A 2008 grad, Julie does volunteer work with the Girl Scouts of America.
A 2007 grad, Susan says, "I am happy to report...my first job after graduating with my anthropology degree! I will complete my training tomorrow and will be an English Language Instructor with Berlitz! I found the ad on CareerBuilder, where I posted my resume. I interviewed with a large group, and was invited to train. After a final teaching presentation tomorrow, I will be ready to teach English to speakers of other languages! I am really excited, and look forward to this. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this sort of opportunity, direct them to the Berlitz website at http://www.berlitz.us." Susan was a winner of the Award of Academic Excellence in Anthropology.
A 2003 grad and sixth President of the NKU Anthropology Alumni Club, Eric did graduate work in cultural geography at Miami University in Ohio, complete with scholarship benefits in excess of $50,000. He now is on the staff at nearby Community Family [Pentecostal] Church in Independence, Kentucky and works as an administrator for Tommy Bates Ministries. He and his bride Erin live in Independence with their two young sons. In 2006 Eric received the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from NKU, writing his thesis on "Native American Identity, Christianity, and Critical Contextualization" under the direction of NKU anthropology professor Dr. Sharlotte Neely. In the fall of 2007 Eric began teaching anthropology part-time at NKU. He is currently working on his doctorate in Native American studies at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. The summer of 2010 Eric successfully completed his doctoral written comprehensive exams at the Union. He is beginning his dissertation based on field research with the Blackfeet tribe of Montana. NKU's Dr. Sharlotte Neely chairs his Ph.D. dissertation committee. Eric was a speaker at the 2009 NKU Anthropology Careers Day.
A 2008 grad, Brandon does volunteer work with Community Family Church in nearby Independence, Kentucky.
A 2003 grad and winner of the Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award, Autumn joined NKU Professor Michael Simonton's summer 2005 class to Ireland.
From the Class of 2005, Christine spent six weeks in Europe before beginning grad school.
Rebecca writes that, "As for an update on my life, my husband, dog and I are trying to settle into our new home in Wilmington, NC (650 miles from NKU). It's different and new; it's challenging and exciting all wrapped into a fantastic life experience for us....We're 10 minutes from the beach, so we really take advantage of that! There is more cultural diversity out here than in Northern Kentucky; so I have been learning more than my naivety allowed me before. I have decided that a study of coastal fishermen would be an incredibly interesting and exciting pursuit to undertake...."
A 2005 grad and a winner of the Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award, Emily joined NKU anthropology professor Dr. Judy Voelker's summer 2005 research trip to Thailand.
A year 2000 grad, Jessica started out employed by NKU's own Office of Admissions as a counselor and would lead tours of new students around the university, always stopping in at the NKU Museum of Anthropology. She is now the Assistant Director of Admissions for NKU and gets to share her NKU story with many prospective students and their families. A sign in her office reads, "I Love NKU Anthropology."
Married, Jessica is taking a leave of absence to have more time with her new baby.
Bridgette Donnelly, Class of 2008, had a concentration in anthropology and a minor in Native American studies. In 2007 she won the Outstanding Student in Native American Studies Award. In May of 2011 she was awarded her Master's in Public Administration from NKU. Bridgette was awarded a graduate assistantship.
Anna finished at the Cincinnati Police Academy where she ranked high in her class. She is considering grad school. She was a winner of the Award of Academic Excellence in Anthropology. Anna and Dr. Sharlotte Neely recently ran into each other at the 2009 Fourth of July Parade in the Cincinnati community of Northside. Anna was with her children, and Sharlotte was with her granddaughter.
A 2005 grad, Jarvis has been doing a lot of traveling.
He writes that, "I have been out for three years, and in that time I moved to and lived in St. George, Utah. I lived there with my girlfriend for a couple years. We spent a lot of time touring the west and went to every park and niche that was within a day's drive. Eventually we got tired of the desert and moved again, this time to Anchorage, Alaska, that is where we are now. We are doing the same thing, searching the countryside. Perhaps one day we'll know what we are searching for, but for now, the journey is a blast. As far as work goes, I am running a molding and millwork company that distributes to companies such as Home Depot, Lowe's, Spenard, etc. As to how I went from anthro to running this business, well, that's a story all to itself. The important thing is that I love what I do and make a good living."
After working in contract archaeology, Amy finished her MA degree in anthropology at Ball State University in Indiana. She has already done a few presentations on her thesis "The Bioarchaeology of Children's Health in Antebellum Kentucky: Old Frankfort Cemetery" and presented a preliminary report as a poster at the 2005 American Association of Physical Anthropologists meetings in Milwaukee. Amy is currently applying to PhD programs.
