Kaitlin Fleming – Anthropology ’13

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Education Support Specialist, James River State Park

I graduated from Longwood in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology.  That summer I did the AmeriCorps program at James River State Park.  When that ended I began another job search.  Soon the park interpreter position opened up at James River and that’s what I am doing now.  During the summer I do different programs for the park guests that come to camp or visit.  Then in the fall and winter months, I travel to schools to do programs in the classroom.  I was even able to make up my own archaeology program called, “Can You Dig It?”.  I teach the guests about archaeology and the kids get to dig up bones and artificial arrowheads out of a sandbox.

A huge thank you to Dr. Bates, Dr. Jordan, and Dr. Dalton for everything they have done for me and for suggesting the idea of working for state parks.  Another thank you to Dr. Jordan for helping me realize that anthropology was the right major for me!  I wouldn’t have enjoyed college as much if I hadn’t switched.

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Michelle Salvato – Anthropology ’14

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Archaeological Lab Assistant

Dovetail Cultural Resource Group

I graduated from Longwood University in the Spring of 2014 with a BA in Anthropology. I almost immediately made the move to Fredericksburg, Virginia to start a new job at Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, a full service cultural resource management firm which serves the Mid-Atlantic Region. I currently serve as the archaeological lab assistant here at Dovetail and absolutely love it! On a day to day basis I help process artifacts coming in from the field; I wash, catalog, tag, label, and get artifacts ready for permanent storage. The knowledge I gained through my coursework in the Anthropology Department, through the Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeological Field School, and through the internships Drs. Bates, Jordan and Dalton helped me to achieve while a student, helps me every day in my job.

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Donald Purdon – Anthropology ’14

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Archaeology Field Technician – Natural Resource Group (NRG)

Early on it was clear that archaeology was the career for me; from digging holes, collecting rocks, eating sand at the beach ( who knew I would later be referred to as a dirt-eater!) to spending hours reading history books. Attending Longwood’s Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School and having Dr. Bates, Dr. Dalton, and Dr. Jordan as professors are really what solidified the concept in my mind that archaeology would be my career of choice.

I graduated from Longwood University in 2014 with a major in Anthropology. I immediately started to apply to any job related to archaeology. After a couple of months of shenanigans, traveling and gin & tonics with Aaron Whaley and Justin Golden, I finally heard back from one and within five days I left to start it.  As of August ’14, I am working on a pipeline project going through the states of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia doing phase 1 archaeological testing with a possibility of working in Texas or Oklahoma in the winter. It is great meeting new people and hearing about all of their archaeology experience. I also now wholly appreciate doing archaeology under a shaded tent in a field rather than surrounded by briars and swamps. I plan on doing this type of work for at least a year before I go on to graduate school and later to earn my doctorate. I am still not sure what field of archaeology I will find myself in, be it historical or prehistoric, but the connection to past peoples is what drives me so anything will do to be honest.

 

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Jamie Mesrobian – Anthropology & History ’09

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Assistant Site Manager

Historic Bath Site – Bath, North Carolina

I graduated from Longwood University in the Spring of 2009 after completing courses to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in both Anthropology and History. In September 2009 I became a student at University College London and gained my Master of Arts degree in Public Archaeology in the Fall of 2010. I began the MPhil/PhD in Classics Research at King’s College London in September 2010 before realizing that this was not what I wanted to do. After a year I decided that this was not my passion – I wanted to get back to work! – so I moved back to the USA in the Fall of 2011.

Since coming back to the USA I worked part-time at the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation as a Museum Program Assistant and Historic Interpreter prior to becoming a full-time, permanent Historic Interpreter I at Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina. Using my educational and previous work experiences, within 1 1/2 years I was able to gain a promotion and am now the Assistant Site Manager at Historic Bath Site in Bath, NC. I still live in New Bern and commute to work an hour each way, but it’s worth it because I love the job, and I love New Bern just as much!

