Alumni/Alumnae Achievements


George Lintzeris (1971) – has an exhibit of his prints of scenes of the Holy Land at the Fen Gallery, 1634 Eye St. NW, Suite 725, Washington DC. Tel: 202-887-0177.

Ryan Heilman (1995) – ran into Dr. Freyman at the Baltimore Museum of Art last fall and reports that he is teaching history in Carroll County; they have no Latin program there. He and his young son are frequent visitors to the museum.

Melissa Musacchio (2001) – writes: “Aside from teaching for six years, I have taken grad courses at Towson to become state certified and highly qualified in Latin. I have also taken several classes with Sister Therese, mostly Latin literature but also some Roman history, and I have a 4.0 at Notre Dame. I received a grant from the NEH in 2007 for a year-long study program called “Classical Scholarship and Age of Augustus.” I have been co-chairing the Maryland Junior Classical League (along with Jason Slanga) for two years, which I have loved doing and has given me a huge amount of organizational and leadership experience. I also was a TA for an Etymologies course at Johns Hopkins a few years ago for their Center for Talented Youth Summer Program.”

Jason Slanga (2004) – is teaching Latin at Dulaney High School in Timonium.

Tessa Baumgardner (2005) – writes: “I have finished medical school – YAY – and am now half-way through my internship year in the pediatric residency program at the University of Florida, Shands Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. I am very much enjoying being a resident as opposed to a medical student – first off, I am actually getting paid now, thank goodness, but most importantly, as a resident, it matters that I show up for work every day! I am very happy to be at Shands, as there are really very few things that I do not have the opportunity to see and care for in pediatrics. It is a fascinating place to be. “I have also continued to value and use my education from UMBC as I finished medical school, and I even have occasion to use my Ancient Studies background to teach medical students! Late in my 4th year of medical school, I had an attending surprised I knew what 4 Vol. XLI Spring 2010 akathisia was, and also the name for it, when he did not even expect the fellow working with us to know. I knew it because of my Greek studies: take the verb “kathizo” (transliterated; meaning “to sit”), slap an alpha privative on it, and there is really no better name for the condition where one literally cannot sit still! “Then just this afternoon I was in the newborn nursery on labor and delivery call reviewing gastroschisis, which is a condition where the abdominal wall does not fully close and thus the baby is born with intestines external, with a couple of third-year medical students. As a teaching aid I was able to explain to the students that the term comes from the Greek roots for “stomach” and “split”. I love moments like that, when I get to realize anew just how valuable my Classics education is to who I am personally and professionally. “My plans for after pediatrics residency are still developing, but if I had to choose today I would likely do another residency in anesthesiology and meld the two into pediatric critical care or pediatric anesthesiology, or some such animal. For now though I am keeping an open mind and enjoying the journey, because, whatever I do from this point on, I will do it because I enjoy it!”

Rebecca Stephen (2005) – has switched out of the archaeology program into the Latin Teaching M.A. program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Despite some states cutting back on public teaching positions, she says, Latin teachers are in demand down there.

Kristin Hulburt (2006) – was accepted into the Philosophy PhD program at the University of Arizona, one of the best Ancient Philosophy centers in the U.S., according to her former advisor in Philosophy, Professor Sue Dwyer.

Joseph Howley (2006) – writes: “I am as well as one can be in what is hopefully the last year of one’s PhD. I have been living in Cambridge with Skylar while she works on her PhD, as all I really need at this stage is a library and they’ve got those here, too. My dissertation is on narratives of intellectual activity in Aulus Gellius’s Noctes Atticae; I’m interested in how and why he stages encounters with knowledge, which he does persistently, through speech or text, in the Forum or in the library, among friends/enemies or just in the act of taking notes for the work itself. Generally, I’ve become interested in the intellectual world of the Empire and how it was written down. A certain paper I wrote for Dr. Goldberg on the Domus Augustiana.and its libraries still resurfaces in my mind on a regular basis! So: a rather eccentric topic, a text that ten years ago perhaps would have been obscure but has had two dedicated monographs on it in the past year. I still think there’s plenty to be done on it; to what extent it is (or can be made) marketable research remains to be seen.”

Peter Quantock (2007) – has been working for Jim Gibb at Gibb Archaeological Consulting for about three and half years. He writes, “Unlike most CRM firms, I am able to do more here than just dig holes in the field. I’ve worked on grant applications, report writing, and supervising crews of volunteers out in the field and in the lab. I am very lucky to have had this opportunity and appreciate it. I was accepted to both the University of Maryland’s Masters of Applied Anthropology program and the University of Denver’s Masters in Anthropology program (archaeology track). I have accepted the offer from Denver and will be starting my graduate education in the fall. My decision was made easier with the scholarship offer from Denver which covers most of my tuition.”

Lanah Clinton Koelle (2007) – graduated from College Park with a Masters in Library and Information Science last May. She now works at the Center for Hellenic Studies in D.C. as a preservation librarian and as “a kind of technology coordinator and information organizer.” She and her husband John Koelle came to the December lunch sponsored by the ANCS Club.

Weston Bitner (2008) – is finishing his Advanced Geospatial Application Certificate at CCBC – Catonsville this spring.

Cally Brandt (2009) – who received her M.A. in Art History at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2011, writes: “Beginning on November 16, I will be Development Coordinator of Government, Corporate, and Foundation Relations at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art)! It pleases me to have a job that is more closely related to my field.”

Jordan Hadfield (minor, 2007) – announces the birth of a son, Nolan, on September 26th.

Recent Alums Headed for Grad School

Julia Solver (2009) Museum Studies at University of Leicester

Katie Bentz (2010) Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder (concentrating on archaeology)

Sarah Carney (2010) has a grant to University of Texas at Austin for Latin American Studies.

Pablo Clemente (2010) Classics at Trinity University, Dublin

Sandy Gammon (2010) Anthropology at Monmouth University, NJ

Taylor Teske (2010) Classics at Trinity University, Dublin