Who better to collect the stories of LSA alumni and their families 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 backgrounds with new LSA graduates. Each coordinator will get a taste of the University across eras while sharing a common bond.
Our coordinators are eager to make real connections with fellow members of the LSA family! They welcome the opportunity to strengthen the College's alumni outreach and make your experience as an alum more personal.
Amanda Harvey graduated from LSA in May of 2016 with a A.B. in Political Science. Amanda hails form Saginaw, Michigan and comes from a big Wolverine family, with her mother and three uncles having attended the University. As an undergrad, Amanda worked in many areas of the University including Telefund, LSA-DMC, and the LSA International Internship Program. She also devoted her time to various student organizations including Student Food Co., a student run produce stand that provides affordable and consciously sourced produce on campus and Zeta Tau Alpha, a sorority whose philanthropic efforts support breast cancer education and awareness. In the summer of 2015, Amanda participated in two international internships that lead her to a FTSE 100 insurance company in Cardiff, Wales and the National Coastal Agency of Tirana, Albania. In both countries, she worked as a communications intern and had invaluable professional and cultural experiences. Amanda's passion and appreciation for the liberal arts and her love of meeting new people inspired her to work for College Connections. During her free time, Amanda enjoys traveling, reading, and trying new restaurants around Ann Arbor.
Samantha Lemmen graduated from LSA in May of 2016 with a A.B. in psychology and a minor in business administration. Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Samantha followed in the footsteps of her older brother, Alex (B.B.A. ’13), from the shores of Lake Michigan to the bleachers of the Big House. As an undergrad, Samantha was heavily involved with Appreciate + Reciprocate, a philanthropic student org that volunteers in the community and also fundraises for the LSA Appreciate + Reciprocate Scholarship. The experience led Samantha to The Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP), where she worked on a fundraising plan for a Teen Space at Ypsilanti District Library. She also served a brief stint as a sports writer for The Michigan Daily. Samantha’s love for the University, strong belief in the value of a liberal arts education, and appreciation for people and stories of all kinds sparked her interest in alumni relations. In her spare time, you can find Samantha watching basketball and football, spending time with family and friends, running, reading, fishing, and likely drinking excessive amounts of coffee.
Joe Murray graduated from LSA in May of 2016 with an A.B. in Program in the Environment. Raised in Traverse City, MI, he was very involved in his community, volunteering with the Traverse City Film Festival for five years. In 2014, he received an LSA internship scholarship and spent the summer working full-time for the festival. He returned in 2015 and 2016 as a manager. As a student, Joe was a member of the Graham Sustainability Scholars, serving as the education assistant for the Graham Institute his senior year. He participated in a life-changing trip to Australia and New Zealand through the program, studying the region’s progressive sustainable business and policy initiatives. In addition, Joe served on the leadership team of Circle K, the university’s largest community service organization, facilitating a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for students. In 2013, he cofounded U-M's chapter of FeelGood, a nationwide nonprofit that aims to sustainably end world poverty by 2030 through educational initiatives and grilled cheese delis that fundraise for the cause. He loves U-M football, attending concerts, and seeing new places.
Previous College Connections Coordinators
What have the former College Connections coordinators been up to since they "graduated" from the program?
Avery Gleason (2015-2016) continues to work at the University as a business intelligence analyst for the Office of University Development.
Patrick Pjesky (2015-2016) works for Google as an Account Strategist.
Christina Pechette (2014-2016) will be saying goodbye to Michigan this fall and will be heading to Boston to pursue a Master's in Public Health at Harvard University.
Monica Phillip (2014-2016) is completing her first year as Regional Director of Development for LSA and has been enjoying her constant travel to visit with our West Coast alumni.
Ellie Chessen (2012–2015) received her master's degree from the U-M Ford School of Public Policy. She has accepted a position with Deloitte's federal consulting practice in Washington, D.C.
Mark Chou (2013–2015) recently moved to the Bay Area and accepted a job as a product specialist with Facebook.
Kathleen Hinkley (2011–2014) was recently appointed the Director of Development at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Jenny Howard (2009–2012) serves as LSA's Director of Planned Giving and as a major gift officer on our Central States team.
Elizabeth Williams (2009–2012) moved back to Ann Arbor from Washington, D.C. She is now part of the University's central development team in Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan.
Tina Sula (2009–2012) is now with the Henry Ford Health System as a Chief Development Officer and continues to stay involved with the College as a lecturer in the LSA Program in International and Comparative Studies.