Current Students

Ryan Bankson

Ryan BankstonSan José State University

I’ve served with the Iowa Army National Guard for 10 years, and am a captain in the infantry . I’ve served one tour in Afghanistan in 2010-2011, during which I was an infantry platoon leader. I received my bachelor’s degree in political science in 2010 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. I am currently working at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque as a library assistant, and after obtaining my MLIS I hope to apply for a position as a librarian with the same institution.


Ryan Green

Ryan GreenSan José State University

I was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. After graduating high school in 2004 I went into the Air Force as an aerial gunner on the HH60G Combat Search and Rescue Pavehawk helicopter. I would later serve two tours in Iraq. In 2008, I started my college career at Santa Barbara City College, then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Davis.

Honors: Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters; Dean’s List, College of Letters & Science at UC Davis


Renea Ruark

Renea RuarkUniversity of Hawai’i at Mānoa

I served with the military for 8 years, Active duty Army in Air Defense Artillery, and left to raise my young son. I then spent 7 years in DOD Civilian service supporting logistics and finance here in Hawai’i. As I was serving and working full-time, I graduated from Hawai’i Pacific University with a Bachelor’s in Social Science, becoming the first in my family to earn a college degree! I hope to take my MLIS study into the field of education; I will be following up this degree with a post-bacc teaching certification program in SpEd teaching, and am currently completing my substitute teaching certification course in order to gain classroom experience in the meantime.


Alyxandra Miller

Alyxandra MillerUniversity of Hawai’i at Mānoa

I was raised in south-central Washington state along the Columbia River, later moving up to the eastern side of the state to attend Eastern Washington University from 2009-2013, graduating with a BA in Communication Studies. I enlisted in the Army shortly after, serving as a Signals Intelligence Analyst here in beautiful O’ahu, Hawai’i. My military career has come to an honorable conclusion, and I’ve found my passion for learning to be stronger than ever. I’ll be attending UH Manoa’s MLIS program beginning in January of 2018 and couldn’t be happier to be starting this journey. It’s always been a dream of mine to work as a librarian, and given my passion for reading it’s no surprise. Libraries have always been my home away from home, no matter my locale. It’s my hope to foster that love of reading and sense of belonging in future generations, and a Master’s in Library & Information Science is a perfect way to start.

Heather Canfield

Heather CanfieldSan José State University

I had the honor of serving on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2004 as an Engineer officer stationed with the 130th Engineer Brigade in Hanau, Germany. Prior to being in the Army, I completed a BS in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology. After separating from the Army I also earned a certificate in Early Childhood Montessori Education, and Masters of Education degrees in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and Special Education. I currently work in the Baron-Forness Library at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of librarianship especially in the realm of technology and putting all I’ve learned to work helping students as they navigate the incredible array of resources and information available to them.


Amberly Russell

Amberly Russell

The University of Texas at Austin

I served in the U.S. Army from 2000-2004 with the 1st Infantry Division as a military police officer. I have a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Literature with an emphasis on popular narratives regarding women in combat. My long-range career objectives are to start as a librarian, explore how my skillsets lead to a specialization within the profession, and ultimately become a library director.


Will Fregozo

Will Fregozo

San José State University

I proudly served in the U.S. Marines from 1999-2003 as a Machinegunner and Vehicle Commander in a C.A.A.T. Platoon (Combined Anti-Armor Team). After my time in the Marines, I worked as a DoD contractor in the Balkans in support of SFOR and KFOR operations. Upon returning stateside, I slowly went through the community college route while working full-time and eventually earned my B.A. in History from UCLA. My ultimate goal after obtaining my MLIS is to work in either an academic or public librarian position, hopefully in either the L.A. Public Library system or in a CSU/UC.