I'm one of a scant handful American students in my year, and am constantly amazed at the diversity of culture that the university brings to this isolated little school. In my hallway alone I can expect to hear a mix of English, Scots Gaelic, Finnish, Swedish, Polish, Hungarian, and Danish in the kitchen every morning. In spite of our widely differing tastes in food and films, we all have the same sense of humor needed to handle both university life and the culture shock that comes with either leaving our home countries or living with so many perpetually confused foreigners.
I'll be spending my third year abroad in a French-speaking country - Madagascar would be neat. For now, I spend most of my spare time rambling and photographing sheep.
Hope all is well on your end! Take care, Anna
Erin Maglaque ('08) I'm currently a senior at Bard College, graduating in May 2010. I'm majoring in art history, with a particular focus on art and devotional experience in late medieval Europe. I'm writing my senior thesis on a Pieta from southwestern France, carved around 1500, and the ways in which the patrons of the object conceived of its use in a devotional setting. As part of this project, I've been awarded a research grant to travel to France in March - I can't wait to go! I've also spent this year interning part-time in the Medieval department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has been a wonderful experience.
Tamika Reynold ’07 I am adjusting to the big city, yet I am indeed making my 'mark'! There are just so many things in Boston to be involved with. There are also so many other people/students who are chasing their dreams....and then of course there is the "T" or the subway, which has become my ultimate best friend....there is just so much to do, yet not enough hours in the day!
This semester, I am taking Intro. to Communication Disorders, Phonetics, Language Acquisition, and an Ethics course (16credits). I am enjoying my courses. I am receiving so much information; I am a sponge! I find everything I am learning so interesting. I often try to (mentally) apply a lot of the things I am learning to some of the situations of NNS students, that I worked with in the WC. My Language Acquisition course definitely gives me a different perspective on how hard it really is to understand and deliver a new language system.
Furthermore, I have become an Emerson College chapter and national member of NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association); it is a section of ASHA (American Speech Language and Hearing Association). . .I have already begun being active in that....Also, I am trying to attend the ASHA Convention which is in Boston this year....I will either volunteer or be sponsored by the NSSLHA committee....the logistics are not yet figured out.
Lastly, I have been accepted as a 2007-2008 core-member of the Jumpstart program. If you are interested in what that is, here is the website: I will be dedicating a lot of my time to this program, thus I will be even more busy than I already am!
Overall, my experience(s) has been good. I am making a lot of friends and definitely shining by brightest in the classroom!
Allison Leed ('05) writes: I graduated from Dutchess in May 2005 with an A.A. in liberal arts and humanities. Currently, I am a junior at the George Washington University pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in fine arts. I will be applying next semester to get in to the art therapy B.A/M.A. program here (wish me luck).
Working at the Writing Center at DCC was such an enjoyable experience; therefore, I am hoping to get involved with the Writing Center at GWU. However, I've been so busy with all of the things that came with transplanting myself into a completely different city and school, I have not had the chance to do so yet.
Carmen Letusick's ('05) baby, Hunter John Letusick, born July 20, 2005. Congratulations, Carmen! Carmen is living in Virginia and hoping to start an online degree program at Penn State this fall.
UPDATE: 3 1/2 years ago my son was born, and I was pursuing acceptance into the Organizational Leadership program from Penn State University. Despite minor setbacks, I am proud to say I finally finished this past August and made the Dean's list to boot.
I want to thank you and the Writing Center (Edwina and all the other folks) for support and incentive to strive to do my best. The Writing Center has provided me with important lessons and fond memories, which I still use and share with others.
As for the near future, you ask? Well, I plan of taking a few weeks to gather my thoughts (and re-write my resume.. ouch!), then I will be pursuing a career in Human Resource-at first as a generalist while testing for my professional certification and then as an analyst. Warmest wishes to you and the staff.
Hannah Black ('04) graduated in the spring of 2004 with her A.A. in liberal arts and humanities. Now she is a political science major at Binghamton University, graduating with her B.A. this December, 2005. After she graduates from Binghamton, she hopes to begin working for Congressman Hinchey, once she finishes interning for him this fall semester, and start law school in the fall of 2006.
Tanya Lorenzi ('04) Hello all. It is so nice to look back at the alumni page and see all of you geezers doing well. I miss you guys. Life has just not slowed down for me. After leaving Dutchess, I spent a year at Bard college, but the drive was killing me, so I ended up graduating from Marist. I am now pursing my PhD at Fordham (another drive that is killing me) in psychometrics, which is a division of psychology. I am also back at DCC in the EOP office as their tutor. I am also writing a book with another former ENG 218 student, Stephanie Garrison (hopefully we will finish the book before we become senile and forget how to read and write-it is not looking good though). I look forward to seeing you all at the next writer's night.
