Advocates Directory

john beck

John Beck
Associate Professor, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations; Honors College Professor in charge of the "Sharper Focus/Wider Lens" series; adjunct curator in Folklife Division of the MSU Museum
Contact me at: beckj@msu.edu
Hometown: Escanaba, Michigan
College/Grad School: BA, Humanities-Literary Studies, Michigan State University, 1977; MA, Adult and Continuing Education, 1982; some doctoral coursework in History and Education, Oklahoma State University
First Generation Student: Yes
Available for: Advising Appointments, Meetings, Lunch or Coffee, Telephone Conversations and/or Email Conversations
Ask me about: Life as a 1st Generation College Student, Study abroad, Career Exploration/planning, University Resources; and Deciding about Graduate School

nancy dejoy

Nancy DeJoy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Contact me at: dejoy@msu.edu
Hometown: Rochester, NY
College/Grad School: Purdue University
First Generation Student: Yes
Available for: Meetings, lunch, coffee, support
Ask me about: Support in the areas of transition to higher education for first gen students; understanding the cultures of higher education, understanding grading practices in the humanities, including humanities-based integrative studies courses; reading effectively and efficiently for courses; success on writing assignments

bess german

Bess German, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean
Contact me at: germanr@msu.edu
Hometown: St. Joseph, Michigan
College/Grad School: Kalamazoo College, Bowling Green State University, Michigan State University
First Generation Student: No
Available for: Meetings, coffee, ice cream, LinkedIn, email
Ask me about: Adjustment to college/HC, scholarships, U resources, student organizations, career planning, grad school preparation, goal setting

casey harrigan

Casey Harrigan
Director of Debate
Contact me at: harriga8@msu.edu
Hometown: Okemos, MI (originally Holland, MI)
College/Grad School: MSU Graduate School: Wake Forest
First Generation Student: No
Available for: Meetings, Lunch or Coffee, Telephone or Email Conversations
Ask me about: Career Exploration, College Concerns, Transitioning to Michigan State, Making Friends, Career Planning, Study Skills, Staying Motivated, Time Management, University Resources, Joining Student Organizations, Goal Setting, Deciding about Graduate School

kristin janka

Kristin Janka, Ph.D.
Honors College International Engagement; National/International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office
Contact me at: kristin@msu.edu
Hometown: Flint, MI
College/Grad School: Michigan State University
First Generation Student: No
Available for: Advising appointments, e-mails
Ask me about: Study abroad, scholarships, transitioning to Michigan State University, getting to know faculty, resume help, extracurricular activities

justin micomonaco

Justin Micomonaco, Ph.D.
Director, Assessment & Research
Contact me at: micomona@msu.edu
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
College/Grad School: Harvard College/Virginia Tech University/Michigan State University
First Generation Student: Yes
Available for: University Appointments, Coffee, Email, Phone
Ask me about: Honors College Opportunities, Research Opportunities, Career/Grad School Exploration & Planning, College & Transition Concerns, Making an Academic Plan

sadiq mohammed

Sadiq Mohammed
Academic Specialist/Advisor
Contact me at: mohamm61@msu.edu
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
College/Grad School: University of Central Missouri
First Generation Student: No
Available for: Meetings, lunch/coffee, telephone/email conversations
Ask me about: Academic Advising, Admission into the Honors College, Study abroad, Research opportunities, Scholarships, Career Exploration, College Concerns, Transitioning to Michigan State, University Resources, Joining Student Organizations, Internships

christine raisanen

Christine Raisanen
Director of Advising
Contact me at: chrisr@msu.edu
Hometown: Calumet, MI
College/Grad School: University of Michigan /Michigan State University
First Generation Student: No
Available for: Advising Appointments, Telephone and email conversations
Ask me about: Academic Advising, Admission into the Honors College, Study abroad, Research opportunities, Scholarships, Career Exploration, College Concerns, Transitioning to Michigan State, University Resources, Joining Student Organizations, Internships, Deciding about Graduate School

amanda ritter

Amanda Ritter
Academic Specialist/Advisor
Contact me at: rittera1@msu.edu
Hometown: Saginaw/Hemlock, MI
College/Grad School: Michigan State University/Loyola University Chicago
First Generation Student: No
Available for: Advising Appointments, Meetings, Lunch or Coffee, Telephone Conversations and/or Email Conversations
Ask me about: College Concerns, Transitioning to Michigan State, Making Friends, Life as a 1st Generation College Student, Academic Advising, Admission into the Honors College, Study abroad, Time Management, University Resources, Joining Student Organizations

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Erika Trigg Crews
Academic Specialist/Advisor
Contact me at:
ecrews@msu.edu
Hometown: Saginaw, MI
College/Grad School: University of Michigan-Flint, Michigan State University
First-generation student: No
Available for: Meetings, lunch, coffee, email/phone conversations
Ask me about: Academic advising, admission into the Honors College, get involved on and off campus, education abroad/study away, academic planning, resume help, scholarships, graduate school, college concerns, university resources