Recent Updates

Sydney Boles – WSSS ’11, has just completed her third semester of college with Global College of Long Island University. Having spent her first two semesters in Costa Rica, she is now studying in India. Students concentrate on economic issues, global ramifications, culture, language and the environment. All students graduate with a degree in Global studies with a concentration in any number of areas.
We are thrilled to announce that WSSS Alumnus, Leif Weatherby – WSSS ’03, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Research Grant for the 2011-2012 school year to study in Berlin, Germany.

Leif, is a graduate of Wesleyan University and currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.  His research is about German philosophy and literature, and his dissertation is called “Metaphysical Organs from Herder to Marx.” Leif lectures and participates in conferences and workshops all over the US and in Germany. He has taught German and some upper-level courses at the University of Pennsylvania and intends to be a professor of German and/or Philosophy.

Katie Lewis (nee Freihofer), MA, WSSS ’03, is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Katie’s training focuses primarily on psychodynamic psychotherapy with patients diagnosed with serious mental illness and adults with histories of trauma. Her research endeavors focus on language and expression in patients with serious psychopathology, and she has presented her work at several national conferences. She is involved with research groups at LIU, Adelphi University and the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA, and she was recently appointed the graduate student representative for the Ethics Committee of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. Katie currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband Aaron and several piles of abandoned laundry and dishes.
Ben Smith, WSSS ’10, spent a full-semester attending Stony Brook’s Archaeology Field Education Program designed for upper-division undergraduates (300 level) at The Turkana Basin Institute, Lake Turkana, in northern Kenya, … “an immense and hauntingly beautiful region of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, considered by many to be the “cradle of humanity. ” Professors included Cara Roure Johnson of the University of Connecticut, Craig Feibel from Rutgers University, and Richard and Meave Leakey. Congratulations Ben!
Alumna Sophie Brill spent time in Ethiopia, working at AHOPE orphanage. Read about her experience in her blog:
Michael Maylahn, WSSS ’09, was selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in November 2010 to participate in a three-day on-site event. He was one of 89 community and junior college students from across the nation accepted to be part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program.