Henry Ricci ('02) writes: After so many semesters of having my co-tutors graduate from Dutchess to greener pastures, I had to ask myself, "Where am I going?" The word "geezer" took on a new, unpleasant meaning. Eventually, I realized I had to leave the nest, too…
So here I am today: I’m in the middle of getting my Master’s Degree in English with a writing concentration at Western Connecticut ("West Conn") State University in Danbury, Connecticut. Equally important, this is the fourth semester I’m teaching as a graduate assistant. This semester it’s a freshman English class, English 101-- The Habit of Writing, and everything Mr. Denton taught us to help a student improve his writing reverberates in my ears. In fact, the lead professors I work with at West Conn teach those same Advanced Comp ideas: writing as a "process," the art of rhetoric, and always exhibiting a positive attitude towards the students.
Also, these last two semesters, I’ve had the good fortune to be a classroom helper in the English 092 classes at DCC South. In those classes, I get to do "over the shoulder tutoring." In other words, I can offer immediate help as they complete the writing assignment for their professor. It’s amazing how open the students are to that kind of assistance.
I look forward to hearing from my classmates of Advanced Comp from the spring of 2002. You folks were the best, and I miss you. And thank you Tom Denton-- you've been great.
Lori Tse ('02) Currently, I am teaching 9th grade English at Arlington High School (this is my second year). I graduated from Vassar College in 2004. I was accepted to the Dean's program and stayed on for one more semester to do my student teaching. I did my student teaching at Arlington High School, and after I became certified I was hired as a long term sub for my cooperating teacher when she went on maternity leave. I love it here-the kids are great! And it is a great way to keep an eye on my own daughter, who is also a freshman at the high school this year. Also, I will soon begin taking graduate classes in January. I would love to hear from any former or current tutors from Dutchess!
Laura Goosby ('02) I am a 2002 graduate of DCC. I have an Associate in Business Administration. I am currently working on my second degree in paralegal studies and will be finished in December 2010. I currently work for the New York State Office of the Attorney General. I am the secretary in the Sex Offender Management Bureau, a specialized department that handles court-ordered civil confinement of sex offenders. I also work per diem at St. Francis Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant (Patient Care Technician). My education plans are to get a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Empire State College. Also, I will be retiring in 10 years from State service. My plans are to move to Virginia, live with my mom and work for the federal or state government! I'll be 55 years old when I retire. :-)
Kristen Clark ('01) writes: I graduated from Dutchess Community College with an A.A. in Liberal Arts and Humanities in May 2001. I transferred into Cornell University and received my Bachelor of Arts in Human Development (with a minor in English) from Cornell in May of 2003, and I received my Master's of Arts in Teaching (Childhood Education) from New York University in May of 2004. Following that, I got accepted into the JET Programme (www.jetprogramme.org) and moved to rural Japan to teach English in July of 2004. I've been teaching English at two junior high schools and two elementary schools here for a year now, and I'll be here for one more year...after that, I'm not sure yet of what I'll be doing. I'll probably teach, at least for a while (I may eventually go back to school for my doctorate in Child Psychology), but I don't know where yet. I plan to use this next year in Japan as a time of preparation and planning...aside from all of the adventures, learning experiences, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, of course. :)
Tutoring at the DCC Writing Center helped to put me on the fast track to where I am now, and for that I will always be very thankful. Through the tutoring sessions I participated in I came to discover that learning is a two-way process, and that tutoring can be extremely valuable for both the tutee and the tutor if both are open to the teaching/learning process. Ever since I left DCC, I have always been holding down a tutoring job of some form...when I was an undergraduate at Cornell University I was a private in-home ESL tutor for several Korean families in the Ithaca area; when I was a grad student at NYU I was a private tutor for several children in New York City, many of whom had various learning disabilities; and here in Japan, I put many of the processes and concepts that I learned while in the Writing Center and/or while taking the peer tutoring course at DCC into action every day with my students here. The experience of being a tutor at the DCC writing center was invaluable to me because it was empowering, enlightening (both about the learning processes of other students and of my own), and it paved the way for all of the tutoring/teaching experiences that have gotten me to where I am today.
Jason Hsu ('02) writes: Currently I'm in Baltimore working for a public accounting firm. So I'm currently considered an auditor/accountant. I went to the University at Buffalo after my short stint in DCC and majored in accounting, finance, and marketing. It's funny: I was actually sitting around wondering what my fellow tutors are up to. Now I finally get to know!
