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Student Alumni Ambassadors


Student Alumni Ambassadors are a select group of undergraduate students who serve as liaisons within the University alumni community, providing insight into current student culture and sharing what Rambler life is like today. The Student Alumni Ambassador program builds relationships among students and alumni.
Mission: Our mission is to engage with alumni, represent the student perspective, and serve as a resource to the University administration. Student Alumni Ambassadors serve as liaisons, connecting diverse communities while honoring and furthering the Jesuit traditions of the Loyola Community.

Benefits of the SAA Program include:

  • Opportunities to acquire and sharpen leadership and communication skills while making personal and professional contacts
  • Build your resume
  • Develop practical career, presentation, and event planning skills
  • Unique access to alumni, parents, and friends of the University
  • Dinner with 12 Events
  • Invitations to exclusive programs and events
  • Professional Development

Applications for the 2017-2018 Student Alumni Ambassador Program are now open!

Click here for the full position description and requirements.

Click here to apply today!

 

Questions or Concerns?

Contact Mary Houston, Associate Director, Alumni Relations at mking11@LUC.edu, 773-508-7821 or stop by the Alumni House at 6312 N. Winthrop Avenue.

 Alumni Events

  • Damen Society Reception - Student Alumni Ambassadors were able to meet and greet elite members from Loyola's Damen Society Reception. They also had the opportunity to hear Loyola's new President, Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, speak for the first time to the Damen Society.
  • Mundelein Reunion Brunch - Student Alumni Ambassadors sat and had brunch with some of the lovely alumnae from Mundelein College. They were able to hear the great stories of their experiences and what Loyola's campus used to look like years ago.
  • CAS Converge - Converge is a celebration of the College of Arts and Sciences for alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the University  to reconnect with one another and re-live the Loyola Experience. Student Alumni Ambassadors were able to mingle with attendees and listen to presentations from the College of Arts and Sciences. 
  • Dinner with Twelve - This event provides a unique experience for both undergraduates and alumni to connect. Through Dinner with Twelve, alumni are invited to host students for small dinner parties, giving different generations the opportunity to come together in a warm, friendly environment for good food, conversation, and camaraderie. Each event offers students the opportunity to network with alumni and ask questions about life after college. GOLD Board members graciously hosted our first Dinner with Twelve during the Fall 2016 semester and welcomed a group of Student Alumni Ambassadors with breakfast for dinner. We are looking forward to many more of these events to come!

 Slideshow of Alumni Events

Check out some photos of the Student Alumni Ambassadors at a variety of different Alumni Events. 


Created with flickr slideshow.

Current Ambassadors

Meghan Bast
Meghan Bast

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2018

 

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Meghan Bast
Meghan Bast

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Major: Human Services

Why do you think it is important for alumni to stay active and interact with the university?

Loyola gives so much to each of us while we are enrolled here. I think it is important to give back to the institution that has done so much for us, so we can make it better for those who come after us.

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

I love exploring the different neighborhoods and trying different restaurants in the city.

How do you hope to connect with alumni through this position?

I hope to meet alumni and hear their stories about their lives and their unique Loyola experiences. I think it is so important to connect students with current alumni because they have been in our shoes and have such great advice on how to navigate college and the world after. I hope to also share my experience of Loyola to find points of intersection whether it be a shared love for our university or a love for the same organizations. I am happy to have this unique opportunity to meet the people who made Loyola a better place for me.

Amy Christenson
Amy Christenson

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2018

 

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Amy Christenson
Amy Christenson

Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

Lake Michigan is probably my favorite part of Chicago so my favorite things to do in Chicago involve the lake! I enjoy walking and biking on Lake Shore Trail (even in the winter) and love to just look out into it and discuss philosophical problems (philosophy minor here).

Why do you think it is important for alumni to stay active and involved with the university?

We are what we have done in life. Our relationships and experiences create our identity. I think it is important to stay involved in things that have impacted our life so we can continue to give back and in turn ensure others also have positive and impactful experiences.

