Enhancing Interaction: Alumni, Faculty & Students
Enhancing Interaction Between Our Alumni, Faculty, and Students
Funded in part through generous gifts by our alumni and friends, the School of Arts and Letters’ Alumni Visit Program is designed to enhance interaction between our alumni, students, and faculty. Hosted and organized by one or more members of the Arts and Letters faculty, each visit also includes at least one public presentation. Alumni guests during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 years have included:
- Dr. Jennifer Miller (1996: BA Spanish; 1998: MAE) and Brian Santos (2005: BA Spanish/Psychology; 2006: MAE in Spanish)
Hosted by Dr. Lucy Lee, Department of Classical and Modern Languages
Alumnus Brian Santos teaches Spanish at Francis Howell North High School, where he was named the Francis Howell North Teacher of the Year in 2013, the Francis Howell School District Teacher of the Year in 2015, and won the Distinguished Foreign Language Educator award from the Foreign Language Association of Missouri at the Fall 2015 conference.Brian is pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Alumna Jennifer has taught all levels of Spanish at Francis Howell Central High School since 1997 and serves as department chair of World Languages. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and earned National Board Certification in 2007.
Brian and Jennifer made a public presentation on Truman’s campus in October 2016 focusing on how new teachers can write a World Language curriculum with ACTFL principles in mind, and tips for job interviews for beginning teachers. In addition to their public presentation, Brian and Jennifer connected with students more personally at a luncheon in which they highlighted reasons they enjoy teaching high school foreign language, the challenges of language instruction at the secondary level, and unforeseen surprises that new teachers face. They also met with CML pedagogy instructors Dr. Tim Farley and Dr. Stacy Davis and provided feedback regarding the current Spanish and French MAE programs. This alumni visit was coordinated as part of the Classical & Modern Language Lingua Profs series, designed to provide opportunities for students to network with alumni in various levels of second language education; provide professional development in second language and ESL pedagogy and teaching methodology; and enhance students’ understanding of the many career paths within the field of foreign language education.
- Kelsey Wiskirchen (2009: BFA, Fibers), Janna Langholtz (2011: BFA, Fibers) and Jennifer Teter (2002: BFA, Ceramics)
Hosted by Professor Wynne Wilbur, Department of Art
Art alumnae Kelsey Wiskirchen, Janna Langholtz, and Jennifer Teter visited the Art Senior Seminar class taught by Professor Wilbur in October 2016. Each alumna gave a slide presentation of their own work and what they are doing now and participated in a panel discussion on aspects of working as an artist and supporting themselves after graduation. This alumni visit project was the direct result of a survey in a previous Senior Seminar class, and this year’s students rated the session highly informative and helpful. Thank you Kelsey, Janna, and Jennifer!
- Dr. Mike Murawski (Art History, 2000)
Hosted by Dr. Sara Orel, Department of Art
Dr. Murawski, who works as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum, visited with classes in Museum Studies, presented a workshop with students on careers in museum work, and spent additional time on campus visiting with the Art History Society.
- Allison Cundiff (English, 1997) and Heather Shana Fleming (English, 1998)
Hosted by Dr. Monica Barron, Department of English & Linguistics
Allison Cundiff and Heather Shana Fleming both teach at Parkway North High School in St. Louis County. Their visit included “Truman Alums Talk Teaching,” a dialogic presentation on particular pedagogical challenges they have faced with their students, pre-Ferguson and post-Ferguson.
- Jo Ann Daughtery (Music, 1995)
Hosted by Professor Tim Aubuchon, Department of Music
Jo Ann Daugherty maintains an active career as a jazz musician, pianist, conductor, musical director, recording artist, composer, and arranger. Her campus visit included presenting a jazz workshop and a jazz masterclass with Truman students and a well-attended public concert by her Trio held in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.
- Laura McHugh (English, 1996)
Co-hosted by Drs. Monica Barron, Alanna Preussner, and Linda Seidel, Department of English & Linguistics
Award-winning author and former Truman McNair Scholar Laura McHugh read from her recent novel, The Weight of Blood, and led a craft discussion for aspiring Truman writers that addressed writing techniques and the process of editing and publishing a manuscript.
- Benjamin Tate (Music, 2011)
Hosted by Music Graduate Student Christian Pierce
Since graduating from Truman in 2011, Benjamin Tate has established and maintained a successful private teaching studio based in Dallas and Houston, Texas. His returning visit to Truman included a talk about how to develop and operate a private teaching studio; a masterclass with several Truman saxophone students; and a performance as soloist in concert with the Truman Wind Symphony.
- Anastacia Reidel Kohl, (Spanish; BA, 1994; MAE, 1996)
Hosted by Dr. Lucy Lee, Professor of Spanish and Chair, Department of Classical & Modern Languages
Dr. Anastacia Reidel Kohl is a Spanish professor who supervises Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her visit was part of the Lingua Profs Speaker Series and included an orientation to career possibilities in higher education for foreign language educators through highlighting her own career path from Truman. She also talked about best practices for online language instruction which is a topic of interest for future teachers and CML faculty as we move toward providing more online opportunities for our students.
- Three Clarinetists: Music Alumni Lynn Seward Fryer, Cindy Price Svehla, and Luis Adolfo Víquez
Hosted by Dr. Jesse Krebs, Department of Music
Each of the three returning alumni gave talks about their experiences since graduating from Truman – which ranged from work in military bands to work as a middle school teacher and a conductor and performer. The guests also conducted master classes with Truman students and performed with the Truman Clarinet Choir at a campus concert as well as at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference in Osage Beach, Mo.