Alumni at homecoming


Meet just a few of our alumni working in diverse fields.

Photo of MSU Alumni Martin Farawell

Martin Farawell graduated in 1986 with a degree in English and a minor in Journalism; he currently serves as the Director of the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival.

Photo of MSU Alumni Danilo Figueredo

Danilo Figueredo (1976) is Library Director at Bloomfield College and a successful author of children’s books.

Photo of MSU Alumni Craig McCarthy

Craig McCarthy graduated in 2012 and works as a journalist.

Photo of MSU Alumni Monica Odom

Monica Odom works as a literary agent for Bradford Literary Agency.

Photo of MSU Alumni Susan Serritella

Susan Serritella graduated in 1985 with a degree in English and went on to found her own company, Contour Marketing & Media, for which she serves as President.

Photo of MSU Alumni Patrick Sciosia

Patrick Scioscia graduated in 2001 and works as an Instructional Designer for the Office of Information Technology at Montclair State University.

Photo of MSU Alumni Edward Tomosieski

Edward Tomosieski graduated in 2007 and works as a Senior Associate at AXA.

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Selected Alumni Achievements in 2016-2017

Christina Jen (BA 2011) is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Rutgers University.

Bianca Perez-Cancino (BA 2014) is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Indiana University.

Emily Midkiff (BA 2010) just completed her PhD in Children’s and Young Adult Literatures from the University of Minnesota.

Christopher Stuart (BA 2009) was accepted into the PhD program in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design at Clemson University with full funding Fall 2016.

Stacey Balkan (MA 2003) was hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Environmental Humanities at Florida Atlantic University for Fall 2017.

Kristen Bryfogle (BA 2016) was Montclair State’s first-ever finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. Her faculty sponsors included Jeff Miller, Lee Behlman, Adam Rzepka and Jon Greenberg from English and Sulo Asirvatham from Classics. She is working as a high school Latin teacher at the STEM-to Civics Charter School in Ewing, NJ.

Francesca Goglia (BA 2017) will be pursuing an MAT at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Joshua Greene (BA 2013) will be pursuing a Masters of Information, concentrating in Library Science, at Rutgers University’s Library Science program.

Jen Daly (MA ‘16) was accepted to an NEH Summer Seminar on Transcendentalism and Reform and is teaching in the Montclair State First-Year Composition program.

Peter Lang (MA ‘16) will be pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Missouri (with funding).

Gloria Lugo (BA 12, MA 16) has been promoted to VP for Corporate Business Development for Tetra Tech.

Michael Pasternak (MA ‘17) will be attending Simmons College in Boston for an MSLIS with a concentration in Cultural Heritage Informatics (Special Collections, Rare Books, Archives) beginning Fall 2017.

Catherine Winters is pursuing her PhD at the University of Rhode Island in Contemporary American Literature (fully funded).

Craig McCarthy (BA 2012) is a digital reporter with NJ Advance Media and is pursuing his masters in digital media/journalism at Rutgers.

Jacob Mercer-Pontier (BA 2012) is a production assistant with Hodder Education in London and received his masters in publishing from City University London this winter.

Gabriella Wilson (BA 2017) is going to Rutgers-Newark to pursue her MA in English. She was also accepted to the Rutgers English Diversity Institute.

Selected Undergraduate Achievements in 2015

Alexis Ahern has an internship as a reporter lined up in September with the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

John Alia and Johnny Muller were accepted at Rutgers-Newark for MFAs.

Kyle Carter got a job at Finance and Treasury at Montclair State.

Jessica Covert has accepted an offer to U Mass Boston’s MA program in rhetoric and composition.

Lee Davis got a job as a writer/editor at BLI.

Shakeema Edwards has been accepted to Rutgers English Diversity Institute.

Luisa Frey accepted a teaching position in English Language Arts at the Community Charter School of Paterson.

Colleen Georges received full funding for NYU’s MA program in English.

Chelsea Perrotty works for Perez Hilton.

Emily Regan is the Montclair State nominee for the New Jersey Department of Education Distinguished Student Teacher Award, 2015.

Samantha Stiner won the New Jersey Department of Education Distinguished Student Teacher Award, 2014.

Daniel Guerra was accepted to Teach For America as a member of the 2015 New Jersey corps. He will teach English.

Rich Perrota is planning to go to Southeast Asia to teach English.

Danielle Pollaro will pursue an MA in Literature at Seton Hall on scholarship.

Ebony Potts received job offers for English positions from four high schools.

Doron Bryant will attend Mansfield University’s master’s program in Organizational Leadership, and earned a Graduate Assistantship in the Office of Campus Life.

Megan Huxford, a graduating senior who is a co-op student at Oxford University Press, has just accepted a full time position there as an editorial assistant.

English major Lee Davis moved from part-time to full-time employee at Buyers Lab Inc. after graduating in May. “As research editor, I establish and maintain relationships with software vendors who update me on their products. With that information, I create editorial content such as blog posts and feature articles,” Davis explains. “Montclair State sharpened my writing and research skills. Without the advice and criticism from my professors, I wouldn’t be the writer I am today.”

English major Doron Bryant will attend Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, in the fall to study for a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. “I’ve been offered a graduate assistantship in the office of student transition, where I’ll organize freshman and transfer orientation and plan workshop programs for students throughout the year,” he says.