Amy Milligan '04
"...the professors that mentored me through my undergraduate years have continued to guide me through my graduate studies and professional career." --Amy Milligan
A Fulbright Scholar. A doctoral candidate. A professor. Amy Milligan ’04 is quite an accomplished graduate of Elizabethtown College. And she’s still on campus every day—she’s the program coordinator and registrar for Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center, an organization headquartered at the College.
Amy also is an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at E-town, as well as teaches in the American Studies department at Penn State Harrisburg and in the Judaic Studies program Dickinson College.
After completing her undergraduate work at E-town—where she majored in Religious Studies and German--Amy never stopped learning. She spent a year in Marburg, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. After that, she moved to North Carolina and completed her master’s of theological studies from Duke University. As of the fall of 2011, she’s completing her dissertation and anticipates graduating from Penn State University with a Ph.D. in American Studies.
“The other day a colleague introduced me as someone who ‘bleeds E-town blue.’ My undergraduate years at E-town set me up for the graduate work that I have chosen to pursue and have ultimately led me back to the College. I love being on campus and working with current E-town students. Likewise, the professors that mentored me through my undergraduate years have continued to guide me through my graduate studies and professional career. I count several of them now as dear friends and still turn to them when I need advice,” she said.
Amy still feels at home at the College—a feeling she felt the instant she stepped foot on campus. She was impressed with the students and faculty she met, but the deciding point for her was an email conversation with Dr. Chris Bucher, who was then the department chair.
“She seemed genuinely interested in me as an individual and offered advice that was honest and kind. I knew that if someone was this invested in a student before even working with her that the department would really care about me in a holistic way,” she said.
One of Amy’s fondest memories of the Religious Studies department—and its camaraderie—was her senior banquet, where the students decided to roast the faculty members with gag gifts and silly stories. To this day, she and her peers reflect on that evening.
“[That night] represents so much of what our department is about—as students, we felt a connection with our peers. Likewise, we also truly knew our professors, something which not all students at other institutions can say about their instructors. We had deep respect for our professors but could still laugh together; we truly were a family,” she said.