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photoAlexis Jenofsky

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Hello, my name is Alexis Jenofsky and I am a sophomore majoring in Theatre, English and Arts Administration.  I am currently doing an ACRE entitled, “Drama Therapy:  A Different Way of Theatre”. At Albright I am a member of Domino Players, President of Artists Striving to End Poverty, Volunteer Center student advisor, and Admission Ambassador.


 

photoAmy Rader

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Hello, my name is Amy Rader and I am about to start my 5th and FINAL year of college.  I am majoring in French and Spanish.  I transferred to Albright College in Spring 2013 after receiving my associates degree from Camden County College.  This summer I am going to be studying abroad in Madrid, Spain at Antonio de Nebrija University for a summer program.  After that, I will be coming home for the month of August before returning to Europe in September to study at the Institut Catholique in Paris, France. I've always had a passion for languages and traveling, and I am very interested in studying other cultures.  I believe that the main reason to study languages is so we can communicate with people all over the globe.  I want to take my classroom learning and put it to the test.  At Albright, I am a member of Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society), Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society), Sigma Kappa Sorority and Club Vogue where I served as the Treasurer last year.


 

photoAmanda Kopil

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Hello! My name is Amanda Kopil and I am a Reading resident who graduated this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. This summer I am interning with the City of Reading as a GIS intern. Some projects that I will be working on include: mapping masses of recycling per city block, digitizing, and geo-referencing handicap locations. In addition to my internship, I will also be obtaining additional field experience as a tree surveyor with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) within Reading city limits. The purpose of this survey is to inventory Reading's ash trees to help prevent the potential destruction of the trees from the Emerald Ash Borer. These experiences will help me be well prepared for the fall when I will be attending Millersville University in the Masters of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications specifically in the Environmental Systems Management program. It is going to be a great summer meeting new people and gaining more knowledge!


 

photoMilca Mendez

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My name is Milca Mendez and I am a senior majoring in Biology and Spanish along with completing the Pre-Dental Program. This summer I am completing an ACRE entitled “3D Printing: A Synthesis of Biology and Art”. Additive Manufacturing is a parallel term to 3D printing, since they both refer to creating objects adding to the previous layer. Many times the 3D printing process starts with computer-aided design (CAD), and then is examined with a computer-aided engineering software (CAE).  This allows for the creation of virtually anything imaginable. There are also special scanners which allow one to go from an object to a computer model in order to make a 3D model. 3D printing is being used in a variety of disciplines, because it allows customization. From aerospace, to fashion, and dental implants, 3D printing is a multidisciplinary approach revolutionizing the way things are done. In dentistry the use of CAD/CAM technology is immersing advances in orthodontia, restorative dentistry, and prosthodontics, allowing advancement across the dental field and making 3D printing a commodity of both the present and the future.

I am also an Albright Ambassador, Peer Tutor (Biology and Spanish), President of Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-professional honor society), Treasurer of Beta Beta Beta (biological honor society), Lab Assistant (Biology and Biochemistry), Steering Committee/Peer Orientation Person, and I completed a three week interim course in Ecuador!


 

photoTiaraWillis

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Merhaba! Greetings from Dubai! I am Tiara Willis, a senior and an International Business major who spent my Spring 2014 semester at the American University in Dubai. I am originally from Philadelphia and transferred to Albright in Spring 2013. I have always had an interest in Middle Eastern matters and decided to study in Dubai to become proficient in the language and culture. This experience also broadened my exposure to different cultures world-wide because Dubai is such a global city. I wanted this experience to expand my knowledge on foreign issues because ultimately I want to work in foreign policy. I was able to study abroad because of two scholarships I received, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and Albright's own Beall Scholarship. Previously, I interned at Wharton, Duane Morris and Taco Bell Corporate. At Albright I am a part of the International Student Association and the African Association. Being in Dubai encouraged me to begin The National Association for Women on Albright's campus.


