Our Graduates in Religion

Ilene Gillispie (above) — Before graduating from New College in 2012, Ilene Gillispie was awarded a highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. State Department to study Punjabi in Chandigarh, India. While there she lived with a host family and studied Punjabi intensively for 10 weeks. But Ilene’s trip to Chandigarh was not her first excursion abroad.  Thanks to her study of Indian religions at New College, she also had studied abroad during spring 2011 at Madras University, in Chennai, South India. And to prepare for her senior thesis, “Daughters of Waheguru: Examining Politics of Gender in the Global Sikh Community,” she conducted research in northern India during the January 2012 Interterm.

"Since learning about Sikhism in a course at New College during my first year, it has been a dream of mine to learn Punjabi, and now it's one that will come to fruition," Ilene said about her CLS scholarship. "I hope to use Punjabi language in my efforts to educate others about the Sikh religion.” As far as future plans, Gillispie plans to attend seminary in preparation for ministry in the Unitarian church. She hopes to raise awareness about “the beautiful, ecumenical spirit” of the Sikh religion. “This has been a goal in my thesis work and will be an aim in my ministry as well.”

New College is proud of the many Religion graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our graduates:

Kathleen Erndl is associate professor of religion at Florida State University.

Douglas Goodfriend is a law partner in public finance at Orrick, a global law firm in New York City.

Emily Hite develops strategic, comprehensive training activities for CDC's Division of Community Health staff and awardees at ICF International.

Francesca Hughes is chaplain at Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care.

Sara Irwin is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church with a degree in theology from General Theological Seminary in New York. She is rector of Christ Church in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Robin Jacobs is a staff attorney for community legal services at Community Law Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

James Lock is professor of child psychiatry and pediatrics in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine where he also serves as director of the Eating Disorder Program for Children and Adolescents. He is the co-author of Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa: A Family-Based Approach, Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, and Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A Family-Based Approach.

Michael Mosley is the superintendent at Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville, Florida.

Adam Tebrugge is an attorney in Sarasota with experience as public defender. He is also an active leader with the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness. He graduated from New College in Religion and Political Science.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Religion

• Andover Newton Theological School
• Boston College
• Boston University Divinity School
• Cape Town College
• Columbia University
• Duke University
• Emory University
• Florida State University
• Harvard University
• Indiana University
• Morehouse School of Medicine
• Pacific School of Religion
• University of Arizona
• University of California, Los Angeles
• University of Chicago
• University of Florida
• University of London
• University of Maryland
• University of Michigan
• University of South Florida
• University of Virginia
• University of Wisconsin, Madison

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