Archive for Lisa Heldke

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Jill Smith (2014)

Jill Smith is working as an administration specialist at Towers Watson in Bloomington, MN. She works on a team of administrators to make sure the paperwork is in place so that people can retire. Jill writes “I’ve even been able to flex my editorial muscles and use my English major skills.”

James Freetly (2012)

James is, well, what can we say? He’s a comedian, writer and “online humor content writer” in Chicago, where he works with Chicago Comedy Theaters. What can we say???

Megan Maricle-Roberts (2014)

Megan is currently enrolled in the MSW program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She will complete her degree in 2016

Garret Zayic (2001)

Garret is a proposal project manager for United Healthcare. After Gustavus, Garret spent three years in the Peace Corps, before completing an MFA in creative writing at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Melissa Bruninga (’90)

Melissa writes: I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, where I teach everything but US history. One of the classes I created is History of Gender, and I find myself returning again and again to ideas I learned at Gustavus, in classes such Dr. Kate Wittenstein’s Women’s History […]

Amanda Hochstatter (12)

Amanda Hochstatter teaches math and physics at a public high school in New York City. Her school is one of the most integrated schools in the city and has a strong special education program especially for students on the autism spectrum. She uses her philosophy degree to guide her thinking while designing curriculum that specifically addresses […]

APRIL 16, 2016: Save the date!

How are you thinking about your philosophy major now? A Gustavus Philosophy Alumni Event    The faculty and students of the Philosophy Department invite you to a first-ever all-philosophy-alumni gathering, to be held Saturday, April 16 at Gustavus.   See the attached pdf for details. save the date  

Samantha Manick (15)

Samantha Manick is working as a baker at River Rock Cafe in St. Peter, a community institution much beloved for its excellent homemade treats. Sami follows in the footsteps of fellow philosophy graduate Kate Goodpaster, who also began her baking career at River Rock. (Kate now is the (philosopher) queen of the laminated dough machine, […]

Austin Conrad (15)

Austin writes: “I’m currently working at the Leo Hoffmann Center [in St. Peter] as a Night Youth Counselor. My primary job responsibility is providing supervision at night (doing bed checks, etc.) while the kids are sleeping. The Leo Hoffmann Center is a residential treatment center for male adolescent sex offenders. Apart from night supervision, most of what […]

Happy World Philosophy Day!

My, my how the year has flown! It’s already World Philosophy Day again! This UNESCO-sponsored day seeks to…well, we can’t say it better than the director of UNESCO: “Faced with the complexity of today’s world, philosophical reflection is above all a call to humility, to take a step back and engage in reasoned dialogue, to […]