2017 Eureka College Student Summer Mentorship Blogs


Isabella Anderson
Music-Performance & Theatre and Drama – DeKalb, IL
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, 6/11 – 7/17/17 – Mentorship will involve working with Footlight Players Youth Players, a youth theatre affiliated with IUP Department of Theatre and Dance.

Brody Hibbard
Business Administration & Environmental Studies – Washington, IL
Young Life International Camp in Crieff, Scotland, UK, 6/15 – 8/19/17 – Mentorship will provide an opportunity to gain insight in the daily operations of running a Young Life youth camp.

Amanda Kemp
Special Education with Teacher License & Elementary Education Endorsement – Frankfort, IL
National Park Service, Sitka, AK, 5/17 – 6/28/17 – Mentorship responsibilities will include designing curriculum for their Preschool Story Time program.

Savannah McClellan
English-Literature – Armington, IL
Live Oak Public Libraries, Savannah, GA, 7/13 – 8/15/17 – Mentorship will encompass being exposed to many facets of library service in a public library including supporting their summer reading programs and becoming familiar with circulation, cataloging, reference, technical services, etc.

Sarah McCooley
English-Literature/Secondary Education with Teacher License – Edwards, IL
Fort Lorenzo, Galway, Ireland along with other cities outlined in her proposal, 6/1 – 7/1/17 –  Mentorship is an immersion into Irish Culture (visiting landmarks associated with Irish culture and Irish authors/poets/playwrights etc.) for a Directed Study with Professor Holly Rocke, Eureka College.  

Katelyn Schwanke
Communication & Spanish – Eureka, IL
Camino Global, Santiponce, Seville, 5/13-6/15/17 – Mentorship will encompass working with missionaries in support of their creative outreach for evangelism and leadership training toward the establishment of transformational local churches around the country.

Ally Shawgo
History and Policy Sci-History/Secondary Education with Teacher License – Pekin, IL
IdRaHaJe Camp, Bailey CO, 6/1 – 8/6/17 – Mentorship involves working as a high school counselor, including supervising campers, leading cabin devotions, assisting with skills classes, participating in group activities, attending chapel, etc.

Adria Slater
Biology – St. Joseph, IL
Global Crossroads/Clinica Montespino, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 5/13 – 6/24/17 – Mentorship will provide exposure to the medical field while gaining insight into the Costa Rican culture by living and volunteering in a Spanish speaking country.

Stephanie Sager
Psychology – Tucson, AZ
Congregational Youth Ministry – Mentorship will be planning and developing an ecumenical youth group/worship patterned using “The Landing” a teen version of Celebrate Recovery for Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Will Compton
Philosophy and Religion – Independence, Kentucky
Christmount Camp and Conference Center, North Carolina  – Plan, organize, and execute activities and outreach for the representation of Refugee & Immigration Ministries of the CC(DOC) at Christmount summer camps.  

Alix Cox
Special Education – Flanagan, IL
Christmount Camp and Conference Center, North Carolina  – Teach and assist adults with special needs at summer camps for special needs adults.


Matthew Caldwell
Psychology – Gurnee, IL
Social Cognition and Social Justice Lab at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 5/4 – 7/15/17 – Mentorship will be working in the lab doing research and assisting mentor and her graduate students with literature searches, data management, and preparation for graduate school.

Nichole Daugherty
Special Education with Teacher License – Roanoke, IL
Breakthrough Collaborative, Atlanta, GA, 5/28 – 7/27/17 – Mentorship will involve serving as a middle school teacher for underserved middle school students of low socioeconomic and high diversity backgrounds.

Abigail Haynie
English Writing Shenandoah, IA
DC Coalition against Domestic Violence, Washington, D.C. 6/3 – 7/12/17  Mentorship will include assisting staff in developing and implementing a digital communication strategy, including designing and producing materials; establishing media and community network contacts; and assisting with public education about the issue of domestic violence in the District of Columbia to promote community involvement, volunteerism, and fundraising.

Newt Holt
English Literature – Secondary Education with Teacher License – Groveland, IL
MJM Entertainment Group, La Mirada, CA 5/26 – 8/4/17 – Mentorship will include reading and assessing spec screenplays submitted to the company by either freelance writers or agencies. Additional work could also involve work with pre-production for the company’s upcoming Reagan biopic.  

Ellé  LeClaire
Environmental Studies – Peotone, IL
Vatnajökull National Park, Skaftafellsstyofa, ICELAND, 6/9 – 7/10/17 – Mentorship will involve working to build and maintain existing trails and conduct invasive species removal.

Bobby Mathius
Communication – Tinley Park, IL
Nissan US Headquarters, Franklin, TN, 5/3 – 8/7/17 – Mentorship will involve working with the marketing and operations teams of the Vehicle Connected Services department.

Johnny Tran
Math Education – Houston, TX
The Vera Project, Seattle, WA, 7/1 – 7/31/17 – Mentorship will include supporting the project which focuses on engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing through fostering a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities.

Trever Zeibert
Accounting – Monee, IL
The Leadership and the American Presidency Program/The Fund for American Studies, Washington, D.C., 6/2 – 7/29/17 – This program is made possible through the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in conjunction with the Fund for American Studies.  In addition to taking a class called “The American Presidency”, will be required to attend various political events. Will be completing a practical learning experience in the Government Affairs Department for the Council for Responsible Nutrition.


Sarah Zuniga
Environmental Studies & Philosophy and Religion – Oregon, IL
Disciples Home Mission, Washington, D.C., 5/19 – 6/1/17  – Mentorship involves collecting stories of immigrants and refugees in the Disciples community for World Refugee Day for DOC General Assembly.
The Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 7/1 – 7/29/17 – Research Mentorship as part of a Young Scholars
cohort and will support work towards honors thesis.