Serving as chair of the college’s construction technology program keeps Washtenaw Community College faculty member Cristy Lindemann very busy, but she is always looking for ways to help WCC students.

During her more than 12 years of teaching, she has seen firsthand hundreds of students who have the desire to further their education, but often are not able to continue their studies without some financial help.

So, with great enthusiasm, she now serves as the new faculty liaison to the WCC Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the college that provides scholarships and financial help to WCC students.

In her role, she will provide WCC Foundation members with updates on day-to-day activities of WCC faculty, who, in turn, will help her identify students who may be in need of financial assistance.

On her own, Lindemann has set up two separate Foundation scholarships, one as an endowment fund and one specifically for students who need financial help in emergency situations. She also has been involved in the “Tools For Success” scholarships for military veterans – which came from the Masco Corporation Foundation.

Lindemann notes the importance of the Foundation as crucial to enable WCC students to reach their educational dreams.

“To see how things run at the Foundation level will allow me to do more to ensure WCC students can successfully complete their studies,” said Lindemann. “The work of the Foundation board of directors helps extend the financial support not just to our students, but oftentimes to our staff and to various departments.

“We are so grateful for Cristy’s involvement as our faculty liaison,” said Julaine LeDuc, Executive Director of the WCC Foundation. “Her unceasing dedication to students is so admirable and we look forward to the passion and enthusiasm she will bring to the Foundation board.”

Additionally, Lindemann says she is looking forward to learning from the current members of the Foundation board and to help increase awareness among students of the many ways the Foundation can help them.

“So many opportunities are available for students – ranging from books, new glasses, to tuition and fees,” she said. “I will do anything I can to give our students the support they need to be successful.”

For information about the WCC Foundation, visit wccnet.edu/foundation.

By Susan Ferraro, APR

Director of Media Relations