Over the years I have been blessed with many different experiences and with an amazing education. I’ve been able to attend, and supervise, 3 Longwood Archaeology Field Schools and 5 separate excavation opportunities at Nomini Hall. I have worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 10 years, spent 2.5 years at the Jamestown Glasshouse, and then was able to work part-time for Historic Royal Palaces in London at Kensington Palace, as well as having the ability to fulfill numerous amazing internship opportunities in England including being a Student Facilitator with the Council of British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology, an Educational Outreach intern at the Benjamin Franklin House and being a Visitor Research Intern at Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London. And then, of course, there was my time at Longwood University and University College London.

I attribute all that I have been able to do in life to the foundation….and that foundation is Longwood University. From what I learned and experienced there, in both majors, I have been able to build myself and my career up –  layer by layer. I cannot thank Dr. Jordan, Dr. Bates, Dr. Dalton and Dr. Coles enough for all that they have done for me and given me, because I know that without them and their amazing generosity, I would not be doing what I am doing today.

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Garnett Ashworth – Anthropology ’04

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Discharge Planner

MCV/VCU Department of Care Coordination

 

I graduated from Longwood in 2004. I began working at VCU/MCV in Richmond. I am currently a discharge planner in the department of Care Coordination.

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Christopher O’Halloran – Anthropology ’89

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Department of Homeland Security

Network Operations Director

Back when I was a kid and Indiana Jones was first introduced in the movies, all I wanted to be was a whip cracking, smart talking and butt kicking Archaeologist.

I graduated from Longwood College with a BS in Anthropology in 1989 fully believing I was on my way to completing my dream. The ink was barely dry on the sheep skin when I headed out to the Southwest and worked for a number of archaeology companies on just about any project I could. Bouncing around the 4 Corners region, I worked on/off “the Rez” and eventually found myself in Panama and was offered a position with the Smithsonian a few weeks before the US invasion to remove Manuel Noriega….this put a full halt on the job offer as the entire project was full of uncertainty.

After a couple of years of contract archaeology where I trenched, scraped, surveyed, created grids/artifact topologies, drew stratum surfaces, left artifacts “in-situ” for the PHD’s to present to the project lead, researched, performed lab work and did all the grunt work of a non-masters/non-PHD archaeologist (which frankly was really the best part) – and between the numerous contracts, waited tables, bar tended, bar backed and did roofing work, I decided that Archaeology needed to take a back burner when Desert Storm continued. I enlisted in the US Coast Guard assigned to ships in the Caribbean and on shore in several coastal states for the next decade. I eventually transitioned into the reserves and still continue to serve.

I finally returned to Virginia and found other opportunities to serve applying cultural anthropology skills in DC working for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in my civilian career managing the computer networks for the Department and all the components – that is the cultural anthropology part – working for the government is no different than attempting to understand the culture nuances of a society that remained undisturbed and unknown for thousands of years. I remain in the CG reserves and am completing a tour of duty with the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to NATO HQ in Norfolk where I was involved in several US maritime law enforcement initiatives with European allies. I am heading to the far reaches of Baltimore Maryland for a new assignment where I will direct the environmental planning and response department on duty weekends.

I went on to earn a MS in Leadership: Crisis Management/Disaster Preparedness from Grand Canyon University and am continuing my scholarship endeavors in the Joint Professional Military Education Program at the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island.

I give a lot of credit to Jim Jordan for the focus and discipline that he encouraged in the anthropology program.

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Semein Washington – ’13 Anthropology

Graduate Student – Longwood University

I am a recent graduate of Longwood’s Anthropology department currently pursuing a M.A. in English

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Mary Farrell ’09 Anthropology

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Marketing Professional for Non-Profit Organization

I graduated from Longwood in 2009.  I worked in CRM for Virginia Tech at Fort Picket before taking a job selling vacuum cleaners.  I also waited tables and worked a computer repair center.  I decided to return to school.

