Department of Classics

University of Mississippi

Alumni

Welcome

L. to r.: Dr. Brad Cook, Dr. Hilary Becker, Dr. John Lobur, Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger, Dr. Jonathan Fenno, and Dr. Aileen Ajootian.

The Department of Classics Faculty: L. to r.: Dr. Brad Cook, Dr. Hilary Becker, Dr. John Lobur, Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger, Dr. Jonathan Fenno, and Dr. Aileen Ajootian.

We’re so glad you’ve come looking for Classics at the University of Mississippi and we hope you remember your experiences here fondly.  The Department has grown and changed enormously in the last 10 years, but even if you don’t know many of us, we’re eager to get to know you!

Please let us know if you’re coming visit Oxford or the University and would like to reconnect with Classics, or if there’s anything else we can do for you.  And please make sure to fill out the contact survey below so we can keep extending our UMiss Classics community!  We’ll post any news you share here.

Support Classics

The Department of Classics strives to give our students an excellent education in all facets of ancient Mediterranean studies.  In addition to our regular courses, we take field trips, invite several speakers to campus each year, support students in study abroad and conference travel, and make numerous other opportunities available throughout the year.  If you’d like to support the Department in its work, please consider a tax deductible donation through the University of Mississippi Foundation.  Just put “Department of Classics” in the “Special Instructions” box.

Alumni News

Weston Liefer (2018) starts law School at University of South Carolina in Fall 2018.

Zac Creel (2017) spent his first year after graduation teaching Latin at his alma mater, Jesuit High School in New Orleans and will start law school at Tulane in Fall 2018.

Alicia Dixon (2017) started law school at Georgetown University in Fall 2017. In summer 2018 she writes: “I just got back from 10 weeks in Italy, studying cultural heritage law abroad and interning for UNIDROIT’s head of cultural property. I’m starting my second year at Georgetown in about a month, and I’ll be externing at the National Archives and Records Administration Office of General Counsel.”

Laura Dona (2017) started law school at the University of Virginia in Fall 2017.

Virginia Dorris (2017) is spending her first two years after graduation as a volunteer with the North Mississippi VISTA Project.

Libby Tyson (2017) spent her first year after graduation working as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Washington, DC. In Fall 2018 she begins a graduate program in Museum Studies at the University of San Francisco, with a career goal of a curatorial position at a historic house or museum.

Sierra Mannie (2016) has accepted a position as reporter covering education at the Jackson Free Press.

Sharon Possehl (2016) is living in Bentonville, Arkansas and working as a special education paraprofessional in the Bentonville school system; she and her husband Matt welcomed their third child in fall of 2016, a daughter named Calliope.

Coulter Ward (2016) studied at University of Pennsylvania for one year in the Classics post-baccalaureate program and then began a PhD program in Classics in Fall 2017 at the University of Colorado.

Chelsea Stewart (2015) began a graduate program in Museum Studies at UNC-Greensboro in Fall 2017.

Courtney Lindsey Taylor (2015) is a teacher of English and Latin at Winona Christian School.

Kaitlyn Barnes (2014) earned her J.D. at Emory School of Law in 2017 and passed the Georgia bar exam in 2018 and is now a policy fellow at the Barton Child Law and Policy Center in Atlanta, GA.

Kathryn Fowler (2014) is working towards her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Missisippi, with a special interest in sports law.

Megan Fowler (2014) is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Florida.

Vinod Kannuthurai (2014) began a PhD program in Political Science at Texas Tech in Fall 2014.

Stephen Macoy (2014) teaches History and English at Discovery Christian School in Florence, MS.

Charlie Pritchard (2014) finished medical school at UMMC in 2018 and is completing his intern year at Brookwood Baptist Health in Birmingham, Alabama. In July 2019 he will start a radiology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Charlie writes: “I get a little reminder of the classics everyday since I can see the Vulcan statue from our apartment (unfortunately his bare behind is facing us).” Charlie also got married in 2018, and managed to visit some Roman sites in the UK during his honeymoon

Gabby Coggin (2013) earned a MA in Anthropology at the University of Mississippi in 2015, doing a mixture of cultural anthropology and archaeology. Her thesis treated the influence of cultural changes and power regimes on religious architecture in Syracuse, Sicily. She worked for the College of Liberal Arts at UM for several years and now works for the Division of Outreach as the program coordinator for Study USA.

