Check out highlights on some of our featured alumni


 

Carolyn Ashley

Year of Graduation: 2014Carolyn Ashley
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (Ecology) 
IWU Minor: Biology
ES Senior Research: Assessing Local Food Resources and Strengthening the Regional Food System in McLean County, Illinois

While at IWU, Carolyn was the Peace Garden Manager, where she helped to develop an educational program for a nearby preschool and participated weekly in the Uptown Normal Trailside Market with Peace Garden produce. With her interests in locally grown foods, Carolyn created a Senior Seminar project based on this topic. Carolyn was active with many other groups on campus as well, including the Peace Garden RSO, the Sierra Student Coalition, and the VVV (Vegetarians & Vegans, Victorious). Since graduation, Carolyn has spent her summer as a Missouri Botanical Garden horticulture volunteer in a native plants garden in her hometown of St. Louis. Currently, Carolyn is working in the Chicago area working with V3 Companies, doing ecological restoration work (invasive species control and wetland plant installation mainly). Contact Carolyn  

 

Mack Rivkin

Year of Graduation: 2014
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (International Sustainability)Mack 2014
IWU Major 2: English-Writing
ES Senior Research: Determining the Feasibility of Implementing an Effective Fungiculture Program with the Peace Garden at Illinois Wesleyan University 

While at IWU, Mack was a Sustainability Educator through the Office of Residential Life, implementing programs to educate students about environmental sustainability. Mack studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark with the DIS program, enrolling in the "Sustainability in Europe" core course. He had the opportunity to travel throughout various sites in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany to study sustainability-related movements first-hand. He returned from his travels to work as a gardener for the IWU Peace Garden, and continued his work through his senior year by conducting research to determine the feasibility of implementing a mushroom cultivation program on campus. Mack was also awarded Research Honors in English for his collection of ecological poetry and prose. Mack continues his work in sustainability through the local farm-to-fork restaurant, Epiphany Farms and also holds a position on the Ecology Action Center Outreach Committee. After gaining real-world experience, Mack hopes to teach English in Asia and volunteer with the Peace Corps through a Masters International program. Contact Mack 

 

Jinny Alexander

Year of Graduation: 2014
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (Ecology)
Jinny-Alexander IWU Minor 1: Biology
IWU Minor 2: German
ES Senior Research: Assessing the Biodiversity and Susceptibility of Trees in Maxwell Park to Future Invasive Tree Pest Outbreaks

While on campus, Jinny was a member of the Sierra Student Coalition, Tri-Beta, and also the German honor society. Jinny studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany with the IES Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program. Ginny further developed her research skills as a research assistant for the University of Freiburg Department of Biometry. Jinny has had experience working for an environmental consulting group in British Columbia, has researched the susceptibility of trees in Maxwell Park to future invasive species outbreaks, and has researched concerns about the use of lead shotgun slugs and muzzleloader bullets on the Parklands Properties. Since graduation, Jinny has been working as a field assistant in Missouri and Minnesota. She also worked as a botany technician for the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project. Currently, Jinny is working as a forest ecology intern on the B4Warmed project, looking at the potential effects of global warming on plants, with the University of Minnesota. Contact Jinny  

 

Ellen Cornelius

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Year of Graduation: 2014
Major: Environmental Studies (Ecology)

ES Senior Research: Assessing the Indoor Tanning Behaviors and Risk of Skin Cancer Among Illinois Wesleyan University

At IWU, Ellen was an active member of the Student Sierra Coalition. During her senior year, she presented her senior seminar project on indoor tanning and the risk of skin cancer of IWU students at the John Wesley Powell research conference. Ellen has interned for the Ecology Action Center, the Illinois Environmental Council, and the Illinois EPA. She also studied abroad at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. After graduation, Ellen became the Environmental Program Coordinator the the American Lung Association in Springfield, IL. Contact Ellen 
 

Joe Daniels

Year of Graduation: 2013
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (International Sustainability)
IWU Minor: Anthropology
ES Senior Research: The Feasibility of Eliminating Disposable Plastic Water Bottles at Illinois Wesleyan University

