Alumni Feature | Marissa Ampe Reflecting on her Students United Experience

written by | Marissa Ampe

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My name is Marissa Ampe and I am a recent graduate from Winona State University where I studied Marketing and Business Administration. At Winona State, I was a dean’s list recipient each semester, I served on the executive board of the American Marketing Association, I was awarded the Outstanding Marketing Graduate Student Award, and I interned at Students United as an Events and Fundraising Intern. 

I have been extremely fortunate to have had many amazing mentors, professors, and friends in my college and professional career that have opened many doors for me upon graduation. Students United gave me hands on experience fundraising and planning events for a nonprofit, which led me to the job that I accepted after graduation. Before my internship at Students United, I knew I wanted to use my marketing degree but was unsure exactly what I wanted to do after graduation. Through planning and executing the 50thAnniversary Gala, a Give to the Max Day, and a Penny Golf Scramble with the amazing Students United team, I realized that I wanted to work in the non-profit sector after graduation. The support and guidance Students United provided proved to be invaluable in my plans after college. 

After graduation in May, I was hired as a Take Steps Manager for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of the Minnesota/Dakota’s chapter. In my short time with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation I have worked with many amazing people to work towards a cure for crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  

In my role I plan and execute three Take Steps walks with the foundation in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, and Rochester. Take Steps is a great event that empowers and inspires patients in the IBD community as well as funds groundbreaking research as the foundation invested $28.4 million in research last year. I am extremely fortunate that I enjoy the work that I do, and this is something I could not have done without the strong foundation that was built in my years at Winona State and Students United. 

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