Senior Class Agents

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We are pleased to introduce the Class of 2018 class agents: Alexandrea “Lexi” Ambs, Guillermo Dominguez Garcia, Shelby Hopper, Travis Hunziker, Elyse Tuennerman and Haley Wentz.

Lexi Ambs

Lexi Ambs

Alexandrea “Lexi” Ambs
Portage, Michigan
Lexi majors in biology with a psychology minor. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain in the spring of her sophomore year. For her Senior Individualized Project (SIP), Lexi developed a strength and conditioning program for a Division III swim team. She completed her fourth year on the swimming and diving team and is a member of the Athletic Leadership Council. Lexi’s passion for swimming extends to teaching children in the Swim for Success program as a Civic Engagement Scholar. She received the Maggie Wardle Prize in Physical Education. Lexi echoes Kalamazoo College’s More in Four® motto, sharing that K has given her a lifetime of experiences. With interest in pursuing a health sciences career, her biomedical ethics class opened her eyes to new applications for this career path.  Lexi serves as a class agent because she wants to give back to the institution that has given her so much including scholarships, rigorous academics, service learning experiences and four more years in the pool.

Guillermo Dominguez Garcia

Guillermo Dominguez Garcia

Guillermo Dominguez Garcia
Bethesda, Maryland
Guillermo was born in Madrid, Spain, and grew up in China, Thailand and South Africa. Fluent in Mandarin, French, Spanish and English, he literally brought the world to Kalamazoo College. He majors in economics and philosophy, enjoying the opportunity to tailor his liberal arts education. Guillermo participated in the K to the Big Apple career trek. He was excited to learn from the success of K alumni in the areas of finance, economics and business. He is a member of the tennis team. In the Writing Center, he assists other students in developing stronger writing skills. His SIP evaluated gentrification in Washington, D.C. He received the L.J. and Eva “Gibbie” Hemes Memorial Prize in Philosophy and the Irene and S. Kyle Morris Prize in Social Science. Recently, he received a Helen Clarke Graduate Fellowship from Alpha Lambda Delta to continue his graduate studies. He recently committed to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Guillermo serves as a class agent to keep his class engaged with the College, encouraging them to give to K to support student scholarships. He is endlessly grateful for donors who have supported his student-athlete experience.

Shelby Hopper

Shelby Hopper

Shelby Hopper
Clarkston, Michigan
Shelby majors in German and International & Area Studies (IAS) with a minor in political science. She studied in Erlangen, Germany and her SIP presented the effect of post appeals on user interactions on Facebook in German automotive companies. Shelby’s most transformative experience was her study abroad, which gave her the chance to learn, think and live independently, especially identifying how to enjoy her private space, time and travel across Europe. She serves as the IAS department student advisor and works as an intern in the Office of Admission. She played on the soccer team during her sophomore year and is a Hornet tennis enthusiast. Shelby participated in an externship with a Detroit, Michigan criminal lawyer and in the inaugural K to the Big Apple career trek. These experiences heightened her desire to live in a big city after graduation. Kalamazoo College has provided her with an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with students, faculty and staff. Shelby serves as a class agent to cultivate the relationships she has developed to better the campus community and help other students make an incredible K education more accessible.

Travis Hunziker

Travis Hunziker

Travis Hunziker
Allegan, Michigan
Travis is a business major. His SIP topic evaluated real estate agents’ favorability of Zillow’s marketing services. Travis is a licensed realtor and a marketing coordinator for a local real estate business. He served as a member of student commission before its transition to Kalamazoo College Council of Student Representatives (KCCSR). Other campus engagements include Swim for Success, Student Funding Board, the President’s Community Council and the Communication Committee. Even though he did not study abroad, Travis appreciates the opportunities that K provides to expand his worldview.  A highlight of his academic study has been knowledge gained in Professor MacMillan’s courses on marketing and cross-cultural consumer marketing. After graduation, he plans to continue his career in real estate and marketing. Travis serves as a class agent to contribute to the success of the next generation of Kalamazoo College students. He understands that his success at K was supported in part by the generosity of others.

Elyse Tuennerman

Elyse Tuennerman

Elyse Tuennerman
Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
Elyse majors in sociology and anthropology with a public policy and urban affairs concentration. She studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. Elyse served as an education intern with Youth Services America in Washington, D.C. and the planning and social media/video production intern with the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last winter and through the summer, she was a planning intern with the City of Kalamazoo Community Planning and Development Department. This connection grew from her role as a President’s Student Ambassador and her attendance at the annual President’s Community Breakfast. She returned to the event as the featured student speaker this year. Elyse’s SIP researched public participation methods in master planning. She is the co-editor-in-chief of The Index, the office coordinator of the Student Funding Board and a tour guide for the Office of Admission. Elyse enjoys the freedom Kalamazoo College students have to individualize their education, which helped her shape her student experience in a way she couldn’t at any other college. After graduation, she will gain valuable work experience in private sector planning before attending graduate school. Elyse serves as a class agent because she had a great student experience, noting she could not have come to K without scholarships funded by donors to the Kalamazoo College Fund. She wants to carry this kindness forward so future students have the opportunity to forge their own K-Plan.

Haley Wentz

Haley Wentz

Haley Wentz
Minot, North Dakota
Haley is an English literature major with a concentration in American studies. She studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her hometown of Minot, North Dakota annually hosts Norsk Høsfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian festival. Her SIP presented fashion as a characterization tool with an analysis of fashion and feminism in The Awakening. Haley is the department student advisor for American studies and is currently applying for the position of editor-in-chief of Passage, Kalamazoo College’s study abroad magazine. She worked as an Office of Admission K-Crew member and was a member of Western Michigan University’s senior synchronized skating club. Haley’s most transformative K experience is the realization that there are so many people on campus who truly want students to succeed. One example is Dr. Furge who demonstrates liberal arts in her daily teaching as a chemistry professor through holding reading and writing skills in high regard. Haley will be attending Marquette University Law School in Wisconsin this fall and would like to be a family lawyer. She serves as a class agent because she loved Kalamazoo College long before she set foot on campus. She hopes by sharing her love for K with her classmates, she will influence them to stay engaged as alumni.

What are Class Agents?

Your class agents are members of your class who serve in a volunteer leadership role to build connectedness between Kalamazoo College and your classmates by:

  • Introducing the Senior Gift Challenge to your class. The dollars raised through the Senior Gift Challenge are designed to provide funding for scholarships, professors, and other vital needs. It is tradition at Kalamazoo College for alumni to pay it forward by giving back to K. As graduating seniors, your class agents are available to discuss giving options and questions you may have regarding giving back to K.
  • Sharing the news of campus and classmates with your class as you transition to alumni. The further your lives take you from K, the more challenging it will be to stay updated on your friends and alma mater. Your class agents will provide you with the latest news on K and your classmates to keep you connected now and long after graduation.
  • Encouraging classmates to support K financially during your alumni years. Help ensure the continued excellence in the liberal arts education you received.
  • Giving a personal, meaningful annual gift through the Kalamazoo College Fund.
  • Serving as the voice of the class to customize unique reunion experiences in the fall after your graduation and every five years during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.