I attended Ball State University and recieved an MA in archaeology.  My thesis focused on prehistoric After working for a year, I returned to graduate school at Ball State University in Mucnie, Indiana.

I currently work in marketing for a non-profit in Washington, D.C. Every day, I use my training in anthropology

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Nicholas S. J. Smith- ’98 BSc. Anthropology

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Lieutenant, Chesterfield Fire Department

After graduating from Longwood College I realized I didn’t have enough debt so I applied and was accepted into University College London(UCL).  I graduated from UCL in 2000 with an MSc. in Forensic Archaeology and came home to make a name for myself.  After a stint with a Cultural Resource Management Company I decided to use my vast education for a more grandiose purpose, so I got a job as a waiter and then a manual laborer in a factory.  Though those jobs were very stimulating I realized I must follow my childhood dream and become a firefighter.  A couple months after 9/11 I received a call from Chesterfield Fire & EMS stating I was to report to the training center in July 2002 (to my parent’s dismay… I was wasting my education, it was too dangerous, blah, blah, blah).  Who listens to parents anyway, right?

I am proud to say that I am now a Lieutenant, Medic, HAZMAT Technician for Chesterfield Fire & EMS with room to grow.  Dr. Jordan, Dr. Bates and Dr. Dalton, thanks for  the education, support and friendship.  I absolutely believe my success in life is due partially to these three professors, my fellow anthropologists and Anthropology, the study of humans past and present.  My life in the fire station mirrors that of the weekend digs and field schools, down to the dirty clothes and stinky, sweaty strange people cramped in close quarters.  One of the sayings in our fire department, which is especially pertinent for an officer is, “know your people.”  Not just the people I work with but those I serve, the normal (sometimes not so normal) everyday citizen who may very well be having their worst day.

“Anthropology, its not just a class, its a philosophy (author unknown).”

 

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Daniel Schrier – ’09 Anthroplogy

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Acupuncturist

Shortly after graduating I moved to San Francisco to manage two Belgian restaurants. I wasn’t sure exactly what path I wanted to take and thought this would be a nice little break from schooling and a good experience.  After about a year and a half I decided that as much as I enjoyed my time in San Francisco and all the interesting people I interacted with while being a manager I didn’t feel fulfilled.

I then had a lightbulb go off and decided that I would study acupuncture. I was always interested in medical practices of other cultures as well as the folklore.  Which both are rolled up into acupuncture very nicely, because each acupuncture point has a medicinal function as well as a story behind it. I  moved back east to Maryland and went to  to TAI SOPHIA now Maryland University of Integrative Health, one of the first acupuncture schools in the United States. I just completed my Master’s degree in Acupuncture and will be continuing my education in January by getting a degree in Chinese herbal medicine.

Dr. Jordan, Dr. Bates and Dr. Dalton all helped shape who I am today, my time at Longwood and especially all my anthropology classes

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Shaun Callaghan – ’13 Anthropology

Historical Cultural Interpreter

I graduated in May of 2013 and began searching for employment. After a couple of months of job searching I was pleasantly surprised by a request for an interview with the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia. The education that I received at Longwood had prepared me for this job. I was able to nail the interview and now work at the museum interpreting the cultures that the settlers brought with them to the Valley of Virginia. I would like to thank Dr. Bates, Dr. Dalton, and Dr. Jordan for preparing me for this career path. The methods and ideas that they endowed in me have become quite useful. I find that I am using what I was taught at Longwood daily. I would also like to thank Mrs. Perutelli and everyone else that worked so hard behind the scenes to make an education at Longwood possible. If it was not for them I would not have gotten the education that led to this position. One of the cultures that I interpret is that of the Igbo which was one of the cultures covered in the Peoples of Africa course at Longwood. I truly believe that this course helped to place me above other candidates for the position. I may pursue a graduate degree in the near future, but for now I am quite happy where I am.

