2000-2002 Profiles

Erika Rose Cramton Barnes ('00)

3242 Lakeshore Dr.
Old Hickory, TN 37138

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Erika was born and raised in Hillsdale, Michigan, moved to Cookeville in 1995, and is a graduate of Cookeville High School (1997). In the summer of 1998 she studied French in Angers, France at CIDEF for six weeks. Previous to that she had traveled to France for a three-week tour with her high school French Club (1996). While at TTU she waited tables at O'Charley's and Shoney's and worked for the Department of Foreign Languages. She also worked as a French interpreter at ITI Worldwide in Cookeville. Erika graduated with two degrees, magna cum laude, and she is the first graduate of the new program in World Cultures and Business. In May 2001 she completed an M.B.A. at TTU and shortly thereafter married Jason Barnes. She began Law School at Vanderbilt University in Fall 2001.

Cason Griffin ('00)

4343 Warm Springs Rd., Apt. 901
Columbus, GA 31909

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Cason is a 1994 graduate of White County High School. He received his two degrees from Tennessee Tech magna cum laude. In 2000-2001 he was a graduate student in engineering at Auburn University. He is currently an industrial engineer for the Department of the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia 31901.

Angel Rabelo ('00)

Columbia, TN

Angel's plans were to teach Spanish at the high school level.

Mary Margaret Webb Sprinkle ('00)

P.O. Box 6268
Albany, CA 94706-0268

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Mary Margaret is a 1996 honors graduate of Springfield High School in Robertson County. As a member of the Tennessee Tech Honors Program she earned her B.S. in World Cultures and Business cum laude in cursu honorum. While in her senior year in high school she also took courses at Volunteer State Community College. During her studies at TTU she also took a few courses at Austin Peay State University and French courses through Wayne State University.

Laura Elizabeth Barnes LaPrad ('00)

413 McKays Court
Brentwood, TN 37027

Born in Nashville, Laura is a 1996 graduate of McMinn County High School. From 1996 to 1998 she attended The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She spent Summer 2000 studying at the Université Laval in Quebec, Canada and in December 2000 she received her B.A. in French magna cum laude. In November 2000 she wrote that she was working for Acuity Marketing in Franklin, TN, a publishing/marketing company -- a job she really enjoyed.

Her current employment is as the Independent Living Activities Director, Blakeford at Green Hills, 11 Burton Hills Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37215.

Monica Guzmán Nelson ('00)

Shanghai, China

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Monica is a graduate of Andrew Jackson H.S., took courses at Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. She came to TTU after completing work at Columbia State Community College. In January 2001 Monica began working for Setech in Murfreesboro. Setech is an integrated inventory management company that owns and maintains indirect materials and parts for companies such as Delphi, Sara Lee, and General Motors. It has 19 sites throughout the U.S. and two in Mexico with a third one in the planning stages.

In March 2001 she wrote: "I was originally hired to do data entry, but when Setech found out I was a Spanish major they immediately put me to work on some translation work and last month they sent me to Reynosa, Mexico for a week to help with translating job procedures. I am having a nice time but I am missing having students and learning through teaching."

Not to worry! In Fall 2001 Monica began a new job as a teacher of English as a Second Language for the Rutherford County (TN) School System at Smyrna H.S. and Blackman H.S.

In 2002 she married Ben Nelson, a mechanical engineering graduate of TTU with a minor in German. Monica and Ben moved to Würzburg, Germany where Ben works for SiemensVDO. After living in Germany for 3 years, Monica learned the language and became so immersed in german culture that she wanted to stay indefinitely, but in 2004 Ben's job took them to Shanghai, China. Their son Diego Guzmán Nelson was born in Shanghai in 2005. Although she is busy as a home-maker in Shanghai, Monica also teaches English part-time to elementary school students in Shanghai. Her ESL training at TTU has been a great asset to her in this regard. Currently they still live in Shanghai and are trying hard to learn Mandarin.

