Alumni Updates

MAGH Reunion
October 2015 MAHG Reunion

Please view below to learn about how the MAHG Program has assisted some of our most recent graduate students.

Cyanne Loyle
2004 Graduate
Cyanne E. Loyle, Ph.D. (’04) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. Dr. Loyle’s current research focuses on transitional justice adopted both during and after armed conflict and the strategic use of justice processes in Rwanda and Uganda. She is an East African specialist and has done field work in Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Nepal, Northern Ireland and Turkey. Dr. Loyle received her M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Stockton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland. In 2014, she was a Fulbright scholar at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and from 2009-2011 she was a visiting researcher at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Currently, Dr. Loyle is the Assistant Director of the Northern Ireland Research Initiative and co-creator of the Post-Conflict Justice (PCJ) and During-Conflict Justice (DCJ) databases. Loyle’s work on during-conflict justice has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Institute of Peace. Her research has been published with the Social Science Research Council, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Peace Research, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, International Interactions, Genocide Studies and Prevention and Global Public Health. Additional information can be found on her website:

Lawrence Glaser
2006 Graduate
Lawrence Glaser (’06) currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. He also teaches undergraduate courses at Stockton University in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Susan Gordesky
2007 Graduate
Susan Gordesky (’07) started her own business called P’nina Pottery & Embellishments. Susan creates her pottery “in the spirit of repairing the world.” Her work has been on display in galleries and in private collections across the country. More information on her work can be found at

Trinity Ruggles (formerly Rufus)
2008 Graduate
Since graduating from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s (now University) MAHG program in 2008, Trinity Ruggles (’08) has worked in education. She taught adult GED and Citizenship courses for Kettering’s Adult Basic Literacy Education Center. She currently works at The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education (CHHE) as their Education Coordinator and Office Manager. CHHE impacts 100,000 students and community members each year through innovative programs and partnerships which seek to challenge injustice, inhumanity and prejudice, and foster understanding, inclusion and engaged citizenship.

Trinity’s responsibilities include coordinating a permanent exhibit, Mapping Our Tears, tour program for student and community groups, as well as overseeing the Speakers & Bureau and Traveling Exhibits programs. She also is a facilitator for their adult education programs and works closely with the Director of Education to create other educational programming for students and community organizations, designing education guides, and exhibits. Trinity became a Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Alfred Lerner Fellow in 2015. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where she lives with her boyfriend, Kyle.

Patricia Chappine
2009 Graduate
Patricia Chappine (’09) has completed her coursework for Drew University and has only to write two capstone essays and a dissertation to finish her Ph.D. She is currently an adjunct at Stockton University, Atlantic Cape Community College and Georgian Court University. She authored the book New Jersey Women in World War II, which was published in June 2015. She also works as a volunteer interviewer for the Veteran’s History Project at the Atlantic County Historical Society.

Michael Dickerman
2011 Graduate
Since graduating, Micahel Dickerman (’11) has had the great pleasure of teaching undergraduate Holocaust and Genocide Studies courses at Stockton. In addition, he has given several papers at conferences, received two fellowships to study at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and is currently co-editing a four-volume Holocaust encyclopedia that is scheduled to be published in 2017.

Kelly Schwier
2013 Graduate
After graduating in 2013, Kelly Schwier ended up applying for a case management position at a mental health facility for adults in her hometown of Flemington, NJ on a whim, as her BA is in psychology. She was offered the position immediately. She’s been been able to integrate some of her graduate school education into this seemingly unrelated position. Specifically, she implemented a trauma support group at her job which she runs twice a week. Her passionate interest and extensive research on the psychology of genocide in the MAHG program has allowed her to help countless clients understand some of the circumstances of their traumatic experiences, such as perpetrator, bystander and victim mentalities.  Although she currently works in the admissions department, running the Trauma Support group has been, by far, the most rewarding aspect of her job, and she credits much of her understanding, empathy and compassion for her clients to her experience in the MAHG program.

MAGH Alumni
MAHG Alumni at the October 2015 Reunion. Featured in this photo are Kelly Schwier (’13), Jessica Hulten (’13), Kelly Kristine, Steven Marcus (’02)

Jessica Hulten
2013 Graduate
Jessica Hulten (’13) started interning at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in September 2013 and was hired a year later as the Education Outreach Coordinator. Jessica handles all outreach efforts to educators and manages data collection and analytics for the Field Trip Program, the Teaching Trunk Program, the Group Tours Program, and the Teacher Professional Development and Leadership Programs. Her outreach efforts helped the education department reach over 100,000 educators and students with the Museum’s education programs in the 2014-2015 school year.

During her time at the Museum, Jessica has facilitated special exhibition training for the Museum’s docents, specifically on the exhibitions, “Three Years, Eight Months, and Twenty Days: The Cambodian Atrocities and the Search for Justice and Abandoned at Srebrenica: Photographs from the Aftermath.” She has aided in the coordination of education events and special commemoration programs, as well as co-facilitated teacher training for educators in the Chicagoland community.

Michael Morris
2014 Graduate
Michael Morris (’14) is a Master’s student at George Washington University studying Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts. He is also a part-time Museum Tour Guide for the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.