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Samantha Zerio, Anthropology/History ’11

Store Manager, Anthropologie

Boulder, Colorado

After graduating from Longwood in December of 2011, I decided to head back to my home state of Connecticut. My head was a whirlwind of ideas: I had applied to graduate school, had a Peace Corps Application ready to go, got accepted into a program to Teach English as a Second Language in South Korea, and had been applying to many jobs.  I had a lot working in my favor, but ultimately decided that I needed a change of scenery and a more clear thought process of my end goals. I packed up my belongings and moved Westward to a suburb of Boulder, Colorado- A place that has always been a dream of mine.

I quickly became a manager of the store Anthropologie (how fitting), and have been here since. In August of 2014, I will be embarking on a new journey, and entering a Registered Dietician program at Oregon State University.
I am excited for this move (I truly miss being on a coast), and am ready to be back in school once again.

It was only until after graduation, that I realized I wanted to further educate myself in all of my passions.  I am continuously growing each and every day, and I have Longwood, and some pretty outstanding professors to thank for that. I am unsure which direction I will ultimately choose for my destiny- but I know that I belong in an educational setting where my mind can flourish, and I can watch others grow and shape themselves.

My dreams are big, and my possibilities are endless. While I cannot say what my future holds, I know that I will end up where I want to be- endlessly traveling and writing books that will one day land in your hands.

A huge thank you to the many inspirational and engaging professors at Longwood University. Thank you Dr. Bates, Dr. Jordan, Dr. Dalton, Dr. Coles, Dr. Welch, and Dr. Cantrell- You have all made an impact in my life decisions, for which I am incredibly grateful.

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Aaron Whaley – ’13 Anthropology

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Graduate Student, Eastern New Mexico University

Archaeological Field Technician

After graduating in May of this year, I took a month long European backpacking adventure in three countries with the end goal to see as many archaeological sites as possible. After a lot of cheap hotels, energy  bars, and a drink or two, I think my endeavors were successful! I saw so many different kinds of archaeology that somehow made me even more eager to get my first paying job in archaeology. As soon as I returned, I began my hunt and of course, I found nothing. After a month of holding out, I decided to get my first retail job ever and then work on my first archaeology job. After another month, I got a job at Lowes as a sales associate in plumbing somehow, which is hard to believe since the only thing I know about plumbing is that if water is leaking, you have a problem. Fast-forward to last week and I am still at Lowes and much more knowledgeable,  but still not working in archaeology.

As luck would have it, I got a call from a CRM firm based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia and I am now a hired archaeological technician with work starting in December and going through the Spring! I plan to work with this firm for as long as I can until attending Eastern New Mexico University in 2014 to begin work on my graduate degree.

I had a bit of a unique career at Longwood University. After transferring from VCU to SVCC and getting my associates in one semester, I transferred to Longwood as a senior. I took 36 credit hours in my year at Longwood and graduated. That year was a very important one for me, and the faculty that I was introduced too and mentored by (Dr. Dalton, Dr. Bates, Dr. Jordan) helped me fine-tune skills that I have already used, and skills that I will use in my upcoming graduate program. I owe so much to the Longwood anthropology department and so much to my one and only class with Dr. Bates, senior seminar. That class went above and beyond my expectations, and has helped me so much – post-graduation – importantly helping me get two jobs out of three interviews in the last six months! Also want to get in a shout-out to Sharon Perutelli, truly one of the most unsung heroes at Longwood University.

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Billy Flint – ’99 Anthropology & Biology

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Ecology Coordinator and Instructor

James Madison University

After graduating from Longwood College I worked for two years for the Conservation Management Institute as an archeologist conducting phase 1 surveys at Fort Pickett, Va.   From there I entered a Masters program in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology at Frostburg State University.  After one year, I transferred to James Madison University where I completed my MS degree studying salamander ecology and conservation.  Since that time I have been the Ecology Coordinator and Instructor at JMU.  Having been in higher education for the last half of my life, I can say without a doubt that there is something incredibly special about the Longwood Anthropology department.  I have benefited beyond measure from the relationships and experiences that I have gained from having been a part of that program.

