Molly Trivelpiece, Anthropology ’15

Graduate Student – East Carolina State University – Maritime Archaeology

When I was a student at Longwood I became interested in the field of nautical archaeology. With the help of Dr. Bates, I got in contact with  Longwood alum, Brendan Burke, who is  part of a program in Florida that runs a field school each summer for underwater archaeology. After diving in with them in 2014 and finding out I loved it, I turned my focus towards that field as a career goal.

When I graduated in spring 2015 from Longwood, I went back down to Florida to be a supervisor for the field school (LAMP: Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program), and have since returned to them each summer to volunteer and supervise incoming students. In between those summers, I have worked as an archaeology field technician at a CRM company in Virginia, and was lucky enough to be an intern on the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project in North Carolina.

The connections I formed at Longwood, both professional and otherwise, have prepared me for my next chapter in life, in which I will be starting graduate school at East Carolina University for their Maritime Studies program. Drs. Bates, Jordan, and Dalton have my hugest thanks in helping me become the person I am today.

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Andy Jordan, Anthropology ’15

Jordan Andy

Graduate Student – North Carolina State University

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Longwood University in the spring of 2015. From there I jumped straight into graduate school at North Carolina State University, where I am currently working towards earning my M.A. in Anthropology with a focus on prehistoric archaeology in the North American Southeast. There I am also co-directing the department’s Archaeology lab.

This past summer I led a field project surveying and establishing prehistoric, Woodland period sites along the shoreline of Lake Phelps, North Carolina. This field project was conducted as a part of my thesis research. In addition to working with students from NC State and UNC Ashville, I was assisted by several Longwood anthropology students and alumni. Their experience, integrity, and work ethic were invaluable to the completion of the project, and I am very grateful to them.

The success that I have had would not have been possible without Longwood University’s exceptional Anthropology program. Being an archaeologist has been a dream of mine since my early childhood. Longwood Anthropology helped to make that a reality. They provided me with many opportunities for fieldwork, lab work, and independent research, and from these opportunities I gained experience that has allowed me to succeed in my post-graduation life. My sincerest gratitude goes to Dr. Bates, Dr. Jordan, and Dr. Dalton for their exceptional mentorship and continued support.

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Susannah Deeds, Anthropology ’15

Deeds Suzy

Graduate Student – University of Alaska – Anchorage

In the Spring of 2015 I graduated Longwood with a BS degree in Anthropology. I knew I wanted to attend graduate school for Cultural Anthropology, but had zero ideas on what exactly to focus.

I moved to Arizona and wound up working as an early elementary paraprofessional. I often got in trouble for letting kids play with bugs and dig holes in the dirt, but predominantly the job allowed me to see education in some of its earliest forms.

Midway through that year I got interested in the holistic education of youth and its involvement in our current school systems. I was accepted into an Applied Cultural Anthropology Master’s program at the University of Alaska – Anchorage where I will be able to pursue my interest of study while working as an anthropology TA and research assistant.

The anthropology program at Longwood not only prepared me for advancing into a fruitful future, but trained me to look at everyday human processes in wonder and appreciation. My main goal is to continue on the path towards furthering my understanding of humans whether it be through Anthropology courses, traveling to the other side of the world, or going to the grocery store.

The LU Anthropology department instilled curiosity, confidence, and motivation into my everyday learning and I will forever be grateful for that.

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Michelle Salvato – Anthropology ’14

Salvato Michelle at Dovetail

GIS Technician/ Archaeological Lab Assistant
Dovetail Cultural Resource Group

I graduated from Longwood University in the Spring of 2014 with a BA in Anthropology.  I moved almost immediately to Fredericksburg, Virginia to start a new job as the archaeological lab assistant at Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, a full service cultural resource management firm which serves the Mid-Atlantic Region. Along with my lab work I began to help out with other departments of Dovetail, including the GIS staff, and I officially took on the title of GIS Technician just after my one year anniversary with the company.
On a day to day basis I help as the lab assistant by processing artifacts coming in from the field; I wash, catalog, tag, label, and prepare artifacts for delivery to their final repositories. As GIS Technician I help to produce maps and graphics for outgoing fieldwork as well as for final survey reports.   I greatly enjoy being able to split my time between two very different facets of the cultural resource world – the physical and the digital.
The knowledge I gained through my coursework while at Longwood, through the Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeological Field School, and through the internships I took part in while a student helps me in my job everyday.  Drs. Bates, Jordan and Dalton’s lessons serve as a strong foundation for all of the new information I am learning in the professional world.

