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Albright at a Glance
General information about academic information, programs of study, student services, and admission to Albright.

Graduates at a Glance

What do Albright graduates become? In a word, successful. They are entrepreneurs, research scientists, physicians, diplomats, actors, legislators, fashion designers, lawyers, publishers and CEOs. In fact, there may be no better preparation for today's complex, rapidly changing world than the kind of interdisciplinary education that Albright specializes in. Albright turns out graduates with alert, intellectually flexible minds who see the world as a web of interconnected people, ideas and events. They are articulate, adaptable, open to change and able to work in teams. They communicate effectively and synthesize varied information. Join them and you'll be ready to pursue any number of professional directions and to cross boundaries for the rest of your life. You'll see unlimited possibilities where others see limitations, unique solutions where others see problems. You'll create your own definition of success.


Measures of Success

  • Each year, more 20 percent of our graduates apply to professional schools. Albright's acceptance rate is impressive: 95 percent to veterinary school, 87 percent to medical school, and 83 percent to other professional programs.

  • Ninety-two percent of graduates of Albright's teaching certification program pass state qualifying exams on their first attempt.

Notable Albright Alumni

Instead of highlighting older graduates at the peak of their careers, we want to give you an interesting cross-section of graduates from the 1980s and '90s.

  • Dr. Jacquelyn S. Fetrow '82, professor of computational physics, Wake Forest University, recipient of research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society
  • Anil D. Aggarwal '90, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of TSYS PrePaid, Inc
  • Brent Hurley '01, director of finance and operations, YouTube
  • Jeff Lentz '85, actor and singer, Grammy Award nominee, major roles with the New York City Opera, Phantom of the Opera (Toronto) and PBS's Great Performances, and artist-in-residence, Albright College
  • Charles H. Dean III '85, vice president of technology, CVS Pharmacies
  • Monica DiNatale Eureyecko '89, senior graphic artist, CBS News
  • Lauren Ashburn '89, managing editor, USA Today
  • Stanislaw Chrapowicki '90, assistant sports editor, New York Daily News
  • Laura Torrado, Esq. '90, managing director, Bear Stearns
  • Kimberly Hill Kidd '92, special agent, FBI
  • Daniel Frank '92, senior project manager, Arrow International Inc.'s Cardiac Assist Division
  • Scott Hunsicker '92, assistant general manager, Reading Phillies AA baseball team
  • Dr. David S. Lambert '92, physician, Cooper Hospital and University Medical Center, served as field doctor in Iraq and Kuwait
  • Jason Frame '98, network security-IT specialist, IBM Global Services Corps
  • Tina Franks '98, executive director, Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere (SAFE)

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Employers

Albright graduates work in corporations, nonprofit organizations and government, for example:

Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) Maryland General Assembly Legislative Services
Albright College Maryland Republican Party
AmeriCorps Merck
AXA Advisors, LLC Milestones Community Healthcare, Inc
Baker's Life & Casualty Nationwide Insurance
Bauman & Co. LLP North Norfolk District Council
Beard Miller Corp. (BMC) Northeast Family Dentistry
Boscov's Northwest Mutual Financial
Bristol Myers Squibb NY Life
Columbia Association Oakley, Inc.
Contemporary Image Pennsylvania Counseling Services
Department of Defense - Fort Monmouth Pfizer
ECRI Pier 1 Imports
Ernst & Young, LLP QVC, Inc.
First Energy Corp Reading Hospital
Formula Public Relations Redner's Warehouse Markets
George Washington University Reinstel Kuntz Lesher LLP
Glen Mills Schools Robert Half International (Temp agency)
Hamden Elementary School, Cumberland Valley SEI Investments
Hershey Medical Center SKIP of New York, Inc.
HHC Marketing Telerex
Highmark Blue Shield (Harrisburg) The American College
Hillcrest Racquet Club, Reading School District, Albright College The Children's Home of Reading
Home Depot United Health Group
IKON Office Solutions United Healthcare
Imperial War Museum (London, England) United Way of Southeastern PA
Journal Publications, Inc. Vanguard
Kids Peace Weik Investments
Lockheed Martin WTVE-51 Reading Broadcasting


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Continuing Education

Albright graduates have attended graduate schools across the country, including:

