The Honors College

Oak View Hall, Room 210
509 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-4450
Fax: (248) 370-4479

Elspeth (Galloway) Coats

A head shot of Elspeth Coats

BS – Management Information Systems – Oakland University 1991

Sr. Business Systems Analyst, NETSOL Technologies, Inc.

Business Manager, Motor City Irish Dance, LLC

Why I joined the Board: I joined the board because I am so proud of all the things that Oakland University offers and especially the Honors College. I want others to have a better understanding of why they should take advantage of the Honors College. I also enjoy helping out students as they are trying to determine what they want to do with their lives. What better place to do that than with honors students who put time and effort into their education.

Best HC Memories: My favorite part of being in the Honors College was also the most challenging part of my college experience and that was my senior project. It forced me to get out of my comfort zone and not only come up with a project, but also find a faculty sponsor, and go into a large corporation to do research. Through that project, I built a relationship with a professor that stayed in touch with me after graduation and even took me to lunch a year later to talk to me about how I felt my education prepared me for my career. Interesting fact: My project had to do with change management and implementing a new software system. Today I work designing new functionality within software that my company develops.

Other Interests/Affiliations:

  • Irish dancing
  • Past president of the Rochester Area Junior Chamber International.
  • Foster home for Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue and home for 2 little cairns of our own.
  • Leading small group bible discussions and introducing people to reading the bible.
  • Crafts of all different kinds including, making card, jewelry, painting, needlework, sewing, pottery, you name it!