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Zak Dowell- Anthropology ’97

 Dowell Zak

Co-Owner Sustainable Technology Institute

Upon finishing my degree at Longwood, I began working as a contract Archaeologist. I enjoyed this job and worked for several cultural resource management companies for a couple of years. After traveling to several states to work on different phase 1 and 2 projects, I decided to switch gears and live more sedentarily. I began working for the family business, and learned to build houses.  After a few years, I began to have an interest in energy efficiency. This was due to the damage I saw us humans doing to the planet. I soon began to build homes that had less of an impact on the earth. In 2008, shortly after the housing market crashed, I decided it was a good time to go back to school for an advanced degree. I went to Appalachian State University to work towards a Master of Science degree in Technology (with a concentrations in building science and appropriate technology). In my first semester, I was required to take a class called: “Technology and Culture”. I had a real “Aaha” moment when I realized the parallels between my former and current path of study.

I completed my studies and started teaching energy efficiency classes in the VA community college system in 2010. After a few years, I co-started a company that specialized in solar training and certification. Our company also performs solar installations, energy audits, and consulting for those looking to make their buildings more energy efficient. I am thankful to Dr. Jordan, Dr. Bates, and Dr. Dalton for the quality education they provided me. I am grateful to be in the small percentage of people who love what they do.

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Carter Chassey, Anthropology ’15

Chassey Carter

Graduate Student – George Mason University

I finished my degree in July of 2015 and continued with my job at Gounds Management for Longwood. In the fall of 2015 I spent a few months in New England working in a CRM crew while having numerous side adventures of my own, including being questioned by Canadian border police about an audio lecture on Roman history. When the dig season ended I returned to Farmville and continued landscaping, but I have been accepted to George Mason University’s Geographic and Cartographic Studies graduate program and will be attending in the fall, focusing on GIS and its applications.

I had no earthly idea of what I wanted to do when I first arrived at Longwood, but after hearing about the Anthropology program I realized I had loved the study all my life, albeit under different names. Now I’m excited to see how my Anthropology knowledge will support and expand upon what I will learn in grad school.

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Mary Farrell – Anthropology ’09

Farrell Mary

Lab Supervisor – Longwood Institute of Archaeology

After graduating from Longwood, I received my M.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology concentration) from Ball State University. While earning my M.A., I served as a graduate assistant and supervisor in the Applied Anthropology Laboratories.

After leaving Ball State, I worked in Washington D.C. for a non-profit as a marketing associate.  The writing, research, speaking, and cognitive skills I learned at Longwood helped me to excel in a field (marketing) in which I had little experience.

In 2015, I joined the Longwood Institute of Archaeology as the lab supervisor. I am directly responsible for historic and prehistoric artifact collections, ensuring that lab methods satisfy all contractual obligations and Federal and State standards. I also aid in the production of technical reports, field investigations, and GIS strategies. I have co-directed Longwood University undergraduate field schools and continue to work with students.

The Longwood Anthropology program equipped me with a set of skills that allowed me to tackle jobs inside and outside the field of archaeology.  Longwood professors were invaluable in helping me achieve personal and career goals and inspired my return to the university.




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Sonja Ingram – Anthropology ’91

Ingram Sonja

Field Representative for Preservation Virginia

I graduated from Longwood in 1991 with a B.S. in Anthropology. The summer before graduation I worked as a survey archaeologist in the Sierra Nevadas of northern California. After graduation, I began working for a cultural resource management firm on a village on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and  I continued to work in the CRM field for ten years in the Mid-Atlantic, the South and Puerto Rico where I was able to participate on many significant archaeological sites including Sandt’s Eddy,  Nina Plantation, Playa Chiva, 46HY89 and in the mogote caves of Puerto Rico.

