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Bicentennial Class Project

LSA Bicentennial Class Project

Welcome to the LSA Bicentennial Class Project! We began this project in 2015 with the intention to follow 20-25 members of the Class of 2017 as they moved from their sophomore to senior year on campus. This did not always go as planned but we’ve embraced the serendipity and opportunities. Featured here – and in the “Hail to the Bicentennial Class” video – are the words, images, memories and reflections of some of the extraordinary students it has been our pleasure to get to know over the past few years, along with some videos and photos that capture other members of the Class of 2017 from their first year on campus.

Hail to the Bicentennial Class Video

The Students

Kathleen Casey: LSA English, Digital Media Studies, Crime & Justice

Alexjandria Edwards: LSA Political Science & Performing Arts Management


Ashley Gomez: LSA Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience


Bethany Haefner: LSA Mathematics & Psychology

Matt Nadai: LSA Philosophy, Politics and Economics


Trisha Ramsdell: LSA Microbiology

Evan Viau: LSA Political Science & History

Annika Wildenradt: LSA English & Writing

Natalie Zimmerman: LSA Biology, Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Juliea Denson: LSA Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience, Gender & Health


Sophia Eisenberg: LSA Political Science, Psychology, Crime & Justice


Gabrielle Graves: LSA Psychology

Jade Hubbard: LSA Spanish & Communication Studies


Esohe Osabuohien: LSA Spanish & Communication Studies


Josh Stillman: LSA Political Science, History, Asian Languages and Cultures

Maddie Waite: LSA Elementary Education: Mathematics

Lillian Zhou: LSA Communication Studies, Global Media Studies, International Studies

The Programs

These are just a few of the programs that supported the Class of 2017 from their first year on campus. We knew you then. We see you now. Congratulations!


The Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP) is one of six Michigan Learning Communities administered by LSA. Student leaders learned the ropes (literally) and welcomed over a 100 new members of the community in 2013.


It all began for LSA Honors students at their distinctive Fall Kick-Off events, including a campus-wide Scavenger Hunt -- won that year by Team Shark (social reference: Katy Perry's "Left Shark" debacle), and discussions of the selected Summer Reads text. In 2013 that book was Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude Steele. #ThatsSoHonors


At the Residential College the Class of 2017 was the first to class to live in the renovated East Quad, to which the community returned that year. They spent the Fall of 2013 reading Pablo Neurda (quoted on the front cover of that year's RC News) and exploring the meaning(s) of home.

Comprehensive Studies Program’s 2013 Summer Bridge Video

Over 200 members of the Cass of 2017 began in the Summer Bridge program. They arrived on campus in the summer of 2013. This video documents some of their experiences including wading through the fountain outside of the Michigan League during orientation, which, as we all know, makes you an official Wolverine. Their motto: “Those who stay will be champions.”

Reid Klootwyk

2014 Video Interviewer

Philosophy Major, Mathematics Minor

Reid did all of the original interviews with the initial group of students we met as Sophomores. He hails from Muskegon, MI and is an alumna of Muskegon Community College! Reid's passion lies in student leadership. While a student at Michigan, he created CATS, the Committee Advocating for Transfer Students and served as the Vice-President of LSA Student Government. His advocacy on behalf of transfer students has helped inform policy decisions and the expansion of resources for transfers now and in the future. Reid speaks with great pride about being a member of the LSA community and looks forward to the impact it will have on his future.