A 2005 grad and a winner of the Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award, Shawn is now in grad school in anthropology at the University of Hawaii working on his Ph.D. His interests are in the archaeology of mainland Southeast Asia, ceramic studies, and compositional analysis. He has been conducting compositional analysis (using neutron activation) of ceramics from the site of Angkor Borei in southern Cambodia.
A 2001 grad, Elea won the NKU President's Award, Regents Award, and Award for Service Leadership in Anthropology. Elea has recently left her position as Development Officer for the School of Natural and Social Sciences and Institutional Advancement at Buffalo State College in New York. She and her family have just moved to Louisville, Kentucky where Elea is the new Director of Development for Natural Sciences at the University of Louisville. Elea is married to Christopher Fox, and they have a 17-month-old daughter, Violet Sofia Fox. Elea has a Masters in Urban Planning degree from the University of Buffalo.
A 2009 anthro grad, Gretchen is working for a cultural resource management company as a full-time archaeology lab technician. During the summer she gets to travel and do some digs with her company. Gretchen writes that "I'm currently back at NKU working on my Master's in public history. My focus is museum studies and museum education."
Soon after graduation in 2003, Natalie accepted a position as a counselor advocate for the area Women's Crisis Center. She now works for Mature Services, Inc., where she develops and facilitates a training program on using effective job-search techniques for mature workers. She is working on her master's degree in education at Xavier University.
A 2000 grad who got her undergraduate degree in less than four years, Kristi moved to San Antonio, Texas, preparing for a job overseas with the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service. She met her future husband there, and now they live in Japan.
Kristi writes, "We currently live in Okinawa, Japan, known for the longevity of their people. Although I don't use anthropology in my professional life, what I learned is invaluable when living in a foreign country. I love computers so I currently manage the internet cafes on all the American military bases out here, and while its not anthropology, I am now getting my MBA."
Right after graduating in 2001, Robyn accepted a position as an organizer with the Contact Center-Ohio Empowerment Coalition in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
Robyn has written, "If anyone asks, these are the things that can be achieved with an anthropology degree."
More recently Robyn writes, “I am a licensed drug counselor. I work as a case manager for River City Correction Center in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Hamilton County employee.”
Tom Hahn, Class of 2009, is the logistics coordinator with the Cincinnati archaeology company, Gray and Pape
A 2003 grad, Cassandra works for the Bank of Kentucky.
Married to Matthew Haney, she writes that, "The best news in the whole world happened to me in 2007. I had my first baby! His name is William 'Liam' Connor Haney. He was born on 1/4/07 and he was 8.6 pounds....To continue with my career in banking, I plan on getting my masters degree in business/banking within the next four years or so."
After a trip to Italy, Carrie worked for the Berlitz International Language Center in Cincinnati. In 2003 Carrie delivered a research paper at the annual meetings of Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky (ASK).
A winner of the Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award, Asa married Sylvia Corcoran, and they attended grad school at the College of William and Mary. Asa and Sylvia are one of a few husband and wife teams both to major in anthropology at NKU.
A winner of the Award of Academic Excellence in Anthropology, Sylvia married Asa Helm, and they attended grad school at the College of William and Mary. Sylvia and Asa are one of a few husband and wife teams both to major in anthropology at NKU.
A double major in applied cultural studies and French at NKU, Kesse graduated in December 2003.
She writes that, "I'm currently attending DePaul University in Chicago and am working on my master's in International Studies. I'm also working as a student employee at the Alumni Information Systems and Services department at DePaul. I'm learning more about the practical applications of all the data management skills I learned as part of my ACS major."
A 2006 grad, Ash has just earned her Masters of Library Science degree (MLS) from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She focused her graduate research on small and rural libraries. Ashlee is still employed by Kenton County Public Library system in the homebound department delivering books and other library materials to those who cannot come to the library due to physical or medical circumstances. Ash writes that, "It's a really awesome service--I get to help people all over the county and still work in a library."
A 2006 grad, Jason is working on his Masters of Arts in Integrative Studies from NKU. His research involves Native Americans.
A 2007 grad, Robert has earned his JD degree from NKU's Chase College of Law.
A 2002 grad, Melanie has her Master's in public administration at NKU. She works as the City Clerk for the nearby City of Crescent Springs, Kentucky.
