Alumni

Jessica Junker

Year Graduated: 2013
Major: Classics (Latin)
Why Classics: Being a part of the Classics Department at the University of Virginia significantly shaped my teaching philosophy and influenced who I am as a teacher.
Teaching Latin I for the last three years at St. Catherine's School in Richmond Virginia.
Current Position: Latin teacher, St. Catherines' School
Degree: BA

About

My name is Jessica Junker. I graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2013, where I received my BA in Classics, with a Latin concentration.

My love of learning and my sincere passion for the Classics first sparked my interest in teaching and the desire to share the subjects that I enjoy with students. As such, I have taught Latin I for the last three years at St. Catherine's School in Richmond Virginia. This past year, 36 of my students re-enrolled in Latin for their next year—when only 9 girls re-enrolled the year before I started teaching. I will now be teaching Latin I and II at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia for the upcoming school year. I also will be coaching cross country, winter track, and spring track.

Being a part of the Classics Department at the University of Virginia significantly shaped my teaching philosophy and influenced who I am as a teacher. My first of three goals as a teacher is to empower students by helping them become confident in their ability to learn a new subject. The first Latin quote students learn in my classroom is humanum errare est, or “It is human to make a mistake.” I continuously reinforce that it is okay to make mistakes in my classroom, and instead encourage my students to take risks. Second, I always aim to instill a love of learning Latin. I have discovered that humor, spirit, and a positive attitude are my most effective teaching tools. By being able to laugh while studying the language, students feel more comfortable in my classroom. Third, I want students to walk away from my class with a greater appreciation of the need to think critically and creatively. It is thanks to my UVa professors that I walked away from college with this important skill, and I am incredibly indebted to them.

Caitlin Campbell

Year Graduated: 2012
Major: MT Foreign Language Education (Curry), BA Classics, Minor in History
Current Position: Latin teacher, Dominion High School
Degree: BA

About

Caitlin is entering her fifth year of teaching Latin at Dominion High School in northern Virginia. She sponsors the Latin Club, plans domestic and foreign field trips, and participates in various classical professional associations. When not teaching, Caitlin dances and practices yoga. She has even been known to bust out some yoga poses for a sluggish Latin class.

Peter Smith

Year Graduated: 2010
Major: Classics
I did not pursue the typical path after graduation; however, I believe that my capacity for critical thinking and intellectual curiosity, learned/honed through the rigorous Classics major, have allowed me to excel in a non-traditional career (for a Classics major).
Current Position: Associate and member of the investment team at EIG Global Energy Partners.
Degree: BA

About

Mr. Smith is an Associate and member of the investment team at EIG Global Energy Partners. Prior to joining EIG in May 2015, Mr. Smith was an Analyst in the Global Natural Resources Group at Goldman Sachs. While at Goldman Sachs, he worked on M&A and capital markets transactions for clients in the upstream and OFS sectors. Mr. Smith graduated from The University of Virginia with a Bachelors in Classics and Economics and from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University with a Masters of Management Studies. 

In his free time, Mr. Smith enjoys traveling, following current events, and playing squash. Previously, Mr. Smith served on the Fuqua Board of Visitors (Durham) and the Fuqua European Regional Advisory Board (London).

Kevin Clouther

Year Graduated: 2001
Major: Classics
Associate Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University
Current Position: Associate Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University
Degree: BA

About

Kevin Clouther is the author of We Were Flying to Chicago: Stories. He lives with his wife and two children in New York, where he is Associate Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University

Kristina Killgrove

Year Graduated: 1999
Major: Latin and Classical Archaeology
Current Position: Assistant professor at the University of West Florida
Degree: BA

About

Kristina Killgrove (BA Latin and Classical Archaeology '99) is an assistant professor at the University of West Florida, where she teaches courses in biological anthropology. Her research specialty is Roman bioarchaeology -- the analysis of human bones from the Roman Empire to learn more about migration, diet, and health. She is also passionate about outreach in anthropology and classics, writing about the Greco-Roman world and about ancient bones for both Forbes and Mental Floss.

