Our Graduates receive competitive national grants, such as Fulbright-Teaching and Flagship; they go on to work in journalism and the government, specialize in international law and nuclear non-proliferation, and pursue graduate degrees in Russian History, Politics, Slavic Studies, and Comparative Literature among other exciting career paths.  Here are some of our Alums’ exciting stories!

Michael Loginoff graduated from Colby in 2016. While at Colby, Michael was a double major in Russian and History, served as President and Vice President of the Student Government Association, sat on the Board of Trustees as a student representative, and was a member of the varsity Men’s Basketball Team.  During his first year after graduating, he worked for the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald as an Executive Department Analyst and as a Business Development Apprentice at Salesforce.  Starting in the fall of 2017, Michael will enter a one-year master’s program at the University of Oxford to study Russian and Eastern European Studies.  His studies will focus on contemporary Russian, Soviet, and Eastern European history, international relations, economics, politics, and culture as well as advanced language classes.  Michael hopes to research and write his dissertation on the meaning and usage of the Russian ethnic identity in contemporary Russian politics, foreign policy, and international relations.

Caitlin Lyons graduated from Colby in 2015. While at Colby she was a double major in Russian and Global Studies, a member of the Track and Field team, and a mentor for Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK). After graduation, Caitlin moved to Santa Barbara, California to take a job as an Internal Communications Specialist at Sonos, Inc. In her role there, Caitlin focused on ensuring consistent and relevant company communications for employees around the globe. After 18 months at Sonos, Caitlin will be leaving to pursue a Masters Degree in Security Studies in the Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she plans to continue her study of both Russian Language and Russian Politics & Security Issues.

Quinn Ziegler graduated from Colby in 2014. While at Colby, he was a double major in Russian and Economics with a minor in Studio Art. He was a mentor as part of the Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) program and served as co-president of the Pulver Art Committee. Quinn studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia during his junior year and later completed an internship at the Moscow State University Faculty of Journalism during January of his senior year. After graduation, Quinn pursued a position as a data analyst in Washington, DC where he worked on housing discrimination cases. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Quinn will be heading to Seattle, Washington to pursue a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington, where he will be studying social and welfare policy. While Quinn does not use as much Russian as he’d like, he looks forward to continuing to connect with Russian speakers and communities in his new locale!

Jayeon Kim graduated from Colby in 2013. While at Colby, she was a double major in Russian and sociology and volunteered for Hardy Girls as a muse for local elementary and middle school girls. After a year of study abroad on the Colby in Saint Petersburg program, Jayeon decided to continue her studies abroad by pursuing a double degree masters program at University College London and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. After returning to the United States, Jayeon has begun a career as a political and travel risk analyst at Riskline ApS, an international consulting firm in the travel security sector.

Mike Whalen’12 studied Biology, Russian Culture, and Global Studies at Colby. He is currently a PhD student researching the response of northern hardwood forests in the Adirondacks to historic acid rain and beech bark disease. In addition to his PhD study at SUNY-ESF, he is enrolled in a dual professional Masters in public administration and international relations program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. After Colby he worked as an island supervisor at Project Puffin, an intern in the US house of reps, a field manager for a study of sea level rise impacts on coastal plant and avian communities with UConn, and in business development for a real estate investment finance firm. He likes research, but also wants to be able to write both about ecology and international relations/security. Or maybe he will try to work in government or for the UN… The main goal is to make a difference, and have an intellectually rigorous job with changing subject matter.

Kevin Lucas.  Since graduating in 2011, Kevin has remained engaged with literature and and languages. He spent a semester helping teach classes on English and American culture in Kotlas, Russia as well as a year as a language instructor in Zaporhozhia, Ukraine. Eventually, Kevin decided to return to academia. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Emory University where he teaches classes in literary theory, sociology of art/religion, and world drama. He still engages with Russian topics, often teaching and writing about figures he first encountered at Colby such as Andrei Platonov and Viktor Shklovsky. Beyond his Russian interests, Kevin is a research fellow on the publication of Samuel Beckett’s letters. He currently dreams of finishing his dissertation and visiting the Russian speaking world again– in that order!