ODOS Student Ambassadors 2020-2021

The Dean of Students Student Ambassadors

The vision of the Dean of Students Ambassadors program is to help students – particularly incoming first-year and transfer students – to feel better connected to the UGA community. The program is a volunteer opportunity for outstanding students to support the functions and programs of the Office of the Dean of Students. Ambassadors informally educate their peers about Dean of Students resources and act as co-hosts of the Gettin' Down with the Dean program, accompanying their fellow students and Dean of Students Bill McDonald to lectures, sports activities, meals, campus tours, and entertainment events. Students who participate in the program benefit through the development of leadership skills and the opportunity to network with students, administrators, and faculty.
 

Meet the 2020-2021 Ambassadors

Ayah Abdelwahab

Hi! My name is Ayah and I am a third-year studying International Affairs and Economics. This is my second year back as an ambassador for the Office of the Dean of Students. As an ambassador, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet UGA’s amazing students while sharing with them resources and knowledge that help make campus feel like a second home. I am so excited to continue doing this work this year! Alongside serving as an ODOS ambassador, I am serving as Senior Staff for the Spencer Frye Fellowship, an Honors Teaching Assistant, and conducting research. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, reading, and spending time with friends.

Mennah Abdelwahab

Hello, my name is Mennah Abdelwahab. I am a third-year international affairs and journalism major. I was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, so UGA has always felt like home. This will be my second year as a Dean of Students Ambassador, and I am excited to get to know students across campus and help them in their transition into UGA’s community. In addition to serving as an ambassador, I am involved in the Student Government Association, Georgia Political Review, and CURO. In my free time, I love to watch foreign films, crochet, and take pictures.

Chidimma Anunobi

Hey! My name is Chidimma, and I am a third year majoring in Biological Science with a minor in Health Policy and Management. I am a first-generation Nigerian-American, born in Texas, and now reside in Conyers, Ga. I am involved in the UGA Chapter of MANRRS, African Student Union, MSSA, etc. I love adventures, trying new things, socializing, and serving my community in any way possible! As I mentioned, I love to network and talk to people, so if you very have any questions please feel free to reach out. I'm excited to serve as an ambassador this year and look forward to helping, supporting, or just talking to the various students of this GREAT university! Fun Fact: I love music, and although I am not the best dancer, you may catch me busting out a couple of moves (Lol).

Jeremiah de Sesto

I am a first-generation Filipino-American student born and raised in Davao City, Philippines and from Warner Robins, Georgia. As a second-year student, I am currently double majoring in Management with a co-major in International Business and International Affairs with pre-law intent. At the University of Georgia, I have served as President of Russell Residential Hall, a Senator in the Student Government Association, and an Involvement Ambassador for the Tate Student Center. Furthermore, I serve as mentor for children in the Athens-Clarke County area through the Cross-Trainers program of the Wesley/Freshley Foundation and as the Music Chair of the Beta Upsilon Chi Fraternity. In serving as a Student Ambassador for the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS), I look forward to becoming a liaison for the ODOS and creating initiatives to serve the student body and upcoming freshman.

Ty Farmer

Hi, my name is Ty Farmer! I am a third-year student studying Elementary Education with a minor in Studio Art. Working with children is one of my passions because I love getting to hear their ideas and witness how excited they get when they learn something new. I am a photographer and avid hiker, so naturally, my favorite images to shoot are of nature scenes. Also, I love reading, so whenever I am on campus and have a free moment, I am usually curled up under a tree with my nose in a book. I absolutely love Georgia Football as my favorite UGA tradition is Lighting Up Sanford at the beginning of the fourth quarter. During my time at UGA, I have had the amazing opportunity to work with new and current students in various spaces on campus to help them find their niche and become more comfortable on our massive campus, so I am very excited to get to continue interacting with students in this arena through the Office of the Dean of Students. 

Sydney Guion

Hi! My name is Sydney and I’m an energetic and driven third-year studying Public Relations, Sociology, Spanish, and Theater. I was born in Georgia, and I call Wilmington, NC home. Via involvement in organizations such as PRSSA, Ye Rude Mechanicals, Black Theater Ensemble, Visitors Center, and as a member of the ODOS Ambassadors, I develop my vast interests and leadership skills to become a well-rounded communicator. Through the Ambassador program, I hope to act as a link between student life and administration. As a member of UGA Spike Squad, I love to celebrate UGA traditions in and out of Sanford Stadium. Fun Fact: I can play the flute, piccolo, trombone, euphonium, congas and the ukulele.

