Colin O'Neill '11
Language Teacher, Japanese/English Teaching Programme
Shimane Prefecture, Japan (JET)
After moving thirteen times in eighteen years as the son of a military service member, I found a home at Hampden-Sydney. While studying for a BS degree in Mathematical Economics, I was a Resident Advisor, VP of the Student Investment Group, a member of The President's Men, an inductee of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society for Leadership, captain of Hampden-Sydney's basketball team, and Gammon Cup recipient. After graduating, I sought to uproot yet again and challenge myself by working internationally. I was offered a position as an Assistant Language Teacher with The JET Programme. I teach ten English Oral Communication classes a week at two High Schools in Shimane Prefecture, Japan.
Gregory A. Dear, Jr. '10
Legal Reviewer, BrownGreer LLC,
Richmond, VA (City Year)
Greg was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and UPLS, and he majored in Political Science and Government with a Rhetoric Minor. As a student, he also participated in many community service projects in Farmville. The more he helped, the more he wanted to serve. After graduation, he wanted to do more hands on service before pursuing law school. That led him to Washington, D.C., to work with City Year in D.C.'s public school system. Since leaving City Year, Greg has been working at BrownGreer LLC, a law firm in downtown Richmond, and continues to prepare for law school.
Andrew Jennings '09
Duke University Law School,
JD/MA in Economics Candidate, 2013 (Teach for America)
At Hampden-Sydney, Andrew was an active member of the College Activities Committee and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and he completed a Senior Fellowship in history and government during his final year. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa he worked with Teach for America as a math teacher in New Orleans. He has since begun a joint JD/MA program in Economics at Duke University, where he serves as an editor for the Duke Law Journal.
Wesley Julian '08
Media Relations Coordinator, Consulate General of Japan,
Chicago, IL (JET)
Wesley graduated with a degree in religion and political science, earned a certificate in the Wilson Center for Leadership's public service program, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He served as a student senator, student court advisor and investigator, and as a resident advisor during his time on the Hill. Upon graduation, Wesley took a post with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) in Osato, Miyagi, Japan, where he taught English for two years. He was in Japan when the tsunami and earthquake struck and was highly involved in the recovery efforts. Now back in the States, he has earned master's degree in liberal arts from the University of Richmond and is currently working for the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago as the Media Relations Coordinator.
Eric B. Lewis '08
English & Social Studies Teacher, Brooklyn,
New York (JET)
Eric graduated summa cum laude with honors in Philosophy and minors in Rhetoric and Creative Writing. Upon graduation, Eric taught English as a foreign language at a high school in Myazaki, Japan, as part of the JET Programme. After a stint in Cambodia where he was the General Manager of an eco-tour and education company, Eric returned to the United States. He currently teaches English and Social Studies to 11th and 12th grade special education students at a high need school in Brooklyn, New York, as an NYC Teaching Fellow.
Garrett Trego '08
Lawyer, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP,
Philadelphia, PA (AmeriCorps)
Garrett graduated with a double major in History and Economics & Commerce, and he was a member of the club lacrosse team, the Tiger Athletic Club, and the general manager of the Tigerfund. During his senior year, Garrett was accepted to AmeriCorps NCCC, a year-long service program that enables its members to travel to communities across the country participating in various semi-long-term projects. After arriving in Denver, Colorado, the headquarters for this program, he opted for a specialized branch of AmeriCorps that partnered with the US Forest Service to train members as wildland firefighters. Garrett served in this capacity in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, based out of Fort Collins, CO, until enrolling in law school at William & Mary the following year. He will graduate from W&M in May 2012 and begin work as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group at Drinker, Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia, PA in the fall of 2012.
Price Gutshall '08
Masters in City and Regional Planning Candidate, 2012 (AmeriCorps VISTA)
I was a brother of Sigma Nu, a philosophy major, and a graduate of the Society of 1791. In 2009, I joined AmeriCorps as a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) in Concord, NH, where I worked as a program development associate at Ashoka's Youth Venture, an organization that promotes, supports, and invests in youth social entrepreneurship around the world. There I helped raise money and implemented programs in support of high school-aged social entrepreneurs in the Greater Boston area, in partnership with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, MIT, Microsoft, several venture capitalist firms, and the United Way. I am currently in my final year at Cornell University pursuing a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in economic development and real estate.
