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Not pictured: Hannah Gurholt ’21, Fallon Longfield ’21, Aaron O’Neill ’21
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 the 2019-20 class of Gummere Fellows:
Best Buddies, manager for the Lake Forest College Football team
“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.”
Clara loves backpacking and being outside. She would love to see as much of the world as she can.
Business/Music and Music Education
President of Garrick Players, Best Buddies, Concert Band, Forester Guides, Vice President of TedX, student ambassador, Intermural Badminton, Relay for Life
“The ability to participate in everything you love.”
Margaret knows how to sail.
Walla Walla, WA
History and Theater
Band, jazz band, Garrick Players, Theater productions, WMXM DJ, Assistant top 200 Director, jazz director
“Access to the city, engaging professors, and the supportive community.”
Mark has been skateboarding for 12 years.
Lake Villa, IL
Sociology & Anthropology/Politics and Spanish
Alpha Phi Omega President, Writing Center tutor, NSO Coordinator, Omicron Delta Kappa, Senior 25, SAAC member
“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. “
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!
Biology and Sociology & Anthropology
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
“The amazing academics and of course, the people!”
Hannah has held hands with country music star Hunter Hayes.
Communication and Journalism/Spanish
Women’s Varsity Soccer, Editor-in-Chief of The Stentor, Writing Center Tutor, Senior 25, and News Writer for the OCM
“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.”
Sangjun has traveled to four of the seven continents (hopefully she’ll go to the other three in the near future!).
Psychology and Sociology & Anthropology
SASA, MSA, Debate Team, Groner Foundation
“I love the diverse community that makes me feel right at home.”
Mariyam met DJ Khaled in New York while on a girls trip.
Finance/Computer Science and Digital Media
Forester Guides, swim team, student ambassador, Greek Life, Politics Club
“Being able to say ‘hi’ to everyone just walking around on campus.”
Fallon has been swimming since she was 4 months old.
Writing Center Tutor, Intercultural Advisory Group, co-facilitator of The Rainbow Network, Pride Alliance
“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.”
Sydney played competitive soccer for twelve years.
Biology/Music and Neuroscience
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
“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.