University of Minnesota
http://www.umn.edu/
612-625-5000

CAPE Coaches

Jim Jacobson

Kate Eloranta
  • CAPE Coach

Education

Jim studied Greek and Latin so you don't have to (B.A. Ancient Studies from Michigan State University, M.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison). This is Jim's third Big 10 institution and his favorite so far.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

It's hard, when you don't even know what the things are that you don't know. Naming your goals and obstacles is the first step toward knowing them.


Lucy Reile

Katie Koopmeiners
  • CAPE Coach

Education

Lucy has a B.S. in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas

Fun Facts

Lucy was a contestant on the Price is Right and won a sailboat! She also loves food and trying out restaurants.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

As you explore majors and careers, don't be afraid to share your interests and story with people you know as well as new people you meet. Ask them to share their major and career path too. You can learn a lot from the experiences of others!


Susan LeBlanc

Susan LeBlanc
  • Associate Director and CAPE Coach

Education

Susan has her Master of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel-College Student Affairs from Minnesota State University, Mankato; She also has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota.

Fun Facts

Susan absolutely loves vacationing to National Parks, and Rocky Mountain National Park is her home away from home. She also enjoys spending time with her partner, two kids, and their two cats.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Get out there and try stuff! You never know who you might meet, what new interest you might discover, and what you will learn about yourself from that experience. Join a club, volunteer, study abroad, just make sure you do something!


Aya Maruyama

LeeAnn Melin
  • CAPE Coach

Education

Aya has a B.A. in Psychology from the Hiram College in Ohio and a M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Fun Facts

I have been to Tanzania twice. Going on a safari in the Ngorongoro National Park was the best experience ever!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Choosing a major doesn't have to mean deciding what you will do for the rest of your life. As you gain more experience, you will gain better understanding of yourself and your options. You'll also gain more transferable skills and new interests may grow. You keep changing and so will your plans. Be open-minded and let yourself take a bit more winding path than you may have expected.


Kai Takatsuka

Matt Fisher
  • Cape Coach

Education

Kai has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Family Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. He also has a Master of Arts in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Fun Facts

Kai loves practicing hot yoga and running (when his feet cooperate). He can often be found watching online cat videos and visiting the zoo in his free time.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Be patient with yourself and try not to judge your decisions too quickly or harshly. Choosing a major is both a complex and exciting process, and is good practice for making other decisions later in life. Enjoy the exploration and cherish any opportunity to learn more about yourself and your values.



Robin Stubblefield

Matt Fisher
  • Cape Coach

Education

Robin has a B. A. in Psychology from the College of Saint Benedict and a M.A. in Educational Psychology (focus in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is also a certified coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Fun Facts

Robin’s bucket list includes visiting as many national parks with her son and partner as possible. She’s had a search plane look for her after an adventure in college (that clearly ended well) but life has mellowed out a bit since then! She also has her own coaching/facilitation business in addition to working in CAPE.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Be open…to possibilities and to not having an immediate answer to the question, “What are you going to do with (insert major)?” Your major is a starting point, it is not an end point.



Staff

Kate Eloranta

Kate Eloranta
  • Student Services Specialist

Education

Kate has a Bachelor of Individualized Studies: Linguistics, Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences, and Teaching English as a Second Language, and a minor in Finnish Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities.

Fun Facts

Kate enjoys cycling the Twin Cities and beyond, cross country skiing, and live music.  She also loves all things Finnish, learning new languages, and travelling! (...or dreaming of travelling)

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Don't compare yourself to others that seem confidently decisive about their major and life direction.  Odds are, they are just as uncertain as you!  Be proud of yourself for taking on the challenge of exploration.


LeeAnn Melin

LeeAnn Melin
  • Assistant Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education

Education

LeeAnn recently recieved her Ph.D. in Higher Ed at the University of Minnesota. She also has a Master of Arts in Public Affairs from Northern Michigan University and a BA from the University of Minnesota.

Fun Facts

LeeAnn accidentally painted her house maroon and gold. She then realized everything in her life was maroon and gold! "Go Gophers!!!"


Laura Nygren

Laura Nygren
  • Coordinator of Communications and Design

Education

Laura has a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Fun Facts

Laura loves everything about social doccumentaries, excel spreadsheets, weddings, power tools, the ocean, and avacados. She is her happiest when she is traveling somewhere new and exciting!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Never compare yourself to others. Follow your own dreams for you own reasons and don't let anyone else distract you from becoming the person you want to be. However, at the same time be patient with yourself and allow yourself to explore and create!


Facebook Twitter Tumblr

Center for Academic Planning and Exploration
511 Robert H. Bruininks Hall

222 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-624-3076
cape@umn.edu

//