Alison Davis, Editor
Alison’s articles have been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, and The Independent (UK), among others. Her essay “Memory Walk” appeared in the March/April ‘15 issue of Stanford magazine. She likes to write and think about what draws people together across generations, genders, and nationalities. Letters Home is her first book.
Laine Bruzek, Undergrad Student AdvisEr
Josh Schneider, Assistant University Archivist
As Assistant University Archivist, Josh shares responsibility for acquiring, preserving, and providing access to Stanford University records, as well as materials documenting the campus and student life. He serves on several campus committees focusing on digital archives and new media preservation. The letters sent home by Stanford students illuminate a spectrum of campus life--from educational experiences and cultural events to individual stories of personal growth. Letters Home offers alumni a wonderful opportunity to both reconnect with and share these Stanford memories.
Product Design & Creative Writing || Class of '16
Susan Putnam Christiansen, Undergrad Alum Adviser
B.A. Biological Sciences, Class of '60 || M.A. Education, Class of '61
As an alumna who has also been involved with Stanford through volunteer work for SAA, weddings for Memorial Church, a collection of paintings for the Stanford Mgmt. Co. and portraits at the alumni building, and 33 years as a Stanford museum docent, Susan values enormously the continuity of our collective history. The letters and all memorabilia that contain this narrative are to be treasured, preserved, utilized. Letters Home anchors this effort.
Joan Little Ragno, Grad Alum Adviser
M.A. English/Creative Writing || Class of '80
Joan teaches Creative Dramatics to children in a local after-school program and serves as a community volunteer. A history buff, she has worked as a copy editor and educator, and used her writing and editing skills in many volunteer capacities while raising her family. Joan is interested in the ways Letters Home will showcase historical differences in writing styles, illustrate both typical and unique student concerns across the years, and frame the nature of students' connections to family over time.
Laine is a current senior at Stanford who is interested in the intersections between storytelling, design, and business. She's most excited to see how Letters Home can help incoming students understand that while their Stanford experience will be unique in many ways, in other ways--not so much. You can check out her design portfolio here.
Daniel Hartwig, University Archivist
As University Archivist Daniel is responsible for the acquisition, preservation and transmission of University records, faculty papers, and materials documenting the University's founders. Letters Home is a fabulous project that engages alums while at the same time broadening the Stanford narrative.