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Anthony Ramirez

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  • Major: Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry
  • Year in School: Third Year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Talk to your Professors, utilize the services that the university offers, and get involved by joining a club.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Fraternity and Sorority Life, ASUN, and AICHE

Tommy Witzmann

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  • Major: Biology
  • Year in School: Third year
  • Hometown and State: Henderson, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Get involved!  I came to college feeling a little overwhelmed, so I thought I should get settled in a semester before I got involved on campus.  This mentality lead to a lot of boring Friday and Saturday nights in the dorms as well as wishing I got involved sooner.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Fraternity and Sorority Life, and I am also going to start intramural sports!

Kim Vincent

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  • Major: Marketing
  • Year in School: Tacoma, Washington
  • Hometown and State: Second Year
  • My Advice for New Students: Always remember that learning is why you are here. You can have fun and you can get involved, but always put your studies first.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Blue Crew and Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Crystal Willis

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  • Major: Digital Media
  • Year in School: Fifth Year
  • Hometown and State: Reno, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: If there's anything that interests you-an activity, an area of study, or an organization-don't hesitate; jump in and get your feet wet! You'll be surprised when you discover where your home resides at the University of Nevada.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Campus Cycling Coalition, Nevada Student Ambassadors, The Nevada Sagebrush, Women's Wolf Pack Rugby

Chelsea Fent

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  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Year in School: Third Year
  • Hometown and State: Gardnerville, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Get involved! Our campus has various clubs and organizations and there is a place for everyone. You just have to find something that you love and join. Explore and get to know what our campus has to offer. It will make for an amazing college experience, great friends, and even greater memories!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Greek Ambassadors, and ResLife!

Nick Lester

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  • Major: Marketing
  • Year in School: Fourth Year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Get out of your comfort zone! The best four years of your life lie ahead, so don't hesitate to jump into as many new things as possible.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: College Republicans and attending as many events on campus as possible!

Lindsey Forbes

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  • Major: Mathematics
  • Year in School: Fourth Year
  • Hometown and State: Reno, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Focus on yourself but maintain connections because you never know when they may come on handy. And for Pete's sake, use a planner.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Professional fraternities and leadership societies, the Honors program, WiSE, and USAC!

Ian Stewart

  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Year in School: Third Year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Although it may seem hard at first, try to get involved with something on campus. With over 300 clubs and organizations, it's easy to find people with the same interests as you. And in the unlikely event that there isn't one, ASUN makes it really easy to create a club that can help you pursue the activities that you enjoy.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Nevada eSports, ASUN Club Commissioner, Blue Key Honor Society, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and professional fraternities.

Tara Robertson

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  • Major: Biology
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Roseville, California
  • My Advice for New Students: Nevada has something for everyone! Get involved, find what brings you happiness, and surround yourself with people who motivate you.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Blue Crew, and ScienceFit.

Kaitlynn Plaskett

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  • Major: Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Roseville, California
  • My Advice for New Students: Completely immerse yourself into the college experience.  Step out of your comfort zone and get involved with as many organizations as you can to see what sticks! You only have a short period of time here to make memories that will last a lifetime!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: ASUN, Student Ambassadors, Blue Crew and I also attend as many school events and activities as I can!

Michelle Vernier

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  • Major: Business Management
  • Year in School: Third Year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Don't be afraid to be yourself. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there, you never know who you will meet.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: College of Business Peer Mentors, Student Ambassadors, and Student Social Networking.

Tyler Saude

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  • Major: Community Health Science
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Oakley, California
  • My Advice for New Students: Come with an open mind and try to meet as many new people as you can!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Devoted student. I actively try and attend as many on campus events as I can!

JP Bonnet

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  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Year in School: Fourth Year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Network as much as you can! Being active and involved on campus can open countless doors for great adventures and stories! College is what you make of it and getting involved will help make your time here unforgettable.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Residential Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and intramural sports

Vanessa Morales

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  • Major: Biology
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: College is the best time of your life. Keep an open mind and don't be afraid to make mistakes! Every mistake is a great opportunity for a learning experience!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Clubs and orgs, avid Wolf Pack Supporter! I bleed Silver and Blue!

