Wooster alumni go on to achieve success in every aspect of society and in cities and towns across the globe. Here are just some of our Fighting Scots making a difference in this world.

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Spencer Williams ’18 features as Bachelorette contestant

Spencer Williams ’18, a fan favorite during his days on The College of Wooster men’s basketball team, is now aiming to win the heart […]

Gina Christo '14

Women, gender, and sexuality studies alumna manages grassroot political campaigns

Before attending The College of Wooster, Gina Christo ’14 planned on becoming a political science major, but she soon “fell in love with the […]

Harley Layman

Research experience propels psychology alumna to doctoral sponsorship from National Institutes of Health

The College of Wooster Alumna Harley Layman ’19 was recently selected as one of four doctoral candidates to be sponsored under a $1.75 million […]

Kurt Russell receives Ohio Teacher of the Year award

Kurt Russell ’94 named 2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year

Kurt Russell, a Wooster ’94 graduate and social studies teacher at Oberlin High School, was named the 2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year as […]

Nathan Sundheimer ’17

Neurobiology alumnus awarded for work in healthcare innovation

In June, Crain’s Cleveland Business, a business news source for Northeast Ohio, named Nathan Sundheimer ’17 to their “20 in their Twenties” list, an […]

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye '95, photo by @marcgoldbergphotography

Urban studies alumna confronts housing inequity in New York City

After graduating from The College of Wooster, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye ’95 immediately knew she wanted to move to New York City and begin a career […]

Rachel Brandon '18

Neuroscience alumna pursues medical social work career

Wooster’s health coach program provided introduction to palliative care

Clare Mitchell ’06

Alumna specializes in adult psychology consultation at Cleveland hospital

Clare Mitchell ’06 touts opportunity to explore various interests at Wooster

Holly Engel '21

Wooster ’21 graduate pursues doctorate at The Ohio State University

After a year’s worth of writing to complete her Independent Study titled “Sinister Cinema: Depictions of Evil in the WWII and Postwar Thrillers of […]

Grace Bouker '21

Neuroscience alumna receives fellowship to attend dream graduate school

Grace Bouker ’21, a neuroscience major at The College of Wooster, was awarded an Occupational Therapy Fellowship from the University of Puget Sound in […]

Andy Nicol ’07

Mathematics alumnus analyzes crypt systems for NSA

Andy Nicol ’07 heard about the benefits of completing Independent Study at The College of Wooster, but he never knew the experience with research […]

Ainslee Alem Robson '15

French and philosophy alumna creates virtual reality graphic memoir

Independent Study at Wooster help prepare Ainslee Alem Robson ’15 to take on a creative film project

Helen Murray Free attends the lecture of Madeleine Jacobs, president of Strategic Science and former executive director and chief executive officer of the American Chemical Society who spoke for the Helen Murray Free Endowed Lecture Series in 2016.

Alumna and renowned chemist Helen Murray Free dies at 98

Lecture, endowment honor legacy of Helen Murray Free at Wooster

Sydney (Maureen) Hanes ’21

Fulbright awards English Teaching Assistantship to Wooster global and international studies major

Sydney (Maureen) Hanes ’21 will teach English in Kyrgyzstan during the next academic year.

Sarah McGrath '17 conducting research off the coast of Chile in summer 2019

Geology alumna ­­awarded fellowship for climate research

The research opportunities at Wooster prepared Sarah McGrath ’17 for her graduate studies

Christabel Dadzie ’04 speaks at a Ahaspora mentoring event in 2019.

Alumna founds organization to support development in her home country

Mentored learning leads Christabel Dadzie ’04 to aspired trajectory

Wayne Cornelius ’67

Immigration scholar advises presidential campaigns and provides canine therapy

Wayne Cornelius ’67 volunteers time during pandemic

Joe Vardon ’02

Communication studies alumnus experienced historical moment first-hand

Joe Vardon ’02 broke the news about the Milwaukee Bucks not playing from inside the NBA Bubble

Kelli Baxstrom ’16

Geology alumna researches landslides after natural disasters

As a geologist for the United States Geological Survey, Kelli Baxstrom ’16 put much of the expertise learned from her time at The College […]

Christina Bowerman ’13

Service year adviser for City Year connects with Wooster students

Christina Bowerman ’13 supports future City Year members including Keira Wright ’21

Vedica Jha '18 at the Kauke Arch in 2019

Biology and math alumna co-founds startup

Vedica Jha ’18 credits Wooster’s support system for preparing her to create talent-finding platform, ProMytheUs

History alumnus establishes nonprofit for at-risk youth

James Cooper ’08 emphasizes importance of mentorship at Wooster

Love Will Come to You, the fourth and final book in Robert Kugler's '95 YA series

