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RESPONSES - 2008
Update from Ariel Loftus
I am back after the stroke and teaching full time at Wichita State University in the History Department. I can now walk with a small cane. My husband Gregg of 10 years (15 if you count our stay in canada ), has updated the Professor Loftus blog.
Ariel Loftus, PhD
Associate Professor, Ancient History
Department of History
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67208-0045
RESPONSES - 2007
Jim O'Hara -
Ph.D. 1988, Classical Studies
I have a new book: Inconsistency in Roman Epic: Studies in Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid and Lucan.
Caroline Gabe - B.A. 2003, Classical Archaeology Minor
I am currently attending graduate school at the University of New Mexico.
Victoria (Hammer) Brouillette - B.A. 1966, Classical Studies
I am currently tutoring Latin to six students in suburban Minneapolis: bringing Latin back to Minnesota one student at a time. I have several students who are not taking Latin in school, but who still want to learn it.
James LaForest - B.A. 1991, Latin Language and Literature
After working in academic publishing for several years, I undertook a program in library and information science, receiving my MLIS from Dominican University in 2005. Currently, I am working on a second masters in Jewish Studies from the Spertus Institute in Chicago. My professional interests include Jewish Studies, Classics, and preservation/conservation. I currently review new titles for the Association of Jewish Libraries newsletter and for Choice. I am working for Cornell Libraries as a temporary professsional developing an NEH proposal for a digization initiative as my partner finishes law school.
RESPONSES - 2006
Margaret Thompson - ABD 1970, Classical Studies
I am at present in South Carolina making waves (wine-dark waves), in the Foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, on an Army Corps of Engineers lake and on a miniature scale, with my little renaissance in the teaching of Latin at Clemson University. Clemson is a land grant institution, with strength in agriculture and engineering and almost no history of a Classics curriculum. My personal Odyssey led me from The University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1984, to a rewarding adventure in Environmental Law. A staff attorney with U.S. EPA, Region II in the New York City office from 1984-1988, I found an affinity with the interface of law with science and technology, and developed an expertise in federal and state pollution control law and policy. I cleaned up New Jersey Superfund sites! After further adventures in the world of big-business, big-firm practice in Manhattan, I fled to South Carolina and family, where I found a rewarding niche teaching at Clemson University. Here I am a Lecturer in Environmental Science, Law & Policy, with field trip opportunities in the Natural Resources side of environmental policy that balance the discouraging truths in the Pollution side. I thrive among engineers and I thoroughly enjoy my work with very bright students in a multidisciplinary program. I was introduced to two others at Clemson who, like me, found something else to do in the late 1970s, with the changing job market for Classicists at that time and have enjoyed -- immensely -- reading Herodotus with them in the Fall and Livy in the Spring semesters. Then I was asked to resuscitate Latin at Clemson in the summer of 2005; the Languages Department has a Chair who loves Latin, but not a budget, and so the Latin curriculum is summer school only. Now I also teach Latin to the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students at the Clemson Montessori School, and I am amazed and very happy about this turn of events. I look forward to continued contact with Michigan Classics and I thank the memory of Roger Pack, an unforgettable teacher of Latin Prose Composition, and the Pack Lectures in Ann Arbor for the resumption of contact in recent years. I am proud to know of recent developments at Michigan in the Department and look forward to the future. It is a good time for a renais! sance in interest in the Greek and Roman Classics and I am thrilled to have found a way to join in the trend.
- B.A. 2004, Classical Civilization
Currently attaining graduate certification in Secondary Social Studies at Indiana University's School of Education. Married August 13, 2005 to Corinne Terese Welch (UofM Class of 2004, BA Political Science) who is now a second year law student at IU. Bloomington is a nice city, kind of like Ann Arbor's little sister but without the traffic problems.
Steven Roach - B.A. 1983, Classical Languages and Literatures
After graduation, I attended Michigan Law School, receiving a J.D. in 1986. Deb and I have been married for 20 years, and have three children. I have high hopes that at least one will decide that studying a dead language can provide as much enjoyment as studying foreign languages. I am a senior partner with Miller Canfield, and serve as the group leader for the Financial Institutions Group.
Joshua Ahsoak - B.A. 2002, Classical Civilization
Graduated from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY 1/1/06. Currently employed at DeLisio, Moran, Geraghty & Zobel P.C. in Anchorage, AK.
