MSU English Alumnus Directs Communications for Michigan Governor

For Zack Pohl, it was inevitable he would attend Michigan State University. What wasn’t inevitable was him overseeing communications at the highest level of state government during the worst public health crisis in 100 years. A 2006 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters, Pohl is the Communications Director for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a position he’s held since January 2019…

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Alumna Is the Creator and Voice Behind ‘Reba to the Rescue!’

“When you’ve done all you can do, and you’re feeling down and maybe blue…” Have no fear, because there is Reba to the Rescue! Reba to the Rescue! is an online-based video series that airs on WKAR television during PBS Kids programming on weekdays and weekends. Cicely C. Mitchel, who graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in English and concentrations in Education and…

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Alumna Works to Strengthen State’s International Alliances

MSU alumna Katelyn Wilcox is the Assistant Chief of Protocol for the State of Michigan where she works to strengthen Michigan's international alliances. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Finance with an International Business specialization. On March 20, she will participate in an alumni networking discussion as part of the Careers in Language event hosted by the College of Arts & Letters’ Excel Network. Find out more about Wilcox, her time at MSU, and her career in the following Q&A.

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Theatre Alum Named Artistic Director of NYC Fresh Fruit Festival

Dennis Corsi, BFA Acting and BA Media Arts & Technology 2013, recently was named the new Artistic Director of the Fresh Fruit Festival. Over the past 18 years, this festival has become one of New York City’s most visible and acclaimed LGBTQ arts organizations, elevating the quality, diversity, and inclusivity of queer theatre, poetry, comedy, music, dance, film, and other artistic expressions.…

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Alumna a Leader for Accessibility at Wells Fargo

As the Inclusive Design Lead and the Mobile Design Lead for Accessibility at Wells Fargo DS4B, College of Arts & Letters alumna Shell Little is responsible for the company's commercial digital attributes that deal with mobile leveraging properties.  “I work for the corporate side, so if your company banks with Wells, you use my software,” she said. “I do anything…

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Alumna Leads Corporate Programs at the Aspen Institute

Alumna Nancy McGaw, who graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 1969 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, is now Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP) where she leads corporate programs designed to cultivate leaders and align businesses with the long-term health of society.   “The people I work with are…

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Alumna Helping Students Succeed Beyond High School

Alumna Angela Magbag, who graduated from Michigan State University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, is now an advisor for MSU’s College Advising Corps (MSUCAC), which places recent MSU graduates in high schools throughout the state of Michigan to serve alongside counselors and other college-access organizations. Magbag joined the program knowing firsthand how it affects students…

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Alumna is a Pioneer of Co-Working Spaces in Detroit

Alumna Amanda Lewan, who graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing, is the co-founder and CEO of Bamboo Detroit, the first co-working space in Downtown Detroit.  When did you start Bamboo Detroit?  I started Bamboo Detroit in August of 2013. At the time, we were the first co-working space…

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Alumna and Aspiring Physician Named Miss New York International 2020

Alumna Ashley Lyles, who earned her undergraduate degree in Professional Writing from Michigan State University in 2016, was crowned Miss New York International and will go on to compete for the title of Miss International 2020 during the final competition in Kingsport, Tennessee, July 30-Aug. 1, 2020. Lyles, who now lives in New York City, is an award-winning medical journalist and an…

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