'Pulse Magazine's 15 to Watch in 2015'

Pulse Magazine

Earlier this year, Pulse Magazine released its annual ‘People to Watch’ list, a list highlighting residents of Central Massachusetts who are examples of diligence, strength and drive in areas such as business, academics, the arts, public service or athletics. Among the standout candidates recognized is College of the Holy Cross alum Martha Walters ’14, who was honored for her distinguished work academically, and also for her achievements and research.

Walters, a North Grafton native, is taking a three-month language course in Bahasa, Indonesia, through a Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) she received in conjunction with the coveted 2014-15 Fulbright research grant she was awarded. “My studies at Holy Cross have essentially built a strong foundation for me in Indonesia and whatever I do after,” Walters said. She will be in West Sumatra for eight months and in Bali for two months studying organic farming, a growing international trend.

According to the article, Walters first went to Indonesia during the summer of 2012 with Professor Susan Rodgers and two other students to study the commercialization of “ikat” textile and learn traditional dying and manufacturing techniques. Walters cited Rodgers as being especially instrumental to her successes, along with her family.

Pulse Magazine also highlighted last year’s nominee Neema Hakim ’14. Although currently working in the District of Columbia researching and working events for Barack Obama, Hakim cites the College of the Holy Cross as his greatest accomplishment.

“I had the experience of a lifetime on College Hill, and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the friends and mentors who prepared me to lead a life of purpose.”

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This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Jacqueline Smith ’15.