Alumni are invited to send brief biographies (including year of graduation), what you're doing now personally and professionally, and pictures for posting on this site. Send all materials to Professor Ida Sinkevic.

Sarah Glacel (’01) – Bio posted on April 1, 2010

Sarah Glacel graduated from Lafayette in 2001 with degrees in REES and International Affairs.  Upon graduating from Lafayette, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Irkutsk, Russia, where she completed a graduate degree in History from Irkutsk State University and worked at a leading Siberian environmental NGO.  Since returning from Russia, she has worked in the field of media research in Eurasia and Eastern Europe and currently acts as a Senior Audience Research Specialist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Jacqueline Olich (’92) – Bio posted on April 1, 2010

Current title:
Associate Director, University of North Carolina Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Department of History

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Ph.D., Russian and East European History (1992—2000)

Lafayette College
B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, History (1988 — 1992)

Activities and Societies:
L.A.F. (Lafayette Activities Forum)
L.E.A.P. (Lafayette Environmental Awareness Program)
Co-founder, Lafayette Campus Recycling Program

Dr. Jacqueline Olich is the Associate Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches in the Curriculum in Russian and East European Studies, administers the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships awarded through the U.S. Department of Education, and coordinates community and campus outreach activities. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of History. From 1993-2004 she was a Director for Diba Industries, now part of the multinational Halma Technology Group (LSE: HLMA).

Dr. Olich researches, writes and teaches on the comparative history of childhood and children’s culture. Her writing has appeared in _The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth_, _The Encyclopedia of Russian History_, _Russian History_, and _Slavonica_. She is the author of _Competing Ideologies and Children’s Literature in Russia, 1918-1935_.

Dr. Olich serves on the County of Durham Women’s Commission. Recently, she was selected to take part in BRIDGES, an intensive leadership development program for women in higher education.

Stephanie Stawicki (’04) – Bio posted on April 1, 2010

Stephanie Stawicki graduated with honors from Lafayette College in 2004 with degrees in international affairs and Russian and Eastern European studies.  While at Lafayette, she volunteered with the Landis Community Outreach Center and served as program coordinator for the Office of Admissions’ prospective student open houses.  She participated in two interim programs in Russia and Poland and Kenya and Tanzania.  She also studied for one semester at the University of Melbourne In Australia.  Stephanie worked as an EXCEL scholar for Dr. Sanborn and he served as her honors thesis advisor.

After graduation, Stephanie worked as a district representative for the office of a U.S. Congressman.  She handled constituent immigration and citizenship matters, working closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and the local constituency.   In 2007, Stephanie joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served as a Health and Community Development volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa.  Stephanie completed her Peace Corps service in 2009. She will begin graduate school for her Master’s in Public Administration in Development Practice in fall 2010.

Shannon Tyburczy (’01) – Bio posted on April 6, 2010

I graduated summa cum laude from Lafayette in 2001 with a double major in
history and Russian/East European Studies. I was awarded a James Madison
Fellowship, and this allowed me to attend graduate school full-time. The
Fellowship is awarded to teachers and prospective teachers who will be
working with American History and the Constitution. During the summer of
2002, I spent the summer studying at Georgetown University and visiting the
various historic sites around DC and Virginia.

I earned my MA in Secondary Education in 2003 and began teaching at
Northampton High School that fall. I am now in my 7th year of teaching, and
although I have taught many of the various social studies classes, I
primarily focus on American History and government.

I am from Nazareth, Pennsylvania.