Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Ava Ryvka Altman
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY/Medieval Studies
A study of different forms of religious communication, specifically political rhetoric and the ways in which authority and power were asserted and expressed during the 11th-century papal reform movement in Europe.
Project: Papal legates in France: The correspondence of Hugh of Cluny and Hugh of Die.
Sponsor: Adam Franklin-Lyons
Outside Evaluator: Lauren Mancia, Brooklyn College

Tim Charles Morgan Bedford
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC/Electronic Music and Improvisation
A study of free improvisation through writing, performance, and computer programming, and a collection of electronic music compositions.
Project: Between the object and me: Free improvisation solo and duo analysis paper.
Sponsors: Matan Rubinstein, Jim Mahoney
Outside Evaluator: Daniel Warner, Hampshire College

Ellen Foster Booth
Bachelor of Arts
BIOLOGY/Animal Behavior & VISUAL ARTS/Sequential Art and Sculpture
An exploration of animal behavior, evolution, and cognition through sequential art, sculpture, science writing, and an educational board game.
Project: A sequential art fiction piece based on spotted hyena behavior.
Sponsors: Jaime Tanner, Timothy Segar
Outside Evaluator: Jessica Cuni, Choate Rosemary Hall

Solomon Pesach Botwick-Ries
Bachelor of Arts
An engaged-Buddhist eco-theology of foodways, exploring food, cooking, and eating through a constructive interpretation of Buddhist mealtime liturgy and the work of Zen master Eihei Dōgen.
Project: Engaged-Buddhist eco-theology of foodways.
Sponsors: Amer Latif, William Edelglass, Seth Harter
Outside Evaluator: Christopher Ives, Stonehill College

Catherine Renee Clauss
Bachelor of Arts
Certificate in Nonprofit Management
PSYCHOLOGY/Career Development and Organizational Management
A study of career development and organizational management, using the psychology of personality development as a foundation for examining and analyzing relevant theories of motivation, to better understand how personality structure influences choice.
Project: Study of motivation and its impact on career decision making.
Sponsor: Thomas Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Alex Beck, Brattleboro Development Workforce Program

Logan Henry Davis
Bachelor of Arts
COMPUTER SCIENCE/Programming Languages
A study of programming language design and implementation as well as an interactive, modular memoir.
Project:The design and implementation of an embedded systems language.
Sponsors:Jim Mahoney, Matan Rubinstein, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator:Brandt Kurowski, Logic Branch Productions

Jonathan Taylor Earle
Bachelor of Arts
An exploration of doctrine and its significance in the work of Chinul (12th-13th century), and the development of contemporary Korean Buddhist practice.
Project: An analysis of Chinul’s theory of true mind and its significance.
Sponsors: William Edelglass, Seth Harter
Outside Evaluator: Glenn Wallis, Won Institute of Graduate Studies

Kelsey Anne Gately
Bachelor of Arts
An investigation of issues surrounding the self in regard to body health and chronic illness through means of photography, sculpture, and various mixed media.
Project: A photographic exhibition and book that examine the body in reference to chronic illness.
Sponsors: Tim Segar, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Jen Morris, Landmark College

Mikaela Sue Geary
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
TESOL Certificate
POLITICS/Migration Studies
This project investigates the connections between whiteness, deserving-ness, and belonging in the Swedish welfare state.
Project: Whiteness in Sweden: Construction of otherness in Swedish media.
Internship:Alingsås, Sweden
Sponsors: Nelli Sargsyan, Lynette Rummel
Outside Evaluator: Jennifer Burrell, University at Albany

Ian Cary Grant
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Video, Video Installation, and Photography
A personal exploration of aesthetics and political content through photography, video art, and installation with art historical references to British video art in the ’70s and ’80s.
Project:An exhibit made through video and installation methods.
Sponsors: Timothy Segar, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Adam Levine, Amherst College

Krystal Dawn Graybeal
Bachelor of Arts
TESOL Certificate
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Leadership and Education
A practice-as-research approach to teaching experiential learning courses and workshops through the lens of food, at Marlboro College and in the greater community.
Project: Teaching the counterculture: A beginner’s guide to facilitating a hands-on food revolution at the community level.
Sponsors: Jean O’Hara, Jennifer Ramstetter
Outside Evaluator: Larkspur Morton, Expedition Education Institute

