Ashley Smith Checks In

December 4th, 2014 § 0

 

Ashley Smith

A recent email from yet another of our alums, Ashley Smith:

After graduating with a degree in English Literature I worked for a seafood company in Seattle for a couple of years. I was lucky enough to get to travel to Alaska’s Aleutian Chain twice a year and work with fishermen injured while working.

 The travel bug bit me during those trips, so in 2008 I packed up and shipped off to the African country of Namibia.  I volunteered with an organization called World Teach. They placed me at a secondary school teaching English, and I lived and fell in love with a native family and a fascinating and beautiful country.

After my year flew by, I moved back to the US and straight to Phoenix, Arizona.  I worked for a year doing anything I possibly could to make money and finally landed at Yelp.com as a local Account Manager assisting local businesses with their advertising. I was lucky enough to find Yelp when it was still young and the Phoenix office held less than 50 employees.  We are now (almost four years later) an office of about 800 and a publicly traded company; and I have moved from local account management to working with National Advertising clients around the country.

I get to travel and manage advertising budgets of over a million dollars a year. It’s very interesting and definitely keeps me on my toes!  Two weeks ago, I was offered and accepted a position at Yelp managing a team of my own National Account Managers.  I’m very excited to see where this next adventure teaches and takes me!

 


Alumna Lauren Pattie

November 26th, 2014 § 0

Pattie, Lauren

Lauren Pattie has been busy since graduating with an English major several years ago—and not just hanging out on ledges (literally), taking pictures.  Upon graduation, Lauren won a Fulbright Fellowship to southeastern Turkey, where she taught English and traveled extensively.  Arriving back home, she became the marketing & public relations manager at Iocolor, a book printing & manufacturing company that focuses on image-intensive books.  (Iocolor works with notable photographers, museums, and university presses.)  When that firm downsized, Lauren decided to go after her first love and is currently attending Fuller Seminary, pursuing a masters in divinity degree.

Rivaling that first love is Lauren’s significant accomplishments in co-ed ultimate Frisbee.  This is serious stuff:  Her Seattle team recently came in second in nationals, and Lauren—along with fellow SPU English alum Lexi Garrity—was interviewed on ESPN 3 after the victory.

Topping off this list of post-grad accomplishments is Lauren’s continued singing in local choirs and ensembles, a talent she groomed at Seattle Pacific.

Says Lauren about here time at SPU:  “I’m very glad I decided to go with the English major. Not only did that mean I had awesome professors all the time, but it is a very flexible degree. Once you know how to communicate effectively, you can go a whole ton of places. I think the English major will set me up well for seminary because I know how to write and analyze texts–which is a lot of what we’ll be doing.”

 

 

English Major Named Academic All-District Athlete

November 20th, 2014 § 0

English major Madi Cavell has just been named an Academic All-District Athlete for the All-West Region of the NCAA.  She is one of just six volleyball players from the entire West–from the Rockies to Hawaii–and the only representative of the Great Northwest Conference to achieve this distinction.  Congratulations, Madi! 

Rome 2015 Study Travel Meeting

November 18th, 2014 § 0

Rome Info Session

Ciao, Studenti!!!

Dr. Kresser and I will be hosting our first, Rome 2015 Info Session  THIS THURSDAY, Nov. 20, at 4:30-5:00  in the SPU Art Center, room 5.  (FYI, the Art Center is located on Cremona St., just behind the Shell station, on the way to Byen Bakery).    We’ll be providing general information about the program, including costs, accommodations, activities, and application deadlines and procedures.  Don’t miss it!  (But if you must miss it, let me know and we’ll try to fill you in later!

 A presto!

 Dr. Maier

Liberal Arts Employer Panel

November 17th, 2014 § 0

Doc2The Center for Career and Calling is hosting a Liberal Arts Employer Panel on Wednesday, Nov. 19th from 6:30-8pm in DH 150.  Learn from the career stories of professionals whose undergraduate majors include History, Communication, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Psychology. 

 All students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited!