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Christina M. LaRaia-Gray
Education: BS in Spanish education from ECU (1998); Master's of Arts in foreign languages from George Mason University (2001)
Travel Abroad: Universidad de Cantabria, Spain 1996 ; Universidad de Hérédia, Costa Rica 200 ; ESOL Teaching Endorsement, George Mason University 2005
Present Position: ESOL Assessment Specialist - Prince William Country Public Schools
Other Information: Married to Christopher Gray (ECU '98) and we have a two year old son, Derek.

Nell James Lewis

Nell J. (James) Lewis
Education: BS in French from ECU (1972); MAEd in school administration from ECU (1988)
If Retired, From What Career? Educator, Author, Humanitarian
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Director: Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, ECU 2000-2003 (her work in this position brought national recognition to our campus and ignited a campus-wide focus on the work of diversity at ECU) ; Author of book, 1 Day and 3 Hours (This book chronicles her journey of faith in the workplace) ; Recipient of Best-Irons Humanitarian Award 2003 (Presented by the Greenville Human Relations Council, Greenville, NC for work with non-profit organizations and leading an unprecedented connection between the African American community and ECU through her work as the Director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center) ; Executive Producer and Host of ECU campus TV show; Diversity Moments with Nell ; Motivational Speaker and Presenter (including National Association of Black Cultural Centers and National Conference on Race and Ethnicity) ; Honoree: 100 Incredible ECU Women, 2007 (Centennial Honor sponsored by the ECU women's Roundtable).

Eric K. Mason

Eric K. Mason
Education: BA in German and psychology from ECU (2002); MA in international studies from ECU (2005); Fulbright Scholar 2002; Working on MS in substance abuse and clinical counseling at ECU
Travel Abroad: Studied in Freiburg, Germany for one year under Fulbright scholarship ; spent a semester abroad at the University of Freiburg in Germany during junior year at ECU
Present Position: Case Manager/Counselor at a Mental Health Agency
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Fulbright Scholarship 2002 ; Flemming/Perry Scholarship 2002; Thomas Rivers Scholarship 2001 ; TA and Molly P. Brooks Scholarship 1998-2002 ; Cum Laude
Other Information: He travels to Germany as much as possible, and continues to study and practice German. He hopes to be able someday to combine his interests in mental health, international studies and German. In the Near future he would like to become a substance abuse/mental health counselor with a mental health agency that serves American military personnel and their family members living in Germany. Other future plans of his include earning a PsyD. "I would like to thank all the excellent professors in the German program. Learning German has opened up so many amazing opportunities for me!"

Kathleen L. (Brewington) McLamb
Education: Associates (1991), Bachelor's (1994), Master's of School Administration (1999). Beginning Doctorate program at ECU in summer of 2009.
Travel Abroad: Visited Puebla, Mexico and Puerto Rico
Present Position: Principal of Cleveland Middle School in Johnston County, NC
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Assistant Principal of the Year (2002), Growing Future Leaders participant, participant in Center for International Understanding trip to Puebla, Mexico.
Other Information: Mother of 3 children (Katherine, 15; Noah, 3; and Zachary, 2) and married to Brian McLamb. My education at East Carolina has afforded me many opportunities to travel and to meet people from other countries. It has impacted my relationships with the students that I serve.

Linda McMahon

Linda McMahon
Education: BA in French from ECU in 1969
Present Position: CEO and co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and serves on the company's board of directors. She guides global strategic direction and oversees day-to-day business operations and the development of technical and administrative functions.
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Recognized as one of ECU's "100 Incredible Women" in 2007, was named one of Multichannel News's Wonder Woman award recipients recognizing her accomplishments with WWE and as a leader in the US cable television industry, and negotiated and implemented the first licensing deal in the wrestling industry with a toy company that produced the WWE line of Superstar action figures.
Other Information: I enjoy time with family, especiallly my 3 grandchildren (3, 1, and almost a year - and a 4th on the way).