Between 2000 and 2006, I worked as a Land Preservation Planner for Loudoun County, Virginia and Frederick County, Maryland while studying geography at George Mason University. I also did a short stint as the Associate Director for the Eastern Office of the Archaeological Conservancy.

While  completing my Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland, I worked as a Historic Preservation Planner for Frederick City and served on the local Historic Preservation Commission. In 2008, I began the position of Field Representative for Preservation Virginia- Virginia’s statewide historic preservation organization. In this position, I assist individuals and organizations by providing educational and technical assistance and advocating for the protection of Virginia’s irreplaceable historic sites. Two recent Preservation Virginia projects I have been involved with include the Tobacco Barns Program and the Rosenwald Schools Program.

In addition to working for Preservation Virginia, I have taught archaeological and preservation classes at Averett University in Danville and at Piedmont Community College in North Carolina and I serve as the current President of the Danville Historical Society.

Most of my professional life has involved studying the past and over the years it has progressed into what I believe is especially important-protecting historic buildings, structures, sites and landscapes. I currently live on a farm in Pittsylvania County with my wife and son.



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Jamie Mesrobian – Anthropology and History ’09


School and Groups Division Interpreter, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

After graduating from Longwood University with a BA (Honors) in Anthropology and a BA in History, I decided it was time to explore the world a bit and moved to London, England for a few years! I earned my MA in Public Archaeology from University College London, and also began a MPhil/PhD at King’s College London in Classics Research. However, after a year of working on my PhD, I decided that I wanted to get back to work rather than research and write all day, every day….so I moved back to the USA!

Whilst I was in London I volunteered, interned and held positions at/with many awesome places including (but not limited to): Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, the Thames Foreshore (with the Museum of London Thames Discovery Programme – Foreshore Recording and Observation Group), and the Council for British Archaeology during the annual Festival of British Archaeology (the “Time Cheam” project with Clive Orton). My favorite project to take part in was the new Kensington Palace Garden History tours – I was able to be one in a group of about 12 to research, develop and lead the first set of tours that would go on to win a Highly Commended Award from the UK Arts Council for Bringing Innovation into London Area Museums. In America I have worked at some other fantastic museums and sites along the east coast in Virginia and North Carolina, including: the Colonial Williamsburg Foundaiton, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (Jamestown Settlement), the Jamestown Glasshouse (Eastern National), Tryon Palace and Historic Bath Site (former Assistant Site Manager).

I have recently come back to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation after a 7 year hiatus (I had previously worked there for almost 10 years from 1999-2009!) as an interpreter in the School and Groups Services Division. I absolutely love what I get to do every day – allow children, and adults, to experience the history of this great country by leading them on tours! My favorite part is to see “that light bulb” moment in someone’s eye (no matter their age, experience or education)…and I look for that light bulb to go off every day. No matter how many times I see it – I never get tired of it!

I take great pride in telling everyone that I graduated from Longwood University. It laid down the foundation for what I am doing now, and allowed me to realize that your dreams are 100% attainable if you go for it. Thank you so much to Drs. Bates, Jordan and Dalton for everything you do for all of us – not just whilst we’re at Longwood, but for also when we turn into good ol’ alums. Your support is everything.


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Meghan Trant – BS Anthropology ’15

Trant Meghan

Graduate Student – George Mason University

Currently, I am working part-time and attending George Mason University in pursuit of an MS in Forensic Science. Right now, my goal is to one-day end up at Dover Air Force Base, in Delaware, MD, helping to identify military bodies. Only time will tell!

Freshman year at Longwood was awful, I thought I would never find my niche. That is until I mustered up the courage to go outside my comfort zone and spend Spring Break 2011 in a bus with Dr. Bates and about 8 other people I didn’t know traveling the South and learning about Moundbuilder culture. That was the truly the beginning of my college years. From then on, I made sure to take part in as many intersession courses and weekend trips as possible to not only learn and practice Anthropology/Archaeology, but to just be around ‘anthro’ people. Then in the summer of 2013, partaking in Field School, lasting memories and friendships were made and continue to be made due to the Alumni Weekend.