Rachel Henderson

My name is Rachel Henderson, and I am a third year Special Education Major and Social Work Minor! I love volunteering anywhere and everywhere, photography, art, finding new music and going to concerts! My favorite colors are yellow, aqua, and navy blue. Playing and watching sports are some of my favorite things to do, as well as anything outside in nature! A perfect day for me would start with watching the sun rise and reading a book on the beach or in the mountains with, of course, an iced coffee in the morning, spending the afternoon hiking or playing games with friends, having a big cookout for dinner, watching the sunset and then star gazing at night.....or just a Saturday in Athens watching some Georgia football and tailgating with friends and family!

Lytzy Hernandez

I am a second-year student majoring in Exercise and Sports Science and minoring in Spanish on the Pre-OT track. I have lived in the beautiful town of Dahlonega, GA my entire life. During my time at UGA, I have enjoyed participating in various organizations such as the Hispanic Student Association, Latinos Invested in the Students of Tomorrow, and Minority Student Science Association. I love watching people grow and become a better person, that is why I am pursuing a job in the Occupational Therapy field to become a better person myself. My favorite part about being a Dawg is being a part of such a large community of people thriving to become their own version of successful, GO DAWGS!

Amelia Holley

Hi! I'm Amelia, I am a die hard Dawg and love everything about our University and Athens! If you need someone to go to a game with, grab lunch downtown, or make a late night Snelling run, then I'm your girl! I am so excited to begin as a DOS Ambassador because I get to meet awesome students like you! I am involved in FACS (my college!), RUF (my campus ministry), the Child Life Organization, UGA Miracle, Whatever It Takes, and I work at the McPhaul Child Development lab! I love being involved because it gives me the opportunity to meet so many new people! I transferred to UGA, so I definitely know what it means to be the "new kid in town" and would love to help new students find ways to get involved!

Lauren Killeen

I am a second-year, intended finance major from Atlanta, GA. I have loved my time so far at UGA and getting to be involved in Women in Business, Greek Life, Wesley Foundation, Terry Peer Link, and of course the Office of the Dean of Students. In my free time, I love attending UGA sporting events, enjoying the outdoors, baking, and running ( I am training for a half marathon)! I am so excited to be a Dean of Students Ambassador so that I can meet new students and allow them to feel as connected and welcomed at UGA as possible.

Molly Lee

Hi, my name is Molly Lee! I am a second year from Macon, Georgia. I am majoring in Sports Management and obtaining the Sports Media certificate. I have been a Dawg all my life so being at UGA is my dream come true! My favorite tradition at UGA is when the video “Saturday in Athens” plays before kickoff of every football game. I love being involved in Christian campus ministries, multiple intramural sports, and spending time with my friends. I am so excited to be an ambassador this year and serve alongside Dr. Bill.

Ralph Liu

I am part of the American Medical Students Association, Medlife, and UGA Heroes, and I volunteer at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. Though I am focusing my career in medicine, I have a keen interest in military history, engineering, and art. What I am most looking forward to as an ambassador is meeting new students and showing them around the community to help them build a network. On campus, I really enjoy going to the weekly International Coffee Hour and learning about cultures and making new friends. In my free time, I enjoy drawing comics, watching anime, playing video games, and learning about past stories.

Nyia Mainor

Hello, My name is Nyia Mainor! I am a third year student at the University of Georgia majoring in Health Promotion with a minor in Health Policy and Management. Outside of the classroom , I love to support various organizations on campus and try new things . A few of my favorite organizations that I have participated in and or have been a member of include: Georgia Daze Minority Recruitment, African Student Union, Black Educational Support Team and Shop with a Bulldog. I am also a student employee at the university as a desk assistant in the East Campus Village. A few fun facts about me would be that I love to dance (I try different styles but special emphasis on tap) , play tennis and spend time with friends and family. I can most definitely say that Home is definitely where the Arch Is! I am beyond thankful for the friends that I have made , the BUGA community , as well as the opportunities this illustrious university has given me so far ! It has been a pleasure lighting up Stanford, tailgating, discovering Athens , as well as making new memories every chance that I get. I cannot wait to begin my journey with the Dean of Students program so that the University of Georgia feels like home to all students!