Joe Daniels

During his time at IWU, Joe studied abroad in New Zealand and also traveled to Costa Rica with a Tropical Ecology May term course, which helped him gain a better worldview of sustainability in other countries. Among his many activities, Joe was on the IWU cross-country team and served as student senate liaison for Sierra Student Coalition. He interned at Sugar Grove Nature Center as and environmental educator,and also worked summers at a canoe outfitter in a federally protected wilderness area in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota. After graduation, Joe volunteered with the Peace Corps where he now works as an environmental educator in Nicaragua. Specifically, he has been working with teachers and co-planning natural science lessons on organic gardening, composting, tree nurseries, and other topics. Additionally, Joe has been working on improved oven and stove construction. Contact Joe

 

Megan George 

Year of Graduation: 2013
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (General)
ES Senior Research: Exploring Strategies for Converting Illinois Wesleyan University from Dual-Stream to Single-Stream Recycling
Megan George
While at IWU, Megan worked on campus for several committees, including the IWU branch of the national Taking Back the Tap initiative and served as co-president of the Sierra Student Coalition her senior year. She also worked as a Sustainability Educator and as a member of the recycling education committee, within the GREENetwork. Megan studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and was part of the Sustainability Task Force, assigned to encourage sustainability within the Danish Institute of Study Abroad. After graduating, Megan worked at Anixter Center in Chicago as a VOCAL AmeriCorps member with the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois. Here, she was primarily responsible for coordinating an adult literacy program for adults with disabilities. Currently, Megan works in the Outreach and Community Engagement Department at the Danville Public Library. Contact Megan
 
Danny Kenny

Danny Kenny

Year of Graduation: 2013
IWU Major 1: Environmental Studies (International Sustainability and Environmental Policy)
IWU Major 2: Hispanic Studies
ES Senior Research: Gardens to Save the Day: An Analysis of Community Food Gardening in Food Deserts

While at IWU, Danny served as the co-chair of GREENetwork, Student Senate Awareness Commissioner, President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and captain of the soccer team. His past experiences include working with the Action Research Center on print conservation on campus, studying abroad in Barcelona, creating a drought contingency plan for State Farm Insurance, promoting business recycling in the Bloomington-Normal community, and serving as the ES student assistant. As part of his Weir Fellowship during his Junior year, Danny was heavily involved in the creation of the IWU Peace Garden. Currently, Danny is working as a Dunn Fellow in the Governor's Office of Legislative Affairs in Springfield, Illinois, where he works closely with senior staff members and government agencies on various public policy initiatives. He is also taking graduate classes at the University of Illinois-Springfield for the Master's of Environmental Studies, where he also serves as the Men's Assistant Soccer Coach.  Contact Danny

Liz Kuehn

Liz Kuehn

Year of Graduation: 2013
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (Environmental Policy)
ES Senior Research: Determining the Feasibility of Universal Access to Bus Transportation for Illinois Wesleyan University Students 

While at IWU, Liz was a Sustainability Educator and Co-President of the Sierra Student Coalition. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Australia with SIT in a program called “Sustainability and Environmental Action,” where she researched co-housing and its potential as a sustainable way of living and developing.  She also completed internships at Sugar Grove Nature Center and the Ecology Action Center. After graduation, Liz interned with the Chicago Botanic Garden coordinating volunteers and interpretive programs. Currently Liz works at National University of Health Sciences coordinating visits and events for prospective students and is also a involved with a local transportation and pedestrian committee. Contact Liz
 

Jenny Long Jenny Long

Year of Graduation: 2013
IWU Major 1: Environmental Studies
IWU Major 2: Sociology
ES Senior Research: Obtaining Consumer Perceptions of External Costs of "Cheap" Food Products and Analyzing Quality Food Markets that Minimize External Costs in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

