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Andrew Gardner '12 - I wanted to share with the department of religion that I will be graduating from Wake Forest School of Divinity this year with my MDiv and will be heading to get my PhD in American Religious History at Florida State University. I can't thank the department enough for helping prepare me for graduate work. My undergraduate course work in religion has been really helpful in this program and I'm sure will be really helpful in the years to come at FSU! (03/15)

Lea Harrison '08 - In 2010, I received a Masters of Theological Studies at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta, GA, with a focus on peacebuilding and interfaith dialogue. After that, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with the Bragg Hill Family Life Center, in Fredericksburg, VA. In January of 2012, I began a Masters of Library Science program at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC; in March, I entered a full-time position at the school, as the Reserves Coordinator of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. (05/12)

Devon Corneal '94 - "In addition to working as a lawyer in New York, I've been fortunate to be able to start writing for the Huffington Post, and my latest post as partially inspired by my time in the Department -- thanks to Profs Finn, Raphael and Tiefel for their exploration of all aspects of religion." (12/11)

Reed Miller '95 - After living for a long time in the DC area and working for a trade journal that covers the medical device industry, for the past two years I've been a journalist for, a news and education source for cardiologists. I work at home, so I've moved back to my home town of State College, PA and bought a house. It's a great life. I'm so grateful for my education in the W&M religion department. Without it, I wouldn't be able to write for a living. (11/11)

I'm also a leader for the middle-school youth group at State College Presbyterian (USA) Church.

I was very sad to hear of Dr Livingston's passing. He was one of the best teachers I ever knew and he was a great adviser."

Gillian Barr '90 - I was ordained an Episcopal priest in April 2011, and have returned to southern Virginia from San Diego, CA to serve as Episcopal campus minister at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. I earned my M.Div. from Princeton Seminary in 1995 and a postgraduate certificate in Anglican Studies from Virginia Seminary in 2010. From 1990 to now I have worked as a religious educator in parishes and as a public library manager. (07/11)

Corinna Hann '08 - I've recently received my Masters in Religious Studies from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (06/11)

Matthew Duperon '03 - Hi! I can't remember if or when I last sent in an update, but a lot has happened in the 8 years since I graduated. I got an MA in Asian Studies from Cornell University in 2006, and I am finishing up my PhD in Religious Studies at Brown University with a dissertation entitled "'The Way Comes About as We Walk It': The Huainanzi and Early Daoist Ethics." In the past few years I have taught Chinese religion and philosophy as a Lecturer in Religion at Trinity College in Hartford, CT and next year I will begin a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in the Philosophy & Religion department at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. I also got married in 2005 to Jennifer Filanowski (Philosophy and Economics '03), and we had our first son, Peter Matthew (W&M class of 2033) in May 2010. I hope everyone in the department is doing well, and I hope to finally make it back for Homecoming soon, now that I will be living significantly closer to VA. Thanks! (02/11)

Justin McIntosh '05 - I was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church in May, 2010, and I am currently serving as the Assistant Rector at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, McLean. (09/10)