By Chelsea Rankin.
Patrick Henry College
Reading about the many diverse fields alumni have pursued.
“What can I do with a degree from PHC?”
To help answer the question, the Office of Admissions has set up an attractive photo gallery of PHC graduates who are now enjoying fulfilling callings and careers. Exhibited across from the Admissions Office in The Barbara Hodel Center are the second in a new series of alumni portraits, each highlighted by biographical material listing their current occupations. The thrust of the project, produced collaboratively by the offices of Enrollment and Communications, has been to prominently exhibit a rotating cast of former students making an impact in the world while showcasing the many ways one can put a PHC degree to good use.
The alumni featured on the wall are switched out every six months, so that visiting families, current students, and the casual passersby can now linger at the wall to read, for instance, that Abby Pilgrim Rodriguez (Journalism ’05) works as a producer for National Geographic TV, or that Michelle Wright (International Politics and Policy ’11) serves with Teach for America with students in Nashville’s inner-city. The present rotation features Kenny Ly (American Politics and Policy ’09), now working as a youth pastor in Shanghai, China, and last spring’s alumni gallery included Chris Beach (Journalism ’10), current head producer for Bill Bennett’s Morning in America.
William Kellaris, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, believes that while many PHC graduates are known to pursue law school or take positions in politics and government, a significant number of graduates find fulfilling careers in fields separate from their undergraduate majors. A robust classical liberal arts education like that offered at PHC, he affirmed, doesn’t simply teach students one particular trade set but provides the necessary tools and critical thinking skills to successfully participate in dozens of different career paths.
“There is a fascinating door before us when we graduate, and it may be different for all of us,” he said. “It’s not something you think about generally, because you’re thinking about how you’re going to get your paper written this week.”
He said his hope for the wall is to inspire current students (and their friends, parents, and families) with a one-stop glimpse at a range of future careers now being pursued by former students that illustrate a wide range of possibilities for post-graduation life.
“The wall is not meant to be a Students Hall of Fame at PHC,” he added, “but rather a chance to share stories of how God has opened some incredible doors for our alumni.”
Admissions Counselor Amy Kucks said visiting families invariably stop and scrutinize the wall, taking in the stories and pictures with keen interest.
“It’s encouraging for parents to know that our school has actually sent people places,” she said. “That people have gone and done their dream job, that they are doing what they came to this school to do.”