuscripts) is a very rewarding labor of love. (4/20)

Mark D'Antonio '10 (Classical Civilization): Announces that he and his wife Gowri are now the parents of a son, Ravindran Agrippa D’Antonio. (9/19)

Irene Morrison-Moncure '11 (Classical Studies: Latin):  shares a few recent accomplishments.
  1. Series Editor of the Ancient Leadership Series for SAGE Business Cases. Previously published in this collection twice.  Leading with self-Awareness: Lessons from the second Roman emperor. 2021.  Leading with emotional intelligence: Managing institutional uncertainty in ancient Rome. 2020.
  2.  Board of Advisors, Kallion Leadership, Inc. Kallion is an organization dedicated to developing better leadership across all sectors and communities through the study of the humanities

  3. Faculty Co-chair, The Society for Classical Studies Graduate Committee

You can follow Irene here:

Kelvin Ramsay '79 (Classical Studies): "I am in my 32nd year at the Delaware Geological Survey at the University of Delaware. After W&M, I went on for a M.S. at Vanderbilt and a PhD at the Univ. of Delaware, both in geology. At Delaware, I had the pleasure of having John C. (Chris) Kraft on my committee. Chris conducted geoarcheological investigations at Troy and Thermopylae reconstructing ancient shorelines. We had great conversations about the ancient world and the intersection between coastlines and culture. I went by the Classical Studies reception at Homecoming this year and was thrilled to talk with Dr. Jones. It turns out that I have a tangential connection with Wm. Hogan who made the generous bequest to the Classics program. When I was looking for a college, I was directed to visit Mr. Hogan who lived in my home county (Charlotte). He told me about W&M and about his working for Dr. Swem (yes, that Swem) at the library. It was partly because that visit that I went to William and Mary. It is great to see the department thriving and doing such wonderful research." (11/19)

Laura Claggett '13 (Classical Studies): "I'm happy to share this fall I started business school at Wharton!" My LinkedIn page is here. (10/20)

Sarah (Smart) Warburton '94 (Classical Studies: Latin): "is the author of the debut thriller, Once Two Sisters, published September 2020 by Crooked Lane Books and recommended by Publishers Weekly, PopSugar, and CrimeReads. She's the oldest of four sisters, raised in Virginia, an avid reader and knitter. After earning a B. A. in Latin from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in Classics from the University of Georgia and another from Brown University, she studied creative writing at the University of New Mexico, at the Taos Writer's Workshop, and in Houston with Justin Cronin. She worked at independent bookstores and spent ten years as a writer (and eventually lead editor) for UpClose Magazine. Her short story, "Margaret's Magnolia," appeared in the Southern Arts Journal and her Pushcart prize nominated story "Survival English" appeared in Oyster River Pages. She lives in the mountains of Southwest Virginia with her family." (10/20)

Irene Morrison-Moncure '11 (Classical Studies: Latin): "After graduating this past May from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (PhD, Classics) I am starting this August as senior class adviser and associate faculty for NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. (7/18)."

Whitney Slough Campbell '09 (Classical Studies:  Latin):  "I'm in my 9th year of teaching Latin, currently in a small-town community in south-central Indiana, where my husband is from. I'm very active in my school, sponsoring Latin Club & Latin Honor Society (of course), coaching Quiz Bowl and also girls' cross country. In early 2016 I was accepted into University of Florida's distance master's program in Latin, and hope to graduate next summer! A special shout out is due to Dr. Spaeth, whose book on Ceres is invaluable to me right now for a paper I am writing!" (11/17)

Bennett Henkel '11 (Classical Studies:  Latin):  "I just started my 7th year teaching Latin at Queen's Grant High School in Mint Hill NC. I am in my second year as the State Chair for the North Carolina Junior Classical League." (10/17)

Peter Larson '95 (Classics-Latin and History):  "I have been named as chair of the Department of History, University of Central Florida, where I am currently Associate Professor of medieval and British history." 5/17