Albright College Rutgers University School of Business
Drexel University Sacramento State University
George Washington University Slippery Rock University
Hershey Medical Center Thomas Jefferson University
Hunter College University of Connecticut
Kutztown University University of Maryland
Loyola College University of Notre Dame
Millersville University University of Pennsylvania
Penn State University Vanderbilt University
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine  


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Profiles of Recent Graduates

Albright is proud of its graduates and their accomplishments. A student's four years at Albright are a search for knowledge not only about a subject area, but also of oneself. The breadth and depth of Albright's liberal arts curriculum, coupled with an emphasis on critical thinking, allows students the opportunity to explore several career options. From the sciences and business to education and law, Albright graduates are pursuing many different interests and fields. Here are a few profiles of recent graduates:


Sarah Skilllman photoSarah Skillman '06
Accounting & Economics & Finance

During her time at Albright, Sarah was busy as a member of the Campus Life Council, Options, the varsity field hockey team and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

She is now living in Reading, Pa., and working as a research assistant at Weik Investment Services, Inc. Her responsibilities include assisting the investment team with acquisition and distribution of research, in addition to assisting them with portfolio management.

"The small class sizes allowed me to develop close relationships with my professors. Dr. Martin played an integral role in helping me figure out what I wanted to do and in finding an internship. He encouraged me to apply for an internship at Weik, which led to my current position. Albright's small size also enables you to form close relationships with other staff members on campus. The Career Development Center takes the time to get to know each student and helps see you through the entire career search process. Albright's small size allows you to become involved in multiple campus organizations and activities. Not only did this enable me to gain leadership experience, it also allowed me to work closely with administrators. The opportunities I had at Albright helped me to become who I am today both personally and professionally. I don't believe I would have had the same opportunities if I had attended a larger university."

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Megan Flannery photoMegan Flannery '06
Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education & French

While a student at Albright, Megan participated in Lion Diplomats, the Resident Student Association, Cue (yearbook), women's lacrosse and the French honor society.

She is now living in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and working in the Cumberland Valley School District as a long-term substitute kindergarten teacher. She is responsible for developing lesson plans and managing her classroom of kindergartners.

"At Albright, I had the opportunity to be in the classroom from the very beginning of my studies. I was able to volunteer at the elementary schools in Reading and work at the Albright Learning Center, both of which helped me gain experience as a teacher. Also, my early field experience at Albright during my sophomore year enabled me to be in the classroom for the entire Interim semester and reinforced that teaching was really what I wanted to do."

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Jordan Mauger photoJordan M. Mauger '06
Communications & English

As an Albright student, Jordan was involved in the Student Government Association, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, The Albrightian (the school newspaper), Peer Orientation Persons (POPs), Concert and Chamber Choirs, the Day Students Association, the Honors Program, and the English honor society.

He currently resides in Philadelphia, Pa., and works as a copywriter in Promotional Content at QVC. He is responsible for composing promotional material for QVC.com. Jordan writes weekly updates for the different product categories on the site, such as Electronics, Cooking & Dining, Gourmet Food, Children's, and Home Improvement. After he creates the copy he is responsible for getting it approved by the legal department and making sure that it appears correctly on the layout before it goes up on the web site.

"Through both my communications and English coursework, I was able to develop my writing skills and become a more well-rounded writer. The different types of assignments I was given at Albright allowed me to learn a variety of writing styles, including the persuasive/promotional style I utilize daily in my position. Another valuable skill attained through both my courses and experience working on the student newspaper is an enhanced focus on detail. This attention to detail allows me to scrutinize my own writing to avoid any mistakes being placed on the web site."

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Stacey Krout photoStacey Krout '06
Biochemistry

While a student at Albright, Stacey stayed busy as a member of the women's volleyball team, the American Chemical Society, the Pan-Hellenic Council, and as a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Stacey is now living in Norristown, Pa., and working as a lab data processing specialist at Merck & Co. Her responsibilities include processing and validating lab results for clinical trials. She must ensure that all of the results are accounted for at each visit for each patient/subject of the clinical trials. Stacey must also verify that the results and information accurately match up with the samples that are drawn from each patient/subject.

"Albright provided me with a strong base of knowledge. It provided many opportunities that helped me decide what I was interested in based on my strengths and weaknesses. I learned how to set personal goals and how to achieve them step by step. The encouragement of the faculty and staff always pushed me to work hard and expect more from myself."

