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Our hard-working, engaged students are the heart and soul of Curry College, and everything we do is focused on their success on campus and beyond.
That commitment to our students starts with our faculty, who bring a wealth of real-world experience and diverse perspectives to the classrooms, studios, and labs on campus.
The result is a well-prepared alumni base of over 15,000 strong, employed in organizations large and small around the globe, developing the next generation of leaders in the classroom, caring for patients in operating rooms and healthcare facilities, spreading news and entertainment in front of the camera and behind the microphone, volunteering and serving their communities, and much more!
Engaged, Career-focused Students
Aviva Hollander ’23: PAL/Sociology
Aviva Hollander ’23 believes that Curry PAL students are uniquely equipped to manage new challenges due to the ongoing pandemic. “We automatically work harder to get through our classes because of our learning disabilities,” she says. “I think PAL students are already adapting to a world that wasn’t made for us. When it comes to balancing new things, like taking hybrid or online classes, we’re better prepared to quickly pick up a new app or tool like Zoom and Canvas because of our strong adaptability.”
Jenna McCarriston ’22: Criminal Justice
When the coronavirus pandemic kept police officers from their day-to-day community outreach, some turned to social media as a platform to read and share books with children in their district. This neighborly outreach has seen wide adoption among police departments across the country, including in Lynn, Mass, where Jenna McCarriston ’22 spearheaded the new “Lynn Badges and Books” literacy program.
Josh Goldstein '21: Business
Josh Goldstein ’21 was among a select cohort of 25 students - including peers from Boston College, Bentley University, Babson College, College of the Holy Cross, Princeton University, Yale University, and the University of Southern California – that worked this summer with global investment banking and wealth management leader, UBS Financial Services.
Ismae Bailey '21: Forensic Science and Biology
Ismae Bailey, a double major in Forensic Science and Biology, has worked diligently to achieve her dream of becoming a forensic pathologist. Between a full schedule of academics, student government, and community service work, Ismae returns home to Las Vegas every summer and winter break to shadow the Coroner at the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Tristan Paredes ’21: 5th Year Master's in Criminal Justice
Intending to become a police officer, as a high school senior, Tristan Paredes selected Curry College for its first-class criminal justice program, small class sizes, and the unique support model provided by the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL). Now, four years later, the senior is gaining a head start on his career in blue by earning both his undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in five years, saving on both tuition and time.
Catherine Fitzgerald ’23: Criminal Justice
Leading online news platform BostInno recently released its annual 25 Under 25 Awards List, which honors some of the brightest young minds of 2020 in Massachusetts. Among the list of exceptional Boston teen and college-age technologists and entrepreneurs from prestigious institutions including Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and Tufts, is Curry College student Catherine Fitzgerald.
Brittany Soares '21: Software Development
The corporate technology team at Citizens Bank know talent when they see it. Roughly halfway through her summer internship with the banking leader, Brittany Soares was offered a full-time offer to join the team officially after she graduates in the spring of 2021.
Mackenzie Rider '21: Sociology and Biology
As a first-year student, Mackenzie Rider started her career at Curry College as a biology major, with the goal of studying dental medicine. But soon, the commuter student from Attleboro discovered a broader journey at the College, filled with the exploration of new interests, opportunities, and experiences. She found a new passion in sociology, and now as a double major has forged forward with as many of her interests as possible.
Zoltan Eross '21: 5th Year MBA
For Zoltan Eross ’20, the decision to continue graduate school at Curry in the 5th Year MBA Program was a “win-win-win” decision. Getting a Master of Business Administration degree meant he would expand his job prospects, advance his collegiate ice hockey career, and gain new training from his favorite faculty mentors.
Taylor Shaughnessy '22: Business Administration
“I knew I wanted to study business and that I work best in a small classroom setting. I wanted a school that could ensure I would have one-on-one time with professors, and I like the ability to ask questions frequently in class or get any additional support,” says Plymouth native Taylor Shaughnessy. “I also wanted to stay close to home and my family so that on any given weekend, I could buzz home. Curry was a perfect fit.”
Seth Corwin '20: Sport and Recreation Management
Seth Corwin has been laser-focused on completing a degree that will prepare him first for law school, then a long career as a sports agent. Seth was recently accepted into his top choice, the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, where he will enter the Sports Law program, propelling him one step closer to achieving his dream.
Karina Murcia '20: PAL
“PAL was a very big reason why I chose Curry,“ says Karina Murcia. “I realized I needed a smaller school with smaller class sizes where I could get more personalized attention. I had services similar to PAL at Temple, but they weren’t as strong or as developed as here at Curry.”
Lillie Acoff '21: Sociology
By the time Lillie Acoff entered Curry College as a First-Year student, she was already making an impact in her community in Boston, working with families affected by domestic violence. Now, a Sociology major, she’s bringing her passion for making a difference to campus as an orientation leader, a resident assistant, and a mentor for students of color.
Ganiat Davies '20: Biology and Psychology
Providence, Rhode Island native and Curry College Junior Ganiat Davies was drawn to Curry because of its friendly faculty and small class sizes. “If you like a small school with a tight-knit community and people always willing to help each other, Curry is the place for you.”
