Monday, August 5, 2013

New Feature on the Blog: Alumni Spotlight

By Hilary Donatini

Last week, I sent an email message to all English, Creative Writing, and Integrated Language Arts majors for whom the AU Alumni Office had contact information. I asked for updates on our graduates' career paths and accomplishments. Responses starting flowing into my in-box and are still trickling in. In hearing from recent graduates, retirees, and every stage in between, I've been struck by their varied job experiences and impressed by the important work that our alumni have been doing throughout the country.

Our first spotlight profiles Don Rickett, Class of 1965, a retired teacher inspired by legendary AU professor Richard Snyder, whose name graces a literary prize sponsored by the Ashland Poetry Press and a poetry collection on the fifth floor of the AU library.

Don's story is the first of many that will appear on this blog over the course of this school year and, I wager, beyond. I hope you will enjoy reading about the flexibility and ingenuity of our majors as much as I have.