What is a quote that is the most meaningful to you?

"I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else" - C.S. Lewis


Thomas Sallese
Thomas Sallese

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2020

 

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Thomas Sallese
Thomas Sallese

Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin

Major: Biochemistry 

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?

I chose to attend Loyola because it's a great University with an amazing history that I could not wait to become a part of. I specifically love the Jesuit ideals and the mission statement. At Loyola I feel like I am where I need to be so that I can achieve my goals.

What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about advocating for education, gender equality, and social justice. These issues are what I believe my generation cares for very heavily, and I want to see my generation do the right thing when handling these problems.

How else are you involved on campus?

I am apart of the University Senate of Loyola Chicago which is a senate made up of faculty, staff, administration, and students. Our purpose is to deliberate on University wide issues, while also working very closely with other shared governance bodies such as Student Government.

Veronica Lourich
Veronica Lourich

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2017

 

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Veronica Lourich
Veronica Lourich

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Major: Biology with Emphasis in Ecology

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?

Stepping foot on campus felt like stepping into an oasis within the concrete chaos of Chicago; it immediately felt like coming home. The duality of the beauty of our lake-side campus with the culturally dense wonder that is Chicago in our backyard is absolutely unbelievable. I fell in love with Loyola's holistic approach to education and its passion for the Jesuit practice, as they encourage us to care for and immerse ourselves within our community. I knew I would never be lost as a face in a crowd of students, and knew that such an atmosphere was exactly what I needed.

If you had to sum yourself up in a hashtag, what would it be?

#TreeHugger, even though they don't reciprocate

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

Take the L down to Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, sprawl out on a blanket with friends (or alone) with a book or snacks and listen to whatever worldly music concert may be playing!


Ayomide Ogunsola
Ayomide Ogunsola

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2019

 

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Ayomide Ogunsola
Ayomide Ogunsola

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Major: Health Systems Management

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?

With academics aside, Loyola is where I felt, and still feel the most at home. The community celebrates and challenges one another. Also, social justice is not only Jesuit jargon, students are encouraged to act on it and actually set the world ablaze.

What is a quote that you relate to the most?

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

How else are you involved on campus?

I am on the African Student Alliance executive board serving as a Member at Large, a part of Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES), Student Transitions and Outreach, Black Cultural Center, and Campus Ministries.

Maggie Powers
Maggie Powers

Alumni Ambassador Coordinator

Class of 2018


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Maggie Powers
Maggie Powers

Hometown: Elgin, Illinois

Major: Accounting and International Business

Why did you want to become a Student Alumni Ambassador?

Since my first semester of college, I have been constantly searching for ways to get involved on campus. As my sophomore year came to a close, I realized I had achieved my goal of getting involved after becoming a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the LUC Women’s Club Basketball team, and Model United Nations, however, I felt that something was still missing. I was longing for a position that allowed me to work closely with the university that I had grown to love dearly throughout my first two years as an undergraduate, and although I was involved throughout campus, none of these organizations permitted me to work directly with Loyola like I desired. When I became aware of the Student Alumni Ambassador position I knew that this was exactly the opportunity I had been searching for since it provided me with the chance to build relationships not only with staff at our university, but also alumni. The opportunity to network with both these groups was something I could not pass up because early on in my college career I recognized how invaluable alumni and faculty are to us undergraduate students as resources and mentors. Being aware of the importance and value of active alumni was ultimately what drove me to pursue this position because I wanted to help bridge the gap between current undergraduate students and those that have previously attended our university. 

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about being a lifelong learner and a cheese and charcuterie board expert (even if my intolerance to lactose disagrees).

How do you hope to connect with alumni through this position?

I hope that I am able to connect with alumni at both a personal and professional level by holding this position. Alumni are valuable resources not only because they can help you network or provide you with career guidance at the professional level, but with how they can supply you with valuable college advice and life lessons based on their past experiences.

