ABOUT COMMUTER ASSISTANTS
Commuter Assistants are high-impact student leaders who provide mentorship, leadership, and programming opportunities for first-year commuter students. Commuter Assistants specialize in helping off-campus students transition to collegiate academics and find a niche on campus, as well as creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for all commuters. Commuter Assistants are experienced students who work with commuters in individual and group settings to connect them to other students, the campus, and any needed resources.


COMMUTER ASSISTANT MISSION STATEMENT
We, the Commuter Assistants of 2015-2016, aspire to devote our time, patience, and dedication to instilling and broadening the horizons and journeys of first-year commuter students. Through harmony, dependability, and mentorship, we will strive to make the University of Miami a home away from home.



COMMUTER ASSISTANT STAFF

IUIU ALVAREZIUIU ALVAREZ
Sophomore | Business Management; Economics
g.alvarez44@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C1

Iuiu is the Commuter Assistant Social Media Coordinator.

Personal bio:
“My name is Guadalupe Alvarez, but I go by Iuiu (pronounced as "you you"). I am a sophomore at University of Miami majoring in Business Management and Economics with a minor in Computer Science. I am from Argentina, but I lived for 12 years in Yerevan, Armenia, where I had the possibility to learn many languages. I am excited to meet you all and welcome you into the ’Canes Family!”
MAX ARMOUR MAX ARMOUR
Senior | Biomedical Engineering
m.armour@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C2

Max co-coordinates commuter student efforts in SportsFest.


Personal bio:
“Congratulations to the new class of commuter students! Born and raised in Miami, I am currently a senior majoring in biomedical engineering with a passion for regenerative medicine. I participate in a wide variety of activities both on and off campus, so don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding extra-curriculars. I look forward to meeting all of you and helping find your niche at the U!"
TONY CAÑERO TONY CAÑERO
Senior | Psychology
a.canero@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C3

Tony co-produces the newsletters sent out to first-year commuter students.

Personal bio:
“Hey! My name is Tony Cañero and I'm a senior majoring in Psychology. I am passionate about the U, and I am involved in various parts of campus. I was born and raised in Miami, and I enjoy any outdoor activities.”
PATTY COLÓN PATTY COLÓN
Sophomore | International Studies; Political Science
pxc146@miami.edu
Commuter Group: C4

Patty co-organizes the “Good Morning, Commuters!” breakfast program.

Personal bio:
“Hi! My name is Patricia Colon. I'm Colombian-Puerto Rican born and raised in Miami. I'm double majoring in International Studies and Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies. My hobbies include reading, drawing, Netflix, and being at UM 24/7.”
GISELLE CRUZ GISELLE CRUZ
Junior | Exercise Physiology
g.cruz5@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C5

Giselle co-organizes the “Good Morning, Commuters!” breakfast program.


Personal bio:
“Hi, I'm Giselle Cruz and I'm a junior, here, at the University of Miami. I am majoring in Exercise Physiology and am hoping to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy after graduation. This will be my second year as a Commuter Assistant, and I'm really excited to work with this incoming class! Welcome to the U baby Canes!”
MEREDITH FROST MEREDITH FROST
Junior | International Studies; Ecosystem Science and Policy
m.frost2@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C6

Meredith is the community service liaison for commuter students.


Personal bio:
“Hi there! My name is Meredith Frost and I am an upcoming junior here at the University of Miami, double-majoring in International Studies and Ecosystem Science and Policy! I aspire to join the Peace Corps upon graduating as my compassion focuses on giving back to others. I take part in community service both on campus and throughout the community of Miami in the determination to make this world a better place! My hobbies include cooking, reading, piano playing, and exercising!”
AINARA GASTAMINSA AINARA GASTAMINSA
Junior | Music; Biology
a.gastaminsa@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C7

Ainara co-coordinates commuter student efforts in SportsFest.


Personal bio:
"Hi! My name is Ainara Gastaminsa and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but raised in Miami, Florida. As a rising Junior at the University of Miami, I am working on completing two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, as well as two minors in Chemistry and Psychology. As a CA, I hope to help my students and peers find their passions while they nurture their abilities and potential. I strive to help everyone get the most out of what our fantastic University has to offer because it really is one of the best places in the world to be a student. GO CANES!"
CHI-CHI MADUKA CHI-CHI MADUKA
Junior | Microbiology & Immunology
c.maduka@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C8

Chi-chi focuses on First-Year Experience programs, building connections between commuter students and residential students.

Personal bio:
“Congratulations new commuter students! I am pleased to welcome you to the University of Miami family. My name is Chinonyelum Maduka, but I go by Chi-chi. I am from Nigeria, and I came to the US when I was 10 years old and have lived in Miami ever since. I am a junior majoring in Microbiology & Immunology with a minor in Chemistry. Once I graduate in 2017, I plan on going to medical school and hope to become a Trauma Physician. I am very excited to meet you all as you venture into your experience at the U.”
TANASHA TAN TANASHA TAN
Junior | Accounting
x.tan3@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C9

Tanasha focuses on creating involvement and outreach opportunities for international commuter students.


Personal bio:
“My name is Xiaotong Tan, but I go by Tanasha. I am an international student from Beijing, China and a junior at University of Miami majoring in Accounting and minoring in Computer Information System. I have been in the United States for 4 years and encountered a lot of difficulties such as cultural shock and homesickness when I came for high school in California, but then I found the beauty of multiculturalism and diversity at UM. I can’t wait to see you and help you all to make a smooth transition from either high school or your own country to our ’Canes Family!”
ALINA ZERPA ALINA ZERPA
Junior | Journalism & Psychology
a.zerpa1@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C10

Alina co-produces the newsletters sent out to first-year commuter students.


Personal bio:
“Hello everyone! My name is Alina Zerpa and I'm a junior double majoring in journalism and psychology. I love being a commuter because I get to enjoy everything that UM has to offer, and then go home to my bed! My biggest advice for incoming first-year commuters to get involved because you'll discover a passion you didn't know you had, meet amazing people all over campus and help make a change to the school we all love so much. Enjoy your first year and we're always here for you!”


STAFF SUPERVISOR

MATTHEW BARNES
Assistant Director, Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement
Shalala Student Center, suite 203
mgbarnes@miami.edu
(305) 284-5646

Matt started working at the University of Miami in June 2013. Originally from Maryland, Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Maryland, and his Master of Science degree in Higher Education from Florida State University. Matt advises several student organizations and is the supervisor of the Commuter Assistant staff and the Great Start program. In addition to these responsibilities, Matt helps students with self-discovery and personal development as a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator interpreter, and he is a member of the IBIS Ally Network.