Jennifer graduated with an International Environmental Sustainability concentration in ES and a degree in Sociology. While she was enrolled at IWU, she spent a semester abroad in Tanzania, Africa studying wild life conservation and political ecology. Jennifer was an Immersion fellow in Chicago with Foresight Design Initiative, interned with the Ecology Action Center and the Sugar Grove Nature Center in Bloomington-Normal, and assumed a variety of roles with Student Sierra Coalition on campus. Currently, Jennifer is a Development Officer at DePaul University in Chicago, assisting in fundraising efforts for the university's Driehaus College of Business. Contact Jenny 

Courtney Luensman

Year of Graduation: 2012 Courtney Luensman
IWU Major:
Environmental Studies (International Sustainability)
IWU Minor:
Biology

ES Senior Research: Determining the Feasibility of Implementing a Beekeeping Cooperative in the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois Area

While at IWU, Courtney spent a semester with the School for International Training in Tanzania studying wildlife conservation and political ecology. She had an internship as an environmental educator at Sugar Grove Nature Center and during the summers worked as a camp counselor in Oregon, IL. She was also a member of the Sierra Student Coalition and served as co-president. Since graduating, she has worked as a Naturalist in Ferryville, WI, a Field Instructor in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, and a Teambuilding Facilitator/Outdoor Educator at YMCA Camp St. Croix. Currently, Courtney is an Environmental Associate at Anderson Engineering of MN, LLC in Minneapolis, MN. Contact Courtney


Hannah Williams

Year of Graduation: 2012
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (International Sustainability)
IWU Minor: Anthropology
ES Senior Research: Examining the Effects of Recycling Education on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Elementary School Students Hannah Williams

Hannah was very involved in sustainability on campus while studying at IWU, serving as co-president and secretary of the Sierra Student Coalition and working with the GREENetwork. She enjoyed several internships including Sugar Grove Nature Center, where she taught environmental education classes, and the Ecology Action Center. Hannah interned as environmental interpreter for the National Park Service in a remote native village in Alaska and teaching environmental classes to the village's youth. Currently, Hannah is serving as a 2012 Teach For America corps (TFA) member, where she teaches fourth grade math and science to at-risk schools in South Carolina. She joined an organization called Keep Florence Beautiful, where she is assists in creating an environmental education curriculum for K-6 schools as well as working with watershed protection. After TFA, Hannah plans to continue her education in the environmental field. Ultimately, she knows that environmental education is her passion, and she hopes to work for an environmental NGO or become a professor. Contact Hannah

 

Anna Groves anna_groves_alumni

Year of Graduation: 2011
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (Ecology and Policy Concentrations)
ES Senior Research:  Bringing the Endangered Barn Owl Back to McLean County, Illinois: Implementing a Local Nest Box Program 

In addition to maintaining a rigorous academic schedule with her ES double concentration, while at IWU Anna was the founder and president of Titan Thunder, a pep club/student section, and was a soprano in the university choir. After graduation, Anna spent her summer working for the Great Basin Bird Observatory conducting the Nevada Bird Count. She traveled across Nevada, camping in remote locations and surveying the bird and plant communities. Anna then began graduate school at Michigan State University, working toward a PhD in Lars Brudvig's restoration ecology lab. She is interested in the reasons why prairie restorations don't always turn out, and how basic ecological theories can be applied to recreate more reliable, functioning prairies. Contact Anna . Visit Anna's Website

 

Emmy Grace

Emmy Grace Year of Graduation: 2011
IWU Major 1: Environmental Studies (International Sustainability)
IWU Major 2: Hispanic Studies
ES Senior Research: Environmental Justice: Improving Inclusion of Minorities in Environmental Work in Bloomington-Normal, IL

While at IWU, Emmy worked as a Sustainability Educator and was a Resource Conservation intern with the Action Research Center working on paper reduction. She was Co-President of the Sierra Student Coalition and was also involved with GREENetwork. Her study abroad travels include May Terms in the UK and Costa Rica and a semester in Ecuador. Emmy worked with the Ecology Action Center finding ways to serve the minority community on environmental issues. After graduation she volunteered with LETS GO Chicago and traveled Europe including WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) in Sweden. She also interned with the Sierra Club as an electric vehicle and green fleets intern as part of the Beyond Oil campaign, and with a small environmental consulting company and research affiliate, Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities. In the Fall 2013, Emmy started a dual degree M.A. program with American University and the UN-affliated University for Peace in Costa Rica in International Affairs and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Emmy spent the summer of 2014 in Guatemala interning with De la Gente, an organization that works with coffee cooperatives and local artisans to increase economic opportunities. While in D.C., Emmy interned with Amazon Watch working on issues related to indigenous rights and environmental conservation. Contact Emmy 