I owe a lot to Drs. Bates, Jordan, and Dalton. They are not only great professors but they are fantastic people to be around. They have created a great program of which I am, and anyone would be, fortunate to be a part!




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Philippe Ernewein – Modern Languages/Anthropology ’94

Ernewein Philippe

Director of Education, Denver Academy

Director, Celebrate EDU

Philippe is a native of Turnhout, Belgium. In 1980 he immigrated to the United States where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (Modern Languages major/Anthropology minor) from Longwood College (1994) and Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado (2003). He is an alumnus of Teach For America. He is currently the board director of the Celebrate EDU and on the advisory board of Words Beyond Bars, a project committed to introducing powerful and transformative literature to incarcerated individuals.

Philippe has been in the field of education since 1994. He presents annually at a variety of national and international educational conferences and workshops, including the Teach For America Institute (Summers 2007 – 2012).

He is currently the Director of Education at Denver Academy (

Philippe lives with his wife, two daughters and a flock of chickens on the eastern bank of the Platte River near Denver, Colorado, USA.


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

Nic and Kids on a Rail

Captain, 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 Captain, 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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Jessica Clark, Anthropology ’14

Clark Jessica

Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant at Ball State University

After completing my BS in Anthropology in December 2014, I spent the spring of 2015 working as a project manager in the archaeology lab at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. The following summer involved 5 weeks of volunteer work with the James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School and a few collaborative projects with the Archeological Society of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Now I have settled into life in the Midwest and I am pursuing my MA in Anthropology, concentrating on historical archaeology, at Ball State University. I am a departmental graduate assistant, currently involved in faculty research and projects in both archaeology and cultural anthropology.

I began my time as an undergraduate with no idea what field of study I would pursue. After a few short weeks in Dr. Jordan’s Anthropology 101 course, however, I knew that there were no other options for me. People, culture, and history had always fascinated me—Longwood Anthropology gave me the opportunity to further explore each of these ideas, and to realize that my interests could become a career. I cannot thank Dr. Bates, Dr. Jordan, and Dr. Dalton enough for teaching me to think outside the box and explore my passion for archaeology.

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Jamie Leeuwrik – Anthropology and Criminal Justice ’14

leeuwrik jamie

Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant – Ball State University,  Muncie, Indiana

Upon graduating from Longwood University with my B.S. in Anthropology and Criminal Justice, I decided to follow in the footsteps of many Lancers before me and pursue a M.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Historical Archaeology at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  I am currently a Graduate Assistant with the Applied Anthropology Laboratories working on a Historic Preservation Fund grant in Newton County, Indiana.  The purpose of this grant is to conduct Phase I pedestrian survey over 800-900 acres of agricultural land in a county deficient in archaeological data and produce a two volume technical report for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA).

Through my time at Longwood I learned many useful skills that I was able to bring with me to Ball State.  During an independent study course with Dr. Jordan, I was able to learn the necessary skills to work independently on a large research project and produce both a written report and a full class lecture, which has been instrumental in my current thesis work.  Dr. Bates, through several field projects, three field school seasons, and lab courses, instilled the confidence I have needed to lead field crews of my own and to positively be able to identify and date both prehistoric and historic artifacts collected.  Thank you to Drs. Jordan, Dalton, and Bates for guiding me through my formative anthropology years and for giving me the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in my chosen path.  And also thank you to Mrs. Perutelli for all of your help and guidance ensuring that I graduated within four years.

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Brendan Burke – Anthropology ’03

Burke Brendan

Maritime Archaeologist, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

I graduated from Longwood University in 2003 with a BA, majoring in Anthropology as well as History. My experience studying under, and working with, Drs. Jordan, Bates, and Dalton convinced me that earning an undergraduate degree in anthropology is one of the most valuable collegiate experiences one can undertake. The rewards from my time at Longwood are something that I enjoy daily in my career as a maritime archaeologist.

Almost immediately after graduation I began working at Werowocomoco, the 17th century village of Powhatan we know best for the 1607 story of Pocahontas and John Smith. This work led to my graduate studies at The College of William & Mary, continuing with anthropology with a concentration in historic archaeology. During my time in Williamsburg I worked for Colonial Williamsburg, as part of the Great Dismal Swamp Landscape Study, and a maritime survey of Achill Island off the west coast of Ireland. In 2006, with a MA in hand, I worked in Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada for contract archaeology firms, something I enjoyed immensely for the exposure to natural beauty, interesting archaeology, and a vigorous physical regimen.

