Past Garfield Scholars

Shova Alemagar

Shova Alemagar graduated with a double major in Environmental Studies and Sociology. She is from Kathmandu, Nepal. Shova was a Teaching Assistant for a freshman colloquium, International Peer Assistant, a member of Co-op Stone Soup and Intercultural Forum Club. She hopes to work closely with communities to tackle environmental and social problems.

Laila Almassri

Laila Almassri graduated Hiram College in 2014 with a major in Biomedical Humanities, a minor in Art, departmental honors, and summa cum laude. Having lived in the Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, she speaks Russian, Arabic, and English fluently. While at Hiram, Laila was a varsity member of the women's cross-country team for four years and team captain for three years. She was also active in the first-year writing program as a writing assistant for two years. During her summers, Laila attained research internships at NEOMED and at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Her senior year, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Laila will be spending her gap year as a City Year Cleveland corps member, after which she plans on attending medical school, with the goal of eventually working with Doctors Without Borders.
• Read Laila's paper, Oil for Doctors.

Rebecca Dyer

Becca Dyer graduated with a double major in History and Political Science. In 2010 she graduated salutatorian from McKinley Senior High School in Canton, Ohio. She was a Garfield Scholar and a member of the Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics. She was a Hiram Service Leader, a tutor, and a student worker in the Financial Aid Office. She has interned for the Ohio House of Representatives, and hopes to make a career in politics and law.
• Read Becca's paper, The Future of US-Cuban Relations.

Kaitlyn Hale

Kaitlyn Hale graduated with a major in Management and a double minor in Art and Entrepreneurship. Kaitlyn has a passion for travel, and participated in two study abroad trips, the first to Greece and Turkey and the second to Italy. She has completed several internships during her time at Hiram, including one with a local art gallery and another with an event planning company.

Monica Lucas

Monica is a senior political science major with a minor in philosophy. In the past she has had the fortune to work as an intern at the U.S. Department of State, and as a Research Assistant at the Property and Environment Research Center. She has been involved on campus with Student Senate for the past three years, and currently works as a volunteer Senior Campus Coordinator with the international organization Students For Liberty. She is passionate about classical liberal ideas, environmental and education policy, Cuban social and political institutions, and aesthetics and politics. Her favorite aspect of the Garfield Institute is meeting and learning about diverse people.
• Read Monica's paper, A Prescription for U.S. Policy toward Cuba.

Ronda Riggins

Ronda Riggins graduated with a major in Sociology and minor in English. Prior to transferring to Hiram, she attended the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, where she was involved as a literacy aid for the America Reads program and peer tutor. At Hiram, Ronda served as the Student Coordinator to the Impact Peer Mentoring Program, Teaching and Writing Assistant, Commuter Student Senator, Welcome Center employee, and a board member of the Kennedy Center Programming Board. Ronda is considering studying law or attending graduate school. Her ultimate academic goal is to earn a PhD. in Rural Sociology.

Elle Rochford

Elle Rochford graduated with a major in Art and a double minor in Sociology and Art History. She is passionate about art, politics, social inequality, running and baking. Elle values her service work and often takes time out of her schedule to volunteer. She has participated in two alternative spring breaks and the Service Leaders Program. She plans to pursue a Masters in drawing and use her art to explore and discuss social problems.

Tyler Thomas

Tyler Thomas graduated with a double major in Political Science and English and a minor in philosophy. He plans on pursuing graduate studies in Political Science.

Courtney Wade

Courtney Wade '14 graduated summa cum laude with a Communication major and minors in Management, Public Leadership, and Educational Studies. She has started her career at AKHIA, which is a public relations firm based in Hudson, Ohio. While at Hiram, Courtney was a Garfield Scholar, Student Ambassador, President of Delta Chi Lambda (Greek social club), President of Lambda Pi Eta (Communication honor society), and worked a the Hiram College Admission Office and College Relations.
• Read Courtney's papers, What should U.S. policy be towards Cuba? and The Cost of Corruption in Panama.