Andrew Turner
Andrew Turner

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2019

 

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Andrew Turner
Andrew Turner

Hometown: Seal Beach, CA

Major: Marketing 

How do you hope to connect with alumni through this position?

I love to hear the many stories about how campus has changed since various alumni were here. Getting to see what a Loyola Education has done for our alumni is really special because it's like looking into a mirror for the future. It's also a great networking opportunity to meet alumni from different walks of life and grow my own personal network!

What are you passionate about?

  I love social justice, faith, activism, the people I care about, and cheese.

What is a quote you relate to the most?

"Don't let schooling get in the way of your education" -Mark Twain


Dani Jo Skaife
Dani Jo Skaife

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2017

 

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Dani Jo Skaife
Dani Jo Skaife

Hometown: DeForest, Wisconsin

Major: Health Systems Management

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?

I chose Loyola for its proximity to downtown Chicago and its diversity in the student body, interests, organizations, and opportunities that align with our Jesuit values.

Why did you want to become a Student Alumni Ambassador?

As I near my own alumna status, I thought it would be a good idea to see firsthand the opportunities that are available for graduated students to stay involved with Loyola. I wanted to become a Student Alumni Ambassador to engage other students with our alumni so they will utilize the resources available through the Alumni House well before their senior year.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my major. Health care is an ever changing field that I hope to be an influential member of in regards to quality improvement and infection control. I am also passionate about Loyola and taking full advantage of all of the unique opportunities available to students.

Mackenzie Lanham
Mackenzie Lanham

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2020

 

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Mackenzie Lanham
Mackenzie Lanham

Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Major: Environmental Science

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

I like to visit Michigan Avenue especially during Christmas time. I love to see the window displays that Macy's creates. 

Why do you think it is important for alumni to stay active and involved in the university? 

They are part of the Loyola family, so they should be able to stay connected and catch up on the world they knew o many years ago. It's also really cool to see how your Alma Mater has evolved.

What are you passionate about?

I would love to find a home for everything such as animals, invasive species, and people. I believe that everything has a place where they belong or can adapt.

 

Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2018

 

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Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts

Hometown: Bedford, Indiana 

Major: Communications and Sociology 

Why do you think it is important for alumni to stay connected and involved with the university?

College is a time of transformation and growth. Taking time to look back and reflect on your time as an undergraduate is a great way to continue your personal growth. By connecting with alumni and remembering your time at LUC allows that growth to continue even after leaving campus.

What is a quote that is most meaningful to you?

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -A. A. Milne

 How else are you involved on campus?

I am a part of Campus ministry, Beta Theta Pi, and Vice President of Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC)


Ryan McMullin
Ryan McMullin

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2020

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Ryan McMullin
Ryan McMullin

Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut

Major: Business - Undecided

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?

I love the Jesuits. After four years of Jesuit Education at Fairfield Prep, I knew I had to attend a Jesuit University. After visiting the city of Chicago, I also knew I had to be in the greatest city on Earth. Loyola University Chicago offered me both of those things, and much more.

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

My favorite thing about Chicago is its live music scene. Every genre, every artist, every band plays here.

How else are you involved on campus?

I play on the LUC Men's Club Rugby Football Team. I am also a floor representative on Mertz Hall's Student Government.

Peter Fiorica
Peter Fiorica

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2020

 

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Peter Fiorica
Peter Fiorica

Hometown: Niagara Falls, New York

Major: Biochemistry

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?

I came from a Jesuit high school, so faith and the values of a Jesuit education definitely had a say in the decision to come here. Additionally, every time I visited Loyola, I was treated with nothing but kindness from the faculty, staff, and students I met. The combination of these two things helped make choosing Loyola easy.

What are you passionate about?

