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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of October 7, 2017

October 11, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

the founders of Soul Valley Cider from The News Leader

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of October 7, 2017:

  • Trevor Piersol (’06) is one of the founders of Soul Valley Cider Company, a craft cidery located in the Central Shenandoah Valley.
  • The Williamsburg Yorktown Daily featured the historic farmhouse restored by alumni couple Matt Franz (’02) & Hannah Franz (’03).
  • Sudan Abdur-Rahman (’07) appeared on FOX 18 to showcase the some of the dances you can learn at classes offered by the ApolloRa Dance Company in the Davenport, IA.
  • An exhibit entitled Radical [Re]constructions, by Emmanuel Pratt (’95), is on display at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. Emmanuel is also serving as the Smart Museum’s 2017–2018 Interpreter in Residence.
  • The RTD posted photos from Lucy Dacus (’13)‘s September RVA show.  They also included a lovely interview with her about returning to perform in her hometown.
  • Kent Rollins (’14) is a co-founder and CEO of Candid Campus Tours, which seeks to provide more meaningful tours to prospective college students.  Read about it in the Virginia Gazette here, and read our our profile of Kent here.
  • Current MLWGS student, Grace Locke (’19), has arranged for a showing of the documentary, Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World at the Byrd Theatre this Sunday, October 15 at 4:30 PM as a fundraiser for Our Little Roses Home for Girls (OLR) in Honduras.  Our Little Roses Home for Girls (OLR) in Honduras helps orphaned girls find their voices in poetry, heal traumas of their past, and prepare for an uncertain future. You can buy tickets to the showing here.
  • Jenny Han (’98) wrote the introduction to the new edition of I CAPTURE THE CASTLE out from Wednesday Books this week.
  • Tallie Hausser (’15) is one of the students presenting a project geared toward addressing a global challenge at the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University, hosted by Northeastern University this weekend. Her project involves creating a mentorship program that would link newly settled refugees in the Boston area with young professionals, with the goal of building a stronger sense of community and belonging among refugees after they’ve settled in the area.
  • ICYMI: We profiled Menaka Nayar (’07).

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