Shane Young

Shane Young graduated with a major in Political Science and minors in History and Public Leadership. While at Hiram, Shane served as President of the Student Senate. He will attend Kent State University to obtain a Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel.
• Read Shane's paper, The American Grudge: Economic Nonsense and Panamanian Higher Education: Globalization Abroad.

Adam Miller

Adam Miller graduated in 2013 as a Chemistry major. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class at Cardinal High School in Middlefield, Ohio in 2009. Adam worked as a student office assistant in the president's office and as a teaching assistant. He was involved with the chemistry club and religious programs on campus. His interests include music, nutrition, and health. In the future, he aspires to work in the healthcare field, possibly overseas.
• Read Adam's paper, Improving Relations between the United States and Cuba Adam Miller.

Leland Cancilla

Leland Cancilla graduated in 2013 with a major in Biomedical Humanities. His leadership experiences includes being the leader of the Westlake Area Youth Group, umpire, and camp counselor. He hopes to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon working with the underprivileged.

Christopher Fisher

Christopher Fisher graduated Hiram College in the spring of 2013. He majored in Communication with minors in Political Science and Public Leadership. He grew up in California and graduated high school in 2001. Chris is married and has four children, three boys and a girl, who was born in June of 2012. He is active duty military with over ten years service in the Coast Guard. Previous duty stations include locations in New Jersey, California, Virginia, Alabama, and Ohio. Chris will attend COS in New London, Connecticut in the fall of 2013 and then continue with his military career.

Robert Glowacki

Robert Glowacki graduated in May, 2013 as a Biochemistry major and a Biomedical Humanities minor. He has accepted a fellowship to attend the University of Michigan where he will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Pathology/Microbiology & Immunology. While at Hiram he volunteered his time at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio and on Habitat for Humanity trips and weekend builds. In addition, he served as a Student Senator for two years and was treasurer of Chemistry Club, AIBS, and MEDICUS. He aspires to work in Washington D.C. as a consultant or lobbyist prior to achieving his ultimate goal of being a professor. Also, Robert has been a lab-teaching assistant for various classes since the second semester of his Freshman year. Lastly, he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Society, a McNair Scholar, Student Ambassador, and has attained Dean's List on numerous occasions.

Gurneet Raina

Gurneet Raina graduated in 2013 with a major in Biomedical Humanities and a minor in Political Science. During high school, she was speech and debate president for two years. At Hiram, she was a member of MEDICUS, Intercultural Forum, and the Finance Committee. Her long-term goal is to work on global medicine as a doctor.
• Read Gurneet's paper, Finding the Other Piece of the Puzzle.

Hin Yan Wong

Hin Yan (Susanna) Wong graduated with honors in 2013 with a major in Psychology. She is an international student from Hong Kong who spent most of her life living in sunny Bangkok. She worked as an International Peer Assistant, Welcome Center staff and was a Sunday school volunteer. She was also the secretary of student senate, a member/officer of the Psychology Club, Intercultural Forum and the Net. She is currently working in the mental health field and plans to apply to a Clinical or Counseling program and would like to be a counselor.
• Read Hin Yan's paper, What should US policy be towards Cuba? Formalizing US-Cuba Relations in Drug Trafficking.

Megan Orosz

Megan graduated in 2013 with a major in Nursing and minor in Biomedical Humanities. She was the Co-Captain of the Women's Cross Country Team since her sophomore year, and was seeking her fourth Varsity Letter. She volunteered every year with Habitat for Humanity and served on Hiram's Habitat for Humanity Planning Committee. Megan continued on as the President of her Greek Social Club, Delta Chi Lambda, for a second year, while also leading as an Officer for the Terrier Action for Smart Choices Force (TASC Force) and Ski and Snowboard Club. Also on campus, Megan worked as a Peer Tutor, Admission Tour Guide, Student Center Welcome Staff and Orientation Leader. Megan participated in a study abroad service trip in the Dominican Republic. Her love for Latin America and the island of Hispaniola have rekindled her interest in Spanish and service work in developing areas. Her dream now is for a future that will incorporate cultural exchange, healthcare, education and social justice.
• Read Megan's paper, What Should U.S. Policy be Towards Cuba?.

