Profiles in Success
Josephine Kavlin Graduate, Class of 2009, LIU Post Honors Program B.F.A. in Film
Josephine Kalvin's experience as an honors student at LIU Post came in handy the past two years as a corps member with Teach for America at Darlington High School in South Carolina, and not just because it was a demonstration of her leadership potential or suitability for service in their program.
"Many of my students thought college wasn’t an option for financial or other reasons," said Kalvin, a Florida native whose path to a B.F.A. in film at LIU Post was aided by both honors scholarships and federal grants.
"I explained to them that my family was low income too, but that grants and scholarships made it possible for me to attend a small school out of state that was perfect for me. That really opened their eyes to new possibilities in their lives."
And the experience opened doors for Josephine too -- now that she's completed her initial two-year commitment, she's working on a professional teaching certificate program through Teach for America, and accepted an offer from Darlington H.S.
"I've been employed by the school for a third year," she said. "I'm a Teach for America alum -- and I'll be teaching here full time."
When Adam D’Antonio graduated from the LIU Post Campus of Long Island University in May 2004 he took with him a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. As valedictorian of the Class of 2004 and a member of the Honors Program, Adam completed his Honors thesis on Corporate Crisis Management, for which he received top accolades. In addition to participating in numerous clubs and activities, Adam served on the executive committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council—a position held by only six students nationwide. Adam earned a Juris Doctorate from Touro College in 2007 where he graduated third in his class and is a member of the Law Review. That same year, Adam was appointed to the competitive position of Nassau County Assistant District Attorney. As an ADA, Adam is responsible for prosecuting crimes ranging from vehicular and drug offenses to larceny and assault, among others. In 2008, Adam assumed additional responsibilities when he was named Chief Prosecutor for the City of Glen Cove.
Emilya Zhivatovsky graduated from LIU Post in 2006. During her time there, she transformed the Honors Program student organization by creating a team that organized fundraisers and social gatherings. A psychology major with a strong interest in business, Emilya went on to earn a Master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is president and founder of Flourish, Inc. a company that provides coaching and seminars for organizations and individuals based on positive psychology and other approaches to increasing happiness, wellbeing, resilience and productivity. She also coaches clients to help them overcome self-imposed limitations and create powerful positive change in their lives. Additionally, Emilya serves as a facilitator for the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Resilience Program, the only internationally recognized program that is scientifically proven to prevent adolescents from becoming depressed. Emilya was a guest speaker at the 2007 Honors Conference. The conference explored creativity and thought and featured a diverse group of individuals, from psychologists to philosophers, who interpreted creativity from their own distinct perspectives.
Charlie Prizzi is Vice President for Development at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world renowned biological research institution based on Long Island, NY. He has been at the Laboratory since 2000 and is involved in raising funds to support its research and educational programs as well as endowment and capital funds. Charlie currently serves on the Board of the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation which raises funds for cancer research. He also has served on the Board of the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson's Research. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Management at LIU Post where he earned both his M.B.A. in Finance and Bachelor of Marketing degrees. In 2007, Charlie was honored with the Special Humanitarian Award from the Order Sons of Italy in America Grand Lodge of New York. Charlie and his wife Nicole reside in Manhattan.
Patrick W. Berry graduated from LIU Post in 1989. Currently he is a Ph.D candidate in the Center for Writing Studies and Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught courses in first-year composition, professional writing, magazine publishing, and new media. His research concentrates on English teachers’ literacy narratives as a family of genres to explore intersections among literacy, personal experience, technology, and social class. In terms of his undergraduate years at LIU Post, Patrick says, “The Honors Program provided me with a rich cultural and intellectual landscape,” Patrick said. “While encouraging ongoing interdisciplinary exploration, the program offered an amazing support system with faculty and peers. I am grateful to have had a space where I could explore my interests in photography, visual and written composition, publishing, and technology.”
Tara Masih: A Woman of Many Words
Tara L. Masih received a BA in English (with a minor in sociology) from LIU Post in 1985, and an M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College in 1986. In addition to working as a book editor at Bedford Books in Boston, she worked as a freelance book packager, editor, proofreader, and writer for such companies as Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine Books, and Harvard University Press.
Tara has published fiction, poetry, essays, profiles, and articles in various literary magazines, anthologies, and periodicals, and her essays have been read on NPR. She judges the Intercultural Essay award for the annual Soul-Making Literary Contest; appears in “A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women,” and has served on the advisory board for the Robert Frost Foundation. She is the editor for “The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field,” due out in 2009 (Rose Metal Press). www.taramasih.com
Joan Harrison Offers a Photographic View of Her Community
How would you describe the place where you live? Is it a bustling city? A sleepy seaside town? For Joan Harrison, Glen Cove isn’t just the place where she has lived for 25 years, it’s a changing city with an complicated story, one she shares through her latest project, “What We See Where We Live” a pictorial documentation of contemporary Glen Cove that will become part of the archives of the Robert Coles History Room in the Glen Cove Public Library.
As a professor of art, Harrison teaches digital imaging to undergraduate students and serves as a mentor to M.F.A. candidates. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and her work has been widely exhibited and published.
She hopes her book will inspire a strong sense of pride in the community among the young people and new immigrants as well as serving as a meaningful touchstone for the many residents whose families go back three or more generations. Harrison has also written a book titled, “Glen Cove” a photographic history to be published by Arcadia Publishing in 2008. She continues to actively photograph the city and is amazed by what she is learning.
David Courtemanche Recalls Honors Program Experience
Former valedictorian and Honors Program alumni, David Courtemanche, graduated from LIU Post in 2003 with a degree in finance. He currently is a convertible bonds trader for Aristeia Capital LLC, a hedge fund, in New York.
“My honors experience was of critical importance to my current occupation. Much of my work involved considerable problem-solving. Effective problem-solving requires not just an understanding of facts but an understanding of context. Context requires the ability to acquire knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, and that is exactly how the honors program is structured. According to David, “No amount of factual knowledge can prepare you for the problems of an uncertain future the way the honors program can by emphasizing a challenging multi-disciplinary education.” He explained that as a convertible bond trader, there are hundreds of contextual relationships that must be weighed and priced on a daily basis. “I am grateful to the honors program for providing me with the tools to succeed.
On June 28, 2008 David married Elizabeth Pforr. In addition to family and friends, the ceremony was attended by Dr. Digby. David is the son of the late Regis Courtemanche, a well-respected history professor at the LIU Post.