Majors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Anthropology Majors

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Joanna Stone

  • Class of 2001
  • Hometown: Lititz, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Spanish and Anthropology
  • Minor: Latin American Studies
  • Further degrees: University of Arizona MA in Cultural Anthropology
  • Current employer: Philadelphia School District, Secondary mathematics teacher and Senior class sponsor, (Summers) Teach for America, Lead Corps Member Advisor

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Luke Matthews

  • Class of 2002
  • Hometown: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Anthropology and Biology
  • Minor: Chemistry
  • Further Degrees: M.A., Anthropology, NYU. Ph.D., Anthropology, NYU
  • Current Job: MedNetworks,Director of Data Analysis

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Celeste Bocchicchio

  • Class of 2004
  • Hometown: Kent, Ohio
  • Majors: Anthropology and Religious Studies
  • Further degrees: I have an M.A. in South Asian Studies from the University of Michigan.
  • Current employer: I currently work as an assistant toddler teacher for the Newton Community Service Center.

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  • Class of 2006
  • Hometown: Maplewood, Minnesota
  • Major: Anthropology
  • Minor: History
  • Further degrees: Masters in Bioarchaeology from The Ohio State University
  • Current employer: Gray and Pape Inc, Senior Archaeological Field Technician and University of Phoenix, faculty member

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  • Class of 2011
  • Hometown: Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
  • Majors:Journalism and Anthropology (concentration on Native American Studies)
  • Minor: Political Science

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Asian Studies Majors

Gina Russo Gina Russo

  • Class of 2008
  • Hometown: Lakewood, Colo.
  • Majors: Asian Studies and History
  • National Fellowship: Fulbright
  • Further Degrees: Pursuing a Ph.D. at Stanford University

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Kierstin Bolton Kierstin Bolton

  • Class of 2011
  • Hometown: Oxford, Pa.
  • Majors: Asian Studies and International Studies

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Economics Majors

Micah Savidge Micah Savidge

  • Class of 2003
  • Hometown: Middleburg, Pennsylvania
  • Major: Economics
  • Minor: Political Science
  • Further Degrees: M.A. from Johns Hopkins University - School for Advanced International Studies in International Relations & International Economics
  • Current Employer: Currently working for the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. I am a serving in the political section in embassy Bucharest. I cover the human rights portfolio: human trafficking, religious freedom, ethnic and religious minorities, etc.

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Jennifer Swartz Jennifer Swartz

  • Class of 2007
  • Hometown: Milton, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Political Science, Economics/Mathematics
  • Minor: Applied Statistics
  • Further Degrees: MBA, University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business; Master of International Development (MID), University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
  • Current Employer: Program Specialist, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President

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Craig HirneisenCraig Hirneisen

  • Class of 2005
  • Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Political Science and Economics
  • Minors: Philosophy and Pre-Law
  • Further Degrees: J.D. from University of Pennsylvania

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  • Class of 2008
  • Hometown: Homer City, Pennsylvania
  • Major: Economics
  • Further Degrees: Masters of Public Policy Analysis, New York University (in progress)
  • Current Employer: New York City's Economic Development Corporation at the Center for Economic Transformation

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Ray EdwardsRay Edwards

  • Class of 2011
  • Hometown: Wernersville, Pa.
  • Majors: International Business and Economics

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English Majors

Kirk Boyle

Kirk Boyle

  • Class of 2001
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Major: English
  • Further degrees: MA and PhD from the University of Cincinnati
  • Current employer: Assistant Professor at Francis Marion University

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Renee Brown

Renee Brown

  • Class of 2005
  • Hometown: Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: English and English Education
  • Minor: French
  • Further degrees: Currently finishing my MA in English at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Current employer: Peters Township School District; 8th grade English teacher

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Mary Sirianni

Mary Sirianni

  • Class of 2009
  • Hometown: Kane, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: English and Journalism

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Robbin Zirkle

Robbin Zirkle

  • Class of 2012
  • Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
  • Major: English -- concentration in Literary, Textual and Cultural Studies
  • Minor: Sociology
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English Education Majors

Courtney Andrew

Courtney Andrew

  • Class of 2003
  • Hometown: South Fayette/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Major: English Education
  • Further degrees: Working on an M.A. in Linguistics, and will be beginning an M.A. in Online Instruction
  • Current employer and job: The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and the National Network of Digital Schools; I teach Creative Writing, Technical Writing, and Geometry.

