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2014-2015 Honors Student Ambassadors

Please ask us anything about Honors life! Contact us at our individual e-mails below.

Allison Blair

Allison Monterey Blair

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  • Major: English (Writing)
  • Minor/Emphasis: N/A
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Reno, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: In all honesty, I can't remember debating whether or not to join the Honors Program. It just seemed the natural step in order to keep my education top-notch and my opportunities wide open. I find the Honors Program provides a scholastic and challenging environment for high-achieving students like me to thrive in and this is the reason why I love it.

More About Me: The Honors Program can be at times a full time job, however when I get a spare moment I'm most likely to spend it reading and writing. I am also very physically active and most recently I hiked Yosemite's Half Dome. I am a Latin scholar and an avid "arts and crafter." My latest volunteer work involves participating in and leading creative writing workshops for women in a local homeless shelter. Finally, Si mons altus satis non est, alius mons invenite.

Patricia Cachila

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  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Minor/Emphasis: Music and Chemistry
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Hometown: Henderson, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: All throughout high school, I always took upper level and honors classes to challenge myself. So it was no surprise when I decided to apply for the Honors Program my freshman year. The Honors Program offered smaller class sizes, living in the best dorms on campus, and courses that would challenge myself.

More About Me: Some other organizations I am involved in on campus are Biochemistry/Biology Club and Kharisma (which is a multicultural club for womens empowerment). I am co-Vice President of Biochemistry/Biology Club and I am Treasurer and Fundraising Chair for Kharisma. When I am not involved in organizations on campus or in class, I play League of Legends. I enjoy the consumption of food and I like to work out as well. After my undergraduate career, I plan to attend medical school and achieve my dream of becoming either a neurosurgeon or pediatric surgeon.

Riley Carroll

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  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Minor/Emphasis: Psychology
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Hometown: Henderson, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: As an incoming freshman I originally chose the Honors Program because I wanted to challenge myself; I always took the AP/Honors courses in High School so it only seemed fitting to go into the Honors Program. Now that I’ve experienced the Honors Program for a few years however; I’ve learned that it’s so much more than just challenging myself. I’ve made life-long friends that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I also have the amazing Honors staff available to help me along the way and provide many resources to help enrich my undergraduate experience.

More About Me: Besides being involved in the Honors Program, I am also involved in other activities around campus. I am a co-Vice President of Biochemistry/Biology club and I work as a student chaperone at the Davidson Academy. If I’m not in class or running around somewhere else on campus, I’m most likely in the Knowledge Center eating a pop-tart trying to study. The only other really important thing about me is that I am utterly in love with peanut butter and coffee. 

Matthew Chang

Matthew Chang

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  • Majors: Political Science and International Affairs
  • Minor/Emphasis: Chinese
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: San Jose, California

Why I Chose the Honors Program: Challenging and engaging academics were the most important things I sought as an incoming freshman. The Honors Program provided that and more! Honors courses I have taken have all been geared toward an interdisciplinary style of learning. In addition, I was able to enroll in smaller class sizes which allowed me to get to know my professor and fellow students very well. 

More About Me: I am involved in many other activities in addition to Honors. In my freshman year I was on the boxing team and had the opportunity to travel to other universities to compete. I am also in Kappa Sigma, one of the social fraternities on campus. I have a great passion for social justice and helped start a club on campus this past year called SASS (Students to Abolish Sex Slavery), where I currently serve as Vice President. This club is dedicated to gathering student volunteers to actively fight human trafficking by raising awareness of its existence.

Jenae Christensen

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  • Majors: Business and Spanish
  • Minor/Emphasis: N/A
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Henderson, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: A.

More About Me: S.

Cassidy D'Amour

Cassidy D'Amour

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  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor/Emphasis: Addiction Treatment Services
  • Class Standing: Junior
  • Hometown: Henderson, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: I chose the Honors Program at Nevada because I wanted an excellent education at an affordable price. I was attracted to the Program's exclusive resources including priority registration and limited class sizes, both of which have been conducive to my learning. More importantly, I wanted an educational environment that was stimulating and collaborative. Highlighted by supportive professors with innovative teaching styles and peers who understand the meaning of scholarship and fellowship, the Honors community has met my expectations.

More About Me: I love to be involved on campus and try to attend as many sporting and social events on campus as possible. In addition to being an Honors Student Ambassador, I am a member of Sigma Kappa, one of the sororities on campus; a member of Psi Chi, the Psychology Honors Society; a College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board member; and a member of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada Task Force on Association Outreach. Being in the Honors Program has helped me land a job on campus and has afforded me the opportunities of being an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant as well as a Research Assistant as a sophomore.

Shay Daylami

Shay Daylami

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  • Majors:  English (Linguistics)
  • Minor/Emphasis: Math
  • Class Standing: Junior
  • Hometown: Reno-Sparks, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: I wanted to kick the state university experience up a notch. Honors challenges me in just the right ways, plus it helps provide the small-liberal arts feel I was after.

More About Me: I've lived, worked, and played on campus. Hobbies (besides linguistics) include cycling/bike commuting, penny/long boarding, reading, writing, and annoying my superiors. When I'm not otherwise engaged you'll probably find me sprawled out in the grass, usually outside of Frandsen. 

Sarah Law

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  • Major: Biology
  • Minor/Emphasis: N/A
  • Class Standing: Junior
  • Hometown: Henderson, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: A.

More About Me: S.

Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez

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  • Majors: English (Writing) and History (United States)
  • Minor/Emphasis: Philosophy of Ethics, Law and Politics
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: The Honors Program has enriched my higher education experience by surrounding me with motivated students who possess similar goals as my own, allowing me to enroll in challenging classes that feed my intellectual curiosity, and giving me a competitive edge when applying to graduate school and for fellowships and scholarships.

