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Seven Arts & Letters Students on 2012-13 Homecoming Court

Seven of the 12 students named to the 2012 MSU Homecoming Court were College of Arts & Letters students. Being selected to represent Michigan State University on the Homecoming Court is one of the highest honors for MSU seniors. Selected students are those who represent the diversity and richness of the Spartan experience, and who will serve as exceptional role models and Spartan Ambassadors. In alphabetical order, the summer and fall 2012 and spring 2013 Arts & Letters Homecoming Court members were:


Nominated by: Scott Summers, student leader, Student Alumni Foundation
Hometown: Indiana, PA (current home address is Pawleys Island, SC)
Majors: Criminal Justice (College of Social Science) and Chinese (College of Arts & Letters); Honors College

  • Spartan Ambassador tour guide, March 2010-present
  • Member of Capital Green A Cappella (a co-ed a cappella group at MSU), September 2009-present
  • Golden Key International Honour Society - MSU Chapter, Vice President, February 2012-present
  • Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society - Sphinx Chapter, MSU
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi - MSU Chapter
  • The National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma - MSU Chapter
  • National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi - MSU Chapter

Other: Madison participates in and deeply enjoys church and community service both on and off campus. She is currently applying to Ph.D. programs and hopes to travel to China next summer to perfect her Chinese language skills. Madison was the student speaker at the Wells Hall Addition Grand Opening.


Nominated by: Dr. Kirk A. Domer, associate chair, Department of Theatre
Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
Major: Acting (College of Arts & Letters) and Media Arts and Technology (College of Communication Arts and Sciences); Honors College
Study Abroad: Community Engagement and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Peruvian Andes, summer 2010. Study Away: The Creative Life in New York City, summer 2009.

  • Founder and artistic director of Touch Your Soul Productions, 2011-present
  • Public relations coordinator of The Alliance of Queer and Ally Students, 2011-12; launched “Loud and Queer” blog
  • MSU Telecasters - actor, editor, post-production supervisor, 2009-11
  • Research integration of media and live theatre with Professor Alison Dobbins, 2010-present
  • Various roles with the Department of Theatre productions - producer, director, actor, designer, writer, publicity, stage manager

Other: Recipient of the MSU Distinguished Freshmen Scholarship and the Ryder Scholarship; he played a part in getting gender neutral housing approved on campus; camp coordinator and counselor for Camp Kesem, a free camp for kids whose parents have cancer, 2009-10; actor in the student film “This Spying Life.” Dennis was the spring 2013 CAL Commencement senior class speaker.


Nominated by: Marco Botros, student leader, Generating Help 2 Heal Generations
Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
Major: English (College of Arts & Letters) and Pre-Med (College of Natural Science)

  • Campus Living Services and Residence Life - resident mentor, 2010-13
  • Phlebotomist
  • Cancer biology researcher (internship)
  • Generating Help 2 Heal Generations volunteer
  • Multiracial Unity living experience

Other: Aspires to be a doctor and writer; has performed in “Last Spartan Standing,” “Satrang,” and “Tunnel of Oppression;” is a writer for “Turn,” an MSU student-produced webseries/TV show


Nominated by: B. Scott Clark, assistant hall director, Campus Living Services and Residence Life
Hometown: Walled Lake, MI
Major: Music Education (College of Music, College of Education and College of Arts & Letters) with a minor in French; Honors College
Study Abroad: French language, literature and culture in Tours, France, summer 2008

  • Campus Living Services and Residence Life - resident mentor, 2008-12
  • MSU Opera, fall 2011 and spring 2012
  • MSU Choirs - State Singers, Women’s Chamber Ensemble and Chamber Choir
  • Hospitality and social chairperson - MSU American Choral Directors Association, 2011-12
  • Performed in Carnegie Hall with the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble, Spring 2011

Other: Swim instructor, lifeguard, summer camp counselor at Camp Cayuga and Interlochen; Hands On volunteer, New Orleans, Spring 2009


Nominated by: Andrea Lunsted, academic specialist, Department of Psychology
Hometown: Warren, MI
Major: Psychology (College of Social Science) with a specialization in African American and African Studies
Study Away: The Immigrant Experience in New York City, College of Arts & Letters, summer 2012

  • Campus Living Services and Residence Life - resident mentor, 2010-13
  • Multiple Identities Intersections lab research assistant, 2011-present
  • Research assistant in the clinical psychophysiology lab, October 2009-May 2010
  • Campus Engagement and Outreach Ambassador for the MSU Counseling Center, August 2011-present
  • Engineering Science Summer Academy, College of Engineering, Diversity Programs Office - resident mentor, summer 2011; lead resident mentor, summer 2012
  • United Brody Black Caucus - events coordinator, 2009-10

Other: Campus tour guide through Residential and Hospitality Services; 2nd-generation Spartan (mother Ida Speight graduated in 1987); leadership board member of First Foot Forward mentoring program; advocate for the MSU Adolescent Diversion Project in conjunction with Ingham County Juvenile System.


Nominated by: Kate Burdick, complex director, Campus Living Services and Residence Life, and Angela Michael, assistant director, Recreational Sports and Fitness Services
Hometown: Lansing, MI
Majors: English (College of Arts & Letters) and Women’s and Gender Studies (College of Arts & Letters)
Study Away: College of Arts & Letters, New York City, 2011

  • Sexual Assault and Crisis Intervention - advocate, 2010-12; vice president, 2011-12
  • Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions - intercultural aide, 2011-12; intercultural aide team coordinator, 2012-13
  • MSU Recreational Sports and Fitness Services - self-defense facilitator, 2010-12
  • Women’s Advisory Council to the vice president of Student Affairs and Services, 2011-12
  • MSU “Vagina Monologues” - actress, 2011 and 2012; co-director, 2013
  • Black Student Alliance - general board member, 2011-12

Other: Recipient of the Earvin “Magic” Johnson Scholarship and the Estralita Johnson Ward and Lloyd D. Ward English Scholarship; Mortar Board National Honor Society


Nominated by: Rebecca Farnum, student leader, co-chair of MSU Campus Interfaith Council
Hometown: South Lyon, MI
Majors: Professional Writing (College of Arts & Letters) and Women’s and Gender Studies (College of Arts & Letters); Honors College
Study Abroad: Literature in London, 2011

  • Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center - media assistant, 2011-present
  • MSU Wesley Foundation - marketing and public relations coordinator, leadership team member, 2010-2012
  • Writers’ Bloc outreach coordinator, 2011-12; president, 2012-13
  • Undergraduate research: “Fashioning and Re-fashioning: Mormon Women in the Blogosphere”
  • Professional Writing curriculum committee student representative

Other: Recipient of the Dorothy Yoshimori Award for Excellence in the American Humanities, 2012. Allegra was also the spring 2013 MSU Undergraduate Commencement student speaker.

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