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Alumni News & Achievements

A CLA education develops imaginative and resourceful people who are committed to service and leadership in every sector of society. They have a deep understanding of diverse perspectives. They think independently, critically, and creatively.

Our alumni excel in many fields: health care, politics, education, entertainment, arts, business, and social justice among others.

Portrait of Karin Goettsch

Always a Learner

A strong leader, a liberal arts advocate, and an educator, Karin Goettsch holds a PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication from the University of Minnesota. She is a well-rounded individual that walks with purpose and takes advantage of all the opportunities that come running to her. Her diverse skill set has given her the opportunity to speak at national and international conferences, and she credits much of it to her liberal arts education.
Portrait of Tigana Van Le

From ASPIRE to Inspire

Senior Tigana Văn Lê, is shattering expectations in his campus and real-life experiences. Through a 10-week internship in Washington DC, Lê worked on education policy and discovered the importance of using policy to help demographic specific communities. Through his involvement in the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC), he has found his passion and how he wants to inspire others.
Psychology's 100th Anniversary Gala Banner

100 Years of Excellence

CLA’s Department of Psychology is a hub of collaborative research 100 years in the making. Professors Andrew Oxenham and Eugene Borgida, along with department chair Monica Luciana, share some of the department’s history as they celebrate their anniversary and look to the future.
Portrait of Erin Jones and Karah VueBenson

Research in the First Person

The Gullah/Geechee Nation has a unique, centuries-old American culture that is under threat. Geography undergraduates Erin Jones and Karah VueBenson traveled to visit Gullah/Geechee people face-to-face to learn from them about their struggles and how collaborative scholarship can contribute to their efforts to protect their land.
Portrait of Claudia Hochstein.

What is a Latin Degree?

CNES alumna and recent Jeopardy! contestant Claudia Hochstein discusses the of the value of her Latin degree—how it’s prepared her for the future, from game shows to scientific research—and how greater diversity awareness should be brought to the Latin field.
Portrait of JT Weaver.

A Thoughtful Approach to Dance

Recent graduate JT Weaver calls framing his dance major in a liberal arts context “game-changing.” His well-rounded education equipped him to explore ideas through movement and to create dance pieces that are thoughtfully crafted ideas of creative research. “The biggest takeaway from my time at the University is my level of awareness in all facets of my life,” Weaver says. “My years at the U instilled an approach to life that is highly thoughtful and perspective-driven.”
Portrait of Mariam Salama

A Bright Light in the World

Senior Mariam Salama had the opportunity to speak at last year’s CLA Bright Lights celebration, where she offered insights from her experiences as an undergraduate. Her journey through college brought challenges, rewards, and wisdom to share with others. Salama reflects on her travel to Uganda and the impact that serving as a CLA ambassador has had on her life.