Best of 2011 Web Stories: Alumni Profiles
December 29, 2011 By Elizabeth Trollinger and Cindy Long
As 2011 draws to a close, we're taking a look back at the most popular web stories this year, based on analytics taken from the Centre homepage. Here are the top five stories about Centre alumni (excluding the second-most popular story of the year, U.S. News naming Centre one of its “Top 10 Most Loved Schools”):
1. David Crowley ’05 to appear on 20/20 with Diane Sawyer
ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer recently interviewed David Crowley ’05 for a segment on the news program 20/20, which aired at 10 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 2. The segment explored the controversial issue of prescription drug use in the foster care system. Crowley is a clinical therapist at Maryhurst Family Treatment Homes in Louisville, which provides treatment programs for severely traumatized children who have been abused or neglected.
2. Newest Fulbright winner credits study abroad with her success
Maria Kennedy ’11, recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, has exceptionally grand plans for her future. First on her agenda is a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, where she will be working as an English Teaching Assistant at a Vietnamese university in the city of Danang.
3. Brad Fansher '11 wins Fulbright scholarship to teach in Germany
Although Brad Fansher '11 has been studying German since high school, it wasn’t until he enrolled at Centre that the subject became a passion. Now, having received a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Germany, Fansher is preparing to take that passion to the next level. “My interest in the German language and culture accelerated exponentially when I got to Centre,” he says.
4. Preakness winner Shackleford’s Centre College connection
It’s no surprise that the Centre community is filled with equestrians and horse-racing enthusiasts — including Marty Takacs ’70, who bred and once trained Shackleford, the winner of this year’s Preakness Stakes. Shackleford also placed fourth in the 2011 Kentucky Derby and fifth in last week’s Belmont.
5. Record number of recent graduates working and living abroad
Thirty-four members of the class of 2010 — a remarkable 12 percent — left the United States for international adventures after graduating last May. Those alumni are scattered around the world, living in countries including Belgium, Cambodia, Ecuador, Egypt, Indonesia and South Korea.
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Centre College, founded in 1819 and chosen to host its second Vice Presidential Debate in 2012, is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges, at 42nd in the nation, and ranks 27th for best value among national liberal arts colleges. Forbes magazine ranks Centre 34th among all the nation’s colleges and universities and has named Centre in the top five among all institutions of higher education in the South for three years in a row. Centre is also ranked #4 in the nation by U.S. News for its study abroad program. For more, click here.