Where Are They Now?
We are proud of our anthropology alumni, who continue to impress us with how they apply what they learned at UNC. Here are a few updates from our graduates.
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Gena Sturgon, '13
Gena was a double major in Anthropology and Sport & Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition and was a scholar in the President's Leadership Program (PLP). While at UNC she worked for a year as PLP's Community Service Coordinator and three years as a Peer Study Abroad advisor at UNC's Center for International Education. Also, Gena assisted in the redevelopment of UNC's International Ambassadors Program for incoming international students and quickly developed a deep passion for the world. Gena studied abroad four times (Ireland, Austria, Germany, Botswana) during her undergraduate career and gained credit towards LACs, electives, and her anthropology compliment. Currently, she is a Physical Education intern at Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile and teaches English on the side.
(Picture: During her summer in Berlin, Germany, I had the pleasure of traveling to the Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic)
Jennifer Watson, '12
Jenny graduated from UNC in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and minor in History. During both her junior and senior years, she interned and volunteered at the Greeley History Museum in Archives, Collections, and Registrar. Her senior year she studied abroad at the University of Chester in the UK, where she studied Archaeology. She is currently working towards a master’s in Museum Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and intends to graduate spring of 2015. With this degree she would like to become a Collections Manager for a museum.
(Picture: Roman Forum)
Chris Schmidt, '11
Upon completion of my B.A. in Anthropology at UNC, I moved to Durango, CO where I worked for Ska Brewing as the regional warehouse manager. I also went to Kiochi Yamaguchi's bicycle framebuilding school in Rifle, CO where I was taught how to construct bicycle frames from scratch.
Currently I am a Masters student in Sociology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, studying Visual Sociology under Professor Jeffery Montez de Oca. I work in the Seyhan curation lab in the department of anthropology as a curation technician. During the summer I work for the United States Olympics Committee at the Olympic velodrome where I do operations for the USA team as well as for athletes from around the world.
My future endeavors are to finish my Masters at UCCS and attend the 2016 Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, as well as complete my Ph.D in Socio-cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in visual studies.
Kellsie Endres, '11
Kellsie graduated with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Minor in Art History and President’s Leadership Program. She currently works for Community Education Outreach (CEO), which she joined during her Senior year at UNC. Kellsie started as a volunteer at the Greeley CEO facility where she worked with low level readers to improve their reading skills, and GED students to prepare them for official test sections. During this time, Kellsie discovered her passion for teaching adult offenders residing in a community correctional facility.
Cody Dalpra, '10
I graduated from UNC in 2010 with a bachelors in Anthropology and a minor in Geography focused on GIS. At UNC I had the privilege to work on archaeological projects in Rocky Mountain National Park and North Park, Colorado. This great field experience only furthered my education, making it possible to attend Utah State University for a M.S. degree in Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management under Dr. Bonnie Pitblado. My Master's thesis is on the Petrographic Analysis of Gunnison Basin, Colorado Quartzites as part of an interdisciplinary team working to accurately source prehistoric quartzite toolstone. In the last two years, I have worked academic and contract Cultural Resource Management projects in Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming while presenting my research at conferences across the country. Currently, I am working at the University of Oklahoma with materials from the Late Paleoindian Chance Gulch site, and in January 2014 I will start a new job as an analyst using FTIR and petrography at the PaleoResearch Institute in Golden, Colorado. Through my classes and field experience at UNC I realized that I could combine my passions for the outdoors and history to a job that I enjoy.
(Picture: Survey at City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho)
Christy Ross, '08
Christie Ross joined the Peace Corps shortly after graduation. She was assigned to Burkina Faso, where she lived in an earthen house for two years. She enjoyed the experience so much that she re-upped for two more years!
Christy (Chady) Montgomery, '06
After graduation, Christy worked in UNC’s Archaeology Laboratory before starting graduate school. In 2007, she married another UNC alumnus (in Geography and Mathematics Education) and they are raising their two children in Thornton, CO. In 2012, she completed her Master’s degree in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology at the University of Wyoming. She continues to work with Dr. Robert Brunswig on archaeological projects in the Rocky Mountains.
Jeff Schiel, '03
After graduation Jeff worked in construction in the Greeley and Fort Collins area before moving to Missoula, Montana where he attended the University of Montana and studied forensic anthropology. While in Missoula he worked with the Montana State Crime Lab on active forensic cases as well as the Missoula County Sherrif's Department. Jeff now teaches anthropology at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO. He enjoys hiking and backpacking. In the image below he is excavating a pig burial as part of a forensics exercise.