Saradan lived in Texas for awhile working for Continental Airlines. Currently, she teaches Spanish in Clermont County, Ohio and is the mother of a young son.
A 2009 grad, Susan Krech lost her battle with cancer a few years ago. She is greatly missed.
A 2006 grad, Amanda is married to pharmacist Joseph Kues, and they have two children, Alannah and Donavan. They live in nearby Wilder, Kentucky. Amanda continues her interest in Celtic studies.
A 2005 grad and a winner of the Anthropology Volunteer Award, Tammy works as a professional archaeologist.
A 2009 grad of NKU with a double major in anthropology and philosophy, Annie Melzer was a substitute teacher with the West Clermont School District in Ohio and a literacy tutor. She also has done archaeology work with Gray and Pape in Cincinnati and is a mom of two. For awhile she was the GA for the University of Cincinnati’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. She earned her Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Cincinnati. Under the direction of her advisor, Susan Allen, PhD, Annie explored and translated the contents of a 17th century French and Algonquian manuscript containing plant descriptions and traditional botanical terminology pertaining to Myaamia (Miami Tribal community) ethnobotany. Her research involved interviews and focus groups with tribal members to come to understand contemporary traditional botanical knowledge. The goal of her research was to ultimately contribute to the Myaamia community’s active efforts of language and culture revitalization. Annie has also worked on her certificate in Preparing Future Faculty through UC’s graduate school. Her research and teaching interests include cultural anthropology, religion and culture, ethnobotany, language and culture, indigenous studies, ethnomusicology, and pedagogy. Beginning fall semester 2015 Annie is teaching anthropology part time at NKU.
A 2005 grad and a winner of the Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award, Don has yet another publication, in a book in which he is a co-author of a chapter. The book is entitled The Emergence of the Moundbuilders: The Archeology of Tribal Societies in Southeastern Ohio, and the chapter is entitled "The Allen Site: A Late Prehistoric Community in the Hocking Valley." This book is a volume comprised of contributed papers concerning the Woodland and Late Prehistoric periods of the Hocking Valley of southeastern Ohio. The book's chapters illustrate the theme of the development of tribal societies in the valley as people abandoned hunting and gathering for a new lifestyle of sedentary horticulturalists. It is available through the Ohio University Press and Swallow Press.
Don has another article just published on the development of the bow and arrow in Ohio in the journal, Ohio Archaeology. That article started out as an NKU independent study with Dr. Sharlotte Neely. In addition to his publications and professional papers, Don has organized the archeological research conducted at Split Rock Conservation Park in nearby Boone County, Kentucky for the last three years. Efforts have been a collaboration between Don and NKU Anthropology alumnus Mark Jacobs, who owns Split Rock. All of the "props" at the Late Prehistoric village at Split Rock are a result of Don's research into Fort Ancient sites in the Bluegrass. Don and Mark conducted a survey at the location of the prehistoric house before building the frame which is an exact copy off the post hole pattern from the Muir site in the Inner Bluegrass. Don often has spoken at our annual Anthropology Careers Day.
Don, his wife, and daughter live in Boone County, Kentucky.
Jeremy P. Moore, Class of 2007, is working on his Master's in Education at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
2009 anthro grads Litsa Mortensen and Gretchen Gauldin worked for Environment & Archaeology, LLC. in nearby Florence for awhile. There they did a lot of lab analysis (debitage mass analysis to be exact). Litsa was the 2009 winner of the NKU Outstanding Student in Native American Studies Award and has earned her Master’s degree in archaeology from the University of Cincinnati.
Rachel is doing archaeology with a firm based in Pennsylvania.
A 2005 grad and a winner of the Award of Academic Excellence in Anthropology, Angela spent time traveling Europe and working for the Modoc National Forest in northern California. She returned to NKU in 2006 and in 2007 and received a second BA, in geography. She is currently a graduate student of Anthropology and Public Health at PSU in Portland, Oregon. Her interest since leaving NKU has changed from historic archaeology to epidemiology. Her current focus is on HIV/AIDS and its effects on sub-Sahara Africa. Future research should take her to that part of the world some time soon.
A 2006 grad of NKU Anthropology, Tina is the executive assistant to NKU's Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
From the Class of 2004, Ben majored in applied cultural studies. Benn writes, "I always love to get the confused look when I tell people that I work for a large consulting company, work in IT and have an Anthropology/Sociology degree. Interestingly enough, I started out doing training development, then progressed into a more technical position where I am now leading a dedicated team for clients who desire US only support. I've worked with people from Argentina, India and China and the most valuable thing that my Anthropology degree taught is how to see other peoples point of view and how to work with different cultures." Ben does volunteer work with both Give Back Cincinnati and Junior Achievement.
