Who better to reach out to LSA alumni than recent graduates, those most closely connected to campus? That is why the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts has designed College Connections to pair alumni from all decades with new LSA graduates. Each will get a taste of the University across eras while sharing a common bond.
The following coordinators are eager to make real connections with fellow members of the LSA family to heighten the College's alumni outreach and make your alumni experience more personal.
Patrick graduated from LSA in May of 2015 with degrees in Classics and Political Science. Hailing from the City of St. Joseph on the southwest shores of Lake Michigan, Patrick quickly found his home in Ann Arbor. Largely due to the smaller size of the Department of Classical Studies, he was able to form several meaningful relationships with his professors and considers these relationships essential to his student experience. Service as the president of the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club was Patrick's driving force behind his interest in alumni relations. When not in the office, Patrick enjoys reading novels and listening to all genres of choral music.
Avery graduated in July of 2015 with a B.A. in Economics. Originally from Holt, MI, he always dreamed of attending the University of Michigan—a dream that was made possible by the Lefkofsky Family Foundation Scholarship. During his time as a student, Avery participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and worked with Appreciate + Reciprocate, a student organization that raises money for need-based scholarships. This experience led Avery to the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP), where he worked as a development intern at a local youth homeless shelter, Ozone House Youth and Family Services. In his spare time, Avery loves traveling as much as possible, listening to NPR, and knitting!
Christina graduated from LSA in May 2013, earning her B.A. in International & Comparative Studies and French. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Christina first discovered the unique and vibrant spirit of Michigan on a memorable visit with her older brother (ENG '09) during parent and family weekend. Christina dedicated much of her time as an undergraduate pursuing her passion for community service and social justice by participating in two Alternative Spring Break programs, facilitating weekly multicultural dialogues at the Washtenaw County Jail, and donating hundreds of hours volunteering with her student organization, Circle K International. Christina also had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad studying French and political science in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she fell in love with both the language and the breathtaking Swiss scenery and culture. Her studies, paired with her extracurricular non-profit work, guided her enthusiasm for learning about other cultures, people, and social change—and eventually sparked her interest in development and alumni relations. In her spare time Christina enjoys volunteering, listening to podcasts, and spending as much time as possible outside.
Monica is a 2014 LSA graduate and a former John J. and Emily S. Guettler Scholarship recipient. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Community Action and Social Change. Although she considers Long Island New York home, her familial ties to the University of Michigan drew her to become a Wolverine. Her interest in working with children inspired her to participate in LSA’s Project Outreach Program, where she facilitated conversations surrounding social justice and volunteered at a local preschool. She took her enthusiasm for working with children further by joining Dance Marathon, a student-run nonprofit organization that raises funds to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities. In 2013, she participated in the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP). While a D-SIP intern, she created a comprehensive benchmarking project for Michigan Telefund and later served as a student recruiter for the program. Monica is excited to join the College Connections team and hear stories from LSA alumni all over the world. In her spare time Monica enjoys baking, reading, and volunteering with North Star Reach—a local nonprofit that offers camp experiences for children with serious health challenges.
Previous College Connections Coordinators
What have the former College Connections Coordinators been up to since they "graduated" from the program?
Ellie Chessen (Nov., 2012 - Jun., 2015) didn't go too far from LSA: she is currently pursuing her Master's at the U-M Ford School of Public Policy, just down the street.
Mark Chou (Jan., 2013 - May, 2015) moved to Brooklyn, NY to work as a special projects coordinator at Uncommon Schools' Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate.
Kathleen Hinkley (2011 - 2014) moved to Madison, WI, with her husband Tim, a pharmacy resident at UW-Madison. Kathleen serves as a Director of Development for the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
Jenny Howard (2009 - 2012) moved on to a new role in LSA as a Major Gift Officer for the West Coast.
Elizabeth Williams (2009 - 2012) lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves as a Major Gift Officer for LSA on the East Coast.
Tina Sula (2009 - 2012) took on a new role in LSA as the Director of International Giving, before leaving LSA to become a Chief Development Officer at the Henry Ford Health System. She continues to stay involved with the College as a Lecturer in the LSA Program in International and Comparative Studies.