Congratulations, Hub Class of 2017

Congratulations!

We’re sad to see our six 2017 graduates move on, but so proud of everything they’ve done for the Hub and MSU. Here’s a look back at their favorite moments, and a bit of advice for other students.

 

A collage of students with the text "Congratulations, Hub Class of 2017!" overlaid on top.

Much of the work at the Hub wouldn’t be possible without the support from our interns. From running our blog and creating infographics to creating a podcast and developing a student innovation team, our students have helped us improve our processes, spark new conversations, and reflect on our work.

This past weekend, six of our beloved students graduated. While we’re sad to see them go, we couldn’t resist asking them for help on one more thing: providing advice for other students, reflecting on their time at the Hub, and letting us know where their headed next. We also asked the staff members who frequently worked with them to share a few words about their work.

 

Libby Hoffman (1)Libby Hoffman

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Experience Architecture

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What advice do you have for other students?

Feeling scared is just an opportunity to be courageous.

 

What lessons have you learned from working at the Hub?

The Hub taught me two critical things I will take into every job I have moving forward: [1] how to break down material cognitively (“How do people think and process information?”) and [2] how to assess and measure impact (“What is the goal and how do we know we’re hitting it? What evidence do we have to show for it?).

What’s next?

Continue a career in social entrepreneurship by designing for and developing non-profits and businesses involving major global conflicts (starting with an internship with the US Agency for International Development and then heading out to Silicon Valley in the fall).

Libby brings ideas to life with her unique combination of graphic and human-centered design skills, systems thinking abilities, cross cultural communication competencies, and energetic approach to making this world a little better and a lot kinder.  I’ve seen Libby make an incredible professional transformation in the last 18 months of working with her. She has made an important adjustment from student group work to joining a start-up office at MSU and operating in an unformed/chaotic space with new colleagues. Her work with us leading a design research team has set a template for future growth and provide meaningful insights on over a dozen projects in under 4 months. I look forward to following Libby’s career as she impacts the world around her in positive and socially responsible ways.

–Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment

 

Emma Kukuk

Emma Kukuk

Degree: Master’s in Communication with a Specialization in Nonprofit Fundraising

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What advice do you have for other students?

College is a great opportunity to find yourself. Whoever you turn out to be, love that person wholeheartedly.

What lessons have you learned from working at the Hub?

The Hub has taught me so much more than practical skills–it taught me what being part of a cooperative, caring, and engaged team was like.

 

What’s next?

I will be doing donor engagement at the Hub Teen Center in Jackson, which is a development center for at-risk youth.

“The Hub’s engagement strategy was just an idea when Emma got started with us. She helped bring our blog to life and make it the sustainable editorial process that we have today. We needed someone with confidence and enthusiasm, who was comfortable pushing us and speaking up to rally our team as we got used to participating in content creation, which is a role that many team members hadn’t played before. Emma did a great job motivating and organizing us. She has a cheerful presence and a great sense of humor – we wish her the best of luck, but she is going to be missed!”

–Teal Amthor-Shaffer, Director of Engagement

 

12. Liz MartinLiz Martin

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Experience Architecture

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What advice do you have for other students?

Stay curious & in the next four years eat a taco from El Oasis.

What lessons have you learned from working at the Hub?

The hub abled me to be explorative and ask hard questions about MSU as a learning institution.

What’s next?

Work on some side hustles and continue my career as a UX designer.

“Liz has met every challenge that was presented to her with passion, intelligence and dedication. Her work on the Student Innovation Team has contributed to a truly unique and valuable student experience on campus, as well as an important resource to the Hub. Any project, group, or organization is immediately better just through her involvement. She will be truly missed, though I’m excited to see what she goes on to do.”

— Nick Noel, Instructional Designer

 

Tommy Truong smiling in a suitTommy Truong

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Experience Architecture

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What advice do you have for other students?

Invest your time at MSU to invest in learning about others. Experience what’s it’s like to engage with people from different schools of thought. This teach empathy and expands your mindset.

What lessons have you learned from working at the Hub?

While at the Hub, I was able to learn empathy through learning design and how to use empathy as a catalyst for improving lives.

What’s next?

I will be working full-time at a software development firm in Okemos called Kunz, Leigh, and Associates. I will also be starting a new company in Lansing that provides educational resources through virtual reality.

“Tommy challenged me to think differently about designs and workflow, and offered a critical student voice to a number of learning design projects. His knowledge of user experience, paired with his curious nature and desire to learn opened my eyes to new thoughts and ideas, and forced me to challenge some of my more ingrained habits. He always had a smile on his face, and he’ll be missed terribly”

Jess Knott, Learning Design Manager

 

Erin VanSloten

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Experience Architecture and Psychology

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What advice do you have for other students?

Meet as many people as possible. There is a lot to learn from the people around you  It is the people that make your college experience.

What lessons have you learned from working at the Hub?

The Hub really taught me how me about how to tackle large projects.

What’s next?

I will be working as an assistant video producer in Lansing before heading to help run the Traverse City Film Festival.

“Erin has done an absolutely incredible job with the infographics and curriculum visualizations on the Veterinary Medicine Curriculum project. I was so impressed and in awe of her ability to jump into the process (after it had been going for almost a year) and create the visualizations.  We will miss Erin’s talents!” — Leigh Graves Wolf, Assistant Director

 

Shillo WrightShillo Wright

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Minor: Sociology

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What advice do you have for other students?

Networking is one of the best things to do. Talk to your adviser. If you don’t think the two of you click, see if you can get transferred. Also, don’t get intimidated by administration. You have no idea if someone can help you, unless you try talking to them.

What lessons have you learned from working at the Hub?

Working at Wills and the Hub really gave me new skill sets that I have already been able to utilize in personal and professional life.

What’s next?

I plan to stay local and explore my options for further education. I just want to take time to work and save, while I figure out exactly what I want to do, and how to pursue it.

“Shillo dove headfirst into everything she was asked to do. If she didn’t have quite the right skillset, she learned it. She was never afraid to ask for help, or speak up. She was active in helping shape our student development programs, and has been with us through a lot of change. It will be hard to come to work and realize she isn’t there, but thankfully her voice will live on in the Student Perspectives podcast episodes she created this semester.”

–Jess Knott, Learning Design Manager

Thank you, Shillo, Libby, Liz, Tommy, Erin, and Emma for all of your wonderful work. We know you will have remarkable futures.

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