From the Class of 2007 and a winner of the Award of Academic Excellence in Anthropology, Sharon will be traveling to more than 11 countries for 11 months beginning in October, 2008, as part of The World Race.
A 2007 grad, Rogelio is a field representative for the Nielsen Company.
A 2000 graduate and a winner of the Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award, Matt has been busy doing graduate work at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Matt had a graduate assistantship for his first year at UWM that paid for all his tuition plus a small salary on which to live, for a total benefit of more than $25,000. The summers of 2001 and 2002 found Matt in the West African, French-speaking country of Senegal working on his MA thesis. (All those years of taking Spanish, and then Matt goes to a French-speaking country!) Matt also has worked with the research and evaluation firm of Jill Florence Lackey and Associates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Currently, Matt is a full-time, non-tenure-track anthropology professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and working to complete his PhD.
In April of 2008 he traveled from Wisconsin to NKU for an anthropology alumni reception at the Museum of Anthropology.
A 2005 grad, Stacy works in the Adult Medical Program at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Boone County, Kentucky. She is married, with a 20-year-old daughter and two doggie fur-kids. Stacy is currently halfway through NKU's Masters of Social Work program, with a focus on gerontology.
A 2009 grad of NKU with a double major in anthropology and philosophy, Annie was a substitute teacher with the West Clermont School District in Ohio and a literacy tutor. She also has done archaeology work with Gray and Pape in Cincinnati and is the mom of a little boy. Currently she is the GA for the University of Cincinnati’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and will receive her Master’s degree in anthropology in the fall of 2012. Under the direction of her advisor, Susan Allen, PhD, Annie is exploring and translating the contents of a 17th century French and Algonquian manuscript containing plant descriptions and traditional botanical terminology pertaining to Myaamia (Miami Tribal community) ethnobotany. Her research will additionally involve interviews and focus groups with tribal members to come to understand contemporary traditional botanical knowledge. The goal of her research is to ultimately contribute to the Myaamia community’s active efforts of language and culture revitalization. She is also working on her certificate in Preparing Future Faculty through UC’s graduate school. Her research and teaching interests include cultural anthropology, religion and culture, ethnobotany, language and culture, indigenous studies, ethnomusicology, and pedagogy.
Robyn is another alum who has gone the environmental route, as an environmental technician.
She writes that "I'm currently living in Maryland and working in Washington, D.C., monitoring an environmental air sampling network. It is an amazing opportunity and a fulfilling occupation."
She is employed by the Arcadis Company.
A 2009 alumna, Lindsy recently earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Texas Woman's University in Math 8-12. She taught for awhile at Bullitt East High School in Mount Washington, Kentucky after moving back from Texas to Kentucky.
While teaching in Kentucky, Lindsy wrote, "I do miss NKU and anthropology. I am hoping to get a Masters in anthropology sometime in the near future and possibly teach social studies at BEHS, specifically ancient civilizations as they are needing another teacher for it in the upcoming years. Gotta spread the 'anthro-love' to all my students even if it's in math via archaeology!"
Lindsy is now working on her Master of Science Education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her focus is Education, Culture, and Society.
She is married to Adam McGaughey.
Evan, Class of 2004, was a winner of the 2004 NKU Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award and after graduation was accepted into the Peace Corps. Evan worked as a Key Account Manager for two of the leading gearbox manufacturers in the world, based out of northern Italy. Evan writes that “I wish I could have lived there, but I only had the opportunity to travel between the USA and Italy.” In his capacity as a manager, he got to travel throughout Europe as a business person. Recently, Evan has been accepted into the anthropology graduate program at the University of West Florida. At UWF he plans to focus on a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology and to become certified in GIS.
From the Class of 2006, Melony was awarded a Taft-Niehoff Graduate Student Community Assistantship for 2007-2008 at the University of Cincinnati where she has recently earned her Master's degree in anthropology. She will continue her collaboration with the Niehoff Studio in an ethnographic research project working with urban planning. In April of 2007 Melony delivered a paper, "Moccasins, Feathers, and Drums: An Ethnographic Study of a Modern American Indian Powwow" at the Central States Anthropological Society Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. She has also done the photography for a National Geographic documentary film. At present she is teaching anthropology part time at NKU, mostly covering classes at NKU's Grant County Center.
