Alumni Updates

Here’s the most recent alumni news sent in to us in 2021. All of our alumni updates can be found in the Alumni & Friends section of our website.

Sweetland alumni, let us know what you are up to!

Danielle Colburn • English 2018
Minor in Writing
Peer Writing Consultant
I just started work at a consulting firm in Chicago. I’m on the Digital Consumer Experience, focusing on content management & marketing! For now that means copy writing and SEO work.

Elise Vocke • International Studies 2019
Minor in Writing
After graduating from U-M, I spent a year working at a startup in NYC and teaching English in Madrid with lots of churros, tapas, and places to explore. Now I am back in the US working at in SBS Optimization to help people get jobs!

Akili Echols • Sociology 2021
Minor in Writing & Peer Writing Consultant
Next year (2021-2022) I will be completing a year of service at City Year Detroit.

Kaitlyn Ender • Psychology 2021
Minor in Writing & Peer Writing Consultant
I am pursuing my MSW at U-M’s School of Social Work. My focus areas are child welfare, as well as leadership and management. I plan to continue using my writing as a tool to advocate for children and give them a voice.

Emily Wolhart • Economics 2021
Peer Writing Consultant
After graduation, I moved to Washington, DC where I work as a data analyst in the insurance industry. Even though my job involves lots of coding and number crunching, I still use the skills I developed through Sweetland daily. On the weekends, I love exploring the city and watching Michigan football. Go Blue!

Alumni Updates

Here’s the most recent alumni news sent in to us in 2020. All of our alumni updates can be found in the Alumni & Friends section of our website. Sweetland alumni, let us know what you are up to here.

MWrite Fellows Alumni

Mary Kruk • Women’s Studies 2017 • M-Write Fellow for STATS 250

I’m a PhD student in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State! I’ll be graduating in 2022.

Vineet Chandra • Public Policy 2018 • M-Write Fellow for ECON 101

I came back to the University of Michigan for law school. I graduate in May 2021, and I’ve accepted an offer to return to Boston and start work for a law firm.

Penelope Farris • Biomolecular Science & BCN 2018 • M-Write Fellow for CHEM 216

After graduation, I took a year to work at a management consulting firm that focused on promoting behavior change to improve the environment at corporations. I’m currently living in Brooklyn, NY in my second year of medical school at New York Medical College. I’m hoping to pursue psychiatry and I’m looking forward to rotations next year to get a flavor of different specialties

Charlie Ferreri • Biomolecular Science 2018 • M-Write Fellow for CHEM 216

Following graduation I took a gap year where I worked as a medical scribe for the department of pediatric surgery at Michigan Medicine. I then started medical school in the summer of 2019 at the University of Michigan. I am a current M2 who is looking forward to beginning clinical rotations and interacting with patients.

Abbie Barondess • Neuroscience 2019 • M-Write Fellow for CHEM 216

I work as a college adviser for the University of Michigan College Advising Corps at a high school in Grand Rapids. I work under the national College Advising Corps which is an Americorps program that seeks to increase the number of low income first generation students in higher education!

Robert Dalka • Physics 2019 • M-Write Fellow for PHYSICS 140

After graduating with my degree in Physics, I moved to the Washington, D.C. area to attend the University of Maryland in their Physics PhD program. I am a part of the Physics Education Research Group at UMD. My research focuses on understanding physics departmental culture, how this culture changes, and how students are included in these change efforts.

Camille Phaneuf • Neuroscience, Cognitive Science (Computation Track) 2019 • M-Write Fellow for BIOL 172

After graduating in May 2019, I moved to NYC to start my current position as a lab manager and post-baccalaureate researcher for Dr. Catherine Hartley at NYU. I study the neurodevelopment of value-based learning, memory, and decision-making using behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging methods.

Dominic Polsinelli • Neuroscience and English 2019 • M-Write Fellow for BIOL 172

I currently live in New York City working as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at Rockefeller University. I’ll be applying to medical school next year.

Brandon Staarmann • Business Administration 2019 • M-Write Fellow for ECON 101

Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2019, I’ve moved to Washington, D.C., and currently work as a Software Engineer at Capital One at their headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

Sheridan Tobin • Public Health Sciences 2019 • M-Write Fellow for STATS 250

I’m a Genetic Counseling graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will graduate in 2022.

Emily Africk • Statistics 2020 • M-Write Fellow for STATS 250

I am working as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC!

Amanda Bachand • Neuroscience 2020 • M-Write Fellow for STATS 250

Since graduation, I have been working in a middle school math classroom as a Student Success Coach with City Year Detroit, an AmeriCorps program focused on supporting students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. I am also currently in the process of applying to medical school.

Jon Reid • History 2020 • M-Write Fellow for CLIMATE 102

I am attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania, and I live in Philadelphia, PA.

Benancio Rodriguez • Biochemistry 2020 • M-Write Fellow for BIOL 172

Since graduation in the Spring of 2020, I moved to Los Angeles to start graduate school at UCLA in the field of Molecular Biology.

Harry Wang • Engineering 2020 • M-Write Fellow for STATS 250

I am currently a Computer Science Masters Student at University of Pennsylvania.

Rachi Willard • Anthropology 2020 • M-Write Fellow for CHEM 216

I’m living in SE Michigan and working remotely in a social and behavioral sciences lab at the NIH. In January I’ll be leaving for Italy on a Fulbright research grant! While I’m there I’ll be doing ethnographic research in migrant welcome centers in Palermo, Sicily.

