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U-M Club of Greater Manistee-Ludington: Spotlight


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“Finally getting to experience campus life, tailgating with my roommates,  Alyssa(center), and Suzie(right)”  GO BLUE!

January 2022

For those of you who don’t know, my name is Alliyiah Torrey and I am a Sophomore in the College of Engineering. This year we have been able to participate in a lot more activities than last year. To start, all of my classes were in person this year which was amazing. Plus, the college allowed us to participate in all the Welcome Week events, so I went to convocation for the first time. Not only that, but I also went to events at the Museum of Natural History and UMMA.

I went to my first U of M game as a student this year. It was a lot of fun and the Big House was full of excitement! The band is amazing and always has so much energy. I finally learned all the cheers and got to sing the fight song with everyone. 

The Sophomore class was also invited to see the Freshman concert. Glass Animals was the band preforming this year. You guys might recognize their hit song “Heat Waves”. The performance was awesome!

Overall, this was an amazing semester to come back to after COVID. There were a lot of experiences that I missed my freshman year that I didn’t even know I missed out on. 

Stay safe and Go Blue!

The following update was written by Eileen Kline, mother of 2020 M student, Max Kline.

Max KlineNovember 14, 2021

I am not sure if you remember coming over to our house in 2020 to give Max his U of M scholarship and U of M gifts. We really appreciated you doing this for Max and still making it special. I wanted to update you on Max and share with you what he is up to.

Max’s biggest memory at U of M thus far is definitely the Michigan Marching Band. He took the marching band class last year and got to know a lot of the kids in the marching band’s horn section. This year he lives in a house with six other band members and loves it. Last weekend at the Indiana game, he was chosen to march in the pregame and halftime show. Once you make it into the Michigan Marching Band, you still have to try out for every half time and pre-game show. He is super excited because he also made it into the Ohio State pregame and halftime shows. He also made it into the travel band and went to MSU to perform in the combined halftime show with the MSU marching band which was amazing to see.

Max is a sophomore this year and is majoring in electrical engineering. He came home for the winter semester last year and did his online classes from home. He is so happy to be back in Ann Arbor. Max enjoys the challenge of the classes and loves the engineering program. Max is working part-time at  University Lutheran Church with the youth.


…and just back from RIO!

Kaitlin Urka is a 2005 graduate of Ludington High School and a 2009 graduate with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Michigan.


Currently she is an Associate Producer with NBC Sports & Olympics. A 3-time Sports Emmy Award winner, Kaitlin has worked on some of the most-watched events in sports television history, including 4 Olympic Games (Beijing, London, Sochi, & Rio), the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup Final, the Tour de France, and the Triple Crown. The job has taken her all over the world conducting  interviews with athletes and coaches, working with on-air talent, and capturing iconic images and moments that  she then helps package and deliver to NBC audiences. In addition she spreads the GO BLUE spirit wherever and whenever the opportunity presents. Visit her website:

Shown here with the NBC/Michigan Rio Crew: Kaitlin, Andrea Joyce (Gymnastics sideline reporter), Jill Martin (Today Show) and Dhani Jones (Sportsdesk  at the Olympics and soon to be Notre Dame analyst)!

From Ludington, MI, John Lister

John Lister

A graduate of Ludington High School in 2006, John A. Lister received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University in 2010. He obtained his Doctor of Law in 2013 graduating Magna Cum Laude frrom the University of Michigan Law School. While attending Law School  he served in the Community and Economic Development Clinic representing nonprofit corporation clients on a variety of matters, including corporate governance, tax and employment law issues. John was also an Associate Editor of the Law School publication, Michigan Journal of International Law.

Currently he is an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins.


From Brethren MI, Rachel O’Keefe

Okeefe 2015

Rachel is a 2011 graduate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a dual degree in Communication Studies and Sociology.

Currently she is employed with CBRE, the world’s premier, full-service real estate services company. Operating globally, the firm holds a leadership position  in  virtually all of the world’s key business centers. As a Senior Marketing Specialist for CBRE Chicago, Rachel is responsible for organizing, strategizing and  implementing marketing efforts for the Chicago, Oak Brook, Schaumburg and Bannockburn offices. She is responsible for creating and implementing  marketing  materials including proposals, property marketing collateral, brand management and compliance, advertising and web marketing in addition to  internal  communication.

Prior to joining the Midwest Marketing Team, Ms. O’Keefe was a Client Services Coordinator with the CBRE Chicago Urban Retail Team. Before joining  CBRE,  Ms. O’Keefe worked in the entertainment industry with a focus on Public Relations and Operations Management throughout North America.

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