In 2007 I moved to St. Augustine, Florida where I currently work as a maritime archaeologist for the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP). LAMP is the research division of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum and our mission is to discover, preserve, and present the story of the nation’s oldest port to the public. As part of the LAMP team I am responsible for helping direct our annual field school, one of the only field schools in the world that offer students a chance to excavate a historic shipwreck, take part in its conservation, and learn something about life at sea. A central part of my job is as captain of our research vessel, work that has taken me all over the Atlantic Coast both inshore and offshore. As such I have had the pleasure to work with many students who are now fellow colleagues in the maritime field.

My research has led me to explore the ocean throughout Florida, across the US, and abroad. As an archaeologist I have discovered ‘wanted’ signs for Wild Bill Hickok in Wyoming, cannons from a Revolutionary War shipwreck off the Florida coast, surveyed George Washington’s Potomac in Maryland, and enjoyed the magic of sunrises at sea. I work with some very bright, engaging people, use cutting-edge technologies, publish research in scientific and public formats, and present our findings to many and varied audiences around the country. The beginning of this voyage was, for me, at Longwood University. That beginning was filled with great professors, good books, and inspiring discussion. To each professor I say ‘Thank you.’

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Sarah (Martin) Addleman-Anthropology ’09

Adleman, Sarah

Restoration Specialist

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Charlottesville, VA

I graduated in May of ’09 with a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology.  The following June I received acceptance into the graduate program of Collections Care at Cardiff University in Wales. After 3 months I realized I didn’t have a passion for collections care. Light levels and integrated pest management systems just weren’t my thing. I returned to the states and started taking Art and Architectural history classes at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.  In May of 2011 I started a Historic Preservation internship with the National Parks Service at Kinglsey Plantation in Jacksonville Florida.The internship ended the following  winter when I was offered temporary employment as a Maintenance/ Preservation technician.  I left the park Service after 2 years when I was offered the Preservation Specialist position at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Alexandria Virginia.  At Mount Vernon I was able to be apart of some amazing preservation work including the restoration of George Washington “New Room” and the annual Historic Preservation field school.  After 2 years my husband was stationed at Fort lee Army base and I was offered a position at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello as a Restoration Specialist.  At Monticello my day-to-day work varies greatly.  I do a lot painting, plastering and carpentry along with research and documentation.  We also just recently finished the restoration of the 2nd and 3rd floors which are now fully interpreted to the Jefferson period.

My time as an Anthropology student at Longwood definitely helped to prepare me for my career in Historic Preservation.  I work closely with many archaeologists on building locations and functionality.  Excavation documentation also gave me a great foundation for building documentation.  I’m extremely glad that I chose Longwood for my undergraduate studies and will always remember the fun times I had with my classmates, Dr. Bates and Dr. Jordan.

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Karen Akom, Ed. D. – Anthropology ’98

Akom Karen

Special Education Liaison

Chesterfield County Public Schools

In the Spring of ’95, I sat in Dr. Jordan’s Intro to Anthropology class, and after hearing not only the content but the excitement he shared, I quickly changed my major to join the ranks of students taking courses and expeditions with Dr. Jordan, Dr. Dalton, and Dr. Bates.   Learning the broad strokes of cultures and discovering the past through archaeology led me to pursue a Master’s degree at ODU focused on Early Modern European History.   During that time, I realized how much I enjoyed teaching others about the past.  I strived to emulate the teaching style of Dr. Jordan as I worked with undergrads taking required courses in which they weren’t really interested.

There came a time, however, when I needed to stop being a full-time student, and much to my parent’s delight I became their definition of successful, i.e. employed with a full-time job and health insurance.  I left the collegiate arena to teach students who were incarcerated on a boat.  It was truly a unique experience that led me to become a special education teacher.  Over the years, I have taught middle and high school in Virginia, Georgia, and Arizona.

