Monday, January 26, 2009

Introduction {Alyson}

Hello. I am Alyson. I did my undergraduate career here as well. I studied Music History and Spanish Literature. I studied abroad in Sevilla, played French horn in a woodwind quintet called “A Plethora of Distractions,” and played French horn in a Punk/Ska band called “Sunshine Policy.”

After undergrad, I took two years off before coming back to grad school. I lived and worked in Argentina for a year. I was in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. I was a volunteer at a nursing home where I did actually play bingo at least once a week. In the afternoons I worked with a feminist Lutheran pastor on issues of Gender Justice and Women’s rights.

The second year, I was an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Inver Hills Community College just south of Saint Paul. I worked their Service Learning Program. It was great place to work and I really enjoyed collaborating with both students and instructors on integrating service into their courses.

This is my first year as a SLIS student, though I took the other 640 with Louise Robbins last spring. I am in second year of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies program after starting Fall 2007. I will be working on my thesis this semester as well as finishing up with my last two classes for them. My thesis is on the response of different groups to femicides in Ciudad Juarez.


  1. "Sunshine Policy" is a good name for a ska band. Like "Joy Division." Look at all the good work out of you. I don't know how I could spice up "worked at sub shop."

  2. I am the Campus Outreach Intern for the spring semester, which basically means that I facilitate programing with different organizations and service learning classes to help undergraduate students learn about the different opportunities that the Morgridge Center offers.

    On a side note (creepy that we have another strange connection), I lived in a city close to Inver Hills and know a few people from my high school that went there for PSEO classes during their senior year. I guess it's a small world.