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Amy Lucas photoAmy Lucas '06
English & Communications

While studying at Albright, Amy spent her free time singing in the Chamber and Concert Choirs, working on The Albrightian (the school newspaper), tutoring other students in the Writing Center, working as a mentor in the Freshman Forum program, and as a member of the English honor society.

Amy is now living in Philadelphia, Pa., and working as an associate editor for Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI). She is responsible for contributing articles for six of ASI's magazines. Whether she is marketing to manufacturers, suppliers or end users of the promotional product industry, every project she works on and each magazine she contributes to is different. In addition to writing, she is also called upon to edit documents and look over magazines before they are sent to print.

"The classes I took at Albright helped very much to prepare me for the writing and editing that I do every day. However, I would also say that the people skills and relationships I formed were just as important, if not more so. My social connections with both peers and faculty made the difference in getting this position at ASI."

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Jessica Bair photoJessica Bair '06
English & Communications

As a student, Jessica kept busy as a staff writer for The Albrightian (the student newspaper), as a tutor in the Writing Center, and as a member of the English honor society.

She is now living in Etters, Pa., and working as a staff writer for the Central Penn Business Journal. As such she is responsible for covering the news topics of retail, small business, transportation and tourism in Lebanon County, Pa. This includes networking with sources, breaking news before competitors, and accurately reporting news in the Business Journal's daily e-newsletter, the Business Journal Daily. She writes one or two short items for the daily each day, about three short items for the weekly each week, and three full-length articles for the weekly each week.

"I interned at the Journal as part of my school work for my communications major. If it weren't for that internship, I would have never been asked to freelance for the Journal or eventually be asked to join the staff full time. My experience at Albright with The Albrightian helped give me confidence in my writing skills and introduced me to newspaper production. My professors definitely gave me a leg up through insight from their own experiences. They provided endless support, encouragement and excellent advice."

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Catherine Maloney photoCatherine Maloney '06
Business & Political Science

While at Albright, Catherine helped her fellow students in her role as a tutor in economics, accounting and finance.

She is now residing in Levittown, Pa., and working as a financial analyst for United Health Group, where she is part of the team that maintains accounts for Secure Horizons, a United Health Group company. She also takes part in reconciling accounts, preparing information for auditors, posting to ledger, analyzing figures and reporting to the Center for Medicare and Medicare Services.

"Our professors taught us how to think. The liberal arts program at Albright assisted us in becoming well-rounded (and more open-minded) individuals. This taught us how to apply those 'thinking' skills to any situation."

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Andrew Hollets photoAndrew Russell Holets '06
Political Science & Communications

During his four years as a student, Andrew was busy as news editor for The Albrightian (the student newspaper), a member of the Mane Men, Concert, and Chamber Choirs, as the sports director for 91.3 WXAC (Albright's radio station), and as a member of the political science honor society, the English honor society, the Political Science Club and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Andrew currently resides in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, where he is working as a Peace Corps volunteer. He focuses on education and increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention among the youth and drug addicts of Pavlodar. He also teaches English language and journalism strategies to students.

"I made it a point to immerse myself in the college, both with and against its teachings, to learn as much as I could. The knowledge learned from my communications and political science courses allows me to balance various cultures and ideas of the world, while my extracurricular time with music gave me a language common to most people around the world. The extracurriculars offered at Albright afforded me a Renaissance man-type of college experience and made it easy to make friends with various personalities – something that is valuable when living in a different culture for an extended period of time.

Writing with the newspaper and its staff gave me an inclination to observe society in all of its varying layers of reality and goodness. As for specifics to how Albright directly affected my current life, I owe a sizeable amount to the advice and assistance from Dr. Christian Hamann of the Science Department, and nearly all the professors in the Political Science and Communications departments, including those no longer at Albright. Their teachings helped plant the seed that has led to my work and belief that the world can be improved through an application of education and development. Thanks to the Albright professors' unique and genuine care for their students as individuals, it was easy for me to ask for help and references when the time came."

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Navjyot (Jyoti) Bhogal photoNavjyot (Jyoti) Bhogal '05
Biology & Pre-Medicine

During her time at Albright, Jyoti was involved in the International Student Association, Rotaract, and the pre-medical honor society, and she served as a biology lab assistant.

Jyoti is now living in Hershey, Pa., and is in her second year of studies at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. The medical program she is enrolled in consists of two years of classroom-based learning followed by two years of clinical rotations in various hospitals. She hasn't yet decided upon a specialty but is looking forward to the clinical years because she knows she will be exposed to many types of medicine.