Upon returning to Virginia, I felt the call of academia once again and was able to earn an Ed.D. from the University of Virginia.  As a Special Education Liaison for Chesterfield County Public Schools, I focused my doctoral research on leadership practices that support the inclusion of students with disabilities.  It is nice to finally have a degree directly related to my career field, but I would not have become the educator I am had my path not been so circuitous.

Studying Anthropology under Dr. Jordan, Dr. Dalton, and Dr. Bates widened my worldview, encouraged an eye for detail, and instilled in me a sense of patience and belief that great things will be revealed (often after hours of sifting through the soil).  Plus, as the mother of three boys, it’s a bonus that, more often than not, I’m the one encouraging them to play in the dirt.  You just never know what you may find.

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Ryan Buchanan – ’00 Anthropology

Buchanan Ryan

Virginia State Trooper

I graduated from Longwood in 2008 with a B.S. degree in Anthropology and a minor in History.  After moving back to Richmond, I worked several odd jobs, one being at the Virginia Museum of Fine arts as a museum associate.  I told people not to touch the paintings.  In February 2012, I entered the training academy for the Virginia State Police.  I Graduated in October of that same year with the rank of Trooper.  From graduating, I now patrol in Caroline County.  The job has me doing various task such as: investigating crashes (vehicular and aircraft), investigate criminal offenses and make arrests when needed, perform searches for people and property, and provide support to various agencies.

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Mark Tomcany- Anthropology & Biology ’01

Tomcany Mark

Earth and Environmental Science Teacher – Mathews County, Virginia

After graduating from Longwood College with a B.S. in Anthropology and Biology in 2001, I attended Old Dominion University, completing a M.Ed. in 2003.  Although I never pursued an official career in anthropology there is no doubt that my time spent with the anthropology department set the course to my career in education.  I entered the Anthropology Department in search of projectile points and vomit spatulas. I left with so much more. To this day I am grateful to the department faculty of Doctors Jordan, Bates, and Dalton for their contributions to my professional career.  It was through their example and under their guidance that I developed the academic knowledge, along with the leadership skills and patience of character, necessary to teach.  After all, it was during one of my first lectures in Ruffner Hall with Dr. Jordan that I recognized my own calling to teach.   Mine might not have been the traditional path to a career in education, it was Longwood Anthropology that guided me to this point.   And I can think of no greater measure of success.

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Craig Rose – Anthropology ’00

Rose Craig

Principal Investigator & Senior Archaeologist, Longwood Institute of Archaeology

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Longwood College in 2000 and began my career as a “paid” archaeologist on Phase I, II, and III archeological investigations in the southeastern United States. Wild pigs, rattlesnakes, water moccasins, alligators, and black bears (and an empty checking account) convinced me that it would be a good idea to continue my education if I had any desire to continue in the field, and from 2001 to 2002 I pursued a M.A. in Field and Analytical Techniques in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, under Dr. Peter Drewett. Upon completion of coursework in September 2002, I began work as a field supervisor on a four-year CRM project in southern Delaware and eventually became a Principal Investigator with the firm. With the passing of the owner in 2005 and the following recession, I moved back to Virginia and worked as a freelance CRM archaeologist for firms in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware before landing my current position with Thunderbird Archeology in March of 2011.

During my career as an archaeologist, I have worked for R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates, Browning and Associates, Heite Consulting, Cultural Site Research and Management, Advantage Environmental Consultants, and am currently employed with Thunderbird Archeology. I am experienced in all phases of archaeological investigation; analysis of prehistoric and historical artifact assemblages; the preparation of cost proposals, technical reports, and public summaries; and coordination of on-site meetings with clients, State and Local representatives, and the interested public.  In my experience, the education I received at Longwood far surpassed that of my colleagues, and the solid foundation in anthropological and archaeological studies it provided has allowed me to quickly advance within all firms for which I have worked.

