Sixty-six freshman students were chosen to serve at new Tower Guard members.

Sixty-six students were chosen from the top five percent of the MSU freshman class to carry on the tradition of assisting MSU employees and students with disabilities through their involvement with Tower Guard, a sophomore honorary and service society. In order to be chosen for Tower Guard, members must exemplify leadership, scholarship, outstanding character and commitment to service.


Founded in 1932, Tower Guard is the oldest continuously active MSU-based student organization on campus whose members’ main function is to devote at least four hours per week to assisting MSU students who are visually impaired or have another reading-related impairment. Their time is spent reading exams and/or translating textbooks and other print materials into an accessible format through the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD). Most reading for the blind is done by Tower Guard, thus maintaining MSU’s outstanding service to students with disabilities.


For 80 years, Tower Guard has exemplified a legacy of Spartan tradition, leadership, and commitment to serving persons with disabilities. The efforts of Tower Guard have provided quality accessible education for students of the RCPD, producing textbook copies in Braille, e-text, and more.


The following freshmen were inducted into the Tower Guard on April 11, 2014:
• Tina Alati, of Holly, Mich. (interior design)
• Evan Arbit, of West Bloomfield, Mich. (human biology)
• Morgan Baum, of Boxborough, Mass. (education)
• Alexis Bielski, of Sylvania, Ohio (pre-nursing)
• Kristin Brandt, of Imlay City, Mich. (communication)
• Daniel Buhr, of Pewamo, Mich. (biosystems engineering)
• Emily Butler, of Northville, Mich. (education)
• Megan Campbell, of Washington, Mich. (supply chain management)
• Runzhi Chen, of Beijing, China (accounting)
• Neil Chitnis, of Rochester, Mich. (Lyman Briggs)
• Brittanie Chludzinski, of Clinton Township, Mich. (journalism)
• Rebecca Clancy, of Troy, Mich. (psychology)
• Emma Clark, of Rochester, Mich. (Lyman Briggs)
• Elena Cronick, of Calendonia, Mich. (professional writing)
• Christopher Cullison, of Waterford, Mich. (pre-medical)
• Linh Dao, of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (supply chain management)
• Sam Decker, of Ada, Mich. (Lyman Briggs)
• Anarida Delaj, of Farmington Hills, Mich. (criminal justice)
• Eamon Devlin, of Farmington Hills, Mich. (fisheries and wildlife)
• Brook Edgar, of Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (astrophysics)
• Carolena Elowsky, of Charlevoix, Mich. (accounting)
• Jacob Fielder, of Manchester, Mich. (environmental geosciences)
• Leah Giacobassi, of Litchfield, Mich. (environmental engineering)
• Tim Glew, of Lansing, Mich. (finance)
• Sara Golidy, of Ann Arbor, Mich. (no preference)
• Duncan Halligan, of Goodrich, Mich. (biosystems engineering)
• Alicia Hepler, of Waterford, Mich. (pre-medical)
• Meredith Herman, of Fenton, Mich. (human biology)
• Andrea Hess, of Rochester, Mich. (Lyman Briggs)
• Alexandra Hicks, of Macomb, Mich. (pre-nursing)
• Hannah Hull, of Fenton, Mich. (chemistry)
• George Hyde, of Flushing, Mich. (Lyman Briggs)
• Jolene Jaddou, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (pre-nursing)
• Josefa Kaganove, of Midland, Mich. (no preference)
• Annette Kim, of Madu-dong-Goyang, Korea (media and information)
• Maighlin Kolesar, of Ironwood, Mich. (Lyman Briggs)
• Rachel Kramer, of Birch Run, Mich. (supply chain management)
• Emily Laplante, of Powell, Wyo. (genomics and molecular genetics)
• Yi Li, of Shanghai, China (human resource management)
• Courtney Maliszewski, of Brighton, Mich. (no preference)
• Laura Mattingly, of Shelby Township, Mich. (chemical engineering)
• Elizabeth Michno, of Chesterfield, Mich. (accounting)
• John Monforton, of Grosse Pointe, Mich. (accounting)
• Amy Murphy, of Tuscola, Ill. (chemical engineering)
• Klejda Nikolli, of Macomb, Mich. (human biology)
• Amanda Pfutzenreute, of Stevensville, Mich. (applied engineering sciences)
• Lindsey Pirochta, of Laingsburg, Mich. (human development and family studies)
• Caroline Poole, of Rockford, Mich. (professional writing)
• Gabriela Ralph, of Saline, Mich. (psychology)
• Blake Reynolds, of Novi, Mich. (Lyman Briggs)
• Alexis Rife, of Lowell, Mich. (microbiology)
• Natalie Roodbeen, of Rochester, Mich. (pre-veterinary)
• Louis Rote, of Grosse Ile, Mich. (civil engineering)
• Carolyn Rutishauser, of Luthervil-Timonium, Md. (kinesiology)
• Martha Schmidt, of Ann Arbor, Mich. (pre-nursing)
• Carly Schneider, of Farmington Hills, Mich. (human biology)
• Tulsi Shah, of St. Joseph, Mich. (pre-nursing)
• Andrea Scherlinck, of Marine City, Mich. (marketing)
• Madison Simmet, of Middleton, Mich. (agribusiness management)
• Angela Terranova, of Macomb, Mich. (social work)
• Zachary Timmerman, of Utica, Mich. (Lyman Briggs)
• Kelly Valentini, of Canton, Mich. (nutritional sciences)
• Kelly Vukorpa, of St. Joseph, Mich. (no preference)
• Shelby Wegher, of Flushing, Mich. (pre-nursing)
• Emma Weil, of Novi, Mich. (supply chain management)
• Kennedy Wilson, of Jackson, Mich. (history)