Alumni

Ryan Barry

Ryan is part of the sixth generation to be raised on his dad’s farm in Midway, TN. After attending Sewanee Elementary and St. Andrews Sewanee High School, he did his undergrad work at the University of the South where he double majored in Spanish and Forestry and graduated as the class valedictorian. After graduation, he began law school as a Judge Louis K. Matherne Scholar at the University Of Tennessee College Of Law, where he is currently finishing his second year of study. During the summer of 2009, he worked as a summer associate with Chambliss, Bahner, and Stophel, PC in Chattanooga and he also spent time as a clerk for Judge R. Thomas Stinnett of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. During the summer of 2010, he worked in Chattanooga as a summer associate with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC for the first half of the summer and then with Chambliss, Bahner, & Stophel, PC for the second half, where he is employed today.

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Ron Briggs

Ronald Briggs completed his B.A. in English and Spanish at the University of the South in 1998. He received his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures from New York University in 2005. Before joining the Barnard faculty he was Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at New York University and had held a visiting position at Bard College. Briggs's research centers on the era of independence in Latin America, and he is particularly interested in transatlantic and hemispheric influences on rhetoric. His book, Tropes of Enlightenment in the Age of Bolívar: Simón Rodríguez and the American Essay at Revolution, will be relased in May 2010 by Vanderbil University Press, and he has published articles in Decimonónica and Revista de Humanidades: Tecnológico de Monterrey. Ron's new research examines eighteenth- and nineteenth-century educational rhetoric and the connections between that era's pedagogy and aesthetics in the Americas.

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Grant Burrier

Grant Burrier graduated as a dual political science and Spanish major from Sewanee. He has been the TA for Sewanee's Camino de Santiago summer program on three occasions. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of New Mexico and teaches in both the political science and the Spanish departments. His current research project is focused on the determinants of social spending in Latin American and the empresas recuperadas, recovered worker cooperatives, in Argentina.

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Jacob Gardner

Jacob was recently named a partner at Fowler Rodriguez, an international law firm based in New Orleans. Jacob's practice is focused on admiralty and maritime law, and the firm handles matters throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In his free time, Jacob enjoys traveling in Latin America, having most recently spent time on the west coast of Mexico and in Belize.

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Alex Harris

Alex Harris completed his B.A. degree at Sewanee in 2011 with majors in Spanish and Economics and a minor in Business. While at Sewanee, Alex was a resident of the Spanish House, a member of Sigma Delta Pi, a Spanish tutor, and the recipient of the Schauss Award for excellence in Spanish. Alex is currently an associate for Goldman Sachs, where he is an underwriter of middle market debt and equity principal investments, with a focus on transactions in North and South America. Alex lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Anne.

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Porter Jennings

Porter Jennings completed her B.A. in psychology at the University of the South in 2010. During her time at Sewanee, she had a minor concentration in Spanish and studied abroad in Spain where she attended the Universidad Complutense in 2009. While on the Mountain, Porter was a member of Kappa Delta and a Spanish tutor at Sewanee Elementary. Porter then received her Masters in Clinical Social Work from The University of Georgia in 2012. During her time at UGA, Porter was elected to the Student Faculty Committee and was awarded Outstanding Social Work Student of her graduating class. Porter received a full Title IV graduate scholarship to work in child welfare with a specific focus on utilizing her Spanish skills to assist Latin American families. Following her time in child welfare practice, Porter became a licensed clinician and is currently providing individual and family therapy to children and families with a focus in utilization of Latin American Cultural Competent practice and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Porter is currently the only bilingual therapist in her agency in Athens, Georgia who is fluent in Spanish, and she is able to provide much needed therapeutic services to families and children in her community.

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John Moore

Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Moore earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages – Spanish Literature in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His critical edition of the Libro de los huéspedes was awarded the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions Seal of Approval. John’s co-edited monographic issue of La corónica entitled The Road to Santiago and Pilgrimage contains his article “Juxtaposing James the Greater: Interpreting the Interstices of Santiago as Pilgrim and Matamoros,” which received an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Frederick W. Conner Prize in the History of Ideas. John also has authored: introductions to his edited volumes; articles on the Libro de los huéspedes, Teresa de Cartagena, and other topics; and several book reviews. Moore's most recent book is "Recuerde el alma dormida": Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Essays in Honor of Frank A. Domínguez. Moore is the Book Review Editor of Hispania, the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Moore teaches a wide array of courses at all levels. He has had the opportunity to instruct in the UAB Honors program, as well as to guide student honors theses, public presentations, and a published article. Moore is currently preparing to journey on foot with a group of UAB students across northern Spain along the Road to Santiago. Moore currently serves as Interim Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at UAB.

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Jessi Ouzts

Jessi Ouzts graduated from Sewanee in 2006 with degrees in Forestry and Spanish. She joined the New Mexico Forestry Division in December of 2006 and since that time has had periodic opportunities to use her Spanish skills in a professional capacity. She worked for the Seedling Program and was able to assist Spanish-speaking landowners in selecting the ideal seedlings for their windbreak and explain planting techniques. She also facilitated a Mexican-American Professional Foresters Reunion in 2009.

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Alan Palmer

Alan is living and teaching English in A Guarda, Potevedra, Galicia at IES A Sangriña. He works as an "Auxiliar de Conversación" in which he teaches math, music, physical education, art, and of course English classes in English. Additionally, he's tutoring privately in his spare time. Alan loves his position and day to day life in southern Galicia.

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Chelsea Pyle

After graduating from Sewanee in 2008, Chelsea began her two-year hiatus between undergrad and medical school. She was able to spend some time in Costa Rica, using her knowledge as a Spanish major to interpret for her godfather. However, she spent much of the first year studying for her second round with the MCAT, as well as preparing to apply to medical school. Her free time consisted of working at her hometown health department along with volunteering at a non-profit health clinic. In the fall of 2009, she was accepted early decision to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Since her acceptance, she has traveled to Antarctica and Argentina, and plans to continue traveling until matriculation at MCG in August of 2010.

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Abbey Rowlands

Abbey is currently teaching Spanish I & II at an all-girls boarding school in Middleburg, Virginia. She teaches the classes in full immersion, which means from day one of Spanish I, the girls are speaking Spanish (or at least attempting). They do a lot of charades, games, and interactive activities to help with comprehension. She plans to get a few years of hands-on teaching experience before heading to grad school (possibly in Spain) to pursue higher degrees. Ultimately, Abbey would love to teach at the university level and become a baby Spacc or Sanchez.

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Virginia Burnice Talley

Virginia Talley completed her Master's and Doctorate in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Virginia in 2007. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer of Spanish at the University of Richmond. Virginia's true passions are teaching, traveling, and cooking. She has traveled to Spain, Chile, and Argentina, as well as nine other countries on Semester at Sea's Summer 2008 Voyage. She directed the University of Richmond's study abroad program in Cordoba, Argentina, in the summer of 2009 and will take another group of students in 2010. Virginia hopes to return to Sewanee in 2011 for her 10 year reunion.

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Juli White

This year, Juli was hired as a lecturer of Spanish by the University of Virginia, and is teaching 3 Spanish courses. She's also doing some translation on the side.

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