First-year Alumni: Chris dives into international market research

It was a pleasant surprise to have our old friend Chris stop by the Admissions office just before graduation. Chris was a member of our Admissions Committee for two years during his time at Fletcher, and it was great to hear what he’s been up to over the past year (and to learn that we’ve added a great alumnus in the Chicago area). I naturally pounced on the opportunity to solicit an alumni blog post.

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Alumni update: Sofija in UN negotiations

I had the good fortune to hear recently from Sofija Korac (F10), an alumna doing exciting work as a Senior Human Rights Advisor at the United States Mission to the UN in New York City. UN watchers may have noted the recent passage of the UN Security Council Resolution on Persons with Disabilities in Armed Conflict. What particularly interests us here, though, is Sofija’s role as the lead US negotiator for the resolution, and the associated remarks she wrote that were delivered by Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet at the adoption of the measure.

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Five-Year Update: Daniel Orth

It’s time for a five-year update from the class of 2014. It was such a pleasant surprise to bump into Daniel Orth at commencement last month, as he’s a longtime friend of our office. Daniel worked with us as a graduate assistant during his time at Fletcher, and could be relied upon to represent Fletcher in all manner of admissions events throughout the academic year. We’ve gotten the odd update from him since his post-graduation relocation to San Diego, but it’s still hard to believe five years have gone by since his time at Fletcher. I, of course, immediately took advantage of the chance meeting to solicit an alumni blog post from him. He naturally obliged me, since he’s one of the most good-natured people to pass through a community that’s full of nice folks.

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“The Cinderella of the Sensitivity Fields: Why Corruption Mainstreaming Has Been Ignored in Development Programming”

I was happy to hear recently from Professor Cheyenne Scharbatke-Church, who runs a Corruption in Fragile States blog. She highlighted a post by recent Fletcher graduate Hope Schaitken (F18), currently in Timor-Leste with Mercy Corps. I’m glad to have the opportunity to share Hope’s post as an example of the types of work our alumni are doing around the world.

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First-year Alumni: Mariya begins her Foreign Service career

Veteran blog readers might remember Mariya from her time as a Fletcher student – she was a prolific enough blogger to earn her own tag, after all! It’s hard to believe she’s been graduated from Fletcher for over a year now, and it was thrilling to see her at April’s Open House for admitted students as an alumni panelist. It seems only fitting to have her provide our first alumni post from the class of 2018.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders

If ever there were a news item worthy of the “Cool stuff!” tag, it’s the list of “Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders” from the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community recently published by The Diversity in National Security Network and New America. The list is an impressive collection of talent as a whole, but what we’re obviously most interested in here is the fact that it’s positively larded with Fletcher alumni!

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Commencement!

And just like that, members of the Fletcher Class of 2019 are officially alumni! It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were busy convoking the academic year, and here we are already recapping the season’s most anticipated finale outside of Westeros. On the weather side of things, there’s mixed news to report. For Saturday’s Class Day festivities, we lucked into probably the nicest day we’ve had all spring. Sunny, warm, and just generally the kind of day that makes you want to hang around outside. For Commencement itself on Sunday, less so. While the big tent provides good protection from the vicissitudes of the sky, the ground makes itself felt in a downpour, too, and there are likely a few muddy pairs of Maglis and Manolos due for a cleaning this week.

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Dean Stavridis’ portrait is unveiled

The official portrait of former Fletcher Dean James Stavridis was recently unveiled in a ceremony here, which the Dean himself attended. While I wasn’t able to make it to the event, I did get a chance to check out the latest addition to the Ginn Library Reading Room recently, before it gets hung to join other Deans past. It’s a good likeness, as we’d of course expect an official portrait to be. Having had the opportunity to get to know Dean Stavridis relatively well, I immediately noticed a few details and artistic choices that capture his particular bearing and personality.

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