Friday, September 11, 2015

Alumni September 2015 updates

As always, our alumni are up to lots of great things locally, in Brooklyn, on cross-country trips, Miami, Chicago and points in between. We love to hear from you, so keep those updates coming!

You can send your updates easily via this form.
Katie Nichol (literary, ’00)
Nichol is one of 10 finalists for the 2015 writing residency program, “Write A House,” in which a vacant house in Detroit is renovated and given to the winner—for keeps. The winner will be announced Oct. 2. 
Katie is now based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, working as a poet, educator and activist. She is the creative writing director for Prison Story Project and was a finalist for the 2014 Wisconsin Institute Creative Writing Fellowships. 
Poet Billy Collins, one of the judges, had this to say about her submission to the “Write A House” competition: “Like many of the manuscripts, this one deals with strong subject matter—notes from a rough life—but here the matter is balanced with literary grace and a knowledgeable sense of form.  The manuscript includes a ghazal and a rather amazing poem that reads forwards and backwards.” 
Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux (theater, ’00) Grand Marais, MN
I'm writing a novel based on a mix of fairy tales. Chapters of "Lizzie + Bluebeard" are posted as they're written. My audio book serial "The Marvelous Imagination of Katie Addams" airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. and is archived here.
Sarah France (visual, ’02) 
I competed at the U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships on May 23, 2015, in Bloomington, MN. The event focused on celebrating creativity and artistry in skating. I had a blast and look forward to doing it again next year in Las Vegas! 
Abigail Marolt (visual, ’11) North Oaks, MN
I’m working on new global product launches in Industrial Tapes & Adhesives at 3M this summer. 
Eiluj Starr Ringle (artscience, ’13) Walker, MN
I've been working on building a water well for a developing community in Mali through an organization called Charity: Water, whose goal is to end the water crisis! We'd love the support from Perpich alumni on Facebook ("Eiluj's Hike For Water") or they can email me.
Allyssa Kaiser (media, ’09) Brooklyn, NY
In June, I was featured on Stephanie Carl’s "My Savvy Life" blog, where I talk about how Perpich inspired me to start a career in advertising.
I also talk about career success at a young age in a feature on Ivy Magazine.
In June, I successfully raised $1,300 for Pencils of Promise, an incredible cause that helps provide children around the world access to education. 
Juliana Hillstrom (dance, ’13) Roseville, MN
I got married on July 11, 2015! I married my high school sweetheart (though he wasn't from Perpich), Todd Biederman, at our church, Crosswinds United Methodist in Maple Grove, MN. Lots of my former Perpich classmates were in attendance and it was a wonderful time!
Lily Crooks (literary, ’00) Minneapolis, MN
I am currently pursuing a Masters in creative writing at Hamline University. I spent two years teaching in Japan and I am now teaching preschool in Minneapolis.
Sarah Shoulak (music, ’08) Miami, FL
After relocating to Miami, Florida, I completed an M.A. in communication studies from the University of Miami and became a program assistant for Florida International University's College of Architecture + The Arts. I am also an adjunct faculty member teaching Introduction to Public Speaking to FIU's undergraduate students. 
Cecelia (Cece) Otto (music, ’95)
In April 2013 I hit the road with “American Songline” project. The “singing travelogue” celebrated the 100th anniversary for the Lincoln Highway, America’s first cross-country road. I spent six months traveling through 14 states, from New York to California, singing a mix of opera, operetta and vaudeville songs along the way. The name and concept of the project was inspired by Aboriginal traditions of following ancestral trails during Walkabouts. I wanted to bring that tradition here to America — to create an American Songline, something that would reach back to our own ancestors and reflect how they once lived and how they entertained each other. 
My 2013 American Songline tour was a historic success. I have released a CD and book that chronicles my six-month singing travelogue across the country, and I mention MCAE (Minnesota Center for Arts Education, Perpich’s name until 1995) in the prologue of my book. People can buy both physical and electronic copies of the book and CD. I am also available for both singing and speaking engagements about my historic tour as well as other topics like vaudeville and crowd-funding. Please email me for more information. Thanks! 
Jason Peterson (theater, ’00)
If you're looking for a way to teach hands-on how the U.S. government currently works (with lobbying), I have created a multiplayer board game prototype that covers everything you never learned in grade school. I can set up a playtest if you're interested. Oh, and although I was in theater at Perpich, I did not become an actor or director! I was involved in public theater for three years, and then I went to school for fine arts, philosophy, education and English. Now I'm an instructional design consultant who makes board games on the side and cohosts poetry workshops. 
Hanna August-Stoehr (media, ’09)
I married Alexander Johnson (media, ’05) on May 30, 2015. I am currently an art history master's candidate at the University of St. Thomas! 
Lauren DeLand (visual, ’00)
I have been appointed to a tenure-track position of assistant professor of art history at Indiana University Northwest, and am living in Chicago for my new job! Less recently, I completed my doctoral degree in art history at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in May of 2014.
Caitlin Warner (visual, ’09) 
Caitlin is a featured artist on TPT’s MN Original series. Watch it here. And you can find her work in her “unvending” machines around town. Locations are listed here.
Hatie Parmeter (literary, ’09) was excited to find the new Perpich website and its invitation to send in an update. “I can’t believe I didn’t know this was a thing until now!” she wrote. “I haven’t been in touch with the school since I graduated and that is terrible. Miss y’all!”
Renee (Therrien) Bouchareb (theater, ’09)
I married a wonderful man named Hassan. We're looking forward to living in our first house together very soon! For my day job, I work with elementary-aged deaf and hard of hearing students and I adore it. By night, I am a yoga instructor at Platinum Yoga in the southern suburbs. My experience in the theater program continues to weave its influence into each aspect of my life; especially when the deaf and hard of hearing winter play comes around. Overall, life is good!
Megan Huizel (media, ’09)
I graduated from Winona State with a degree in advertising and minor in studio art. I worked as a wedding photographer last summer, but do freelance on my own. I was a social media coordinator for Winona Parks and Rec for three years part-time. Now I have moved back to the Cities and did a full-time internship as a social media coordinator for Regalo international. Now I am starting a new job as a studio assistant and personal assistant for Ken Friberg Photography and Studio in south Minneapolis. I’m really excited to be back in the photo business, even though I majored in advertising. The degree goes well with this path, though, because it is commercial photography.
Joshua Homic (visual, ’12)
After graduating and continuing his education in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Joshua launched his fashion line, HOMIC, in 2014 while also working as a design coordinator for the major fashion line, Pamella Roland. Joshua’s latest endeavor was entering the VFiles Made Fashion contest with the hope of appearing in its crowd-sourced runway show taking place this fall in New York during the highly publicized fashion week. VFiles is a social media platform geared towards everything fashion related: photographers, designers, stylists, models, hair and more. Each season VFiles will host a revolutionary crowd-sourced runway show featuring emerging designers and their creations. Designers and artists from all over the world submit their entries online. To view Joshua’s entry, HOMIC 7.19.15, visit here. For more information on Joshua, you may visit his website; follow on Instagram HOMIC_; or visit here.

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