Military/Veteran profile: Sutch balances schoolwork, service

Laurie Sutch in uniform

Laurie Sutch (MILS '94) is a veteran who used the computer skills she learned in the Army and honed at UMSI to forge a new career. She is now a Librarian and the Director of the Academic Technology Group at the University of Michigan. Here is her story, in her own words:

“When I got out of the service in August of 1993, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life. I had always been interested in library work, and in fact, while I was waiting to go into the service, worked as a page in a public library for several months.

“I was visiting some friends in Ann Arbor, and after some discussion, decided to apply to the School of Information and Library Studies (SILS) Master's Program. I was accepted, and started in January of 1994.

“I was still in the Army Reserve during my grad school days, and balancing monthly weekend drill with work, classes and homework was often a challenge, but I had learned how to put my head down and just get it done.

“When I graduated in December of 1994 and began job hunting, one of my assets was the ‘new fangled’ computer skills that I had begun to develop in the Army and that I further explored and expanded in the SILS program. In my current position, almost 20 years later, I still use skills learned and earned both in the Army and in the SILS program.”

Sutch during SILS