Ursula F. McRae

Ursula F. McRae
Education: German degree from ECU (1995)
If Retired, From What Career? Taught Spanish at Roanoke High School in Robersonville, NC
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Roanoke High Teacher of the Year for 1999-2000 and 2004-2006. Advisor for the Spanish Club, took students on cultural field trips and organized a yearly International Food Fiesta.

Barbara G. (Allen) Miller

Barbara G. (Allen) Miller
Education: Masters Degree Sec Ed. ODU 1989, Middlebury College French 1978, ECU B.S. French, A.B. Spanish 1965
Travel Abroad: Study Abroad S. Korea at the invitation of the S. Korea Embassy in 1993, Study in Russia 1988, Traveled to Spain, Italy, Mexico, England, Canada, Switzerland, Russia, S. Korea and numerous trips to France.
Present Position: Retired
If Retired, From What Career? ESL Coordinator for Newport News, VA Public Schools, 1982-1995. French and Spanish ESL teacher K-12 from 1965-1982 in Newport News, VA.
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Recipient of 2 NDEA study Programs 1966 Manhattan College, NY French, 1967 Université de Lyon, France, French. Member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International 1972-2005, Iota State VA Outstanding Young Woman in 1976, Recipient of 2 scholarships from Iota State, DKG. Receipt of 2 NDEA Institutes, Assistant Director of Japanese Academy for former Governor Baliles of VA 3 years (89, 90, 91) Presenter at TESOL International, San Francisco, CA 1986
Other Information: Sang in Episcopal Church Choirs, Member of the Junior League of Hampton Rds, 2 sons Will (1997 grad of ECU, Max (1990 Grad of Elon) and 4 grandchildren, husband Michael (ECU 1963). Hobbies include language acquisition, foreign travel, collecting antiques. Taught Spanish and French 2005-2007 at Washington Academy Upper School in Williamsburg, VA. Volunteer with Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Spanish Interpreter for Latinos at Early Childhood Center at ECU Medical School 1997-2003.

Catherine Pfeiffer Moore

Catherine P. (Pfeiffer) Moore
Education: BA from ECU
Present Position: Stay at home person
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Received Outstanding Senior Award and successfully used TPRS my last 2 years of teaching high school.
Other Information: I was born in Nicaragua (Managua), and lived there until I was 17.5 years old. I survived the earthquake of 1972, which destroyed the city of Managua for the third time.

Katie Earle Owen Morgan

Katie Earle Owen Morgan
Education: Undergraduate degrees from ECU in French and English, graduate degrees in English and supervision administration.
If Retired, From What Career? Education
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Recognized as one of ECU's "100 Incredible Women" in 2007, member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Honor Society for Women Educators, inducted into ECU College of Education Hall of Fame (2002), wrote project proposal and implemented the first federal program adopted by Harnett County Schools - Neighborhood Youth Corps (1966).
Other Information: My greatest accomplishment was involving my daughters Margaret M. Holmes and Mary Morgan, successful lawyers and mothers, and foster son, Rupert Tart, successful businessman and ECU graduate, in our civic, social, and political endeavors throughout the years, which helped instill in them the value of community service. I've only missed 4 Homecoming weekends at ECU in the sixty-one years since graduation!

Martha A. (Fisher) Moses

Martha A. (Fisher) Moses
Education: M.A. Journalism and Public Affairs, specialization in Interactive journalism, School of Communications, American University, Washington DC 2002 ; Graduate translation training in Spanish and French, Monterey Institute of International Studies, California 1982-1983 ; B.A foreign languages and literatures, Latin American Studies, ECU 1979
Present Position: Technical Writer-Editor, Chemonics International Inc., Washington D.C. ; Editor, Local Action Global Change; Bilingual Editor, Latin American and Caribbean Bureau, USAID/Washington.
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Most Outstanding Student in Foreign Languages, ECU 1979 ; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, ECU 1979 ; Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society, ECU 1979
Other Information: Current Project: Writing a Screen Play All Saints Day.