Alumnus authors fourth and final book in YA series

Robert Kugler ’95 credits Wooster’s emphasis on writing for his success as educator and writer

Pedro Oliboni '20

Philosophy and math alumnus publishes article in peer-reviewed journal

Pedro Oliboni ’20 continues to explore ideas from his Independent Study projects

Desi Wiese '05

Business economics alumna praises Wooster’s close community

Building close working relationships helped Desi Wiese ’05 find success at several companies, including Netflix and 23andMe

Kevin Reiswig '10 holding a piece of furniture he crafted

Woodworking becomes career for studio art alumnus

Kevin Reiswig ’10 credits his summer as a research assistant and Wooster’s focus on writing for his post-graduate success

Bob Dyer '74

English alumnus credits Wooster education for journalism skills

Accomplished Ohio journalist Bob Dyer ’74 retires from distinguished career at the Akron Beacon Journal

Karl Ruter '10 in 2018

Political science alumnus finds success with restaurant technology

Karl Ruter ’10 relied on problem solving he learned at Wooster to help restaurants adapt to Covid-19 precautions

For his I.S., Jisou "Armel" Lee '19 interviewed the Human Library Organization's program coordinator in Copenhagen.

Sociology alumnus honored for creating WooStories program

Jisou “Armel” Lee ’19 designated a space where people of all backgrounds could share their stories and experiences.

Jason Parkhill

History alumnus values breadth of liberal arts education

Jason Parkhill ’97 directs academic technology staff at Colby College

Will Sherry ’05

Sociology major supports LGBTQ people at the University of Michigan

Will Sherry ’05 draws on Wooster-developed mindset as director of the Spectrum Center

Steve Schott '07 in his Franklin County office where he works as a prosecutor in the gang unit

Political science alumnus prosecutes gang-related crimes in Columbus

Participating in Wooster’s moot court program prepared Steve Schott ’07 for his career in law

Mesky Brhane ’89

Liberal arts education prepared English and French alumna for post-graduation achievements

Mesky Brhane ’89 supports vulnerable populations through her role at World Bank

In February, Chelsea Barnes '07 lobbied the Virginia Legislature for a grant to develop renewable energy on former coal-mined land.

Biology alumna honored for clean energy work

Chelsea Barnes ’07 strikes the balance between working with her community to promote solar energy and creating environmental policy

Hideko Tamura Snider ’56

Sociology alumna advocates for peace and collective healing

Hideko Tamura Snider ’56 survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before attending Wooster

Collin Hendershot '18 analyzed data from Graham Rahal's car before the race.

Wooster graduates play significant role in Indy 500

Physics majors reflect on their time at the College and how their I.S. and liberal arts education prepared them for their motorsport careers.

Megan Cooper ’95

Chemistry alumna researches genetic sequencing of COVID-19 patients

Megan Cooper ’95 leads a research laboratory that is part of the international COVID Human Genetic Effort

Elyse Zavar ’07

Geology alumna named 2020 Early-Career Research Fellow

Research by Elyse Zavar ’07 studies long-term community recovery from natural disasters

Sly Slaughter ’98

Orrville Middle School assistant principal gives back to community

Sly Slaughter ’98 extends Wooster-learned lessons to his students

Diane Gorgas ’86

Chemistry alumna fights coronavirus in Ohio and globally

Diane Gorgas ’86 draws on Wooster experience in all facets of her career

Shawn Sweeney ’06

Jane Goodall Institute’s associate VP of communications developed commitment to conservation at Wooster

Shawn Sweeney ’06 impacted by strong female mentors

Wendy Graham Settle ’00

News anchor serves as trustworthy source for her community during pandemic

Wendy Graham Settle ’00 covers both breaking news and human-interest stories for the Local News Network

Zach Rotter '14

Emergency medicine resident rises to pandemic’s challenges

Biochemistry and molecular biology research opportunities at Wooster prepared Zach Rotter ’14 for medical school

Cartoon of three elephants by Will Santino '11

Art alumnus builds career as cartoonist and illustrator

Will Santino ’11 reflects on Wooster’s creative community

Sara Artes '03

Anthropology alumna expands public knowledge of underrepresented stories

Sara Artes ’03 oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling cultural and historical exhibitions

Maddi O’Neill

Reporter relies on Wooster-developed critical thinking skills

Maddi O’Neill ’16 looks forward to applying watchdog mentality as the statehouse reporter for the USA Today Network in Maryland

Dierre Taylor ’09

Africana studies major forms network through Wooster community

Dierre Taylor ’09 acts as advocate for Black students in NYC schools

Patrick Mohorcic '18

Political science alumnus recognized by ‘Crain’s Cleveland Business’

