Graduate Successes

In the U.S. and around the world, our alumni excel in diverse and fulfilling careers. They share curiosity, commitment and a deep desire for personal growth and professional excellence — and for our graduates featured below, an appreciation for how an education with a global perspective prepared them for the next stage in their lives.

Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist, World Bank in Washington, D.C. U.S. Foreign Service; Press spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in China International Communications, MTV Networks CSID, Vice President of Information Systems and Operations Mayor of San Marcos, Texas Former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Thailand; graduate school at University of Texas–Austin


Ashton Robison ’13

Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellow
International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University
A Global Studies major, Robison studied abroad in Tanzania. She recevied a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship funded by the U.S. Department of State that supports students who want to pursue a Foreign Service career. Her graduate program requires her to complete internships in Washington, D.C., and abroad.

Steven Solano
Steven Solano MSCIS ’10

Director of Sales, Americas, Infosim
Solano is responsible for strategy, revenue, profit and
customer satisfaction in the Americas. His St. Edward’s
experience taught him to work with diverse groups of
customers and business partners that span multiple cultures
and languages, which has served him well at Infosim and in previous
roles at SolarWinds.

Patrick Dunlap
Patrick Dunlap ’13

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Kosovo
Dunlap, an honors Global Studies major, spent a semester
in Uganda studying post-conflict transformation. He taught
Global Understanding workshops and was a trip leader for the
Global Livingston Institute’s Uganda and Rwanda summer program.
Now he teaches English in Kosovo through a prestigious Fulbright
Student scholarship.

Jorge Almeida
Jorge Almeida ’10

Brand Manager, Richards/Lerma
As a student, Almeida interned with an advertising agency that targets Hispanic populations, and he joined a graduate class studying business in the Czech Republic, including a trip abroad to consult with Czech businesses. He leverages these cross-cultural experiences to help major brands develop advertising for Hispanic populations in the U.S., Mexico and South America.

Melinda Kay Lies
Melinda Kay Lies ’04

Lead Volunteer Coordinator
Wat Opot Children's Community, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Lies earned her bachelor’s degree through New College at St. Edward’s, then a master’s degree in Peace Studies at universities in Spain and Austria. After traveling the world, she felt called to serve internationally as a humanitarian volunteer. At Wat Opot in Cambodia, she cares for children in need.