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Scholar Alumni

Dear Southern Scholar Alumnus,

Your lifelong learning has continued far beyond Southern’s campus and your undergraduate degree. We are very interested in hearing about your adventures and career journey after Southern.

Please email us a message and send pictures! We would love to share them with faculty, current students, and friends of the Southern Scholars Program.

We hope to hear from you soon!

~ Southern Scholars

2006 Graduates

Hugo Mendez (BA English ’06) completed an MA in Religion (’09) and PhD in Linguistics at the University of Georgia (’13) and is now an Assistant Professor in Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in the New Testament and its early reception.

2016 Graduates

David Orvek (BS Music ’16) completed his MA in Music Theory (’19) at The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing his PhD in Music Theory at the Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music Ph.D. in Music Theory, with Minors in Music History and Guitar Performance. 

After completing her BS in Biology at Southern, Molly Theus has been studying at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. In Spring 2020, she returned to Southern to give current undergraduates innovative ideas about ways to pursue their academic and professional career paths.

2017 Graduates 

After completing his BA in Theology, Paul-Anthony Turner studied a Masters of Divinity at Andrew University Seminary. He has been accepted to the University of Kentucky’s PhD in Philosophy program and will be commencing his research into the intersection of phenomenology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, and sexuality/queerness in Fall 2020.

2019 Graduates

Adeline Piotrowski 
(BA International Studies and French, ‘19) has been working as a Program Analyst—Pathways Intern with the US Department of Homeland Security and, recently, has been accepted as an alternate for the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship for graduate students in 2020.

Emma Winegardner (BA English Literature, ‘19) has been working on her Masters in Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico, where she’s also been working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.


2020 Graduates

Michael Baranda
(BS Biology, Research) will serve as Southern’s new Assistant Chaplain, beginning in Summer 2020. As the Assistant Chaplain, Michael will lead in significant ways to nurture and equip the spiritual lives of all Southern students.