Mark Petrini - Ph.D. 1987, Classical Languages and Literatures
I taught classics at Wellesley College and Columbia University until 1996. I graduated from Columbia medical school in 2000, and I will complete a dual residency in medicine/psychiatry in June, 2006, then begin working at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Rebecca Bell - B.A. 2004, CLassical Archaeology
I am currently in my first year of law school at the University of Chicago. My decision to pursue a career in law is a direct result of the exposure my undergraduate studies gave me into the world of ethics, museum and art law. My ultimate goal is to work as general counsel for a museum or in some other aspect of antiquities law.
Leonard Weinstein - M.A. 1970, Latin
Latin teacher Edgemont Jr-Sr High School, Scarsdale NY (retired)
Weintritt - B.A. 2004, Classical Languages and Literatures
Attending University of Houston Law Center, Fall 2005
Hammond - B.A. 1999, Classical Languages and Literatures
After graduation I went to flight school, and from there flew
the F-14 for 2 years and currently fly the F-18 as a flight instructor.
Still keeping up with both Latin and Greek on my own and am very
slowly trying to learn Koine. In case you were wondering, this
is a real biography.
Cornish - B.A. 2003, Latin and Classical Archaeology
I am married and live in a house in Milan, MI. I have
worked for Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor for one year now
and my wife attends Uof M dental school. I loved my years in the "classics hallway" I have very
fond memories of many professors and other faculty. It was probably
some of the best years of my whole life.
Loney - B.A. 2004, Classical Languages and Literatures
at Duke Univeristy in a Ph.D. program in Classics.
Hobbs - B.A. 1984, Classical Languages and Literatures
I received an MA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley, then decided
I needed to learn a trade, so I took up computer programming.
I am now a programmer in the Communications and Network Services
department at UC Berkeley, writing software that helps to manage
the campus network (certainly something I never imagined I would
O'Neill - B.A. 1977, Latin
Practicing civil rights law in New York City. Semper ubi, Sub
(Lutes) - B.A. 2003, Classical Archaeology
I'm currently working on my M.A. in Near Eastern and Islamic studies
at the University of Arizona. I hope to either work for the U.S.
government or in perhaps in Museum Studies. I haven't quite narrowed
down what I want to do yet! I'll be teaching Ancient Civilizations
of the Near East and Middle Eastern Humanities for my department
over summer 2005.
D. Wilson - B.A. 1973, Greek and M.A.T. 1976, Latin Teaching
Into 3rd 2nd year term as secretary to Resident Council - also
living leader had 5th annual St. Patrick's Day poem in newsletter
"To St. Patrick" - I am the editor. I joined Confraternity
of St. Gregory's Abby 2005, Three Rivers, MI.
Campbell - M.A. 1979
Been working for Siemens medical as field service engineer for
the last 20+ years.
Lapins (Kohler) - B.A. 1971
Our son - Alexander - received a Masters degree from the University
of Michigan School of Music in April 2002.
Crain - B.A. 2000, Latin Teaching Certificate
Wake County in North Carolina is a great place to be teaching
and will be looking for more Latin teachers very soon. I'm having
a great (and tiring) time here building my own Latin course. If
you might be interested in information, please feel free to contact
Gallizzi - 2003, Minor in Classical Archaeology
I have entered the M.S./MD program in Chicago
Schapira - B.A. 1990, Latin Literature
an MBA, Carnegie Mellon University, 1992
I am Vice President at AlixPartners, LLC, reporting directly to
the firm's Chairman, Jay Alix; AlixPartners, LLC is the industry
standard in providing financial and operational advisory services
to underperforming, troubled, and distressed companies. Personal:
Married nearly eight years with two children (5 and 2 1/2) and
third child due in late February 2005
Louis Galant - B.A. 1967 in Latin
Received an A.M. University of Michigan from the School of Education
(Guidance & Counseling) & Ph.D. University of Michigan
from the School of Education (Student Personnel Services in Higher
Frances Williams - M.A. 1984
I recently revisited Ann Arbor in May 2004 to present a paper
at the Association of Ancient Historians annual meeting. My 25th
publication was just accepted (on Posidippus), and I'll be giving
a paper at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in March
Horky - B.A. 2000, Minor in Latin
Received an AM Latin, University of Chicago, 2002
I have recently completed qualifying examinations for my PhD in
Classical Philology at the University of Southern California.
In January 2005, I plan to begin working on my doctoral dissertation,
which will examine the relationship between semiotics and the
female with particular attention to Helen of Troy. Currently I
am also researching affect and psychosomatics in Classical Greek
rhetoric, drama, and philosophy.
Bruce Hitchner - Ph.D. 1982
was appointed Professor and Chair of the Classics Department at
Tufts University in September 2003.