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Renee Brown

Renee Brown

  • Class of 2005
  • Hometown: Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: English and English Education
  • Minor: French
  • Further degrees: Currently finishing my MA in English at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Current employer: Peters Township School District; 8th grade English teacher

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Julie Roos

Julie Roos

  • Class of 2001
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Major: English Education
  • Further degrees: MA, English Literature, Western Michigan University
  • Current employer/job: Clark County School District, High School English Teacher and Head Forensics Coach, Canyon Springs High School and Leadership & Law Preparatory Academy

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History Majors

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Jeremy Reppy

  • Class of 2000
  • Hometown: Carbondale, Illionis
  • Major: History/Pre-law
  • Minor: Political Science
  • Further Degrees: J.D. from Drake Law School in 2003
  • CurrentEmployer: I am a senior attorney advisor for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Peoria.

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Andrew Snyder

Andrew Snyder

  • Class of 2000
  • Hometown: Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Major: History
  • Minor: Economics
  • Further Degrees: Master of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Current Employer: Senior Associate for Research, Pew Children's Dental Campaign, The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Jennifer Ferrell

  • Class of 2001
  • Hometowns: San Diego, California and Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Major: History
  • Minor: Art
  • Further Degrees: Master of Arts, Student Affairs in Higher Education, IUP, 2005
  • Current Employer: Keene State College in Keene, NH, Coordinator of Student Activities, changing over the summer to Director of Student Involvement

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  • Class of 2004
  • Hometown: Franklin, Pennsylvania
  • Major: History
  • Further Degrees: Winterthur Program In Early American Culture - University of Delaware and Clarion University of Pennsylvania, MS Library Science
  • Current Employer: Ohio Wesleyan University, Public Services Librarian/Coordinator of Reference

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Andrew Hazelton Andrew Hazelton

  • Class of 2005
  • Hometown: Greentown, Pennsylvania
  • Major: History
  • Further Degrees: M.A., Georgetown University, American History; Ph.D. (in progress), Georgetown University, American History
  • Current Employer: Georgetown University/Graduate Student Teaching Assistant
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Whitney (Hampson) Streed

Whitney (Hampson) Streed

  • Class of 2006
  • Majors: History
  • Minors: Theater and Gender Studies
  • Current Employer: Educational Options, Inc. I have worked for the company since graduation as a curriculum specialist, writing and editing online textbooks.

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  • Class of 2007
  • Hometown: Clarion, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas
  • Majors: International Studies and History
  • Minors: Anthropology and Religious Studies
  • Current Employer: National Park Service, Park Ranger

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Jennifer Betsworth

Jennifer Betsworth

  • Class of 2008
  • Hometown: Newburgh, Indiana
  • Majors: History and Anthropology
  • Further Degrees: Currently pursuing a Masters in Public History-Historic Preservation and a Certificate in Historical Archaeology and CRM at the University of South Carolina

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Gina Russo

Gina Russo

  • Class of 2008
  • Hometown: Lakewood, Colorado
  • Majors: History and Asian Studies
  • National Fellowships: Fulbright and Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
  • Further Degrees: Pursuing a PhD at Stanford University

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Stephanie Bearjar

Stephanie Bearjar

  • Class of 2011
  • Hometown: Lusby, Maryland
  • Majors: Economics, History and International Studies
  • Minor: Applied Statistics

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International Studies Majors

Amanda Krause Amanda Krause

  • Class of 2005
  • Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: International Studies and Economics
  • Additional Degree: Master of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Current employer and job: U.S. Government Accountability Office, Senior Analyst

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Amber DeBardelaben Amber DeBardelaben

  • Class of 2007
  • Hometown: Clarion, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas
  • Majors: International Studies and History
  • Minors: Anthropology and Religious Studies
  • Current employer and job: National Park Service, Park Ranger

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Stephanie Bearjar Stephanie Bearjar

  • Class of 2011
  • Hometown: Lusby, Maryland
  • Majors: Economics, History and International Studies
  • Minor: Applied Statistics

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Kierstin Bolton Kierstin Bolton

  • Class of 2011
  • Hometown: Oxford, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: International Studies and Asian Studies

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Mehmet Disli Mehmet Disli

  • Class of 2012
  • Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Major: International Studies
  • Minor: Economics

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Journalism Majors

Alyssa Rosso Ross

Alyssa Rosso Ross

  • Class of 2001
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Communications Media and Journalism
  • Current employer: We just moved to Maryland from Washington state. Most recent two positions: communications manager for Ballet Northwest in Olympia, interim director of Communications and Marketing for Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma.

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Lee Greenfield

Lee Greenfield

  • Class of 2004
  • Major: Journalism with a PR focus
  • Minor: Sociology
  • Hometown: Allison Park, Pennsylvania
  • Curent employer: MediaEdge - Communication Manager

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Jennifer Easton

Jennifer Easton

  • Class of 2006
  • Hometown: Edinboro, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Journalism, Interdisciplinary Fine Arts
  • Minor: German
  • Further degrees: University of Pittsburgh, Master of Public Administration (Major: Policy Research and Analysis, Minor: Urban and Regional Affairs)
  • Current employer: Mullin & Lonergan Associates, Inc., Community Planning and Development Consultant

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Mary Sirianni

Mary Sirianni

  • Class of 2009
  • Hometown: Kane, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: English and Journalism
  • Further degrees: Attending the University of Maryland for a Master's in English.

