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Alumni Stories

Our alumni are involved in a variety of fields, such as industry and academia. Hear about their experiences both as students in the department and their life post-graduation.

Carolyn Sakstrup poses for a portrait

Not Ready to Stop Learning

Studying another language cultivates new, unique ways of thinking. Carolyn Sakstrup (BA ‘99, Spanish, minors in Latin American studies and Studio Art) is a senior vice president in marketing at Target. Her path all began with language studies and a desire to continue learning.
Headshot of Greta Treiber

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Greta Treiber spent spring 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She discusses her connection with her host family and her tips for other students looking to participate in learning abroad. By honing her Spanish skills, Treiber hopes to further her intercultural competence as she pursues a master's in arts education.
Photograph of Nanee Lee-Workman, who is sitting on a stone bench and is positioned facing the camera. Trees dot the background.

Nahee Lee-Workman

Spanish and Portuguese student Nahee Lee-Workman has found success at 3M with her CLA-based knowledge and skills. While at the University she studied abroad in Brazil, learned how to understand cultural and linguistic differences among Spanish and Portuguese speakers, and learned the value of networking in order to advance her career.
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A Global Student

Recent CLA grad and Fulbright Scholar Julia Potach studied both Spanish and Global Studies and served on the Spanish and Portuguese Undergraduate Studies Committee, and participated in service-learning opportunities and study abroad internships.