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Our Alumnae

Our alumnae work as leaders in almost every major industry—business, law, medicine, media, science and technology, just to name a few. They're also artists, writers, teachers and community activists. We are proud to call them Scotties. Meet a few…

Kaitlyn McCune ’12

Medical School at the University of Iowa

Kaitlyn McCune graduated from the public health laboratory track at Agnes Scott in 2012 and competed as a member of Agnes Scott's brand-new lacrosse team. McCune believes that playing with the team allowed her to become a better athlete, person, student and leader. “At Agnes Scott, you are encouraged to take the lessons you learn on the field and apply them in the classroom, in extracurricular and in life.” After her graduation, McCune became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force and earned a full-ride scholarship to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Sarah Scoles ’07

Writer

After spending her childhood immersed in books both scientific and fictional, Sarah Scoles majored in astrophysics at Agnes Scott and graduated in 2007. While her passion for astronomy never waned, Scoles took a creative writing course during her junior year that caused her to fall in love with writing. After earning an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Cornell University, Scoles became a public education specialist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and eventually became the associate editor of Astronomy Magazine. To exercise her passion for writing, Scoles is currently writing a book about Jill Tarter, the scientist on whom the main character in the movie/book Contact is based, and the science of searching for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

TOMEKIA STRICKLAND ’97

DOCTOR

Since graduating from Agnes Scott in 1997, Tomekia Strickland has spent four years living and working in the Navajo Nation, has spent a summer in Ghana working on women's health issues, was published in the Journal of Minority Medical Students and the Huffington Post, and has more than 3,500 Twitter followers all looking to her for women's health advice. During the day, however, Strickland works as an obstetrician in Tucson, AZ, specializing in high-risk pregnancies and births. Strickland credits Agnes Scott with reinforcing the strongest and best aspects of being a woman. “Agnes Scott helped complete the picture, making me a more compassionate and broader-thinking physician. In health, particularly women's health, you start as a scientist, then become a physician and then realize there's so much more to becoming a doctor—psychology, anthropology, communication. I received all those things at Agnes Scott.” Because of her Agnes Scott education, Strickland is trusted with some of the most challenging aspects of bringing a new life into the world.

HELEN TZOW ’10

FULBRIGHT RECIPIENT

Helen Tzow graduated from Agnes Scott in 2010 with a degree in sociology and anthropology and a love for studying cultures. Having spent a semester abroad in Ghana while at Agnes Scott, Tzow continued to travel the world after graduation, thanks to her Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “Agnes Scott inspired me to find my passion and showed me taking a risk would be worth it,” Tzow said. After returning from Mongolia, Tzow, looking for a new way to make a difference in the lives of children, accepted a position with Teach for America in Washington, D.C.

LAYLI MILLER-MURO ’93

ATTORNEY AND FOUNDER OF TAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER

After graduating from Agnes Scott in 1993, Layli Miller-Muro went to law school and earned a J.D. and an M.A. in international relations from American University in Washington, D.C. While a law student, she represented a 17-year-old girl who had narrowly escaped genital mutilation and forced marriage in Togo. Her case climbed to the highest immigration court in the U.S. and set national legal precedent. “That case sparked my passion but also opened doors to what is my legal career in gender-based issues,” Miller-Muro said. With the proceeds from a book that she wrote with her former client, she went on to found the Tahirih Justice Center, which provides free legal defense on behalf of courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. In recognition of her work to transform the lives of other women, Miller-Muro has received numerous awards including Newsweek Magazine's 150 Fearless Women in the World and Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.

NATHALIE ANDERSON ’70

PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

Graduating from Agnes Scott in 1970, Nathalie Anderson is an award-winning American poet and librettist, having earned acclaim for several books of poetry including Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers and Quiver. Her work has been featured in the Atlanta Review, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Prairie Schooner and the Denver Quarterly, among many others. She was also awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 1993. When Anderson isn’t writing and speaking, she teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor of English Literature and the Director of the Program in Creative Writing. Of her time at Agnes Scott, Anderson said, “The skills I learned—skills of close reading, of disciplined writing, and, above all, of confidence in my own insights—have sustained me through all I've done since.”

JENNIFER NETTLES ’97

LEAD SINGER OF SUGARLAND

Jennifer Nettles graduated in 1997 from Agnes Scott with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, but she always dreamed of becoming a musician—a dream she realized when she became the lead singer of Sugarland. While she was at Agnes Scott, Nettles teamed up with Cory Jones to form the group Soul Miner's Daughter, and the duo released two albums. Nettles big breakthrough, however, came as a member of Sugarland when the group was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 2006. While Nettles did not win a Grammy that year, she did receive one for her duet with Bon Jovi for the song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” Sugarland also won Grammys in 2009 for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.

KATHERINE “KAY” KRILL ’77

CEO OF ANN TAYLOR

Kay Lawther Krill is the president and chief executive officer of ANN INC., parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT and a 1977 graduate of Agnes Scott. While at Agnes Scott, Krill never dreamed of serving as a CEO of a $2.2 billion public company, often choosing to focus on tennis instead. Still, she believed that keeping an open mind about the future allowed her take advantage of the opportunities presented to her. Krill joined Ann Taylor in 1994 as the vice president of separates, suits, dresses and petites at Ann Taylor Stores. Since then she has held numerous executive positions on her way to becoming the president and CEO and one of CNN Money's 25 highest paid women.

BETSY MORGAN WIGGINS ’82

CO-FOUNDER OF WOMEN TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES

In the aftermath of September 11, Betsy Morgan Wiggins, a 1982 graduate of Agnes Scott, became concerned about threats toward Muslims in her Syracuse community. After connecting with Danya Wellmon, a Muslim woman, the two founded Women Transcending Boundaries, an organization that has reached nearly 400 women of different faiths who wish to learn about one another's cultures and beliefs. The group has also engaged in outreach projects, from helping to build a school in Pakistan and supporting refugee women in Syracuse to raising funds to microfinance women's business ventures in developing nations through Women for Women International.

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