We want to welcome Stephanie Porter ’14 back to campus after her semester at the Bard College program at the Smolny Institute in St. Petersburg. Stephanie is the second student to study at Russia’s first liberal arts college, which is also the alma mater of our Russian Language Assistant, Yasha Lurie. Stephanie shared her impressions about the program during a Russian Table devoted to off-campus study.

Sarah Weitekamp ’15 is currently spending her off-campus study semester on the Middlebury College School Abroad in Irkutsk, Russia. Sarah is the latest Grinnellian to study in this Siberian capital; Arthur Richardson ’14 studied there last spring, Kristen Moreland ’12 spent a semester there in the spring of 2011. Kristen returned to Siberia last year, on a Fulbright Assistantship to Tomsk, Russia. Kristen kindly joined us at Russian Table early in the semester to share her thoughts about off-campus study, on her way to a new opportunity at the Russian-American Foundation, where Alana Vogel ’12 is also currently working. Alana studied in St. Petersburg on the ACTR program.  Elizabeth Kruger ’06 studied in Irkutsk during her Grinnell studies; readers of Novosti will recall that she subsequently became the Resident Director of the Middlebury Program. We are pleased to report that Elizabeth is currently the Arctic and Bering Sea Program Officer for the World Wildlife Foundation, and is based in Anchorage, Alaska.

Addie Anderson ’13 recently entered the Ph. D. program in Slavic studies at Indiana University, and Kelly Iacobazzi ’12 began studies at Harvard University. Jacob Goldsmith ’13 is currently in the graduate program at the University of Missouri, and recently had a paper accepted at the upcoming Central Slavic Conference in St. Louis. He will present “Dziga Vertov’s Last Roar: The Man with the Movie Camera and Soviet Politics in the 1920s.” Удачи!

Two Grinnellians are currently in the graduate program at the European University in St. Petersburg (EUSP ). Alex McConnell ’12 studied on a John Mohan Russian Study award in St. Petersburg in Fall 2012, and, as often happens, couldn’t wait to get back. Daniel (“Dima”) Wolfe ’99 returns to the northern capital of Russia after a slightly longer hiatus. He moved to Russia with his family, and the department has followed his return to Russia with great interest. We wish them both the best of luck as they begin this new stage of their careers in Russian!

Sydney Devine ’13 recently arrived in Krasnodar, Russia, and will be studying there for the academic year on a program at Kuban State University (one of our favorite acronyms: КУБГУ). We send our best wishes to Sydney as she begins what is sure to be an adventure in the south of Russia. Желаем больших успехов и интересных (в хорошем смысле) приключений!

Please send us updates on what you are doing! Our apologies if we have omitted anyone! –the editors of Novosti

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