Evan Morning

Hi, my name is Evan Morning. I transferred to UGA last year and had a great experience ever since. The most important thing here is to get involved. I'm involved in numerous on-campus activities such as being an Ambassador for the Office of Instruction and the Dean of Student's Office. Additionally, I'm a member of the Asian American Student Association, Relay for Life UGA, Roosevelt, and Circle K. Off campus, I volunteer pretty frequently at the Northeast Georgia Foodbank as well as Morningside Assisted Living Facility. One of my favorite places to study on campus is the law library.  After I graduate in May of 2021, I plan on attending law school to study corporate law and real estate. I already have two years of experience working in a law firm specializing in civil litigation, landlord tenant, estate planning, and real estate. I'd love to help out some incoming prelaw student explore their options, so don't hesitate to ask me some questions. Go Dawgs!

Mmachi Okeke

My name is Mmachi Okeke and I am a fourth-year Biological Science major on the pre-med track with a Spanish minor from Lithia Springs. When I’m not studying for class I love to explore Athens’ hidden gems and free events. As someone who aspires to become a pediatrician, I love volunteering with kids through after school programs and summer programs. I am very interested in culture so I make sure to attend cultural events such as Coffee Hour, cultural nights, and my favorite club African Student Union. My favorite thing about being a Dean of Students Ambassador is watching new students get more and more comfortable with the Office of the Dean of Students throughout the school year. I also really love the food!

 

Erik Quillian

William Redding

I am a second-year student from Cordele, GA majoring in Linguistics and International Affairs while obtaining a Music Business Certificate. In addition to the Dean of Student Ambassador Program, I am involved in Georgia Daze Minority Recruitment, Black Affairs Council, and UGA’s Diva Dawgs Step Team. What most excites me about being an ambassador is being able to connect and serve other students to the best of my ability. Fun facts about me are that In my free time you can always find me making or singing music, Huskies are my favorite type of Dawg, I was actually born in Virginia, and Chinese food is my favorite type of food! If you see me on campus say hey!

Drehanna Smith

Hey everybody! I am a Springfield, Massachusetts native, but raised as an Atlanta, Georgia peach. I graduated high school from KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. I am currently majoring in Communication Studies here at the University of Georgia. I am involved in a lot of organizations on campus such as the Diva Dawgs, Caribbean Student Association, leadership @ UGA Society of Entrepreneurs, and Georgia Daze Minority Recruitment. I did all of this while juggling two jobs on campus so feel free to reach out for work-life balance advice. My favorite quote is “I am not telling you it's going to be easy. I am telling you it's going to be worth it.” which has taught me that it takes hard work and perseverance to achieve all my goals. In my free time, I like to dance with CaribSa’s Vibez dancers, workout at Ramsey, watch movies at Tate, listen to music, and cheer on the Dawgs at basketball games.

Suvitha Viswanathan

Hi, I'm Suvitha Viswanathan! I was born in India, but I’m also a long-time Athens native, going on 18 years. In addition to being a Dean of Students Ambassador, I am a teaching assistant with the Honors Program and a CURO undergraduate researcher. This coming year, I’m also grateful for the opportunities to serve as co-president for PERIOD at UGA and as a Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Scholar. Off campus, you can find me at the Athens Farmers Market with my family’s small bakery business or as a volunteer at Mercy Health Center. I'm super passionate about writing and music. A few fun facts about me: I was born on St. Patrick’s Day, both of my parents went to UGA for graduate school, and I absolutely adore hiking and exploring new trails! To my fellow Dawgs: there are unlimited resources and opportunities (on and off campus) and I’m beyond excited to share my experience and empower my peers as we connect on campus.

Josh Weingrad

I was born and raised in Clarksville, Maryland which is a small town about 40 minutes from Baltimore. I am a huge sports fan. I spend my Saturdays in the fall watching the Dawgs and my Sundays watching the Ravens. My house was close to the mountains, the Chesapeake Bay, and the beach, so in my free time I try to be outdoors. I play Club Lacrosse for the University of Georgia and love to travel around and see different schools. I am very interested in computer science and law and want to study these two fields as I continue at the University. I love all types of music, but my favorite genre is country. My obscure piece of advice to freshman would be to attend as many away games as possible because it’s a great way to see new places and nothing beats watching the Dawgs come away with a win in enemy territory.

Claudia Wooten

Hey friends! I am Claudia and I am so excited to be a part of the Dean of Students Ambassador family again this year! I love to write, blog, and just express myself creatively. I also love to hang out in the Starbucks in the Tate Student Center, so hopefully I will see you there on a beverage break! My biggest advice for any student is stay true to who you are, your own story is the best one!