Meredith Jenkins McMahan ('00)

772 Howard's Loop
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Meredith was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and raised in Lawrenceburg, a small town in the southern part of Middle Tennessee. She is a graduate of Lawrence Co. H.S. and took summer courses at Columbia State Community College and Chattanooga State Technical Community College before coming to TTU. She studied Spanish in Spain for six weeks in Granada, Andalucia, Spain in the summer of 2000. She also spent the summer of 1992 in Saltillo, México as a high school student. As a member of ABUSUA, Tennessee Tech's West African Drumming and Dance Ensemble, she has been to Ghana, West Africa, twice. Since January 2001 Meredith has been the Spanish teacher at White County High School in Sparta. She is also teaching night courses to adults interested in learning Spanish. She has a class of nurses in McMinnville and another class in Sparta. Her future plans include graduate school ("hopefully at the University of Wisconsin, Madison") for graduate work in Spanish Education, ESL, and Ethnomusicology. Meredith's parents are MaryLynn and Jim Jenkins, residents of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

As of Fall 2006 Meredith is teaching Spanish at Southern High School in Anne Arundel County Schools in Harwood, Maryland, where she and Chris have both teaching positions.

In Fall 2001 Meredith wrote: "Tennessee Tech's Department of Foreign Languages is such a wonderful environment in which to nurture and develop a passion for foreign language and a proficiency in your subject area. I learned so much from all of my professors, and even from the professors I never had in class!! The Department is so close-knit that you feel like you are a part of a family. The saddest part about being a part of the Department is graduation! I miss my professors so much and wish I had more time to come and visit the Department which made me the educator I am today! I would like to thank Dr. Campana, Dr. Kintz, Dr Fernández, Dr. Laurila, Dr. Hays, Dr. Viera, Ms. Shettlesworth, Mr. Heina, Dr. Evans, and Mrs. Venable, who helped me through school and made my experience such a fantastic adventure. I miss you all and think of you often!"

In February 2007 Meredith wrote: "My husband, Chris, is now band and orchestra director at Glen Burnie H.S. in Glen Burnie, MD. We are both very busy in our new city of Annapolis, but love our jobs and our new home. No kids yet, but the latest additions to our family are two adorable Bichon Frisé puppies that we absolutely love. We miss everyone in Tennessee! Hope all is well at TTU! Love you all!

Andrew Case ('01)

Washington, DC

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Over the years we have had many outstanding students, even several who graduated summa cum laude. But Andy is our first departmental graduate to complete his career at TTU with a perfect 4.0 average! And that is for two degrees (Spanish and history). Andy is the recipient of numerous awards including the Derryberry Award, and the W.A. Howard Scholarship from the university as well as the David Lloyd and Shirley Mae Gehman Scholarship and the Marjorie and Sidney McGee Award from the department, the latter for outstanding service work for the department beyond academics. He spent one year in Mexico on an ISEP exchange and a year in Spain on a Rotary Scholarship.

Andy was born in Durham, N.C., has lived in Cookeville since 1984, and is a graduate of Cookeville H.S. He spent the Summer and Fall of 1998 in Monterrey, Mexico on an ITESM program and Fall and Spring 1999-2000 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. In Summer 2001 Andy attended an archaeological field school at Mission San Antonio in California for which all nine participants received college credit. (For more information see: www.calpoly.edu.) During his two study abroad experiences he travelled throughout Mexico and Spain. In addition, in Summer 1999 he travelled to Puerto Rico, and in September-October 2001 to Cuba.

Andy worked for Perdue Farms, Inc. in Monterey, TN from March to June 2001 as a translator/interpreter, and before that for Staffing Solutions in Cookeville, again as a translator/interpreter on a TTU Co-op Program. He also worked freelance as a translator/interpreter and a Spanish Tutor.

Andy's mother is Karen Case, formerly Secretary in the TTU School of Agriculture and a May 2001 TTU graduate with an M.A. His father, Steve Case works in the field of technological solutions, and his brother, Gary, also a TTU graduate, works with open-source computer operating systems in the research triangle of North Carolina.

Andy's future plans are to work in the field of international development or foreign diplomacy. Andy is a May 2004 graduate from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, with a focus in Latin America. After completing his graduate studies, Andy has worked as a political and security analyst at iJET Intelligent Risk Systems in Annapolis, Maryland, and he looks forward to a career in research and analysis with a focus on Latin America.

