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An alum speaks wise about life after graduation

25 Apr

2015 alumna and English major Marisa Pizzuli offers 7 things she wished she knew when she graduated a year ago– all good advice!

7 Things I Wish I Knew on Graduation Day


Loyola EN grads (and their hands)

4 Mar

Here’s alum Amanda Nolan ’12 in a video issued by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation, here in Baltimore, where Amanda works in the marketing department.


Just one of many things that you can end up doing with a degree in English from Loyola.

Plus, now you know how to make hamentaschen!

Alums at work: Systems4Health, Boca Raton, FL

4 May

Encouraging words from a new graduate– and English major:

I will be working for a new medical firm (Systems4Health) based in Boca Raton, FL doing a mixture of product development, promotional strategy, content marketing, social media and copy writing.

I initially landed the job because of my writing/editing skills. On my third round of the interviewing process, although rather bold, I decided to re-write some of the pre-existing copy that they had up on their website, which they luckily ended up accepting and eventually used to replace their previous copy. Additionally, in my last round of the interview process, they gave me an assignment that asked me to conduct a pseudo-SWAT analysis, which is just a form of marketing analysis used to assess the position of your own brand within the market as well as where your brand stands in comparison to its competitors (brands/products). Completing this assignment was a breeze because, although it required me to do a lot of research, I approached it the same way I would a research or term paper for an English class. I was able to read through tons of medical journals and studies to compile and analyze data and did so under strict time constraints and presented my findings in a “highly organized and articulate” fashion–all skills I learned as an English major!!!

Being an English major in the business/medical world is seriously the most amazing thing ever. I get to “sit in” on ALL upper-level management meetings and weigh in on all business decisions regarding the company– especially when there are “words” involved! I even have ex-CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, accomplished marketing professionals, and world-class surgeons sending me documents to proof-read/edit and texting me with questions like “is it ‘who’ or ‘whom'”, and “what’s an appropriate synonym for the word ‘natural'”?–just to name a few!

I could go on forever, but I could not be happier with my decision and with my degree!!

–If you were a Loyola English major and would like to tell us about your job or your career, please send to Dr. Cole at to be posted in a future installment of Alums at Work.

Alumni news: Promotions for two Baltimore “People on the Move”

7 Jan

The Baltimore Sun has recently featured two Loyola English alums in their “People on the Move” Sections:

  • Elizabeth “EB” Berry (2012) was promoted to Project Coordinator for the Baltimore Convention Center.
  • Dana Schwartz (2009) has been promoted to Manager of the Board of Matching Programs for Business Volunteers Maryland, a non-profit

Our graduates end up all over the country, but it is especially neat when the folks who stick around Baltimore succeed so well and so swiftly. And they can often be mentors to current students — EB was on our alumni panel in October and no doubt Dana will join us for a future event.

A web link to EB’s Baltimore Sun current profile isn’t posted, but here is a link to what the Sun featured in November on Dana:

Inspiring stories from alums

23 Oct
It was great to see so many of you on Monday night (10/21/13) for our alumni jobs panel. The panelists, all English majors graduating from Loyola between 2001-2012, described their own fortuitous, circuitous, and at times, momentous paths to employment. Working in fields from public relations to teaching to urban planning to politics, the panelists all agreed that majoring in English gave them what they needed to find success– even, as one panelist put it, “happiness.”
For those of you who missed it, one of the panelists, Anna Idler (’12), who works in public relations for Bravo Group in Philly, posted about it to her company blog. Here’s a link:
As she says,
“The goal of the event was to highlight not merely what college graduates in the humanities do with our English majors, but really, what having an English major did for us as we navigated the working world.”
Her post includes some great tips about how to take your EN skills into the world of jobs and careers, so be sure to check it out! 

English Alumni Job Panel: Monday, Oct 21, 7pm, English lounge

11 Oct

English Alumni Career Panel

Monday, October 21, 7pm

English lounge

Free pizza!

Recent and mid-career graduates will talk about the job market—how they landed that first job and how that fits into their career plans. Remember: the question is not “What do you do with an English major?” But rather “What do English majors do?” There are as many answers as there are English majors. Come hear from some. And did we mention free pizza?


  • Elizabeth Berry (2012), sales and marketing, Baltimore Convention Center
  • Olivia Ceccarelli (2010), project manager, Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Nadia Firozvi (2004), policy advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Kevin Hattrup (2004), English teacher, Calvert Hall High School
  • Anna Idler (2011), account coordinator, Bravo Group

Also check out these helpful web resources:

Questions about the panel? Contact Dr. Norman,

Questions about internships? Contact Dr. Cole,

Recent Alum News: Jobs, Internships, School, and more

17 Aug

The careers of English majors tend to be interesting, circuitous, and filled with many steps, some planned and others the product of opportunity and ingenuity. The English Department website highlights the careers of a few alums several years out. Here’s a snapshot of some recent alums and their first steps after graduation. If you’re an alum, drop a note to Prof. Cole or Prof. Norman to let us know what you’re up to!

  • Olivia Ceccarelli (’09) is pursuing a masters in urban planning at the University of Maryland after internships at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Parks and People.
  • Brian Olszak (’09) is finishing up a masters degree in community and regional planning at Temple University after serving as an Americorps VISTA volunteer in urban Philadelphia and as a library assistant. He is also on the board of the Philadelphia Orchard Project.
  • Sara Carr (’10) is a language arts teacher in the Anne Arundel County (MD) public schools after obtaining her masters in education at Towson University.
  • Nora Benedict (’10) moved to Charlottesville, VA, to join the University of Virginia’s Ph.D. program in Spanish Literature after finishing her masters in that area at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Lauren Wilson (’10) is a publishing intern at the American Diabetes Association in Washington, DC, while she finishes a masters in English at American University.
  • Jenn Ladd (’11) is now the Associate Editor of The City Paper, Baltimore’s premier weekly. Right after Loyola she served as the Social Media Coordinator for Heavy Seas Beer, one of Baltimore’s best local brews.
  • Andrew Zaleski (’11) is the lead reporter for Technically Baltimore, a new digital magazine, after having starting out as the digital media editor at The Urbanite, Baltimore’s terrific monthly mag. Andrew is also a prolific freelance writer, contributing pieces in The Atlantic, Richmond Magazine, College Magazine, and more.
  • Mary Theresa Genetti (’11) and Bill Callis (’12) are in Thailand as instructors for Loyola’s Teaching in Thailand Program.
  • Giannini Davis (’12) is pursuing the five-year MAT program at Loyola.
  • Thomas Johnson (’12) is starting the English PhD program at Catholic University.
  • Laura Margherio (’12) accepted a job in the legal and advertising departments at RT Vanderbilt in Norwalk, Connecticut.
  • Chris McCune (’12) was accepted into St. John’s University Law School.
  • Rosie Miola (’12) is headed to Boston for a teaching position at Cristo Rey Jesuit school.
  • Brianna Panzica (’12) is an editor for Energy & Capital, an industry publication for which she began writing while still a student at Loyola.
  • Joelle Sanphy (’12) is pursuing the five-year MAT program at Loyola.
  • Matt Suprunowicz (’12) was accepted by Teach for America and placed in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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