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Since March, when alumni from around the world started sharing their own “Feeling Inspired” photos, interest from the greater campus community has been stoked to learn more about the Blue Jays captured in those special moments. In their own words, three alumni share their post-campus stories and reflections.
DEVONEY ELLER ’15
My mom always said that, since birth, I’ve been living life in the fast lane. Therefore, it was no surprise to my family and friends that I decided to move abroad to Vienna, Austria, to take on my next adventure. At a young age, I decided I wanted to live in a German-speaking country as well as travel the world. Since then, I’ve taken every possible step to ensure I would successfully meet my goal. Following graduation from E-town with a double major in International Business and German, I moved to Austria after having fallen in love with Vienna during my BCA study abroad experience. Since then, I was not only offered a position in marketing at a pharmaceutical start-up company, but also with BCA, as the assistant resident director in Vienna. As a true adventurer at heart, I plan to travel the world, camp on beaches and mountains, hike the Alps of Tyrol and, above all, live life to the fullest!
GABRIEL CHONG ’08
Since graduating from E-town in 2008, I’ve had quite a whirlwind of experience in the working world. I went straight into the renewable energy workforce and went from a base-level solar installer to being the local Hawaii chapter president of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association. In fact, every day since graduating, I’ve felt inspired to try everything, which was the main source of inspiration I had for the photo I took in March. Likewise, I have also jumped into developing a new phone app called “Busy Bees.” The program allows users to warn others how busy businesses are—kind of like Waze for businesses. My partners and I have been developing it for two years now (launch date was July 21). The inspiration just keeps flowing, and I was proud to be able to share a special photo moment with the E-town community.
JIM JACKSON ’73
After completing my education at E-town I was inspired and prepared to face the world. My great E-town education opened doors for me, immediately, and I was able to get a job right away in my fields of study, which were physics and computer science. That great job with Armstrong World Industries turned into a 39-year career, all at Armstrong, happily doing the work for which I was prepared by E-town. I was also very fortunate to be able to retire at a relatively early age and be able to pursue my wife’s and my dream of living aboard our yacht, Jamann, and starting our own business, Jamann Sailing Adventures Extraordinaire—a business that takes guests on sailing adventures among the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. That’s where you can find me, now, sailing off into the beautiful Caribbean sunsets. All of this as a result of the inspiration, education and preparation obtained from E-town. Blue Jays. Always!