Abbey Carico – Assistant Professor of French at VMI

Dr. Abbey (Barden) Carrico is a 2006 graduate of the MA program in History and Area Studies at Virginia Tech

After VT, she earned a Ph.D. in French Literature at Emory University.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of French at Virginia Military Institute where she teaches French language and culture, writing, conversation and literature courses. At VMI, Dr. Carrico has co-developed an entirely new French curriculum that emphasizes communicative competence in students across all levels.  A nineteenth-century specialist and ecocritic, Dr. Carrico researches literary representations of water in the works of Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant, and George Sand.
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Chris Beemer – Assistant Principal at Woodbridge Senior High School

Since finishing his master’s degree in 2005, Chris Beemer has been an educator. He has taught Roman and Medieval history at a private middle school in Annandale, Virginia, for one year and then taught World History and IB Economics at Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, for eleven years. Recently Chris earned his Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision at the University of Virginia and have been an Assistant Principal at Woodbridge Senior High School for one year.

Carmen Bolt Position at Swem Library – William and Mary

Carmen Bolt has accepted a position as Oral Historian with Swem Library at William and Mary.

As Oral Historian, she will be responsible for leading and collaborating on two major oral history endeavors: one, looking at 100 years of coeducation on William & Mary’s campus, and the second, addressing 50 years of black students in residence at the College. Carmen will conduct oral histories with W&M alum to gain insight into the lived experience(s) of these individuals, and the histories collected will be transcribed, prepared, archived, and made available to the public.

Apart from these major projects, she will be organizing previously-recorded histories and sending them off for transcription.