James M. O’Donnell
Education: ECU 1995 ESL Certification ; 1988 Fulbright Teacher Exchange to France ; UCSB 1987 M.A. Langue et Culture Françaises ; ECU 1984 B.S. French ; ECU 1983 B.A. Anthropology
Travel Abroad: Extensive travel in Western Europe, Ireland, England, Denmark, France, Spain, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and also in Morocco and Turkey
Present Position: Professor of French at S.H.A.P.E. American High School, S.H.A.P.E. , Belgium. Teaching French II, III, IV and AP Language
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Member of Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society, currently he is the moderator of Apexchanges, a Yahoo group for AP French Teachers.

Laura Scharf Olson

Laura S. (Scharf) Olson
Education: B.S. Degree Spanish
Travel Abroad: Studied in Chile ; have visited the Netherlands, Bay Islands and Guatemala
Present Position: Travel and Scholarship Manager, American Speech Language Hearing Association
Other Information: Enjoys taking vacations with her family.

Jacqueline Perri
Education: Masters Program Cultura Hispanica (NYU)
Present Position: When retired Vice President SRI Consulting
If Retired, From What Career? Management Consultant (22 years) Spanish Teacher (HS and College).

William S. Pierce

William S. Pierce
Education: ABA Louisburg College, 1990 ; BS ECU, 1993.
Travel Abroad: Study abroad program in Humaçao, Puerto Rico. I have frequently travelled to many parts of Central America and The Caribbean.
Present Position: Spanish teacher / lead mentor / department chair for Foreign Language department at South Central High School in Winterville, NC
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: 2006 & 2008 Teacher of the Year at South Central High School
Other Information: My beautiful wife and I just adopted a wonderful son (Ian Fidelio) from Guatemala this past September. He is a joy and an incredible addition to our family.

Paul Popov

Paul Popov
Education: ECU AB French/Spanish; Middlebury College - Master's in Russian, NYU - PhD in Slavic Linguistics and Philology (1969)
Present Position: Professor Emeritus - The University of Georgia
If Retired, From What Career? Teaching Russian Language, Literature, Culture, Linguistics. Retired June 2001
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: NYU founders Day Award for outstanding academic achievement ; NYU career Achievement award for 31 years of service at UGA
Other Information: Proud to be ECU alumnus and to have been a "Pirate" ; He sang in the Three Sisters play before each act.

Robin Morgan (Roberson) Potts

Robin Morgan (Roberson) Potts
Education: B.S. in English, B. S. in French, MA in Business and Professional Writing, Internship at National Spinning, Inc.
Travel Abroad: Summer study at the University, Sorbonne in Paris, Summer study for Global Perspective at the University of Denver through the American Field Service, Leader of Student Tours to England and France and Italy
Present Position: Musician with a specialty in French Music: violin with the Beaufort County Community Orchestra, Accordion for "Washington's Music on the Streets" and festivals and special events, Volunteer at Rest Homes
If Retired, From What Career? Retired from Teaching French in high school and elementary schools, Teaching English at Martin County Community College, Leading Travel Tours for Beaufort County Community College
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Created and carried out first foreign language program for all elementary schools in Washington, N.C.; Washington and Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce Grant to French students performing so all could sing in red berets with shoulders draped in tricolor, Published a journal of V.A. Mother's Victory
Other Information: The capacity in the young for foreign language is awesome. Everywhere I go students who started at "bonjour" with me at age 5 are still singing and greeting in French. Thank you East Carolina University Department of Foreign Language for the passion for French Literature and the reverence for the exquisite French language of professor Nicole Aronson, for the joy of the French culture, French family and friends, the French perspective and French history with Professors Grace Ellenberg and Marguerite Perry. Thank you, too, Professor Manolita Buck.

