Campus Visit Staff

Derek Hentkowski

Hometown: Macomb, MI
High School: Eisenhower High School
Major: Secondary Education in Social Studies
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): ROTC
Favorite Marquette Activity: Skiing and Hiking
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Put in the work and you'll achieve great things.


Maija Mattson

Hometown: Pearl City, IL
High School: Pearl City High School
Major: Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): SLFP (Student Leader Fellowship Program), Marquette Ending Hunger, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Club Volleyball, NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association)
Favorite Marquette Activity: Hiking, biking and exploring new places
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Get involved. This is a time to find new interests and meet new people. Dive in! Find time to explore Maquette. We live in such a beautiful place - take advantage of

Katie Purmal

Hometown: Merrill, WI
High School: Merrill High School
Major: Nursing
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): NMU Dance Team, SLFP (Student Leader Fellowship Program), Superior Edge, Yarn Club
Favorite Marquette Activity: Biking down to Lower Harbor and reading in Mattson Park
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Never miss a chance to go outside! (But do your homework first.) 









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Paul LaPlant

Hometown: Marinette, WI
High School: Marinette High School
Major: Spanish/Pre-Medicine
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): Spanish Club, Quiz Bowl, Ski Club, House Government, Honors Program, Intramural Sports, Organic Chemistry, research, volunteer at U.P. Health System Marquette
Favorite Marquette Activity: Swimming in Lake Superior in the summer and skiing at Marquette Mountain in the winter
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Go to class!



Sarah Schollmeyer

Hometown: Hudsonville, MI
High School: Hudsonville High School
Major: Public Relations
Group Involvement: Treasurer - ASNMU (Associated Students of NMU), Black Student Union, Student Finance Committee, Student Brand Ambassador, House Government
Favorite Marquette Activity: Thrifting, eating at local restaurants and hiking
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Engage with your peers, the Marquette community and faculty. Use our beautiful peninsula as a platform for education and exploration.

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Abby Flaminio

Hometown: Gladstone, MI
High School: Gladstone High School
Major: Athletic Training
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): Women's Lacrosse, Student Athletic Training Organization Secretary, Honors Program, Youth Lacrosse Coach
Favorite Marquette Activity: Long boarding by the lakeshore and hammocking at Little Presque Isle
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Get Involved!


Danielle Gomulinski

Hometown: Beulah, MI
High School: Benzie Central High School
Major: Nursing 
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): Hall and House Government Secretary, Live, Learn, Lead, Student Nurses Association, DARTS
Favorite Marquette Activity: Hiking Hogback Mountain and camping
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Get Involved!

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Jess Gula

Hometown: Warren, MI
High School: Regina High School
Major: Management
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): President of House Government, Events Coordinator, Vice President and President of Hall Government, College of Business Representative and Chair of Student Affairs of ASNMU, Commodore and Secretary of the NMU Sailing Team
Favorite Marquette Activity: SAILING! Hiking is a close second
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Don't be afraid to try new things and get out of your comfort zone. Chances are you'll meet friends you never knew you'd have anything in common with. You might come in with one major and graduate with an entirely different degree.

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Hannah Hawkins

Hometown: Clarkston, MI
High School: Clarkston High School
Major: Chemistry
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): Honors Program, Freshman Fellows, Club Track and Field, President of the Club Cross Country Team, President of the NMU Vinyl Record Club
Favorite Marquette Activity: Swimming at hidden beach. Watching the start of the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Keep your residence hall room door open. You'll get to know everyone in your hall (and maybe even win a few open door wars)!


Mandy Mileham

Hometown: South Elgin, IL
High School: St. Charles North High School
Major: Music Education
Group Involvement: Mu Beta Psi Music Fraternity, Pride of the North Marching Band, House Government
Favorite Marquette Activity: Hanging out at Presque Isle watching the sunset and stargazing
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Do your best to meet new people! You may not be best friends with everyone, but having a lot of connections will make you feel more at home.


Alyssa Vaniman

Hometown: Glendora, CA
High School: Glendora High School
Major: Athletic Training
Group Involvement: President - SATO (Student Athletic Training Organization), Student Ambassador, Student Brand Ambassador
Favorite Marquette Activity: Going for walks at Sunset Point
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Get out of your comfort zone!



Alex Lasher

Hometown: Parchment, MI
High School: Parchment High School
Major: Multi-Media Journalism
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): Writer for the North Wind, Student Manager for NMU's Men's Basketball team, Intramural Flag Football
Favorite Marquette Activity: Hammocking at Little Presque
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Don't be afraid to try new things or opportunities. College if a fresh start and a chance to grow and learn about yourself. 

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Shannon Oliver

Hometown and High School: Alcona Community High School, Lincoln, MI
Major: General Psychology with a Social Work Minor
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): Student Psychology Association
Favorite Marquette Activity: Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Go to every activity you can! You never know who you may meet there. 


Tera Savastano

Hometown: Taylor, MI
High School: John F. Kennedy High School
Major: Biology - Zoology
Group Involvement: Pride of the North Marching Band, Fisheries and Wildlife Association, pep band, SLFP (Student Leader Fellowship Program), Hall Government, symphonic band
Favorite Marquette Activity: Hammocking and touring the local coffee shops
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Get out of your room and explore. Whether it's student organizations, hiking around the Marquette area or talking with professors, campus offers so many opportunities for everyone to really get the most out of their time at NMU.