Assistant Director/ Office of New Student Programs
Program Coordinator/ Arts at Michigan
Working at Arts at Michigan has brought together two of my great loves - working with students and the arts! Getting students connected to the arts either as audience members, art-makers, or leaders in the arts is a great job, and collaborating with the dedicated (and really fun!) staff that makes up our Arts at Michigan family is the icing on the cake! So, now a little bit more about me.
I have coordinated the Arts at Michigan program since 2007 and have spent nearly 20 years working with students and student organizations at the University of Michigan. I began at the University as the Facilities Coordinator at the Student Theatre Arts Complex, and have also worked as the Director of Michigan Union Arts and Programs, the Program Coordinator for the 2001 Dance for Mother Earth-Ann Arbor Pow Wow, and the Office and Program Manager for the Office of Student Activities and Leadership.
I got my B.F.A. in Theatre at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and my M.A. in Scene and Costume Design at the University of Michigan. I worked as a professional Scenic Artist at regional and college theatres for several years before taking her first position with U of M and settling in Ann Arbor. I have been married for 30 great years to her husband Brian, and has three children - Olivia, Fletcher and Elinor. Away from the University, I have worked in public education advocacy, and am currently the President of the Ann Arbor Board of Education - where I have been a member for the last 9 years. I also enjoy gardening, reading, yoga, and, of course, attending music and theatre performances and visiting art museums!
I earned my BFA from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and my MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, both in Painting. I helped coordinate programs and exhibitions at Pratt Institute and The Cooper Union in New York, and at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh. As an artist and an administrator, the arts have been a driving force in my career, and I’m really excited to be working in a position that gives me new opportunities each day to share that passion. I’m a museum lover and have been known to travel hours on a bus just to visit one I’ve never seen. I love going to cultural events and seeing offbeat film and theatre productions. I have a peculiar passion for music from 1994, a not–so–peculiar passion for French food and all types of cheese. And I’m a serious New York Yankees fan.
Program & Student Development Assistant
I am currently pursuing my master's degree in higher education administration from CSHPE at the School of Education. I earned my bachelor's degree from Albion College in May 2011 with a double major in Business and Psychology. During undergrad, I worked as a First Year Experience Mentor and an Admissions Tour Guide, where I developed a strong interest in program development and working with students. I spent my junior year in the United Kingdom studying abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I have been playing the piano since the age of 5, and the arts have always been a huge part of my life. I am thrilled to carry on that passion working for Arts at Michigan. Outside of school, I enjoy music (of all sorts), traveling, and kayaking on the Huron River.
I am a junior in the school of Art and Design focusing on graphic design. I transfered to Michigan in my sophomore from Michigan State to pursue art. I am a huge proponent in the Living Arts Community, being both a peer mentor and the market director. I find art's relation to technology fascinating, specifically how technology's growth is leading to new ways to create art. I love reading (manga and novels), 3D modeling, and watching Will Ferrell movies.
In the spring I will finish my BFA in the school of Art and Design, with a focus in graphic design. For my senior thesis I am writing and illustrating a children's book. In addition to working at Arts at Michigan, I also work as a freelance designer, illustrator, and photographer. I am interest in illustration, creative writing, 19th century literature, and tea. I hope one day to own a grey cat, travel to Scotland, and live by the sea.
I am an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, participating in a dual degree program which allows me to work toward both a BA in the School of Art & Design, as well as a BA in Cultural Anthropology, and minor in Creative Writing. This was perfect for me because I would much rather do everything I love than only pick one! In Art & Design, I am concentrating on building a portfolio in graphic design and photography. I hope the cultural knowledge I gain through my Anthropology degree will help enhance and push my artwork. Along with culture, art and writing, my other great love is travel. I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to live and travel abroad and this has had a great impact on my life. Like most undergrads, my future after school is hardly clear, but I am excited for whatever adventure comes my way!
PROGRAM & STUDENT DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
After living in France for about eight months, enjoying fabulous cheeses and delicious wines, I returned home to begin grad school. Currently, I am pursuing a Master in Higher Education Administration, and a Master of Science in Information. I earned a B.A. in History and French, with a minor in English, from Oakland University. As an undergraduate, I worked closely supervising a few student organizations, programming, and networking with faculty and staff. From my experiences, I became interested in working with student development. I am also interested in international education and study abroad programs. Outside of school, I absolutely love cooking and baking. I write a food blog (boushala.wordpress.com) to document my culinary adventures! I also love reading, traveling, writing, chocolate, cheese, Lord of the Rings, and spending time with family and friends!
Right now, I'm a student at the School of Art and Design class of 2010 focusing in Graphic Design. I like reading, traveling, cooking, baking, book arts, graphic arts, printmaking and painting. In the future, I hope to be a graphic designer at a marketing or advertising firm and potentially open my own design firm someday. I believe the arts are a successful vehicle of expression which can be applied to any field. I think it is important to have a balance of art and creativity with logic and structure in life. Art can be both.
I am a freshman in the International Studies program, planning on transferring to the School of Public Policy my junior year. When I'm not in the Arts office, I occupy most of my time writing for the Michigan Daily, working as an Arts Ambassador, and seeing concerts around campus. I love kayaking, big cities, and Tina Fey. I also have a frighteningly large knowledge of all things 90s. It's a bit of a problem.
Normally a citizen of much warmer/milder climates, I am about to start a long academic journey (aka a PhD) in urban planning at Taubman College here at Michigan. Previous to my time in Ann Arbor, I lived in California and then England, earning a BS in product design engineering and a MPhil in environmental design in architecture. In addition to my love for cities and architecture, I have a considerable passion for classical music, cultivated during a stint as a freelance professional singer, as well as an ongoing interest in basketball.
I am a freshman in the College of Engineering at Michigan. I've been interested in Design for a while now and particularly like Website Design. I began to learn basic HTML when I was 13 and over the years have had experience with a variety of programming languages. Currently, I'm also the Website Chair for the Blueprint Literary Magazine. Coming from India, I play a lot of Cricket and Soccer. I'm also a big Ramones fan and play the guitar. Other than that, I like video games, comic books and all kinds of food!