Peer Writing Consultant Alumni

Ana Maria Guay • Classical Languages and Literatures, minor in Translation Studies 2015

After U of M, I received an MPhil in Classics from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge scholar. Although I originally went on to graduate work in Classics at UCLA, my experience with Sweetland had made a life-changing impact. I switched my focus, received a graduate certificate in writing pedagogy from UCLA, and am now a full-time Writing Learning Specialist (including supervising our writing peer tutor program!) at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR.

Minor in Writing Alumni

Kennedy Clark • Sociology 2017
Since graduating, I’ve student-taught in Ann Arbor Public Schools, tutored college writing, and completed my M.A. in Educational Studies from UM. I currently work as an Evaluation and Assessment Coordinator at Western Michigan University’s medical school.

Rachel Hutchings • Screen Arts 2017

Since graduating, I moved to Los Angeles and began a career in the entertainment industry. I currently work at Untitled Entertainment as an assistant to talent managers, where I help clients get cast in upcoming film and television projects, and provide feedback on current scripts in development. I still keep busy with my own writing when I can!

Meagan Malm • Business Administration 2018

My research paper stemming from my Wallenberg Fellowship was published by World Development Perspectives last month. You can access the article online through February 26th. I have a summarized version on my website.

Ashley Preston • Communication Studies 2018

Since graduation, I have been working as a Content Specialist at U-M in the Division of Public Safety and Security. In my role, I write web articles and develop social media posts and campaigns. I have most enjoyed learning ways to capture the stories of my colleagues to share with our community — as I’m sure you can imagine, public safety professionals do some important, thankless work. My MiW experience was very helpful in inspiring me to tell stories in meaningful ways.

Minor in Writing Alumni Updates

Thanks to our Writing Minor alumni who responded this summer to yet another Sweetland email. We appreciate you keeping in touch and hearing all of the wonderful things you are up to.

To submit an alumni update and view updates from previous years visit the Alumni section of our website.

Jordan Boeve • Psychology 2013
I went to Wayne State and got my PhD in developmental psychology in 2018. Completed a postdoctoral fellowship at U of M Flint, working with young children who were affected by the water crisis. Just got married and moved to Sacramento, where I am a lecturer at UC Davis (Contemporary American Families) and my husband is a neurology resident.

Katie Brown • Movement Science 2013
I’m halfway through the Physician Assistant program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Zachary Bucholtz • Screenwriting 2013
Recently, I made the decision to quit my “day job” to focus full-time on running my own business, FourFour Pictures. We do wedding videos, commercials, and drone photography. Before that, I was the Screenwriter and Editor of the documentary film Just Getting By, about the post-recession economy, and have produced a handful of short films. I live in the city of Detroit and LOVE being part of its revival.

Jen Durow • History 2013
I completed an MS degree in Survey Methodology at University of Michigan in 2016 and currently work as a survey methodologist at the American Institutes for Research. I use the skills learned in the Minor for grant writing, and to communicate technical findings to nontechnical audiences.

Alexandra Olkowski • Political Science 2013
In 2016 I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law, and now I am an attorney, living in Chicago.

Hanny Tasker • History 2013
I am in my second year of a tailored Master’s degree program in Information Studies at the University of Michigan. I apply design-thinking to online learning environments. In my spare time I write for the web and knit ambitious sweaters.

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Peer Tutor / Writing Consultant Alumni Updates

Thanks to all of the Peer Tutor and Peer Writing Consultant alumni who reached out over the summer to share what you have been up to.

To submit an alumni update and view updates from previous years visit the Alumni section of our website.

Alexander Gilbert • Cellular and Molecular Biology 1994
After graduating, I went to medical school at New York University and then did my advanced medical training at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I specialize in transplant nephrology and am an Associate Professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program at the Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute.

Doug Bouws • Political Science 1995
Graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2002 with Masters in Divinity. Spent 14 years NE of Sacramento as Pastor of Hospitality at Granite Springs Church. Now live near Grand Rapids, MI as a legacy gift coach/consultant–help non-profits market gifts in the Will to their most loyal donors. 

Christina Consolino • French 1995
I received my PhD in Physiology in 2003 and taught college-level anatomy and physiology until May 2019. My work has been published in Brevity Blog, Flights, HuffPost, Short Fiction Break, Tribe Magazine, and Literary Mama, where I serve as Senior Editor. I’m also co-author of Historic Photos of University of Michigan. I currently teaching writing classes through Word’s Worth Writing Center in Dayton, Ohio, and work as a freelance editor and writing tutor. In my spare time, I read, write, run, and spend time with my husband and four children. 

Robert Yoon • Political Science and Communication 1995
I was a peer writing tutor back in the 1990s when it was still called the English Composition Board. I am now a political journalist, having clocked more than 17 eventful years as CNN’s Director of Political Research. In that role, I mostly covered campaigns and elections, with a special emphasis on preparing for presidential debates and Election Nights. Now, I’m back in Ann Arbor as the Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism in the Department of Communication and Media. I teach classes on the role of the news media in campaigns and elections. My experience at Sweetland/ECB has been extremely helpful in working with students to make the most impact with their writing. Outside of the classroom, I’m also the host of a journalism-themed radio talk show on WCBN-FM called The J Word.

Brooke Ingersoll • Psychology 1996
I received my PhD in experimental psychology for UC San Diego in 2003. I am currently a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program at Michigan State University, where I conduct research on the development, evaluation, and implementation of community-viable interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. I am a co-author of an evidence-based parent-mediated intervention curriculum for young children with ASD.

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Introducing the Alumni Gallery


December marked the launch of Sweetland’s new Alumni Gallery on our LSA departmental website. Divided into two sections, Minor in Writing and Peer Tutors & Consultants, the gallery showcases the diverse career and personal paths our former students have followed over the years. If you would like to send us an update, fill out the brief update form at the bottom of the main Alumni Gallery page.