Event Details:

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
6:00 pm Central

You are invited to join Twin Cities area alumni and friends for a Zoom conversation about Saint Mary's First Generation Initiative (FGI) program featuring Alisa Macksey, deanStudent Success and First Generation Initiative and Dr. Michael A. Linden, MD, PhD.  If you would like to make a donation to the FGI initiative, please click here: connect.smumn.edu/giveFGI



Dr. Michael A. Linden, MD, Ph.D. completed undergraduate training in Biology at Saint Mary's University, Winona Campus.  He then matriculated into the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. He subsequently completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, followed by a Hematopathology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  In 2011, Dr. Linden returned to Minneapolis as a faculty member within the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota.  He currently serves as an Associate Professor and the Director of Hematopathology.  Dr. Linden first became aware of the SMU FGI program in 2017, and he has served on the FGI's Advisory Board since 2018.


Alisa Macksey, dean of student success and the First Generation Initiative, oversees our FGI scholars and countdown to college, learning
assistance, access services, academic advising, new student experience, and is an advocate for all students. She has been at the university
since 2015.  Alisa was a Lasallian Volunteer for two years in Kansas City, Missouri. For the past 12 years she has been involved in mission
formation programs
at the Regional (US and Canada) level for the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Alisa received her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology
from Saint Mary’s
College of California and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Alisa is currently a doctoral student,
working on her
dissertation, in the Ed.D. program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  Alisa was also the recipient of the Distinguished
Lasallian Educator
Award from Saint Mary’s University in 2019 as well as from the Midwest District of Christian Brothers in the same year.