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Meet the OSI Interns

The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) is proud to introduce the following interns working in the vice president's office, government relations, university relations, creative services and economic development.

Graham BryantGraham Bryant is working as a communications intern in the Office of University Relations for the second year in a row. A graduate of the College, Graham received his B.A. in English with a minor in history last May. When he gets time during a busy schedule as a member of W&M Law's J.D. class of 2016, Graham will be writing news articles for W&M News, as well as other web and print publications. Originally from South Boston, Virginia, Graham discovered a love for news writing while working for The Gazette-Virginian and polished his writing skills as a writing consultant at W&M's Writing Resources Center since his freshman year.

Lexi ColeAlexandra "Lexi" Cole is a junior transfer student from American University working in the Office of Government Relations. Lexi will work with fellow intern Dana Holmstrand to assist Fran Bradford and Mike Connolly with research and meeting/event preparations for state and federal relations. She will help to plan and execute the annual “Road to Richmond” event for William & Mary students. Lexi has lived in a variety of cities in Illinois, Colorado and Texas. She enjoys reading political science thrillers and endeavors to travel at every opportunity. From her time living in Colorado, she fell in love with outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding and white water rafting. In 2011, Alexandra enlisted in the Army National Guard, taking two years off from college for training purposes, and is now serving the Maryland Army National Guard as a Geospatial Imagery Intelligence Analyst (35G). She plans to continue her education into graduate school and to hold a career in Washington DC using her training as an analyst and her knowledge of foreign affairs to work as a Foreign Service officer in the future.

Melissa CommanderMelissa Commander is a sophomore at the College and is from Chesapeake, Virginia. She plans to major in Anthropology and then pursue her Master's to become a researcher and writer. Melissa has worked with software and information technology and will be assisting Creative Services with web editing, social media management, photography and videography.

Alla HermanAlla Herman is a senior Monroe Scholar from Northern Virginia majoring in Mathematics and Public Policy. She is starting her third year as an intern for Ideation, William & Mary's research publication. On campus, she is in Reveille, an all-female a cappella group, does research in the math department, and is a member of a social sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.

Caitlyn HickmanCaitlyn Hickman is a junior from Richmond, Virginia. She is studying a Psychology major and Mathematics minor, and hopes to work in marketing research after she graduates. She has a strong background in art and design. On campus Caitlyn is also involved in the Undergraduate Student Conduct Council and the Assessment Steering Committee, and works at the Green Leafe pub in her spare time. This is her third year on the Creative Services design team.

Dana HolmstrandDana Holmstrand is a senior majoring in public policy. Dana is working with Lexi Cole in the Office of Government Relations. The two will assist Fran Bradford and Mike Connolly with research and meeting/event preparations for state and federal relations. She will help to plan and execute the annual "Road to Richmond" event for William & Mary students. Originally from Wheeling, West Virginia, Dana is interested in the United States Supreme Court, hiking, baked goods and British humor. Dana found her passion for people while working as an AmeriCorps VISTA in southwestern West Virginia during the summer of 2012. On campus, Dana is active in the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, KITES, the Spotswood Society and the William & Mary Debate Society.

Alberta KallonAlberta Kallon is a news video intern at the Office of University Relations. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she now lives in Bronx, New York. She is a junior majoring in Film & Media Studies. As a Sharpe Community Scholar, she is very interested in researching racial and gender inequality and how they can be eradicated through cinema. She wants to become a filmmaker and hopes that her films will inspire social change.

Sydney MaHanSydney MaHan is working as the Communication Intern for the Office of University Relations. Originally, from Chantilly, VA she is a junior at the College, double majoring in Government and Film & Media Studies. Sydney hopes to combine her interests in government and media by pursuing a career in journalism or political communications. Ultimately, she hopes to one day be a White House Correspondent. Sydney is involved in writing and volunteering on campus. She is currently a Student Correspondent for the Virginia Sea Grant, Historian and Corresponding Secretary of the Mu Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as well as a member of Alpha Phi Omega; the co-ed service fraternity here at William & Mary. This is Sydney's first year as one of the Communication Interns for the Office of University Relations and she is looking forward to reporting on the various events happening on campus.

Shelby RollerShelby Roller was born in Richmond Virginia and grew up in nearby Ashland. She graduated from Patrick Henry, a high school that she says was "literally across from a cow farm." Shelby is double majoring in Environmental Science and Global Studies, two passions that were inspired by her hometown's rural and natural aspects. "Since Ashland was so small, I was always eager to explore more of the world, which is how I became interested in Europe and lead to my major of Global Studies," she says. Shelby studied abroad in Spain one summer to become better acquainted with the culture abroad and plans on returning after graduation to hike the Camina de Santiago and then continue backpacking across the continent. After college, she hopes to become a science journalist or be involved in some other method of science communication.