Jason Bart '07
Michigan State University School of Law,
JD Candidate, 2014 (Peace Corps)
My majors were Classical Studies and Philosophy. I also minored in Public Service. I belonged to the volunteer fire department and was part of the Public Service Program at the Wilson Center. The critical thinking skills my Professors helped me develop proved invaluable as I adjusted to the unique challenges of a Peace Corps volunteer in Central Asia. Peace Corps truly is the "toughest job you'll ever love." My time teaching English in Turkmenistan from 2007-2009 helped me broaden my worldview and adapt to different professional and cultural environments. After my term of service ended, I worked with the Turkmenistan Youth and Civic Values Foundation on various development initiatives for Turkmen Youth. I currently am a law student at Michigan State University.
Edward Wilhelm '07
Tulane University School of Law,
JD Candidate, 2013 (JET)
I graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 2007 with a degree in history. After college, I spent a year teaching English in two rural high schools in the southern Japan region of Taragi-machi with the JET Programme. After JET, I continued my education and received a Master's degree in International Politics from the University of Edinburgh. I am now a Second Year law student at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Edmund Haskins '03
Assistant Regional Counsel, South Florida 4th District,
Fort Lauderdale, FL (Habitat for Humanity, Peace Corps)
Edmund graduated with honors in English. While at H-SC, he ran cross country, was the treasurer of the pre-law society, and was active in Habitat for Humanity. He then spent two years with the Peace Corps in Andijan, Uzbekistan, teaching English to students in grades 7-11 and working to improve conditions at the school. Returning stateside, Edmund earned his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law and is currently an Assistant Regional Counsel in South Florida. He defends parents whose children have been removed from them due to allegations of abuse abandonment or neglect.
Caleb Varner '02
Government Business Development Manager, John Deere,
Johannesburg, South Africa (Peace Corps)
As a football player and Phi Beta Kappa Economics graduate, Caleb learned the importance of building lasting relationships in a world that requires us to be entrepreneurs, servants of a greater cause, and leaders. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps, serving in Ecuador and in the Dominican Republic. Caleb later worked with the US government, the United Nations in Africa, and the World Bank in DC, helping businesses and governments extend access to financial services in their countries. Before his current role in government business development for Sub-Saharan Africa with John Deere, Caleb earned his MBA/MPP at Duke Fuqua School of Business, where he was a Keller Scholar.
J . Bennett White '01
Civil Litigation Attorney, Starnes Davis Florie LLP,
Birmingham, AL (TFA)
Bennett graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magma Cum Laude from Hampden-Sydney in 2001. He received the Algernon-Sydney Sullivan award and served as chairman or president of numerous student organizations. Upon graduation, he joined Teach for American and taught third grade in Indianola, Mississippi for two years. After TFA, he earned my Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law. He is currently an attorney at Starnes Davis Florie LLP in Birmingham, Alabama, where he specializes in complex in civil litigation.
Benjamin deLee '98
Lecturer, History Department, University of California
Los angeles, California (Peace Corps)
Ben graduated with honors in Greek and Latin and took advantage of many of the study abroad opportunities at Hampden-Sydney, including programs in India, England, and Tunisia. Upon graduation, he spent two years in Togo with the Peace Corps as an agricultural extension agent in sustainable organic agriculture. Since his time in the Peace Corps, Ben has earned a Masters of Divinity from Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, a Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, a Masters in History from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Byzantine History from UCLA. He is currently a lecturer in the history department at the University of California, Los Angeles. In September, he will begin a post-doctoral fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
Kyle Laird '96
Mobility and Systems Planner, Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation,
Greensboro, NC (Peace Corps)
I was involved with the Union Philanthropic Literary Society, the Glee Club, the campus radio station, and Model UN. Overall, I was not the most outstanding academic-just a regular fellow who did alright. However, it's a more than the academics that make the man: it is also the experiences and the company on keeps. I left Hampden-Sydney a more confident and a more open-minded young man. A few years later, I joined the Peace Corps and was sent to teach at a small university in the Ukraine. During my service, my notions of economics, public good, convenience, and environmentalism were challenged. After Peace Corps, I was recruited by the American Councils for International Education to recruit, test and interview students from Russian speaking countries for a scholarship program. Upon returning to my native North Carolina, I earned a Masters in Geography from Appalachian State University. During that program I spent several months as an intern in the Economic Evaluation Department of the European Railway Agency. After completing my masters, I secured a permanent position in Greensboro, NC, at the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART). I am part of a regional project team focusing on jobs, housing and transportation within the Piedmont Triad. I primarily work with green infrastructure, energy and climate related issues. Outside of my day job, I am currently the acting president of the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Environmental Alliance.
