Irene Chenowith graduated in 1977 with a degree in chemistry and a minor in pre-med. Currently, she works as the Associate Director of Internal Medicine at Summa Health. She served the public at Akron General Medical Center for nearly 20 years as both the Internal Medicine Residency Director and the Director of the Internal Medicine Center. Irene stated that Hiram uniquely prepared her with liberal arts skills in how to learn, which is a “lifelong skill I’ve used my entire career.” She recommends pursuing your interests and passions as a part of your career journey, though you should still pursue your hobbies—despite her busy day, she still enjoys boating, cycling, skiing, and traveling.
Claire McCarthy graduated in 2011 as a biochemistry major with a biomedical humanities minor before earning her PhD in toxicology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her thesis research focused on “investigating how exposure to dung biomass smoke causes lung inflammation and impairs immune responses to respiratory viruses.” Currently, she works as a health science policy analyst at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). “The knowledge and skills I gained at Hiram in writing, communications, and science helped prepare me to pursue my passion of science communication. I also learned the value of working as part of a team to help achieve goals.” When describing her day-to-day work, she said, “No day is exactly the same, since I there are always different science communication projects from day to day.”
Michael Majetich graduated in 2010, majoring in biomedical humanities and a minor in chemistry before going on to earn his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. “I was a first generation college student. After graduating from Hiram, my fellow graduate and now wife took a year off, in which we volunteered for 4.5 months at an HIV orphanage in South Africa while applying to medical school,” he said. “Hiram gave me the knowledge to achieve my dream career and the communication skills to allow me to successfully work with people/patients on a daily basis.” He currently serves as a family physician at University Hospital in Willoughby, Ohio.
Alyse Guillentine graduated in 2018, majoring in art and minoring in psychology. She interned at Cedar Point for two summers in a row and, due to the connections she made in Sandusky, found her current position as the Social Media Manager at Shores & Islands Ohio. Outside of work, she plans to make a podcast about relationships and dating, and enjoys playing tennis and golf, and was even a student athlete during her time at Hiram. She offered this advice to students: “Pick something to study or a field that you love! I studied Art and work in marketing now. Also, go to any and all networking events that you can! You never know who you will meet and how they could help you reach your career goals.”
Nathaniel Koven graduated in 2006, majoring in both English and history. After moving back home to Boston, Nate began a job in marketing and then media production for Pearson Education. While searching for new opportunities, he learned of a position in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education. He decided to take a chance, and spent the next 5 years as a Program Coordinator. He is currently a senior program manager at the Harvard Business School. Outside of work, Nate enjoys participating in musical theatre and design. His advice for current student is “Take advantage of extracurricular opportunities that seem fun to you – they may be formative and open doors in ways you don’t expect. You never stop learning, and you never stop growing! Stay curious.”
Heather Meeker graduated in 1994, dual majoring in English and theater before earning her MFA from Virginia Tech. During her time at Hiram, she earned the Garfield Scholarship and said that she instantly made connections with the campus and the professors she encountered here, that “believed in me, encouraged me, and challenged me.” “At Hiram, I learned how to learn, and that an interdisciplinary approach goes a long way in most settings,” she said. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Summit Artspace and recommends staying curious and focusing on honing writing skills.
Marilyn Cover graduated from Hiram College in 1975 with a degree in political science. After graduating from Hiram, Marilyn attended Cleveland Marshall College of Law. During her time in law school, she discovered a passion for teaching and spent the next 40 years in various roles planning events, creating programs to teach about law and government, and networking. Marilyn is now retired and enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and gardening. She offered this advice “Nurture relationships. Check in with mentors. Ask for advice. Don’t be afraid to say NO when folks have ideas that are not really aligned with your goals.”
Nancy Wells majored in chemistry and mathematics and graduated in 2015 before attending graduate school at Case Western Reserve University. “Hiram made me a well-rounded individual not just a professional chemist. In my branch I am the youngest employee by at least 15 years and I am not intimidated that my immediate co-workers were in college when I was born. I think it is because my professors were approachable and treated me like an equal and wanted to see me succeed. They gave me the skills and confidence to communicate with anyone.” She is currently a chemist with the United States Air Force and enjoys cooking and hiking with her two dogs alongside her husband.
AJ Armstrong graduated in 2019 with a degree in philosophy and a minor in English. He says that being a former student athlete prepared him to handle long hours of work, stay organized, and work well on a team. AJ began his career journey as a Senior Admissions Counselor and Visit Coordinator at Kent State. After 2 years, he decided he wanted to change paths and currently leads the recruitment efforts for the Northwestern Mutual Office in Akron. When he is not working he enjoys hiking, traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time with his fiancée. He shares this advice to students “it’s okay to not know exactly what you want to do in life. All that matters is that you find joy in whatever it is you do.”
Pat Cusick graduated in 1986 with a degree in biology from Hiram, before going on the earn a Master of Science in Public Health from Walden University. “My career pathway has been extremely non-linear and non-traditional in many aspects, however, my Hiram experiences helped me adjust and utilize and adapt my skillsets to the career opportunities that came my way,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to change careers, fields, or jobs. Be open to hearing advice and asking for help or guidance from individuals in the fields you are interested in exploring. Challenge yourself to keep learning things. Don’t dismiss your own talents and skills, and don’t underestimate the value of mistakes as learning tools. I have learned the most when things didn’t go as expected, and I had to figure out what didn’t go as planned.” He currently works as the Acting Commissioner of Environment at the Cleveland Department of Public Health.