 

Kari GraceKari-Grace

Year of Graduation: 2011
IWU Major 1: Sociology
IWU Major 2: Hispanic Studies
IWU Minor: Environmental Studies 

While at IWU, Kari was involved with environmental efforts through the Sierra Student Coalition and acting as co-chair for GREENetwork. She also worked as a sustainability educator for ORL and with the Action Research Center as a Resource Conservation intern. For her sociology senior seminar, Kari studied the relationship between environmental knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of students on campus. After graduating, Kari interned with the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities in Chicago. She is currently in her final year at the University of North Carolina working towards a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning, specializing in land use and environmental planning. In the summer of 2014, Kari interned with the City of Evanston's Planning and Zoning Division and the Public Building Commission of Chicago. Contact Kari 

 

Tom Marlow 

Year of Graduation: 2011Tom Marlow
IWU Major: Environmental Studies
IWU Minor: Chemistry

During his time at IWU, Tom interned with the National Parks Conservation Association in Chicago, and worked on a variety of volunteer and school projects that focused on promoting sustainable agriculture in the Bloomington-Normal area.  Upon graduation, Tom began working for the National Park Service (NPS) as a research assistant.  He has researched and written several reports analyzing ways vegetation managers in the NPS can begin to move beyond traditional management goals to create a more flexible system in the face of mounting environmental problems.  One of these reports, titled "Managing Vegetation for Children," has been published as a Natural Resource Report.  In the meantime, Tom has continued volunteering on local farms. In Fall 2013, Tom entered the Doctoral program for Sociology at Washington State University to study the human dimensions of environmental issues. Contact Tom

 

Anthony Gunnell

Year of Graduation: 2009
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (Ecology)Anthony Gunnell

Anthony has worked in many environmental arenas including: conservation, restoration, ecological research, social policy, and environmental law. His IWU education has lead him to positions in urban, rural, and wilderness settings in Costa Rica, Idaho, Tanzania, Illinois, Kansas, Alaska, and Oregon. Anthony has served as a Forest Ecology Field Assistant at Oregon State University as well as a Science and Policy Intern for the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago, Illinois. In an attempt to utilize his diverse background and experiences, his dream job is to work for a public policy firm where he will attempt to understand current environmental resource and justice issues holistically, and promote solutions to these problems via public policy. In order to get to this position, he plans on enrolling in a Master’s Program in environmental social science and public policy with a focus on understanding common pool resource problems. Specifically, he hopes to focus on domestic water issues involving both water contamination and public use. Contact Anthony 

 

Margaret Kane

Margaret Kane-Univ of Vermont Farmer TrainingYear of Graduation: 2009
IWU Major: Environmental Studies
ES Senior Research: The Feasibility of Implementing Farm to School Programs in Bloomington-Normal Public Schools

During her time at IWU, Margaret took a May Term travel course entitled "Sustaining Self, Society, and the Environment" in which she traveled to Vancouver Island, British Columbia for a month of hiking, yoga, and environmental psychology. At IWU she was a Sustainability Educator helping students living in residence halls learn about ways to reduce their environmental impact. She also interned at Sugar Grove Nature Center. After graduation, Margaret served in Americorps Cape Cod, a program focusing on environmental conservation and education. She worked as a Naturalist at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Ohio. Margaret discovered a passion for small scale agriculture, and interned at small organic farm in Colorado. She completed the Farmer Training Program at the University of Vermont, gaining new skills and knowledge, as well as a Certificate in Sustainable Farming. She's currently living in Vermont and is excited to continue farming!  Contact Margaret

 