Mayme Clyde H (Williams) Pryce

Mayme Clyde H (Williams) Pryce
Education: B.A. Spanish ECU 1966, B.S. French ECU 1966, M.A.Ed. Supervision George Washington University 1978, Doctoral Studies in Staff Development University of Maryland 1993
Travel Abroad: Study and Travel in Spain, Italy, British Isles, Mexico, Canada during the 1970s
Present Position: Retired
If Retired, From What Career? Public School Educator
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Outstanding Foreign Language Graduate 1966 ECU, Prince George's (MD) county schools Honor Educator 1999
Other Information: After the death of my first husband, I began life again in my 60s with a new spouse, Henry Pryce (B.S. ECU 1966) at a new locale, the beautiful Outer Banks. Still learning new skills including surf fishing, billiards and quilting.

Margaret Ann (Parker) Rabon

Margaret Ann (Parker) Rabon
Education: AB & BS in French from ECU (1963, 1964); summer study at La Sorbonne in Paris, France (summer of 1962); summer foreign language study at Appalachian State University (summer of 1966)
Present Position: Work part-time at Rabon Insurance Agency (Nationwide)
Other Information: I live in Lake Park Subdivision where my younger son, his wife, and three children (two girls & one boy) live. My other son, his wife, and two girls live in Holly Springs NC. I enjoy being with my grandchildren and am very involved in Faith United Methodist Church. A friend of mine and I began a senior program at our church called the M&M's (Mature and Methodist) about three years ago, and I am in charge of this program. We visit the Lake Park Nursing Home monthly and present a program of songs and devotions.

Lynne Hollis Reynolds
Education: BS in French from ECU (1974)
Travel Abroad: I have traveled extensively, especially with my many years with the airline. We have been fortunate to be able to travel to Paris, London, St Martin, Hawaii (5 times, my husband's favorite), and many other places.
Present Position: Disability Examiner for the State of Colorado. I adjudicate the medical decision for Social Security Disability. I was with US Airways as a Customer Service Supervisor for 24 years, mostly in Denver.
Other Information: I have been married for 18 years, and I have a daughter, age 29, from a a previous marriage, and a 6 month old grandson. One of the most influential people in my life was Nicole Aronson. I worked for her as her research assistant from 1970 to around 1973.

Dorothy M. (Maynard) Riddle
Education: BS in music and French (1947); certification in English from UNC-Chapel Hill; took organ lessons from Meredith College.
Travel Abroad: Traveled extensively including France, all western Europe, England, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.
If Retired, From What Career? Teaching at Broughton and Sanderson High Schools in Raleigh, NC (total of 35 years)
Other Information: Served as organist at several churches in Raleigh and Cary. Loves to travel and read. "Glad to be alive and doing well!"

Leroy Salazar

Leroy Salazar
Education: BS in Spanish; K-12 Licensed Educator
Present Position: Spanish teacher, Wakefield High School, Raleigh, NC
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Foreign Language Association of North Carolina member since 2001 and Allied Organizations Liaison 2007-2009, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese member since 2001 and Treasurer 2003-2007, National Spanish Exam Coordinator 2003-2006, North Carolina Association of Educators member since 2002, ECU Educators Collaborative member 2001-2006, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Advisor, NHR Outstanding America's Teachers 2005-2006, Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2002-2003 and 2005-2006, Honored by Rose High School Parents at End-Of-Year Banquet may 2004-2005; J. H. Rose High School Teacher of the Year Nominee, May 2004; Golden LEAF Educational Consortium Board Member 2001-2002; Outstanding Initially Licensed Teacher, Pitt County Schools, May 2002; Resident Advisor of the Year ECU May 2001.

