What are JPST Students Doing? Amazing things!

What are JPST students doing?

Here are some of their amazing accomplishments:


Emily Kindelspire:

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Emily is a JPST major, who beautifully delivered the Class of 2014 Commencement speech on May 24, 2014. She has shown wonderful dedication to the department and Students for Justice and Peace Club through her constant effort to remain active in her community. She is an activist at best. She was awarded the Pauline Lambert Advocacy Award this year through the Women’s Center.

Future Plans: Emily plans to go camping for the next few months before returning to nanny and work at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. She is possibly looking into an apprenticeship for midwifery in the coming year. Her goal is to pay off student loans and then go wherever the wind blows.

Advice for Others: “If you don't ask, the answer is always no. However, sometimes it is better to ask forgiveness than ask permission.”

Melissa Seymour:

Melissa is a JPST Major and has made some spectacular accomplishments throughout her time at UST. This year she was awarded the Sister Pat Kowalski Women’s Leadership Award through the Women’s Center. She also has created her own inspirational comic series. Each comic in the series called Female Force highlights the life of an influential and strong woman in the world. So far she has written about Gloria Steinem, Barbara Streisand, and Melinda Gates. She is currently working on creating comics about the lives of Chelsea Handler, Meryl Streep, and Tina Turner. She also has had the honor of interviewing Jane Goodall and Lowis Lowry for her blog, and for her next interview she hopes to feature Ingrid Michaelson. Melissa also has recently signed a contract with Half the Sky and now has a book agent. (Fun fact: this is the same book agent as the author of The Book Thief). She is currently working on writing a picture book for Half the Sky based on women’s rights activist, Edna Adan. She has submitted the book to publishers and is merely awaiting responses. 

Future Plans: Melissa is continuing her fabulous work in the literary world: comics, picture books, and interviewing for her blog. She also is on the job-hunt for now, searching for new endeavors to enter her path.

Advice for Others: N/A

To keep up with Melissa’s latest work follow her blog or author page.

Link to Melissa’s Blog: http://fempowering.org/

Sam Wisneski:

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Sam is a JPST minor graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. She also was awarded the Sapientia Award through the Women’s Center this academic school year.

Future Plans: She will be working at Ecolab in downtown St. Paul as a Digital Specialist for their internal communications team. She intends to take courses in the UST Art History graduate program in the fall, as she aspires to work toward a Ph.D program in Visual Culture Studies or Art History (most likely). She also hopes to travel to north India this summer through an organization called Operation Groundswell. There, she would be able to work on issues related to education and infrastructure-improvement. If that doesn't pan out, she plans to go to Nepal in January for a few weeks. In the meantime, she will be assisting the Minnesota Museum of American Art in downtown St. Paul as a visitor services volunteer, and she ultimately hopes to work on some freelance design projects and art over the summer! And she might even read for leisure on the side.

Advice for Others: “Don't be afraid to question things you take for granted. Unpack, examine, reexamine, critique and reimagine, and don't let your pride get in the way. The world can be, and often is, a stifling place. People aren't going to like it when you question the basic assumptions they live by. They'll try to discredit, de-legitimize, slander and marginalize you in order to cling to their semblance of reality. But don't let this deter you.  Change isn't easy, painless, or even possible unless you're willing to break down these barriers. Remember that the world, and even St. Thomas, doesn't have to be this way.”

Elizabeth Phyle:

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Elizabeth is a JPST major graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors.

Future Plans:  Elizabeth will be traveling to Japan in the near future to teach English through the JET program. She plans to teach there for the next few years. After working for a while she hopes to go to grad school for Museum Studies and get a job working in a Museum. She is very interested in working to make cultural connections through institutions like museums.

Advice for Others: “Work with different groups within the school but don’t compromise too much. Change the environment on campus by finding what unique skills you bring to the group. Have fun.”

Christine Rintoul:

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Christine is a JPST major graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. She has some exciting possibilities in her future and is ready to fulfill them.

Future Plans: Her future plans are completely up in the air right now because she applied for an internship at the UN for the Vatican. It's offered through UST, and the UST selection committee did choose her for the position, but they have been waiting for official approval from the Holy See's office at the UN. Her internship is supposed to start in September, but until she gets the official approval it is difficult to confirm the opportunity. If it does work out, it will be a wonderful opportunity for Christine.

As for short-term future plans, Christine will be going back home to Minot, ND and will most likely do some campaign work over the summer. She will get licensed as a Social Worker (LSW) in the near future (once she takes the exam). She also hopes to eventually get trained to be a doula. The LSW and doula training are definite goals for her, but the timeframe will be dependent on her UN internship.

Advice for Others: “When an opportunity presents itself to you, take advantage of it and make the most of the experience. Never pass up an opportunity because you do not have confidence in yourself. If you see something that speaks to you, go for it. No matter what, the experience will help you learn more about yourself and develop your character.”

Christina Reinke:

 Picture of JPST student Christina Reinke 9-29-14

Christina is a JPST minor graduating with Summa Cum Laude. A grand accomplishment for a student to attain.

Future Plans: Christina is relocating to Arusha, Tanzania to assist a small NGO in the development and implementation of a maternal health program. Beyond this Christina’s future goals consist of attending graduate school to continue education on global issues of peace and justice, and to prepare for a long-term career in international and community development, peacekeeping, or public health. 

Advice for Others: “We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” -Howard Zinn

Josh Zahrbok:

Josh has played a key role in the efforts to bring Peace Coffee to campus. He also displayed great efforts in the presence of water filtration systems around campus during his years at UST.

Future Plans: He plans to travel to South Korea to teach English for a few years through the EPIK program.