Anton Smith

Year Graduated: 1999
Major: Classics
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Degree: BA

About

Dr. Smith (Classics, Class of 1999) is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he teaches courses in African American literature and first year writing. His current book project, In the Pursuit of Faith: Profiles in African American Literature, Religion and Spirituality, 1935-1965, examines how religiosity is negotiated, constructed, and contested through various symbolic resources including soul food, the blues, and nature.

Howard Chang

Year Graduated: 1998, 2001
Major: Classics and English, J.D 2001
Dean of Professional Development and Coordinator of Faculty Hiring
Current Position: • Dean of Professional Development and Coordinator of Faculty Hiring
Degree: BA, JD

About

My Career:

  • College of Arts & Sciences -- graduated with B.A. in Classics and English in 1998
  • University of Virginia School of Law -- graduated with J.D. in 2001
  • Analyst for Accenture, a global management consulting firm, from 2001-2003
  • Latin teacher at Park View High School and Sterling Middle School (Loudoun County Public Schools), from 2003-2005
  • Latin teacher at Flint Hill School from 2006-2009
  • Classics Department Chair at Flint Hill School from 2009-2015
  • Acting Dean of Students at Flint Hill School from 2015-2016
  • Dean of Professional Development and Coordinator of Faculty Hiring from 2016-present

Other highlights:

  • Associate member of the Virginia State Bar, 2001 to present
  • Hold Commonwealth of Virginia Renewable Teaching License, 2003-present
  • Active Junior Classical League sponsor from 2003-2015, leading student delegations to state and national conventions and coaching student academic classics teams in certamen competitions at both the state and national level 
  • Have led student educational tours of Italy and Greece
  • Presented at professional conferences sponsored by the Classical Association of Virginia, American Classical League, and Foreign Language Association of Virginia 
  • Recognized for excellence in teaching by the Classical Association of Virginia, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, American Classical League, Phi Delta Kappa (Loudon County Chapter), Park View High School, and Flint Hill School

Personal

  • Married with one child, Penelope Roma (born 2015)
  • Reside in Falls Church, Virginia
  • Love film, food, and travel

Andrew Lear

Year Graduated: 1997
Major: Classics
Degree: MA

About

I got my MA in the department in 1997 and then my PhD at UCLA in 2004.  I taught in Classics departments at several places (in particular Pomona College and NYU) for several years and published a book with Routledge.  But eventually, I wandered off in other directions.  I founded 2 tour companies, Oscar Wilde Tours (www.oscarwildetours.com) and Shady Ladies Tours (www.shadyladiestours.com).  Oscar Wilde Tours is the first company to organize tours focusing on gay history and LGBTQ themes in art; it specializes in museum tours in the US and high-end multi-day tours in Europe (e.g. "Gay Italy, from Caesar to Michelangelo and Beyond").  Shady Ladies Tours focuses instead on the courtesans and mistresses whose portraits line the walls of the world's museums.  It has only existed since this February, but its tours are a runaway hit, and it will expand in many directions.  In addition, I am developing a gay history TV series for the BBC with author/actor Stephen Fry.  There's been a lot of press about my tours, e.g.:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/shady-ladies-met-tour_us_56ccd5d7e4b041136f18a9e6?aao47vi

Vitaly Voinov

Year Graduated: 1996
Major: Classics and Linguistics
Degree: BA

About

After my UVa days (double major in Classics and Linguistics), I studied Linguistics and Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Then, from 1998 to 2011 I worked with the Institute for Bible Translation in Russia (www.ibtrussia.org) as an exegetical editor in the Tuvan and Gagauz Bible translation projects, living onsite in south Siberia and south Moldova to get a mastery of these languages. The strong foundation I received at UVa in ancient Greek and ancient Hebrew was invaluable for my work in these projects. I received my Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013. Then my family and I returned to Russia so that I could continue working with the Institute for Bible Translation, this time in administration (as the director). This is the role that I'm currently in. My scholarly publications include a book on politeness devices in the Tuvan language and a co-edited collection of articles on Bible translation and minority languages (if this is of interest, a fuller list can be found  on my web page (http://www.voinovweb.net/vitaly-publications.html ) or on Academia.edu (https://ibtrussia.academia.edu/VitalyVoinov ) .