Flentye - B.A. 1982 in Classical Archaeology
a second B.A. in Classical Archaeology, 1984 from Universtiy of
Cambridge; an M.A. from Cambridge in 1989; am presently a doctoral
candidate in Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Institute of Fine Arts,
New York University.
I recently participated in the Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology
Conference in Prague in June of 2004. During the conference, I
presented a paper on my research at Giza. Also, I recently attended
the ninth International Congress of Egyptologists in Grenoble,
France where I also presented a paper on my research at Giza.
Whitters - M.A. 1990 in Greek
Received an MA, U of Mn, 1994 (Classics and Near Eastern
Studies) PhD, The Catholic University of America, 1999 (Biblical
Studies). I was selected as "Regional Scholar of the Year"
for this year by the Society of Biblical Literature. The award
is based on previous publishing and on a submission of a scholarly
paper. I can send you the blurb from the program of the upcoming
(November) convention if you are interested. It gives the areas
of my research and my venue of teaching (History and Philosophy,
Louis Galant - B.A. 1967 in Latin
Recieved A.M. University of Michigan from the School of Education
(Guidance & Counseling) & Ph.D. University of Michigan
from the School of Education (Student Personnel Services in Higher
Nemoianu - B.A. 1999 in Classical Languages
Received an MD from UM in 2003. I am in a psychiatry
residency in Pittsburgh.
Nader (Malspeis) - B.A. Classical Studies
Received an M.A. Classics, '93, University of Southern California
I am currently beginning my 12th year teaching Latin at Westridge
School, a 4-12 all-girls private preparatory school in Pasadena,
Ca. After I left grad school at USC, all I really wanted to do
was teach in the secondary school realm...from where do you think
colleges get their potential Classics majors? We have a strong
Latin program that's usually referred to as 'the weird cult' by
the other language students as school. We attend state conferences
regularly. It's overwhelming to see over 1,000 screaming Latin
students from california packed into a gymnasium. I teach 8th
elementary Latin, Intermediate (Caesar, Cicero, Ovid), Advanced
Placement Virgil, and Advanced Placement Catullus/Horace. It's
terrific! I can't believe they pay me to do this! Here's my website:
I would like to thank the UM Classics Department for such great
inspiration while I was there as an undergrad, especially Prof.
Witke, Prof. Knudsvig (fondly remembered), and Ellen Bauerle,
who was my Latin T.A. when I first got to UM. Thank you all so
much for such a great solid foundation. One of my former students
at Westridge is now starting her sophomore year at UM, and she
loves it! (Emily Green) Also, I have put all over my Latin classroom
and bulletin boards the fantastic posters you created a couple
of years ago (Some day you'll be ancient, too, etc.). When are
you making more?
Horowitz Jaffe - B.A. 1998 in Classical Archaeology
After UM, I received my Master's in Museum and Art Education from
the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Following Harvard, I
lived in Thailand for a year teaching English to Buddhist Monks.
I then moved to New York and began working at the New York State
Council on the Arts, a state granting agency which funds non-profit
art organizations. However, last week I began working at the Museum
of Modern Art as a Grants Officer in the Development Department.
My professional goal was to always work in a museum, and I am
thrilled to finally be in the field. I hope everyone I graduated
with is doing well and fulfilling their dreams, too!
S. Becker - B.A. 1982 in Classical Languages and Literatures
Pogue Fellowship, Ph.D. in Classical Studies, University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Now the Chair of the Department
of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Virginia Tech. Won the
William Wine Award for Innovation in Teaching (2003), and three
certificates of Teaching Excellence. Author of a book on Homer's
Illiad, articles on Greek and Latin verse. Married to
a Classicist, Trudy Harrington; 3 children (twin boys born 1989,
daughter born 1994). Directors (wife and self) of study abroad
programs at Virginia Tech's Center for European Studies and Architecture
in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland (6 miles north of Como, Italy).
Ward - M.A. 1999
Living in Brooklyn, working in documentary film and public radio.
Johnston - B.A. 1998 in Classical Archaeology
Received a Master of Arts in Arts Adminstration, The
School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Worked as an exhibition
developer at the Museum of Science and Industry and The Field
Museum, both in Chicago. Currently, I am president of MetaArts, a for-profit company that
specializes in museum consulting, exhibition design and development,
educational publishing, and creative consultancy. I live in Chicago
and have a daughter who is eight.
