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Sandi Johnson (English M.A., May 2009) was accepted in the Solstice Summer Writing Conference as part of the MFA Program at Pine Manor College. She was also awarded the Solstice Institute for Diverse Voices Prize for a short story she wrote entitled Fables of the Night. The story is about a young girl named Fatima who went to a sleep over and was dared to kiss the town's stray cat at an abandoned house. It was also a mother and daughter story which was written as a linked poem, two in one, blending together to make a whole.
Laurie Risch (English M.A., May 2011) – During an online grant writing course taught by Dr. Sally Stanton in 2008, Laurie chose to search out information on grant writing that extended far beyond the required class reading. Laurie kept a log of useful information she called "nuggets" for reference in any future grant writing positions. Dr. Stanton read about the "nuggets" in an online commentary post and contacted Laurie about coauthoring a book using her log as a starting point.
The two found similarities in writing style and were able to combine efforts in a lighthearted, reader-friendly manner. The results were eventually published as Grant Writing Made Simple: 87 Tips for Great Grants (Crickhollow Books, 2009).
A friend recommended the Mount Mary College Master of Arts (Writing Concentration) graduate program to Laurie after hearing a presentation at Mount Mary by nationally known author, Elizabeth Berg. Already holding a masters in French, Laurie was hesitant to investigate the program.
"But, I am nothing if not curious and I read the materials over and contacted [Mount Mary College] about enrolling ... I cannot imagine my life without all the Mount Mary program has given me," said Laurie.
Maureen Ciganek (English M.A. student, currently enrolled) has an essay/memoir “A Wing and a Prayer” forthcoming in Silent Embrace, Perspectives in Birth and Adoption (Catalyst Book Press) edited by Ann Angel and Amanda Angel.
Lisa Dennis (English M.A., May 2010) a high school English teacher with a column entitled, “New and Future Educators,” on the WEAC (Wisconsin Education Association Council) online newsletter. She wrote, “I could not have done it without [Mount Mary].”
Tom Matthews (English M.A., December 2008) is now a Public Relations Officer and Grant Writer for COA Youth and Family Center and aspiring novelist. A frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, Tom received an Honorable Mention for his feature, "Heartbreaker," in the 2010 Council for Wisconsin Writers, Inc., Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award. At the recent grant writing panel held at Mount Mary College, Matthews said pursuing Mount Mary’s master’s program in writing was the “best decision” he ever made.
Megan Becker (English M.A., May 2008) completed a graduate internship at Manpower Global, a Fortune 200 company, in February 2008; as an intern, she worked as Global Content Manager as a contract assignment. As a result, she was hired as a Proposal Manager, and now has had her second promotion from Solutions Specialist to Manager of the Proposal Management Team.
Cyndi Salamati (English M.A., May 2010) was a finalist with her short story, "Unsettled" for Glimmer Train's fall 2007 fiction open contest. Glimmer Train is a highly-respected quarterly of literary fiction.