Kerri Koch ('02) writes: Wow, I can't believe it's been so many years (2002) since I was a tutor at DCC. After DCC, I went to Stony Brook University where I received my BA in English. And well, I loved Long Island so much that I stayed and did my Master's in English education. I loved LI for a while, but in January of this year I moved back Upstate. I just took a position at Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park where I will be teaching 9th grade English. And as you can tell from the photo, Celeste Capaldi ('02) and I are still the best of friends. For anyone who doesn't know us, we met tutoring. She's also doing great. She also went to Stony Brook for her BA in English and is now at New Paltz finishing up her Master's in English. Tutoring really did shape the person I have become. Jason, we all sit around and think about each other every now and again...Don't feel bad!
Mary Tompkins ('00) I graduated from DCC May of 2000 and have been working continually as a teaching assistant in special education at Pawling Middle School (10 years now). I took several more classes here and there, but finally decided to finish what I started, and transferred to Marist's OLC (accelerated bachelor's) program two years ago. Although not technically finished until August 22, I walked through graduation this past May. I also was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the honor society for adults. I hope to go on for my masters eventually, as I would like to teach (math, English, or social studies).
At the moment I have a daughter entering DCC in the fall. My son is on his 2nd deployment in Iraq, and he and his wife made my husband and me grandparents this past September.
As a word of advice for students who may decide to transfer...familiarize yourself with APA format! This was a confusing, often frustrating transition. There is a great downloadable program that will help immensely...www.perrla.com
Jeremy Eisenberg ('97) - To complete my B.A. at Suny Albany, I attended DCC and worked in the Writing Center in 1997. In my time there, I made wonderful friends, fellow writers (Robert Clouser and Jenn Grillo) and I received the DCC Poetry Prize that spring. Perhaps the most important part of my time at DCC, though, was my training in peer tutoring and writing center pedagogy. At each level after DCC, I have built on my Writing Center experience in community college and university writing centers in Nevada, Alabama, Georgia, and Arizona. I have always had tutoring opportunities come up -- from tutoring student athletes in Tuscaloosa to directing the OMED Writing Center and training tutors during a teaching fellowship at Georgia Tech. I earned an MFA from the U. of Alabama, and I am completing my Ph.D. in Literature on a dissertation fellowship, and I hope to publish more translations of medieval poetry and my own poetry in the near future.
Jennifer Walker and Kevin Markett ('97) write:
Peer tutoring was a great opportunity for the both of us, and the friendship we made there led to a great marriage. While in class, our friendship developed but we were both dating others. We kept in touch while we were away at school (conveniently only an hour apart) and started dating the summer of 1998. Kevin went to Connecticut College and received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and is an Investment Analyst at Citigroup Private Bank in NYC. I went to Quinnipiac College and received a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies. I am a Real Estate Paralegal for Sayegh, Cervone & MacKay in Wappingers. We just celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary last week and recently bought a house after selling our condo that we lived in since we got married. We are in the midst of a major renovation which has proved to be quite a challenge and is keeping us extremely busy. We are not ready for kids just yet, but we are looking forward to getting a puppy in a few months.
We always look back fondly on our days of tutoring and are so glad we were both picked to join the class at the same time - must have been fate!
Gordon Capriol ('96) writes: I graduated from Dutchess in ’96 with an A.A. in liberal arts and humanities. I transferred to Cornell University the same year and graduated from Cornell in ’99 with a B.S. in applied economics. After earning my undergrad degree, I went to work for Deloitte & Touche in their NYC office, and I spent a little over five years at Deloitte working as a management consultant. I advised over a dozen large corporations and government organizations that were implementing learning technology projects and helped many other clients to roll out global training programs. Along the way, I also managed to complete my master’s degree in educational technology and leadership at George Washington University. Last year, I left Deloitte to join one of my clients in a position leading a global training program for their sales organization.
I’m currently working and living in Chicago with my wife, Precious, who was also a Writing Center tutor. We have a two year old son, Zach, and a dog, Scooby.
It was great to hear about the alumni site and to be able to see what other people are doing in their post-Writing Center careers. It’s also great to see that the Writing Center is alive and going strong. Working in the Writing Center was one of my most productive college experiences. The skills learned helping my peers at Dutchess to improve their writing ability, as well as the opportunity to improve my own communication skills, prepared me well for my professional career. Reading some of the alumni bios and learning some of the things that everyone else has accomplished make it clear that we’ve all put those skills to work to do some pretty impressive things!
Paulette Bellow ('95) graduated from DCC with an AA in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in 1995. While at Dutchess she worked briefly in the Writing Center, and it sparked an interest in her for the teaching profession. Currently, she is the head of the science department at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC and teaches AP and IB Biology.
