6 Jul 2017

Graduates:  Where are they Headed?

Graduates: Where are they Headed?

Author: Wings  /  Categories: Campus, Wings  / 

For every Heritage graduate, there is a story of perseverance, determination and unlimited possibilities.  Here are samples of where some of the Class of 2017 are going next.


Alden AndyAlden Andy
B.A. Business Administration

Alden Andy likes to make things happen. As a student at Heritage, he saw a need for a student organization for Native Americans entering into professional careers and founded the Heritage chapter of the American Indian Business Leaders, which he led to being named the National Chapter of the Year in its second year. He realized that many Native American high school students were unsure about how to access scholarships to pay for college, teach them how to find, apply for and receive funding. He recognized that current Native American students could serve as inspiration for others who share in that culture, and he created the video series Native Scholars in Progress for the Center for Indigenous Health, Culture and the Environment. 

Now he is taking his vision and drive to Washington, D.C. Andy will be completing a summer internship with the Chenega Corporation, working with the Strategic Business Unit.  In the fall, he will start graduate studies in project management at City University of Seattle.


Atzimba Martinez

Atzimba Martinez
B.S. Mathematics

At an age where most of her peers are in their sophomore year, 20-year-old Atzimba Martinez is a college graduate on her way to her Ph.D. studies. She had already taken two years of college courses while still in high school when she enrolled at Heritage.

Martinez is poised to break into the male dominated field of mathematics. She is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a member of the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in Mathematical Sciences. She completed two research experiences at the University of Chicago and presented at numerous symposiums and conferences.

Long before graduating, Martinez received several offers for admission to top universities in her field of study, including an offer to enroll directly into Purdue’s Ph.D. program in mathematics. She elected to defer admission to the university for a year and will be entering into a one-year mathematics post baccalaureate program at Washington University in St. Louis before matriculating at Purdue. Ultimately, Martinez wants to become a college mathematics professor.


Rosie Saldana

Rosie Saldana
B.A. Visual Arts

When Rosie Saldana was a child she wanted to be an artist when she grew up.However, she was discouraged from that career path by naysayers who told her she couldn’t make a living as an artist. In high school her art teacher encouraged her to ignore others’ negative comments and to follow her dreams. Saldana enrolled at Heritage to pursue an art degree with K-12 teaching credentials.

Saldana’s vision for her future expanded once she entered her major and became a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Her experiences, including completing a summer art history seminar at Sotheby’s Art Institute in Manhattan, New York, and working with other Mellon Fellows and their mentors, gave her a new direction. Saldana switched her major to visual arts in preparation for building a career teaching at the college level.

Before she graduated, Saldana had already received and accepted an offer from her top school of choice for graduate studies. In the fall she is entering the University of Oregon’s art history program where she will complete her Ph.D.


Zia Lohrasbi

Zia Lohrasbi
B.A. Business Administration

When it comes to building his career, Zia Lohrasbi is focused and driven. He was a freshman when he took an entry level job constructing boxes for Allen Brothers Fruit. A short time later, he was promoted to a position with the company’s research and development office where he oversaw a team of 10 employees. 

Lohrasbi tackled his work at Heritage with the same focus and vigor. He was a founding member of the university’s first fraternity, Omega Delta Phi; president of the Student Government Association during his senior year; and active in Enactus, where he served as the chapter president and was part of the award-winning presentation team 

It was through his Enactus contacts that Lohrasbi launched his future career. He was hired by Hallmark to work in project management at their corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.

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