WHAT POSITIONS DO OUR ALUMNI HOLD?
Associate Center Director @ Employment and Employer Resources
Founder and Director at April Brings
Marketing Coordinator at Commscope/Andres Solutions
Radio Production specialist in Austria
Patient Support Specialist at North Shore University System
Faculty Member of Mongolian University of Science and Technology
Student at Kent Law School
Student at John Marshall Law School
Academic Advisor at Devry University
Academic Advisor at Governor’s State
Payroll and Pension Specialist at Aon Hewitt
Masters in Theology, elementary school teacher
Paralegal at Litigation firm
Senior Admissions Counselor
Development Intern at SPNN
Mad Tactics Management and Media
Studying for MBA at Dominican University/Works at Harold Washington Library
Financial Aid Officer at East West University
CPS Teacher 6th grade
Sales Manager at General Mills
Social Media Strategist at The Honeycomb Project
WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY
Joi Lyons, class of 2011
I graduated from East West University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in English and Communications. After graduation, I began law school at The John Marshall Law School in the Fall of 2011. I am glad to say that I became a distinguishable student right away at John Marshall. Many classes that I had taken at East-West turned out to be very helpful, especially Ancient World Literature, Persuasion and Debate, Introduction to the Justice system, Business Law, Speech, Intro to Psychology, and Development of Political Thought.
After my first year in law school I took a course in Fair Housing. I found my passion for all things housing and public interest that summer. I was hired as a Project Assistant for a project that researched discrimination and segregation in Chicago where I managed 10 other students. The Project results were published in the summer of 2013, and were featured in News and Publications of JMLS. While working on the project, I was interning at the Fair Housing Clinic where I accomplished a significant win for my client by obtaining a preliminary injunction, an extraordinary remedy which is not often granted. I was also volunteering to represent homeowners in mediation with the bank to prevent them from losing their homes in foreclosure. The Clinic’s work, with one of my cases, was also featured in News and Publications of JMLS. After the project ended, I was hired by the Pro BonoClinic at John Marshall as a research assistant where I continued to work on housing cases such as public benefits termination proceedings. I am set to graduate from Law School this upcoming May 2014. After graduation, I plan to work for a legal aid organization to continue working in the public interest sector to ensure disadvantaged citizens of Illinois get equal access to justice.
Melody Johnson, class of 2008
I will never forget my time at East-West University and the care of my professors in the quality of courses and their genuine care for my well-being. I am still reaching into my experiences there, in my current personal and professional life. One thing I took away from East-West is the cultivation of studying ancient and world literature, which I believe provides perspectives of human history that are often taken for granted. I also truly believe that the English and Communications Degree Program is one of the most unique and I could not have asked for a better higher educational foundation. Dr. Gorman, Dr. Polski and Dr. Stevenson ROCK!
After graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor's in English and Communication, focusing on Literature, I went on to complete a Master's in Theological Studies, focusing on Literature, Ethics and Systematic Doctrine. This course of study allowed me to view everyday topics that our society is currently permeated with through a theological lens and it often forced me to challenge accepted notions of religion, faith, and spirituality, which are vital aspects of my personal and communal life. This also gave me an opportunity to personally ground my moral center, which is foundational in my professional and communal experiences as well.
Professionally, I've maintained my love for supporting educational institutions. During my graduate study, I worked with American University and currently I am working at Alexandria City Public Schools, administratively supporting students, teachers and executive staff. This allows me to continuously be engaged with the majority of my community; which is the basis for all that I do. I get to interact with everyone and I've met so many wonderful people. I feel like I'm finally in a place where I can say I have a career. And it is nice to know that everything that I've done up till now has prepared me for this. The other cool thing is that our population of students is mostly from other countries: South & Central America, Middle East, Africa; we also have a growing population of refugees, so I've been honored to get to know them and their culture. I'm learning Spanish now and have acquired a small vocabulary of Arabic and Amharic words. I also interact with many of our ESL teachers, so this has been awesome.
I remain committed to the enhancement of my community; working with homeless, refugee, and senior communities; while always donating my time to enrichment of children and youth.
Maria Silva-Young, class of 2012
I am currently an Admissions Advisor for CEC. I have been with the company for almost two years. In addition, I am also pursuing my MBA at Capella University.
As East-West graduate, I truly believe that the following courses helped me cultivate a solid foundation that has assisted me in my day-to-day activities:
Social Media in Today’s Workplace
Writing for Multimedia
Language & Mind
My current job position requires the constant use of the following skills: communication, writing, researching, and critical thinking. Communication is at the heart of any business. As a graduate of the program, I speak well, write in a concise manner, and have developed an extensive vocabulary. The numerous hours spent on learning how to present a thesis coherently, constructing arguments, role-playing debates, and defending my points logically have not gone to waste. These are fundamental skills when venturing out to the real world. No matter what field or job position an individual undertakes, being able to communicate effectively is key.”
