GRS ALUMNI: Where are they now?
Pastor at the Decorah United Church of Christ and is an Associate Minister for Theological
Education at the SE Conference of the United Church of Christ.
MA in Latin and JD from UIUC. An Associate with Baker & McKenzie LLP in Chicago. His
interests are labor and employment.
Is in the Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program at the University of Illinois at
Liz Myers Cooney
Works at a software company called Workday (www.workday.com) as a principal HCM consultant
doing software implementation work.
Graduated with her MS degree in Social Work at U Chicago. She is working at Whole
Health Clinical Group in Milwaukee as a Case Manager.
Completing an MA degree in Classical Archaeology at Florida State University, with
Is a student ath the SIU Medical School.
Pursuing his MA in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University, with the intention
to earn his certification to work as a counselor.
Graduated with her MA in Classics from UIUC and is applying to the graduate program
there in Library & Information Science.
Bonnie Brunkala Johnson
Graduated with a BS in Nursing and accepted a position starting in January 2017 pending
boards in Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular nursing. She writes: "There were only 3 of
us liberal arts majors in the second degree program and we transitioned much more
easily to the critical thinking that nursing requires than the science degrees.GRS
for the win!"
Received her MAT in Secondary Ed with a concentration in Latin in 2016 from National
Louis University. She is currently teaching Latin for the 5th-8th grade at the Science
and Arts Academy in DesPlaines, IL.
Program Director for the Great Lakes at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Is a travel consultant at Liberty Travel, Chicago.
BA in GRS, BM in Composition. Time writes, " The classics and everything I've learned
from Professors Sultan, Coles, and Engen remain a profoundly enriching element of
my life." He is currently living in Milan, affiliated with the Catholic University
there. He composed a setting of canzone from Dante's Vita Nuova, and worked on a research project on the intonation and modal structure of 14th century
music. That project inspired him to program a digital instrument based on the system
on intonation he proposes was used by a music of that period. He will attend a Dante
summer school in 2017 led by Catholic University, and begins work teaching Latin in
English at a secondary school (liceo) there in September. "It's all very exciting.
Life is a bit chaotic," he admists, " but it's better that way."
Works in the purchasing department at McMaster-Carr. It's an industrial supply company.
Mostly works to maintain the proper inventory levels for the items with the most customer
orders. It's a lot of math and Excel. She Writes, “My major in Greek & Roman Studies was the main thing every employee asked me about
in all five of my interviews!”
Is pursuing a Master of Teaching Degree at UIC. She is also serving as a teaching
assistant at a dual language elementary school, working mainly with the Spanish speaking
Works at the Univ. of Denver teaching English as Second Language to international
students in an intensive language program. She also works with matriculated international
students, doing academic advising and teaching a First Year Seminar Course.
Works at the Cairo Animal Hospital. Lives in Chicago.
An assistant professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, recently
said, in an email to Dr. Sultan, "I'm a former student (graduated in 2005) and Classics enthusiast whose Attic Greek
is admittedly rusty but appreciates the daily relevance of my Greek & Roman Studies.
From understanding medical jargon to poignant figures of speech to allegory for education
(as below), it seems some nugget of my Classics education comes out on an essentially
daily basis. For that, I thank you! I blog for the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association and a recent assignment, a study basically focused on choosing
between two potentially bad therapeutic paths (see below), reminded me of Odysseus'
sailing past Scylla & Charybdis. The wanton use of my GRS education made me think
a "thank you" was well past due!"
All These Years Later, it Still Seems Safer to “Hug the Scylla Side.”
Graduated in May 2012 and plans to attend law school in the fall and specialize in
Does quality assurance at a software company in Madison, Wisconsin.
Attends the University of Utah in pursuit of a Ph.D in Mathematics.
Completing his PhD in Ancient History at Indiana University and an Associate Instructor
there. His special author is Sallust.
Works for Topco Associates in Chicago and does marketing and product/brand development
in the food industry.