My interest in archaeology began when I found my first “arrowhead” while building forts in the woods behind my parents house, but it wasn’t until I became an Anthropology major at Longwood College that I developed a lasting appreciation for culture, as manifested in ethnographic accounts, historic documents, and the archaeological record. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Jordan, Dr. Dalton, Dr. Bates, and Dr. Drewett for providing me with the education and experience to turn something I love into something that I get to do everyday. I still get just as excited when I uncover an artifact and love piecing together the stories of those who walked before us through archaeological excavations and documentary research.  To me, “archaeology is still the most fun you can have with your pants on…And that’s the God’s truth”.

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Christina Pope Tomcany – Anthropology & History ’02

Tomcany Christina

Title I Reading Teacher – Matthews, Virginia

I graduated from Longwood College in 2002 with a BA in History and a Minor in Anthropology- by far it’s the anthropology part of my Longwood education that I am most proud of. After graduating I attended Old Dominion University and became licensed to teach PreK-6th grade in Virginia. I worked for the Chesapeake Public School System, Middlesex Public Schools, and eventually moved back to my hometown to work in Mathews County, Virginia and at this time teach Title 1 Reading.

Although I took the long road to becoming a teacher by way of anthropology, my time spent with the Anthropology Faculty at Longwood, including Dr. Brian Bates, Dr. Doug Dalton and Dr. James Jordan, as well as the rest of the anthropology students helped shape me into the person I am today. Someone who can draw conclusions based on evidence in front of me, be resourceful with limited time, and study data to make inferences. It also introduced me to a fellow anthropology student, Mark Tomcany, who became my husband.

Anthropology students, and the professors that teach them, are by far the most well rounded, interesting, and fun people you’ll ever be around in your life. Being a part of the program at Longwood was one of the best decisions I ever made.


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Jessica Rohr – Anthropology & French ’14

Rohr Jessica

Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Purdue University 

After graduating from Longwood University with a B.A. in Anthropology and French I decided, on a whim, to move to the Midwest, to Indiana, where I was accepted into the linguistics program at Purdue University. In the meantime, I have switched my focus to German applied linguistics, with the hopes of being able to teach a foreign language someday. I was also offered a teaching assistantship in the German Department, where I am now lucky enough to be teaching my very own German 101 class.

Dr. Jordan once told me, “Budding anthropologists are required to understand much more than merely anthropological things. They need to appreciate the past of human beings, the cultural differences in peoples today, and the future challenges which we all face in our futures.” This is exactly what the Longwood anthropology department teaches, which is also what makes the program so special. Without the help of Dr. Jordan, Dr. Dalton, Dr. Bates, and Ms. Perutelli, I would not have made it this far. Thank you for believing in me and for investing so much time in your students, and genuinely caring about their futures. During my time in the Longwood Anthropology department, I was not only able to further my education and to learn to view the world from different perspectives, but I also found that anthropology will always be something that I’m passionate about, and of course, I found my people.

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Katie Sutton Gardner – Anthropology & History ’03

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Alumni & Family Relations, Roanoke College

As a double major in History and Anthropology I wanted to explore career options in both archaeology and museum work. After graduating, I was offered a job as an archaeologist with Cultural Management Institute with Virginia Tech and spent three years digging Phase I and II projects at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, VA. In 2007 I moved to Lexington, VA, and began working as a Collections Manager for Washington and Lee’s many different art collections, including Chinese Export Porcelain, Armorial Chinese Export Porcelain, and the historical Washington-Custis-Lee collection. After another move, this time to Roanoke, VA, I found myself working in the Development Office as the Membership Manager of a modern art museum.

Currently, I am working at Roanoke College in the Alumni & Family Relations Office. After many jobs and many moves it seems that I am destined to work at colleges and universities. I enjoy working with students and helping them develop into young professionals. I would not be where I am today without the opportunities and support I received from the faculty at Longwood, especially Dr. Bates, Dr. Coles, and Dr. Smith. I am no longer digging in the field or working with collections but through the Anthropology Department I was given an opportunity to explore options I never thought possible. Through the Anthropology Department I traveled to conferences, traveled to the Caribbean and Clover, VA. I credit my time at Longwood and the relationships I made along the way with the successes I have today. Thank you to Dr. Bates, Dr. Dalton, and Dr. Jordan for their support and friendship.

