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Honors College Homecoming Coffee & Alumni Panel - October 6, 2012

On Saturday, October 6th, spend your morning with Honors College alumni, students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a reception in the Honors College beginning at 8:30 a.m., then hear about post-graduate life from several Honors College alumnae. The panel, moderated by Associate Dean Lisa Schnell, will talk about what they've done in their post-UVM lives and how their experiences in the Honors College helped to shape who they are today. The panel will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Aiken 102.

Tyler Aten, Class of 2010

Tyler Aten

Tyler Aten, a native Vermonter, grew up in the state capital, Montpelier, VT. Tyler graduated from UVM in 2010 with a B.A. in Biology, and a minor in Chemistry. During his time at UVM Tyler was very involved in his research that was conducted thought the Biology department, as well as a variety of other campus activities. Tyler is currently a 3rd year dental student at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. After his first year in dental school Tyler participated in an 8 week internship at Colgate-Palmolive, conducting research projects in their Clinical Research Department. Tyler plans on applying to residency programs next summer and pursuing post-doctorate education following graduating from dental school in spring of 2014.

John Dennison, Class of 2009

John Dennison

John Dennison hails from Providence, RI. He graduated from the Honors College in 2009 with a double major in Economics and Political Science. After a year of drifting in and out of marginal employment, a fortuitous hiking trip in the Shenandoah National Park got him an interview with and eventually hired by a healthcare software start-up outside of Washington D.C., AcuStream. AcuStream offers analytic services to Hospital and Physician Organizations across the country to improve their billing and financial operations. Starting as a business and data analyst, he now heads up data product development for the firm. He is also a founding board member of a new non-profit, Data Community DC focused on supporting the statistical computing and data science community of DC though educational events.

Katy Hamlin, Class of 2010

Katy Hamlin

Katy Hamlin was born and raised in Augusta, Maine. At UVM she majored in Medical Laboratory Science and concentrated in Public Health. While interning with the Molecular Diagnostic Lab at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, NY, she realized how import applied research was to improving Public Health and became passionate about sharing that knowledge with others. After completing a year abroad in Italy, she graduated in 2010 and was selected for the Association of Public Health Laboratory's 16th class of Emerging Infectious Disease Fellows. She worked at the CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases to research filarial antigens and wrote a manuscript for publication in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health Communication and Marketing at The George Washington University. After completing her program, Katy hopes to work with health-based organizations to develop and improve their communication with those at risk for disease.

Peter Johannessen, Class of 2009

Peter Johannessen

Peter Johannessen graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a BA in Political Science in History. After graduation he worked in education and membership development at the Shelburne Museum, and is currently a third-year PhD student in the Joint Degree Program for Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University. His research interests include political participation, participatory budgeting, and social movements, with a regional focus on Latin America. His dissertation will likely focus on the evolution of conservative politics in post-authoritarian Latin America.

Kesha Ram, Class of 2008

Kesha Ram & President Obama

Kesha serves Burlington's Old North End, Hill Section, and University District in the Vermont House of Representatives. At 26 years old, she is currently the youngest legislator serving in Vermont. She attended the University of Vermont, where she graduated with degrees in Natural Resource Planning and Political Science.

Kesha serves on the Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over revenue generation for the state. She also serves on the Joint Legislative Technology Committee. She is a passionate leader for green job creation, affordability of early childhood and higher education, reducing environmental toxins, tribal rights and recognition, accessible health care, and affordable housing.

Outside of the legislature, Kesha is the Legal Director for Women Helping Battered Women, assisting victims of domestic violence in the courtroom and throughout family and criminal legal proceedings. She also serves on the boards of the Center for Whole Communities, the Sudan Development Foundation, and the University of Vermont. Her work has earned her recognition as a Morris K. Udall Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholar, and Oxfam Climate Change Ambassador.

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