Patrick Mohorcic '18 works to help Lake County pivot strategically during pandemic

Michael Wilson ’05

Sociology alumnus helps Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank navigate response to increased demand

Michael Wilson ’05 makes an impact on his community as director of marketing and communications

Mary Elizabeth Walters ’12

History and political science major values undergraduate research opportunities

History professor Mary Elizabeth Walters ’12 incorporates Wooster instruction methods into her own teaching

Jonathan Huisel ’14

Business economics alumnus supports PPE supply chain for essential businesses and organizations

Jonathan Huisel ’14 takes pride in Wooster background

John Talbot ’81

Involvement in student organizations prepares alumnus for leadership role

CEO of California’s Milk Advisory Board, John Talbot ’81, supports dairy farmers through challenges of pandemic

Jean Pham '17

Psychology alumna wins award for non-invasive diagnostic technology

Experience with interdisciplinary collaboration prepares Jean Phuong Pham ’17 for master’s program

Paige Cotcamp ’82

Business economics alumnus applies critical thinking to logistics industry

Wooster education prepares Paige Cotcamp ’82 to contribute to the ‘worldwide community’

Brian Watkins '00

Middle school principal draws on lessons from Wooster

Brian Watkins ’00’s minor in education prepared him for a long career in Ohio schools

Maggie Popadiak ’05

Sociology major engages community through immersive theatre

Maggie Popadiak ’05 educates people through the arts

Kimberly McDonough ’17

Music performance major builds career as violinist and teacher

Kimberly McDonough ’17 brings people together through music

Max Lesko ‘06

Political science major learns to engage with academic and social community

Max Lesko ’06 leads National Children’s Defense Fund

Josette Beran ’95

Chief strategist for Cleveland Clinic champions Wooster experience

Josette Beran ’95 charts the health system’s strategy during the coronavirus pandemic

Kaitlyn Jue

Education alumna makes herself at home in the classroom

Kaitlyn (Evans) Jue ’10 finds her ‘Dream Job’ combining her interests

Mike Riffee and students sport Tartan masks

Alumnus extends the Wooster welcome

Mike Riffee ’80 connects with two incoming Wooster students

Sarah Jones ’04

Biochemistry major becomes professor of nutrition

Community-oriented foundation leads Sarah Jones ’04 to a job she loves

Emily Howerton

Applying Wooster experiences to respond to the coronavirus threat

Math and philosophy alumna develops models to aid in decision making

Wayne Cornelius ’67

Immigration Policy Advocate Honored

Wayne Cornelius ’67 recognized by Latin American Studies Association for lifetime achievement

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Alumna inspires families amidst pandemic

Heather (Clyde) Closen ’08 combines psychology and education interests as behavioral analyst

Zena Lapp

Zena Lapp ’14 combines scientific, social justice interests for career in bioinformatics

Biochemistry and molecular biology drew the attention of Zena Lapp ’14 because it was the perfect combination of her interests in chemical and molecular […]

Marija Cyvas ’19 Wins Award for Undergraduate Paper on Baltic Studies

Recent graduate’s Independent Study on Lithuanian-Americans receives recognition

Field research provided inspiration, path to career in DNA research for BCMB major

A field research opportunity in Mexico the summer after his freshman year turned out to be the dawning of a rewarding journey into biochemistry […]

Danny Caine '08

English major commits his life to books

Poet and bookstore owner Danny Caine ’08 also advocates for small businesses

Dekila Chungyalpa ’98

Self-designed environmental studies major tackles issues at cross-section of faith and environment

Dekila Chungyalpa ’98 incorporates interests and skills she developed at Wooster into a lifelong commitment to environmentalism.

Mae Manupipatpong

Philosophy and political science alumna explored passion for environmental law

Mae Manupipatpong ’14 notes Wooster community surrounded her with the right people and opportunities

Mike Frazier ’03 crunching numbers for Super Bowl LIV-bound Kansas City Chiefs

Wooster alumnus has been Chiefs' Statistical Analysis Coordinator for seven seasons

Remington Jackson '12

Attorney puts Wooster values to practice

Remington Jackson ’12 found an option that allowed him to play sports and be involved while building the skills needed for law school

Lauren Cohen Bell

Political science alumna receives teaching award

Administrator and professor credits Wooster with first teaching experience

Rick Drushal

Alumnus and tech consultant in California keeps Wooster pride

Mathematics and computer science major credits multiple professors for helping him find his path

Erin Davison

Wooster sparks passion for research and sports for math major and soccer player

Relationships with Wooster professors continue to impact mathematics alumna

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Wooster trustee co-produces musical ‘All Is Calm’ to be recorded for PBS

