Recent Student and Alumni Achievements, and Announcement of the Newest Smith Fellows

Rebecca Echevarria (Social Justice / Environmental Sustainability) has been selected to participate in the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College for this summer. This is an interdisciplinary academic program focusing on food production and sustainable agriculture, centered at the Hampshire College Farm Center (

Ingrid Nelson-Garnett, B.S. 1996 (Accounting and Finance) has just received a teaching position at Strayer University, where she will teach Finance and International Business.

Khalimah Priforce (Global Executive Leadership / Youth Studies) recently co-founded the Pitch Mixer Entrepreneur Forum, a platform for under-represented innovators to pitch their startups to an open forum of peers and experts, based in the San Francisco East Bay Area.  

Joshua Trinidad (Translation and Interpretation / World Languages and Literatures) has been selected for the Japanese Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. CLS provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences in 13 critical need languages for U.S. students in higher education, and is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. It is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Councils for International Education.  Trinidad will travel to Japan and start this program upon his June 2012 graduation. (For the CLS program and other overseas exchange opportunities:

Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, B.A. January 2012 (Language, Culture, and Society) has been accepted, with significant funding, to both the MA/Ph.D. program in Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh and the joint Ph.D. program in Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Arizona.

Benjamin Wasserman, B.A. January 2012 (Philosophy / Dynamics of Informal Education) is now Project Director of PEACE (Philosophy, Ethics, and Community Education) at Brooklyn College, a philosophy and education training program for undergraduates who then teach high school students.  PEACE was Wasserman’s brainchild, and it has recently received funding from Squire Family Foundation.

Nicole Yarde, B.A. 2008 (Journalism) is now Director of Programs and Partnerships for the Office of the Deputy Chancellor for Equity and Access, NYC Department of Education.

This week, 21 students were named as Fall 2012 Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellows.  Congratulations to:

Nicole Alexander, Social Problems
Steve Bollers, Human Services Administration / Counseling Psychology
Eric Carlsen, Studies in Sustainability Modeling – Food Systems / Studies in Sustainability Modeling – Business Organization
Barney Chen, Quantitative Modeling / Sustainability and Business
Jessica Frith, Health Studies
Alfio Gangemi, Art History and Administration
Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Theatrical Authorship Studies
Chloe Goldschmidt, Multimedia Design
Sarah Guillet, International Human Rights / Cultural Anthropology
Rabiah Gul, Muslim Women’s Studies / Political Science
Arielle John, Social Change / Theater
Iryna Kachanouskaya, International Business / International Art Management
Raju Maharjan, Dynamic Web Design
Butovens Mede, Film / Sound Design
Cameron Moore, Emergency Preparedness and Medicine
Farnia Naeem, Computational Neuroscience
Peter Panousopoulos, Cognitive Neuroscience
Arielle Rothenberg, Fine Arts Education / Art Therapy
Casey Soules, International and Community Development / The Culture of Health
Kimberly White, Environmental Justice and Pedagogy
Olaf Woldan, Media Marketing / The Sciences