Preserving Personal Pasts — One Story at a Time

Preserving Personal Pasts — One Story at a Time

The stories are out there: in Brooklyn, in Atlanta, in San Francisco, in Mesilla, N.M., and in tiny Upstate New York towns like Rensselaer Falls.

Each quarter, former WRVO staffer Jasmyn Belcher ’06 produces a month’s worth of weekly segments for broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition.” The job requires hours of listening to StoryCorps archives and traveling to find new stories in communities across America.
Jasmyn Belcher ’06 believes that everyone anywhere has a story to tell. It’s just a matter of finding them.

Fashion Designing Alumnus Says Yes to Dresses

Fashion Designing Alumnus Says Yes to Dresses

Elias Gutierrez ’09 works behind the scenes, but his work is hardly hidden.

He designs a high-profile line of dresses in the Garment District of New York City. He freelances for Kleinfeld Bridal, made famous by TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” television series. As an intern, he created the jerseys worn by the big-headed presidential mascots who entertain during Washington Nationals baseball games.

Recent grad helps Japan

Ben Hurst

Ben Hurst ’10 made up his mind — he wasn’t going to make sandwiches anymore.

His early search for professional work in the nonprofit industry was unsuccessful and the old summer job assembling subs at a chain sandwich joint was growing stale. He decided to go international with his search and landed on a job teaching English in Japan that he found listed online.

March Matchness a Slam Dunk with Young Alumni

March Matchness screenshot

All eyes were on March for Development Office fundraisers this year as a first-ever monthlong campaign that sought to boost young alumni giving kicked off.

After a month of emails, videos and Facebook status updates, the Graduates Of the Last Decade program exceeded its goal of 100 GOLD donors over 30 days.

10×10+10: KaeLyn Rich

KayLyn Rich '05

KaeLyn Rich ’05 has been an advocate for social justice as long as she can remember.

As Genesee Valley chapter director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Rich advocates for women’s, LBGT and immigrant rights among many other social issues.

An English Writing Arts and women’s studies major, she served as co-director of the Women’s Center, treasurer of Vega and cast director of the peer-education theatre troupe Melodramatics.

“I have been attracted toward jobs that allow me to get paid for activism and standing up for justice,” Rich said. “The Women’s Center inspired me to truly do work that I love, that feeds my activist soul.”

Brookstein’s Best at Beer

Jesse Brookstein

While most would be fired for imbibing between 9 and 5, Jesse Brookstein ’06 gets paid to sip on his shift. In fact, it’s the first thing he does each morning at Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colo.

And while taste-testing is a part of the morning routine, not every day is filled with “happy hours.”