Alumna Mary Beidler Gearen ’79 found I.S. nourished her career as a producer

Aaron Levy '16

Political Science major co-founds environmental company

Aaron Levy ’16 tailored his degree to find the intersection of environmental studies and political science

Rita Frost

Environmental studies alumna learns to focus her “interdisciplinary lens”

As advocate for social change, Rita Frost ’14 combined her majors and involvement to engage her passion

Wil Burton

Alumnus receives award for his work in addiction recovery

History major develops social conscience to advocate for underserved populations

Sarah Corney

English alumna finds writing skills asset in legal career

As estate planning attorney, Sarah Corney ’06 finds her Wooster experience shaped her ability to understand and build relationships with her clients

Sophie Perinot

Sophie Perinot ’86 returns to passions and skills developed at Wooster

Returning to the passions and skills developed at Wooster

Two More Fulbright Awards Go to Wooster Students, Bringing Total to Four This Year

Joe Besl ’09, Erin Tupman ’19 are Fulbright research grantees headed to Canada and Russia, respectively

Sohil Parekh

Sohil Parekh ’99 develops a method to solve problems

Like many Wooster students today, Sohil Parekh ’99 approached Independent Study with two majors and found a way to connect them in one project […]

Hayet Rida and friends

Hayet Rida ’11 fights for success

“People are scared of failure, but to me failure is my best friend. It’s one of the things I enjoy most because it allows […]

Sayantan “Sunny” Mitra

Sayantan “Sunny” Mitra ’16 seeks unlimited opportunities

"There is no limit to the opportunities you have."

Rachel Stephenson ’96 relies on “liberal arts mindset” to guide her decisions

For Rachel Stephenson ’96, there have been multiple times in her life where she’s realized she needed to look at the whole picture, to […]

Ksenia Klue ’18 builds research team

As a first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate at Cleveland State University, Ksenia Klue ’18 is already reaching out to her professors, asking them […]

“Women of Ciudad Juárez” Coming to Freedlander Theatre Monday, April 22

Free performance by Teatro Travieso theatre group at The College of Wooster

Divya Thadani ’99 thrives on the challenges of corporate strategy development

Divya Thadani says she gets goosebumps when asked to sum up the impact her Wooster education has had on her. She cites the critical […]

NYC Comedian & Writer Mamoudou N’Diaye ’14

A neuroscience major, a comedian, and an activist walk into a bar. What's the punchline? They're all one guy.

Andy Nicol ’07 learned to crack codes at the NSA

In the final year of his doctoral program in mathematics at The Ohio State University, Andy Nicol began sending out applications for teaching positions […]

Matea Paveskovic '18

Matea Paveskovic ’18 finds path to top Ph.D. program

Wooster research experience and mentoring open path to top Ph.D. program

Amy Johnson '01

Amy Johnson ’01 Designs beautiful solutions to three-dimensional problems

As a child, Amy Johnson was good at putting together 3-D puzzles and by the time she was in high school knew that she […]

Sarah Fenske

Sarah Fenske ’99

Breaking news and digging deep: “I’ve got the best of both worlds”

James May

James May ’16

From Green Day fan to an orchestral composer and a prestigious Mitchell Scholarship

Deval Mehta

Deval Mehta ’05 combines technical expertise with people skills to succeed

Deval Mehta is pretty sure why he landed a Presidential Management Fellowship and subsequent placement as an information technology manager with the U.S. Department […]

Andrew Bishop

Andrew Bishop ’05

A grad with a passion for conservation biology

Sarah Coffin '10

Sarah Coffin ’10

From Wooster to Fenway: A Public Historian’s Journey

Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson ’94

Major: Religious Studies Job Title: Teacher, The Breck School When Rob Johnson graduated from the Breck School in Minneapolis and headed off to college, […]

Danielle Shepherd

It takes a lot of math (and physics) to win an IndyCar championship

Danielle Shepherd was just seven years old when she attended her first IndyCar race with her family.

Donald M. Goldberg, a professor of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) at The College of Wooster

Goldberg Recipient of AG Bell Honors of the Association Award

Wooster CSD professor honored for his service to those impacted by hearing loss

Duncan Jones

Duncan Jones ’95

A talent for creating imaginary worlds, and asking big questions

archaeology trio

Major Discovery of Royal Tomb Has Strong Wooster Ties

“Burial 80” found at site where professor Olivia Navarro-Farr leads a U.S.-Guatemalan archaeological project


Groundbreaking Research Places Wooster Grad in Neuroscience Spotlight

Steven Frankland publishes study about how the brain distinguishes between different sentence structures