Joanna Woods Sayblack

Joanna W. (Woods) Sayblack
Education: BA in political science with a minor in international studies (Latin American discipline) from ECU (2000); BS in Hispanic studies/education (2003)
Travel Abroad: Traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica 2005 for vacation ; Traveled to Vienna, Austria ; Bratislava, Slovakia ; Budapest, Hungary ; Venice and Avian, Italy 2006 for Vacation
Present Position: Spanish teacher at Williamston High School in Williamston, NC
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Chosen as a Tech Trekker Technology Participant in Martin county (2005-2006) ; Chairperson of the AYP Improvement Committee at Williamston High School (2006) ; Lead Sponsor of the National Honor Society at Williamston High School (2006-Present) ; co-sponsor of the Spanish Club at Williamston High School (2005-Present)
Other Information: I became a first time mother to Daniel Alexander Sayblack on January 3, 2007.

Georgia Hooks Shurr

Georgia Hooks (Hooks) Shurr
Education: BS BA from ECU (1964); University of Geneva (1964-1965); MA (1967) and PhD (1971) from UNC-Chapel Hill
Present Position: Retired; Adjunct Professor ECU 2008
If Retired, From What Career? Professor of French
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Best Teacher of the Year, University of Idaho 1979 ; President of American Association of Teachers of French, Idaho Chapter, 1978 ; Director, Tennessee Governor's School for the Humanities
Other Information: Joint National Committee for Foreign Languages, representing South Atlantic Modern Language Association ; Director, Tennessee Governor's Academy for Teachers of Foreign Languages ; President American Friends of Marguerite Yourcenar; author of books and essays about French writers.

Jean Fisher Smith

Jean F. (Fisher) Smith
Education: BS from ECU; graduate studies in Spanish at Middlebury College
If Retired, From What Career? Teaching high school
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Elder, Presbyterian Church ; 48 years of Marriage
Other Information: Happy Wife and Mother, active in community affairs ; ESL Volunteer Teacher ; Adult Education (Spanish) "ECU and Mrs. Perry prepared me well. I shall always be grateful for my education there and for all my cherished memories."

Stephen C. Smith

Stephen C. Smith
Education: Spanish degree with a minor in economics from ECU (1972); MBA with an international finance concentration from Widener University in West Chester, PA (1985)
Present Position: Part-time Career Services work for two of ECU's Colleges since moving to the area.
If Retired, From What Career? 31 year career with the DuPont Company in a variety of sales, sales management and finance positions.
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: 4.0 GPA in MBA program. Served 5 years on Board of Lutheran Senior Services, a Wilmington, DE non-profit that provides housing and assisted living to low income seniors.
Other Information: Throughout my career, my wife (we met at ECU) and I enjoyed the opportunity to live in many US locations. On retirement, we were very happy to return to Eastern NC and renew ties with ECU. My wife and I wear our ECU pride on our sleeves and are thrilled with the growth and development of ECU into a major University since we were students.

Sandra Matlock Stinson

Sandra M. (Matlock) Stinson
Education: BS and AB in Spanish and French, NBPTS (National Board Certified)
Travel Abroad: Numerous trips to Spain, Mexico and Costa Rica
Present Position: Spanish Instructor at J.H. Rose High School
If Retired, From What Career? Plans to retire in July
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: NBPTS (National Board Certified), Mary McConnell Teaching Excellence Award 2005
Other Information: Serves as a Differentiated Instruction Trainer with the N.C. Teacher Academy, providing staff development in schools across the state. Happily married to her husband of 42 years. They have two grown daughters.

Alisha L. (Hill) Stratton)

Alisha L. (Hill) Stratton
Education: BS in Hispanic studies with a minor in music
Travel Abroad: Study Abroad at El Centro De Lenguas Modernas in Granada, Spain (full course load)
Present Position: Spanish Teacher at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, GA
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Outstanding ECU Senior Award in 2005 (4.0 GPA), National Spanish Exam Coordinator and Winner (many of my students placed first nationally in 2007) Successful in creating new Spanish curriculum (7th and 8th grade)
Other Information: Spanish Clubs teacher/leader for elementary, recently married (July 2007), Soccer and Cheerleading coach (Woodward Academy middle school) AATSP member, resides in Atlanta, GA.

