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Oh, the Places You’ll Go – Alum Profiles

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Business Profiles

Austin Barkley

Austin Barkley

Major: Hispanic Studies
Year of Graduation: 2015
I currently work for Tesla in Minneapolis as a Product Specialist. I educate customers and work on marketing our vehicles and energy products in the Midwest region. One of my favorite and most challenging ongoing experiences as a Fulbright in Mexico, was navigating the much different work culture that Mexico has. Mexicans place high importance on getting to know each other personally, and I found this was often a prerequisite to getting along professionally.

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Communication & Arts Profiles

Nritya Ramani

Nritya Ramani

Major: Biology
Year of Graduation: 2008
I recently transitioned from being a columnist at On Trend Magazine to joining BlogMutt as a content writer. With more than 10,000 writers across the United States, BlogMutt is one of the largest digital publishing platforms for content marketing. I am now promoted to Level 4, as well as designated as a 'Preferred Writer' for multiple clients. A Level 4 writer has access to more companies and bigger writing assignments, as well as qualifies for a higher-grade pay scale.

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Education Profiles

 Nick Blanco

Nick Blanco

Major: Economics
Year of Graduation: 2010
I am an elementary teacher at Kodiak Island Borough School District. My work as a teacher entails preparing lessons for students in all the disciplines. Currently I teach 1st through 6th grade, and there is quite a range of topics to be covered in the classroom. Part of my job is getting to know the kids and the way they learn, then trying to give them the best instruction I can based on how they learn. Sometimes, after all the reading, writing, math, and science books have been shut, I also find the time to teach them to dream. In addition, I also coach the village basketball and volleyball teams.

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Environmental & Science Profiles

John Kamman

John Kamman

Major: Biology
Year of Graduation: 2005
I work as Director of Admissions & Systems at Ecology Project International (EPI), which is a nonprofit that get students involved in science and conservation ecology courses internationally.  We currently have field sites and offices in Belize, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Mexico, Ecuador, Yellowstone and Hawaii. The real mission of the organization is on building the next generation of conservation leaders in our local communities, so the majority of our work is with the local communities and students surrounding our field research sites. My role with EPI is to supervise the team that works with those visiting students, teachers, and families to get them engaged, prepared and excited about joining our work.

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Global Profiles

Kia Lor

Kia Lor

Major: Commmunication
Year of Graduation: 2013
I provide leadership to Wesleyan University's language program, within the framework of global studies, through assessment and programming efforts.  In developing the tools to identify what growth our students make, in both second language acquisition and intercultural competency, I play a crucial role for Wesleyan's campaign to mainstream language learning within the liberal arts. This is a brand new position at Wesleyan University, if not unique, highly unusual.  It represents a golden opportunity for someone like me to help define the Center for Global Studies and thereby make my mark in the field of global education.

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Government Profiles

Erik Nagaoka

Erik Nagaoka

Major: History
Year of Graduation: 2013
As an investigator with FDA, I work to ensure the public health by conducting inspections of our domestic facilities and also protecting the port through import operations. Typical domestic assignments include inspections of food, medical device and drug companies and making sure they adhere to good manufacturing processes. Imports involves screening what comes into the country and conducting thorough examinations of containers at the port with other law enforcement agencies.

 

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Health & Medical Profiles

Adam Leonard

Adam Leonard

Majors: Peace Studies and Political Science
Year of Graduation: 2005
I serve as the nurse at a program for homeless youth ages 18-24 who are living with HIV.  I work with the young people to establish and maintain primary medical care, increase adherence with antiretroviral medication regimens, build skills to transition into the adult health care system as well as provide urgent care triage services to the clients.  I also help support the primary health care needs of the youth by drawing routine labs, administering immunizations, and providing intensive health education, along with other services.  A large part of my job includes public and community health responsibilities.  I collaborate with public health department staff to report communicable diseases and assist with patient notification and treatment.   

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Law Profiles

Kim Becker

Kim Becker

Major: Psychology
Year of Graduation: 1990
As a Senior Fiduciary Advisory Specialist at Wells Fargo bank, I'm responsible for wealth management for individuals and families over $3 million in investment assets. I worked after college in a variety of small businesses and decided to go into law.  I went to paralegal school and then decided to go to law school, after having worked in a law firm.  I practiced law in MN, specializing in estate planning.  I then decided to join Wells Fargo as a Senior Trust Officer, and was promoted to Senior Fiduciary Advisory Specialist.  I have been at Wells Fargo since 2001. I enjoy not knowing what my day will consist of when I come to work.  In many ways the position is very entrepreneurial, and that is very satisfying to me.  The most challenging part is keeping clients motivated to continue progressing on their financial and estate planning goals.

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Non-Profit & Human Services Profiles

Mary Twete

Marcy Twete

Major: Political Science
Year of Graduation: 2005
I was the Founder and CEO of a tech startup located in Chicago called Career Girl Network. This is an online media website for women who are interested in gaining resources, information, and building a network to help them empower themselves in their careers. The most satisfying part of my job is seeing the impact Career Girl Network is making on the women who interact with us and are members of our network. When I meet someone who is a reader and she tells me Career Girl Network taught her the interviewing skills she used to get her dream job or when a mother tells me she's reconnecting with her daughter over Career Girl Network articles. I see every day the need that Career Girl Network is filling and the ways we're making big changes for individual women. That's what makes me feel confident and strong and keeps me forward-thinking, knowing that we'll affect the whole of women and girls over time.

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Recreation & Sports Profiles

Amme Doepner

Anne Doepner

Major: French
Year of Graduation: 2001
I am the Director of Football Administration for the Minnesota Vikings. When you put a player’s contract together, you have to have it right. So, that really was a big, big part of my growth, and not necessarily an experience you could easily get at a large university. What really helped me was the small school environment. I think it helps you grow your confidence a lot easier at a young age, because you have more opportunities available to you to be involved in things. I learned about confidence, meeting deadlines, accuracy, and hard work.

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