The Pamplin Society of Fellows has chosen this year’s seven outstanding inductees to join the ranks of 21 students, more than 70 alumni, and four endowed professors. Membership is extended to seven students each year as they begin their second year at the College.
Laura Bogar, a biology major from Seattle, Washington, is committed to sharing her passion for the outdoors while providing leadership as an environmental activist. She is a co-leader of SEED (Students Engaged in Eco-Defense) and a campus coordinator for the Cascade Climate Network, a student organization devoted to addressing climate change. Laura spent last summer working in Professor Greta Binford’s spider lab, which deepened her interest in biodiversity—a subject at the intersection of environmental activism and biological inquiry.
Katherine Erlich, from San Francisco, California, is the consummate learner. In and out of the classroom, Erlich strives to extract the lessons available from her experiences. During the 2008 election season, she canvassed campus to elevate the issue of climate change. Last summer, she embraced the opportunity to gain lab experience: despite being a steadfast vegetarian, Erlich worked to develop a natural, food-based indicator of “doneness” to be used in Johnsonville bratwurst. Aside from her love of school, she enjoys writing, running, drawing, painting, and expanding her vocabulary.
Warren Kluber, from Eugene, Oregon, is a double major in English and sociology/anthropology. Committed to helping other students, Kluber is a peer consultant for the Writing Center and leads a French conversation group. Passionate about theater as a vehicle for exploring issues, Kluber believes, “in the power of theater to educate as it entertains, inciting important dialogues that can bring about positive changes.”
Diane Murray is a foreign languages major, studying Japanese and French, with an expected computer science minor. Murray grew up in Delaware, supported by a community of Quakers and music professors. With her deep interest in cross-cultural communication, she hopes to become a translator or interpreter. In addition to her academic work, Murray is active in the Aikido club.
Nicole Myoraku is a double major in history and art from Menlo Park, California. Myoraku is interested in using her majors to specialize in some aspect of Native American culture. In her free time, she likes to offer community service, learn about different cultures, write, and spend time with friends. As a first-year student, Myoraku mentored a visiting student from Tokyo’s Waseda University.
Analise Rodenberg is a physics major from southern Minnesota who loves exploring subjects outside of her major. Rodenberg developed an interest in Chinese language and culture in grade school and continues to pursue those subjects in her studies, hoping one day to merge her academic interests. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys cooking, baking, and playing with her dogs.
Zach Holz is an environmental studies major from New Windsor, Maryland. An avid outdoorsman, Holz is dedicated to endeavors that find him blending his intellectual curiosity with his love of the outdoors. He is currently on the overseas program in East Africa where he is able to apply skills that he learned as a trip leader with the College Outdoors program. Upon his return in the spring, Holz will be a Resident Advisor in Copeland Hall.