An English major graduate of Le Moyne’s Class of 2016, Emily Latanyshyn has recently found herself back at Le Moyne--this time as an employee at Le Moyne’s Office of Communications & Advancement. Within only a year of her life, Latanyshyn has transitioned from student to staff member, and is not only paving a career path for herself, but for Le Moyne students as well.
As Internship Coordinator for Advancement & Communications, Latanyshyn has been working hard to create writing internships for Le Moyne students, and English majors in particular, who are interested in a career in communication and advancement related fields. She has also written a number of articles for the Le Moyne website and magazine, in addition to assisting with grant-writing, drafting and editing letters for the office, and interviewing students about their stories. “Basically,” Latanyshyn states, “I help tell Le Moyne’s story to our various audiences.
Latanyshyn is finding that even as a staff member, she still works as closely with the Le Moyne English Department faculty as she did when she was a student. She states that her professors were her “first touchpoint with the Le Moyne experience of service to others.” In fact, one of her mentors when she was a student, Dr. Ann Ryan, facilitated her employment in the position she currently holds. “On my first day of work,” Emily says, “Dr. Ryan came to see me and said something like: ‘We’re colleagues — you have to call me Ann now.’ I can’t tell you how much that means to me.”
Especially within the internship portion of her position, Latanyshyn is striving to uncover and create more career opportunities for English majors to pursue--opportunities that she defines as her “gift” to Le Moyne. “In Advancement, there is a lot of talk about ‘gift-making,’” Latanyshyn explains. “We have young alumni giving, reunion giving, senior giving, and even ‘giving day.’ More often than not, these gifts are monetary — they sustain the college.” Latanyshyn, however, wants to give the gift of her talent, time, and commitment to Le Moyne: “I want to invest the little that I have into the work that I do for the College and see my ‘talents’ increase,” she says, “not just for my sake, but for the sake of the College too!”
By Carly McMichael '18