Austin College students receive Vocational Exploration Internships
By Vickie S. Kirby, Senior Director of Editorial Communication -- Austin College
Aug 6, 2005
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SHERMAN, TEXAS  — More than 55 Austin College students are spending the summer completing internships spanning the full range of academic disciplines and in sites throughout Texas, the United States, and around the world. Austin College’s Lilly Endowment for the Theological Exploration of Vocation program funds the projects. The Lilly program provides vocational exploration through experiential learning opportunities integrating faith and action. 

Those student interns are listed by hometown, along with the area high school they previously attended, their parents, internship sites, locations, and areas of exploration.

Allen, Texas

Valerie Allen, Allen High School, daughter of Sheila and Thomas Allen, A.R.T.S. for People in Dallas, Texas, exploring art therapy.


Amarillo, Texas

Meggin Rutherford, Tascosa High School, daughter of Debora and Burton Rutherford, Potter County District Attorney in Amarillo, Texas, exploring the legal profession.


Austin, Texas

Jackie Armstrong, McNeil High School, daughter of Lisa and Ken Whitmarsh, Camp of the Hills in Marble Falls Texas, exploring work with children;

Eric Hungerford, Albert S. Johnston High School, son of Michelle and Donald Hungerford, St David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, exploring religious studies.


Belton, Texas

Kathryn Cantrell, Belton High School, daughter of Mary Ellen and Curtis Cantrell, Camp For All in Burton, Texas, exploring work with children.


Carrollton, Texas

Stacy George, Hebron High School, daughter of Molly and Matthew George, Asian Christian Academy in Bangalore, India, exploring service opportunities;

Harold Kamara, Jesuit College Preparatory School, son of Fatima Kamara, Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, exploring dentistry.


Colleyville, Texas

Jason Cohen, Colleyville Heritage High School, son of Miriam and Andy Cohen, Tarrant County Medical Examiner in Fort Worth, Texas, exploring a career in the life sciences.


Conroe, Texas

Erin Myers, Conroe High School, daughter of Darcie and Mark Myers, Sherman Herald-Democrat in Sherman, Texas, exploring publishing and editing.


Coppell, Texas

Katy Rehm, Coppell Senior High School, daughter of Marsha Tunnell and Bobby Rehm, The Fairmont Gallery, Sheehan & Travis in Dallas, Texas, exploring creative and business aspects of interior design.


Dallas, Texas

Mariam Chaudhry, Hockaday School, daughter of Cynthia and Fiaz Chaudhry, World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas in Dallas, Texas, exploring the inner workings of a non-profit organization;

Nicole Hagenbuch, Trinity Christian Academy, daughter of Jean and Brent Hagenbuch, University of Bradford, Archaeological Dept in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, exploring archeology;

Rebecca Harpham, Richardson High School, daughter of Wendy and Edward Harpham, Publicis Dialog in Dallas, Texas, exploring public relations and public policy;

Alyce Martindale, Tyler Street Christian Academy, daughter of Jeanie and Rex Laube, Salvation Army Carr P. Collins Social Service Center in Dallas, Texas, exploring social work;

Kelli Sleeth, Lake Highlands High School, daughter of Kathleen Kelsey and Tom Sleeth, Medical City Hospital — Dr. Omar Morad in Dallas, Texas, exploring the medical field.


Denison, Texas

Jeremy Kinser, McKinney High School, son of Connie and Jerry Kinser, Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, exploring research psychology;

Naveen Sharwani, Creekview High School, daughter of Zahida and Shakil Ahmed, The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, exploring therapy-related fields.


Dickinson, Texas

Kristen DeCaires, Dickinson High School, daughter of Paulette DeCaires of Dickinson and Robert DeCaires of Galveston, Texas, Catholic Charities, various international sites, exploring international and cultural issues.


Emory, Texas

Sharon Diller, Rains High School, daughter of , UICI Life & Health Insurance Co. in N. Richland Hills, Texas, exploring the insurance industry.


Euless, Texas

Juliana Martinez, Colleyville Heritage High School, daughter of Norma and Jorge Martinez, Alliance for Children in Hurst, Texas, exploring the role of the district attorney.


Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas

Nathan Drake, Boerne High School, son of Rhonda and Richard Drake, Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, exploring physics;


Farmers Branch, Texas

Agueda Paredes, Newman Smith High School, daughter of Adela and Fausto Paredes, Catholic Charities of Dallas in Dallas, Texas, exploring asylum assistance and human rights issues;

Adam Shor, R.L. Turner High School, son of Susan and Frank Shor, University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, exploring research in physics.


Findlay, Ohio

Trudie McEvoy, Findlay High School, daughter of Gene and Bob McEvoy, Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center in Findlay, Ohio, exploring the field of psychology.


Fort Worth, Texas

Allison Shipley, Southwest High School, daughter of Beverly and Van Shipley, Project Transformation in Dallas, Texas, exploring non-profit organizations;

Pamela Sieja, Fossil Ridge High School, daughter of Linda Shaw and Stephen Sieja, Children's Advocacy Center in Sherman, Texas, exploring work with children and non-profit organizations.


Galveston, Texas

Kristen DeCaires, Dickinson High School, daughter of Robert DeCaires of Galveston and Paulette DeCaires of Dickinson, Texas, Catholic Charities, various international sites, exploring international and cultural issues.