"Albright prepared me for medical school and assisted me in more ways than I ever thought possible. The science classes at Albright provided me with a broad knowledge base that I was able to carry with me to medical school. I met only the most giving, caring and knowledgeable professors. The science professors were always willing to go out of their way to assist their students and help them to perform well not only at Albright, but beyond. It was extremely easy to go up to any of the professors and ask them for assistance, or just to chat about life in general.

Perhaps more important than the science education that I received was the overall 'Albright experience.' I developed wonderful relationships not only with my science professors, but with my history, art, and mathematics professors as well. All of them were aware of my plans to go to medical school and were willing to help me in any way possible to get there. Outside of the classroom, participating in various extracurricular activities exposed me to many different types of people and taught me how to interact with those with backgrounds different than my own – a priceless skill that is essential in the real world. Overall, my Albright experience was wonderful. I couldn't have asked for a better undergraduate education."

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Erin Regan '05
Environmental Science

While at Albright, Erin was a member of the Albright Environmental Club. After graduation, she stayed involved in the environmental field when she accepted a job as an environmental scientist at Property Solutions, Inc., a national environmental consulting and engineering firm. On the job, Erin performs environmental assessments of commercial, industrial and multi-tenant residential sites to help her clients evaluate properties they might wish to develop.

"I wouldn't be here without my degree from Albright. Dr. David Osgood always helped me out along the way."

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James Rouland '05
Environmental Science & Environmental Policy

As a student, James was involved on campus as a member of the International Student Association, the Ultimate Frisbee Club, the intramural flag football and softball teams, and the Newman Society.

He now resides in Allentown, Pa., and works as an environmental auditor and environmental policy analyst for PPL Corporation's Environmental Management Department. He is also pursuing a master's degree at DeSales University. As an auditor, he performs regular inspections of the company's physical assets, ranging from power plants to telecommunications facilities. He decides which environmental laws and regulations they must adhere to, checks to see if they are adhering to the laws and, if not, advises them on what they must do to comply with state or federal regulations to avoid a penalty. He was recently appointed as a policy analyst, and in this position he reviews proposed and new regulations from state and federal legislatures to determine how they will affect the company. James also works with state and federal lawmakers to promote various initiatives in an effort to place PPL in the best position possible.

"The education I received at Albright exposed me to multiple facets of my field, granting me a greater understanding of how the various parts work with one another. I not only learned about science, but was also able to understand how science interacted with politics and how the two came about through history, sociology and other factors. The Albright College liberal arts experience definitely gave me an advantage over the average, specified college education of many of my peers. Additionally, the Albright College name has definitely followed me, opening doors I don't believe would be opened without it. All in all, my education was completely well-rounded, without any corners being cut, making me a generalist and specialist at the same time."

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Lakeisha Fairley photoLakeisha Fairley '05
Art

As a student at Albright, Lakeisha enjoyed being involved with the track and field team, the Xion Step Team, Students Aware of Infectious Diseases (SAID), and the Albright Dance Team. Lakeisha also studied abroad in Durban, South Africa, while she was a student.

She is currently living in Seoul, South Korea, where she is teaching English classes to children. She says that the things she learned at Albright inside and outside the classroom help her every day.

"When I walk around the city, I don't see many people who look like me. Although people may stare and point at me at times, this doesn't bother me. Many mornings children may follow me down the street repeating, 'Hello, how are you, hello, how are you?' They just want to practice their English! I see a man everyday who always says, 'Good morning,' even though it is ten o'clock at night. I've learned that if you open your mind to new cultures and different kinds of people, people will stop looking at your skin and begin looking at your character. Attending Albright taught me this."

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Becky Eshbach photoBecky Eshbach '05
Information Systems Technology & Environmental Policy

As a student at Albright, Becky kept busy as a member of the women's tennis team, the lacrosse club, The Albrightian (student newspaper), Albright Environmental Club and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

She is now living in Boyertown, Pa., and working as an operations systems coordinator at UGI Utilities, Inc. She is currently involved in a four-year, $8.5 million operations project that is responsible for the automation of five utility functions, including a Call-Before-You-Dig system, a Document Management system, a Valve Inspection system, a Leak and Repair system, a New Business system, and a Repair and Replace system. As the operations systems coordinator, Becky is the liaison between the teams in the field and the internal information systems office. As part of her job, she travels to contractor sites in Texas, California, Florida and Washington. She also has the opportunity to travel to different business conferences around the country to gain more understanding of her job. In addition to her full-time job, Becky is also enrolled in Drexel University's iMBA program. Her post-graduation plans include assuming a supervisory role in her company.