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Beth (Gorey) Young – Anthropology ’98

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Freelance Writer

Upon graduation in the spring of 1998, I moved to Seattle, WA. While there I volunteered at the Museum of History and Industry in their exhibits department and then got a part time job with their events department. Not enjoying being so far from home, my husband transferred with his company to Charlotte. While here I worked at the front desk of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design and then moved up in the world by getting a couple of receptionist jobs. After a year, the husband was anxious to further his career, which meant a move back to the great PNW (Seattle again). This time I was ready.

Almost immediately I got a job at Nintendo of America Inc. (yep, THAT Nintendo) and happily worked within their legal department for 7 years. While there I learned an enormous amount about Japanese culture, as well as other Asian groups, including people from India. I also gained a lot of knowledge about the history of the Pacific Northwest. Coming from Virginia, a place with historical markers on every stretch of road, to a land that was in its infancy still in comparison was pretty amazing. We spent almost 10 years there, and it will forever be one of my favorite places (and cities on earth).

After 7 years and 2 kids, I quit my job at Nintendo to stay home full time. After 3 kids we decided it was time to move back East to be closer to family, so we transferred with my husbands job once again. We (I) had another baby (that’s 4 total if you’re keeping count, 3 boys and a girl), and I began writing for a local magazine, for which I still currently write. My days are spent caring for four very active children, writing, and drinking coffee. It’s pretty glamorous.

It wasn’t long after our move back to the southeast that I got my first invite for Alumni Weekend at the field school in Clover. Having done my field school in the BVI and living so far away for so long, I had no idea about this gathering. I immediately signed up to go. Upon arrival, I saw old friends and quickly made new ones. I sat back and thought, “these are my people. I am home.” Its fun to watch the current students go through the same field school we did (well, almost, they have bunk houses and a shower room now…and smart phones), and to float down the river reminiscing about our own time there. This year, I was honored to be chosen to be a part of the new Dr. James Jordan Longwood Archaeology Field School Alumni Advisory Board. As a charter member, I am going to do my best to help mold the next generation of Anthropologists and Archaeologists.

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Ashley Webb – Anthropology & History ’07

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Museums Registrar & Collections Specialist

I graduated from Longwood in 2007 with a BA in Anthropology and History. From Longwood, I went straight to graduate school at Bournemouth University, in England, where I received my MA in Museum Studies in 2008.   Once back in the States, I had thought I wanted to pursue archaeology laboratory work or work in an anthropology or natural history museum, but fate intervened, and I received a Collections Manager position at Longwood’s Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA). While I don’t have a studio art or art history background, I easily adapted what I had learned in graduate school with historical collections toward art. I found I enjoyed looking at the chemical makeup of objects in relation to their deterioration over time more than just working with one type of collection. I toyed with the idea of pursuing a conservation degree, and even secured a pre-program internship with Colonial Williamsburg, but did not want to have to get another Bachelor’s degree, this time doubling in chemistry and art, before spending another 8 years in conservation school.  After 4 years at the LCVA, my husband and I relocated to Roanoke, Virginia. I transitioned into a freelance role as a Museums Registrar and Collections Specialist, and currently have ongoing contracts with Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center, the History Museum of Western Virginia, the LCVA, and several private collectors. In addition to freelance museums work, I am a high school and club volleyball coach, as well as a historian. I currently write for Blue Ridge Vintage, a blog highlighting the history of objects in everyday life, and am a guest author on the Emerging Civil War Blog.

Drs. Jordan, Bates, and Dalton enhanced my love for travel, objects, and material culture through the classes they taught, making far off lands and times come to life. Their love for other cultures, both current and antiquated, opened my eyes to the world outside my own bubble, which in turn has made me the person I am today. I am and will forever be grateful for their guidance throughout college, graduate school, and all the moments after.

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

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7th and 8th Grade English Teacher

Riverdale 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 Riverdale School District in 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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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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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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Daniel Schrier – ’09 Anthroplogy

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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

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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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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

Executive Director & Senior P.I. – Institute of Archaeology

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.  From 2006-2015 I was Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Studies.  In October 2015 I founded the Longwood Institute of Archaeology and serve as its Executive Director and Senior Principal Investigator.  The mission of the Institute is to empower undergraduates through life-changing experiences in archaeological field research

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