University of Mississippi

Graduate Alumni Stories

Trey McCain (French, 2012) writes that he is working with a non-profit in Western Massachusetts called the Center for EcoTechnology. He works as part of a team helping businesses to improve their bottom-line and reduce environmental impact through cost-effective waste management solutions. More simply, he helps businesses reduce waste and recycle. He does not use his French directly but the masters degree was helpful for getting him the position. The writing skills he picked up in courses help him with technical writing for case studies about businesses implementing successful programs.

Marvis Kilgore (Spanish) is now working teaching English in Doha, Qatar.  After finishing the Teach for America Program in 2007 in Houston, Marvis came to Ole Miss to study for an MA in Spanish.

Stephanie Hirscher Beam (German, 2011) writes that she was excited to be offered a teaching position at a local high school immediately after graduation. She is now in her second year of teaching four levels of German to grades 9 through 12, and she hopes to be doing this until she retires. She says she has amazing students, who keeps Stephanie on her toes and entertained all day long!

Catherine Couper (graduated 2012) tells us that she is a Masters in Public Health candidate at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is in the Hubert Department of Global Health, focusing on Sexual, Reproductive Health and Population Studies. Completing her M.A. in Spanish  at Ole Miss enables her continued work within the Hispanic population in Georgia. She is currently a research assistant for the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia investigating diabetes and obesity preventions for Latino children and adolescents. Catherine will serve as the vice president of HOLA (Health Organization for Latin America) for the 2013 school year at the Rollins School of Public Health. Catherine will spend the summer of 2013 abroad in Latin America to complete her degree’s practicum requirement.

Missy Green (Spanish, 2011) reports: Since graduation I’ve begun work as the International Liaison for a national restaurant industry publication, PMQ.  With the languages classes I took during my Masters I acquired the skills to communicate with professionals in Spain, Brazil and Italy.  I now live in Paris, a short flight away from various European food shows, always appreciative of the time management and long-term project skills I learned during my Masters.  Most importantly, Ole Miss pushed me to accomplish unthinkable tasks like teaching a class on my own or taking comprehensive exams.  Those daunting experiences showed me that you will never feel ready for the big things in life.  You just have to dive in and learn from your mistakes with grace.

Catherine Lawhorn (graduated 2011, nee Millette) says: After graduation, I married and moved to Nashville, TN. My first year was a little crazy, working various part-time jobs! I taught basic Spanish at Volunteer State Community college as an adjunct instructor, worked as a recruiting administrator, did private tutoring, and also a couple of translating projects for Cracker Barrel’s Employee Relations Department. This year I am teaching English, Spanish, and World History at the Learning Lab, a small school and tutoring center. I also provide after-school tutoring in writing, Spanish, and ACT prep. I teach a couple of children and adult classes for the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, an agency that offers ESL and foreign language classes to students of all ages. I am getting lots of experience this year and staying very busy!

Ben Quilter (graduated 2010) writes from Linkedin: Regarding my work activities after graduation, I moved to Cologne, Germany, shortly after graduation and spent some time learning German.  Then in the summer of 2011, I started an internship with Learnship Networks GmbH, an online language school focused on corporate language training.  After my internship, I started working full-time for the company as a team leader in a department responsible for trainer coordination. With regards to how Spanish has helped me, I work in a multinational team so being able to speak to my colleagues and our Spanish trainers in their native language is a great help. Additionally, the pedagogical experience I gained from teaching as a graduate assistant is useful for dealing with our language trainers and the issues they face.