"Albright College provided outstanding career preparation services to me. With help from the Career Development Center, I was granted an internship with UGI Utilities, Inc., the summer of my junior year. This valuable internship led to my current career. The Career Development Center also finely tuned my resume to stand out among the many applicants I was competing with. Albright offers a myriad of extracurricular activities, which helped my time management skills and prepared me for the leadership role I have assumed. The individual attention I received while attending Albright is second to none. With small class sizes, attention to detail and highly qualified professors, my classroom experience could not have been better."

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Kate Hodge photoKate Hodge '05
Biology/Biotechnology

While a student at Albright, Kate was an ambassador in the Admission Office and a member of the Lion Diplomats, the Honors Club, the Resident Students Association, The Albrightian, the POPS orientation program, the Middle States Committee,  the AED Pre-Med Society and Rotaract.

Kate currently lives in Philadelphia, Pa., and works as a scientific technician for Fox Chase Cancer Center. The lab focuses on molecular targets of tumor cells for the purpose of imaging and treating various types of cancers. She performs various experiments to aid in the goals of the lab. She also plans to take graduate school courses part-time beginning in the spring.

Kate feels Albright fully prepared her for her current position, as she was hired just weeks after graduating.

"Academically, my classroom experiences, especially in the biology and chemistry departments, gave me the hands-on experience and personal attention to prepare me for my laboratory work. The professors at Albright guided me into the idea of thinking through biological research and questions, while also allowing me to feel comfortable asking questions when needed and relating to my current co-workers. My personal relationships with my professors also helped me during the job search process. I miss classes and know I want to start part-time graduate classes in the spring. My overall experiences at Albright led me to grow as a person. Throughout my four years, the leadership, academic and social opportunities at Albright helped me realize the type of person I want to be and the type of work I want to be doing. The strong relationships and friendships made at Albright remain strong and support me in my life every day."

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Dana Yerkes photoDana Yerkes '05
Secondary Math Education and Photography

Dana currently lives in Richboro, Pa. She is a ninth-grade math teacher at William Tennent High School in the Centennial School District.

"Albright provided me with the foundation I needed to get a full-time teaching job right after graduation in a very competitive job market. I received a wonderful placement at Muhlenberg High School in Reading, Pa., for my student teaching experience and felt very prepared to graduate and teach in a full-time position. The relationships I developed with my education professors provided not only advice for the classroom, but supportive recommendations in my job search as well. Albright's Career Development Center also helped me by critiquing my resume and provided important guidelines, reminders and helpful ideas to strengthen my interviewing skills."

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Amanda Becker photoAmanda Becker '05
Psychology and Child & Family Studies

As a student, Amanda participated in Sigma Kappa, the Resident Students Association and the American Association of University Women, and she was an ambassador in the Admission Office.

She currently lives in Quakertown, Pa., and is employed by the Quakertown Community School District as an instructional support aide. Amanda is also pursuing a master's of education in secondary-school counseling at Lehigh University. The graduate program focuses on counseling and human services as well as school counseling.

"My experiences at Albright contributed to my success in finding employment and acceptance to graduate school. Without the quality education that I received from Albright, I am certain that I would have not been as prepared for my endeavors. The strength of the faculty and psychology program ensured my success. Also, the Career Development Center is a great asset to the College and the students. The support I received there helped me produce an outstanding resume, strengthened my interviewing skills, and facilitated my graduate school application process."

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Continuing Education

Lynn Gazzale photoLynn Gazzale '06
Psychobiology

While at Albright, Lynn was a Peer Orientation Person (POPs), a member of the psychology honors society, and a member of Sigma Kappa sorority.

She is now living in South Brunswick, N.J., where she is a graduate student at Thomas Jefferson University. She is in a master's program for occupational therapy. She is also working as a graduate assistant for Project Home, an after-school program for underprivileged children in Philadelphia. After she graduates she looks forward to working as an occupational therapist in an early intervention setting.