Andrew Hart
Bachelor of Arts
A study of four American novels examining their experimental technique and the thematic concerns that compelled their innovations.
Project: Gravity’s Rainbow: looking at the novel’s relationship to history and the past.
Sponsors: John Sheehy, Gloria Biamonte
Outside Evaluator: Mark Long, Keene State College

Liliana Elizabeth Paquette Hollertz
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Political Theory
An investigation of the processes of victimization and criminalization in intimate violence.
Project: Reflections and analysis of Title IX policy.
Sponsor: Meg Mott
Outside Evaluator: Jennifer Bajorek, Hampshire College

Rafael Hulme
Bachelor of Arts
A study of mixed-media sculpture objects and installations and a paper on contemporary artists working with technology in their presentation.
Project: Research paper on Arthur Ganson.
Sponsor: Timothy Segar
Outside Evaluator: Joseph Smith, Mount Holyoke College

Connor Linden
Bachelor of Arts
An exploration of painting, sculpture, and interdisciplinary work, informed by a study of the appropriation and subversion by contemporary artists of images and themes found in consumer culture.
Project: A series of paintings, sculptures, and interdisciplinary works reflecting on consumer cultural topics in art.
Sponsors: Timothy Segar, Cathy Osman, Kathryn Ratcliff
Outside Evaluator: William Brayton, Hampshire College

Kathleen Marie Mackin
Bachelor of Arts
A study of the psychological, social, and personal dimensions of poverty among young people, with a special emphasis on the role of nonprofits in providing services to homeless youth.
Project: Practical and philosophical prospectus for a nonprofit organization running a homeless shelter.
Sponsors: Thomas Toleno, Jennifer Girouard, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Jude Smith Rachele, Abundant Sun

Mariel Mastrostefano
Bachelor of Arts
TESOL Certificate
Certificate in Nonprofit Management
POLITICS/Disability Studies
An exploration of the disability rights movement and its impact on the day-to-day life of people with disabilities.
Project: Rise UP!: Lessons in disability rights for college students including a workshop and a journal.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, Catherine O’Callaghan
Outside Evaluator: Jim Baucom, Landmark College

John McGill
Bachelor of Arts
A broad study of mathematics and philosophy with a focus in combinatorics, structuralism, and Wittgenstein.
Project: Enumerating graceful permutations.
Sponsors: Matthew Ollis, William Edelglass
Outside Evaluator: Joe Mazur, Marlboro College emeritus faculty

Matthew Olson McIntosh
Bachelor of Arts
Essays exploring place, history, and community in Memphis, northern Minnesota, and northern New Mexico.
Project: Tending the history of Clayborn Temple in Memphis, Tennessee.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, Gloria Biamonte
Outside Evaluator: Wesley Martin, Keene State College

Sarah Jean Menezes
Bachelor of Arts
An exploration of the impacts trauma has on identity development, as revealed through the intersections of psychology and the literary arts.
Project: Psychology of trauma and the role of acknowledgment in identity formation during adolescence.
Sponsors: Thomas Toleno, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, T. Hunter Wilson
Outside Evaluator: Linda Whiton, private developmental psychology consultant

Marceline Mitchell
Bachelor of Arts
An exploration of the making and unmaking of the democratic subject.
Project: The political subject: A survey of theories.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, William Edelglass
Outside Evaluator: Anna Terwiel, Trinity College

Eve Claudia Moeykens-Arballo
Bachelor of Arts
A work in film studies and French focusing on an analysis of themes in the film A Man Escaped by Robert Bresson and the text Gravity & Grace by Simone Weil, as well as an exhibition of work in experimental film and a translation of an excerpt from the book Jeune Fille by Anne Wiazemsky.
Project: Three experimental film objects
Sponsors: Jay Craven, Frédérique Marty
Outside Evaluator: Jeffrey Ruoff, Dartmouth College