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Pat McCloskey – ’00 Anthropology

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Richmond District Manager, Ecolab

I graduated from Longwood College in 2000 with a B.S. degree in Anthropology.  Upon graduating, I moved to New Orleans to work for the archaeology firm, R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates.  I left the archaeology field about 6 months later and moved back to Virginia.  I worked several odd jobs until taking on an entry level job with Ecolab in 2004.  I worked my way up the chain, being promoted 3 times in 7 years.  I am now the District Manager for the Richmond District.  I am responsible for all aspects of the district from managing expenses to managing relationships with customers.

Although I am no longer in the anthropology field, I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for guidance and leadership of Dr. Bates, Dr. Jordan and Dr. Dalton.

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Jeanne Willoz-Egnor – ’85 Anthropology & Business Administration

Director of Collections Management and Curator of Scientific Instruments

The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia

While pursuing my degree in Anthropology I spent several summers with the archaeology field school. During my second season I discovered that although I enjoyed the field work I loved working with the objects once they had been recovered (cataloging, sorting, researching, tracking, preserving, etc.) even more.

After graduation, I worked full time at Jamestown Settlement Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia.  At that time, the staff working in the reconstructed Indian village undertook quite a bit of experimental archaeology in order to more fully understand and replicate how the Indians lived. During my time there I became an accomplished flint knapper and hide tanner.  I also worked on the first reconstruction of a house based on archaeological findings rather than English drawings of the period.

On my days off I worked with the collections staff on the cataloging and rehousing of the Museum’s archaeological collections and in the evenings I pursued a master’s degree in Museum Studies.  Shorty after receiving my master’s degree I became an assistant registrar at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia.  The registrar is the person who documents and cares for the collection.  A few years later I was promoted to Director of Collections Management and Curator of Scientific Instruments.

I am currently responsible for the care and management of more than 32,000 items, including works of art, ship- and sailor-related items, and 150 small craft from 42 different countries.  I also assist with the care of the Museum’s extensive archival, library and photographic collections and the materials recovered from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

I can honestly say that I owe my success to Dr. James Jordan and the archaeology field school. Without being given the opportunity to work with the materials recovered during the field school season I would never have discovered my passion for museum work. You rock Dr. J!

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Carrington Light – ’98 Anthropology (BS) and ’04 Elementary Education (MS)

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7th and 8th Grade Social Studies and Yearbook Teacher

Yamhill Carlton School District

My first field school experience came in 1997 at the Stanton River Battlefield State Park.  The small group, I think there were seven of us, excavated the powder magazine during our four weeks.  Though we had fun and learned quite a bit, those of us who dug that session know how uneventful the experience was compared to other field school excavations.  It wasn’t until the third session of that summer the team located what is now the Wade Site.  If only I had signed on for the latter session…  I was also lucky enough to work on both Tortola and Jost Van Dyke during the summers of 1998, 2002, 2004, and 2005.

After graduating from Longwood College with an anthropology degree in 1998, I moved to the Hampton Roads area to pursue a career in archaeology.  I worked for the Virginia Foundation for Archaeological Research with several other Longwood anthropology grads.  Mr. James Kirby, Jr.,  who hoped we would find the 17th-century homestead of his ancestors, funded work at the site, located in Poquoson, Virginia.  Though I loved the idea of being a full-time archaeologist, the pay was far from glamorous.  After a year of work in that area, I relocated to Richmond and began working as a Service Manager for Bell Atlantic (later became Verizon Communications).

After two years at Verizon, the company offered a buyout for up to 600 employees.  One of the benefits to taking the package was tuition reimbursement.  I left the company in the winter of 2001, enrolled in master’s program at Longwood in 2002, and graduated with a Master of Science in Elementary Education in 2004.  Since then, I’ve taught at the middle school level in the areas of history and English.

