Contributor Bios

Madeline High (Class of 2016) is currently working towards B.A. in History with minors in Economics and Political Science. She is the community service coordinator of Xavier’s Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Chapter and is involved in other various community service activities. After graduation she hopes to pursue a degree in law. In her free time she enjoys biking, exploring Cincinnati, and spending time with friends. “The Reality of the American Dream: Finding The Good Life in the 21st Century” was sponsored by Dr. Roger Fortin, Professor of History.

Sarah Nimmo (Class of 2015) earned a B.A. in English with minors in Spanish and Electronic Media. As an undergraduate, she served as president of the Xavier Book Club and worked as an editor for the 2014 edition of XJUR. Sarah also spent two years tutoring at the Xavier Writing Center and presented as part of a panel on working with non-traditional students at the 2014 East Central Writing Centers Association Conference. “The ‘Right’ Way to Read: Book Clubs, Literary Culture, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road” was part of her senior thesis project and was sponsored by Dr. Lisa Ottum, Assistant Professor of English.

Nick Lehan (Class of 2015) completed his B.S. in Biology, with minors in chemistry, gender & diversity studies, and peace studies.  As someone who was heavily involved in Alternative Breaks, Companion Groups, and the Approach retreat during his time at Xavier, he was (and still is) an avid fan of the Center for Faith & Justice.  These passions have led him to pursue a year of post-graduate service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Tucson, AZ starting in August.  Ultimately, he wishes for this opportunity to serve as a stepping stone towards his future career as a family pediatrician.  His research with Kayla Smith was sponsored by Dr. Jennifer Robbins, Professor of Biology.

Kayla Smith (Class of 2015) earned a B.S. in biology, with minors in English, chemistry, and peace studies. She graduated cum laude and was a University Scholar. During her time at Xavier, Kayla worked for the Recreational Sports Department and was heavily involved with intramurals. She will be attending medical school, with plans of eventually working in pediatrics. Her research was sponsored by Dr. Jennifer Robbins, Professor of Biology.

Alexander Foxx (Class of 2015) graduated with a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Economics and a minor in philosophy. He was involved in a number of business organizations, including Beta Alpha Psi and the Beech Acres Project through the Economic Club and Department. He will begin work as an Internal Auditor at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati this summer. “The Relationship Between Small Business Loans and Wages” was sponsored by Dr. Bree Lang, Assistant Professor of Economics.

After beginning his college career as a pilot studying Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, Michael Poussard (Class of 2016) began to consider the more profound questions of human existence. The realm of such questions, however, was not to be found in technical pursuits. After a year of philosophical studies as a seminarian at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH, Mr. Poussard decided to continue these studies at Xavier University. Between philosophical discussions with friends, he continues to indulge his passions for aviation and the arts, singing in the choir at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cincinnati. He hopes to be a lifelong pursuer of truth and wisdom in all of life’s situations. “The Greek Inception, Phusis, and Ultimate Temporality: Humanity as Time Itself” was sponsored by Dr. Tim Quinn, Professor of Philosophy.

Joseph Ruter (Class of 2016) is majoring in both the Honors Bachelor of Arts Program and Economics with minors in Business and Philosophy. Beyond his studies, Joseph serves in a number of leadership roles including Senior Classical League Treasurer. During his free time, he enjoys reading, socializing, and on occasion sleeping. “A Tribute to Reality? Herodotus and the Persian Tribute List (3.89-97)” was sponsored by Dr. Thomas Strunk, Associate Professor of Classics and Modern Languages.

Alex Kah (Class of 2015) graduated from Xavier with a B.A. in Philosophy and minors in Psychology and Business. He is currently enrolled in an MBA program at Belmont University, and eventually he plans to earn an advanced degree in the humanities. In his free time, he sings and plays guitar in several local rock bands. “The Problem of Religious Dogmatism in Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise” was sponsored by Dr. Steven Frankel, Professor of Philosophy.

Melissa Alexander (Class of 2015) graduated with a B.A. in English, with a minor in history.  While at Xavier, Melissa participated in history club as well as the Board of Undergraduate Studies.  This fall she will enter the M.A. program in history at the University of Cincinnati.  Melissa is also an active living historian, hearth cook, and member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.  She will be presenting her paper, “A Very Fine Dish: Culinary Class Distinctions in Jane Austen’s England” at the JASNA Annual General Meeting in Louisville this October. “Women of Feeling: Understanding Austen’s Marginalized Heroines” was sponsored by Dr. Lisa Ottum, Assistant Professor of English.

Cassandra Burns (Class of 2015) earned a B.A. in the Philosophy, Politics, and the Public honors program and history. As a student, she was a part of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honors fraternity and worked as a tutor in Italian, history, and philosophy for the Learning Assistance Center. Starting in August 2015, Cassandra will attend Vanderbilt University Law School to pursue a legal degree. “Youth and War Rhetoric in Italian Futurism and Fascism” was sponsored by Dr. Alexandra Korros, Professor of History.

Logan Wegmeyer (Class of 2015) was a History major and Environmental Studies minor at Xavier University. He works for the National Park Service as a GS-05 Park Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. “Saint Cecilia: The Story of the Patron Saint of Music” was sponsored by Dr. Marita von Weissenberg, Assistant Professor of History.

Samantha Miller (Class of 2016) is a History major, Secondary Education minor, and Gender and Diversity Studies minor at Xavier. She is interning this summer as a Pathways Intern at the William Howard Taft National Historical Site. She tutors students at Hillcrest Training School and she volunteers at STAF, a local animal shelter. “Saint Cecilia: The Story of the Patron Saint of Music” was sponsored by Dr. Marita von Weissenberg, Assistant Professor of History.

Austin Gill (Class of 2015) earned a B.A. in English with minors in sociology and writing. As his fascination with English writing increased, Austin became a writer and editor at the Xavier Newswire and a contributor to the Xavier Athenaeum from which he received the 2015 Athenaeum Award. He plans to further develop his command of the English language and interest in media-related legislation by pursuing a J.D. degree. “On the Appropriation of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Ozymandias’ in AMC’s Breaking Bad was presented at Butler University’s Undergraduate Research Conference 2015 and was sponsored by Dr. Niamh O’Leary, Assistant Professor of English.

Kathleen Bosse (Class of 2015) graduated with a B.A. in English and minors in Business, Theology, and Music.  While at Xavier, she was a University Scholar and was involved in campus ministry and the Xavier choirs.  She dreams of pursuing further education while working in collegiate or parish ministry.  Kathleen’s passions are reading and writing, singing and performing, learning and sharing, crafting and organizing, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends. “Tris Prior, Selfless Female Hero: How The Protagonist of The Divergent Trilogy Satisfies Society’s Hunger for Positive Female Role Models” was sponsored by Dr. Lisa Ottum, Assistant Professor of English.

Shannon Price (Class of 2017) is a double major in the Philosophy, Politics, and the Public program (PPP) and art, with a concentration in art history. She is a member and captain of the Xavier Mock Trial team and hopes to attend law school after graduation. In her free time, Shannon enjoys painting, reading, and playing basketball. “John Dewey and the Ashcan Artists: Radical Voices in the Progressive Era” was sponsored by Dr. John Fairfield, Professor of History.