|Carlina Tapia-Ruano '77 heads the law firm of Tapia-Ruano & Gunn P.C. in Chicago. A native of Cuba, she has served as president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.|
|Your hometown?||LaGrange, Ill.|
|Why Wesleyan?||I was the daughter of two Methodist ministers (both Mom and Dad) at the time, and IWU was a Methodist university.|
I started out as a political science major (hated it), and soon thereafter changed to history.
It was a good move; I loved history and loving it helped me get the grades I needed to get into law school.
|Favorite professor?||Not only was Dr. Michael Young my favorite teacher, but without his inspiration and guidance, I doubt I would have made it into law school.|
|After Wesleyan?||I attended DePaul College of Law and obtained my JD in 1980. (PS, I hated law school.)|
|Biggest thrill at IWU?||Actually – graduating!!!|
I loved going to see all the films and special programs I attended on Friday night at the Memorial Center.
It was cheap entertainment and a great place to socialize with the other students.
|The best?||Loved the “quad”. Most of my personal and favorite memories of conversations or events took place in the open, on the “quad.”|
|Favorite book?||Whichever one I happen to be reading at the moment – right now it's A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.|
|Favorite artist?||Nora Jones, Gloria Estefan, Silvio Rodriguez, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, etc.|
|Favorite movie?||Too many to list – but a random sampling are: Casablanca, almost all of the Fred Astaire/Ginger Roger dance films, the BBC’s film series of Pride and Prejudice, and even all the Harry Potter films!|
|Favorite quote?||"When that train of opportunity comes rolling in, you better be prepared to climb on board!” — My father.|