Celebrating our recent Spectrum Graduates

Join us in congratulating all of our recent grads!

Alice Son 2015-2016 YALSA Scholar Alice Son walked in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's iSchool graduation ceremony on May 14 and is a newly minted Teen Librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
Allison Rollins 2016-2017 Scholar Alison C. Rollins graduated on May 14th from UIUC and was the recipient of the Beta Phi Mu/ Anne M. Boyd Award Recipient. She is pictured here with Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director at GSLIS.
Ariel Gonzalez Ariel Gonzalez graduated from UIUC on May 14th. Ariel was recognized with the Peggy Harris Award in recognition of her active participation representing the student body on the iSchool’s Diversity Committee,
Brittany Viesca 2015-2016 Giles Scholar Brittany Fiedler (formerly Viesca) walked virtually from Las Vegas during the Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's iSchool graduation ceremony on May 14 but celebrated in style in her cap and gown at home. Brittany was recently hired as a Teaching and Learning Librarian at UNLV where she earned her undergraduate and first graduate degree!
Chlöe Van Stralendorff Chlöe Van Stralendorff graduated from San Jose State University on May 27th. Chloe shares, "education can change your life, regardless of what society decides for you."
Coral Salomón Coral Salomón received an award for Outstanding Merit and graduated from Pratt Institute School of Information on May 17th at Radio City Music Hall.
Jennifer Smith Jennifer Smith graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 14 and began a new position as a Youth Services Librarian at Plainfield Public Library District.
Marce Aristizabal Marce Aristizabal graduated from Simmons College on May 19th. Marce writes "I moved from Colombia to the United States and after just three years I am officially a librarian! I am so grateful to Simmons College, the American Library Association, and Spectrum for being part of my professional journey and making my dream come true. Cheers!"
Mari Martínez Serrano Mari Martínez Serrano graduated and celebrated with her parents at San Jose State University’s May 27th commencement. Mari was also recently promoted to Outreach Services Librarian at the St. Helena Public Library and is now serving as the youngest commissioner appointed to the Napa County Library Commission.
Monica Tapia 2016-2017 Scholar Monica Tapia graduated from Dominican University on May 7th. Monica is completing a summer internship at at Gail Borden Public Library (Elgin, IL) in their Digital Services Department. "Thanks so much to ALA for helping me achieve my dreams of being a full fledged librarian," writes Monica. "I plan to pay it forward!"
Nicky Andrews

Nicky Andrews graduated from the University of Washington Information School (alongside fellow Spectrum Scholars Sunny Kim, Erika Miller, and Jessica Humphries) on June 3rd. Peers voted Nicky and Sunny's Capstone project, Implementing Cultural Humility Training at the Seattle Public Library, the MLIS Best in Class Award for 2017. Nicky will be joining the faculty at North Carolina State University, as an NCSU Libraries Fellow, working on an initiative to encourage K-12 students from minority groups to consider a career in academic librarianship. Nicky writes, "thank you so much to the Spectrum family for all of your encouragement during my studies!"

Shaina Destine 2015-2016 Scholar Shaina V. Destine graduated from the University of Maryland - College Park on May 22 and started a new role as a librarian at Iowa State University shortly thereafter.
Sheila Garcia

2016-2017 ProQuest Scholar Sheila Garcia will officially be graduating this August from Wayne State University, and Sheila took part in the May 10th commencement ceremony at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Suzanne Sannwald 2015-2016 Scholar Suzanne Akemi Sannwald participated in San Jose State University's online convocation on May 20th. A student took this photo of her in the library. "Thank you, Spectrum family," writes Suzanne. "Being a scholar has been a powerful part of my educational and professional journey." Don't forget to read Suzanne's tips for user-focused school library design in the May/June issue of Knowledge Quest: http://bit.ly/2pTEgXy
Tammy Mays Spectrum Doctoral Fellow Tammy Mays successfully defending her dissertation, "A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding the Role of Athletic and Racial Identities on the Health Information-Seeking Behaviors of African American Male Athletes." She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her doctorate in May and will now forever be known as Dr. Tammy Mays!
Ted Quiballo

2016-2017 Scholar Ted Quiballo graduated on May 14th from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana and is currently working at Northwestern University. Thank you Ted for showing your #alaspectrum spirit and congrats on being #done!

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