Elizabeth Baughan

Year Graduated: 1995
Major: Classics and Archaeology
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Richmond
Degree: BA

About

Elizabeth Paulette Baughan graduated in 1995 with a double major in Classics and Archaeology and went on to earn a PhD in Classical Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. While in graduate school, she spent a year at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and excavated for five summers at Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia in western Turkey. After teaching for three years at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, she joined the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Richmond, where she is now associate professor. Her research focuses on burial furniture, banqueting ideologies, and cultural identities in western Anatolia and the eastern Aegean, and she is the author of Couched in Death: Klinai and Identity in Anatolia and Beyond (2013). Since 2009 she has been involved with Bilkent University’s excavations at Hacımusalar Höyük, a settlement mound in northern Lycia (southwestern Turkey) that was occupied from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period. She lives in Midlothian, VA, with her husband, Michael, and twin daughters, Callie and Ella.  A link to my faculty profile: http://classics.richmond.edu/faculty/ebaughan/

Mary Jo Burke

Year Graduated: 1992
Major: Classics
Latin teacher at the Miller School of Albemarle since August 2004
Current Position: Latin teacher, Miller School

About

Mary Jo Conley Burke has been the Latin teacher at the Miller School of Albemarle since August 2004. Prior to her arrival at MSA, Mary Jo worked in part-time positions as a Latin tutor at Champion Tutoring in Charlottesville, VA, and a Latin teacher at Woodberry Forest School. In addition to teaching Latin at Miller School, Mary Jo is currently the chairperson of the Foreign Language department, serves a faculty advisor to the National Honor Society and is a member of the Honor and Discipline Committee. In her free time, Mary Jo does volunteer work for her alma mater, Union College, in the role of Annual Fund class agent. She is actively involved with her church and as a parent volunteer for Woodberry Forest School.

A transplant to Virginia from Albany, New York, Mary Jo is a die-hard New York Yankees fan who roots for the UVa Cavaliers. Other pastimes include traveling, spending time with family and friends, and reading. Aiden Burke, Mary Jo’s husband, is network administrator at Woodberry Forest School. The Burkes have two sons, Patrick, an incoming first year at UVA, and Brendan, a rising high school senior.

Suzanne Pratt

Year Graduated: 1986
Major: Classics
Degree: BA

About

Prior to becoming a family, couples, and marriage counselor, Suzanne Pratt grew up on the East Coast and attended The University of Virginia.  She worked in publishing for many years in New York City for a literary magazine of the arts, and then pursued her MSW degree at New York University.  Upon graduation from NYU, she worked at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center. After moving to Utah, she continued to work in a variety of medical and clinical settings until opening her private practice as a counselor in 2002.

Suzanne’s initial professional focus was to assist clients emotionally impacted by life-threatening medical illnesses, primarily through individual therapy and group work. Her affinity for interpersonal exploration deepened, and she offered various types of group therapy, creating a forum for personal growth and for the correction of cognitive distortions which cause emotional distress.

Suzanne has completed training and achieved the prestigious designation of Certified Gottman Therapist from the Gottman Institute and is an active member of the Relationship Center and Referral Network. She has also trained with Dr. Sue Johnson, developer of the Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.

She is a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Utah Society for Social Work Leadership in Utah, Women in Private Practice, National Association of Social Workers, Archetypes of Everyday Living, and various other professional organizations.

She now has a full time private practice devoted to guiding couples towards happier relationships.

Diane Svarlien

Year Graduated: 1983
Major: Classics
Degree: BA

About

Diane Arnson Svarlien (BA, 1983) earned a PhD. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin, and now lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She has published three volumes of verse translations of the plays of Euripides with Hackett Publishing: Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus (2007), Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women (2012), and Ion, Helen, Orestes (2016). Her Euripides translations are widely performed, and she has translated Aristophanes' Frogs, in collaboration with Mike Lippman and Amy R. Cohen, for the October 2016 Randolph College Greek Play. Her verse translations of Sappho, Semonides, Theocritus, Catullus, Horace, Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid have appeared in various journals and anthologies. She is the Poetry Editor for translations and original Latin and Greek verse for the journal Classical Outlook.
For more information and a complete CV, please go to <https://independent.academia.edu/DianeArnsonSvarlien>.

