“Tell the English majors: you can be in marketing. You can work at Microsoft. You can work at Sprint for crying out loud,” said Dr. Kathi Vosevich, associate provost and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Vosevich studied English in college, but she didn’t allow her major to limit her career opportunities.
Vosevich, the faculty sponsor for Alpha Chi on campus, was recently chosen to become the new Alpha Chi vice president of Region III by Alpha Chi members at the organization’s annual convention held April 7-9 in Alexandria, VA.
The Alpha Chi national president of Region III, the Southeast Region, announced that she was stepping down. When the vice president filled the vacancy, Shorter Alpha Chi member Elle Ryan nominated Vosevich to become the next vice president.
“Much to my surprise, I had to come up and make a speech,” Vosevich said.
After Ryan’s nomination, the vote for Vosevich to take the position of vice president was unanimous.
Several Shorter students, and Alpha Chi members, attended the conference with Dr. Vosevich.
Senior English major Zayne Allen submitted his literary analysis of G.K. Chesterton’s book “The Man Who Was Thursday,” and the analysis won him a national scholarship of $1500. Allen believes Vosevich continues to have a significant impact on her students.
“She’s one of the best professors that I’ve had,” Allen said. “One thing that makes Dr. V stand out is the fact that she is very intentional in giving us opportunities to succeed when she sees that we have the potential to.”
Vosevich has been at Shorter since 2008 but her resume includes an extensive list of corporate and academic experience, and she teaches several courses on the Hill, including “Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances,” “Business Communications,” and “Writing for Electronic Media.”
With a background in English, Vosevich ventured out into the corporate world in the 1990s. She held lead marketing and strategic communication positions at Microsoft and Sprint Corporations while also working at Faulkner Information Services and The Dufallo Group.
Vosevich recounted the instance when she talked to her students about the greatness within them. One day, she showed her students a picture of a small cat looking at its reflection in the mirror, but the reflection revealed the image of a lion.
On the verge of tears, she explained that the picture is a representation of how she sees her students. They might not see that much within themselves, but she believes there is vast potential for her students to accomplish great things.
“The students around here hold the door, are polite, greet you, and make eye contact,” Vosevich said, noting the kindness she sees in students at Shorter.
Senior psychology, English and liberal arts triple major Sarah Geil attended the convention as a national representative and the president of Shorter’s chapter.
“I went to four or five preliminary meetings with the council and felt like I was stepping into an academic haven where we could discuss amazing ideas for the betterment of thousands of college students,” Geil said.
Geil is having her senior capstone article “A Psychoanalytic Examination of Birth Order in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” published in Alpha Chi’s national journal, an achievement rare among undergraduate students.
Megan Selvig, a senior double majoring in spanish and secondary english education, won the Shakespeare presentation category, Selvig’s presentation was titled, “Re-creation Results in Romance: Exploring the Purpose of Disguises in ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘As you Like it.’”
“I talked about how two female characters took on new identities and disguised themselves as males for different reasons. These masks allowed the women to discover right love because they had power when they spoke as men and they were able to befriend their lovers on a ‘bromance level,” said Selvig.
Selvig won a $100 cash prize for her presentation.