Osuman Sadat

Anwar Sadat Osuman graduated in 2013 with a major in Business Management. He is an international student from Ghana. He hopes to pursue a career in International Law and be a Justice on the Supreme Court of Ghana. He enjoys political debates and soccer.
• Read Anwar's paper, Future U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Cuba.

Thomas Moran

Tom Moran graduated in 2013 with a major in Political Science and a History minor. He was a four year letter-winner and captain of the football team. He was also a member of the Ethics Steering Committee. He is from Parma Heights, Ohio and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in 2009. After graduation Tom plans on attending law school and starting off his career as a prosecutor.
• Read Tom's paper, What Should U.S. Foreign Policy be Towards Cuba?.

Thube Hlongwane

Thube Hlongwane graduated in 2013 with a double major in Sociology and Religious Studies. She is from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe but went to high school in an international college in Ghana. She was an IMPACT peer mentor, Weekend College Resident Assistant, on the community council, and Treasurer of the Sociology Club. She was a Teaching Assistant for Architecture and Politics. Thube was on the Dean's list since her Sophomore year and in the Alpha Society. She plans on doing her masters in International Law or Social Work.

Zachary Crotts

Zach Crotts graduated in 2013 with a major in Political Science. He graduated from Strongsville High School, where he created and led a student-based movement to pass a funding levy. At Hiram he was the president and vice president of numerous student organizations and worked in the Integrated Learning office as a Moodle Course Developer. His future plans include a graduate degree specializing in International Relations and starting a family.
• Read Zach's paper HERE.

Hannah Petcovic

Hannah Petcovic graduated with a major in Biomedical Humanities and a minor in Spanish at Hiram College. She was a Garfield Institute Student Scholar for three years. Hannah was the recipient of the DiSalvo Research Assistantship, and worked as an intern at Hiram College's microbiology lab. She later presented research at the International Crown Gall Conference. Among the various student, music, and religious organizations with which Hannah has participated, she is the founder of the Biomedical Humanities Student Association. Outside of campus, Hannah is dedicated to service projects. She has worked with Habitat for Humanity and volunteers with hospice patients. She was a Hiram College Leader, and worked with adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community. In addition, she is a childhood cancer survivor, and participated in Relay for Life every year. Hannah credits study abroad as her most influential experience at Hiram. She traveled to China to study the culture, and El Salvador to study Spanish and volunteer in a free clinic. She valued her time in Cuba with the Garfield Institute as an opportunity to study policy. Academically, Hannah has been accepted to the Alpha Society and Dean's list for four years, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society of Hiram College. Her goal is to be accepted into Phi Beta Kappa Society. She was voted the 2012 Homecoming Queen. After Hiram, Hannah hopes to join the AmeriCorps for a year, and later pursue further education in healthcare.
• Read Hannah's paper, El Bloqueo.

Bryan Nemire

Bryan Nemire graduated from Hiram with a double major in biology and environmental studies. He is going to enter the agricultural industry after graduation, working internationally and domestically and then possibly attaining a graduate degree in agriculture and food systems. As a Garfield Scholar for three years, he traveled to Cuba and gained another perspective on international agriculture which he claims will help add to the knowledge on agriculture and the political systems surrounding the food systems at the world level.
• Read Bryan's paper, Cuba-United States Policy: An agricultural methodology.

Saqiba Najam

Born in Quetta and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saqiba is an artist by heart, painting, poetry, and acting is in her blood. She was the Student Senate Vice President of Finance and Executive Director of Student Ambassadors at Hiram College. She not only believed in taking the multidisciplinary approach in enriching her college experience but also believed in giving back to shape the Hiram community. As a Garfield Scholar she sharpened her leadership skills and wants to be an agent of change on a global scale.
• Read Saqiba's paper, US and Cuba: The Embargo Should Remain.

Alex Van Meter

Alex Van Meter is a Senior at Hiram College. His career goal is to be a professional negotiator. He would like to work in government in the State Department or Labor.

