We are very proud of our alumni and their accomplishments. 

Our alumni are remarkable individuals who are always willing to share their experiences and advice with current and future Honors Scholars. Read about their adventures, current projects, and most importantly, their advice to you!

Hai Yan Chen, Class of 2013
M.A.Ed Candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs - Virginia Tech

Hai Yan graduated from Emory & Henry in 2013 with a degree in International Studies and Business with a concentration in Asian Studies. She also completed a minor in Mandarin. Hai Yan is now pursuing an M.A.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Virginia Tech while also working as a Graduate Assistant in the Virginia Tech Family and Alumni Relations Office. This path of work and study was inspired by her undergraduate experience at E&H and her work as the Assistant Director and Recruitment Coordinator of the E&H Honors Program. Read More →

Kellie Flaherty, Class of 2013
Physician Assistant at Christus St. Michael - Texarkana, TX

I graduated from E&H with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry.  I will complete my Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) this August and return to Texarkana, Texas where I have accepted a position as a Hospitalist. During my time at E&H I found myself traveling to Eastern Europe for Cross-cultural Psychology and to Costa Rica for Tropical Biology.  These experiences abroad sparked my passion for international travel.  Between college and grad school, I again had an opportunity to travel internationally when I ventured a second time to Costa Rica for my first mission trip. I am partnered with an international ministry based in Texarkana and intend to incorporate my medical training with missions.  My compassion for people inspired me to pursue healthcare, where I will be able to facilitate healing for the whole person - spirit, soul, and body. Read More →

Jessie Daddio, CLASS OF 2013
Travel editor, blue ridge outdoors magazine—charlottesville, va

Jessie Daddio

Jessie, known more as “Jess” to her friends and readers, graduated from Emory & Henry College with a Bachelor of Arts in both Creative Communications and French Literature. She is working as Travel Editor for Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine based in Charlottesville, Va. When asked about what inspired her to her work and her career goals, she said, “I’ve always wanted to see the world…Meeting new people from different backgrounds and cultures is what inspires me to continue traveling. Couple that with my love for adventure and you've got one restless soul.” Read More →

Martin Stiles, Class of 2013
Water Resources Specialist, Arizona Department of Water Resources—Phoenix, AZ

Martin, known to his classmates as Marty, graduated in Spring 2013 from Emory & Henry College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in French. After two years of graduate–level research at Northern Arizona University, he took a job at the Arizona Department of Water Resources. He currently works as a Water Resources Specialist where he takes an interdisciplinary approach to water resources management. In response to the question why he chose Emory & Henry he said, “I wanted to go to college at a small, historic institution with professors whom I could get to know well and a community that encourages intellectual curiosity. Emory & Henry definitely met those qualifications.”
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Mary Beth Tignor, Class of 2013
Americorps with appalachian sustainable development and pursuing a master's degree in education - Emory, VA

Mary Beth Tignor

Mary Beth was a part of the first Emory & Henry Honors Program cohort that graduated in Spring 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Community Service. Currently, she is working as an AmeriCorps with Appalachian Sustainable Development and pursuing a Master's degree in Education with a focus area of Middle School Science. Her advice to First-Year Honors Scholars is “Don’t take this experience for granted and always do your best. Being in the honors program is an honor, not a privilege.…Also, you can do it! It will be hard, but don’t give up.” Read More →

Lauren Trotman, Class of 2013
Coordinator, division and event support for the american cancer society - abingdon, va

Lauren Trotman

Lauren graduated from Emory & Henry in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Currently, she serves as the Coordinator, Division and Event Support for the American Cancer Society in Abingdon, VA.  Her advice to First-Year Honors Scholars is to “Push yourself! Spend more time on those classes that just don't seem to interest you as much. Grapple with difficult questions.” Read More →

Mary Ruth Pruitt, Class of 2014
M.F.A. Candidate in Illustration at Memphis college of art

Mary Ruth Pruitt

Mary Ruth graduated from Emory & Henry College in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is continuing to work as an active artist, selling paintings and drawings, while working towards an M.F.A. in Illustration at Memphis College of Art. Her advice to First-Year Honors Scholars is this: “There is always room for you to grow.…Even when you graduate there will be much that you will need to learn,…” Read More →

Cole Conley, CLASS OF 2014
Masters in Statistics—North carolina state university; Working with USA Baseball in Durham, NC

Cole Conley

Cole recently received his Masters in statistics from North Carolina State University, he is now working as a Coordinator: Trackman with USA Baseball in Durham, NC. During his time at Emory & Henry, he majored in economics. To him, the most attractive component of economics was the way it forced him to think about opportunity cost and the various cause–and–effect mechanisms that are applicable to everyday life. Cole describes the character of the Honors Program as a program that “is built to make you a scholar, particularly in the liberal arts. As someone who didn’t end up in a liberal arts discipline, I found that it’s very well balanced out by tailoring your experience to your career goals.” Read More →

Kaitlyn mcnabney, CLASS OF 2015
Mppa Candidate—The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Kaitlyn McNabney

Kaitlyn graduated a semester early with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and French. She wants to pursue a career with an NGO to promote the humanitarian cause. In January 2015, she traveled to Brazil to obtain an internship, learn Portuguese, make connections for possible future job opportunities, and teach English. Kaitlyn’s advice to First-Year Honors Scholars is “Don’t be afraid to fail. Try, try, try and try again. It may be frustrating, but the Honors Program will give you the tools to overcome those obstacles and learn from each failed attempt.” Read More →

Kallie Scott Metz, Class of 2015
M.D. Candidate in Medicine—
School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University

Kallie Scott

“Ut prosim” (that I may serve) has been Kallie’s life motto as long as she could remember and has been a driving force in her academic and career goals. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology on the Pre–Med track, she is currently attending the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a M.D. Kallie’s advice to first–year Honors Scholars “would be to establish a healthy balance during that transition period between fun, friends, and all–things academic.” Read More →

M.A. Candidate in political science—
The University of Chicago

Jarrett Dunning

With a major in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE), Jarrett is attending graduate school at The University of Chicago to study Political Science and plans to receive his Ph.D. in political theory with the long-term goal of holding a professorship. During graduate school he plans to expand upon his honors thesis work which critically engages the causes of faction and more specifically, the various uses of power in the ordering, structure, and maintenance of human interaction. His advice to first–year Honors Scholars is to make every summer count. Read More →

Mary Grace Hankins, CLASS OF 2015
Pharm.d. candidate—UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, NC

Mary Grace was a fourth generation Emory & Henry student from Boones Mill, VA. who majored in Chemistry. She is now attending the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, NC to pursue a doctorate of pharmacy. Her Senior Honors Thesis involved analyzing water samples from sites along the three forks of the Holston River and testing them for the presence of triclosan. To Mary Grace, the most rewarding aspect of being in the Honors Program “is the opportunities you are given to study things that interest you or are outside your normal set of studies.” Read More →

Photographs of Lauren Trotman, Mary Beth TignorKaitlyn McNabney, Kallie Scott, and Jarrett Dunning are provided by Jessica Myer, Class of 2018.