Greenland - B.A. 1998
Since graduating from Michigan in 1998, I have enjoyed
living, studying and working in Oxford, England. After completing
my doctoral degree in Classical Archaeology at Oxford University,
I was hired as Assistant Curator at the Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean
Museum (the main museum of Oxford University and the oldest public
museum in England). I enjoy very much my curatorial and research
duties and also keep up a full roster of undergraduate teaching.
This is a wonderful community in which to work and live, particularly
with a lovely husband (Will) and our baby boy, Alasdair, who was
born on Dec. 24, 2003.
Heskett - B.A. 2000
University of Michigan's Information Techology Division hired
me in 2000 as Manager of the Campus Computing Sites Rovers (mobile
computer technicians). I have taken college classes at WCC and
HFCC to shore up my mathematics in preparation for pursuing a
Masters Degree. I am married to Jennifer Heskett a high school
science teacher and we have a son named Miles who was born in
2003. We are expecting another child in early 2005.
Pollack (Fruechtenicht) - B.A. 1997
a Post-Bac (Classics) University of Pennsylvania MA (Classics)
University of California, Santa Barbara - I teach Latin (including
AP) at Stuart Hall High School in San Francisco. I am looking
forward to taking a student group to Rome next summer.
Judson Herrman – B.A. 1992
I’m currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
at Bowdoin College.
McGinn – B.A. 1991 in Latin and Classical Archaeology
After graduating from New York Law School in 1995, I served as
an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County (Brooklyn) New
York and thereafter became an associate with Gordon & Forsyth,
LLP, a law firm that specializes in international aviation and
products liability law. In October 2002, I began a sabbatical
from the practice of law when I gave birth to our twins, Megan
and Brian. We happily reside in our hometown, New York City.
S. Schibli – Ph.D. 1984
Visiting Professor of Classics, Unviersität Pussau, Germany
Hierocles of Alexandria (Oxford 2002)
J. Smethurst – Ph.D. 1968
Teaching Classics at the University of Pittsburgh. Last year,
2002: I took part in and gave a lecture at the Getty Museum Symposium
on the Performance of Greek and Roman Drama. My article on Ninagawa’s
Medea appeared in AJP. I was awarded the United States –
Japan Friendship Commission for translation of medieval Japanese
literature. The book, Dramatic Representations of Filial Piety
Stocky O’Connor – B.A. 1976 in Classical Archaeology,
Presently, a Vice President of Campbell – Ewald Advertising
and a corporate librarian.
Daniel Berman - B.A. 1994
I'm currently Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean
Studies at Penn State. In 2001-2002, I taught at the Intercollegiate
Center for Classical Studies as an Assistant Professor.
Brown - Ph.D. 1972, Classical Studies
I am now a professor of human rights law at a Japanese university
(Ryukoku University). After teaching at Wellesley College and
the University of Pennsylvania, I went to law school at Penn,
practiced litigation in Philadelphia, married a Japanese philosopher
and moved with our daughter Aya to Japan. I have worked as an
expert witness on international law on a number of human rights
cases here. A far cry from Classics, I suppose, but I have never
regretted my training in Classical Studies. (I even tutored an
eccentric Japanese lawyer in Latin for three years.)
Hello to all - and my best wishes.
Carr - Ph.D. 1992, Classical Studies
I'm an Associate Professor at Portland State University, Oregon,
in the History Department. My book, Vandals to Visigoths: Rural
Settlement patterns in Roman Spain is coming out with the University
of Michigan press. I have two children, Ansel is eight and Ruth
C. Dickerman - M.A. 1960, Latin
Thank you for the copy of Convivium bearing the sad news of Gerda
Seligson's death. I last saw her when I managed to attend the
colloquium in honor of her eightieth birthday. Gerda was my graduate
mentrix and office mate where I was privileged to precede Glenn
Knudsvig in the late fifties to teach and to assist her and Waldo
Sweet. I imported their structural approach in my teaching at
the University of Houston where I retired after twenty years.
I emerged from retirement to transcribe state-adopted high school
Latin textbooks into Braille.
Flentye - B.A. 1982, Classical Archaeology
I am a doctoral candidate in Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. The title of my dissertation
is The Decorated Elite Mustaba and Rock-cut Tomb in the Eastern
and GIS Cemeteries at Giza and their Relationship to the Development
of Art during the Fourth Dynasty.
I have just completed my second field season at Giza during which
I studied mastabas and rock-cut tombs located in cemeteries throughout
the Giza Necropolis. These tombs are supplemental to those I studied
during my initial field season in 1999-2000 in the Eastern and
GIS cemeteries. This first field season was funded by a Kress
Fellowship awarded by the American Research Center in Egypt.