Thomas Schroeder 

Year of Graduation: 2009
IWU Major 1: Environmental StudiesThomas Schroeder
IWU Major 2: Physics

Thomas graduated cum laude with a double major in Environmental Studies and Physics.  During his time at IWU he developed a proposal for the University to compost and recover its organic waste that, with continued guidance and support from Dr. Given Harper, was adopted and implemented by the University in early 2011. During his senior year he also developed a set of sustainable and efficient building strategies for a planned transitional housing facility on campus and spent his May Term performing water quality testing in Central Illinois' streams and rivers for Dr. Jim Simeone and the Prairie Rivers Network. Thomas has worked as a staff scientist for an environmental consulting company in Chicago where he had a wide range of responsibilities, including air, water, and soil monitoring and remediation. In 2012 he helped form a small sustainability team to identify and implement strategies to promote more sustainable practices within the company and its employees. Now an  Environmental Engineer, Thomas performs projects such as modeling a contaminate plume and assessing the trends from ten years of data to determine the extent to which specific contaminants naturally attenuate over time.  Contact Thomas.


Leslie Morrison

Year of Graduation: 2008
Leslie Morrison Major: Environmental Studies
ES Honors Research: Challenges to Implementing the Greenhouse Gas Inventory at Illinois Wesleyan University 

Leslie is a 2008 Environmental Studies graduate and a Morris K. Udall Scholarship honorable mention recipient. She studied in Costa Rica for Dr. Given Harper's Tropical Ecology class and in Australia with the School for International Training (SIT). At Wesleyan, Leslie was highly involved with the Sierra Student Coalition, acting as president her junior and senior years. After graduating Leslie was accepted into the Green Corps class of 2009. Green Corps is the field school for environmental organizing. During her year with Green Corps she worked on clean energy campaigns in Missouri, Texas, and North Carolina. She then joined the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) as the Maryland Campus Organizer. Currently she is the Healthy Communities Campaign Director at CCAN and is working on cleaning up coal plants and stopping natural gas fracking.  Contact Leslie 

 

Will Palmisano

Year of Graduation: 2008 Will Palmisano
IWU Major: Environmental Studies - Chemistry

During his time at Wesleyan, Will conducted research with Dr. Steve Hoffmann on the quantitative analysis of estradiol in water systems and also served as a Residential Community Advisor, a position that entails the promotion of sustainable living and peer education on environmental issues. Will holds a master's degree in Environmental Studies (Sustainable Development and Policy) from the University of Illinois-Springfield, where he graduated with academic honors. After graduating from Wesleyan, Will was accepted into the Illinois Legislative Studies Internship Program and became the Science Writing Intern at the Legislative Research Unit, a non-partisan research agency for the Illinois State Legislature. He went on to become a Dunn Fellow with the Illinois Governor's Office. After his fellowship, Will joined the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, where he served as a Senior Budget Analyst working with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Agriculture, among other state agencies. Will is currently a Budget Analyst with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. Contact Will.

 

Leslie Coleman

Leslie Coleman Year of Graduation: 2007
IWU Major 1: Environmental Studies
IWU Major 2: International Studies (Development)

While at IWU, Leslie co-founded the campus chapter of the Sierra Student Coalition and participated in internships with the Illinois EPA, The Land Connection and the Merck Family Fund; she was also a recipient of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Following graduation, Leslie served as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia, where she implemented an ecological monitoring program for the Department of Parks and Wildlife. She then attended New York University School of Law as a  Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar , interning with the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the EPA. Leslie is now a law clerk for a federal district court judge in Manhattan, after which she plans to pursue a career as a public interest environmental attorney.  Contact Leslie

 

Ryan SmithRyan Smith

Year of Graduation: 2007
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (Policy)
IWU Minor: Political Science

Ryan co-founded IWU's Sierra Student Coalition and interned with the Illinois EPA in Springfield and Greenpeace USA in Washington, DC while studying at IWU. Ryan was also the recipient of the IWU Student Leadership and Distinguished Service Award for service to the community. After leaving IWU, Ryan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia (West Africa) and taught English as a Second Language in South Korea. He currently works as an administrator for a charter school in Brooklyn, NY. Contact Ryan 