My undergraduate degree has certainly aided in my teaching of history.  The experience in both the anthropology program and the archaeology field school has allowed me to apply many of the skills learned at Longwood into my classroom.  My education career began in Cumberland County (Virginia) and continues today with the Yamhill Carlton School District outside of Portland, Oregon.  I’m proud to be a graduate of the anthropology department at Longwood and owe many thanks to the professors of the department on my success since graduation.  The picture above shows me (on left) with my dad and sisters, Whitney and Cate – all three of us girls are Longwood alums!

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Heather Brinkman

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Graduate Student – North Dakota State University

I graduated from Longwood’s Anthropology program in 2012.  A few months later I moved my family to North Dakota to work on my masters in Anthropology at North Dakota State University.  Currently, I am finishing up my thesis on digital anthropology and applying for doctoral programs.  From Durkheim to Turner, to  Bollestroff, I have been influenced and inspired by society, symbolism, and digital anthropology.  My interests might at first glance seem divergent, but for me, they provide me with the tools I need to explore identity and community making.  The research I propose to do during my doctorate would be based upon examining the ways in which individuals are using the Internet strategically to change one’s religious traditions.  Are these individuals changing the traditions in order to suit their own needs?  Is the Internet allowing greater access to both “genuine” as well as “false” traditions?  These are just a few of the questions I hope to be able to answer as I focus on the African Diasporas of Voodoo in the United States and how it is being consumed and changed based upon the availability of the Internet as a resource.  My undergraduate work focused on religious change and my masters level work on digital anthropology, I propose to use my past work as a platform upon which my doctoral work will be based.  After I receive my PhD I plan to become a professor of anthropology.

I have to say that while people who do not live in Virginia might not know about Longwood University, you will not find a better set of professors.  Throughout my masters program I have been able to bring in the knowledge that I obtained from Dr. Jordan, Dr. Bates, and Dr. Dalton.  The three are a wealth of knowledge and support that you will not find anywhere else.  My hope is to be at least half the professor that any of these three are.

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Jessica Edwards- 08′ Anthropology

Jessica Edwards

Archaeologist at Historic St Mary’s City, Maryland

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an archaeologist. As a kid I would stay up late watching documentaries on Discovery or TLC about ancient tombs and lost cities rediscovered and think to myself ” That’s what I want to do.”  My mom still tells people about how I used to bury my toys in the sand box so I could dig them up later. Yeah, when it came to archaeology, I was hooked.  My decision to attend Longwood University for a BS in Anthropology was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I wouldn’t trade a single experience at LU for anything.

I still remember the fist day of Anthro 101.  Dr. Jordan had us walk around the classroom like chimpanzees with the classroom door wide open, other students walking by looked at us like we’d lost our minds. I also remember Dr. Bates playing the first half of what I think was either Temple of Doom or Raiders of the lost Arc, where he made sure to straighten out any misconceptions we had about archaeology by telling us it was nothing like Indiana Jones…I was of course crushed by this.  Never the less, I stuck around and after many, many classes and 2 Awesome Fields Schools, I graduated with my BS and was ready to take the archaeology world by storm.

That storm ended up being more of a micro burst, but it did eventually catch wind.

I Was eventually able to get jobs at JRIA (James River Institute for Archaeology) and at WMCAR the (William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research) doing contractual archaeology. This was my first introduction to CRM (Cultural Resource Management ) Archaeology, something  much different from what I learned in my Field schools. I worked doing CRM archaeology for a while, along with a few other jobs, before I decided that in order to further my chances at staying in archaeology I would need a Masters degree. So in 2010, after working for a year to save money, I traveled across the pond to the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom where I began a Masters program in Archaeology.

I greatly recommend going to the UK to study Archaeology, either through a study exchange or for a whole degree program, because it was one of the best experiences of my life. the UK and Europe is so rich with history that its possible to go see a Roman fort as well as a medieval castle all in one day. My favorite experience during grad school was a 5 week Field school I did in Bulgaria on a Roman Hill Fort Site. It fulfilled one of my dreams of being able to work on an ancient Roman site. I recommend to anyone getting their Masters of archaeology over seas to take a field school if at all possible, its an opportunity you do not want to pass up.