Goeppele - M.A. 1988, Classical Studies
Great to see the newsletter - thank you! I live in the Seattle
area now with my wife, Linda, and our two sons, Stephen (7) and
Matthew (6). I graduated from law school in 1991 and practiced
law in Seattle and Tokyo, Japan (2 years) with Graham & James.
For the past two years, I've been director, corporate counsel
at Starbucks Corporation, supporting its international business
development and expansion and drinking too much coffee. I met
Professor Stephen Hinds (formerly of U of M) on a boat going up
to Canada not too long ago and had a very nice chat!
C. Gottry - B.A. 1995, Classical Archaeology
I recently joined the Office of General Counsel at the National
Endowment for the Humanities - where my degree in Classical Archaeology
is greatly appreciated. The NEH likes its lawyers to have at least
some interest in the humanities. Frankly, my Classics degree means
more to some of the staff than my law degree from Georgetown.
Horowitz - B.A. 1998, Classical Archaeology
Following my undergraduate education, I went on for a Master's
of Art and Museum Education at Harvard University. Afterwards,
I volunteered in Thailand teaching English to Buddhist monks for
six months. Presently, I am an Arts Associate at the New York
State Council on the Arts, and hope to one day soon find a position
in the education department of a major metropolitan museum.
(Betsy) Irizarry (Wilson) - B.A. 2000, Classical Archaeology and
I just celebrated my one-year wedding anniversary and am enjoying
a great life in St. Louis! I work in undergrad admissions at Washington
University in St. Louis and my husband Vince (2000 grad in Aerospace
Engineering) is working as a software engineer at Boeing.
Jho - B.A. 1995, Classical Language and Literature & Classical
Since graduation, I attended Yale Law School (J.D. 1999) and then
began work at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a law firm in New York
city. I have been at Davis Polk for over 3 years and have begun
to develop a specialty in derivative products as they relate to
the regulation of investment banks. Although this has nothing
to do with either Classics or Archaeology, hardly a day goes by
without my thinking of something related to antiquity. I remember
my time at Michigan fondly and am happy to hear that the Classics
department is doing well.
D. Miller - M.A. 1943, Latin (deceased)
Frances D. Miller, 91, died on 8/16/02. She graduated from Alliance
High School (Ohio) 1929. Post-graduate studies at Kent State University,
M.A. degree at the University of Michigan. She taught Latin and
English at Rocky River High School and Alliance High School in
Ohio. She was a visual training and speech reading technician
for 20 years. She had several papers published on the subjects.
She helped organize the middle Atlantic Optometries Assistants
Group with members from eight states. She went back to teaching
Latin at Jr. High School in N. Canton before her retirement in
1974. She moved to Anna Marer Florida in 1978 where she became
a well known artist for her Sumi E Oriental paintings. She loved
to travel, visiting Japan, England and Greece.
Nicholson - B.A. 2000, Classical Archaeology
This fall I will begin an M.A. program in Roman Archaeology at
the University of Nottingham in the U.K. I am also engaged to
Christopher Parrott (B.A. 2001 Classical Languages and Literatures).
We will be married in October 2003.
G. Parca - Ph.D. 1984, Classical Studies
Currently vice-chair of the Department of the Classics at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Co-organizer of the
conference "Women's Rituals in Context" (4-5 October
2002, UIUC). Will succeed R. Blondell as Secretary-Treasurer of
Women Classical Caucus in January 2003. One of our Directors-at-large
of American Society of Papyrologists.
Phillips - M.A. 1955, Latin
I am retired after teaching Latin (4 year levels) for 30 years
at Falmouth High School, Falmouth, Massachusetts. For several
years I took Latin students to Rome for spring vacations. My wife
and I have traveled extensively concentrating on Italy, then Greece
and Egypt with a voyage around the world on the QE 2 as a highlight.
I had the pleasure of teaching my 4 children Latin, 4 years each,
D. Wilson - B.A. 1973, M.A. 1976, Classical Studies
No brag, just fact: with a Federal Disability which was first
diagnosed when I was teaching Latin, Greek, Classical Studies
in Scottland. At 51, I am now the Secretary to the Resident Council
Meeting here at Bayside. Secretary to Consumers' Advisory Board
at Lakeside Center where I work plus am a secretarial trainee,
I tutor, have my own routine of work, study and prayer. Comments
- I like the newsletter, sorry about the passings (of Gerda Seligson
and John D'Arms). Regards to all.