About The Source December 9, 2009

New Faculty and Staff: Welcome to Oberlin

The Source is featuring brief bios of faculty and staff members new to the campus community. New employees who have not completed the New Employee Information form that was included in their Human Resources packet can still submit information for inclusion by e-mailing the.source@oberlin.edu. Others who want to supplement the information they have already provided may do so by e-mail. All new employees should e-mail a digital portrait-style photo to the Source, or contact us to arrange to have a photo taken. 

P.J. Carter, Community and Government Relations Fellow

P.J. graduated from Oberlin College last May, double-majoring in economics and sociology. At the Office of Community and Government Relations, he works with the Apollo Community Advisory Board to support the development and implementation of community-wide programming for the Apollo Theatre’s Media Education Center. He also is responsible for expanding Oberlin College’s image, involvement, and impact within Lorain County. During his years as a student, P.J. worked as a student assistant in the Office of the President and served as captain of the baseball team for two years. He also was a resident assistant, academic ambassador, and peer liaison. P.J. grew up in Lorain, Ohio, and has a dog, Izzy.

Eboni A. Francis Reference and Instruction Librarian

Eboni graduated from Oberlin College in 1997, and has returned to provide reference and research
assistance to students, faculty, and staff, as well as to conduct library information sessions in the classroom. She earned a master’s degree in library and information science at Kent State University in 2003, and has worked with the Ohio State University libraries. Eboni has three cats–Bruno, Obie, and Tiger–and loves to knit.

Doris Jankovits Yoga Instructor

Doris moved to the United States from Austria six years ago. She teaches yoga to students, faculty, and staff. Doris enjoys cooking and grows many of her own vegetables. She also loves to travel and returns to Austria once a year.

Satoko Koizumi Instructor in Japanese

Satoko graduated from Obirin Graduate School in Tokyo and teaches Japanese in
Oberlin’s East Asian Studies Program. This is her second time at Oberlin, as she was a visiting instructor from 2006 to 2008. In her free time, Satoko likes to travel, walk along the shoreline of Lake Erie, and attend concerts in Oberlin.

Lee Ann Lubinski Administrative Assistant

Lee Ann is an administrative assistant for six music departments in the conservatory. She had been a temporary worker at the college for more than eight years, and says she “truly enjoyed every position, even the animal care in the science lab–though it was the most challenging.” Lee Ann says she enjoys designing costumes for South Amherst Middle School and also likes to spend time with her family.

Liliana Milkova Curator of Academic Programs

Liliana comes to Oberlin from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where she was a postdoctoral fellow. She earned a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in 20th-century Russian and East European visual culture. At Oberlin, she helps integrate the Allen Art Memorial Museum’s encyclopedic collection into the curriculum of both the college and conservatory. Liliana, who has an identical twin sister, enjoys cooking traditional dishes from her native Bulgaria, taking part in Balkan line dancing, and reading mystery novels.

Teddy Niedermaier, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Teddy grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and taught Aural Skills II and III and Music Theory IV this semester. A composer and a pianist, he has studied at Indiana University and the Juilliard School. His major studies are in music composition. In fact, Teddy has just completed a work for chamber orchestra, Upon the Rock, which will premiere at Indiana University in February 2010. When he’s not thinking about music, Teddy plays tennis, Frisbee, and baseball.

Karen Schrader Administrative Assistant

Karen, an administrative assistant in development and alumni affairs’ leadership givingarea, attended Bowling Green State University and Lorain County Community College. At Oberlin, she provides support for the development office. Prior to working at Oberlin College, she worked at the Black River Historical Society in Lorain. Karen grew up in rural Oberlin and is excited to return. Married with three children and one grandchild, she enjoys making quilts, traveling, and reading.

Jenn Thomas Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Classics

Jenn, who earned a bachelor’s degree in classics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in classical philology at Brown University, first came to Oberlin to teach in 2007. A Mellon postdoctoral fellow, her research focuses on Roman politics under the first emperors, especially Nero. Outside of work, Jenn enjoys classic science fiction, attending concerts, and arguing about politics and basketball.

Angela A. Wu, Visiting Instructor of Politics

Angela grew up in Oberlin, graduated from Oberlin High School, and earned undergraduate and law degrees at Harvard. She is an attorney at Lorain County Family Services and the Lorain County Child Support Enforcement Agency; director of the nonprofit agency Oberlin Street Law; and a general practitioner of law in Oberlin. This semester Angela taught the course Street Law, in which students learn pedagogy and law content; rehearse; teach; and prepare to participate in the spring practicum at Oberlin High School. Angela spends her free time doing yoga, playing the violin with her rock band, and eating Hungarian desserts with her parents, who live in Oberlin.

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