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Natalie Schafer

Natalie Schafer

  • Class of 2011
  • Hometown: Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Anthropology and Journalism concentration on Native American Studies)
  • Minor: Political Science

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Philosophy Majors

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Eric Boyer

  • Class of 2001
  • Hometown: Myerstown, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Political Science and Philosophy
  • Further Degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science, The University of Minnesota
  • Current Employer: I am currently an assistant professor of History and Government at Colby-Sawyer College, a small liberal arts college located in New London, New Hampshire.

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Wesley Cray

  • Class of 2005
  • Hometown: Middleburg, Pennsylvania
  • Major: Philosophy
  • Minor: Religious Studies
  • Further Degrees: Masters of the Arts in Philosophy, Ohio State University, 2008; Working toward a PhD in Philosophy (ABD), Ohio State University
  • Current Employer: OSU Department of Philosophy, Graduate Teaching Associate

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James Pool

  • Class of 2008
  • Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Major: Philosophy
  • Further Degrees: Officer Candidate School, Basic Officer Leadership School (Phase II), Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course Earned my commission in the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant of the Infantry
  • Current Employer/Job: U.S. Army, 2nd Lieutenant After completing my training at Ft. Benning, I'll be spending the coming years in and around Fairbanks, Alaska, at Ft. Wainwright!ts

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Tom Hanauer

  • Class of 2010
  • Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Major: Philosophy
  • Minor: History
  • About My Major: Philosophy was a perfect fit for me. It will fit you too, if you're the kind of person who likes learning instead of believing, questioning instead of settling, and ruminating over instead of rampantly digesting everything that counts as "knowledge" in our modern, western understanding of ourselves and the world.

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Political Science Majors

Jennifer Swartz Jennifer Swartz

  • Class of 2007
  • Hometown: Milton, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Political Science, Economics/Mathematics
  • Minor: Applied Statistics
  • Further Degrees: MBA, University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business; Master of International Development (MID), University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
  • Current Employer: Program Specialist, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President

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Craig HirneisenCraig Hirneisen

  • Class of 2005
  • Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Political Science and Economics
  • Minors: Philosophy and Pre-Law
  • Further Degrees: J.D. from University of Pennsylvania

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Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson
  • Class of 2007
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: Philosophy
  • Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
  • Further Degrees: Currently enrolled at the University of Virginia School of Law. J.D. expected 2012
  • Current Employer: I am currently a summer law clerk in the Constitutional and Specialized Tort Litigation section of the Department of Justice's Civil Division. After graduating from IUP, I worked on a Virginia State Senate campaign. When my candidate was elected to the Virginia Senate, he brought me on as his legislative aide. I worked in that position for two years before starting law school.

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Cameron HollingsheadCameron Hollingshead

  • Class of 2003
  • Hometown: Cape Coral, Florida
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: Philosophy
  • Further Degrees: J.D., George Washington University, currently pursuing a Masters of Urban Planning, concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning

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Eric Boyer Eric Boyer

  • Class of 2001
  • Hometown: Myerstown, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Political Science and Philosophy
  • Further Degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science, The University of Minnesota

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Pre-Law Majors

Jeremy Reppy Jeremy Reppy

  • Class of 2000
  • Hometown: Carbondale, Illionis
  • Major: History/Pre-law
  • Minor: Political Science
  • Further Degrees: J.D. from Drake Law School in 2003
  • Current employer and job: I am a senior attorney advisor for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Peoria.

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Cameron Hollingshead Cameron Hollingshead

  • Class of 2003
  • Hometown: Cape Coral, Florida
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: Philosophy
  • Further Degrees: J.D. fromGeorge Washington University, currently pursuing a Masters of Urban Planning, concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning

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Craig Hirneisen

Craig Hirneisen

  • Class of 2005
  • Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Majors: Political Science and Economics
  • Minors: Philosophy and Pre-Law
  • Further Degrees: J.D. from University of Pennsylvania

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Anna Johnson Anna Johnson

  • Class of 2007
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: Philosophy
  • Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
  • Further Degrees: Currently enrolled at the University of Virginia School of Law. J.D. expected 2012
  • Current Employer: I am currently a summer law clerk in the Constitutional and Specialized Tort Litigation section of the Department of Justice's Civil Division. After graduating from IUP, I worked on a Virginia State Senate campaign. When my candidate was elected to the Virginia Senate, he brought me on as his legislative aide. I worked in that position for two years before starting law school.

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