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 2014-2015, strive to create an inclusive environment that fosters growth and enhances the first-year experience for commuter students.  Through programming, mentorship, and friendship, we will facilitate a smooth and successful transition into the ’Canes Family.

COMMUTER ASSISTANT STAFF

DANIEL ACOSTA
Senior | Microbiology & Immunology; Psychology
d.acosta7@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C1

Danny co-coordinates liaising between commuter programs and the residential colleges.

Personal bio:
“My name is Daniel Acosta and I'm a senior majoring in microbiology and psychology with the goal of becoming an infectious disease specialist in the future. As a commuter assistant, I strive to make the transition into college as easy as possible and help students find their unique niche on campus so that they have the richest college experience possible. I'm almost always on campus studying or dedicating my time to various student orgs so please feel free to approach me, I'm always available to chat with first year students!”

MARYAM ATTIA
Senior | Business Management
m.attia@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C2

Maryam works to create intentional learning opportunities for international commuter students.

Personal bio:
“After I graduated from Cooper City High School I began my journey at the University of Miami. I am a rising senior majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Business Law. Going into my 3rd year as a CA my favorite part is working with students one-on-one to help them find their place on campus.”

IUIU ALVAREZ
Freshman | Business Management; Economics
g.alvarez44@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C3

Iuiu is an international student and a first-year CA.

Personal bio:
“My name is Guadalupe Alvarez, but I go by Iuiu (pronounced as "you you"). I am a freshman at University of Miami majoring in Business Management and Economics with a minor in Computer Engineering. I am from Argentina, but I lived for 12 years in Yerevan, Armenia, and graduated from QSIY International School of Yerevan. I am excited to meet you all and welcome you into the 'Canes Family!”

TONY CAÑERO
Junior | Chemistry
a.canero@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C4

Tony coordinates commuter participation in volunteerism and community service.

Personal bio:
“My name is Tony Cañero. I am a junior at the University of Miami, and I am studying Psychology. Some of my hobbies in include fishing, hunting, and almost anything outdoors.  I am proud to be a UM student and involved in various organizations on campus. GO ’CANES!”

GISELLE CRUZ
Sophomore | Athletic Training
g.cruz5@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C5

Giselle is the coordinator for commuters participating in SportsFest.

Personal bio:
“My name is Giselle Cruz, and I am a sophomore at University of Miami.  I am studying Athletic Training with a minor in Psychology, and I hope to pursue a graduate degree in Physical Therapy.  I am involved in the Association of Commuter Students on campus and am really excited to welcome the new class of commuter students into the ’Canes Family.”

GABY GONZALEZ
Senior | Accounting; Finance
g.gonzalez28@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C6

Gaby focuses on commuter programs which enrich student health and wellness.

Personal bio:
“I am a senior at the School of Business Administration studying Accounting and Finance.  Raised in Miami, I have always been a ’Cane at heart, and I enjoy helping our first year ’Canes make a smooth transition from high school to college.  My interests include cooking, dancing, sports, and music.”

ASHLEY LINDO
Senior | Marine Science; Biology
a.lindo1@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C7

Ashley specializes in connecting commuter students to organizations and involvement opportunities.

Personal bio:
“Hi! My name is Ashley Lindo, and I was born in Coral Springs, Florida. I am majoring in Marine Science and Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Psychology. I love animals, and I am very involved with anything animal related! I am very active on campus so if you want to know how to get involved with student organizations you can always come to me!”

CHI-CHI MADUKA
Sophomore | Microbiology & Immunology
c.maduka@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C8

Chi-chi organizes the “Good Morning, Commuters!” breakfast program.

Personal bio:
“Congratulations Class of 2018 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 sophomore 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 []_[].”

STEFANIA PINTO
Senior | Psychology; Art History
s.pinto1@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C9

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

Personal bio:
“My name is Stefania Pinto, and I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Art History with a minor in Sociology. Although I was born in Italy, I grew up in the Miami area, and I graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School. I am currently a Research Assistant at the FAMILY Research Lab at the Miller School of Medicine, and I am heavily involved with COSO, the Committee on Student Organizations, and the Association of Commuter Students. My goal is to go on to graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.”

NICOLE SPENCER
Sophomore | Creative Advertising; International Studies
n.spencer1@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C10

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

Personal bio:
“Born and raised in the beautiful Miami, Florida, I came to the University of Miami to continue my academic journey, expand my knowledge, and challenge myself. I became a Commuter Assistant because I have a passion for communicating and sharing with others. I have found my home here, and it is my goal to help first-year commuters discover the multitude of opportunities and great experiences that are waiting for them at the U!”

WILL SINGER
Sophomore | Finance
w.singer@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C11

Will focuses on involving commuters in campus-wide, large-scale programs.

Personal bio:
“As a sophomore, I came to love the University of Miami and the ’Canes Family because of how supportive everyone was during my first year. I want to be as caring for this year’s incoming freshmen and help them transition smoothly into the collegiate environment while negotiating the struggles every first-year commuter student has. I pride myself having a very chipper persona and want to make sure everyone’s transition into UM is as fluid as mine!”

ALINA ZERPA
Sophomore | Journalism; Psychology
a.zerpa1@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C12

Alina specializes in academic educational opportunities for commuter students.

Personal bio:
“Hello! My name is Alina Zerpa, and I am double majoring in Journalism and Psychology. I live around the Kendall area and love being a commuter because we get the best of both worlds - the best school ever and my own bed at the end of the day. I encourage you all to find something on campus you love that makes you proud to come to the University of Miami!”


STAFF SUPERVISOR

MATTHEW BARNES
Assistant Director, Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement
Student Activities 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.  He is also a certified interpreter of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  Matt advises several student organizations and is the supervisor of the Commuter Assistant staff and the Great Start program.