 

photoSara Baum

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My name is Sara Baum and I am a Senior majoring in History and Religious Studies. I completed an ACRE (Albright Creative Research Experience) with Dr. Pankratz during the 2014 Interim session titled “A Prosopography of Pews”. The idea for my ACRE proposal came from my work at Christ Church in Philadelphia over the summer of 2013. The more I learned about the historical background of the building, its inhabitants and the burial ground, the more fascinated I became. The ACRE session was a success but there is still much to learn, which I plan to do while continuing this project as part of my Senior Honors Thesis. In addition to this research, I began working at the Gingrich Library at Albright in the Archives in the spring. My work there led me to explore internship opportunities in Archives. I interviewed for an internship in the PA House of Representatives Archives, was accepted and I have begun my summer internship with them. I will be working with processed and unprocessed collections of past members of the house. Thus far, I have gained knowledge on preservation studies, met various members and officers of the House and have more of an understanding of what it means to be an archivist.


 

Dan photoDan McGurl

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My name is Dan McGurl and I am senior studying Environmental Studies & Political Science. I am also an RA, an Albright Ambassador and a brother of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. In the Fall of 2013, I participated in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Legislative Fellowship Program. While I was there, I lived and worked in the PA State Capitol aiding lawmakers in the political process and wrote my own piece of legislation. I had the opportunity to respond to constituents’ concerns, attend legislative sessions and press conferences as well as completing side-work for bills. During the first few weeks of my internship, my boss asked me to read over some guidebooks and literature regarding the juvenile justice system in the state. The more I read, the more I realized that there was a real need for change in the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania. So, I wrote a package of bills in the hopes of reforming the juvenile justice system. Then came the hard part, getting the bills I wrote passed into law; each year almost three thousand bills get written and less than four hundred become law. However, I was optimistic that my work will see the light of day. Some of the bills I have written specifically regarding creating statutes to determine mental competence for juveniles to stand trial have been getting a lot of support. Check back for any updates on the status of the bills


 

photoVictoria Sweeney

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My name is Victoria Sweeney and I am a member of Albright's Class of 2015. As a Business Administration Major with a track in Management, I tutor Accounting and German at the Albright Learning Center. I am also part of Alternative Spring Break and am President of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. I was awarded the Danzer Fellowship which is a competitive fellowship awarded to two students in Berks County, enabling me to study at Reutlingen University during Fall 2013. My first two weeks in Germany were spent volunteering at a children's camp. From there, I traveled to my university for the start of the fall semester. After completing a three week pre-semester intensive German class, I was ready to tackle my five classes. I took an International Business Class and part of the class was taking trips to car manufacturing plants including the BMW final assembly plant and BWM World, Daimler Engine Production and the Mercedes Benz Museum, and the Opel final assembly plant. I am not that much of a car person, but it was really interesting! I also had the opportunity to travel to numerous cities in Germany including Berlin, Munich, and Konstanz and saw sites including the Neuschwanstein Castle, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Brandenburger Tor, part of the Berlin Wall, Reichstag Building and Berlin Cathedral. I also had the opportunity to travel to Paris, France and flew to England for the Christmas Holiday. My experience abroad was life changing. I now have so many friends around the world that I stay in contact with. I have also made other connections in Europe that will help me with future studying, recommendations, intern, and employment opportunities. I would recommend studying abroad to everyone!


 

Christina photoChristina Daniels

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Hello! My name is Christina Daniels. I am a recent alumna of Albright, where I studied Fashion Design and Merchandising. During the summer of 2013, I was a Corporate Intern for Store Operations at American Eagle’s corporate office located in Pittsburgh, PA. My main project was working on a new program called "big ideas". The program was created to improve communication and feedback between American Eagle employees and corporate staff. Spring 2013, I completed two internships. One was at a local boutique called Firefly on Penn in West Reading.  It is a local baby boutique (that also sells AMAZING soaps and candles!).  I selected and processed new merchandise, communicated with vendors, designed new visual displays and performed sales.  My second internship was with a website called CollegeFashionista.com. It is an online college fashion blog.  With CollegeFashionista, I wrote a weekly "Accessories report" every Friday, featuring a student on the Albright's campus.  All of these internships have helped me really develop academically and professionally in so many ways, and each one allowed me a different skill set and experience.  I continue posting on this blog to give perspective from an alum and share my job search experience.