Michael Carey

Michael Carey graduated with a major in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Management. He graduated at the top of his class from Big Lake High School in Minnesota. In addition to being a Garfield Scholar, Michael was also a member of MENSA, an academic tutor for economics and mathematics courses, and a student supervisor at the Hiram College dining hall. Michael will be attending graduate school after securing a few years of experience in the job force.

Caroline Christoff

Joseph Dowling

Joseph Dowling graduated with a major in Political Science and a minor in Communication. He grew up and continues to live in Hudson, Ohio, graduating from Hudson High School in 2008. His interests include European integration, political philosophy, international affairs, global economic development, and U.S. domestic policy. After graduating from Hiram, he plans to attend graduate school to pursue a program in international relations or public policy.

Richard Ivans

Richard Ivans will be attending Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University this fall (2012). He plans to focus on land use law, which furthers his interest in agriculture. In addition, he continues to volunteer as a 4-H advisor and Geauga Junior Fair Coordinator. In the future, he hopes to work in Cleveland and run a small vegetable and produce stand in Geauga County. He credits the Garfield Institute for much of his interest in public policy and the law and knows he will use this knowledge in his future career.

Rodney Jacobs

Rodney Jacobs graduated with a major in Political Science and Philosophy and a minor in Communication and Public Leadership. He served as the President of the Hiram College student body, Speech and Debate team, and Greek Council. He was a political columnist for the Hiram College newspaper, a member of the Hiram Judiciary Community Council, member of the football and track teams, Student Ambassador, a North Coast Athletic Conference Representative and Vencyl- Carr teaching assistant. At Hiram Rodney was the recipient of numerous awards. Some include the 2011 Hal Riehel award for Splendiferous Service, the 2010 Martin Luther King leadership award, and the 2010 Deans award for excellence in academics and leadership. Rodney interned for the Portage County Court, the Pinellas County 6th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's office, and the Office of the Attorney General of New York Harlem Regional office. Following graduation, Rodney plans to enter a dual degree program where he will earn both a Law and Masters Degree. He is attending the University of Dayton School of Law.

Kritsinee Khowcharoen

Kritsinee Khowcharoen majored in Accounting & Financial Management & Economics. She is from Thailand. She was a member of the Hiram College Women's Golf Team and a Student Senate Vice President of Finance. She was V.P. of the Hiram College Endowment Investment Club for the 2010-2011 academic year. Kritsinee plans to attend graduate school for a Master of Accountancy degree after graduating from Hiram.

Ryan Hulec

Ryan Hulec graduated in May, 2012 with a degree in Political Science. His career ambitions include working for both NATO and reforming Immigration policies. The environment he was raised formed his interest in international relations. His father served in the U.S. Air Force and met his mother in Germany. His father passed away during the first Gulf War and his Mom, a German citizen, raised him in the States. He has volunteered at the Cleveland Sight Center. Ryan is pursuing a masters degree in International Relationships at Cleveland State University.

Jennifer Long

Jennifer Long graduated from Hiram College in 2012 with a major in Mathematics. She was involved in Model United Nations for three years. She was treasurer her junior year and treasurer and president her senior year. She was elected Vice President of the National Honors Society, a varsity tennis player and bowler. At Hiram she was a member of the Student Environment Action Coalition and the English Society. She plans to teach high school mathematics.

Kyle Peters

Kyle Peters graduated from Hiram with a degree in History. He was a resident assistant and a member of the Rugby Football Club and Classics Club. He is working as an Industry Analyst for the Freedonia Group, Inc. in Cleveland.

Anand Sharma

Anand Sharma graduated from Hiram College in 2012 with a major in Accounting & Economics. He was a high school student leader participating in track and field, yearbook and drama club. In the summer of 2009 he interned with CPA Arun Khurana consulting company in New Jersey. He also worked with the Zweig Group of JP Morgan Securities. His long-term goal is to work for an international organization like the UN, IMF or World Bank.

Rebecca Szanto

Rebecca Szanto graduated from Hiram with a major in Psychology and a minor in writing. After graduation she plans to work as a private applied behavior analysis tutor for children with autism. She will also be employed at a camp that works with children with disabilities. In the fall of 2013 she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a masters or doctorate in Counseling Psychology.

