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Alumni

Gummere Fellows

Gummere Fellows with Spike Not Pitcured: Hannah Gurholt ’21, Fallon Longfield ’21, Aaron O’Neill ’21 

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About the Gummere Fellows Program:

Francis B. “Spike” Gummere, Jr. joined the Lake Forest College staff in 1968 as Director of Admissions and has been an integral part of the campus community for five decades. Over the years Spike has provided guidance to, mentored and admitted thousands of students, always holding firm to his belief in looking for people with potential and the ability to grow. Anyone who has ever met him remembers it—and remembers how he has stayed in touch long after graduation.  Spike changed lives, and continues to do so today, and the College and generations of students are the better for it.

On October 8, 2016 hundreds of adoring students, alumni, parents, and friends filled the Tiernan Trophy Room to capacity to celebrate the Gummere Era and recognize Spike’s loyal and devoted service to the College. In conjunction with the celebration, and as part of the Access Campaign, a special fundraising effort in Spike’s honor—The Spike Initiative—was also launched and will continue through May 2020. Thank you to those who have supported The Initiative already. For those interested in learning more about The Spike Initiative visit the following link: (https://www.lakeforest.edu/alumni/spike/). 

One result of funds already raised through the Spike Initiative has been the formation of the new Gummere Fellows Program, which appoints students to play pivotal roles in the College’s enrollment strategies.  This program is very meaningful to Spike as it supports student recruitment efforts, which he oversaw for nearly 30 years. As important to Spike, the Fellows are actively involved in Development and Alumni Relations events and alumni engagement. 

Each year, students will apply and interview for Gummere Fellowships.  Those chosen will be involved and positive contributors to campus life who share, as does Spike, a genuine pride in Lake Forest College.  These qualities are essential as Gummere Fellows will be charged with representing the College, and Spike, at admissions receptions and alumni gatherings both locally and across the country.

Meet Graduated Gummere Fellows

Meet the 2019-20 class of Gummere Fellows:

 

  • Carlson Ayanlaja ’22 Hometown:

    Chicago, IL

    Majors and Minors:

    Politics and Economics

    Campus Involvement

    Student ambassador, UMOJA, It’s on Us, band

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The high-knit community and small class sizes.”

    Fun fact:

    Carlson has travelled to 11 countries.

  • Clara Biolo Thompson ’22 Hometown:

    Marquette, MI

    Majors and Minors:

    Environmental Studies

    Campus Involvement

    Best Buddies, manager for the Lake Forest College Football team

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The Forester Family. Always being able to walk in a room and see a familiar face and always knowing that you have a community to help you grow and have your back.”

    Fun fact:

    Clara loves backpacking and being outside. She would love to see as much of the world as she can.

  • Margaret Blackstone ’22 Hometown:

    Roseville, MN

    Majors and Minors:

    Business/Music and Music Education

    Campus Involvement

    President of Garrick Players, Best Buddies, Concert Band, Forester Guides, Vice President of TedX, student ambassador, Intermural Badminton, Relay for Life

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The ability to participate in everything you love.”

    Fun fact:

    Margaret knows how to sail.

  • Mark Bogley ’22 Hometown:

    Walla Walla, WA

    Majors and Minors:

    History and Theater

    Campus Involvement

    Band, jazz band, Garrick Players, Theater productions, WMXM DJ, Assistant top 200 Director, jazz director

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “Access to the city, engaging professors, and the supportive community.”

    Fun fact:

    Mark has been skateboarding for 12 years.

  • Claire Grebner ’20 Hometown:

    Lake Villa, IL

    Majors and Minors:

    Sociology & Anthropology/Politics and Spanish

    Campus Involvement

    Alpha Phi Omega President, Writing Center tutor, NSO Coordinator, Omicron Delta Kappa, Senior 25, SAAC member

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “My favorite thing about Lake Forest College is the close-knit feel of campus and the faculty and staff who truly care about the students’ success. “

    Fun fact:

    Claire is very into pop culture and can quote The Office, Parks and Recreation, or any of her favorite shows or movies in practically any conversation! 

  • Hannah Gurholt ’21 Hometown:

    Beloit, WI

    Majors and Minors:

    Biology and Sociology & Anthropology

    Campus Involvement

    Director of Community Service for Kappa Alpha Theta, Executive Board for Student Ambassadors, handle public relations for The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, member of Tri-Beta Honor Society

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The amazing academics and of course, the people!”

    Fun fact:

    Hannah has held hands with country music star Hunter Hayes. 

  • Sangjun Hornewer ’20 Hometown:

    Gurnee, IL

    Majors and Minors:

    Communication and Journalism/Spanish

    Campus Involvement

    Women’s Varsity Soccer, Editor-in-Chief of The Stentor, Writing Center Tutor, Senior 25, and News Writer for the OCM

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “Having the opportunity to pursue so many different things on campus has allowed me to truly maximize my college experience. I love being able to contribute to campus in a variety of ways.”

    Fun fact:

    Sangjun has traveled to four of the seven continents (hopefully she’ll go to the other three in the near future!). 

  • Mariyam Khalil ’20 Hometown:

    Skokie, IL

    Majors and Minors:

    Psychology and Sociology & Anthropology

    Campus Involvement

    SASA, MSA, Debate Team, Groner Foundation

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “I love the diverse community that makes me feel right at home.”

    Fun fact:

    Mariyam met DJ Khaled in New York while on a girls trip.

  • Fallon Longfield ’21 Hometown:

    Mesa, AZ

    Majors and Minors:

    Finance/Computer Science and Digital Media

    Campus Involvement

    Forester Guides, swim team, student ambassador, Greek Life, Politics Club

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “Being able to say ‘hi’ to everyone just walking around on campus.”

    Fun fact:

    Fallon has been swimming since she was 4 months old.

  • Bob McKeon ’21 Hometown:

    Frisco, TX

    Majors and Minors:

    Finance/Entrepreneurship & Innovation and History

    Campus Involvement

    Alpha Tau Omega, Finance & Investment Club, Forester Guides, Club Lacrosse

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The people and the close proximity to the beach and Chicago!”

  • Sydney Mudd ’20 Hometown:

    Gurnee, IL

    Majors and Minors:

    Philosophy/Legal Studies

    Campus Involvement

    Writing Center Tutor, Intercultural Advisory Group, co-facilitator of The Rainbow Network, Pride Alliance

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “My favorite thing about Lake Forest College is the engaging and thought-provoking classroom experiences I have, and, subsequently, the peers and professors with whom I share those experiences.”

    Fun fact:

    Sydney played competitive soccer for twelve years.

  • Aaron O’Neill ’21 Hometown:

    Franklin, TN

    Majors and Minors:

    Economics/Politics and Legal Studies

    Campus Involvement

    Men’s Hockey, editor for Inter-Text

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “How much students care about being successful.”

    Fun fact:

    Aaron moved away from home at the age of 16 to play hockey. 

  • Noah Vanderhyde ’20
    Hometown:

    Flint, MI

    Majors and Minors:

    Biology/Music and Neuroscience

    Campus Involvement

    President of the student ambassador program, band, first-year studies mentor, Coordinator of the First Connection Program, concert band, symphony orchestra, Future Health Professionals Club, Vice President of TWLOHA, WMXM Radio, Senior 25

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The community of students. Everywhere I turn, there is someone I know. I find the community of Foresters here to be welcoming and supportive of each other. We root for each other on and off the field. It is super easy to make lifelong friends here.”

    Fun fact:

    During his time at the College, Noah has started his own clothing brand and made an EP of Music.