Kylie Silva '20: Education
Kylie Silva recently began her teacher training as part of the 2019-20 cohort of the Teach for America program. Silva was among the select 12 percent of the approximate 57,000 applicants that competed to work with the national education program, which places its recruits in the nation's highest-need elementary and secondary schools to help expand educational equity, access, and opportunity for all students.
Shea Mathews '20: Community Health & Wellness
As a two-year captain on Curry’s varsity volleyball team, Shea Mathews, class of 2020, combined her passion for the sport with an equally strong passion for social work, public health, and making a difference in kids’ lives.
Libby Mercier '20: Communication
After Curry, Libby Mercier, a communication (PR) major and music minor wants to work in the music industry. “Whether it’s in Los Angeles, New Orleans, or Nashville, I can be helping behind the scenes in public relations or marketing or working directly with artists. I really want to put all of my music knowledge to good use.”
Proud, Successful Alumni
Dr. Zachary Gross '11: Community Health & Wellness
Dr. Zachary Gross started his dream role this summer as a geriatric and internal medicine physician at Cape Cod Healthcare and Perfect Health, Inc., a primary care practice that offers visits to seniors in their homes. Still, he says his path to realize his aspiration of becoming a practicing physician today wasn't a straight one; he would describe it as a journey with a zig or zag along the way. Dr. Gross whole-heartedly believes his success in medicine today ties directly to his time at Curry College.
Tiana Delano '20: Psychology
As a first-year student, Tiana Delano '20 was 'terrified' to speak in class or in front of others. Yet recently, the former psychology major made history as the first recent graduate to present on her undergraduate research at the 2020 Annual World Congress on Learning Disabilities Conference.
Brenda Perez '04: MACJ
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice alumna Brenda Perez ’04 recently made history in the Brockton Police Department. She was officially sworn in as the first female police lieutenant by Mayor Robert Sullivan and Police Chief Manny Gomes in the summer of 2020.
Katherine Tenney '20: Nursing
During her clinical rotations in Boston, then-School of Nursing student Katherine Tenney '20 began to notice how few grocery stores were located in urban neighborhoods throughout the city. Areas without direct access to whole grains or fresh produce are known as "food deserts." As part of her work in the Honors Program, Tenney researched and wrote the journal article, "Food Insecurity and Implications for Nursing Practice," which was recently accepted to be published by the professional journal, Imprint!, produced by the National Student Nurses' Association.
Courtney Lee '17: Communication
Courtney Lee is making it happen as the WFIRST Social Media and Outreach Coordinator and Video Producer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. But when she started at Curry, she wasn’t even sure what “it” was. “My senior year of high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I thought, ‘I’m good at talking and I like celebrities! I want to do something in broadcasting.’ ”
Elton Silva '14: Business and Communication
As an advisor of strategic product development at CVS Health, Elton Silva helps the company analyze how they can better the lives of their patients with the greatest needs. "The importance of time management and prioritization are two consistent themes that can be found in my work at CVS Health. Completing a dual degree, working several on campus jobs, and interning at various companies are what helped me perfect time management and prioritization.”
Peter Esposito '88: Communication
One of those responsible for bringing golf to millions of living rooms for the past two decades is Peter Esposito ’88, Director of Live Tournaments for the Golf Channel since 1997. “A month after I graduated from Curry, I got a full-time job at ESPN. I can’t stress enough how important my internships were for my career.”
Accomplished, Accessible Faculty
Ken Carberry '80: COM/Radio
As an undergraduate majoring in communication, Ken Carberry was very involved in the on-air sound and operations at the Curry College student-led radio station, WMLN-FM. Today, after four decades leading in the Boston broadcast radio industry, Carberry has returned to campus as the interim director of the radio program.
Dr. Alan Grigsby: Sociology
As one of the first scholars to lead research examining the social interactions and community life of racially integrated suburban neighborhoods, Dr. Alan Grigsby, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, was recently nominated for the National Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition, in the Social Sciences category.
Dr. Ishani Tewari: Business
Incorporating current events and news has always been a focus in Dr. Ishani Tewari's economics courses. But when COVID-19 brought economic activity to a near standstill, the Assistant Professor of Business knew she had a unique teaching opportunity.
Dr. Mia Khera: Psychology
"Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Many have been comforted and inspired by these famous words from the television icon, Mr. Fred Rogers. But in Curry College’s Psychology department, Dr. Gagan “Mia” Khera (pictured left) doesn’t just look for the helpers. She creates them.
Dr. Jeffrey Carson: Criminal Justice
With intelligence and research roles with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense in his background, Dr. Jeffrey Carson has seen firsthand that more criminal justice professionals are needed to help address complex and sophisticated white-collar crimes such as fraud, cybercrime, and identity theft.
Dr. Laura Vanderberg: PAL
Program for Advancement of Learning Director and Professor Dr. Laura Vanderberg, selected for the Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) award in 2019 for her pioneering innovations in the iPAL Program, marked the 50th anniversary of PAL in 2020 by sharing her passion for supporting students with learning differences, what inspires her work, and how she continues to adopt the legacy of Dr. Gertrude M. Webb.
Dr. Grant Burrier: Politics and History
"I try to bring as much of the world as I can into the classroom, but there is no substitute for actually being there," says Politics & History Professor, Dr. Grant Burrier. Dr. Burrier, whose expertise is Central and South American culture.