 I love science. Plain and simple. Whether it is telling a quirky science pun or explaining recent developments in biochemistry, I can always be found talking about the subject. At Loyola, I am constantly being reminded by professors and peers alike that the study of Chemistry is a human endeavor with the capacity to benefit the lives of others. After I graduate, I hope to use my knowledge of the subject in service to others so that I may work to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

How else are you involved on campus?

In addition to being a Student Alumni Ambassador, I am a student in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, a defense attorney for the Loyola Mock Trial Team, and a caller for the Annual Giving Phonathon.

Ariel Soriano
Ariel Soriano

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2018

 

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Ariel Soriano
Ariel Soriano

Hometown: Elgin, Illinois

Major: Forensic Science

Why did you want to become a Student Alumni Ambassador?

I want to better develop my social skills and confidence. I want to make connections with students, alumni, and staff. 

What are you passionate about?

‚ÄčI believe in finding something worth fighting for, having a place in the world, and having a reason to wake up in the morning. 

Why do you think it is important for alumni to stay active and involved with the university?

They have many invaluable experiences which are useful to those of us just beginning our journey. 


Shannon Koelsch
Shannon Koelsch

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2017

 

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Shannon Koelsch
Shannon Koelsch

Hometown: Westfield, Indiana

Major: History

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?

My family is from Chicago originally, and it was always my dream to come back to the city. Both of my parents are considered Loyola alumni (though my mother graduated from Mundelein College), so I did have a familial connection to the university, but I really fell in love with the school on my own. Having spent my entire life in Catholic school, I really wanted to continue that tradition in college, but in an environment that was a little different from what I'd experienced in middle/high school (diverse, welcoming of other faith backgrounds, urban, focused on social justice). Loyola was the perfect fit.

Why do you think it is important for alumni to stay active and involved with the university?

From a student's point of view, an active alumni network is an incredible resource for making connections, finding internships and jobs, and learning about the exciting things that other individuals have gone on to do after finishing college. From the alumni perspective, remaining involved with the university is an excellent way to maintain a sense of belonging to a community that you were part of during some of the most formative years of your life. I think many people often assume that graduation marks the end of someone's association with their school. Instead, it signifies a change in your relationship to the university; even though you are no longer a student, you are forever connected to that institution.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about immigration reform and hope to make that the focus of my work after graduation. To use the term in a more casual sense, I am also passionate about cats, Bruce Springsteen, and Seinfeld.

Becca Switalski
Becca Switalski

Student Alumni Ambassador

Class of 2020

 

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Becca Switalski
Becca Switalski

Hometown: Waukesha, WI

Major: Neuroscience

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?

I absolutely love the city and fell in love with the campus when I first visited. The programs it offers along with its sense of community are things that is hard to find at most universities.

What are you passionate about?

I am most passionate about people and conversation. I love having deep, meaningful conversations, especially about social issues. I enjoy listening to people's opinions about different topics, but I will honestly talk about anything and everything.

What is a quote that you relate to?

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



Ian Olesak
Ian Olesak

Alumni Ambassador Coordinator

Class of 2017

 

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Ian Olesak
Ian Olesak

Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Major: Psychology

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?

I chose Loyola University Chicago because it has the perfect balance of being in a huge city while still having a tight-knit community feel. I appreciate that it allows its students to take advantage of all the great opportunities Chicago offers, while still being a warm, friendly place to call home. 

Why did you want to become a Student Alumni Ambassador?

I wanted to become a Student Alumni Ambassador because there are not many opportunities where you can connect with students and alumni separately, while also helping to bring these two groups together. In addition, since it is my last year at Loyola I am thrilled I get the chance to become acquainted with the Alumni Relations team and learn about all of the services they offer to alumni before I become one in a few short months.  

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

I like to explore new neighborhoods and discover the amazing history each one has to offer. I took a history of Chicago course during my Junior year that showed me how incredible the city really is. My favorite place to go would be Old Town because of it is one of the few places that has surviving buildings from the great Chicago fire. 

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