 

Danny Burke

Year of Graduation: 2009
IWU Major: Environmental Studies (Policy)
IWU Major 2: Hispanic Studies
ES Senior Research: Growing Food Justice In West Bloomington, Illinois

Danny-Burke-2014-imageDanny was a recipient of the John and Erma Stutzman Peace Fellowship to study environmental justice and during his senior year, he worked on the topic of food justice and helped the Bloomington Farmers Market to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps). He also obtained the Weir Fellowship for action research to support his study of food justice in West Bloomington. Upon graduation, he was selected as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. During his time as an Emerson Fellow he worked on improving healthy food access in Louisville, KY with the Community Farm Alliance, and on federal nutrition policy with the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, D.C.  After returning to Chicago, he worked as SNAP policy coordinator for the Illinois Hunger Coalition. Continuing to focus on food justice, Danny served as Coordinator for the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University, where he worked with students to rescue food from dining halls and turn it into nourishing meals for those in need. Currently, he works to increase access to healthy, local food for the Woodlawn community in Chicago in his capacity as manager for the 61st Street Farmers Market, a project of the Experimental Station.  He has many passions on this planet, the most important among them being: raspberries, the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Cubs, running, and his sweetheart pitbull Medgar. Contact Danny.

  

And more....

Olivia De Meo is a 2009 Environmental Studies graduate with a minor in Music, for which she received the Loran & Frances (Denman) Cornwell Music Scholarship in 2009 and was a two-time recipient of the Arline Wills Ward Scholarship – both awards for outstanding achievement in organ performance. During her time at IWU, she studied Green Politics in the United Kingdom/European Union for a semester while abroad in London. She also volunteered nearby at Sugar Grove Nature Center and with the Sierra Club in Las Vegas, NV. She spent the summer of 2008 doing research at the University of New Hampshire through their Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. She presented this research at the American Geophysical Union Fall Conference in San Francisco. In summer 2009, she interned at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Olivia has received a Research and Discover Fellowship at the University of New Hampshire, where she is pursed a graduate degree in Oceanography. Read Olivia's ES Senior Research, "Environmental Evaluation of a Quaternary Wastewater Treatment Wetland"Contact Olivia.  

Jason Koval is a 2009 Environmental Studies (Chemistry) graduate. After graduation, he attended a graduate program at the University of Illinois in the field of microbial ecology with the objective to try and determine how nitrogen is cycled through microbes in an aquatic environment. He started his time at IWU as a chemistry major, but after a semester abroad in New Zealand he switched to Environmental Chemistry. He worked on a variety of projects through the chemistry, biology, and other Environmental Studies-related departments and enjoyed his time with each one.  For all four years of college, he worked in the Center for Natural Sciences stockroom learning how to setup and clean out labs. The experience pushed him towards the environmental field because he is interested in finding safe ways of disposing of hazardous chemicals.  His time at IWU was a great experience and he is looking forward to graduate work in a field that he thoroughly enjoys. Read Jason's ES Senior Research "What Impact Does Sustainable Certification Have? A Comparison of Aquatic Nitrate and Phosphate Levels between Two Golf Courses in the Bloomington-Normal Community"Contact Jason

Susan Abraham graduated in 2008 with a double major in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies. In May 2006 she traveled to Costa Rica for Dr. Harper's Tropical Ecology Class During her junior year Susan studied in Ecuador with the School of International Training's (SIT) Comparative Ecology and Conservation Program and in Granada, Spain with the International Education of Students (IES). Her academic and research interests include resource exploitation and environmental justice issues in Latin America, botany, quinoa, and the role of Orientalism in the Hispanic literary canon. Susan worked for the Field Museum's Environmental Culture and Conservation Program (ECCo) as an urban conservation project assistant. 

