UC Ambassadors
Get to know the undergraduate students that represent University College!
 
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Moira Armstrong

Preferred Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs | Graduation Date: Spring 2022

"As a Career Exploration and Development Career Peer, and now a Senior Career Peer, I have gained so many opportunities to grow personally and help students. I have been able to plan and lead my own programs, learn about Kent State University's resources and their applications, and learn, network, and pass my knowledge on to others."

University College Representation: Career Exploration and Development

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Pierce Bartman

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His | Graduation Date: Spring 2023

"Working for Career Exploration and Development as a Career Peer has allowed me to help other students with their resumes and cover letters on a one-on-one basis. I have gained valuable skills and gained a greater sense of purpose at Kent State University. Not only do I have wonderful coworkers, supervisors, and mentors, but my Career Peer position has made me feel like I can help the Kent State community on a personal level."

University College Representation: Career Exploration and Development

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 
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Nicole Bitskay

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2021

"Being involved in the EXCEL Learning Community fostered the connection that I was looking for on campus. The EXCEL Mentors connected me to resources that I needed to be successful on campus and taught me how to be the successful, confident, outgoing leader I am today."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 
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Gabrielle Bradac

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2023

"Volunteering with Community Engaged Learning made me feel more comfortable and involved with the Kent State community. I also came into Kent as an exploratory major and I think the Exploratory Program was really helpful in helping me pave a path to deciding on my future."

University College Representation: Community Engaged Learning, Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Megan Burnett

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2023

"My experience in the University College, specifically the Exploratory Program has given me confidence within myself not only as a student but as a person that I did not have when I came to Kent State. It also gifted me with friendships and memories that will last a lifetime."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 
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Penelope Cervantes

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2024

"Being involved in the Exploratory Learning Community- EXCEL has made a difference in my college experience for the better. I was able to learn lots of tips for studying, organization, etc. Furthermore, I am an Exploratory pre-major, I am learning about my own passions which can translate into a career."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Ryan Chema

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His | Graduation Date: Spring 2023

"The EXCEL Mentors and Academic Advisors encouraged me to get involved and utilize the offered resources. I would not be where I am now without the EXCEL Learning Community. I utilized resources in Career Exploration and Development that assisted me in declaring my major including a Flashternship that has turned into a professional connection for future internships opportunities."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Ariana Clark

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2021

"The Exploratory Program has molded my college experience. My First Year Experience faculty member and my Exploratory Academic Advisor truly gave me the encouragement I needed to be my best self. I have made lifelong friends and learned that, even though you declare your major and leave the college, it will always be home."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 
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Sean Gauntner

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His | Graduation Date: Spring 2023

"Exploratory Academic Advisors, EXCEL Mentors and Career Exploration and Development Career Advisors provided resources with helping me choose a major confidently. I made some of my best friends because of the EXCEL Learning Community. It was nice to know that I also had other peers like me that were deciding on a major and I could ask questions and hang out with the EXCEL Mentors in Lake Hall."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 
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Olivia Haas

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2021

"My experience in Community Engaged Learning as a Service Leader has helped me learn that I truly enjoy being a leader! I have become so enthusiastic about encouraging students to volunteer, learn about different social justice issues, and leading them into different types of volunteer work."

University College Representation: Community Engaged Learning

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Krystal Ivy

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2021

"Being involved in University College (Academic Diversity Outreach) gives me the opportunity to connect with other students from all different backgrounds and work together to help students enjoy their time at Kent State University."

University College Representation: Academic Diversity Outreach

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 
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Chazzlyn Jackson

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2022

"Student Success Programs is a sound family and support system that has led to my success and a difference in my college experience. My leadership has evolved and grown as my acclimation on campus is further secured because of both the professional and casual network I have gained."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, McNair Scholars Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Diamond Lauderdale

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2021

"My involvement in the Exploratory Program, EXCEL Learning Community, and Academic Diversity Outreach have made me feel more comfortable, connected, and supported. I was able to also find my home away from home by and has led me to my joy for Higher Education!"

University College Representation: Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Senator for University College, Academic Diversity Outreach, Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Charles Marin

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His | Graduation Date: Spring 2021

"When I first decided to attend college, I was extremely nervous about the aspect of building relationships with others. In the EXCEL Learning Community, I built close friendships. I found my home at Kent State and peers who share the same interest and passions that I do."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 
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Ashley Munson

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Fall 2021

"I truly wasn't sure if college was right for me since I didn't know what I wanted to major in, but my EXCEL mentors helped me accept who I was and showed me how I could use this to my advantage."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 
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Kirya Phillips

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2022

"My involvement in Student Support Services for the past two years. I am a program student and now a tutor has helped me meet so many people (student, staff and faculty) and learned so many new things and gain personal experiences through this program."

University College Representation: Academic Diversity Outreach, Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs, Student Support Services

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 
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Taryn Phillips-Smith

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2022

"University College has been the gateway to my involvement on campus. The Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs, and Career Exploration and Development have provided me with leadership and networking opportunities, and on-campus employment. Starting college in the Exploratory Program has allowed me to explore my options, take time to figure out my interests and make a confident decision in my major."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Jason Pursel

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His | Graduation Date: Spring 2021

"My First Year Experience (FYE) course in the Exploratory Program gave me a chance to break out of my shell and meet people in a fun and relaxed environment. Some of my closest friends at Kent State are the people in my FYE class, and I made friendships and memories that will last for the rest of my life."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Maria Serra

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Fall 2020

"I met many new friends and made networking connections for the future in the Academic Success Center. I have enhanced my studying and academic skills. I also feel fulfilled by being able to help other students' success!"

University College Representation: Academic Success Center

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Melanie Tagliarini

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Fall 2022

"Working in the Academic Success Center has made me branch out into new things, meet incredible people and have a new appreciation for the department and University College."

University College Representation: Academic Success Center

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Margie Tamblyn

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2021

"University College, specifically Academic Diversity Outreach has shaped my college experience tremendously. I got connected with a summer program through Academic Diversity Outreach and really worked to develop myself professionally and personally. I am incredibly grateful for all the work that they do, they truly go above and beyond for their students."

University College Representation: Academic Diversity Outreach

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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Sophia Tromba

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Graduation Date: Spring 2022

"My University College involvement has helped me make so many different connections and provided me with the proper resources so I was able to figure out my major and what I want my future to look like."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program

Subcommittee: Connect Students and Promote University College

 
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James Trombka

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His | Graduation Date: Spring 2021

"The Provost Leadership Academy in Student Success Programs helped me learn that my voice does matter and that you can make change happen around you. Being able to find an issue on campus and help resolve it made it feel like I was making a difference. Also, as a math tutor in Student Support Services, I was able to help students reach their own goals and achieve success in courses."

University College Representation: Exploratory Program, Student Success Programs, and Student Support Services

Subcommittee: Engagement in University College

 

Note: A bolded University College Representation denotes the department with which the student is representing on their subcommittee.