Meet the Program Assistants

Program Assistant Profiles

Dylan McMurray

Hello there, my name is Dylan McMurray and I am a Neuroscience major from the southern part of Chicago, Illinois. Visiting about 30 other schools and coming to Lawrence last, I chose Lawrence University because it felt like my second home. In college, I am a part of the gaming club, frisbee team, and our student judicial board. Outside of college, I like to ride my skateboard, vibe out with some good music, and listen to way too many horror podcasts. I chose to participate in FAI/SIIS because I honestly could not wait another month to get back on campus and I love meeting new people! I love and am thankful for every second I get to spend at Lawrence! Peace out




Jelani Jones

Hi all, my name is Jelani Jones and I am a rising junior in the Conservatory who studies Violin Performance and Music Education. Some of my interests include music, movies, TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, nature, and so on. During the school year, I am a member of various on-campus organizations such as Fiddlers of Lawrence University and the Gamma Zeta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.




Thang Nguyen

My name is Thang Nguyen. I am from Vietnam. I major in biochemistry and math to pursue a career in data science. I am a class representative for Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) and will be community advisor next year. I chose Lawrence because of its tight-knit community and its supportive environment. By participating in the Summer Institute, I hope I can help you cope with challenges and enjoy your life here in the soonest time.






Kelly Vences

Hello! My name is Kelly Vences and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I am a rising junior and a Biochemistry major. I love the idea of making things to help people become well. After college, I hope to work in medicinal chemistry in whatever aspect that looks like. I am currently the President of Alianza, a Latinx organization designed to cultivate diversity in Lawrence and accommodate the Latinx students attending Lawrence. Through Alianza, we help bring our cultures and awareness of social life outside of Lawrence into our daily lives. This summer I am working with a Professor of Chemistry to help in his research and to immerse myself in the daily life of a synthetic chemist. I was in the Summer Institute program myself when I was a Freshman, and I thought it was a great opportunity to experience Lawrence before classes started. I love to help students especially the ones that are new to the college experience.


Imani Duhe

My name is Imani Duhe. I am a 20-year-old junior from Chicago, IL. I am also a Pisces. :) I plan on majoring in Psychology and minoring in Ethnic Studies. I also run track. In my free time, I like to listen to music, attend concerts, and spend time with my friends.







Karin Hannemann

Karin Hannemann comes from the Twin Cities and is a part of the class of 2022. While she is still Undeclared and has upwards of seven potential majors (including geology, botany, and film studies), she is leaning towards double majoring in studio art and German. As well as her academic interests, she enjoys discovering new music and making playlists (give her song recommendations!), playing cards, and setting her hammock up on the green.


Carla Plascencia

Hello! My name is Carla Ivette Plascencia and I am a currently a rising sophomore. Home is located back in the far southeast side of Chicago and also Jalisco, Mexico. I am the secretary of the Latinx Club on campus called ALIANZA. I chose to come to Lawrence because of the academic opportunities I found myself interested in, and I also liked the idea that I wasn’t just an ID Number but I would be known for my name and my accomplishments in class. I participated in the Summer Institute last year to mostly get to know the campus far ahead from most of my peers because as a first generation student, I had no idea what it was that I would be walking into. It allowed me to meet new people, get to know the campus more, and get a feel for what my classes may look and function like.



Meghan Hunter

Hi! My name is Meghan Hunter! I’m 20 years old and a junior. I am an Ethnic Studies major and an English minor. I’m an Aquarius :) In my free time, I enjoy singing, dancing, cooking and spending time with friends!






Jessica Hopkins

Hi my name is Jessica Hopkins and I am from Northwest Oklahoma, Go Pokes! I am a rising sophomore enjoying the freedom of the Liberal Arts curriculum, leaning towards a Religious Studies Major. I am a board member of Lawrence University Native Americans (LUNA), People for Animal Welfare (PAW), Student Ambassador Program (SAP), and the sorority of Kappa Kappa Gamma. I work as a caller for Lawrence University's Phonathon and at the Admissions Office as an assistant. I chose Lawrence because of the wonderful faculty and staff. Having people legitimately care about your academics and your well-being has had a tremendous impact on my success at Lawrence. FAI helped me adapt to Lawrence as well as Wisconsin. Through FAI I discovered what a college class is like and how to be apart of the Lawrence/Appleton community.