Galya Dimitrova, class of 2010
I am currently enrolled at the University of Vienna in Austria pursuing a Master's degree in English Language and Linguistics with a focus on Second Language Learning and Teaching. My intention is to transfer my studies to an English speaking country, therefore, I am currently applying for various programs.
I have been tutoring since my return to Europe, both in Austria and Bulgaria. Also, I have been teaching English as a second language for the past six months.
All of the English department classes during my course of study at East-West were very useful. I particularly enjoyed Dr. Gorman's, Dr. Polski's, and Dr. Stevenson's classes because they were interesting, enriching and at the same very challenging, which I truly enjoyed. More specifically, my favorite classes were the following: literature classes, senior seminar, honors classes, and persuasion and debate.
Fidel Love, class of 2011
My four years spent at East-West University was an exciting and enriching experience. I walked through the doors my freshman year ready to make changes in my life and with a serious commitment to my education; I knew EWU was the right place for me. I remember being early for class, waiting quietly in the hall and listening attentively to some professors’ lectures, feeling eager to one day register for their classes.
With the help of my professors and the opportunities they created for me, I also discovered new interests and passions that have followed me long after graduation.
The time I spent working in the EWU Writing Center as an English tutor inspired me to teach. It has been a career option I've recently considered using my degree to pursue. Currently, I am accomplishing lifelong goals and following my dream of being a successful writer. I graduated from EWU with my degree in English & Communications -- it was the field that catered to my interest in literature, language, and my passion for writing. My advanced composition, creative writing, and literature courses taught me a lot - along with the professors who headed the EWU English department. I am grateful!
Of my poems, one of my favorites is "Little Black Boy Blues". I actually wrote as a class assignment at East West. We had to create a piece of writing by mimicking the style of another writer whose work we admired, and I chose Langston Hughes. The poem earned me an A and has been getting positive reviews since, so I made it the first poem in my book - read it below.
A SAMPLE OF THEIR WORK
Little Black Boy Blues by Fidel Love
You see him walk a path
his peers won’t go
Scared to death of being alone
but his tears won’t show
So ignorant, it appears he don’t know
The whole world’s against him
Little Black Boy
So offensive, on the defensive
trying to prove he’s a man
but so young
They’ll always see him
“Ay boy, what up son…”
as a Little Black Boy
Looked down on, never up to
Always something for them to judge you
So go to school, hear the professor in college preach
Sell out or just sell his soul to the Chicago streets
You see him walk a path
his peers won’t go
Scared to death of being alone
but his fears don’t show
Should be scared
Ain’t the least bit prepared
The whole world’s expecting you to fail
Plus ya girlfriend’s expecting, can you tell?
A Little Black Boy with a lil’ black boy
Can’t teach him, what you were never taught
Don’t know the Quran
and only a handful of scriptures
Show him how to walk
and maybe how to stand
there was never a man in the picture
Enjoy two essays Raymon Strong, Class of 2013
Discovery of Love
In “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” and “Hills Like White Elephants,” authors Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway present relationships through characters and setting in the realistic fiction genre. Both authors give insight into the ideals of love. There is conflict, both internal and external, as well as resolution. These stories adhered to the realistic fiction genre because of the issues that people in society can relate to their own life.
Dynamic characters can really propel a story forward. In realistic fiction, having characters the reader can relate to is very important, based on the message you are trying to send, either social or political. In Carver’s story, issues revolve around more modern ideas of love. In the story we see a variety of couples in different stages of their relationships, from newlyweds to a couple who have been together for years. The story shows love in the highest standards and the lowest. Mel and Terri are a married couple who have been together for five years. Both had marriages prior, and both have less than positive memories about those relationships. With Terri there is a struggle going on because of how her first husband treated her. He physically assaulted her, but yet we see Terri defend his actions to her current husband Mel saying, “There was love there, Mel. Don’t say there wasn’t.” What this shows is how perspective can affect someone’s logic. (click here to read more)
A Different Love
When it comes to love, there are a multitude of explanations, assumptions and so on. And it seems that it can be analyzed from every angle possible from biological to emotional and psychological. Everyone one can agree that most, unless born with some kind of pre-disposition are capable of love. So why is it that people have such a hard time accepting same sex couples? The questions always seem to jump not to whether they love each other, but how unnatural it is. According to author Christopher Arroyo, opponents of same sex couples say that “homosexuals are incapable of genuine, full erotic love.” The capacity to love does not rest on a person’s sexuality alone. If that was the case, then no one would be able to love anyone without it being deemed unnatural.( ex, human affections for animals, father’s love for son) What people might not understand is that same sex relationships are built on the same foundation that same sex couples form their’s, that being love and respect. But we can’t dive into if same sex love being valid without going into marriage, because if two people love each other, the next logical step would be to make that love permanent. However, opinions are so widespread, that it can be hard to move forward when so much is holding you back. But maybe if people can get past biased feelings, then maybe we can start to find a middle ground. What I want to achieve for this paper is a different perspective on a topic that people feel strongly, whether you’re for it or against it. So my question is what makes same sex love different from any other kind of love? (click here to read more)