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2013-2014 Honors Student Ambassadors

Ambassadors

back row: Shay Daylami, Cassidy D'Amour, Abby Feenstra, Steven Delacruz, Rama Raja, Joseph Ward
middle row: Kelly Reis, Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez, Patricia Cachila, Riley Carroll, Miwako Schlageter, Cayla Harvey
front row: Rachel Wang, Luke Tanaka. NP: Nicole Whelchel

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

Patricia Cachila

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  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Minor/Emphasis: Music and Chemistry
  • Class Standing: Junior
  • 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: Junior
  • 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. 

Cassidy D'Amour

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  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor/Emphasis: 
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • 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. 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

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  • Majors: Applied Mathematics, English Literature
  • Minor/Emphasis: N/A
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Reno-Sparks, 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 pretty much live, work, and play on-campus--but it's not nearly as boring as it sounds. I played intramural soccer (indoor and outdoor) and I went to every home football game my freshman year (I was technically "working," but I think it still counts). I hope to eventually study abroad. I'm very excited to be an Honors Ambassador and I hope if you have any questions you do not hesitate to contact me or one of my fellow Ambassadors. 

Steven DelaCruz

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  • Major: Chemical Engineering (Process and Energy Emphasis)
  • Minor/Emphasis: Renewable Energy
  • Class Standing: Junior
  • Hometown: North Las Vegas, 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: In addition to being an Honors Ambassador, I enjoy dedicating my time to my interests in engineering, sustainability and (of course) food. Aside from completing the Overlook's quint burger challenge, I founded the UNR Sustainable Energy Network, a student organization involved in the renewable energy industry and green projects. Also an active officer in the UNR chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Engineers without borders, I have attended national conferences in Minneapolis, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh. The highlights of my activities have been my undergraduate research, in which I investigate photocatalysts for solar-based applications, and my study abroad experience in Bilbao, Spain. I am also a 2013-2014 Goldwater Scholar and Udall Scholar.

Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez

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  • Majors: English (Writing) and History (United States)
  • Minor/Emphasis: Philosophy of Ethics, Law and Politics
  • Class Standing: Junior
  • 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.

Rama Raja

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  • Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Minor/Emphasis: Economics
  • Class Standing: Senior (BS/MD Program)
  • Hometown: Reno, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: I knew that I was going to come to the University of Nevada, Reno and wanted to have the best education I could get. When students come to a (relatively) large school, it is easy to get lost in the crowd and I feel that the Honors Program is one of the ways not to let that happen. All of my colleagues in the Program truly want to learn and all of the professors teaching Honors classes truly want to teach, allowing me to get the best educational experience I can. The priority registration for classes doesn't hurt, either!

More About Me: I have lived in Reno most of my life and still enjoy being here. I was born in India and before coming to Reno lived in Japan for three years. Although I traveled frequently when I was younger, I haven't had the opportunity to do so in recent years. Hopefully that will change soon--I want to travel to France next summer. My favorite hobbies include sleeping, volunteering, and watching reality TV--unfortunately, I don't have too much time to do them anymore!

Miwako Schlageter

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  • Majors: International Business and Marketing
  • Minor/Emphasis: Japanese Studies
  • Class Standing: Junior
  • 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.

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: Junior
  • 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.

Nicole Whelchel

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  • Major: Human Development and Family Studies
  • Minor/Emphasis: Developmental Disabilities
  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Henderson, Nevada

Why I Chose the Honors Program: Although I'm always up for a challenge, I joined the program to meet people with similar life interests and goals. I wanted to meet ambitious people that would push me further and wanted teachers that would take an interest in my education. During my short time in Reno, I have met wonderful peers and have enjoyed the personal, affectionate attention from the Honors staff. Joining the Honor's Program was one of the best decisions I've made yet!

More About Me: Most of the time, I work at a wonderful non-profit called the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada. There I get to assist families and individuals with disabilities in a variety of new and exciting ways! If I'm not at work, I'm volunteering at a horse therapy center called CAR, Big Brother Big Sisters, or the Nevada Humane Society. I live for chocolate, love to play the flute classically, and am addicted to Sudoku. 

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