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Allie Judson, '08

Making public policy on 'the Hill'

Executive Assistant, Office of U.S. Congressman David Camp

Washington, D.C.

The classes I took at Albion prepared me well for the policy side of work on Capitol Hill. The liberal arts approach I learned in those classes gave me the encouragement to find a job that combined my personal strengths with my academic interests. After four years and two internships (in Paris, France and Washington, D.C.), I can confidently say that the variety of opportunities, in and out of the classroom, put me where I am today.

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James Gignac, '01

Moving the U.S. 'beyond coal'

J.D., Harvard Law School; Former Law Clerk, Alaska Supreme Court

Midwest Director, Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, Chicago, Illinois

My interest in environmental law was sparked through an environmental history course and an opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary summer research project on threats facing a local watershed. I realized that environmental issues are complex, compelling, and important, touching on economics, social justice, and international relations. Now I'm working to address climate change by moving us beyond coal to clean energy solutions.

 

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Yukiko Tanaka, '02

Getting to Carnegie Hall

M.M. (piano performance), CUNY Brooklyn College

Concert Pianist, New York, New York

33rd Artist International Winner; Solo Debut, Carnegie Hall

At Albion, I felt supported by my classmates and the faculty and staff. The professors were always willing to spend time with students and even invited us to their homes. Of course my academic experience was important, but what made the real difference in my college life was encountering these wonderful people. The GLCA New York Arts Program changed my life—through my experience in the program, I was convinced that I should be in New York City if I wanted to pursue a piano performance career.

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Allison Moore Beers, '01

Specializing in memorable moments

Graduate Certificate, Event Management, George Washington University School of Business

Owner/President, Events North, Traverse City, Michigan

While at Albion I was encouraged to look into an internship to bring the knowledge that I learned in the classroom to real work experience. When I took my first summer internship in Chicago, I thought I wanted a career in public relations. I quickly realized that I enjoyed the events that we planned more than the media relations work. For my second summer internship, I looked for an event planning agency and fell in love with the industry. This experience helped narrow my career path so that when I left college I knew the exact job I wanted to find.

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Catherine Fontana, '08

Thinking relentlessly about the environment

M.Sc. (April 2010), Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Ph.D. Student, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (expected 2014)

George J. Mitchell Scholar, 2008-09

My career as a research scientist actually started four years ago at Albion when I was awarded a Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Activity (FURSCA) grant to study parasite manipulation. Since then I've worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on industrial chemical regulation and the U.S. Department of Energy on climate change science. And in those same years, I read poetry about the war in Iraq and explored "Americanism" through Aaron Copeland's music. My biology classes at Albion taught me how to be a good scientist, but my liberal arts education has made me a relentless thinker.

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