Alumni Stories

Charles Gelinas '98

I am a partner in the Capital Markets department of Dacheng
Dentons, a full service, multinational law firm with 120 offices across 52
countries (including, most recently, mainland China).  My specialty is
establishing receivables-backed revolving credit facilities, but I work on
several other types of deals and asset-classes as well.  I also teach
securitization and the capital markets as an adjunct professor at New York
Law School.  My classics studies at Dartmouth played an instrumental role in
both my legal education at Harvard Law, and my current practice at Dentons.
Conducting critical historical, literary, and archaeological analyses at
Dartmouth taught me how to deconstruct the language of statutes, regulations
and case opinions while at law school.  Researching and writing undergraduate
papers gave me the skills I use today to provide accurate and succinct legal
advice as counsel to some of the world's largest financial institutions.  If
any current students would like to know more about my experience as a
Classics major at Dartmouth, or my law student/lawyer life thereafter, I

Zeke Turner '09

After I finished at Dartmouth, I worked two years as a reporter in New York.
My time on the FSP in Rome with Professor Stewart was probably my happiest
time in college, and eventually in New York I got the idea to apply for
funding to research something related to my work as a journalist in Germany.
I won a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst stipend to research German
quality newspapers — I was working as a media reporter in New York
covering print media. I was supposed to stay in Berlin 10 months and that was
almost four years ago. During my grant, I began to work as a freelance
correspondent, traveling across Europe and eventually the world. Among other
places, my writing has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, Grantland, The New
York Times, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The New Yorker and The Wall
Street Journal's magazine, WSJ. Now I'm starting my staff job in Europe
covering economics and finance for Politico Europe, a partnership between the
American organization and Axel Springer, a German publisher.

Seth Pevnick '99

As a Classical Archaeology major at Dartmouth, I took part in the
Classics Department's 1997 Foreign Study Program in Rome, and also served as
ancient coin intern at the Hood Museum of Art in 1998-99. This was my first
opportunity to work directly with ancient objects, and although it took some
time, this truly helped to shape my professional career. Following
graduation, I excavated in the Athenian Agora with the American School of
Classical Studies, but did not yet see a future for myself as a classicist or
archaeologist. Instead, I joined Teach for America and taught elementary
school for two years in Lynwood, CA. During this time, as I sought creative
ways to incorporate the ancient world into my lessons, I decided to pursue
graduate school and a career connected to the ancient world. Recalling my
time working with objects in the field as well as at the Hood Museum, I chose
to pursue advanced degrees at UCLA, where I would be able to continue to work
on excavations but perhaps also work with colleagues and collections at the
J. Paul Getty Museum nearby. Fortunately for me, I was able to find work in

Stergios "Sterg" Lazos '84

The 2009 APA Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Pre-collegiate Level goes to Stergios "Sterg" Lazos, Class of 1984. Congratulations!

During twenty-five years of teaching, Sterg has created a Latin program at one school, helped another grow from 19 students to over 100, and at St. Edward High School has increased classics offerings from four courses to twelve, including Greek. Twice the Ohio Classical Conference has chosen his program as the best in the state.

Anna Leah Berstein Simpson '13

Dartmouth Fulbright Winner

When she moved to Belgium from the United States in first grade, Anna Leah Berstein Simpson '13 struggled to learn the country's language of French. By the time she moved back to the U.S. in fourth grade, she was almost fluent.

"Learning a new language is a very empowering experience," she says. Her experience in Belgium, Berstein Simpson says, is one reason she is looking forward to teaching English in France as the recipient of a French Government English Teaching Assistantship through the Fulbright Program.

Berstein Simpson, who is from Bethesda, Md., believes Dartmouth helped prepare her for teaching. She served as head writing assistant for the Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology, a position in which she helped tutor fellow students. She has also worked as a drill instructor in the French department."Dartmouth has given me lots of opportunities to work and think of myself as a teacher," says Berstein Simpson.
She is finishing an honors thesis with Roberta Stewart, professor and chair of classical studies.