Office of Alumni Engagement

Shaina Nielson

My hometown when I was a student was

Beverly Hills, MI

I graduated in


I studied

BFA: Graphic Design

I currently live in

Chicago, IL

I am now

Senior Graphic Designer for JLL’s Midwest Markets

Since graduating from Alma

I got married to Jeffrey Nielson (Alma ’12), moved to Chicago, participated in alumni events, began volunteering as an advisor for a chapter of my sorority here in Chicago and got a wonderful job. AND I still have my Alma pine tree that we get our freshmen year. I named him Norman and he is now WAY taller than me!

My Alma education

Worked. Bottom line, I was prepared for the real world and I’ve been conquering it ever since graduation!

My favorite place(s) on campus included

you could only find me in one of three places: Clack, the pool or AXiD.

My favorite professors(s) included

Sandy Lopez Isnardi and Dana Aspinall (I was in his very first English class at Alma)

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

Hearing Loch Lomond at graduation, it never sounded more beautiful and never meant so much. It was a very proud moment for me.