Class of 2008 Modern Languages Students Make Plans

Wide array of professions demonstrate the value of language study | May 20, 2008

The Class of 2008 has graduated and left campus. Some of our alumni have decided their career paths, while others still are exploring. The following list of students who completed majors and minors in the Department of Modern Languages indicates the exciting possibilities that await our graduates. These individuals have prepared themselves linguistically and culturally to deal with an increasingly globalized world. Obviously, they have combined their programs with a wide range of other disciplines, once again exhibiting the high value and flexibility of the skills cultivated through language studies for virtually any field.

The faculty members of the Department of Modern Languages are proud to send these students to the post-university world. We will add more names and plans as students report their details to us.


Michael Bauer (Spanish) will enter the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent College of Law.

Analise Belfiore (Spanish) has started work as a long-term substitute Spanish teacher in the Rapid Run Middle School of the Oak Hills School District.

Willie Byrd, Jr. (Spanish) has joined Teach for America, and will teach in a Memphis, TN middle or high school for the next two years.

Alicia Earnest (Spanish) has joined the St. Joseph Worker Program and will volunteer in social outreach programs at a Spanish-speaking parish in Minneapolis, MN.

George Ganey (Spanish) is working as a Legal Assistant in the Law Office of Fernando Quiñones, a San Francisco firm specializing immigration.

Lauren Grove (Spanish) will work as an interpreter in the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center.

Briana Hansen (Spanish) is working with two area improvisational comedy teams, "What the..." and "The Smarty Pants Theatre Company." She has a current role with the Blue Chip Players at the Monmouth Theatre, and she will teach a course on improvisational acting at Xavier in the fall semester.

Kevin Hoggatt (Spanish) is working as an Assistant to former U.S. Congressman, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Trade Representative Rob Portman at the Cincinnati office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP.

Lindsay Jackson (Spanish) will begin study in the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Christine Klymko (Spanish) will begin graduate study in mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta.

Gregory Koehler (Spanish) has accepted a position in the City of Cincinnati Department of Community Development Business Development Division.

Jennifer Komos (French) has been accepted into the graduate program of the Ohio State University Department of French & Italian, but has deferred enrollment for a year.

Julianne Koury (French) will continue an internship with a joint venture between GE Aviation and the French company Snecma.

Michaela Maloney (Spanish) has accepted a position as a bilingual registered nurse with the Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.  She will work in pediatrics in a satelite clinic that serves a large Spanish-speaking population.

Christopher Owsiak (Spanish) will begin study in the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He will accept a commission in the US Army Reserve when he completes officer training this summer.

Sydney Patterson (Spanish) will enter the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

Alicia Plachecki (Spanish) has been accepted into the Language Assistants Program by the Spanish Ministry of Education and will work in a public school in southern Spain during the 2008-09 academic year.

Amber Richardson (Spanish) will begin a 12-week critical care nursing internship program at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. At the end of the internship, she will have the opportunity to choose her work area in the hospital.

Cristina Romeo (Spanish) has accepted a position as a research assistant in the Department of Cell Biophysics and Pharmacology in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Stefanie Schiel (Spanish) will work as an au pair with a family in Barcelona, Spain.

Cameron Seward (Spanish) will attend the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Alison Traudt (Spanish) has accepted a position with Ernst & Young. She will begin a a two-summer MS program in accounting at the University of Virginia at the end of May and will start work in the firm's Cincinnati office in September.

Marie Watson (French) will begin study at the Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN.

Jessica Wabler (German) is employed with the OKI Sister City Coalition of Cincinnati. She assists in programs involving Cincinnati's international sister city relationships, such as Munich (Germany), Nancy (France), Liuzhou (China), Harare (Zimbabwe), Kharkiv (Ukraine), Gifu (Japan), and Tapei-Hsien (Taiwan). 

Amy Wetterau (German) will work as an au pair with a family in Hanover, Germany.