Student Successes

Allison MartinAllison Martin Student Success

Allison Martin graduated from Slippery Rock University in May 2014 with a major in Music Therapy focusing on piano and a minor in Women's Studies. Her Women's Studies internship experience at the Crisis Center of Lawrence County confirmed her desire to work with underserved populations and fostered her respect for and appreciation of diversity.  Following that, she completed a music therapy internship at the Masonic Village in Sewickley Pennsylvania, where she worked with older adults. She provided music therapy in hospice settings, groups that promoted reminiscing, sessions for quality of life, and groups for general quality of life. Allison has since relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue her career as a music therapist. She works for a company called Keys For Success, where her clients are individuals with developmental delays and other various disabilities. When Allison is not using music as a therapeutic tool, she enjoys making music in her leisure time as well. In addition to music, Allison loves to read and spend time with friends and family.

Atticus Ranck

A May 2012 graduate of SRU, Atticus was deeply involved in gender issues while a student and Women's Studies minor at SRU, chairing RockOUT (the LGBTQI student organization), serving as one of two students appointed by the president of the university on the President's Commission on Gender Issues and Sexual Orientations, participating in the production of Eve Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues, and attending a state-wide Women's Leadership Institute.  Atticus also completed two Women's Studies internship programs.  The first entailed travel to Washington, DC to intern with OUT for Work, a national non-profit organization which works with LGBTQI university students to negotiate workplace issues as they apply for internships and jobs.  For the second, Atticus worked in Ghana with a non-profit to research the ways in which microloans can empower women in rural villages.  Both experiences were life-changing. 

Since then, Atticus has been accepted into a graduate program in Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies at Florida Atlantic University and will earn an M.A. in May, 2015.   He has published six essays and has presented his scholarly work at 13 conferences across the nation.  He has also transitioned from female to male and has focused much of his scholarship on the trans experience and the limitations of using queer theory to analyze transgender issues.