Kelly Dunne ’91 (Classical Studies): “I am now the Executive Director of the School of Integrative Studies (SIS) at George Mason University. SIS is interdisciplinary, so my degree in classical studies well-prepared me for this work. My job combines teaching, advising and administration, so every day brings something different -- which I love.” 10/16

Phil Walsh, ’99 (Classical Studies) reports that his book, Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes, was published recently. It includes seventeen chapters on various aspects of the ancient and modern reception of Aristophanes. A lot of his talk at Homecoming 2014 here at W&M made it into the preface of the book. Also, he notes that he recently accepted a teaching position at St. Andrew's School in Middletown, DE, where he will be teaching in the Classics Department. Finally, he led a group of 12 Washington College students on a study abroad experience in Greece for 15 days last summer, visiting all the major sites. He reports: “It was a highlight of my career, and the students had an amazing time.” (8/16)

JJ Regan '09 (Classical Civilization):  "It's been awhile since I've sent any updates so there's a lot to catch up on. I got married in 2013 to my long-time girlfriend. We both finished master's degrees this year, hers was in education at George Mason and mine was in interactive journalism at American University. I am also happy to announce I have accepted a job at Comcast SportsNet as a digital media producer. It's not classics, but still very exciting!" (6/15)

William Burghart '05 (Classical Studies):  "I defended my dissertation "How Things Fall Apart: Pleonexia, Parasitic Greed, and Decline in Greek thought from Thucydides to Polybius" in the fall of 2014, graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Doctorate in History in May 2015, and have accepted a position as a lecturer at the University of Washington, Tacoma, which will begin in September, 2015." (6/15)

Mark D’Antonio ’10 (Classical Civilization): "I have recently graduated from William and Mary Law School and am studying for the Virginia Bar. After the bar I will be working at the Spotsylvania County Virginia Commonwealth Attorneys Office through a Fellowship with the Law School while I seek permanent employment." (6/14)

Brett Wilson Davis '05 (Latin): After teaching Latin in Chesterfield County, Virginia for three years, she attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for a Master of Divinity degree, received in '12. In seminary she met and married Evan Davis (W&M '07). They now live in Harrisonburg, Virginia and are both Lutheran pastors. She is a pastor of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church - where she occasionally still gets to use her Latin & Greek for tutoring & biblical studies. (10/13)

Mark Lawall '88 (Classical Studies) writes: "I published my third co-edited book this year (with John Lund of the National Museum of Denmark) entitled Transport Amphorae and Trade of Cyprus. Over two research trips to Greece I spent time with the new Princeton excavations at Stryme in Thrace, a Greek project on Rhodian amphorae on that island, and the Corinth excavations (Demeter sanctuary amphorae). Some of my contemporaries may remember me mostly as the long-haired runner - well, now I am the nearly bald runner, but I did qualify for and run the Boston Marathon in April 2013. That had been a dream over hundreds of miles along the Colonial Parkway, around Colonial Williamsburg, out along Carters Grove road... (10/13)

Vernon Liechti '08 (Classical Studies) is teaching Latin and Social Studies at Albemarle High School and Western Albemarle High School in Charlottesville Virginia. (10/13)

Reese Kim '11 (Classical Studies) will be attending American University Washington College of Law this fall. (6/13)

Jacque Miles '12 (Latin) has been accepted by the American Academy in Rome's Summer School 2013. She writes: "I am really excited about this summer and all this program has to offer me. In addition, I have begun work on my Master's thesis on the Forum of Trajan. I am examining the institutions of intellectualism and honor associated with the site during the Late Empire. I am hoping to do some additional research on it while in Rome." (3/13)

Elise Zevitz '12 (Classical Studies): "I graduated in May from William and Mary (BA in History and Classical Studies) and spent the rest of the month moving four years of accumulated stuff from my apartment back to Wisconsin … only to accept a fall internship in the Publications Department of the Middle East Institute in DC and move back to Virginia in late August. At the Institute, I was responsible for assisting in the publication of the Middle East Journal, writing short synopses of recent publications, putting together the program for the MEI Annual Conference, and working on some web design projects. I decided to take my time on grad school decisions and spend more time in DC, job hunting, and learning more Arabic and Hebrew." (1/13)