Michele Gauger – Outstanding Graduate

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Michele Gauger – Outstanding Graduate

Michele Gauger
B.S. in Environmental and Resource Management
Graduated from Thatcher High School
Originally from Thatcher/Safford, Arizona.

Michele Gauger was on the Dean’s List each semester at ASU, and she will be graduating summa cum laude. She is currently in the  4+1 Accelerated Program which allows high-achieving students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

Why did you choose ASU?

Initially, I chose it because it offers the environmental programs I was looking for. The bonus for me was that I live nearby the Polytechnic campus.

Describe a memorable moment at ASU.

I knew the Environmental and Resource Management (ERM) program was right for me when I started, I just didn’t anticipate all of the chemistry. The best ah-ha moment for me was toward the end of my senior year when all of the information I had been learning started to pull together for me, and I began to see the bigger picture.

Can you name a professor that was instrumental in helping you grow?

It is difficult for me to pick just one. I credit each professor with helping me grow as a student equally.

What are your plans after graduation?

Just this week I accepted a position with an environmental consulting firm, which happens to be owned by an ASU ERM graduate. I will also be continuing on to obtain my M.S. in ERM.

About The Author

Erik Wirtanen

Erik Wirtanen graduated from Arizona State in 2001 with a B.S. in Recreation Management and Tourism. He got his start in the communications field as an undergrad with the ASU Athletics Media Relations office. He worked at UC Irvine from 2002 until 2014 in the Department of Athletics and then The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. In August of 2014, Wirtanen joined the communications office at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Media Contact: erik.wirtanen@asu.edu | 480-727-1957 | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Communications

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