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Heather Martin Jauquet received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Spring 2005 and is certified as a reading specialist. She is currently employed by Montgomery County Public Schools as an AEI Literacy Coach.
Will Jauquet graduated from Georgetown Law School in May 2006 and passed the Maryland Bar in fall of 2006, He is an attorney for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.


Clayton Culp was awarded the Centennial Medal for distinguished educators at Philadelphia University’s convocation ceremony Aug. 23, 2007. Clayton is a math teacher at Broadneck High School. One of his former high school students, who is currently a student at Philadelphia University, nominated him for this prestigious award.


andybuckinghamAndy Buckingham has emerged from the vast West Texas landscape as an independent oil wildcatter (one of the only ones of his generation). His path to establishing Buckingham Exploration, LLC started when he found himself living in Baird, Texas—population 1,623—managing a game ranch. Co-founder of two other successful companies, a tequila company and a revolutionary electric motor/generator company, Andy returned to St. Mary’s as a guest speaker in the multi-hatted role of an oilman-environmentalist-entrepreneur to engage and inspire students to see the big picture. “We now live in an energy-constrained world,” he says. Andy hopes, now that the Seahawk radar has found him, old and new contacts alike will contact him.
Christy Faggio Neal and Andy Neal ’03 are currently living in Crofton, Maryland. Andy continues to teach math at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, and is also the varsity baseball coach. Christy is practicing medicine as a physician assistant and has just opened a new practice, Comprehensive Women’s Health, with Dr. Angela Marshall in Silver Spring.


Bonnie Beavan, a mathematics teacher at Spring Ridge Middle School, has been named the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2008-2009. Bonnie earned a master of arts degree in leadership in teaching from the College of Notre Dame in 2007. In conjunction with her teaching responsibilities, she serves as a statistician and gym supervisor for St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks.


Jessica Goldstein and fiancé Fabrizio Motta visited the St. Mary’s campus in Alba, Italy, in January. During its winter break, the calm campus was beautiful and Jess enjoyed seeing the college’s name. The two met when Fabri visited here to see friends he had met in Saluzzo, Italy, through St. Mary’s musical tour program. Fabri proposed to Jess on bended knee where they first met, her old townhouse, SC3, during alumni weekend last year. The photo is at St. Mary’s in Alba, Italy.
Carolyn Barnett Nichols received her master of arts in teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in December 2006. She is employed by the Anne Arundel County Infants and Toddlers Program and teaches one- and two-year-olds diagnosed with autism. Charles Nichols is currently working as a software engineer for OpenPath Products in Annapolis.


Priscilla August is working toward her master of health science degree in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with an NIH grant. Her concentration is cardiovascular epidemiology.
Rieu ’05 Climbs Capitol Hill

One in an occasional profile of an alumnus.
By Janet Haugaard

josephrieuEven before taking his LSAT exam to enter law school, Joe Rieu ’05 (rhymes with “two”) had more grass-roots work in the public sector than many lawyers ever contemplate in a lifetime. He graduated from St. Mary’s with a major in political science and extensive coursework in philosophy. When Mulberry Tree caught up with him last September, he was working as staff assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, which he had joined in February of 2007. The governmental milieu was not entirely new to him as he had undertaken three internships while at St. Mary’s, including one in the Canadian Parliament the summer following his sophomore year. “Politics has always interested me,” he said in our interview, and recalled that as far back as middle school he had dreamed of becoming a journalist reporting on political life. In his senior year of college, his St. Mary’s Project (mentored by political science professor Michael Cain) took as its focus “Civic Disengagement and Political Theory.” One would have thought that, at the point of graduation, Joe would have gone straight on to law school, but clearly he took a larger, longer view and instead committed himself to a 10-month term of work in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). Founded in 1993, and modeled after FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, the NCCC falls under the purview of the federally funded AmeriCorps national service network. It exposes members to five categories of national service: education, environment, public safety, unmet human needs (such as homelessness and housing), and disaster relief. After his first term in NCCC, which was focused on the relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, Joe was made leader of a team of 18- to 20-year-olds who pitched in to do the dirty work of cleaning up. The work of an AmeriCorps volunteer is best understood by looking at part of each member’s pledge: “I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities. Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground. Faced with adversity, I will persevere. I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond. I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.” Joe credits St. Mary’s for providing him with the theoretical foundation for a career in politics and law. But he wants to continue his dedication to service and citizenship and concluded our interview this way: “I want to make a difference at the practical level.”


Brandon Scott works as a community outreach associate for the Office of City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in Baltimore. He gives back to his city by forging connections with neighborhood associations by attending their meetings, addressing their concerns and offering them resources they may not have known were available. Brandon gives credit to the CollegeBound program for helping him get to where he is today.


davidhickmanDavid Hickman was recently named Employee of the Year at Resource Management Concepts (RMC), Inc. in Lexington Park, proving once again that a liberal arts degree is an asset in the working world.
Rashidah Bahar works for AmeriCorps at the Patterson Park Public Charter School, managing its volunteer program. She will attend graduate school at Morgan State University in the fall to pursue a degree in international studies in hopes of a future job involving U.S. foreign policy issues.

Jason Lay is currently in St. Louis serving with AmeriCorps through the HealthCorps program with Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers, assisting at one of their five “federally qualified health centers.” He also is attending the Healing Arts Center for massage therapy and should finish both programs by September.