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Monica Berlin

Professor & Chair of English

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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5 (Of the Many!) Ways Our Grads Are Finding Success After Knox

1. Some are writers and editors.

  • Content coordinator, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois. Ashley Wolfgang '14.
  • Art Services Supervisor, Albert Whitman & Company, Illinois. Ellen Kokontis '09.
  • Winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize. Beth Marzoni '04.
  • Author of Fell Hunger and Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History, Joseph Lennon '90.
  • Emmy nominated television writer and producer. David Axelrod '67.

2. Some are teachers.

  • Resident Principal, Denver East High School, Denver, Colorado. Jason Maclin '07.
  • Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. B.J. Hollars '07.
  • Teacher, Chicago International Charter School, Chicago, Illinois, Chantey McGhee '06.
  • Assistant Professor of English, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. Rebeccah Bechtold '05.
  • Assistant Professor of English, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois. Melissa Campbell-Adams ‘00.

3. Some are graduate students.

  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rebecca Hixon '16.
  • Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gabrielle Rajerison '14.
  • Graduate Student, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Allison White '14.
  • Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois. Jeri Murphy '13.
  • Post Doctoral fellow in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Cynthia Barounis '03.

4. Many have pursued law.

  • J.D. Candidate, University of California-Berkeley School of Law, San Francisco, California. Lauren Assaf '10.
  • Attorney, Law ElderLaw, Chicago, Illinois. Gina Salamone '04.
  • Attorney, Searcy Denney Scarola Banhart & Shipley, Palm Beach, Florida. Mara Hatfield '97.
  • Attorney and Author, Kansas City, Missouri. Lead attorney in the precedent-setting Nancy Cruzan "Right to Die" case before the U.S. Supreme Court. William H. Colby '77.
  • 18th President of Knox College and Retired Attorney and Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, Illinois. Roger Taylor '63,

5. And others find success in fields outside of English Literature.

  • Digital Marketing Coordinator, Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee. Laura Pochodylo '14.
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Morocco, Matthew Hendrick '14.
  • Stewardship and Sustainability Director, National Outdoor Leadership School, Casper, Wyoming. Aaron Bannon '96.
  • Psychotherapist, Sternau & Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ruth Katz '70.
  • Former President, United Nations General Assembly, The late Ismat Kittani '51.

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