Grigoriy Molchanov
Bachelor of Arts
SCULPTURE/Kinetic Sculpture
An exploration of memory as a conceptual framework for the creation of a body of artwork, and an analysis of Marilynne Robinson’sHousekeeping.
Project: An exhibition of paintings and photography.
Sponsors: Cathy Osman, Gloria Biamonte, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Holly Hughes, Rhode Island School of Design

Dylan John Murphy-Mancini
Bachelor of Arts
COMPUTER SCIENCE/Computer Security
Improving the security of computer networks and operating systems through the development and application of software, penetration testing, and cryptology.
Project: Development of and paper about a web application security scanner.
Sponsor: Jim Mahoney
Outside Evaluator: Ian Kozak, Green River Data Analysis

Sarah Palacios
Bachelor of Arts
TESOL Certificate
A study of ceramic works that engage the values of the slow food movement.
Project: An exhibition of vessels for food preservation and serving.
Sponsors: Roberto Lugo, Tim Segar
Outside Evaluator: Erica Wurtz, independent ceramic artist

Olivia C. Palermo
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Political Rhetoric
A study of language and its power over political events, with a focus on the strategies and effects of polarization.
Project: An essay on the changing relations and rhetoric between the United States and Cuba.
Sponsor: Meg Mott
Outside Evaluator: William Bendix, Keene State College

Kaitlyn Victoria Sanders
Bachelor of Arts
An exploration of the impact of trauma and loss on identity.
Project: An exhibit of works in photography.
Sponsors: John Willis, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Jim Dow, Tufts University

Paul Shin-Loewy
Bachelor of Arts
TESOL Certificate
An investigation of multicultural identity, societal value, and aesthetics of public art, from muralism to wall writing.
Project: Exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
Sponsors: Cathy Osman, Rosario de Swanson
Outside Evaluator: Samuel Rowlett, Landmark College

Lindsay Alayne Stevens
Bachelor of Arts
An exploration of the relationship between solo travel and personal growth conducted through memoir, performance, and photography.
Project: Live multimedia performance piece.
Sponsors: Jean O’Hara, John Sheehy, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Claude Caswell, Maine Art College

Andrea Jean Tirrell
Bachelor of Arts
A study of the relationships between plants and their fungal symbionts in a tropical system, and examples of how land-use history impacts present day natural communities, with an accompanying exhibition of photography observing the everyday life of small-scale organic farming in rural New England.
Project: The achlorophyllous orchid, Wullshlaegelia calcarata, and its relationship with leaf litter mats and the fungi within.
Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Seeta Sistla, Hampshire College

Sterling Alan Trail
Bachelor of Arts
A study of metal and ceramic sculpture, with a focus on surface and architectural sculpture.
Project: An exhibit of drawings and sculpture in metal and ceramics.
Sponsor: Timothy Segar
Outside Evaluator: Joseph Smith, Mount Holyoke College

Carin Wales
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Forest Ecology & Political Ecology
An exploration of how to promote a land ethic that acknowledges the complexity of ecological, political, and economic systems.
Project: Forest ecology: Design of Marlboro College ecosystem preserve.
Sponsor: Jennifer Ramstetter, Meg Mott
Outside Evaluator: Wendy Webber, psychotherapist

Graduate & Professional Studies

Angel E. Abuin
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
IT services course site.
The development of small teaching modules that will be incorporated into a learning management system in order to assist the help desk in troubleshooting and understanding all new technologies implemented at New York University.

Emmanuel I. Ajanma
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
A Nigerian secondary school goes Google.
The design and implementation of G Suite for Education for staff and students of Urban Secondary School in Nigeria, bridging the digital divide that exists and providing a model for other Nigerian schools to replicate.

Laila Anane
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Envisioning the new self.
A presentation on how the envisaging of a well-developed possible self and the development of motivational strategies influence learning.

Mary Elizabeth Annear
Master of Science in Management: Healthcare Administration
Personal sustainability in health care workers: Identifying and managing burnout.
The development of an online tool for self-assessment of burnout in healthcare providers, and a template for organization-specific resources to help those with burn-out.

Sebastian Robert Ascanio
Master of Science in Management: Mission-Driven Organizations
Peer support proposal.
A formal proposal to implement peer support services at the Brattleboro Retreat.

