The streets of Salt Lake City were full to their 132-foot-wide brim with slugs over the January 4-7 weekend at the annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. Featured were a slew of presentations and posters by current graduate students: Jenny Bellik, Steven Foley, Nick Kalivoda, Tom Roberts, and Erik Zyman. The greater UCSC diaspora was also well-represented with the many alumni presenting work, including Aaron Kaplan (Utah), Anya Lunden (William & Mary), Ruth Kramer (Georgetown), Nick LaCara (Toronto), Mark Norris (Oklahoma), Jason Riggle (Chicago), and Nathan Sanders (Toronto)–to say nothing of the scores of alums in attendance. Attendees reported a collegial, stimulating atmosphere and expressed both joy at reuniting with old friends and pleasant surprise at the robustness of the SLC craft brewing scene.
Congrats to Alum Chloe Willis (B.A. 2014) who just started a Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Santa Barbara this fall. She is primarily interested in sociolinguistics, especially how sexuality and gender interact with language, as well as issues regarding language and power. After her formative experiences at UCSC, she spent two years in Japan where she volunteered for TELL, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and counseling services to the international community, and teaching English as a second language. She is excited for this new chapter in her life!
Alum Lindsay Ress reports on success and opportunities in Speech Language Pathology:
I graduated in 2013 with my BA in Linguistics at UCSC and then took a year off to figure out what I wanted to do next. During undergrad, I interned with a speech language pathologist (SLP) in Santa Cruz. I fell in love with this career. It was a perfect mix of working with people and using knowledge of speech and language. I applied to a few grad programs for speech and language pathology and went to San Jose State University for the 3-year extended masters. It’s typically a 2-year program, but because I have a BA in a different field, I was in the 3-year program. I graduated in May of this year and am currently working at a pediatric therapy center, then starting in a school district this fall, both as an official SLP. For anyone interested in working with people on difficulties with speech and language, I’d suggest looking more into this field and possibly doing some volunteering. It’s always fun, interesting, and currently very in demand – there is no shortage of jobs (and pays well too)!
Congratulations to Ph.D. alum Peter Alrenga, who is joining the faculty at UMass Amherst as a Visiting Professor this year! Read more about his research and appointment here.