Janet Rodriguez’s ‘20 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) piece, “Pocha,” was published in Pangyrus, and her interviews “The Power of the Word: Talking with Roberto Lovato” and “Discovering the Thought: A Conversation With Andrés Cerpa” were published in The Rumpus.
Giselle Töngi-Walters ‘21 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MA) was featured in a profile feature story in The Philippine Star about her career as an actress and her recent graduation from the MA in Nonprofit Management program. Giselle was still in her teens when she made a name for herself in Philippine showbiz. Some of her most memorable films were Langit sa Piling Mo (1997), Diliryo (1997), and Luksong Tinik (1999), which earned her a Best Supporting Actress award at the Metro Manila Film Festival. In 1999, she played mom to newcomer Edward Barber in Paul Soriano’s romantic drama, First Love, a film
Giselle Töngi-Walters ‘21 (Los Angeles, MA), the lead star of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ romantic-drama, “Diliryo” (1997), finished her graduate studies at the Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her focus for graduate studies was professional development and academic classes pertaining to the nonprofit sector. She thought of nonprofit management because it is similar to attaining an MBA (Master’s in Business), but adding the NGO [non-government organization] social good structure. She hopes to one day create sustainability for future generations. She has recently been offered the executive director position for the annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC). The
Leonora Simonovis’ ‘20 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) Study of the Raft was selected by judge Sherwin Bitsui as the winner of the 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry. The book will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing in November 2021.
Dr. Yves P. Gakunde ’20 (New England, PhD in Environmental Studies) and ’12 (New England, MS in Sustainable Development and Climate Change) assumed the position of Purchasing and Contract Services manager for the City of Keene after previously working as environmentally preferred purchasing program coordinator. He will assist the city in working toward its sustainability goals.
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