Kathryn Rinder graduated in 2007 with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in History. She studied abroad in Australia with SIT's Sustainability and the Environment program. She participated in an environmental education internship with the Student Conservation Association in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and also served as an intern with the Ecology Action Center and the Sierra Club.  Kathryn spent the summer after graduation working as a naturalist on a ranch in Colorado. She has also worked as the Outreach and Volunteer Program Coordinator for the Northwest Earth Institute, a sustainability education non-profit in Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Scott graduated in 2007 with a major in Art and a minor in Environmental Studies. He spent the summer after his graduation working on a small organic farm in Northern California and working with AmeriCorps as an education intern at a farm in Northwest Wisconsin. In the fall of 2007, Jeff moved to a farm in Vermont to work with at-risk high school students. Contact Jeff.

Megan Guse graduated in 2006 with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. She pursued a Master's in Environmental Science from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Concurrent with her studies, Megan worked for the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, where she utilized GIS systems, wrote grant proposals and promoted alternative transportation. She will also spent a summer conducting water quality assessments of rivers for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Amanda Solliday graduated in 2006 with a double major in Environmental Studies and Biology. She received a Master's degree at Cornell University in the Crop and Soil Sciences program, with a focus on International Agriculture and Rural Development. Amanda studied international agriculture in Mexico as part of the program. In the fall of 2008, she will be started a job at EPA Headquarters (Office of Pesticide Programs) in Washington, DC. Contact Amanda

Stacy Kolegas graduated in 2003 with a double major in Art and Environmental Studies. Upon graduation, she worked as an environmental education instructor in New York and later as the Executive Director of a nonprofit environmental education organization, Yampatika, in Colorado. Stacy served as an Environmental Programs Assistant for the City of Phoenix's Office of Environmental Programs, which provides technical and regulatory assistance to city departments and pursues initiatives in pollution prevention, air quality, brownfields, the Clean Water Act and sustainability. Contact Stacy.

Kylee (Billings) Eblin graduated in 2003 with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Environmental Studies, and enrolled in a PhD program in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arizona. Her research focused on environmentally-relevant levels of arsenicals in drinking water in the US/Mexico area. Kylee studied how low levels of these arsenicals cause malignant transformation of bladder cells. She has published her work in the journals Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Toxicological Sciences, and Toxicology . She graduated in May 2008 with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and works for S.C. Johnson and Sons in Racine, WI as a research toxicologist.

Erinn Howard graduated in 2003 with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies and is now pursued a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on bacterial degradation of oceanic sulfur compounds and its implications for global climate change. Erinn has published articles in several prestigious journals, including Environmental Microbiology, Science, and Applied and Environmental Microbiology. She also acts as the assistant editor for the Association for Women in Science Magazine and serves as a judge for the environmental division at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, a state science fair for high school students.

Amy (Cline) Graham graduated in 2002 with a major in Economics and a minor in Environmental Studies. She attended law school at Florida State University, graduating with Certificates in both Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Land Use Law. While at FSU, she clerked at the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation and WildLaw, two environmental nonprofit law firms, and also interned at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. After graduation, Amy worked as a legislative assistant at the Florida Senate and is currently employed as a policy analyst in the School Choice Office at the Florida Department of Education. Contact Amy.

Amy N. Turner graduated in 2000 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies. Amy received her Master's of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. Following an internship with the Illinois EPA's Governor's Environmental Corps, she joined SRA International, Inc., an international consulting firm in Arlington, VA, as an Environmental Policy Analyst. There she has worked on projects related to the Superfund program, the EPA's Abandoned Mine Lands Program and the Department of Energy's response to catastrophic events.

Amy Farrell graduated in 1998 with a degree in Biology and was the first student to graduate with a contract minor in Environmental Studies at IWU. She earned her Master's degree in Policy Analysis from Indiana University. Upon receipt of her M.P.A., she served as Policy Analyst in the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs overseeing and evaluating EPA regulatory work. In 2003, Amy became a Policy Advisor to the Administrator of the EPA. She was later promoted to Deputy Assistant Administrator of the EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. In her various roles in the federal government, Amy has worked on the Clear Skies legislation, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Treaty and Hurricane Katrina and Rita responses.

If you are an alumnus we invite you to update us on your activities by contacting our  ES Student Assistant, Becky Fiedler at rfiedler@iwu.edu