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Austin Tremblay, Coppin State University

Austin's Fellowship:

Austin will serve as Retention Specialist at Coppin State University, coordinating the Our House mentoring program. Our House offers freshmen and sophomore students mentoring from faculty, staff, alumni, and the faith-based community, as well as near-peer mentoring in the form of juniors and seniors who've maintained academic success. The goals of the program include increasing student retention at Coppin, boosting the Coppin graduation rate, and helping matriculating students learn to navigate their academic careers.

Background:

Austin was born and raised in eastern North Carolina. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University and a doctorate in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He has published short fiction and poetry in a variety of literary journals. When not in the office, Austin enjoys playing tennis, camping, and indulging his love of karaoke.

Why do you choose to live and work in Baltimore?  

I find Baltimore an incredibly vibrant, inspiring city. It's a city in which things seem possible, and there are many opportunities to contribute to those possibilities. Baltimore retains a quirkiness that so nicely compliments the beautiful, older architecture and other vestiges of a mid-Atlantic city. Baltimore is indeed a charmer.

What's one surprising fact about yourself?  

When I was in college, lo these many years ago, I sang at the White House.

Go-to snack? 

Chips and guacamole.