(Swahili for “What’s the news?”)
John Linsley ’04 (KSP fall ’02)
|Leah Knickerbocker '04 (left) and one of her perhaps slightly skeptical students check out a hippo skull in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Leah Knickerbocker ’04 (KSP spring ’03) is a program leader for The Traveling School, which offers education-abroad programs for high school girls. “I was working in Africa in the fall (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia) and just returned from a spring semester in South America (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia),” she wrote. She’s now the school’s academic program director as they go from South Africa to Mozambique and then Zambia. Leah is also an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Also from KSP spring ’03, Jeremy Epstein (University of Colorado) wrote from Portland, Ore. He recently completed an MA in environmental studies at The Evergreen State College, with a focus on climate change mitigation policy.
From Kampala, Uganda, where she has been living for the past year as a Rotary scholar, Katie Gauthier ’04 (KSP fall ’02) traveled to Rwanda last spring for a trek to see the mountain gorillas. Katie led a community service program in Tanzania this summer with Putney Student Travel.
Former St. Lawrence Kenya Scholar Nicolette Oleng ’05 graduated in May from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. This summer she began her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. While in Syracuse she volunteered at a clinic serving resettled refugees.
Sajana Blank ’08 (KSP spring ’06) is assistant director of off-campus programs at St. Lawrence. “I advise for all of our non-European programs, which has allowed me to learn more about international education and give back to the St. Lawrence community,” she says. “Studying in Kenya and India had a profound impact on my life in many ways. I hope through my work at St. Lawrence that I can help students have similar life-changing experiences. I still want to return to East Africa in the near future and also pursue a graduate degree with an international focus.”
Before her return to Canton, Sajana traveled in Tanzania and Israel and lived in Vermont, as an AmeriCorps State member at a Burlington community center, where she was a refugee and immigrant outreach specialist and mentoring coordinator. “My favorite part was teaching preschool to ESL students,” she reports. “I was even able to use a little Swahili with some of the families.”
Helen Rosenfeld (Penn, KSP spring ’93) wrote from India, where she and her family were based for six months earlier this year. They were planning a month in Europe before returning home.
From his home in Kenya, Sangai Mohochi, former Swahili lecturer at St. Lawrence, wrote, “Kusoma International, the educational foundation that I initiated while teaching at Stanford, is going strong. We were able to take in an additional four students, bringing the total to nine in two years. Please visit our Web site (www.kusomainternational.org) to read about our programs.” He welcomes feedback. Sangai also reports that his family and year-old twins are doing well.
Class of ’04 and KSP fall ’02 alums, Jessie Davie and Sarah Ellis visited South Africa during the World Cup. Jessie, who is based in Tanzania, saw Kathleen Fitzgerald ’92 (KSP spring ’91) at an environmental conference in Nairobi. Kathleen also visited South Africa over the summer and planned to visit Ruaha and Selous National Parks in Tanzania on her way back to Kenya.
Chris Kittle ’07 (KSP fall ’05) is based in Anchorage, Alaska, serving in the U.S. Army. He returned in February from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan and was recently pinned as a captain.
Anna Larson ’05 (KSP fall ’03) organized a hike on Manhattan Island in May, from its southern tip to the northern hills. About 13 miles in all, the hike followed Broadway, the route of which was once used as a trade corridor by Native Americans. “It took a long time with our weaving around a bit to visit historic sites, with multi-generations and speeds of walking, but was well worth the eight or so hours,” she exclaimed.
Corinne Prigo ’05 (KSP spring ’04) is living in Boston; she recently finished school to become a nurse practitioner and is working at a Latino community health center.
Pat McLaughlin ’05 (KSP fall ’04) led an environmental studies summer program in Bar Harbor, Me., with National Geographic Student Expeditions. A doctoral student in environmental studies, he also planned a late-summer research trip to Equatorial Guinea’s Bioko Island.
KSP alums, be in touch with your news using the contact information at the top of this page. Pictures are welcome. Tutaonana!
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