After I officially received my Masters degree and said my good byes (for now) to the UK, I came back to the states and started back up with CRM archaeology, working for the Louis Berger group. CRM archaeology does have some negative stigmas attached to it, but if you find a good company that sticks to honest archaeological practices, it can be a great experience. I was able to travel a lot and see new places, as well as meet a lot of people, which helped me greatly when it came to job networking.  CRM archaeology also helps give you some GIS training, which is a must in the archaeology career field.

Currently, I am working as an Archaeologist at Historic St Mary’s City in southern Maryland, where I hope to stay for a while before moving on to my next great archaeological venture. I am profoundly grateful for my fortune in being able to remain working in archaeology.  I believe I have all of my anthro/archaeology professors from Longwood University and the University of Liverpool to thank in part for that.

One last piece of advice for anyone going into CRM archaeology…tecnu and duct tape are your best friends, never leave home without them.

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Emily Taylor Roop – ’02 Anthropology

Emily Roop

Assistant Principal, Laurel Park Middle School (Henry County)

Co-owner Sugar & Spice Firearm Safety, LLC.

I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology from Longwood College in 2002.

Since my days as a Lancer, I have worked as a realtor, a secretary, a special education teacher, and currently I serve as an Assistant Principal of a middle school in Southwest Virginia.  Anthropology has assisted me with my career in education due to focus on the human aspect presented throughout the coursework.

I am also a co-owner of Sugar & Spice Firearm Safety, LLC. which focuses on delivering instruction in NRA Basic Pistol.

I have been married to my husband Chris for nearly a decade and we will be welcoming our first child, a baby boy in October.

I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Educational Leadership through Liberty University and hope to finish the dissertation within the next year.

Dr. Jordan, Dr. Bates, and Dr. Dalton were influential professors that encouraged you to push your limits and stretch yourself.

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Anthony David Lozano – ’02 Anthropology

Tony Lozano

Officer, United States Navy

I graduated from Longwood College in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology.  Since then I chose the military as a career path, knowing an undergraduate degree is valued and necessary to become an officer.  From 2005-2008, I served as an Electrician’s Mate aboard USS ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49) homeported in Mayport, FL. During this time, we completed a deployment to the Eastern Pacific in support of Counter-Narcotic Operations, and a Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise in the Baltic Sea.

From 2008-2011, I completed two back-to-back sea tours as a Main Propulsion Officer and AEGIS Fire Control Officer aboard USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) and USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79).  Throughout this time, we deployed to the North Arabian Sea, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Horn of Africa.  As Surface Warfare Officers, we are often called upon to lead in incredibly diverse roles, from engineering to combat systems and operations. Often, we work side by side with people of equally diverse cultural backgrounds and experience.

I currently teach navigation and naval operations at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, Norwich University in Vermont where I reside with my wife, Wendy and our dog Dixie.  I am enrolled in Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, pursuing a Master of the Arts in Military History.

The undergraduate education I received through the Anthropology Department certainly paid off, allowing me to pursue a viable career.  Giving back by teaching is my way of honoring those who taught me.

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Christina Gebbia – ’95 Anthropology

Tina Gebbia

Founder:  Rana Books

After graduating from Longwood I worked in several different companies in Philadelphia and Miami before deciding to move to Valencia, Spain.  In 1998 I co-founded an internet hosting company called Gravitynet E-Solutions that quickly grew to become one of the most important IT companies in Spain.  Ten years after its founding the company was sold and I took a two-year break.  Last year I launched Rana Books.  The bookstore houses over 10,000 titles in English and has most recently expanded to create two sister English language academies.  For me Anthropology was essential in my professional career as it is key to understanding marketing and product development.

