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Alumni / students abroad

Alumni:

Kim Andrey, who finished her MA in English literature in 2015, currently works as a communication and administration associate at the FIBA, the world governing body for basketball.

Congratulations to Luca Brunoni, who recently published his first novel, Il Cielo di Domani (Edizioni Fontana, 2017).

Gabriele Merlo hosts his own cultural program, "On the Road", on Swiss Italian Radio (RSI). You can find his past episodes here.

Congratulations to Vincent Robert-Nicoud, who recently defended his D.Phil in Renaissance French Literature at Oxford University and got married.

Sven (Zvonimir) Gracin (class of 2005) works as a 'collaborateur spécialiste' at the Secrétariat for Migrations, Federal department of Justice and Police, Berne.

Fiona Moreno, who completed a minor in English in 2012, is a doctoral candidate in French Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where she works on narratology.

Julienne Farine, class of 2008, is a journalist. Since 2013, she has been in charge of the entertainment section of 20 Minutes the most widely read newspaper in Swiss Romande. Congratulations!

After pursuing her BA in English and history with a bilingual history MA, Marion Cattin (class of 2011) was hired as a brand heritage assistant at Longines, the prestigious St. Imier watchmaker. See her alumni feature here.

Jessica Morley, who completed her English MA in 2009, is a project and communications manager with the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. She was recently featured in an interview.

We were delighted to discover that Staca Bibic, who received her BA in English and Art History in 2009, and completed her MA in museology at Neuchâtel, has been working as scientific collaborator and 'responsable de scénographie' at the Bodmer Foundation in Geneva, where she is currently helping to prepare an exhibit on Frankenstein

Luca Brunoni, who received his MA in English in 2013 and also holds a law degree from Unil, is a scientific collaborator in the Institut de lutte contre la criminalité at the HE-Arc in Neuchâtel, where he teaches courses on English and American common law and is researching a project on representations of white-collar crime in popular culture.

Stefano Anelli, who received his licence in English and history in 2009, was recently featured on the University alumni site. He works as the archivist at the University hospital in Fribourg.

The Institute would like to congratulate the following former English Master degree students who graduated from the HEP on 23 October 2014: Olivia Arpel; Danijela Beslin; Jeanne-Christine Dayer; Céline Dornbierer; Coralie Frésard; Orianne Schaller; Tiziana Laetitia Tuzzolino; Fabian Aellig; and Cédric Baechler. We wish you much success and happiness in your teaching careers!

We're proud to announce that David Correia Saavedra has received the Prix de la Faculté from the University of Lausanne for his MA memoire entitled "Lexical blending in English. From splinters to combining forms," directed by Dorota Smyk-Bhattacharjee and Aris Xanthos.

Dr. Markus Iseli's doctoral thesis,The New Romantic Unconscious: Thomas de Quincey and Cognitive Science, was just awarded the the Henry-E.-Sigerist-Prize by the Swiss Society for the History of Medicine and Science. Palgrave Macmillan has also accepted to publish it in 2015. Congratulations, Markus!

Lisandro Durney (licence 2006, and who appears in the Institute picture gallery grilling sausages): "Well now I'm a teacher in an école de commerce here in Geneva, I teach German and English and I'm also maître adjoint de la direction. So I've my own office etc... I Got tons to do, but still enjoy every day. Exams start as of tomorrow, hope my students will do their best."

Laure-Anne Pessina is a journalist who covers the Neuchâtel-Jura region for Le Matin.

Congratulations to the following graduates of the English Institute who received their teaching degrees from the HEP Bejune on 12 November: Stéphanie Kaelin, Sherife Kir, Liza Loubry, Gwennaëlle Mateille, Valérie Michelet, Auréliane Montfort, Clint Gasser, Mathieu Maillefer, and Ludovic Spori 

Christel Stadelman (class of 2009) writes: "After my internship at Market.ch, I was hired for another internship at Weber Shandwick, a global PR company. Apparently they've been happy with my work because I was hired as of September 1st as Account Executive (yay I'm no intern anymore!!). The job is really interesting and varies a lot with clients contact, media relations, some travelling and other office work. People here are English speakers only and it is really stimulating. But to be honest, I kinda miss university of Neuchâtel sometimes, especially the English Institute. I realize how lucky I was to have had such passionate and interesting teachers. Please pass on my best regards to the other English teachers (especially the ones who had to put up with me!.

Julienne Farine, who finished her licence in 2008, is working as a journalist intern for Télé Top Matin. She has interviewed lots of "people".

Stefano Anelli, who finished his licence in 2009, is working as an intern at the Département des Affaires Etrangères in Bern, helping to prepare the Congress on Francophonie. He sees Micheline in the corridors on a regular basis.

Anne Jobin, who received her licence in English in 2008, has been accepted in the PhD program at the University of Geneva to work on a thesis on native American literature.

Robert Vincent Nicoud, who finished his BA in English and French in 2007 and taught a year in England through the LAP, received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue graduate research in literature and mathematics in the United States. 

Christel Stadelmann, who is finishing her BA this autumn, is working as an intern for the magazine Market.ch and loves it.

Ana Cardoso (English licence 2008) works as a journalist on the "Littoral et vallées" desk of L' Express.

Arnaud Rubin writes from the UK: "Since my graduation last year in September, I spent some time working as a part-time French teacher in a school of languages here in Switzerland and then I decided to move to England. First I found a job as a waiter in London and now I am working in a company called Direct Wines in the customer service in Reading. I like it a lot but my main objective remains to become a qualified teacher in the UK as soon as possible."

Study Abroad and LAP:

Jérémie Magnin wrote from Montreal in 2012:
I am very happy with the class I am following though. It deals with English writing in Quebec, so it's a field of research very specific to the English studies department of the Université de Montreal, as well as the other universities in Montreal. The fact that English is a minority language in Quebec and the majority language for Canada gives this particular field of literature an awkward status: the francophones don't read it, and the anglophones of Canada don't read Anglo-Quebec literature, because it's the francophone province. The controversy goes as far as what name to give "Anglo-Quebec literature". Anyway, I will be able to tell you about it better later in the semester.

The following students are studying English or teaching French abroad in 2010-11: Marion Fert, Katarina Kotikova and Olivia Arpel at the University of Kent; and Serge Müller who is studying at the University of Utah. Good luck to all of you, and please stop by the institute to tell us about your experiences abroad.

Cleroriana Benacloche wrote from Salt Lake City in 2009-10:
"Just wanted to give you some news and and let you know that I am very glad about my exchange so far! The lessons are very interesting and as you told me, the campus life is an amazing experience!"