Key Alumni/ae/x News

Key alumni/ae/x consistently demonstrate a lifelong commitment to learning, a core value we work to ignite in our students, and are currently doing some truly amazing things around the world to serve their communities and make a difference.

Congratulations to Judd Legum '96, who's online newsletter Popular Information won the 2020 Online Journalism Award in the category of Excellence in Newsletters!

Lindsey Ellerson Goebel ‘01 recently joined Artemis Ward, a digital creative agency based in Washington, D.C. and Denver, serving as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth.

Rebecca Kopp ‘04 is the Global Sales Director at SkLO, a modern design brand servicing the world's top designers with one-of-a-kind handblown glass lighting and accessories for luxury residential and hospitality projects.

Alex Baca ‘07 works for Greater Greater Washington in D.C., where she is working to eliminate single-family zoning and build more, denser housing and more, denser affordable housing, particularly in affluent, majority-white neighborhoods that have used land-use regulations to segregate themselves.

CJ Corddry ‘08 is a Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse working on the inpatient Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant/Cellular Therapy unit at Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. “I have the amazing privilege of taking care of inspiring heroes everyday!”

Abigail Gruskin ‘16 graduated from Tufts University this past May and moved to New York City to begin a three-semester-long masters program in Magazine and Digital Storytelling at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. With a background in reporting on community news, arts and culture, and harder-hitting topics like gentrification and housing inequalities—both for Abigail’s university’s daily newspaper and for two bi-monthly magazines in Somerville and Cambridge, MA—she is going to be cultivating her focus on social justice-oriented stories in New York City.

Olivia Cottrill '14 graduated last December from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in Psychology and she runs a photography business that she's been running for the past four years. She credits "Mr. Plumb, a huge inspiration to me to continue with photography after all of our Digi Photo classes."

Jessica Reiner '17, senior at the University of Pennsylvania, successfully led a petition at the school to extend widespread student COVID-19 testing throughout the semester, resulting in free testing for all students that were not symptomatic if they felt they had been exposed. A full write-up about the petition can be found here.

Congratulations to Jacy Bird '98 who recently made tenure as a faculty member in the Engineering Department at Boston University.

Congratulations to Taylor Beall '09 for, along with a group of other Smith College Alums, won the CoVent-19 Challenge. This Challenge was an 8-week challenge for engineers, innovators, designers, and makers aimed at "fostering the innovation of a rapidly deployable, minimum viable mechanical ventilator for patients with COVID_19 related ventilator-dependent lung injuries." Their design is now going for official FDA approval and mass manufacturing. Click here for more information about their winning design and the contest.

Caroline Thomas '12 was featured in a recent article in the Capital Gazette about her time as a first-year resident physician at Anne Arundel Medical Center during this time.