Cristina G. (Roncaglia) Sturm

Cristina G. (Roncaglia) Sturm
Education: MAEd (2007)
Travel Abroad: Student Leader France and Italy 2005, 2007, Adult Leader to France and Italy 2008, Travel to Lebanon 2004, 2006, 2008
Present Position: French Teacher, High School Level
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: MCTLC,STAR Award 2007 (Study, Travel, Achievement and Recognition), Outstanding Graduate Final Paper, Saint Mary's University 2007
Other Information: Member of ACTEL, the AATF-Minnesota and the Minnesota Council of Teaching Languages and Cultures.

Margaret Bays Tankovich

Margaret B. (Bays) Tankovich
Education: BS and MA in French from ECU (1969, 1973); one year of post-graduate study at Fordham University
Travel Abroad: Served as a liaison officer to the French forces during several NATO exercises. Also served in Germany and Korea.
Present Position: Owner and operator of a home-based network marketing business, Consultant for Uniformed Services Almanac.
If Retired, From What Career? U.S. Army
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Other Information: Taught French part-time for almost 20 years at El Paso Community College and Northern Virginia Community college. Co-author of The National Guard Guide to Paying for Your College Education 2000-2007.

Elizabeth K. (Kittrell) Taylor
Education: BS in Spanish and mathematics (1944)
Present Position: Retired from NACA-NASA - 16 years
If Retired, From What Career? Started as computer specialist and became a mathematician at the National Advisory Commission on Aeronautics that became the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. Second career: raising three children through college.
Other Information: Worked with special education grant for 10 years. Taught special education children while my children were in college. Taught at Yorktown Elementary School after my children were grown.

Janet Lee Thomason

Janet L. (Lee) Thomason
Education: BS in French and library science from ECU (1969)
Present Position: Manager, Circulation and Building Services, Vanderbilt University Library
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: 25 year employee of Vanderbilt University Library
Other Information: Mother of 2 sons: Alan N. Thomason of Cary, NC, and Eric L. Thomason of Marietta, GA.

Sonia S. Torres-Quinones

Sonia S. Torres-Quinones
Education: BS ECU; post-graduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico and summer studies at the University of Salamanca. Recipient of a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities Project-Authentic Songs and Dances from Spain, summer of 1994
If Retired, From What Career? 32 years in Education. Retired, Regional Director of Placement and Consultant for the Visiting International Faculty Program.
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: First recipient from the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) for Foreign Language Teacher of the Year 1992-1993 ; Outstanding Educator Award from ECU Council for Teacher Education February 1992.
Other Information: Author of many children's educational books, cassettes and videos. Co-author of !Atrevete! Spanish College Text Book, Holt Rinehart and Winston.

Ann Marie Trotta

Ann Marie Trotta
Education: BA in French from ECU
Travel Abroad: Frequently Vacation in France
Present Position: Program Manager for Outreach, NASA HQ
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Numerous NASA Awards, including NASA Exceptional Achievement Award
Other Information: Share the excitement and benefits of NASA's missions and programs with external audiences, such as the US Congress, the entertainment industry, and students.

Christopher C. Turner

Christopher C. Turner
Education: Graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Spanish education (1995)
Travel Abroad: World View - One of three Cumberland County Schools Teachers selected to participate in Study Program to South Africa
Present Position: Project Manager, Universal Meeting Management, Raleigh, NC
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: 2004 Academically/Intellectually Gifted Teacher of the Year, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, NC.

Kim A. (Wise) Undrosky

Kim A. (Wise) Undrosky
Education: German major with a minor in business from ECU (1996)
Present Position: Substitute School Teacher (Grammar)
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: 1997-2007 Worked at company which imported fine tabletop goods (i.e. porcelain, crystal, silver)
Other Information: Collector of Vintage Recipes/cookbooks and classic films.