Logan Brown '95
Business Developer, Targeted Implementation at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation,
Burlington, VT(Peace Corps)
I majored in Economics and Religion at Hampden-Sydney, was a member of ODK, and served as an RA in the Green House environmental dorm. Scott Pietan '95 and I shared the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award at graduation. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I served in the Russian Far East assisting an environmental NGO with its anti-poaching campaign designed to protect the remaining Siberian Tiger population. After Peace Corps, I earned an MA in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State. I currently live and work in Vermont for the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.
Scott Pietan '95
Trade Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative,
Washington, DC (Peace Corps)
Scott majored in history and was active in the Outsiders Club. Upon graduation, he taught math at a girls' high school in Bogota, Colombia. After a year of teaching, he accepted a fellowship to study public policy with Coro Foundation in St, Louis, Mo which led to a job in Congresswoman Tillie Fowler's office. Realizing that his primary interest was to work in international policy, he accepted a job with the Peace Corps in Belize. For two years Scott helped build a school, facilitated fair elections, and worked with the Belizean Zoo on an environmental awareness program. After returning to the U.S., he earned his Masters in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Since graduating from SAIS, Scott has worked in international trade policy. His first job post-graduate school was as an economist at the Department of Commerce. Scott currently serves as a trade negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. USTR, which is part of the Executive Office of the President, is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries.
Kenneth Parker '94
Program Director, Reach for College!
Washington, DC (Teach for America)
During his junior year, Kenneth began tutoring Alterik Baker, a third grader at Prince Edward County Elementary School Library. Those tutoring sessions confirmed Kenneth's desire to become an educator. Upon graduation as a history major, he was accepted into Teach for America's teacher training corps. He taught fourth grade at Adelaide Davis Elementary School in Washington, DC, and he continued there for five years beyond his initial commitment. Kenneth then worked as an Assistant Principal and Principal at Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC. Presently, he serves as the Program Director at Reach for College!, a non-profit organization based in the DC Metro area which helps low-income high school students reach their dreams of pursuing a postsecondary education.
Trey Thomas '88
Assistant Vice President and HR Manager, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta,
Atlanta, GA (Peace Corps)
Before graduating from Hampden-Sydney with a degree in Chemistry, I received the President's Award for Academic Excellence in the Natural Sciences and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa. I was a Venable Scholar, I worked in the Development Office and Library, and I acted in several dramatic arts productions. I was also a campus tour guide, a member of Phi Sigma Iota (International Foreign Language Honor Society) and Vice President of Alpha Chi Sigma (the professional chemistry fraternity). I served in the Peace Corps from 1988 to 1990 as a high school teacher in Gabon, a small country on the equator on the western coast of Africa. I taught chemistry, physics, and math to high school students in French. Since returning from Gabon, I have worked in a series of Information Technology and IT-related jobs in both the public and private sectors in various industries including finance, software, and manufacturing. In 2005, while working at Coca-Cola Enterprises, I left my job as Global IT Audit Manager to pursue a career in Human Resources and become CCE's U.S. Benefits Manager responsible for overseeing benefits strategy and implementation for over 56,000 U.S.-based employees. I am currently Assistant Vice President and Human Resources Manager for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. In my current role, I have responsibility for compensation, benefits, human resources, information systems, and payroll. I am also a member of the board of Historic Oakland Foundation, whose mission is to partner with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource in the heart of the city.
Joe Koehring '85
Foreign Language Teacher, Long Lake Central School,
Adirondack, NY (Peace Corps)
My four years at Hampden-Sydney were significant and have had long lasting influence on the choices and direction I have taken in my life. I have to say that my most memorable times were sitting in Dr. Allan Farrell's foreign language classroom, a room on the top floor of Bagby Hall, trying to gain the requisite five mistakes or less on a paper in order to earn an A. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, which worked out well because I was able to speak French and I learned Tunisian Arabic. The experience taught me what it meant to live and farm on a sustainable level, without the basic amenities of running water and electricity. I was responsible for the technical transfer and evaluation of the Central Tunisian Development Agency's apiculture project. I introduced modern beekeeping equipment and management practices to Tunisian farmers, encouraged a secondary income for rural families through the production of honey bee products, and emphasized the key role of honey bees as primary pollinators of fruit and vegetable crops in an integrated farming system. In 1991, I traveled to Kailua-Kona, on the island of Hawaii, and worked with a commercial beekeeping operation that raises queen honey bees for sale to beekeepers, commercial and hobbyist, worldwide. I returned to the Adirondacks, in 2004. Since being back, I have worked as a New York State honey bee inspector and I also went earned a teacher's certificate to teach French. Presently, I am the foreign language teacher at Long Lake Central School, a rural school located in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In addition to being passionate about teaching French, I am also very proud of my garlic production.