E. Joy Auciello
Master of Business Administration: Conscious Business
Assessment of sustainability and actionable next steps for Sunflower Village.
The development of a Sustainability Action Plan focused on financial, environmental, and social factors for Sunflower Village, a currently forming, intentional, residential community that recognizes the importance and impact of community in low-income families.

Kate Lev Ben-Ezra
Master of Science in Management: Mission-Driven Organizations
Leadership in action.
Development of a comprehensive training approach and program for direct service supervisors at Community Action, an anti-poverty organization in western Massachusetts, designed to increase supervisors’ effectiveness managing programs, coaching staff, and building teams.

Mary Beth Berberick
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
The making of a course: Mindfulness and math GED prep.
In collaboration with the Vermont Adult Learning Center of Windham County, the development of an online course that provides high school dropouts with resources to pass the math portion of the GED, and mindfulness tools to reduce test anxiety.

Allison Campbell Browne
Master of Science in Management: Mission-Driven Organizations
Measuring the impact of the circus arts and social emotional learning for youth in in-school residency programs.
The development of data collection tools in Circus Smirkus’s Ringmaster Residency program participants to ascertain the impact and growth of students’ social emotional learning through the circus arts.

Nicolás Ignacio Cárdenas Tamburini
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Pathways in the labyrinth: My lessons from neuroscience.
A presentation linking the study of the brain with the development of additional languages, ideas for practical applications in the classroom, and the debunking of persistent neuro-myths.

Heather Cohen
Master of Science in Management: Healthcare Administration
Bridging the gap.
Ensuring a smooth transition for students attending the Meadows Education Center at the Brattleboro Retreat, which serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and the students’ respective public school classrooms.

Naureen L. Cusick
Master of Arts in Teaching: Social Justice
Childhood trauma and mindfulness.
A discussion of the effects of childhood trauma, how that impacts students in our classrooms, and whether the use of mindfulness practice can help to improve the students’ experience in the classroom.

Jill E. Dawson
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Electronic notebooks and the internet of things.
Designed, engineered, and coded a wifi-connected book that can receive real-time data to help tell a story, explored ways that paper circuitry may extend the construction of new learning, and designed instruction to help students integrate technology and the arts across disciplines.

Danielle M. Delaini
Master of Science in Management: Mission-Driven Organizations
Your fundraising event toolbox: Equipping organizations to self-assess and design effective, innovative fundraising events.
A model to produce innovative fundraising events that are unique to and focus on the mission of the organization while capitalizing on the personal identity and motivations of their constituents.

Zephyr Lynn Ethier
Master of Business Administration: Project Management
Aligning strategy and resources: Using project management to support educational objectives.
Established a project portfolio to leverage limited financial and human resources and align strategic objectives against resources in an educational context, including using project management tools to drive high school recruitment and retention and develop student leaders.

Nicholas P. Fahey
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Fabled learning.
A platform providing a foundation for gamified, standards-based pathways and proficiency-based assessment as means to empower students in becoming independent, lifelong learners.

James R. Gallagher
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
In the blender: Implementing blended learning in a restructured middle school.
A project exploring blended learning, an experience that includes a variety of teaching methods and strategies, as a way to move forward and make students the focus of class, rather than teachers.

Daniel B. García-Galili
Master of Arts in Teaching: Social Justice
Fun time is learning time: Playfulness in experiential learning.
An exploration of the importance of play in creating meaningful educational experiences and increasing student engagement in the science classroom.

Jonathan F. Hoover
Master of Science in Management: Mission-Driven Organizations
A community organizing strategy for Westgate Housing Inc.
The development of a community organizing strategy to increase low and moderate-income resident participation in tenant governance and ownership in Westgate Housing, thereby empowering and transforming their rental experience.

Elaine M.C. Hulett
Bachelor of Science in Managing Information Systems
Redesign of SVSU websites.
The migration of nine school websites to the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union’s free Google Apps for Education domain in order to save money, improve website appearance, ease site navigation, and reduce webpage load times.

Nan Jiang Hyde
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Can TESOL pedagogy apply to the teaching of other languages?
A presentation on the application of TESOL theory and pedagogy to the teaching of Chinese.

