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 Marquette. We live in such a beautiful place - take advantage of it.

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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Lizzie Vitale

Hometown: Waukesha, WI
High School: Catholic Memorial High School
Major: Communication Studies
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): Superior Edge and PRSSA
Favorite Marquette Activity: Finding new places to eat!
Best Advice for Incoming Students: keep your door open and talk to everyone!



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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Leticia Antunes

Hometown: Florianopolis, Brazil
High School: Ofelia Fonseca High School
Major: Environmental Studies and Sustainability
Groups and Organizations (current and past involvement): Volleyball Team
Favorite Marquette Activity: Going to the beach. 
Best Advice for Incoming Students: Take everything one day at a time! 


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!


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.



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. 


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.