alumni program coordinators

Erin Schimmel
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Hello! My name is Erin (she/her) and I’m one of the Alumni Coordinators for LAE the upcoming year! I graduated last year with my B.S.E. in Environmental Engineering and I’m returning this upcoming year to receive an MEng in Applied Climate (my goal is to become the Lorax and to save the world). I love to paint, spend time outdoors, chill with friends, and cook good food. I look forward to chatting with you all!
Ries Plescher

alumni board mission

The Living ArtsEngine Alumni Board exists to support and broaden the pre-existing Living ArtsEngine community through peer-mentorship, social support, and encouragement of the interdisciplinary ideals that Living ArtsEngine stands for. We encourage the engagement of alumni within the community and provide the opportunity for alumni-initiated workshops, socials, and other events. We hope to extend the community and its values outside of the freshman class living in Bursley Hall.

Living ArtsEngine alumni who are no longer living in Bursley Hall but who wish to remain active in Living ArtsEngine can do so by serving on the Living ArtsEngine Alumni Board.
  1. Serve as ambassadors to the University community and larger community by identifying activities and opportunities that would be well-served by Living ArtsEngine representation.
  2. Coordinate collaborations with Living ArtsEngine and relevant student-led organizations and initiatives.
  3. Serve as role models and resources to the Peer Mentors and new Living ArtsEngine students.


Living ArtsEngine alumni have the opportunity to lead workshops of their own. This serves as a resource for current Living ArtsEngine students as well as an opportunity for alumni to engage with the community while further developing their leadership skills.


Once a month, the Alumni Board puts on a social for alumni to allow them to get together and catch up. Past socials include Bubble Tea Night at Sweeting and Ben & Jerry’s Night.


The Alumni Board works to plan events or projects that will involve and encourage the collaboration between first-year students in the residential community and the alumni community. Past projects include the Bursley Mosaic (pictured above).

alumni profiles

Bonnie Jiang

Design Researcher at Microsoft

Phoebe Wu

Pianist and Music Teacher in Chicago

Hussam Hashem

Software Development Engineer at Amazon

Amber Galvano

PhD Student in Linguistics at UC Berkeley 

Saawan Tiwari

Costume Designer in NYC