Eric Toldi: The Sky is the Limit

By Shannon Haaland ’17

seti-2Since August, Eric Toldi ’11 has been the director of the Young Professionals Committee at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, San Francisco chapter. This is only the latest in an impressive list of accomplishments in the short period since he graduated, with a Plan on the history of science.

“I learned to write long-form space history at Marlboro during Plan and now I’m working on my next book,” said Erik .The NASA center in our region is heavily contributing to the growth of the commercial space sector, a prime topic for a space history book.”

After Marlboro, Eric moved to Washington, D.C. to work with the senior curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, researching and writing a space history article for the Proceedings of the IEEE. He also interned at the Aerospace States Association, and worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the youth organization DC Scores.

After a year in D.C. Eric moved back to his home in the Bay Area and has been involved with the AIAA-SF ever since. He splits his time between AIAA, working at a movie theater, science conferences and meetings, and visiting one of the many Oakland libraries to work on his space book.

“Marlboro prepared me for this because it’s also a self-selecting community of dedicated, interested individuals, which I’ve discovered is my preferred company to keep.”

Sarah Horowitz: Pursuing Art History

By Shannon Haaland ’17

SHrecentphoto“Marlboro taught me how to think critically and how to write clearly,” said Sarah Horowitz ’10, who did her Plan in art history and museum studies.  “Most importantly, its wonderful faculty encouraged me to think outside the box and develop original, thought-provoking ideas in coursework and tutorials. These lessons have definitely helped me succeed in my graduate work.”

Sarah is currently a master’s candidate in art history at University of Massachusetts Amherst, with concentrations in modern architecture and ancient Roman art. Working as a teaching assistant in her department, Sarah leads discussion sections for art history survey courses.

After she graduated from Marlboro Sarah worked as the gallery director at the Vermont Center for Photography, located in Brattleboro. There she was able to develop relationships with local photographers and other art professionals that prove to be invaluable to her today. This past summer Sarah worked as a collections assistant at the Eric Carle Museum, cataloguing original artwork by the popular children’s author and illustrator.

“This ‘real world’ work experience definitely helped shape some of the projects I have worked on as a graduate student at UMass, including co-curating an exhibition on how artists manipulate and transform space in various media.” Last spring Sarah presented a paper on the conflation of architectural and landscape space in one of Poussin’s paintings at the American Association for Italian Studies Conference in Eugene, Oregon.

Parker Emmerson: Making Music Online

By Shannon Haaland ’17

parkeremmerson2 copy“My inspiration for the website occurred when we were about to leave high school, and my band was no longer going to be able to play together,” Writes Parker Emmerson ’10, who did his Plan in psychology and philosophy. “That was right around the time of the Facebook explosion, so we were influenced by the idea of a social network.”

Parker’s website,, is a place were musicians of any background can work with other musicians around the world to “promote, distribute, sell, and license their music online.” Musicians can produce and select a version of their song to be published, exchange tracks, and networking to make them collaborative projects. Parker received the patent for his website earlier this year.

“The website has the potential to transform the music industry by shaking up who gets heard, giving a platform to new artists with new styles who have not been acknowledged by traditional media routes,” said Parker. When he is not transforming the music industry he works for the largest catering operation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  He started out as a delivery driver, then as a cashier, and now is manager of the catering department. His job includes marketing and advertisements using mathematically generated scroll-like designs like the ones he used in his Plan project at Marlboro.