Class of 2013

Valery Stern-Rand Widmer is currently studying forensic science with the goal of becoming a crime scene investigator. She and her husband welcomed their daughter, Allie, into the world on November, 2017. Valery states, “I am so thankful for where life has taken me.”


Douglas Cameron graduated from NC State University and currently works in social media advertising for ROI Revolution, a multi-service, digital marketing agency in Raleigh, NC. He was married to Allie in July, 2019.


Peyton Gibson graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2017. She now works for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, CO as a civil engineer, doing structural design and risk analysis work for concrete dams. She’ll be returning to school part-time this fall with the support of her employer to work towards her master’s in construction engineering at the University of Colorado. Outside of work, Peyton has become very involved in civil engineering advocacy. For the past two years, she chaired a summer student program that aims to connect and teach college students interested in construction around the country. Because of her involvement in that program, she has been able to sit on the National Board of the American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute. Most recently, she has been advocating for infrastructure funding and policy change; she is currently the chair of the upcoming 2020 Colorado Infrastructure Report Card. Through this voluntary position, Peyton has been able to forge relationships with her U.S. and state legislators to educate and advise on policies related to everything from surface transportation to clean energy. Her hope is to use this experience to transition her career into infrastructure policy after she earns her professional engineering licensure. During her free time, she enjoys backcountry skiing in the Colorado winters, climbing, and backpacking/hiking the nearby, high, alpine mountains.


Katlin Harris attended Methodist University where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in music performance and a history minor. During her time at Methodist, excerpts of her recital performances and research papers appeared in volumes of the peer-reviewed Methodist University Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity. After graduating, Katlin began her master’s degree in musicology at Louisiana State University in 2017. At LSU, she serves as a graduate assistant for the musicology department and remains heavily involved with the band program and flute studio. She placed in competitions of the Louisiana Flute Society and served as the Student Volunteer Coordinator at the 2019 Society for American Music Conference. Katlin is also an active member of the National American Musicological Society as well as the southern chapter. At the regional level, Katlin has presented research on Franz Schubert, and she serves as a student representative for the chapter. Most recently, Katlin’s master’s thesis, The Stanocola Band: Industry, Tradition, and Community, has been approved by the LSU graduate school, and she begins her work on a Ph.D. in musicology at LSU in 2019.


Rebecca Mattias

Rebecca Mattias earned a four-year ROTC scholarship to Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, where she attended for one year. She then transferred to Methodist University where she graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in exercise and sport science. Also in 2017, she was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. She went to Army Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for six months and is currently an Engineer Officer for the 130th Engineer Brigade stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.






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