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.
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.
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
Three of our previous Coordinators have moved to take on new roles for LSA.