‘Where are they now?’ Category

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Tad Marinac (’87)

Tad writes: “Following graduation from Gustavus I found myself without graduate school, or job prospects. What followed was a series of low paying andless than satisfying jobs, that included union stagehand, bouncer, computer operator, temporary accountant, tax preparer, computer assembly, salesman, loan officer, branch manager for a financial institution, and staff appraiser. Along the way, […]

Shel Silvernail (’90)

Shel came to Gustavus direct from the pastures and marshlands of Watertown, MN.  After graduating with her hard-won philosophy major, she took advantage of the rebounding economy of the early 90’s to secure a prestigious job tending bar while taking further classes and researching career opportunities.  Three years later, in an unforgettable Peter Pan moment, […]

Jennifer Lee (’10)

Following her graduation, Jennifer heads to New York City, where she will attend Fordham University Law School, beginning in the fall of 2010.

Natalie Norberg (’10)

AS of the fall of 2010, Natalie will be in Zhuhai, China, where she will be employed by United International College as a teaching assistant in English. She joins another 2010 graduate of our department, Beau Hillesheim.

Beau Hillesheim (’10)

Beau heads to China in the fall of 2010, to spend a year as an English teaching assistant, employed by United International College in Zhuhai. He will be joined there by another 2010 graduate of our department, Natalie Norberg.

Nancy (Carlson) McCoy (89)

Nancy lives in Tomah, Wisconsin, where she is raising two boys, four horses, 13 chickens, two cats and one husband!  She is  a US Army Major in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.  In the summer of 2010, she is beginning another 365 days full-time mobilization at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin, working with deploying and redeploying […]

Mark Poppe (’80)

After graduating from Gustavus, Mark attended Arizona State University studying Architecture and Civil Engineering. He received a BS in Architectural Studies in 1986 and an MS in Civil Engineering in 1990. He has worked the past 20 years in Phoenix, Arizona as a Transportation/Traffic Engineer.

Take that, Novalis!

For at least two centuries, people who ought to know better have been alleging that “philosophy bakes no bread.”  Google the expression, and you’ll find it (or a version of it) attributed to that wildly prolific philosopher, It Has Been Said. I found a hand-scrawled note to myself, claiming that Bertrand Russell says it in […]

Philosophy alumni present

The philosophy department welcomed back three wonderful alumni–Tad Marinac, Shel Silvernail and Paul Tidemann–on Wednesday, March 18, for the semi-annual dinners-and-discussions that we call “Mom, Dad…I’m a Philosophy Major.” The Rev. Paul Tidemann (’60) provided us with a written copy of his remarks. Shel Silvernal (’90) discussed the ways in which her life as a […]

Stephen Henderson (’96)

Stephen Henderson (’96) teaches English in Osaka, Japan. He reports that “My two most memorable conversations were with an 80-year old man who fled Japan to China in the 1930s and lived out the war hiding in Manchuria. He had hundreds of wonderful stories to tell. I also had the opportunity to “interview” a woman […]