Writing & Comtemporary Thought Graduates

[Sara Hawley]Sara Hawley is a Writing Emphasis graduate who earned Program Honors and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Sara combined her talents as a writer and artist by carefully fulfilling her elective credits with art courses.  Sara has a blog and a web site where she shares her work with other writers and artists.  Sara’s work appeared in Vernacular.  She was recognized for her talent as a writer and won 1st Place in our campus Fiction Writing Contest for her drama, A Game of Chess.  Sara's Senior Seminar topic was Pictures As Storytelling Devices. Sara was able to pursue her interest in working as a librarian by completing her internship at the Troy Public Library. After earning her B.S. in Creative Studies, Sara completed the M.S. Degree Program in Library Science at The University at Albany.

[Michelle Heyes]Michelle Heyes is a Summa Cum Laude graduate who also earned Program Honors. Michelle's interests vary widely across writing and media studies. She was able to select courses that allowed her to explore new areas and develop skills in many aspects of writing and media. Michelle completed an internship at the New York State Office of the Comptroller, Retirement System. Because of her diverse skills, Michelle was offered a full time position in that office upon graduation and has since been promoted. Michelle’s Senior Seminar topic was Oral History Through Storytelling.

[Daniel Pertierra]Daniel Pertierra is a Summa Cum Laude graduate in the Writing emphasis.  Dan also earned Program Honors. Dan is a talented writer and artist. Vernacular published its first graphic novel, which was created by Dan. The Annual Poetry Competition awarded its first prize ever for an Epic Poem to Dan. His Senior Seminar topic was Science Fiction: Myth and Fantasy. Since graduating Dan has had his work appear in other publications such as on line web sites and an annual calendar.

[Amanda Ward]Amanda Ward is a Summa Cum Laude graduate in the Writing emphasis who also earned Program Honors.  Amanda’s interests are centered in writing.  Her specialty is young adult fiction and she has begun to send out some of her work to publishers.  Amanda completed her internship as the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. She completed an interesting Senior Seminar on The Evolution of Vampires in Literature. Her final project included a scholarly paper accompanied by a film she created.  After earning her B.S. in Creative Studies, Amanda completed the M.S. Program in Elementary Education at Marist College.  She hopes to continue to write while working as a high school English teacher.

[Creative Studies Graduate - Matt Maturo]Matthew Maturo is a Creative Life emphasis graduate who graduated with Program Honors and Cum Laude Honors. He managed to combine his long time interest in sports with his internship placement at Sportsrageous. Among other duties, he wrote a daily blog for the site. Matt's Senior Seminar project was an examination of American architecture and its place in contemporary Humanities studies. Matt is considering a Masters program in either writing or education.

[Creative Studies Graduate - Christine Hollister]Christine Hollister is a Writing Emphasis graduate who graduated with Program Honors and achieved Cum Laude Honors. Christine has a long standing involvement with poetry. She has been writing for many years and has started to read some of her work at local poetry events in the Capital Region. Christine won awards three years in a row in the College Poetry Competition. Christine's Senior Seminar topic was: 'Images of Death in Literature and Art'. She was accepted into two graduate programs. First she will earn her M.F.A. in Poetry at New Hampshire University. Then, she plans to complete her M.S. in Education at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

[Creative Studies Graduate - Dustin Farrell]Dustin Farrell is a Creative Life emphasis graduate who received Program Honors and graduated Cum Laude. Dustin completed a valuable internship, and gained many new and marketable skills, working for a local publishing firm. Dustin is a poet whose work has appeared in our College Literary and Art Journal. In 2010 – 2011 Dustin served as the Literary Editor for the 42nd Edition of that magazine, Vernacular. He was the First Place winner of the 2011 Annual Poetry Competition for his poem The Jump of Chance. Dustin is pursuing his M.A.T. in Education at the Sage Graduate School.

[Creative Studies Graduate - Alex Milkman]Alex Milkman is a Writing emphasis graduate. Alex used most of his elective credits to pursue his interests in studying law and government. Alex completed one internship working for Senator Roy McDonald in the New York State Senate last spring. He completed a second internship working for the School Attorney on labor relations issues at the regional BOCES. He will begin his pursuit of the J.D. degree at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, CT in September.

[Creative Studies Graduate - Tekeah Harris]Tekeah Harris combined her interests in writing and art as an Art emphasis student. She managed to complete two internships within the major. First she worked for the Arts Center of Troy as an assistant in the gallery. Next she interned at a local photography studio and learned more about the specialized areas of photography. Tekeah's Senior Seminar topic was' The Harlem Renaissance: Revitalization of A Nation'. Tekeah will begin her pursuit of a M.A. in Liberal Studies this fall at The University of Albany.