"Albright provided me with a great knowledge base in both psychology and biology. This strong background has helped me in the anatomy and pathology classes that I am currently enrolled in. The prerequisites for my master's program correlated perfectly with the psychobiology classes that Albright required."

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Samuel Aronson photoSamuel J. Aronson '06
History & Holocaust Studies

During his time at Albright, Sam enjoyed being a member of the Concert Band, the yearbook, Albright College Friends of Music, and the history honor society as well as a resident educator in the Albright residence halls.

Sam is now living in Washington, D.C. He is pursuing a master's degree in higher education administration at George Washington University, where he is also working as a financial aid counselor. In his capacity as a counselor, he helps undergraduate students fund their education by providing loan DEFAULT-prevention counseling, federal work study and student loan accessibility information, and processing loans and need-based and merit-based aid. The master's degree that Sam is studying to obtain will prepare him to work in a variety of mid-level administration positions in institutions of higher education or business and industry related to education. When he graduates, he hopes to find a position in housing and residential life at a major college or university or an associate's position at a national executive search firm.

"I would not be where I am today without the experience, knowledge and training I received at Albright. My time at Albright prepared me to work in a professional, collaborative atmosphere that requires independent thought, self-motivation and research and reporting. The writing, public speaking and collaboration skills I learned and honed at Albright are necessary, everyday components of my job and classes. If not for the dedicated faculty and administrators at Albright, I would never be able to successfully navigate a full-time job and full-time graduate studies. Pursuing my graduate work at a major research institution with more than 25,000 students has made me especially appreciative of the warm and community-centered atmosphere of Albright. That is something totally irreplaceable and it is greatly missed every day."

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Tayon Swofford photoTayon R. Swafford '06
Religious Studies

As an Albright student, Tayon was involved in the Gospel Ensemble, the African-American Society, Albright Christian Fellowship, the religious studies honor society and Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.

He is now living in Nashville, Tenn., and pursuing a master's of theological studies degree at Vanderbilt University's School of Divinity. His current courses include topics like Biblical criticism, theology and ethics and political thought. He is also the research assistant to Dr. Victor Anderson of the Christian social ethics and African-American studies department.

"My Albright education was absolutely amazing! All of my classes were amazing; however, the classes that I shall always remember and treasure the most, like 'The Sociology of Religion,' 'Diversity Issues,' 'The Black Church and the Phenomenology of Religion,' 'What is Religion,' and 'Aggressive Materialism' showed me that we all must actively work to create a society that is more embracing and empathetic. Enjoy the course you are taking. Make sure that you can easily explain one fact or theory that has shaped your understanding of yourself, the community or the greater society. Learning is an active, communal and indeterminate process. In the end, one must live to learn by praising similarities and by celebrating pluralities.

From a phenomenological (experiential) point of view, Albright helped me develop a sense of individual and global responsibility, because the Experience events allowed me to take account of my role in the preservation of traditional beliefs, norms, values, etc. My advice to any incoming student is that you attend and pay active and close attention to the Experience events. These events allow students to recognize, respond and engage with one another in unimaginable ways. Take advantage of this opportunity, because after you graduate you will be expected to become a contributing member of an interpersonal and global society."

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DeNere M. Postell photoDeNere M. Postell '05
Bayonne, NJ (Marist High School)
Psychology & Women's Studies

DeNere is currently enrolled in the clinical/counseling psychology program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, N.J., for her master of arts degree. The program prepares its graduates to have a significant impact in the mental health field as counselors, program directors, researchers, grant writers and policy makers on the local, state and national levels. Students are trained to conduct intake and assessment interviews, develop counseling interventions, and function as ethical and competent counselors. Students also acquire a knowledge of research and assessment techniques and the pragmatic concerns (e.g., managed care and budget constraints) facing the mental health field today.

"In addition to this degree, I will get a certification to be a substance awareness counselor. I will be able to work in schools with students on issues of substance abuse prevention and counseling. I plan to pursue this and to work in other clinical settings for a year and to travel. After that year, I plan to go on for my doctorate in clinical psychology. I have a good understanding of psychology and the principles that I am learning in my graduate classes. My internships have also placed me in a good position to get better jobs within the field. I feel very confident with my undergraduate education at Albright because I know I am prepared for anything that I may experience as a graduate student."

