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Erin Alanson

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MS, College Student Personnel, Miami University
BA, Sociology, Michigan State University

A little about me….

I am the Associate Director for the University Honors Program. In this role, I oversee the first-year experience for UHP students and the UHP advising team. I also work with partners across campus to develop pre-approved honors experiences.

In addition to my administrative responsibilities, I advise industrial design students. Although I am nowhere near as artistically talented as my students, I’ve been surrounded by the arts my whole life. Many of my family members have pursued careers in the arts (my dad is a furniture designer, my sister is a graphic designer, and my brother is an artist) and thus, I've developed a strong appreciation and admiration for the arts. I encourage you to stop by anytime to chat about what’s going on in your life. You are also welcome to schedule an appointment with me via Starfish.

I am from Holland, Michigan which is located on Lake Michigan. Growing up, my family spent a lot of time going to the beach, biking along the lakeshore, and hiking. I love being outdoors, and I am always looking for a new place to explore. I have an older sister and brother who I’ve come to really appreciate over the past few years. I also have two adorable nieces. I went to Michigan State University for my undergraduate degree and Miami University for my master’s degree. Along the way, I met so many great people who inspired me to follow my own passions. Thus, I am grateful for the opportunity to inspire students at the University of Cincinnati to create their own paths and to make the most of their college experience.  

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I love to travel—though it’s less about where we are going and more about the opportunity to experience something new. I also enjoy hiking, reading, exercising, baking, cooking, and attending concerts, sporting events, and festivals. More than anything, I try to enjoy the little things in life. A handful of peanut M&Ms, a phone call from my college roommates, ice cream in a waffle cone, a stranger who holds the door open for me, or walk around my neighborhood after dinner. Taking the time to appreciate the little things leaves me feeling very grateful for all that I have in my life.

Ask me about…

  • My experience traveling with UHP students to Paris, Kentucky and  Florida
  • My study abroad experience as an undergraduate student to Greece
  • Dutch dancing, Tulip Time, and Windmill Island
  • My terrible reality television show addictions
  • Bargain shopping
  • My dog, Zoey