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Dare to Dream: EIU Alumni Putting their CAH degrees to Work

Eastern Illinois University has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships. Year after year, Eastern ranks high in job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction.

Chris Carron

Chris Carron

Chris Carron puts his undergraduate work in history and his graduate work in the Historical Administration program at EIU to work in his job as the Director of Collections at The Indianapolis Children’s Museum. He relishes particularly the variety that his day-to-day job offers. “The day varies a lot,” he recalled for his EIU 360 piece. “I’m in [collections] storage, I’m at my computer, I’m at meetings working with people, sometimes I’m traveling to far-off places to actually collect objects for the museum.”

Despite our notion that history majors only teach, Carron demonstrates one of the many ways that undergraduate and graduate work in history can be used far outside the classroom.

Jessica Closson

Jessica Closson

Jessica Closson puts her graduate work in Eastern’s music education program to work in her classrooms at Mattoon Middle School. She credits her work at Eastern with helping her maintain a fresh approach to teaching.


Jesssica Sedwick

Jessica Sedgwick

Jessica Sedgwick puts her undergraduate degree in Journalism to work in her role as Art Director for the Chicago-based Splash Magazine. She not only writes for the magazine but works in design, layout, and getting the magazine ready for print. Her time at EIU, she says, helped her figure out what she wanted to do with her life, and that was journalism. “If you really want to do it and really want to be a writer or reporter or designer, then you should go for it.”

Katie Lowery

Katie Lowery

Katie Lowery used her work in Art with a concentration in graphic design to give back to her community of Ashmore by painting a mural paying homage to Ashmore, past and present. Her two-piece mural now stands in Ashmore Village Park. In its design and execution, she used the skills gained through her time in EIU’s Art Department.


Leon Kelsick

Leon Kelsick

Leon Kelsick, a 2010 EIU graduate, puts his Art degree to work in his Chicago Mudwing Media art studio. Mudwing’s multifaceted studios deal with animation, videos, illustrations, web, and graphic design, and it provides services to major companies as well as individuals.

Social Science Teachers

Jarrod Taylor

Jarrod Taylor, a ten-year Army veteran and nontraditional student, uses his degree in History with Teacher Licensure to work in a variety of settings. He began his career as the middle-level social studies teacher at Next Generation School in Champaign, and recently relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, where he now works for Shelby County Public Schools.