In September 2001 Andy wrote: "I've either taken language courses or worked part-time for the TTU Department of Foreign Languages since before I was a full-time student at Tech. All the faculty and staff have been extremely supportive of all my decisions, facilitating my educational opportunities here and abroad. I truly feel that this department cares for its students, and I hope prospective students consider taking foreign language classes at Tech. Even if not all students become foreign language majors, I believe a basic knowledge of any foreign language will help all students receive a complete university education."

He added in April 2007: "The TTU Foreign Language department faculty and staff helped me gain the vital skills I use on a daily basis in my career. I believe the personal attention I received from Professors Campana, Fernandez, Hays, Laurila, Shettlesworth and Viera was a unique college experience - one that my friends and colleagues envy. As a native of Cookeville, I never expected to become so interested in foreign languages and cultures, but they have enriched my life and led me to new and interesting experiences."

Lisa Dissel ('01)

1437 Church Hill Place
Reston, VA 20194

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Lisa was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Lakota High School in Westchester, Ohio. About five years ago she visited Costa Rica for two weeks and she knew then that she wanted to study Spanish and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

Lisa was on the TTU Volleyball Team for her four years here and served as a Spanish tutor for the Athletic Department. She has also been a volleyball coach at various Ohio and Tennessee camps and has worked for General Electric Aircraft Engines in the computer department.

Lisa has two brothers, two sisters, four nephews, three nieces, five cats, and a dog!

A few days before graduation she wrote: "Because the Foreign Language Department is relatively small, it gives students and professors the chance to interact and really get to know one another. Any help students need, they can go to any number of professors, who are more than happy to share their time."

In Fall 2001 Lisa reported that she was the manager at an animal daycare facility in Denver, Colorado.
Currently she is a Special Education Teacher for the Fairfax County Schools at McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA 22101.

Scott Holcombe ('01)

Västerås, Sweden

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Scott is a native of Florence, Alabama. His family moved to Irving, Texas when he was four years old and to Mt. Juliet, TN when he was fourteen. He is a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School. He spent two months of cultural study and observations in Sweden.

Scott's work history includes the U.S. Marine Corps and Athens Construction Company as well as the Department of Foreign Languages (for which work he received the Marjorie and Sidney McGee Graduation Award for Service.) He is a member of Alpha Mu Gamma.

As of June 2001Scott is working as a Nuclear Engineer, BWR Fuel Engineering, Nuclear Fuel, for Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga. He is the fourth student to complete an "International Engineering" emphasis with a B.S. degree in engineering and a B.A. degree in German. In Fall 2001 Scott wrote that he was checking into beginning a degree in physics from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, perhaps beginning in Spring 2002. He added: "Everyone in the Department of Foreign Languages is very helpful and enthusiastic about teaching. My German classes were always fun."

In 2006 Scott took a position with Westinghouse and now works for them in Sweden. Scott wrote in February 2007 that he is adjusting well to life in Sweden, and he is keeping up his German as well as doing very well in Swedish.

Micah Puncochar ('01)

Nashville, TN

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Micah was born in Massachusetts but raised in Nashville and is a graduate of Brentwood High School. In Spring Semester 2000 he studied in Madrid, Spain. He has traveled through Spain, Mediterranean Europe, and Turkey.

He has worked in hotel management in the Greek Isles and as an independent contractor for Southwestern Company, for which he was an organizational leader. He also worked for Puncochar Enterprises in Brentwood and as a sales consultant for Unfair Advantage in North Carolina.

In June, 2003, Micah began serving a two-year tour in Paraguay with the Peace Corps doing small business development with a farmers' cooperative. He assisted in their marketing efforts and basic business efficiency issues. Currently he works as a pharmaceutical representative for Merck & Company in Nashville.

About his interest in Spanish, Micah wrote: "My dad grew up in California and always spoke a little Spanish. I always thought it would be great to speak it fluently." Mission accomplished!

Micah also commented: "When I came back from studying and working in Europe the Department of Foreign Languages was more than helpful with my classes here at Tech. It was comforting to know that my time spent in Spain was not only a great time, but a productive time at that."