DeNere has the following advice for future graduate school students: "Follow your dreams when making these decisions and never let anyone decide for you what those dreams should be. Apply to programs at schools that interest you and in locations where you would not mind spending a few years. Study for the GREs at least a year in advance and take prep courses if you can. Just prepare yourself to be in a new place and work hard. Believe me, grad school is not as bad as you think or have been told."

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Ryan Kelly photoRyan Elizabeth Kelly '05
Wellsville , NY (Wellsville High School)
Sociology/Criminology

Ryan is currently attending UMASS Boston and is taking classes in the applied sociology program. The program is designed to help students get jobs in areas of sociology upon graduation. At this time she is still undecided as to what she would like to do after graduation, but there are numerous options available and she plans to look at each one.

"I am very fortunate for my experience at Albright. I feel that the sociology program did a wonderful job in adequately preparing me for graduate study. The faculty in the Sociology Department was very helpful in and outside of the classroom. I not only learned a great deal about my selected field, I also received advice regarding my graduate studies, which I'm putting to use now! I took part in the Albright Creative Research Experience ( ACRE) for two semesters and conducted my own research, in collaboration with Dr. Charles Brown. I was able to put my creativity to work and learn valuable research skills. My experience and knowledge with research landed me a research assistantship at UMASS Boston, which I will be working on all school year. The theory, methods and senior seminar courses I took at Albright were very challenging. However, I find now that I am very pleased that I was able to take these classes because had I not I would have been in for a challenge upon entering my graduate program. The classes in the Sociology Department may seem highly demanding, but they are structured so that they prepare students for continuing their education. I look back on my educational experience at Albright as a pleasant one. I would not have done it any other way."

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Marissa L. Moyer '05
Reading, Pa. ( Exeter Township High School)
Environmental Science

Marissa is currently a 2007 master's of environmental management candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University in Durham, N.C. Her primary concentration is conservation science and policy, but she is also pursuing a certificate in geospatial analysis (digital mapping). The program is very interdisciplinary, as she is studying subjects ranging from natural science to economics, and also includes a summer internship on a final master's project will be based. Her career goals include working for small-scale government (local or state) in conservation issues, particularly invasive plant species and the conservation of rare and endangered plant species.

"Albright's interdisciplinary approach has been very beneficial, as I'm meeting peers that had either social or natural science backgrounds in undergraduate school, not usually both. Albright's environmental science program, however, was the perfect balance between all the aspects that are necessary to effectively study environmental problems. The small size of the school gave me the opportunity to complete an Albright Creative Research Experience ( ACRE) project with my advisor (Dr. Osgood), which gave me endless research and practical experience. Albright's size also allowed me to interact with professors and students from other departments, and to really learn from these individuals in different fields."

Marissa suggests taking the GRE prep course that the Career Development Center offers each year. She also suggests you make sure you know what you are getting involved with and that your chosen career goal justifies the amount of money you are putting into the educational program at graduate school.

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Marissa Magid '05
Clayton, N.J. (Our Lady of Mercy Academy)
Biology/Biotechnology

Marissa is a first-year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In four years she will be graduating with a D.O. and plans to apply for a residency in the Philadelphia or New Jersey areas.

"At Albright I was able to get a solid base so that when I entered medical school I was not seeing information for the first time but rather for the second or third."

Marissa says to talk to your professors and target classes that will help you in your post-baccalaureate education. If you are interested in a particular specialty, call different schools and ask what classes you will need to take while attending.

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Daniel Louis photoDaniel J. Louis ' 05
Egg Harbor Township, N.J. ( Egg Harbor Township HS)
Economics and Political Science

Dan is enrolled as a full-time law student at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, N.J. After graduation he plans to go into sports law or labor law.

"Albright helped me improve my overall critical thinking and writing skills. The LSATs were extremely difficult to prepare for, but the background I received from the Economics Department in logic and reasoning helped me achieve a high score. The Political Science Department also improved my writing skills by focusing on key issues on my everyday writing and reading skills. This is so important to me today as I read hundreds of pages per night at law school."

Dan's advice to students: "If you want to get into law school today, you need to separate yourself from the rest. My internship at the U.S. Attorney's Office opened many networking doors and also made my resume stand out from countless others. I urge Albright students to work hard, get As and have a great list of extracurricular activities, but plan early in your academic career to study off campus. Go to the study abroad center, study or work in another country, or go to Washington and get an internshi. Do something to separate yourself from the rest!"

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