Brittany Barnes

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  • Major: Pre-Social Work
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Manteca, California
  • My Advice for New Students: As cliche as it may sound, be yourself and don't change who you are in order to fit in. When you are yourself that's when you are with people that will appreciate you for you.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Blue Crew. I am also looking for ways to get involved with the Undergraduate Student Social Work Association (USSWA) and more career focused clubs.

Jake Chandler

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  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Reidsville, North Carolina
  • My Advice for New Students: Get out and go to as many campus events as you can and meet as many people as you can. Don't feel overwhelmed or scared, you're not the only one who may be nervous about transitioning to college.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Avid Wolf Pack supporter.

Cameron McGifford

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  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Year in School: Third Year
  • Hometown and State: Dayton, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: You are going to make mistakes, but as long as you learn from them you'll do great. Nevada has a lot of things going on, so make sure you find a balance between school and everything else.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Fraternity and Sorority life, Blue Crew, and I also work on campus.

Matt Dragan

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  • Major: Mathematics
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Reno, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Expect the unexpected.  It is important to start your first semester at Nevada with an open mind and a motivated mentality, because it will most likely be a very new experience.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Fraternity and Sorority life.

London Patton

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  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Year in School: Second year
  • Hometown and State: Reno, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Make sure to utilize your resources on campus and don't skip class. It will catch up to you! Enjoy your freshman year!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Fraternity and Sorority life.

Savannah Sheesley

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  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Year in School: Third year
  • Hometown and State: Henderson, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Be yourself and try to meet new people and not just stay with one group of friends. Step outside your comfort zone because it will pay off in the long run.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: International Business Club and Professional Fraternity

Nathan Ginn

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  • Major: Business Management and Marketing
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Davis, California
  • My Advice for New Students: Get involved in campus life and the university. You will be so much happier, find a place where you belong, all while making life-long friends. Also, never pass up opportunities that come your way... you never know where they may lead.
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Nevada Student Ambassadors, Walt Disney's Creative Development Association, College of Business Peer Mentors, Nevada Living Learning Community Leadership Council

Joung Kwak

  • Major: Mathematics
  • Year in School: Second year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Be good to your sleeping schedule and study time as soon as the semester begins, because it'll form good habits that'll be harder to break! Also, make sure to spend time with the people you'll want to remember - these friendships you'll make are very important!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Clubs and orgs, and ResLife events!

Trenton Jackson

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  • Major: Mathematics with a minor in Theatre
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Reno, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Always strive to be the best that you can be.  Never be the one in the corner asking "what if?"  Be the one out front asking "What next?"
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Involved in the plays and musicals in the theatre department.  Also an employee at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

Paola Basquez

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  • Major: Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics
  • Year in School: Third Year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • My Advice for New Students: Get involved on campus as soon as possible so that you can begin to network and meet as many people as possible. Have fun during the college experience, but don't forget that your academics come first and that is why you are here at Nevada! Go pack!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Residential Life as a Resident/Community Assistant, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Ambassadors and the Latino Student Advisory Board. I love to help the community and meet new people!

Orientation Leadership Interns

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Dana Markavage

  • Major: Communications
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Novato, California
  • My Advice for New Students: Get out and meet as many new people as possible! It will help you get involved, have plenty people to turn to for help, and make that "small fish in a big pond" feeling not nearly as scary!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Not currently involved in any organizations on campus but looking forward to becoming more involved next year! In my free time I like to hang out at Starbucks or do any kind of arts and crafts project you can think of!

Ron Delos Santos

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  • Major: Business Management
  • Year in School: Third Year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, NV
  • My Advice for New Students: Be excited to meet other new students. College is the best time to step out of your comfort zone, so don't hesitate!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: Fraternity and Sorority Life, College of Business Peer Mentors, Nevada Men's Club Volleyball, and an On-Campus job.

Dalton Mack

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  • Major: Community Health Sciences
  • Year in School: Second Year
  • Hometown and State: Las Vegas, NV
  • My Advice for New Students: Be open to new ideas and get as involved as possible. The next few years are going to be some of the best memories of your life!
  • Campus Involvement and Interests: ASUN Senator, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Nevada Blue Crew, Playing guitar, and Swimming.

Professional Staff

  • Cairn Lindloff: Assistant Dean of Students, New Student Initiatives
  • Perry Fittrer: Program Coordinator, New Student Initiatives

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