Susan Wilkins Valentine

Susan W. (Wilkins) Valentine
Education: BS in French from ECU, MALS from Mary Washington College
Travel Abroad: 8 trips to France, 1 Home stay in Corsica during junior summer
Present Position: French Teacher, Upper School, Fredericksburg Academy
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Outstanding French Senior, Who's Who Among American Teachers 1998, Advancement Council for Languages and Literature at ECU 2007-2008
Other Information: As of September 2008 she will mark her 25th year of teaching French. She has two daughters, Meredith and Lauren and husband, Ian Valentine. Daughters went to UVA, Meredith is headed to graduate school to work on her MBA.

John Patrick von Suskil

John Patrick Von Suskil
Education: BA in foreign languages with a concentration in German and a minor in business administration
Travel Abroad: 2 semesters study abroad at the Universitat Konstanz, Germany, German Language Instruction at the Carl Duisberg Centrum Koln, Germany (C2 mastery level of German), Semester study in Political Science at the Rubrechts-Karl Universitat Heidelberg, Germany
Present Position: Currently awaiting acceptance to Middlebury College's Russian or Arabic Schools with the goal of applying to Alpha Fellowship Program or Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholar Program. This supports his ultimate goal to enter the United States Foreign Service. Patrick is anticipating a career in foreign relations and business
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Two-time recipient of the Rivers Foundation Scholarship; co-founder of the East Carolina University German Club; President of the Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society; Senior Award for German
Other Information: Recently returned after spending this past year in Heidelberg, Germany as a participant in the competitive Congress-bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, which is a work/study professional development program supported by the American Congress and German Parliament. Patrick thanks East Carolina University for its support and encouragement as an alumnus of the Foreign Language Department.

Mary A. (Whichard) Vars

Mary A. (Whichard) Vars
Education: BS in education with majors in Spanish and communication
If Retired, From What Career? ECU staff
Other Information: Staff member for 13 years in the office of Rep. Herbert C. Bonner, US House of Representatives; staff member at various ECU departments, retiring after 12 years in the Department of Theater and Dance; member of the Summer Theater Board of Directors; volunteer for the Joy Soup Kitchen, community shelter, Meals on Wheels, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church; co-chair of St. Paul's food pantry which operates weekly and is an agency partner with Food Bank of Central and and Eastern North Carolina, participating in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP); serve on the Anti-Racism Commission for the Diocese of East Carolina.

Lucy Overton Watson

Lucy O. (Overton) Watson
Education: BS in Spanish (1973)
Present Position: Office manager for Watson, Cooke & Jones, PA (CPA firm)
If Retired, From What Career? Taught high school Spanish for 13 years
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Deacon at First Presbyterian Church, Smithfield, NC
Other Information: Married 36 years to Neil E. Watson with two daughters: Dr. Meredith Locklear (2004 Brody School of Medicine graduate) and Emily Morgan (2006 & 2007 NCSU architecture graduate).

Vivian F. Whiteman

Vivian F. Whiteman
Education: BS from ECU (1967-1970); MA in education from ECU (1972-1976)
Travel Abroad: 6 week travel in Europe (France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy) upon graduation from ECU ; Travel with students to Canada and France, Spain and England ; Study in Avignon, France (summer 1980)
If Retired, From What Career? Teaching French in High School for 30 years
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Teacher of the Year (school nomination); AATF scholarship to study in Avignon, France ; WRAL weekend in Paris; Teacher of the Month (school) ; Foreign Language Chairman (school, 1978-2000) ; Induction into Gamma Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Cindy Matthews Wooten

Cindy M. (Matthews) Wooten
Education: BS Hispanic Studies, 2002
Travel Abroad: Summer Culture and language institute 2002, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain; History and Culture de Chile, Gaia School, Olmue, Chile, summer 2004
Present Position: Graduate student in linguistics and TESOL, ECU Department of English
If Retired, From What Career? Teaching high school Spanish.