More About Me: Other than being an Honors Ambassador, I am the Secretary of the Latino Student Advisory Board, am engaged in an original research project with the Director of the Latino Research Center, Dr. Emma Sepulveda Pulvirenti, and am the Assistant Director of the student government's Department of Legislative Affairs. I have completed over 500 hours of volunteer service at the Goodluck Macbeth Theatre, where I am a sound/light board operator and co-founder of the youth program, GLM Spotlight: Academy for Young Actors. Lastly, I am a $100,000 scholarship winner and Spokesperson for the Dr Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway.

Anita Savell

Anita Savell

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  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Minor/Emphasis: Biomedical Emphasis, Minors in Nanotechnology, Statistics, and Biology
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

Why I Chose the Honors Program: The Honors Program supports students do what we should be doing already, like volunteering at local organizations and applying for competitive scholarships. As a young woman who likes to challenge herself and wants to get the most from her college experience, the support and encouragement the Honors Program provides is something I could not pass up.

More About Me: As an engineering student, it can be hard to get away from all the circuits and computations that I work with on a daily basis, but I make it a point at least four times a week to practice art. For me, creativity and self-expression are important aspects of being able to balance the stress of school. My visual art has been published in several anthologies over the past few years and I actively train in several martial arts.

Miwako Schlageter

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  • Majors: International Business and Marketing
  • Minor/Emphasis: Japanese Studies
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: I applied to the Honors Program because I believed it would provide a more enriching college experience. Besides the great benefits the Honors Program provides such as early registration and more rigorous classes, I find that the greatest part of the program is definitely the Honors community. I have met some amazing people and made some great friends because of the Honors Program. For all of the opportunities that Honors has provided me and will continue to provide me, I'm really glad I chose to join the program.

More About Me: I lived in the Honors Living Learning Community in Argenta Hall my freshman year and absolutely loved it! Currently, I live off campus but still keep in close contact with the people I met in the LLC. Being an Honors Ambassador is a lot of fun and I enjoy able to becoming even more involved with the Honors Program. In addition to being an Ambassador responsible for helping organize Academic WorldQuest and the 2015 Western Regional Honors Conference at UNR, I am the Membership Development and Education Chair for Circle K, an international collegiate service organization. I also intend to study abroad with USAC in a year or so, which I am really excited about.

Reena Spansail

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  • Majors: Art and English
  • Minor/Emphasis: N/A
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Hometown: Gardnerville, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: A.

More About Me: S.

Rachel Wang (studying abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland, Spring and Fall 2014)

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  • Majors: Biology and Psychology
  • Minor/Emphasis:
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Sparks, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: I wanted to be a part of something that believed in making me better as a student and as an individual. The Honors Program has a great community: the staff is extremely helpful and nice and there is always somebody there for you. I entered the Honors Program to obtain resources that I would not have gotten if I was not part of the Honors Program. It’s a great place to meet people, gain resources, and find support. 

More About Me: I am currently involved in Circle K, Honors Ambassadors, Kharisma, Envirolution, and Residential Leadership Council. I love to ski so winter is my favorite season. My favorite quote is: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” 

Joseph Ward

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  • Majors: Mathematics with Statistics Specialization
  • Minor/Emphasis: Biology
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Hometown: Carson City, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: I applied to the Honors Program because I believed it would provide a more enriching college experience. Besides the great benefits the Honors Program provides such as early registration and more rigorous classes, I find that the greatest part of the program is definitely the Honors community. I have met some amazing people and made some great friends because of the Honors Program. For all of the opportunities that Honors has provided me and will continue to provide me, I'm really glad I chose to join the program.

More About Me: I love my parents, my older sister, my younger brother, and my dog.  I am obsessed with baseball.  I run/swim/bike nearly every day and occasionally compete in 5K races (or longer). I’m 6’ 2”.  I love playing baseball, Frisbee, and hacky sack.  I also enjoy slack-lining.  I attend concerts when I have the time.  I can sing the alphabet backwards, and I make excellent shadow puppets.  My short-term goals are to run a 5K in under 20 minutes and to perform admirably on the Putnam exam.  My long-term goal is to become a baseball statistician.

Alyssa Yocom

Alyssa Yocom

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  • Majors: Finance and Economics
  • Minor/Emphasis: N/A
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Sparks, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: I chose the Honors Program so that I could surround myself with a network of peers that could challenge me academically. I'm very fortunate to be a part of the Honors community because I love being able to help peers excel in the classroom setting and I am passionate about recruiting others to our excellent program so they may also enjoy the countless benefits of being a part of Honors.

More About Me: I am looking forward to having a career as a personal financial advisor in the future.  I am currently involved in Nevada Circle K International as well as the Honors Program, and also work in the Nevada Career Studio and the Advising Center. I encourage you to say hello when you see me in passing and to connect with me on LinkedIn!

Boris Zhang

Boris Zhang

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  • Major: Chemistry
  • Minor/Emphasis: Professional Chemistry
  • Class Standing: Senior
  • Hometown: Las Vegas

Why I Chose the Honors Program: My motto is: "Don't accept anything less than the gold standard." I wanted to continue challenging myself just like I had in high school. The Honors Program offered harder classes that went beyond what was required in simple introductory classes. I also got to keep studying in smaller classes with my peers. The best part of the Program is the Honors LLC, where I made most of my friends in the past four years.

More About Me: In my spare time, I can be found working in my research lab or doing community service. I am aiming to go to pharmacy school next fall and eventually work at the DEA.

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