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Alumni

Gummere Fellows


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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 the 2018-19 class of Gummere Fellows:

  • Lexey Bruni ’19 Hometown:

    Phoenix, AZ

    Majors and Minors:

    Finance/ Communication & Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Campus Involvement

    Club lacrosse, Relay for Life, VP of Programming for the Student Programming Board, member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Director of Operations for Forester Football

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “How I can make a difference in the Forester Football program in my role as Director of Operations.”

    Fun fact:

    Lexey went to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. 

  • Amy Budde ’19 Hometown:

    Lindstrom, MN

    Majors and Minors:

    Communication

    Campus Involvement

    Captain of the Women’s Hockey Team, President of Athletic Council, voted Jane Forester

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The community and how much everyone cares about each other.”

    Fun fact:

    Amy was her high school’s mascot, Wally the Wildcat!

  • Louis-Philippe De Courcy ’19 Hometown:

    Quebec, QC

    Majors and Minors:

    Finance

    Campus Involvement

    Men’s Hockey, lead tutor

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “Being able to be a student-athlete and contribute to my school in the classroom as well as on the ice and in the community.”

    Fun fact:

    Louis did not start learning english until he was 15 and he has been living in the United States for 6 years now. 

  • 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. 

  • Jo Hendriksen ’19 Hometown:

    Redwood City, CA

    Majors and Minors:

    Neuroscience/French

    Campus Involvement

    Women’s Soccer, member of the Athletic Council, leadership board for Relay for Life, Student Ambassador

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “My professors.”

    Fun fact:

    Jo has a funky sock collection. 

  • Isha Khalil ’19 Hometown:

    Skokie, IL

    Majors and Minors:

    Biology and International Relations

    Campus Involvement

    President of Project Nur, Secretary of Tri-Beta Honor Society, member of the Debate Team, member of MSA

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “Being able to go to the beach before or after class to de-stress.”

    Fun fact:

    Isha can wiggle her ears!

  • Fallon Longfield ’21 Hometown:

    Mesa, AZ

    Majors and Minors:

    Business/ Digital Media & Studio Art

    Campus Involvement

    Member of the Swimming & Diving team, Politics Club, Student Ambassador, Greek Life 

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The people are fantastic!”

    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 English

    Campus Involvement

    Recruitment chair for Alpha Tau Omega, Vice President of the Financial Management Association, Forester Guide for new student orientation, club lacrosse

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

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

  • Lexie Nogulich ’19 Hometown:

    Glen Elynn, IL

    Majors and Minors:

    Sociology & Anthropology

    Campus Involvement

    Student Ambassador, band, NSO Coordinator/Forester Guide, Japanese Culture Club, Admissions intern

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The people, especially the professors and staff.”

    Fun fact:

    Lexie journals almost every day. 

  • Aaron O’Neill ’21 Hometown:

    Franklin, TN

    Majors and Minors:

    Political Science and Economics

    Campus Involvement

    Men’s Hockey, 2018 Richter Scholar, editor for Inter-Text

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The students truly care about being successful.”

    Fun fact:

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

  • Rachael Purgerson ’19 Hometown:

    Flower Mound, TX

    Majors and Minors:

    Biology/Business and Music

    Campus Involvement

    Club lacrosse, band, student ambassador, VP of communications for Delta Gamma sorority, Forester Guide

    Favorite thing about Lake Forest College:

    “The community of people that I’ve gained by becoming involved in many different organizations.”

    Fun fact:

    Rachael is the principal flute player for the College.

  • Noah Vanderhyde ’20 Hometown:

    Flint, MI

    Majors and Minors:

    Biology and Music

    Campus Involvement

    Vice 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

    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.