Jennifer Lee Bradley Davis ('01)

General Board of Discipleship (United Methodist Church)

1908 Grand Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212

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Jennifer was born in Nashville, raised in Dickson, TN, and is a graduate of Dickson County H.S. She spent one summer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and studied in Fall 2001 in Monterrey, México at the Universidad Regiomontana. She earned two degrees from TTU: B.A. in Spanish and B.S. degree in World Cultures and Business. Her other foreign travels include approximately 5 years living in Japan, four mission trips to México, and a visit with family in South Korea.

Jennifer worked in sales at the Bible Factory Outlet at Opry Mills in Nashville and as Customer Service Specialist for Upper Room Ministries in Nashville. She served as Team Assistant for Shared Mission Focus on Young People for the United Methodist Church and is currently Bilingual Assistant, Office of Hispanic/Latino Ministries for GBOD (General Board of Discipleship-United Methodist Church, 1908 Grand Avenue, P.O. Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203-0003, <<www.gbod.org>>. She has one younger sister who is a 2003 graduate of TTU in education, and her youngest sister followed as a chemistry major at TTU.

Jennifer is married to Jason Davis, a May 2001 TTU graduate in civil engineering. Jason works as a structural engineer for Gate Precast in Ashland City, TN. You can check out the family Web Page at: <<www.casadavis.org>>.

In January 2002 Jennifer wrote: "The faculty in Foreign Languages take a genuine interest in all their students and are always available for one-on-one help."

Jennifer stopped by to visit in March 2004 and was pleased with the Euro Café and Cinema, the student library, and the student study center, all created between February and August 2003.

Leona Taylor Morelock ('01)

520 Hillwood Drive
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Lasting Impressions
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Leona was born in the United Kingdom and is a graduate of Lebanon H.S., TN.

Robert Stanton ('01)

105 Whitney Drive
Lenoir City, TN 37772-7402

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Robert is a graduate of Cookeville H.S. In Fall 2000 and Spring 2001 he studied in France on the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and earned two degrees from TTU: B.A. in French and B.S. degree in World Cultures and Business.Until 2003 he worked at Fleetguard-Nelson in Cookeville as a Customer Service Representative for French. He left there to pursue graduate work and he received his MBA from Tennessee Tech in 2004. He also worked at Wells Fargo Financial while taking his MBA courses. In October 2004 Robert started work as a Branch Assistant at AmSouth Bank (10th Street Branch) in Cookeville. In December 2004 he was married to Whitney (Johnson), who completed her B.S. degree in education in May 2005. Later that year Robert returned to work for Wells Fargo Financial, this time in Knoxville.

Alicia Evans Toline-Hale ('01)

Birmingham, AL

Alicia is a 1998 graduate of Farragut High School in Knoxville. She received her B.S. degree in Secondary Education-French from TTU in 2001.She was the French teacher at The Highlands School, a private school in Mountain Brook, Alabama where she teaches French to children ages 4 - 8th grade, and she wrote: "I love it!"

She continues: "My grandfather is a professor emeritus from TTU, and he is also a French speaker; therefore TTU was a natural choice for me. I really enjoyed the professors and helpful staff that made my days in the FL department enjoyable and really prepared me to teach! Also, I am currently teaching with a newer method called TPRStorytelling."

Alicia is now a Gifted Specialist at Brookwood Forest Elementary School in Mountain Brook, AL.

Holly Pratt Duarte ('02)

Nashville, TN

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Holly is a graduate of White County High School in Sparta, TN. In 2000-2001 she studied at the University of Madrid, Spain.

Holly worked as International Customer Assistance Representative for Fleetguard-Nelson Division of Cummins Engine Co., Cookeville (now Cummins Filtration), then for Cummins Filtration in Nashville

(2931 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214) as Americas Communications Specialist and now as Americas Marketing Campaign Manager. The Cummins Web Page can be found at: www.cumminsfiltration.com.

Derick William Shular ('02)

4300 Ashland Drive
Greensboro, North Carolina 27407

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Derick was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated from Powell High School in 1997 and came to Tech knowing that he wanted to do something in the international field. He said that he was excited to be one of the first to sign up for the World Cultures and Business program because it fit his goals perfectly. In his junior year he spent two semesters in France with the ISEP program, one on the Swss border and the other in Normandy.