Jessica Gradolf (2013) completed a Masters in Library and Information Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 and is now a librarian at Jefferson Parish Library in New Orleans.

Joe Higdon (2013) finished his JD at Duke in 2017 and was admitted to the bar in Texas. He currently is an associate at Vinson & Elkins in Houston.

Will Mays (2013) is a Juris Doctor candidate for 2016 at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He also seeks his business law certification with an emphasis on intellectual property and entertainment law.

Chris Miller (2013) finished an MA in Classics at Columbia in 2015.

Patrick Mooney (2013) finished an MA in Medieval History at UT Knoxville in 2016; he teaches Latin at a BASIS charter school in Prescott, AZ.

Doug Odom (2013) will attend the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University starting fall 2015, where he will be working on his Master’s degree in Higher in Education Administration.

Colby Roberts (2013) finished his JD at SMU Dedman School of Law in 2016.

Vince Stroup (2013) taught Latin and myth to middle school students at the Washington School in Greenville, MS for two years after graduation and taught Latin at Oxford Middle School from 2015 to 2017. He and Elle Leatherman Stroup (2015) have started a small farm (Bona Terra Farm) south of Oxford; they also have two children now! You can follow the farm’s blog at theclassicalfarmer.com.

Tara Whitfield (2013) taught Latin at Harker Heights High School in Texas for several years. In 2017 she joined her husband in Arizona as he completed the Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course, and in summer 2018, they moved to Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

Lauren Fassero (2011) earned an MS in neuropsychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and plans to continue to medical school.

Tyler Pittman (2011)  graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2014 and practices law in Tupelo.  He reports: “I’d like you all to know that I consider Latin and Greek as some of the most beneficial instruction I could have received. From English grammar to analytical thought, studying those languages has helped me immensely in law school and practice.”

Bram ten Berge (2009) completed his PhD in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan in 2016 with a dissertation on the relationship between the major and minor work of Tacitus. In 2013-2014, he was a regular member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He taught at Kalamazoo College in 2016-2017 and is now a tenure track assistant professor at Hope College in Holland MI.

Allen Hays (2008) taught high school science in Arkansas for several years after graduation. He completed an M.S. in Educational Leadership at Arkansas State in 2016 and is now working on his Ph. D. In Fall 2017 he began a position as assistant professor and direction of the Delta STEM Education Center at Arkansas State-Jonesboro. Allen writes: “Who would have thought that a degree in classics would lead to a career in science and administration in education… go figure. That just goes to show that the well-rounded curriculum the Ole Miss Classics degree offers can take one in any direction.”

Douglas Ray (2007) finished majors in Classics and English, and then earned his M.F.A. in creative writing also at The University of Mississippi (2010). Since 2010, he has been on the faculty of Indian Springs School, an independent boarding and day school in Birmingham, Alabama. He teaches Latin, Greek, and senior English electives; serves as Poet-in-Residence and Director of Summer Programs; and lives on campus. He has published two books: He Will Laugh, a collection of poems, and The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South, both available from Sibling Rivalry Press. He welcomes anyone considering a job teaching in independent schools to contact him at dray@indiansprings.org.

Kyle Tadlock (2006) majored in Classics and History. He earned an M.A. in History at North Carolina State University in 2012 and is currently at the Ohio State University finishing a PhD in Ancient History, working on the complex relationship between tyrants and mercenaries in Archaic and Classical Sicily. He reports: “I wouldn’t be doing any of this had I not fatefully taken Latin as a freshmen with Dr. Ajootian those many years ago.”  He’s happy to talk to current students or alums about pursuing degrees in ancient history in general or at N.C. State or Ohio State: tadlock.6@buckeyemail.osu.edu

 Keep in touch!

Email Dr. Pasco-Pranger, mpranger@olemiss.edu, with your news and we’ll add it to the site.