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Lauren Ruben – Global Ambassador Coordinator
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Major/Minor: Marketing
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: UPrague, Czech Republic (2013)
Hobbies/Activities: Special Olympics, Delta Sigma Pi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, running, playing tennis, photography, fashion, baking, graphic design, learning new languages

Faris Ashouri
Hometown: Miami, FL
Major/Minor: Political Science/Economics
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: National University of Singapore, Singapore (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: basketball, racquetball, traveling, MSUM

Nina Ball
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Major/Minor: Biology/Health Sector Management and Policy, Chemistry
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: UGalapagos (Fall 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: hiking, camping, running, adventuring, swimming, kayaking, climbing

Michael Bernard
Hometown: Naples, FL
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: UCapeTown, South Africa (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: watching sports, playing sports, reading about sports

Jenna Boller
Hometown: Denver, CO
Major/Minor: French and Advertising/Education
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: Sweet Briar College Yunior Year in Paris, France (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: exploring cities, hiking, skiing, dirt-biking, going to the beach, teaching English at the French American School of Miami

Kathryn Braddock
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
Major/Minor: Biology and Anthropology/History
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: UGalapagos, Ecuador (2013)
Hobbies/Activities: Traveling, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Sigma Pi, volunteering, meeting new people

Taylor Brotons
Hometown: Miami, FL
Major/Minor: Psychology/Biology
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: UCapeTown, South Africa (Spring 2014)
Hobbies/Activities: volunteer at Everglades Outpost working with native and exotic wildlife, dancing, drawing, painting, writing spoken word poetry

Elyssa Brown
Hometown: Freehold, NJ
Major/Minor: Psychology/Public Health and Biology
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: University of Glasgow, Scotland (Fall 2012)
Hobbies/Activities:

Riana Brown
Hometown: Freehold, NJ
Major/Minor: Psychology and International Studies/Philosopy and Math
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: University of Mannheim, Germany (Fall 2012)
Hobbies/Activities: works at the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, E-Board of Invisible Children, Co-Chair of Women’s Leadership Symposium Planning Committee, COPE, ADPi, and yoga.

Jack Burrus
Hometown: Park City, UT
Major/Minor: Public Relations and Political Science/International Studies
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: Chinese University of Hong Kong (Summer 2011), Tibet (Summer 2011), University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Spring 2013), University of Oxford, England (Summer 2013)
Hobbies/Activities:

Emily Greene
Hometown: Seminole, FL
Major/Minor: Marine Science and Biology/Chemistry and Anthropology
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: James Cook University, Townsville, Australia (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: scuba diving, swimming, hiking, member of Rho Rho Rho (marine science honor society), Pre-Vet Society, Marine Mammal Stranding Team, SCUBA club, works at the Herbert Wellness Center

Christian Gorham
Hometown: Rota, Spain/Hawthorn Woods, IL
Major/Minor: International Studies and Geography/German and Economics
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: Free University of Berlin (Summer 2013), lived in Italy and Spain
Hobbies/Activities: Cnematic Arts Commission, Band of the Hour, IEP Conversation Program

Isik Kural
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Major/Minor: Engineering/Computer Engineering
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: Sibelius Academy (Fall 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: music, DJ in radio, films

Maura Lapoff
Hometown:
Major/Minor: Neuroscience/Chemistry and Arabic Studies
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: Koc University, Turkey Spring and Summer 2013
Hobbies/Activities: Traveling

Alicia Lasaga
Hometown: Delray Beach, FL
Major/Minor: Math/Chemistry and Anthropology
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: UIndia (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: dancing, tae kwon do, traveling, volunteering, baking, RAK Vice President

Steven Levine
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering/Mathematics
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: University of Technology, Sydney (Fall 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: playing sports, playing guitar, watching sports, being outdoors, and watching Disney movies.

Isabel Magnus
Hometown: Red Bank, NJ
Major/Minor: Economics and Latin American Studies
Year in School: Sophomore
Experience Abroad: prospective UCusco participant
Hobbies/Activities: acting, baking/cooking, soccer/intramurals, marathon training, yoga, exploring

Maxwell Okunola
Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA
Major/Minor: Neuroscience/Chemistry
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: Chinese University of Hong Kong Fall 2013
Hobbies/Activities: Kungfu; racquetball; African Students Union; Intervarsity Christian Fellowship; South Miami Hospital Volunteer; board games; hanging out with friends and family

Michael Rosenberg
Hometown: Elgin, IL
Major/Minor: International Studies and Ecosystem Science and Policy
Year in School: Sophomore
Experience Abroad: Travels to England and France in High School
Hobbies/Activities: tennis, photography, volleyball, Photoshop

Gina Sampson
Hometown: Wilwaukee, WI
Major/Minor: Psychology/English and Public Health
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: UCapeTown, South Africa (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: Sigma Delta Tau National Sorority, Psychology Research, working with kids, volunteer work abroad

Molly Schuld
Hometown: Inverness, IL
Major/Minor: Marine Science and Biology/Chemistry and Sociology
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: University of Wollongong, Australia (Fall 2012), University College of Dublin in Belfield, Ireland (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: Scuba Club, Marine Mammal Stranding Team, Honors Students’ Association, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority

Mackenzie Sheldon
Hometown: Valley Forge, PA
Major/Minor: Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: SanBlas, Panama (January Intersession 2011); Bocas del Toro, Panama (Spring Break 2012); Napo, Ecuador (FSU Summer 2012); Valparaiso, Chile (Fall 2012); UCusco, Peru (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities:

Siena Sheldon
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major/Minor: International Studies and Political Science/Spanish
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: Member of Miami Commitment, working for the Center for Hemispheric Policy

Andres Talero
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Major/Minor: Geological Science
Year in School: Sophomore
Experience Abroad: Lived in Bogota, Colombia for six years
Hobbies/Activities: running, kayaking, mountain biking
Raul Velarde
Hometown: Quito, Ecuador
Major/Minor: Environmental Engineering
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain during Spring 2012
Hobbies/Activities: American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, intramural sports, SportsFest

Ayita Verna
Hometown: Born in Boston, raised in Haiti, I’ve been in Miami for six years now
Major/Minor: Neuroscience Major with a chemistry minor
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: Studied abroad in Paris, Spring 2012 with MICEFA
Hobbies/Activities: I love to dance. I am part of the Haitian Student Organization.

Kaitlyn Warren
Hometown: Dover, TN
Major/Minor: Biology and Classics/Chemistry
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: Prospective UGalapagos or UPrague participant
Hobbies/Activities: STRIVE, Art for Kids, Undergraduate TA for BIL 151, Workshop Leader for BIL 150, Reading, Drawing

Melanie Weiskopf
Hometown: Plansboro, NJ
Major/Minor: Motion Picture Film Studies and Anthropology/Music and Entertainment Industry
Year in School: Senior
Experience Abroad: UPrague, Czech Republic (Spring 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: Cinematic Arts Commission, student worker at the Office of the Registrar, photography, travel

Audrey Winkelsas
Hometown: Apopka, FL
Major/Minor: Biochemistry/Journalism
Year in School: Junior
Experience Abroad: Queen Mary, University of London (Fall 2013)
Hobbies/Activities: singing, volunteering, traveling, writing, research at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis