International Studies & Programs

Meet the Stewards


Meet the Stewards: Summer 2017

Summer Stewards are vital to a successful summer of Short Courses with the American Semester Program (ASP). Each year, ASP hires full-time Stewards (ideally one graduate student and three undergraduate students) to play a large role in running July and August Short Courses. Stewards assist in the coordination of summer events, excursions and more. They are also well-versed in all things MSU and Michigan!

Are you participating in a program this July? Learn more about this summer's stewards!


Screen-Shot-2017-05-10-at-1.jpgKristen Gmerek

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Class Standing: Recent Graduate

Major: Professional Writing and Global Studies

Favorite Summer Activity: Paddle boarding 

Currently Reading or Watching: The Office

Favorite Food: Anything from Cosmos in Lansing

Fun Fact: I was born and raised in Hong Kong


Lenhard_Kaitlin.jpgKaitlin Lenhard

Hometown: Ionia, MI

Class Standing: Recent Graduate

Major: Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, and Media and Information

Favorite Summer Activity: Swimming in Lake Superior

Currently Reading or Watching: Reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, watching What We Do In the Shadows (on repeat)

Favorite Food: Paneer Tikka Masala

Fun Fact: I joined a Roller Derby bootcamp (last spring) without knowing how to roller skate.


Brian-R.jpg.jpgBrian Reyes

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Class Standing: Senior

Major: International Relations 

Favorite Summer Activity: Sports with friends(basketball, soccer, etc) 

Currently Reading or Watching: The Office

Favorite Food: Pupusas!(main dish served in El Salvador)

Fun fact: I'm a first generation college student!


17016741_1397661500284273_5.jpgEmily Villegas

Hometown: McAllen, TX

Class Standing: Second Year Graduate Student

Major: Master of Social Work

Favorite Summer Activity: Anything that allows me to enjoy Michigan's summer weather

Currently Reading or Watching: Impractical Jokers (FAVORITE show)

Favorite Food: Crack fries from Hopcat

Fun Fact: I am a proud product of two immigrant parents


Ethel-Photo.pngEthel Xu

Hometown: Xiamen, China

Class Standing: Junior

Major: Psychology, with minor in Leadership of Organization

Favorite Summer Activity: Swimming of course and it does not have to be in a pool :). I also love walking and running with dogs in the soccer field. All kinds of outdoor activities just dont put me at home.

Currently Reading or Watching: Reading "Geography Psychology" and just finished watching "13 reasons why"

Favorite Food:SEAFOOD!! Scallop and Shrimp is my all time meat choice 

Fun Fact: I can't smell or eat raw Onion, it disgust me too much....It just has to be cooked cooked...  And I Love Sad movies...more than those funny one..

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