Spring 2017 GBSJ Editorial Board:
Allen Loomis, Editor-in-Chief
Allen is interested in all things Renaissance literature and classical history, and his major is in English. He will earn his associate’s degree at the close of this semester and will transfer to Loyola next Fall to complete his bachelor’s degree. Outside of Wright College, Allen loves to travel, proudly considers himself an aviation “geek,” and works for United Airlines in their downtown Chicago offices. Allen is also passionate about fighting homelessness, and he serves as an associate board member of the local organization, North Side Housing and Supportive Services.
Amanda Jiang, Associate Editor
Amanda Jiang grew up in Southern China. She studies psychology and, in addition to being a member of the Editorial Board of the Great Books Student Scholarly Journal, she is currently Vice President of the Great Books Student Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Wright Side Literary Magazine, and the Vice President of the Gateway Scholars Club. Amanda lives in Chicago and works part-time at Mariano’s as a bakery clerk. During her spare time, she can be seen cuddling with her tabby and reading a book.
Edgar Esparza, Associate Editor
Edgar Esparza graduated from Notre Dame College Prep in 2014. He began his studies at Wilbur Wright College with a passion for history, especially early American history. He also has an interest in Slavic Studies, specifically Polish language, history and culture. In addition to the Great Books Society, Edgar serves as a senator in Wright’s Student Government Association. He expects to graduate from Wright in the spring of 2017 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts.
Miguel Orozco, Associate Editor
Miguel A. Orozco is a returning student to Wilbur Wright College. He is interested in gaining knowledge from various fields and is always looking for information to enhance his skills. Although Miguel’s major is in engineering, he has developed a love for literature through various literature courses and especially as member of the Great Books Student Society. Miguel, currently president of the Great Books Student Society, is planning to transfer in the Fall of 2018 to a four-year university where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Vladimir Funticov, Associate Editor
Born in USSR in 1989 (Republic of Moldova). Moved to the States 6 years ago (in 2011). I am perusing my Bachelors in International Relations (international business). Transferring to DePaul university beginning from fall 2017. After I am done with my bachelor’s degree I am planning on going to Law school (University of Chicago). Great Books program introduced me to the work of the most central and influential thinkers of our civilization. This program helped me to strengthen my ability to create and support my arguments and understand the meaning of my life. Exposure to influential ideas of mankind empower and inspire us towards a better future.
Ricky Abarca, Associate Editor
Ricky Abarca is a 2013 graduate of Lane Tech and could previously be found groaning at anything Shakespeare. However, with a new-found appreciation for the revenge tragedy tradition, he plans to earn a degree in English and return to Lane to teach.
Michael Petersen, Faculty Advisor and Editor
Michael Petersen has been a professor at Wright College since 1999. He teaches literature and composition and is interested in Shakespeare studies, medieval and early modern literature, nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American literature, and film. He received his PhD from Northern Illinois University, and his dissertation discussed couplets and sententia in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Spring 2017 Faculty Editorial Panel:
Helen Doss, English Department
Patti Renda, English Department
Suzanne Sanders, English Department
Natasha Todorovich, English Department
Adrian Guiu, Humanities Department
Russ Hamer, Humanities Department
Mihaela Neacsu, Humanities Department
Anna Proffit, Humanities Department
Jean Lauer, Humanities Department, Austin Community College (TX)
Elizabeth Bobo, English Department, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Michael R. Mauritzen, English Department, Oakton Community College (IL)
Suzanne Sanders, Analytical Writing Program, University of California, San Diego
Spring 2017 GBSJ Web Development:
Laura Alfaro, Chair of CIS Department
Kevin Rodgers, Web Developer
Allen Loomis, Web Design