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Sandra Rodriguez
Director
Student Engagement

Q: What you do at the University to help students?
A: As an administrator, my primary role is to serve the students as the Director of the ASUN Center for Student Engagement by managing business affairs; developing, communicating and implementing University and NSHE policy; and by ensuring that ASUN and student life abide by city, county, state and federal laws.  This ensures my ability to be an advocate of all campus student initiatives.

As faculty, my primary role is to advise the executive officers of ASUN and create an active student life at the University of Nevada, Reno through a multifaceted student development approach.  Student advocacy is an integral part of what we do therefore it is important to always keep the big picture in mind. Change and innovation are a crucial component of my role.
Q: You have degree(s) in:
A: I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Pan American and a Master of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno.  I am currently working on my doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Q: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I still mix tapes....yes, you know the kind I'm talking about....think 1970's!
Q: Favorite place you have traveled?
A: I have traveled all over the United States, Canada and Mexico.  My favorite place is Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  I think I might retire there!
Q: Favorite cupcake?
A: I don't do cupcakes.  Seriously.  Brownies, that's a whole other story!  Think sea salt!
Q: Favorite quotes?
A: I have this quote taped to the bottom of my computer screen and I read it first thing every morning when I enter my office at the Center for Student Engagement:

"If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed.  I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.  Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Alva Edison

Favorite quote from a book:

"Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced." Aldous Huxley, Brave New World


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Amy Koeckes
Associate Director
Student Engagement

Q: What you do at the University to help students?
A: I supervise two full time staff members, two graduate assistants and work with over 50 students on a weekly basis. I work with the Student Employee Development program, ASUN scholarships, supervise the marketing area (Inkblot), supervise Sagebrush Advertising, work with data & assessment and often update the ASUN Facebook/Twitter accounts with important information from ASUN.
Q: You have degree(s) in:
A: Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts with a minor in Journalism and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Both from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Q: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I was born and raised in Fallon, Nevada. Go Greenwave!
Q: Favorite place you have traveled?
A: Outside of the United States: Costa Rica and Rome. Inside the United States: Burning Man
Q: Favorite cupcake?
A: Right now, anything with pumpkin in it.
Q: Favorite quote?
A: "Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning" - Albert Einstein


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James Beattie
Associate Director
Student Engagement

Q:What you do at the University to help students?
A:Advocate, Advise, Mentor, and Educate
Q:You have degree(s) in:
A:Bachelors in Sociology, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Sociology, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
Q:What is a fun fact about you?
A:I am a Disney fanatic.
Q:Favorite place you have traveled?
A:Scotland
Q:Favorite cupcake?
A:I don't eat cake. But I love Pecan Pie!
Q:Favorite quote?
A:"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." -Steven Spielberg


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Raul Rodriguez
Coordinator
Student Engagement

Q: What you do at the University to help students?
A: I help Nevada students by managing databases for Clubs and Orgs, ASUN website content, problem solving technology issues, and assisting/training students with any other technology needs.
Q: You have degree(s) in:
A: Information Systems, BS
Q: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I am the 10th child out of 11 in my family.
Q: Favorite place you have traveled?
A: New York City, New York
Q: Favorite cupcake?
A: Pumpkin
Q: Favorite quote?
A: "Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing." - William Arthur Ward


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Delana Miller
Assistant Director of Central Station
Student Engagement

Q: What you do at the University to help students?
A: Inform clubs and organizations on how their club and foundation accounts operate.
Q: You have degree(s) in:
A: Public Relation in Communications, Master of Business Administration
Q: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I have lived in three different states.
Q: Favorite place you have traveled?
A: Japan
Q: Favorite cupcake?
A: Triple Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Chips
Q: Favorite quote?
A: "Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway."


Helena Farrar
Coordinator
Student Engagement

Q: What you do at the University to help students?
A: As Coordinator of Programs and Services, I'm lucky to advise and supervise approximately 70 students who work really hard to provide three services/programs: Campus, Escort, ASUN Sound and Lights, and ASUN Front Desk Services. I also coordinate the Connect Shuttle service, which provides transportation to get the student body involved in the community.
Q: You have degree(s) in:
A: I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from UPIS Integrated Colleges in Brasilia, Brazil and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Q: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I used to sing in an 80's punk rock band when I lived in Brazil and LOVE karaoke!
Q: Favorite place you have traveled?
A: SPAIN! I studied abroad in Bilbao for 6 months in 2009 and it was the most incredible experience! I got to travel all over the country, meet incredible people and experience amazing things. I'd love to go back and take my husband and son!
Q: Favorite cupcake?
A: I'm more of a cheesecake kind of girl, but my son enjoys baking fun-fetti cupcakes, so I always eat those!
Q: Favorite quote?
A: "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." - Unknown
 and "I will prepare myself and someday my chance will come." - Abraham Lincoln


Jarrett Damato
Coordinator
Clubs and Organizations

Q: What you do at the University to help students?
A:  I oversee all things "Clubs." From Student Event Advisory Board to Club Funding, I'm here to advise students to do as much as they can with the resources at their disposal for their clubs and organizations.
Q: You have degree(s) in:
A: B.A. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Pre-Law
Q: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I'm a yellow belt in both Kempo and Taekwondo. I got them when I was 12, but they still count, right?
Q: Favorite place you have traveled?
A: The Redwood National Forest
Q: Favorite cupcake?
A:  I'd honestly rather just eat a cake
Q: Favorite quote?
A: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."


Nichole Collins
Coordinator
Student Publications and Marketing

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Gaby Ortiz Flores
Coordinator
Democratic Engagement and Special Events

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