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The Honors College

Honors College Homecoming Coffee & Alumni Panel - October 5, 2013

On Saturday, October 5th, spend your afternoon with Honors College alumni, students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a reception at the Davis Center in the Jost Foundation Room (422) beginning at 3:30 p.m., then hear about post-graduate life from several Honors College alumnae Class of 2008. 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 4:00 p.m. in the Davis Center, Livak Ballroom (417/419).

Lindsay Christensen Corse, Class of 2008

Lindsey Christensen Corse

Originally from Jericho, Vermont, Lindsay entered UVM in 2004 as a Green and Gold scholar and graduated from UVM's Honors College in 2008. During her time at UVM she majored in biology with a minor in Spanish and completed an honors thesis investigating the role of the immune system in preterm labor in addition to spending a semester abroad in Spain. After completing her bachelor's degree she stayed on at the UVM College of Medicine, graduating in 2012.

Lindsay is currently a family medicine resident at Boston Medical Center, an institution formed from the merger of Boston City Hospital and the Boston University Medical Center and the safety-net hospital for Boston's most underserved patients. In addition to taking care of hospitalized patients and delivering babies, Lindsay sees patients at all stages of life in a community health center in East Boston, a predominantly immigrant neighborhood with residents from throughout Central and South America and more recently, Morocco.

Julia Drost, Class of 2008

Julia Drost

Julia Drost is the Policy and Advocacy Associate for Amnesty International USA's (AIUSA) women's human rights program in Washington DC. As the principal advocate for AIUSA's women’s rights priorities within Congress, the administration, and amongst coalition partners, Julia focuses advocacy efforts and grassroots mobilization on ending gender-based violence in the US and globally, securing women's right to political participation, promoting sexual and reproductive rights, supporting women's and LGBT human rights defenders, and ensuring US action in support of Afghan women's rights and security.

Prior to joining AIUSA in May 2012, Julia served as Legislative Aide and Scheduling Director to U.S. Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) in Washington. Her issue areas included: women’s issues, public lands, arts & humanities, and science. Julia is a native of Brownsville, Vermont and a 2008 graduate of the University of Vermont where she studied political science and English. While at UVM, Julia was a Green & Gold scholar and a member of the Honors College, served on Class Council, wrote for the Cynic, led campus tours for the Admissions Office, interned for Senator Bernie Sanders and VT Business Magazine, studied abroad in Holland, led Outing Club trips and skied as much as possible.

Nathaniel Koloc, Class of 2008

Nathaniel Kolac

Nathaniel, born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, joined the inaugural HCOL class in the fall of 2004. After studying abroad in Zanzibar, Tanzania and immersing himself in the coursework of CALS' CDAE department, Nathaniel created a self-designed course of study: Global Human Impact Studies. While at UVM, Nathaniel was an active member of the Vermont Cynic business department, the Advocat tour guides, Alternative Spring Break, and the Boulder Society.

Since graduating in 2008, Nathaniel has earned a Masters in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability from the Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola in Sweden, become a Fellow of the Unreasonable Institute, and co-founded ReWork, a mission-driven recruiting firm dedicated to helping talented professionals find meaningful work. He currently lives in Boulder, CO.



Henry Melcher, Class of 2008

Henry Melcher

After graduating from UVM Honors College in 2008, Henry joined the Teach for America (TFA) Corps and was placed in Phoenix, AZ. There he taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts for two years and became involved in the larger TFA movement. After fulfilling his TFA commitment in Phoenix, he led a service-learning trip for students to Peru, and then transitioned back to the States to work for the Berkshire Outdoor Center as an outdoor challenge leader in Western MA. After three months in the woods, Henry returned home to his mother's apartment to write a novel titled "Abel Newman: Confessions of a Recovering Teach For America Corps Member."

In early 2011, Henry moved to New York City to pursue the novel he'd just written along with poetry, and everything else that was there. He worked a lot of different jobs and wrote his first collection of pop-haiku titled Cell Phone Poems, a volume which actually made it to German NPR.

In the 2011-2012 school year, Henry returned to the classroom and began work at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School, a charter school in Brooklyn. He teaches 7th grade history, in addition to planning and leading the school's character education program.

Jess Portmess, Class of 2008

Jess Portmess

Jess is originally from the small town of Tully in Central New York. At UVM, she double majored in political science and Spanish, and wrote her honors thesis on international political theory. After graduating, she worked at a Burlington immigration firm, interned at The Carter Center, and travelled the world before settling in to law school at American University Washington College of Law in D.C.

Jess plans to practice environmental law and recently took the bar in Colorado. She currently clerks for the Honorable Beth Robinson on the Vermont Supreme Court.





Noah Rabin, Class of 2008

Noah Rabin

Born in Saxtons River, Vermont, Noah A. Rabin graduated from the University of Vermont Honors College in 2008, earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics and Sociology. During his college tenure he served as President of the UVM Rock Climbing Club and Chief of Staff of the campus rock climbing wall. He participated in the John Dewey Honors Program and his senior thesis, Exploring Volunteerism, focused on the sources, causes, and effects of philanthropic labor.

In 2011 Attorney Rabin earned his Juris Doctor from Boston College School of Law, where he served as an Articles Reviewer on the Intellectual Property and Technology Forum Law Review and on the Semester in Practice clinical program. He is also a semifinalist in the Grimes Moot Court Competition and a runner-up in the regional Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition. Noah now works as an attorney with Beliveau Law Group, a small law firm in Waltham, Massachustts, where he practices in the firm's civil litigation, estate planning, trust administration, tax, and real estate practice groups.

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