Marylhurst Success Stories

Stories about Marylhurst University Alumni Finding Success

Marylhurst is a premier, not-for-profit, liberal arts and business university.

The proof: Marylhurst alumni are hired and promoted into roles that require the kind of critical analysis skills gained only through a liberal arts education. 

Here is just a sampling of our many Marylhurst success stories!

Marylhurst alum Andee Hess ’03 is designing yet another ice cream store, this time in Lake Oswego, for the rapidly expanding Salt & Straw.

Marylhurst MBA student Phernell Walker II received two awards in 2017 for his work as an educator in the optometry field from the National Academy of Opticianry and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

Marylhurst alum Horace Long ’10 is making a splash with his T-shirt business, The Bearded Heart.

Marylhurst alum Kristy Athens ’15 was recently named business advisor for Wallowa County’s Small Business Development Center in Enterprise, Ore.

Chiqui Flowers, Class of 2009, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Chiqui Flowers ’09 was named administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace in 2017.

Marylhurst alum Cynthia Stoddard ’09 was recently featured on Forum on World Class IT, talking about IT trends including the state of women in technology and Adobe’s involvement in the Girls Who Code program.

Ellen Urbani, Class of 1996, Marylhurst University

An essay by Marylhurst alum Ellen Urbani ’96, originally published in The New York Times, was recently featured on WBUR’s Modern Love radio program.

Marylhurst alum Lauryn Hare ’13 has a photography career taking off by leaps and bounds, with recent recognition in ArtAscent and Vogue Italia’s Best of 2017 selections.

Dee Kumpar, Class of 2011, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst MBA alum Dee Kumpar ’11 presented on Health Care Industry Ergonomics at ErgoX 2017, an annual event of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Josh Gross, Class of 2013, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst art alum Josh Gross ’13 will give a talk on Oct. 5, 2017 in conjunction with his Happy Daze art exhibition at Alexander Gallery.

Roe Polczynski, Class of 2009. Marylhurst University

Marylhurst M.B.A. alum Roe Polczynski ’09 co-authored Changing Your Equation, a book designed to help individuals reimagine and achieve their life goals.

Brandy Golston, Class of 2005, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Brandy Golston ’05 landed a music teaching position at Boeckmann Creek Primary in the West Linn – Wilsonville School District, starting fall 2017.

Katie Brooks ’16 talks about how her liberal arts degree led to a leadership position in health care, as senior executive director of three Enlivant Senior Living communities in Clark County.

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