Corey Trusso

Corey Trusso graduated from Hiram College with a major in Political Science and minors in Ethics, Entrepreneurship and Philosophy. He plans to work at the Ohio State House and get an Executive MPA, Masters in Public Administration. He will start graduate school in the Fall of 2012.

Yesuel Lee

Yesuel "Lucy" Lee majored in History & Political Science. She was a tutor in high school and also worked as a translator for a non-governmental organization. After graduation she hopes to work in a non-governmental agency or go to graduate school. Yesuel hopes to have a career as an ambassador or a diplomat in her home country, The Republic of Korea.

Sarah Ahmed

Sarah Ahmed graduated in 2011 with a major in Political Science. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in International Studies with a focus in South Asia Studies at the University of Washington. Her academic interests include state and society, military/security policy, democracy & governance and nuclear diplomacy in South Asia, specifically in Pakistan.

Lindsay Kuhn

Lindsay Kuhn graduated in 2011. She also graduated from Canfield High School in Canfield, Ohio. Kuhn was involved in campus life as a member of the cross-country team, theater guild, choir, and as a former teaching assistant and student senator. She interned at Ohio Representative Vernon Syke's office through the University of Akron's Bliss Institute. Kuhn is currently working as an Assistant Program Manager in the International Division at the International City/County Management Association in Washington D.C.

Nana Yaw

Nana Yaw graduated in 2011.

Wenhao Li

Wenhao graduated in 2011 and will be pursuing a master degree in accounting at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2011. This past summer he completed an internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles.

Bristena Marinescu

Bristena Marinescu graduated in 2011 with a degree in Financial Accounting and a minor in Computer Science. She is originally from Arad, Romania and speaks Romanian, German, and English. Throughout her college career Bristena was involved in numerous activities and organizations including: Model United Nations, resident assistant, Computer Center HelpDesk, Webmaster for the Computer Science departmental website, Cross Country runner, etc. Bristena is also a scholar of the Institute of Management Accountants Cleveland East Chapter.

Diana Salman

Diana graduated in 2011.

Sarah Taddeo

Sarah graduated in 2011 with majors in Neuroscience and Political Science; she hopes to become involved in international relations. On a more domestic level, she is very passionate about food policy, and hopes to make some positive changes in conventional food industry. After a career in political science, instead of retiring she would like to do research on schizophrenia and become a professor at a small, liberal arts college like Hiram.

Philip Williams

Philip Williams graduated with a degree in Mathematics. He is interested in the development of public policy. He dedicated a year of his life to serving with Americorps. With his physics background, he has an interest in energy policy and how it relates to both domestic and foreign affairs. He is looking forward to pursuing a career that promotes the development of new alternative energy sources.

Dakota Bidgood

Dakota Bidgood graduated from Hiram College in May 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Public Leadership. Dakota's education started at Newbury High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, the Geauga county D.A.R.E. program and a participant of Big Brothers of America. Dakota then attended Lakeland Community College were he began his interest in political science, public policy and American domestic politics. He was an active member and lead officer in Model UN and Lakeland College Democrats. Dakota spent almost a full year interning for Bill O'Neill for Congress before coming to Hiram College. At Hiram, he was an active member of Student Senate, Speech and Debate Team, and had a job as a residential assistant. After graduating from Hiram, Dakota was accepted into George Washington University, where he plans to pursue a master's degree in Political Management, focusing on policy analysis and political communications. He hopes to one day have a job as a professional staffer for elected officials, advising on policy issues and communication strategy. He can be reached via email at

Elizabeth Bell

Elizabeth Bell graduated with double majors in Accounting and Economics. She plans on attending graduate school next fall to pursue a Masters of Accountancy. After that her intention is to acquire her CPA license. She recently participated in a study abroad trip to Guatemala in the spring of 2009, where she studied the marginalized voices of Latin America. She was a resident assistant and also a member of F.I.S.H. (Free Information on Student Health). Elizabeth has worked for the Dean of Student's Office each summer planning and implementing new student Institute Week and orientation. Her main passion is traveling and experiencing different cultures. Her hope is to pursue a career that combines financial analysis of the markets as well as accountancy.

