Andy Dwyer (class of 1998) earned his PhD at the University of Nebraska this spring, in “Qualitative and Quantitative
Methods in Research”. He and his wife Shawna (Anderson) – also a Shiloh graduate (class of 2000) - live in Durham, NC, where he works with a standardized testing company.
Jonathan Nauman Class of '81
“In addition to undergoing Shiloh’s good high school training, I’ve earned A.A.S., B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees, the last-named three in English literature. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on two seventeenth-century Christian poets, George Herbert and Henry Vaughan. For the last two decades, I’ve read papers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom; have also published scholarly articles on literary topics. Last year I was asked to give the Henry Vaughan Memorial Address in Breconshire, Wales, at the church where the poet is buried. Despite all these activities, I’m not a professor, but an independent scholar, making my living as a metrologist at a local pharmaceuticals company (my A.A.S. is in metrology, i.e., measurement science). As a Christian volunteer, I lead a Life and Family Ministry at one local parish, and help to lead two Bible studies and a Men’s Group at another.
I wrote a novel called, The Franklin Trees. It’s a mystery and adventure story appropriate for readers 6th grade and older, and was illustrated and published at a small press started by my cousin Gary Karl Nauman. I made my first serious attempt at a full-length novel while at Shiloh High. That earliest book wasn’t publishable, of course; but I remember getting significant encouragement from the Shiloh community which helped keep me writing. The Franklin Trees was first written during the mid-80s, partly on a manual typewriter at the Bismarck State Library during summers while home from college.
The Franklin Trees came out in 2009, and its audience has been steadily growing ever since. In October of last year, I was invited to do my first book-signing, in a ski-resort town in upstate New York. Around the same time, a Christian magazine in Chicago named Touchstone printed a review. Last November the book went into a second printing. We’re starting to get some encouraging feedback at the publisher’s website, and also on the Amazon website, where the book has recently been listed.”
The Franklin Trees is available for $12.00 plus shipping at www.FriendshipFarmPress.com.