CLAS to welcome distinguished alumni for presentations, events

Alumni from 12 departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) will share their post-graduation experiences with the Grand Valley community October 22-23.

Donovan Anderson, CLAS interim assistant dean for faculty and staff development and associate professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, said this year’s distinguished alumni will provide their insights about what constitutes strong academic preparation for students.

“The CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence are outstanding role models because they took their passion for the liberal arts and made exemplary careers and lives for themselves,” Anderson said. “Students will be able to draw connections between their own experiences with the liberal arts and sciences, and concrete career paths taken by GVSU alumni.”

The following alumni will be giving presentations at Grand Valley:

  • Nathan Bacheler, ’97, National Marines Fisheries Service (NOAA)
  • Jaime Curtis-Fisk, ’04, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Matthew Cooper, ’02 and ’09, Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation, Northland College
  • Ashley Dressel, ’08, College of Saint Scholastica
  • M. Teague O’Mara, ’01, Max Planck Institute of Ornithology
  • Andrew McCarthy, ’00, COG Operating LLC
  • Michelle LeMieux, ’09, Botsford Hospital
  • Christine Amon, ’09, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Paula Amenta, ’95, Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Kenneth Games, ’09, Indiana State University

For event information about the various lectures and programs, contact Keesha Hardiman at hardimak@gvsu.edu or visit the CLAS website.