Sean Callahan

Sean Callahan graduated with a degree in Political Science and was the sports editor for the Advance. He participated in Hiram study abroad trips to China and Tanzania, and spent a semester studying at Hiram's sister school, John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. He interned for Senator Sherrod Brown in the summer of 2009 and is planning on continuing his education in law or business after graduation in the spring.

Nadrienna Damaris

Nadrienna Damaris graduated with double majors in Early Childhood Education and Political Science at Hiram College. She graduated from Renaissance High School in Detroit, MI with honors. Damaris was very active on campus, participating in track and field, drill team, the Net, AASU, H.O.L.A., Fiat Lux, Model UN and Gospel Choir. Damaris was also Captain of the Hiram College Dance Team, Vice President of the French Club and a member of Community Council. Damaris worked in various capacities around the campus, mainly as the Welcome Center greeter in the Kennedy Center, and as a career assistant in the Career Center. Damaris has been the recipient of both academic and social achievement awards, including 2008 Student Leader of the Year for Diversity, Kappa Delta Pi, ODK National Leadership, and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. What Damaris loves most about Hiram College is how Hiram fosters diverse learning, through centers such as the Garfield Institute and the study abroad program which took her to China.

Natasha Glodek

Natasha Glodek graduated with a degree in Accounting & Financial Management. She plans to pursue an MBA or Master's of Accountancy degree and sit for the CPA exam. Natasha was an active member on campus, as she was Treasurer of the Accounting, Business, and Economics club, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee representing the women's golf team, a member of Hiram College's Alpha Society, and Vice President of the Endowment Investment Club. She also was the Director of Academic Relations for the Cleveland East Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants where she reached out to area colleges through networking events and newsletters to inform students of the benefits obtained from receiving the CMA certification. Natasha is interested in pursuing a career in the managerial accounting or forensic accounting sector and would like to remain in the Greater Cleveland area.

Dontavius Jarrells

Chuck Kraus

Charles Kraus graduated with degrees in History and Political Science. In 2008-2009, Kraus was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in the People's Republic of China. He has published articles in The Journal of Korean Studies, The Review of Korean Studies and currently maintains a popular research blog on modern Xinjiang (http://chuckkraus.wordpress.com/). After graduating from Hiram, Kraus plans to pursue a master's degree in Asian Studies from George Washington University. He can be reached via email at .

Lauren London

Lauren London graduated with a degree in Political Science and a History minor. She was a member and co-captain of the Varsity Volleyball team, a resident assistant for three years, President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is in her third year as a Garfield Scholar. Lauren was also a member of the Dean's List and the Alpha Society.

Kimberly Miller

Kimberly Miller graduated with a degree in Communication. She is originally from Lancaster, PA and graduated from Conestoga Valley High School. Miller was active in the Hiram College community and served as Co-Editor of the Vision (yearbook), Co-President of the Hiram College Democrats, Social Sciences Senator as well as a writing assistant. She plans to spend a year volunteering or teaching before attending graduate school, where she plans on studying international public health. Her dream is to work for Doctors Without Borders or another NGO that focuses on providing care in war-torn and developing nations.

Gillian Millwood

Gillian is an international student from Jamaica and graduated with a degree in Accounting. In addition to being a second year scholar, she was also a four year member of the Hiram College women's swim team and the Intercultural Forum. She also served as a student ambassador and is in her second year as a teaching assistant. As a result of the great number of fields that could be entered, she plans on attending graduate school to obtain a Masters in International Business and/or Business Administration. After discussion with Ambassador Roberto Flores-Bermúdez of Honduras, her next step is to return home to contribute to the financial and trade sector of CARICOM nations.

Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan graduated with a degree in Biology and Political Science minor. Michelle was a founding member and secretary of the Rotaract club at Hiram College. She was also involved in the MEDICUS Club, a club dedicated to the preparation of students applying to medical school. She was a staff writer for the college newspaper, The Advance, contributing articles about sports, medicine and Garfield Institute events. She plans to go to medical school to become a doctor/researcher working in the field of genetic microbiology. She plans to stay an active member of her community by participating in Rotary International.

