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.
Kathleen is a 2010 LSA graduate and a former Phebe A.I. Howell LSA Scholarship recipient. She earned her Psychology B.S. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science. Although Kathleen grew up in Colorado, she dreamed of attending the University of Michigan for as far back as she can remember and would not trade her experience for anything in the world! Her interest in health and children drew her to join Dance Marathon, a student-run nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric rehabilitation programs and improves the lives of children with disabilities. As a Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP) participant, Kathleen worked in Neurology planning patient conferences. Her experiences with Dance Marathon and D-SIP combined with her love of the University sparked her interest in fundraising and alumni relations. She has been with the College Connections Program since July 2011 and now also manages the LSA Dean's Young Alumni Council (DYAC). Kathleen lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and fellow U-M and LSA alumnus, Tim.
Ellie recently graduated from LSA in April 2012 where she earned her B.A. in English and minor in Community Action and Social Change. Originally from Washington D.C., Ellie found a home away from home in Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, she enjoyed tutoring students at the Sweetland Center for Writing and sharing her U-M spirit as a tour guide for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She also took advantage of LSA experiential learning programs, which allowed her to facilitate a theater workshop with incarcerated youth and work as a teacher’s assistant at a local elementary school. Her love for travel (and food) inspired her to spend a summer abroad in Florence, Italy where she studied Renaissance Art and Italian. As an English major, she believes in the power of storytelling and loves to hear U-M alumni share stories of their passions, pursuits and blunders along the way. In her spare time Ellie enjoys reading, cooking and cheering on Michigan athletics. She is currently learning to play the piano—something she has wanted to do for years.
Mark graduated in May 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Community Action & Social Change and Writing. Hailing from the Chicago area, Mark grew up in the backyard of another Big Ten school yet always aspired to go to the University of Michigan. He pursued his interest in politics by getting involved in LSA Student Government and working on the organization’s communication efforts. He spent several summers introducing incoming students to campus (and walking them through the fountain!) as an orientation leader. While an undergraduate, Mark participated in Michigan in Washington, a program that gave him the opportunity to live, learn, and work in the nation’s capital. Mark’s interest for development grew during his time in the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP) while he built an online resource for student philanthropy initiatives. He’s excited to be a part of the College Connections team and to build relationships with LSA alumni all over the world! Mark enjoys tutoring students at 826 Michigan, an Ann Arbor youth literacy center. You may also catch him obsessively following politics and Michigan athletics.
Christina graduated from LSA in May 2013, earning her B.A. in International & Comparative Studies and French. Born and raised in the Chicago area as a Cubs and Blackhawks fan, 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. She especially enjoyed teaching French numbers and songs as a weekly volunteer at HeadStart Preschool, as well as packaging and serving food with Food Gatherers. 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. She is excited to join the College Connections team and discover the stories of alumni from across the globe! In her spare time Christina enjoys reading, nighttime strolls, experimental baking, and cracking cryptograms in under 7 minutes.
Previous College Connections Coordinators
Three of our previous Coordinators have moved to take on new roles for LSA.
Tina is now the Director of International Giving at the College of LSA!
Tina is a former LSA Bentley Scholar and a 2007 LSA graduate with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. Her interests in immigration policy led her to the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy where she is currently working on her Master's degree. As an undergraduate at LSA, Tina participated in the Michigan in Washington Program, studied abroad in Madrid and interned at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine. On campus, she valued her experience with the Europa Forum, where she helped organize conferences on issues of US-European interest. After her graduation from LSA, she started working with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Development, Marketing, and Communications team, where she developed and launched the College Connections Program. Most recently, Tina returned from a summer internship in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked with the Refugee and Migrant Affairs Section at the U.S. Mission to United Nations. One day, Tina plans on becoming the future U.S. Ambassador to Albania. In the meantime, Tina vivaciously pursues her three loves: traveling, "bonding" (it's a philosophy!), and reading.
Elizabeth is now a Major Gift Officer (Southeastern Region) for the College of LSA and lives in Washington, D.C.!
Elizabeth is a graduate of the Class of 2009. She earned her BA in Communication Studies and Political Science, focusing on the presence of politics in the media. Her campus involvement was mostly focused on her sorority and LSA Student Government. She began her career in development in 2007 when she participated in the inaugural Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP) created by the University of Michigan. She worked at the Office of Student Publications full-time for a summer, and continued to work there part-time throughout college. In addition to development and alumni relations experience, she also has professional experience in marketing and public relations, having interned for a marketing research company during her senior year of college. She has enjoyed the research approach to the College Connections initiative and loves seeing the change reflected at the University. She is outgoing and loves meeting new people, especially fellow U-M alumni! Because she has not traveled much in her lifetime, she enjoys hearing about others' international journeys. Finally, although she was not a college athlete, she enjoys regular exercise and outdoor activities of all kinds!
Jenny is now a Major Gift Officer (Western Region) for the College of LSA!
Jenny is a recent LSA graduate and a native Michigander. She received her BA in English and Political Science in 2009. Jenny was a Lloyd Hall Scholar and involved with the Sweetland Center for Writing in addition to traveling to Beijing, China as part of the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates. Jenny also participated in social justice programs through the Division of Student Affairs, including Intergroup Relations and the Spectrum Center Ally training program. She spent much of her time on campus involved with Dance Marathon, a student-run nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric therapy programs and improves the lives of children with disabilities. Jenny has spent her summers in Washington D.C. and New York City completing internships with an urban preservation nonprofit, in the U.S. Senate, and with the William J. Clinton Foundation. These experiences and directed study within her degree prompted her interest in fundraising and education, and she hopes to pursue graduate studies in educational leadership. Jenny enjoys spending her free time drinking coffee, reading anything by author Joan Didion, listening to NPR, and doing yoga.