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Staff Speak: What I Did on My Summer Vacation


Summer adventures aren’t just for students! Writer Jon Gomez ’21 and photographer Gaby Aponte ’21 asked faculty and staff what they did over summer break and got a wide variety of answers.

“This summer I took two short trips with my family to Pittsburgh and Minneapolis. I worked on research and prepared some classes, but mainly spent time with my kids and wife.”
– Professor Brad Graham, economics

“I had a raccoon that got into my attic over the summer. It was very hard to get it out and it wasn’t very much fun.”
– Professor Jeff Jonkman, mathematics and statistics


“I spent my summer in Los Angeles with my writing partner and spouse, Alissa Nutting, who is also in the English department. We were writing a show called “Made for Love” for HBO. We did a ten-week writer’s room, wrote ten episodes, and it will be out in April 2020. Then I spent the rest of the time at Lake Superior with my kids.”
– Professor Dean Bakopoulos, English 


“I enjoyed the summer riding my new Cam-Am Ryker motorcycle about 2500 miles.”
– Sally Kriegel, laboratory support, biology


“This summer I traveled to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.”
– Katie Lanius, Reading Lab director


“This summer I was fortunate enough to get a grant from the American Philosophical Society, so I want to give a shout-out to the Grants office here on campus for helping me apply to that. I was able spend a month in London, working in the archives for my book, which is called “Parliament in the European Political Imagination: 1550-1600.” I was looking at proposals for ways of experimenting with the form and structure of representative assemblies of the early modern era.”
– Professor Catherine Chou, history
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