Mollie Patterson

Mollie Patterson, a Pennsylvania native, graduated with a degree in History, with a focus in Classical Studies. She was also a member of Student Ambassadors and Community Council at Hiram. This past summer, she spent a month in Italy and Greece. While in Greece, she had an opportunity to meet with European Union representatives and a United States embassy representative. This trip confirmed her aspiration to attend law school after graduation, focusing on International Law.

Lydia Cancilla

Lydia Cancilla graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History. She has been part of the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership for two years and in fall 2010 will be attending law school at Washington and Lee University.

Aurelia Nugroho

Aurelia Nugroho graduated with double majors in Political Science and Communication. She is an international student from Indonesia, and graduated valedictorian from Global Jaya International School in Jakarta. Nugroho was involved in various activities and clubs across campus including: a teaching assistant, assistant editor of the Hiram Poetry Review, editor of The Advance Arts and Entertainment section, as well as being one of four members of the Garfield Institute Marketing Group. She plans to attend graduate school focusing in political management, public relations, and campaigns/ elections. Her dream job is to travel as a political adviser and/or campaign manager for new democracies around the world.

Udaivir Pathania

Udai Pathania graduated with double majors in Accounting and Economics. He has been the Vice Chair to the Student Senate Finance Committee for the past three years. Udai was a member of the Dean's List and has interned in two multinational corporations in his freshman and sophomore summers, at Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group in Singapore as a management trainee, and with the Sherwin-Williams Company in Cleveland as a financial cash management intern. He has also worked in an agribusiness consulting agency, GIC Group in Washington DC, as a Research Associate for the spring semester of 2009. Udai plans to attend graduate school for his Masters Degree in Accountancy and a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering.

Natalie Rushton

Ashley Speaker

Ashley Speaker graduated with a degree in Education. Her love of history and world studies has given her the desire to travel. Through Hiram's Study Abroad Program she traveled to Ireland and England. She has also traveled around regions of the United States and Canada. Beyond the realms of history and politics, music is a major part of her life. She has played in the Hiram College Concert Band and studied clarinet and recorder. She is a vocalist in the youth worship band at Southington Christian Church. She was a second year Garfield Scholar and credits the Institute with providing her a chance to grow through networking with others and opportunities to harness leadership skills which will help her in the classroom and beyond.

Steve Voytek

Steve Voytek, a Maryland native, graduated with a degree in Political Science and minor in Economics. His areas of interest include International Relations with a regional focus on Eastern Europe as well as the formulation of American foreign policy. Steve has interned on the local, state and federal levels of government during his summers away from Hiram. Most recently he completed an internship at the Department of Commerce with the Congressional Legislative Affairs Office. After graduation he plans to get a TESOL certification to teach English abroad. Eventually Steve plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Jared Wolschlager

Jared Wolschlager graduated with a BA in Religious Studies and a minor in Political Science. He plans to attend both theology school and graduate school in pursuit of double masters in social work and Divinity/Theology. His future career goals include either NGO work abroad or work on a college campus as a director of religious life. He was involved in community council, the student environmental group, and the elementary tutoring program among others. He also worked as a teaching assistant for a freshman colloquium.

Huanran Zhong

Joe Trela

Joe Trela graduated magna cum laude from Hiram in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. He was a two-year member of the Garfield Institute, three-year captain of the Hiram College baseball team, a founding member of the Endowment Investment Club, two year member of Finance Committee, and Community Council. Joe graduated with a Masters of Accountancy with a concentration in Information Systems Audit and Control at Bowling Green State University in August 2010. He will begin his career in fall 2010 in the Cleveland office of Deloitte & Touche in the Enterprise Risk Services practice and will take the Certified Public Accountant examination and Certified Information Systems Auditor examination. He is also working to grow and improve his charitable organization, Up2Bat for Nicaragua, which Joe began at Hiram in spring 2009. The website was recently completed. (www.up2bat.org)

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