Henderson, Texas

Monica Mitcham, Humble High School, daughter of Lynn Mitcham of Henderson and Lisa Mitcham of Humble, Texas, UNT Health Science Center, Pharmacology in Fort Worth, Texas, exploring medical research.


Hewitt, Texas

Michelle Long, Midway High School, daughter of Keith and Audrey Long, Mission Waco in Waco, Texas, exploring mission work.


Houston, Texas

Lisa Hoffman, Saint Agnes Academy, daughter of Tina and Paul Hoffman, Quentin Mease Community Hospital in Houston, Texas, exploring physical therapy.


Humble, Texas

Monica Mitcham, Humble High School, daughter of Lisa Mitcham of Humble and Lynn Mitcham of Henderson, Texas, UNT Health Science Center, Pharmacology in Fort Worth, Texas, exploring medical research.


Irving, Texas

John Davenport, MacArthur High School, son of David Davenport, FC Dallas in Dallas, Texas, exploring sports administration.


Jacksonville, Texas

Andrew Phifer, Jacksonville High School, son of Gerry and Dwight Phifer, Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Maine, exploring professional theatre.


Lindale, Texas

Benjamin Earls, Lindale High School, son of Alisa and Charles Evans, Global Crossroad in Johannesburg, South Africa, exploring social and cultural issues.


Mansfield, Texas

Kristin Austin, Mansfield High School, daughter of Suzanne and John Austin, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, exploring parish ministry.


McAllen, Texas

Jeremy Saenz, Memorial High School, son of Rosalie and Kevin Savage, Behavioral Center in Sherman, Texas, exploring the field of psychology.


Monterrey MEXICO

Clelia Moreno Lopez, Presbyterian Pan American School, daughter of Clelia Lopez and Isai Moreno, Presbyterian Missionary School in Yucatan, Mexico, exploring music ministry.


North Richland Hills, Texas

Cheryl Uttley, Richland Senior High School, daughter of Mary Ellen Faust, Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., exploring professional theatre.


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Kathryn Turner, Putnam City West High School, daughter of Lisa and Eric Turner, The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, exploring environmental research.


Plano, Texas

Jason Burton, Plano East Senior High School, son of Sherry and Curvie Burton, Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Texas, exploring sports marketing;

Krysten Carrera, Plano Senior High School, daughter of Denise and Vincent Carrera, Center For Psychological Development in Sherman, Texas, exploring the field of psychology;

Ashley Koruthu, Plano Senior High School, daughter of Belsy and Jose Koruthu, Fellowship Hospital in Kerala, India, exploring medical missions;

Kathleen McLaughlin, Plano East Senior High School, daughter of Marcia and Lin McLaughlin, Wycliffe Bible Translators in Oaxaca, Mexico, exploring mission work;

Kathleen Nobbe, Plano Senior High School, daughter of Joellyn and Larry Nobbe, Alter Ego Vintage in Denton, Texas, exploring independent business management.


Portland, Oregon

Elliott Parr, Cleveland High School, son of Ann and Michael Parr, Morgan Stanley in Portland, Oregon, exploring the finance industry.


Renton, Washington

Monica Pelegri, Liberty High School, daughter of Marlene Pelegri, D Magazine in Dallas, Texas, exploring editorial work.


Richardson, Texas

Carolina Azevedo, Covenant High School, daughter of Adriana and Silviano Azevedo, Estado de Minas Gerais, Brazil in Brazil, exploring English language instruction.


San Antonio, Texas

Megan McHugh, Churchill High School, daughter of Diane and Thomas McHugh, Project Vote Smart in Phillipsburg, Montana, exploring non-partisan organizations;

Will Radke, Alamo Heights High School, son of Janine and Alan Radke, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA ltd. in Central Guangzhou, China, exploring international business;

Beth Shaw-Meadow, Ronald Reagan High School, daughter of Susan and Robert Shaw-Meadow, Acres North Animal Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, exploring veterinary medicine.


Southlake, Texas

Rachel Rafferty, Carroll High School, daughter of Tom and Donna Rafferty, Faith Hospice in Addison, Texas, exploring hospice work.


The Colony, Texas

Jennifer Hardy, The Colony High School, daughter of Floyd and Wallis Hannah, CATO Institute in Washington, D.C., exploring policy research.


Van Alstyne, Texas

Jacob Loftice, Van Alstyne High School, son of Carol and Mike Loftice, Luke Motley, Attorney in Sherman, Texas, exploring law as a profession.


Weatherford, Texas

Elizabeth Helbing, daughter of Betty Helbing, Weatherford High School, Modern Art Museum of Ft Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, exploring working with children and art.


Whitney, Texas

James Hill, Whitney High School, son of Jane and David Hill, Bamberger Ranch in Johnson City, Texas, exploring environmental research;


Austin College, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), is an independent, liberal arts college located 60 miles north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Chartered in November 1849, it is the oldest college in Texas under original charter and name as recognized by the State Historical Survey Committee.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Austin College among the top 100 colleges in the category of “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2005. Austin College also ranked among the “Best 357 Colleges” in the 2005 Princeton Review, was included in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives, and was profiled in the 2005 edition of Kaplan’s Insiders Guide to the 331 Most Interesting Colleges.