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Jessica Fields – ’08 Anthropology

powhatan Jessica Fields

Education Assistant – Henricus Historical Park

After graduating in 2008 with a BA in Anthropology, I wasn’t sure where to go from there. Grad school wasn’t in the cards financially, and where I lived wasn’t going to produce much in the way of jobs in the field. I worked with a Cultural Resource Management (CRM) firm briefly, but ended up doing what a lot of poor college graduates do – working in food service.

But that isn’t to say that the skills I learned during my tenure at Longwood have gone unused! I learned to talk to people, to get their stories. Each new person I met was a tiny case study in cultural anthropology.

For the past year or so, I have been working at Henricus Historical Park in Chester, first as the Native American Interpreter and currently as an Educator. As the Native Interpreter, I used the skills I learned from my anthropology classes and Prim Tech weekends to show how the Powhatan Indians used their environment; working now in the Education department, I use primary sources from early colonial Virginia to create lesson plans and teach students ages Pre-K through High School and even some college and adult groups.

Without a doubt my time in Anthropology at Longwood has helped me hone skills that I use every day, both at work and socially. Without Dr. Bates, Dr. Jordan and Dr. Dalton, I don’t know where I would be today. I’m pretty darn happy where I am now.

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Phillip Adams ’98 Anthropology

WBB Phil

First Vice President, SunTrust Mortgage

Upon graduating with a B.Sc. in Anthropology from Longwood College in 1998, I attended the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, where I received my M.A. in Archaeology in 2000.  I worked at various CRM firms in Virginia between 2001 and 2004, before leaving the archaeology field.  I have been employed at SunTrust Mortgage in Richmond, Virginia since 2006, where I am currently a Strategic Project Manager.  My main role has been working on projects aimed at improving the Client Experience for current customers and for new customers going through the mortgage loan process.  I credit my anthropology classes and archaeology experience for my success, as they have made me observant and detail oriented, as well as trained me to always look at the bigger picture…not just what is in front of you.  All of these have proven to be invaluable skills in my day to day work.  I couldn’t have asked for better professors than Brian Bates and Jim Jordan.

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Jason Coffey ’00 – Anthropology

Coffey Jason

Senior Solutions Consultant – Dun & Bradstreet Government Solutions

Upon graduating Longwood in 2000, I immediately jumped into the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) side of archaeology.  Then in the fall of 2001 I attended University College London, Institute of Archaeology where I obtained my MA in Field and Analytic Techniques in Archaeology.  When I returned to the US I got back into CRM and worked for R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates as an Assistant Project Manager / Lithic Analyst.

For the last 4 years, I’ve been working at Dun & Bradstreet in the Government Solutions office located in Arlington, VA.  In my current role I help the federal government with various requirements that range from finding financially viable contractors to helping uncover fraud, waste, and abuse.  The common thread that ties all of my experience and various roles together is undoubtedly anthropology.  Being an anthropologist/archaeologist provides a unique perspective that many people don’t get to see.  It has helped me understand people, culture, and the human condition.  I credit my success to my amazing education, both and Longwood and at UCL.  I had the privilege to study under some truly amazing educators;  Dr. Brian Bates, Dr. James Jordan, Dr. Doug Dalton, and Dr. Peter Drewett to name a few.  I consider myself lucky to have worked in such a diverse field with these amazing people.  Anthropology has truly provided me a sturdy foundation on which to build a great future.

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Brian Bates – ’92 Anthropology & Political Science

Dr. Brian Bates

Professor of Anthropology, Longwood University

Director, The Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School


After graduating from Longwood in 1992 with a double-major in Anthropology and Political Science, I received my Master’s degree and PhD in Archaeology from the University of London (specifically University College London – Institute of Archaeology).  Since 1994 I have been teaching at Longwood University and conducting field archaeology projects.  In 1997 I became the director of the Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School. I have led numerous projects in the Southeastern United States as well as in the British Virgin Islands and I co-teach the Archaeology of England course with my friend and colleague, Dr. Jordan.  I have been the Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Studies since July 2006.

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