Since July 2002 Derick has been working as Director of Exports for E.N. Beard Hardwood Lumber in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Andrea Erin-Marie Colson-Smith ('02)

2264 Birchglen St., Unit 144
Simi Valley, CA 93063-6512

Andrea was born in Tarzana, California, graduated from Newbury Park High School (CA), and attended Boston University in 1998-99 before coming to TTU.

Ana Margarita Colindres Parsons ('02)

3507 Cumberland Creek Rd., Apt. 102
Raleigh, NC 27613

Ana was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and is a graduate of McMinn County High School (TN). While enrolled at TTU ana also completed courses at North Carolina State University - Raleigh, and at Wake Technical College in Raleigh.

Stephanie Elizabeth Quinn ('02)

4311 Lealand Lane
Nashville, TN 37204-4231

Stephanie is a graduate of Beech High School.

Scott Keesley Walker ('02)

Ole South Shutter & Blind Co.
302 Public Square
Franklin, TN 37064

Telephone: 615-394-1434

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Web Page: www.olesouthblinds.com

Scott was born and raised in Brentwood, TN and attended Brentwood High School. Throughout his childhood, Scott's parents took him to many countries and places so he could experience different cultures and languages. So far, Scott's been to 15 countries and 35 states. Since Scott's mom is a high school Spanish teacher, and his dad is an International Banker, Scott decided to follow in their footsteps by pursuing the World Cultures and Business (WCB) program.

After looking at programs in many universities, Scott chose Tennessee Tech because of its on the WCB program, its close proximity to Nashville, its size, and the more intimate campus life. It also helped that his father and grandfather were both graduates from Tech as well. Although Scott went through Tech in three academic years, he spent a year living in Cochabamba, Bolivia as a missionary after his freshman year, learning fluent Spanish in the process.

After returning from his year in Bolivia, Scott started his own small business in his dorm room in Evins Hall. He sold blinds and plantation shutters to customers from Cookeville to Knoxville. Since he had worked in this industry all through high school with some family-friends who owned a blind/shutter factory, he chose to keep it going during college to earn "travel money."

Scott attended three of Dr. Richard Finch's infamous Latin America Trips (Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Peru) during his college years. For his internship, Scott partnered with a local entrepreneur in Franklin TN who owns some corporations, many dealing in international affairs. He travelled to Italy three separate times as part of this internship and got to work shoulder-to- shoulder with Anthony Robbins on several occasions. After graduating in 2001, Scott bought a house in Franklin and continued running his business full time out of the house.

Louise Elin Holmvik ('02)

8586 Lake Clearwater Lane, Apt. 5
Indianapolis, IN 46240-7734

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Louise, a native of Sweden, is continuing her education at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she expects to complete her MBA in May 2005. She visited the Department in Summer 2003.

Gloria Esther Infante Horenburg ('02)

Gloria was born in Harbor City, California and graduated from Phineas Banning High School. She attended California State Univ-Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor College before coming to Tennessee Tech. She taught Spanish in Blount County, TN.

We were shocked and greatly saddened to learn of her untimely death in November 2004.

Rachel Carrie Sparks Mayes ('02)

2362 Hilham Hwy.
Livingston, TN 38570

Rachel is a graduate of Lee-Davis High School in Virginia. Before completing her B.A. in Spanish she had already received a B.S. degree in technical communication from TTU.

Kristy Leigh Foster ('02)

155 Flynns Creek Rd.
Gainesboro, TN 38562-6335

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Kristy is a graduate of Jackson County High School. While at TTU she attended an intensive Spanish language program at the University of Costa Rica.

After graduation Kristy taught ESL in Jacksonville, FL. In May 2006 she completed her M.A. at TTU in Instructional Leadership. Since then she has been the Spanish teacher at Jackson County High School.

Luciana Silva Tamburini ('02)

R: Henry Ford 220/208
TIJUCA
Rio de Janeiro-RJ
20520-150
BRAZIL

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Luciana completed a B.S. degree in World Cultures and Business at TTU. Her plans were to continue her education with a Master's degree at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile she taught English while waiting for training to join a consultant company in Rio.

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