Jeanne Cotroneo Darrow ('91) writes: I graduated from Dutchess in 1991 and have fond memories of my tutoring experience. I went on to Binghamton, studied English and Rhetoric then got a job on Wall Street, editing copy written by financial analysts. I went on to get my MBA in Finance and Communications from Fordham. I did this part time while working at S&P, where I worked my way up from assistant editor to managing editor in five years. Then I left and went to the New York Stock Exchange, where I edited a newsletter and got involved in many of their corporate communications initiatives, such as annual report writing, letter writing, speechwriting, ad copywriting and more. I launched a magazine for them too. I was director of editorial services when I got married and quit (in 2000) to start my own consulting business and move back up to this area. I have kept the Exchange as my major client, and continue to write for, edit and manage nyse magazine and write speeches for their president. I am expecting twin boys in a few weeks, so my career will be slowing down very soon!
Mary Damm ('90) writes: After finishing my core studies at Dutchess, I went on to Empire State College at New Paltz, and in 1991 I got a B.A. in history with a minor in English. I did this primarily because my husband retired from IBM in 1991, and we were involved with competitive swimming, and because of the travel involved Empire gave me more flexibility. In fact, we did go to Massachusetts to work with a team, and I studied and stayed in touch with my mentor by long distance, making periodic trips back to the Hudson Valley. After four years, we came back. We've been the varsity swim coaches at Mount Saint Mary College, beginning our 12th season there. It is a hobby that turned into a second career. We have been involved in the sport for 40 years now.
My husband and I co-authored a book, Guide for Competitive Swimmers, published by Swimming World. Our second book, Mind over Water, deals with the mental aspects of the sport; it should be ready early next year. Both are very basic books meant to be understood by inexperienced swimmers. There are lots of highly technical books out, but not many for the beginner. The illustrations in the book were done by our oldest grandson, Christopher, with his sister and cousins posing for the pictures. So this is what one of your "older" tutors has been up to.
In the off season we travel, but Gene, my husband, also is in charge of managing and setting up lifeguards at Mount Saint Mary. We run two 7-week stroke schools and do a swim camp for swimmers 8-17, so we keep busy.
I never forget my two years at Dutchess. I had some wonderful teachers. So many thanks.
John Fox ('90) writes:
To be honest, it has been quite a while since I have thought about that first year of Advanced Composition/Peer Tutoring. I believe I may have even been one of the first "old-timers" back in the fall of 1989! Reading your letter brought back a lot of memories for me; I recalled the recommendation to take part in this "trial course" by Mrs. Roper, championed by a one Mr. Tom Denton, the subsequent invitation to seize the opportunity, the shock and dismay of how critical I needed to become of my own writing, the challenges of tutoring effectively and learning to read, reread and read again my own work with an objective eye.
You were the first, and maybe the only, professor to sit down with me and ask, "So what grade do you think you earned in this class..?" Now, after many years of annual performance reviews I would answer "an A of course!" but the most unique aspect of your class was the emphasis to look at ourselves honestly and truthfully. I think this extended not only to our writing, but for me, this emphasis has travelled with me through the years. Besides, the "B" did not hurt me too much throughout the rest of my education and career!
Graduate of Mercy College's Edge program in Organizational Management - this program was also in its infancy when I signed up. Do you see a pattern?
I currently work for UBS Investment Bank as a Business Process Analyst for the Global IT Sourcing and Procurement organization. Before taking this role, I led UBS's Americas Region IT Procurement team for four years. After DCC, and the downsizing of IBM in 1992, I found success in the Production Planning and Procurement fields where I have spent the majority of my career with different companies.
I have been happily married for the past eight years, have two wonderful boys - Austin (5) and Dylan (2) - with a third on the way come June. I left Dutchess County for many years before returning in 1999 when we purchased a home in Beekman.
Hobbies and activities have been slightly limited with two small children who I enjoy spending time with, but I am hoping to become more available as they get older.
John Queenan ('90) writes: I graduated summa from SUNY Albany in 1992 and then magna (top 10 percent) from Albany Law School in 1996. I took a job in NYC with the NYC Law Department, (sort of the General Counsel's office for NYC and then the mayor (if you climbed the ladder high enough)). I prosecuted juvenile delinquents in the Bronx and Queens and in the prosecution branch of the Law Department and was ultimately promoted to the Deputy Borough Chief in Queens County (2d in command) before I left to the private world of law in Albany, NY. During my stay ion NYC I also was with the Special Federal Litigation Unit of the Law Dept. in which I defended NYPD and DOC in civil rights lawsuits commenced in federal court from 1998 to about the year 2000.
In November 2002 I got married and we had a son on October 2003. While my wife was pregnant we thought it best to leave NYC (a one BR apartment on the Upper East Side) and pursue other areas for change and to raise our son. I left the Law Dept. and we moved to Albany, NY in March 2004 and recently had a baby girl. My wife and I met in NYC and she agreed (she is a Jersey girl) to move to Albany. I now work at a private law firm doing litigation in the health care, personal injury and commercial law areas. I also do some criminal work. We do have a Poughkeepsie office.