Philosophy and Religion

Alumni News

Steve Nunez (Religion & Philosophy Concentration)


After graduating from Ashley High School, Steve Nunez enlisted in the United States Army where he was a member of United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets). While attending UNCW, Steve was active in a variety of areas including the UNC Association of Student Governments and New Hanover County Veterans Council. Steve graduated from UNCW May of 2016. His three majors included Philosophy & Religion: Concentration in Philosophy, Philosophy & Religion: Concentration in Religion, and Anthropology with minors in Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies and Classical Studies. He was featured in the Student Activism Showcase by the Association of College Unions International for the May/June 2016 issue (page 28). Steve is currently preparing to attend Harvard Divinity School in the fall where he will continue his studies in religion, ethics, and politics.

Cystal Lubinski (Religion Concentration) - University Instructor

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After receiving her BA in History and Philosophy and Religion from UNCW and her MA from NYU, Dr. Crystal Lynn Lubinsky received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in the UK in Ecclesiastical History. She currently lectures on ancient history and religious studies for the History Department and Religious Studies Program at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Her research interests and future projects include gender/sexual issues in the early church, monasteries as refuge, and the Christian Desert Myth. She recently published a book entitled Removing Masculine Layers to Reveal a Holy Womanhood: The Female Transvestite Monks of Late Antique Eastern Christianity.

Michael Runkle (Philosophy Concentration) - Attorney

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After receiving his BA in Philosophy and Religion from UNCW, Michael Runkle Esq. attended law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Once finished with his Juris Doctorate degree and the bar exam, he opened his law firm, Seneca Law Group, named after the Roman stoic philosopher. His business has grown exponentially since then and he works daily fighting for the rights of those without a voice and defending the constitution of the United States. He also represents and works with multiple non-profit organizations that better the community. Mr. Runkle reports that he uses the skills, knowledge and understanding learned through the study and pursuit of philosophy at UNCW in everything that he does.


The Philosophy and Religion Department congratulates and wishes all of our graduates continued success in their lives!

Spring 2016


Alexandra G. Chansler, Andersen Curtis Conner, Hailey Grace Edwards, Weston Andrews Gainey, Kelsey Brenden Harris, Aidan Michael Healy, Tyler Garrett Huffman, Alexandra D. Jones, David Trent Livingstone, Steven David Nunez, Andrea Simone Mayo, Grace Louise Ojeda, Seth Hayes Penner, Nicole Kathleen Ramser


Shannon Christyn Carter, Mildred Lee Elledge, James Bradley Kennedy, Derek K. Limbaugh, David Brandon Moore, Steven David Nunez, Jacqueline Stevens 

Fall 2015


Debra Hornbuckle Cuevas, Colby Lauten Davis, Lauren Marie Kamoda, Ashley Christine Pate, Alex Giovanni Pento, Lucas Tanner Roche, Shafer Minton Slockett,

Taylor Patrick Smith magna sum laude


Dan Roger Millard III, McKenzie Campbell Taylor

Spring 2015


Mohamed Abdelrazig, Mitchell Clark Barnes cum laude, Michaela Jane Bauer, Kyle David Godwin, Jordan James Hamilton, Andrew Takashi Hardin cum laude, Danielle Marie Harrison, Jake David Hassell, Kristopher Claude Humpries, Richard Randall Massey, Trevor Paul Seropian


Michaela Jane Bauer, Jake David Hassell, Amanda Michele Maldonado cum laude, John Alexander Orr, Ray Winstead

Fall 2014


Joran James Hamilton, Mark Daniel Lindsey, Aaron M. Weekes


Janet Nicholette Bennett, Lauren Christine Love

Spring 2014


Joseph Anthony Difini summa cum laude, Evan Ray Hayes, Olivia Ashton Iden, Elizabeth Anne Johnston, John Paul Lopez, Lindsey M. Lopez-Ibanez, Zachary Lars Orsino, Stuart Alexander Poulsen, Robert Howard Taylor


Sarah Bixler, Nathaniel Robert Houseman, William Kyle Preston

Fall 2013


Robert Christopher Kirkpatrick, William Alexander Koszelak, Mark Daniel Lindsey, Mikkel Dwight Lysne cum laude with honors in philosophy, and Steven Paul Powell


Danielle M. Alexander, Sophia Turrisi Fuller University honors with honors in Religion, and Jessica Elyse Willetts

Fall 2013 Graduates

Spring 2013


Atiq Ur-Rehman Chaudhry, Kimberly A. Crawford, Greg John Hankinson, Scott Herrmann cum laude, Justin Doeyeon Lee, Neil Kumar Sanyal, Patrick Edward Sullivan magna cum laude, Abigail R. Watson summa cum laude with University honors in philosophy, Joseph Chad Yozzi


Bryan Robert Fries and John Preston Harvill cum laude

Spring 2013 Graduates

Fall 2012


Jillian Lynn McCarthy


Matthew Paul Meyer, Natasha Namailua Davison, Peggy Sue Styes

Fall 2012 Graduates

Spring 2012


Lindsay Blake Gargano, Crystal Marie Groover, Cara Suzannah Harrison, Anna Frances Lowder, Marisa Lodema Marzilli, Samual Otto Schuth, Jeremy Paul Smyczek, Troy Alan Stehlin, Hunter Wray Whisnant


Cody Alan Covan, Sophia Ditanna, Dylan Justus Dodson, Andrea Rose Hanselmann, Daniel Crosby McCluskey, Allison Leigh Murphy, Jason Ezra Norris, Eugene Vincent O'Dea, Mary Alexandra Peoples, Rachel Elizabeth Poole, Victoria-Lyna Florian Ruffin, David Scott Townsend

Fall 2011


Matthew Jeffrey Amor, William Richard Batts, Alexandra Aicha Breant, William Augustine Piner, Charles Kenneth Wilson


Walter D. Ball, Jake Wesley Heffington, Joshua Aaron Hollamon, Justin Scott Snider, Elisabeth Julaina Wallace

Fall 2011 Graduates

Spring 2011


Matthew Amor, Shawn Wilder Colley, Keith Gerard Cormier, Taylor Talmadge, Thomas Duncan, Lacey Michelle Geno, Holly K. Howell, Johan Lars Icard, Matthew Culp Maples, Johnathan Patrick Ryan Neale, William Tyler Roberts, Andrew Courtin Stark, Carl Brooks Venters, Zachary Tooman, and Matthew A. Zinn


Allan Garrison Libby and Mark Crittendon

Graduates May 2011

Back row, left to right: Matthew Amor, Zachary Tooman, Mark Taylor, Shawn Colley, Andrew Stark
Front row, left to right: Tyler Roberts, Matthew Maples, Garrison Libby, Ryan Neale, Keith Cormier, Matthew Zinn