In the class of 2001, Jennifer graduated from NKU as a double major in anthropology and psychology.
Until recently Jennifer has been the Associate Director of the Curriculum, Accreditation and Assessment Office at NKU, and with an MPA degree from NKU, she is a great example of a practicing anthropologist. Jennifer spoke at the 2009 NKU Anthropology Careers Day. She has just accepted a position at the University of Kentucky as Director of Assessment for the UK College of Business.
After doing archaeology for a few years, Elizabeth, a 2003 grad, is now a librarian in Suwanee, Georgia. She received her MA in historical archaeology from East Carolina University. Before settling in Georgia, Elizabeth worked for the U. S. Forest Service in Colorado. She has also done survey work in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.
A 2006 grad, Josh is now in grad school in anthropology at Florida Atlantic University.
From the Class of 2004, Sarah is an accountant at Great American Insurance Company. She is married to Sandeep Jain.
A 2006 grad and a winner of the Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award, Baird studied underwater archaeology at the University of West Florida. He has earned his Master’s in Public History from NKU where his daughter is currently an anthropology major.
A 2008 grad, Nicole is now living in Australia, in Kingsford, New South Wales.
Married with two children, NKU anthropology alumna Vanessa Schumann Van Zant, Class of 2003, is the Director of the Cincinnati History Museum at the Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati. She began her career at the Museum Center as a volunteer. When a paying job came along, she took it. Her outstanding work kept getting her promoted. Of her dream job as a museum director, Vanessa says, "I want to retire from here."
Married with children and living in Columbus, Ohio, Joseph was a 2003 NKU anthropology grad and a winner of the Award of Academic Excellence in Anthropology. For a time he worked for the Ohio Department of Education. He currently works for the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio as a Senior Policy Consultant. In this role he guides and assists management and external partners with public policy and research needs. He also has a Master's in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.
Ed is developing plans for a survival school.
A 2000 grad, Belinda is doing contract archaeology.
A 2008 grad and a winner of the Award of Academic Excellence in Anthropology, former honors student and anthropology major Jada was featured in a spring 2009 article, "One Cup at a Time: Field Research Helps NKU Students Learn the Coffee Business," in Northern about her research on fair trade coffee. Northern is the magazine of the NKU Alumni Association. Jada has plans for a career in the U.S. Navy.
A 2001 alum, winner of the Outstanding Student in Anthropology Award, and grad student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Patricia writes, "I'm happy to tell you that as of January 2007 I have completed my Masters in Medical Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University and passed the exam for my RN license as I proceed in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Case on my way to becoming a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. In addition a local hospital that I interviewed with last week got back with me and offered me a RN position, which I accepted and start orientation on Monday."
A 2001 grad and a winner of the Award of Academic Excellence in Anthropology, Chris is working on his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Wyoming, after a summer of doing archaeology with BHE in Cincinnati. Christ writes, "I'm still working on my dissertation (high altitude paleoindian adaptations in Middle Park, Colorado). This summer will be our last field season at the Folsom campsite called Barger Gulch, Locality B (Colorado) which is under the direction of Dr. Todd Surovell and Dr. Nicole Waguespack. It's a really neat site not only for all of the Folsom diagnostics and the presence of structures (we think), but also because they were overwintering on a high ridge (6500-7000ft) in a really cold, windy, nasty basin in the Rocky Mountains. Later in the summer I will be surface collecting and testing another high altitude Folsom campsite called Barger Gulch, Locality C. Next year I will be teaching the Intro to Archaeology courses here at UW. I also work full-time for the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. Officially my job title is 'Archaeologist', but mostly I work with our GIS and relational databases."
Chris and his brother, Todd D. Young, are the only brothers both to major in anthropology at NKU.
A 2002 grad, Todd is now the Park Naturalist at Big Bone Lick State Park in nearby Boone County. You've just got to love a job where one of your duties is to develop a spear-throwing range. Ah, the thrill of doing public prehistory! He has also often spoken at our annual Anthropology Careers Day.
Todd and his brother, Christopher M. Young, are the only brothers both to major in anthropology at NKU.
A 2007 grad, Megh accompanied NKU anthropology professor Dr. MaryCarol Hopkins to Ghana to study west African art. Recently she received her BFA in photography from the University of Louisville. She plans to go to grad school in anthropology. On April 14, 2010 she had her senior photography show at the Hite Gallery on the University of Louisville campus. Her thesis is about mythological beings from different cultures photographed in historical processes.