Richard McClintock

Year Graduated: 1967
Major: Classics

About

Richard McClintock A&S BA 1966, Grad MA 1967

My classical life since 1966

After graduating with a BA in classics in 1966, I stayed one more year in Charlottesville, finishing up my master’s, a paleographical comparison of manuscripts of Servius’s Commentaries on the Aeneid. Then I went to Yale in the PhD track in classics, specializing in paleography. While there I switched fields from paleography to rhetorical theory and we moved to Chapel Hill, where I wrote my dissertation under George Kennedy, on Cicero’s narrative techniques in the judicial speeches. At Chapel Hill, my eye-opening graduate-student job was as assistant editor of L’Année philologique.

In 1975, PhD and two children in hand, we moved to Hampden-Sydney College, where I was to be a one-year sabbatical replacement in classics (filling in for C. Wayne Tucker, UVa classics PhD 1971). In the process, thanks to my having had electric trains as a child and the various skills acquired as a result, not to mention the classic book-design practices learned through paleographical studies and the persuasive techniques learned in rhetorical theory, I pursued an “alternate career for classicists” (as George Kennedy called it), by accidentally taking over as director of their publications office for the next 37 years. In the process we won various design and editorial awards and sent many classically-trained students on to careers in design, advertising, and publishing. (On the side I was a designated substitute for classics and French professors when they were away.) In the last year before I retired, I was called back into the classroom to teach first-year Latin, a karmic bookend to my career there. I also occasionally taught Latin to home-school children -- one of whom is now teaching Latin herself. I lead a series of informal classes on the Latin and Greek origins of words. We still are hosts of the monthly Game Night for students, as we have been since we moved to campus in 1985; there are enough classics students at Hampden-Sydney that we can occasionally bring out the Latin Scrabble set.

My wife Deborah, a professional artist, and I have been active through the years in the local art scene and historic-preservation organizations. We have each been president of Central Virginia Arts (an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), and I sit on the advisory boards of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts and the Atkinson Museum of Hampden-Sydney College. In 1999, the LCVA honored us with the Community Achievement in the Arts award. Debbie keeps busy as an officer and a volunteer in the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs of Virginia, on the local, district, and state level. I am an elder in our church, Faith Bible Fellowship.

My fifteen minutes of classics-related fame -- a quite unlikely on-going adventure -- came as a result of my idle curiosity about the standard dummy text “Lorem ipsum.”  By looking up an unusual word (long before the Internet, mind you, in a real analog dictionary), I identified it as a slightly scrambled passage from Cicero’s De Finibus, specifically the passage that starts at the top of page 36 in the 1914 Loeb Classics edition with the second part of the word “do-lorem.”  Much later, when I pointed this out to a graphic-design magazine editor who had asserted that Lorem ipsum was mere nonsense, suddenly it was all over the Internet (which, thankfully, Al Gore had invented by then), revealing the alarming fact that there were a lot of Lorem-ipsum nerds out there in ether-land. I was even interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about it. And just recently a museum in Germany has asked me to tell the story of my discovery as a pendant to an exhibit they are mounting, apparently consisting of artwork using the classic dummy text as a thematic element.

In addition to volunteering with local museums and other organizations, I started a new hobby a couple of years ago, namely designing and producing build-it-yourself kits of historic buildings. It is non-profit; all proceeds benefit the sites themselves. It has recently been taking over my life, as various sites have started commissioning models. The kits are available at museum shops and through Historic-Models.com. So far the only UVa model is McCormick Observatory. The most classically-inspired building among them is Thomas Jefferson’s Capitol in Richmond, based on the Maison Carrée in Nîmes.