May 2010 Alumni Trip to China:
Where are our Asian Studies Majors now? Below are updates on some of our former Asian Studies students along with links to their current e-mail addresses, where available. Are you a Furman AS alumni? Please contact us
to keep the department up to date! Rachael Parrish, '09
| Rachael, who was an Asian Studies and Political Science double major while at Furman, was recently awarded the a US State Department funded 2011 Charles B Rangel Fellowship, which fully funds her graduate studies and allows her to enter the Foreign Service upon completion of her degree. Rachael is working this summer with a Member of Congress on issues regarding foreign affairs before beginning her graduate program in the fall. In May, she completed University of California, Berkeley's Inter-University Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Before that she was a fellow at the US-China Economic and Security Review Committee. || |
Paul Cebul, '09
| ||Paul continues to teach in Gujarat and to travel around northwestern and northeastern India. He has been working to learn more about the Indian coffee and tea industries and is in the process of building a social enterprise focused around them. He says of his work: “Our project, which hopes to begin sales in the near future, will firmly represent what I’m discovering to be a very effective and exciting vehicle for positive socio-economic change worldwide.” |
Julia Bales, '05
Julia has been based in Hong Kong for the past 3 years working in business development for Costa Cruise Line, the key European brand of Carnival Corporation. She is responsible for expansion of the company's Asia partner network and development of cruise sales in the region with main focus on Japan and South Korea. Prior to this, Julia spent 2 years in Beijing managing software development projects for AboutGolf, the leading company in golf simulation technology and producer of both Microsoft Golf PC Game and the PGA Tour Indoor Golf Simulator. Julia graduated from Furman in 2005 with a B.S. in Asian Studies and Computer Science.
Marcus Ling, '10 (SCE '06)
|Marcus is teaching English at Changshu, China, approximately 90 miles outside of Shanghai. Marcus teaches a Spoken English course for college freshmen. He completed his TEFL certification in Beijing last October. Marcus has had the opportunity to travel around China and take in many different facets of Chinese culture. he plans to incorporate his knowledge and experiences from China into his future career plans. |
David Bruggink, '09
Christy Campbell, '06
| ||After graduating from Furman University in 2006, Christy spent a year in Suzhou, China teaching at Suzhou University as well as working at the Shangri-La Hotel. At the end of the school year, she moved to Shanghai to work in the communications department of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai. Looking to transition into the development field, in the fall of 2007, she enrolled in the London School of Economics and graduated with an MSc in Social Policy and Development. Upon graduating, she took a temporary assignment with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva, Switzerland doing research on migration within SE Asia. Despite the great snowboarding, she was itching to move back to Asia, so in June 2009, she moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to work for Hagar International- a social enterprise/NGO that works with trafficked and abused women and children. Working within the larger picture, she is currently looking into ways to start regional support for social enterprises that focus on social justice and economic empowerment. |Carol Conlin, '09
Carol Conlin is an English teacher at Poly Korea School in Mokdong, Seoul, South Korea. She recently got engaged and will be moving back to the States in December 2011.
Nicholas Consonery, `05
Nick is currently an associate in the Asia practice with the Eurasia Group specializing in Chinese banking and financial policy. Following graduation from Furman with a BA in Political Science and Asian Studies, Nicholas continued his education at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University receiving an MA in Asian studies. He received a David Boren Graduate Fellowship to study at Fudan University in Shanghai. Additionally he has studied at East China Normal University and the Shanghai International Studies University. Prior to joining Eurasia Group in May 2008, Nicholas worked as a security risk consultant in Washington, DC. Previously, he was a journalist at the merican Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, assisted with research at the ForeignCommercial Service at the US Consulate in Shanghai, and worked with a private equity firm in Tianjin, China.
Phillip Martin, '09
Deas Richardson, '06
Stuart is currently enrolled in the Charleston School of Law.
Lauren Swindell, '09
Elizabeth Travis, '07
Elizabeth is currently pursuing a doctorate as a nurse practitioner.