From the president

Alexander Eddy, a junior with a double major in management and marketing and a minor in digital media communications, is an active student leader who advocates for pressing civic needs. He has led several Elmhurst University events such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes March to bring awareness to sexual and domestic violence, a student wellness week to support mental health, and a Spikeball tournament to raise money for Lurie Children’s Hospital. He also raises awareness of environmental issues, homelessness, diversity and inclusion across the Elmhurst University community. Beyond his many leadership roles on the Elmhurst University campus, he volunteers with organizations such as ICNA Relief, a program which assists refugees, and DuPage Senior Citizen Council, an organization which assists local elderly. Alex’s commitment to civic engagement propels all of his action on campus and encourages his future work. Alex is committed to opening more doors for opportunity and plans on continuing to encourage growth and development within his community.

Troy VanAken Ph.D.


Elmhurst University


Personal Statement

Growing up in a family where taking care of one another was a non-negotiable, I knew that I wanted to prioritize the same ideal in my future. Empowerment and community became core values of mine as I transitioned into college. Upon my arrival at Elmhurst University, my only choice was to dive head-first into challenging myself to make an impact. In a world full of uncertainty and injustice, I hold a burning desire to bring equity and opportunity to the world around me. I am a passionate and driven student leader motivated to encourage my peers to share the same dedication for helping those in need. Leading a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event brought together students from various majors and with different experiences to unite in raising community awareness of domestic violence and provide resources to those in need. I extended my involvement by joining various student organizations and participating in leadership training to better myself as an individual and a leader. In the future, I hope to see these events continued by newer and younger members of the university and to see growth in opportunity for all individuals.

Alexander Eddy


Elmhurst University