Dhruv Jagasia
Master of Business Administration: Conscious Business
Exploring the “I” in business: My journey, my dharma.
The creation of a strategy to integrate business growth and nurture personal peace for Dharma Company, my socially-conscious, direct-to-consumer, online eyewear brand.

Hoda Khalil
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Why burn the midnight oil?
A presentation on the stress of written feedback for students and teachers and an exploration of ways to create a positive experience for giving and receiving feedback on written work.

Vincent Dade Liu
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Creativity in second language acquisition.
An exploration of novel learning experiences that provide students with the excitement, joy, and, mystery necessary to achieve the optimal intrinsic motivation needed for intellectual growth in and outside of the classroom.

Matthew McNaught Livingston
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
The constructivists.
The development of a 3-credit graduate course in educational philosophy, exploring the historic and pedagogic significance of constructivism.

Diane Evelyn Moore
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Making a collaborative website for high school educators.
The creation of a model collaborative website for Mount Anthony Union High School educators designed to function as a learning tool enabling faculty groups to share documents and collaborate on classroom work and projects.

Gordon Richard Morse IV
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
All fun and games: Heightening ESOL classroom engagement and motivation through games.
An exploration of the history and current use of games as learning factors, including classification, planning, and execution of game-based activities and the theory behind engagement-based learning.

Michelle Munoz
Master of Business Administration: Managing for Sustainability
Redefining Atlanta affordable housing: An archetypal business blueprint for resilience.
A business plan to establish resilience as the foundation for an urban housing movement in Atlanta that socially and economically empowers through stability, while reversing unsustainable growth through resilient building practices.

Marissa Nicole Navedo
Master of Arts in Teaching: Social Justice
De-esclating behavior.
An analysis of strategies for regaining control using positive behavior tactics in an expressive classroom.

Mack James Neal
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Declaring war on apathy.
Developed a blended curriculum using social justice infused with educational technology to inspire and prepare students to engage in their education, take social action, and defeat world views that perpetuate social injustice.

Emily Sullivan North
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Online training for student employees at Landmark College.
The creation of a fully accessible online training for the Landmark College student center that includes facility and event management, reporting procedures, and emergency protocol.

Alexis Page
Master of Science in Management: Mission-Driven Organizations
Unlocking innovation: Tools and resources for hiring and retaining women in tech fields.
The creation of a toolkit of actions and resources to help STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) companies hire and retain more women engineers.

Rohan C. Providence
Master of Science in Management: Mission-Driven Organizations
Brattleboro Storm Soccer Academy: Molding future soccer stars.
The creation of a Brattleboro Storm Soccer Academy to provide advanced training and coaching for kids who demonstrate the ability for the mental, physical, and technical aspects of the game.

Thomas Branch Scott Rossmassler
Master of Business Administration: Conscious Business
Industrial hemp production in New England.
A business plan for a hemp processing plant in New England, with enormous potential to heal our lands, bolster family farms, create jobs, and sequester carbon, in anticipation of ongoing political changes that may lead to changes in the hemp market.

Naomi Grace Shafer
Master of Business Administration: Conscious Business
Take laughter with you: Resilience and solidarity for those in crisis.
An outreach program for Clowns Without Borders to teach cross cultural understanding and empathy and turn power dynamics upside down in places where resources are scarce.

Bonnie J. Sigwalt
Master of Business Administration: Managing for Sustainability
Farm business plan for the Alice Ferguson Foundation.
The creation of a business plan for the Washington D.C.–based Alice Ferguson Foundation that improves farm operation profitability by introducing more advanced sustainable agricultural practices, and aligns the working farm with its “Living Building Challenge”–certified Potomac Watershed Study Center.

Kelsa Summer
Master of Business Administration: Managing for Sustainability
Listening well.
Developing and positioning myself as an executive coach and strategic advisor to purpose-driven organizations.

Sara Ann Swift
Master of Science in Management: Mission-Driven Organizations
Sewing our stories.
The development of a nonprofit venture that will use traditional crafts to preserve the stories of, honor the life of, and build a network of support for those who are aging, dying, or grieving within a local community.

Laura Azucena Zalazar
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
The role of identity in second language teaching and learning.
Exploring an aspect of language learning that is usually denied: the role of identity and its implications for language teaching and learning.