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
The Commuter Assistants of 2016-2017 pledge to help first-year commuter students find and develop their own sense of belonging by providing mentorship and guidance through communication, interactive programming, and consistency in all our efforts.



COMMUTER ASSISTANT STAFF

IUIU ALVAREZ

IUIU ALVAREZ
g.alvarez44@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C1

“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!”
ISA ANTONINI

ISA ANTONINI
iaa18@miami.edu
Commuter Group: C2

“Hi, new ’Canes! My name is Isa Antonini and I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Business Management and Modern Languages. Transitioning from high school to college can be tough, and finding your place here at the University can be tougher, but my fellow CAs and I are here to help you every step of the way. We are so excited to meet you and help you make the U your home away from home!”
MARIA BUCARANO

MARIA BUCARANO
mgb79@miami.edu
Commuter Group: C3

“Hello, everyone! My name is Maria Bucarano, and I am a sophomore double majoring in Advertising and Marketing, and minoring in Psychology. This will be my first year as a Commuter Assistant, and I can't wait to help y'all in your transition to the U.  Pro tips for your first year – don’t get your textbooks until the first week of class, don't park in the Blue parking lot, and get involved as much as you can! Welcome home, 'Canes!”
AINARA GASTAMINSA

AINARA GASTAMINSA
a.gastaminsa@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C4

“Welcome new commuters! My name is Ainara Gastaminsa, and I am excited to meet and assist you on your college journey. This is my last year at the University of Miami, and I am finishing with two degrees; a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with two minors in Chemistry and Psychology. As a CA, it is my mission to be your peer mentor as you navigate your first year of college and give you the tools you will need to succeed in the following years.”
NIAN GUAN

NIAN GUAN
n.guan@miami.edu
Commuter Group: C5

“My name is Nian Guan, but I usually go by Katherine. I am a junior at University of Miami majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics. I come from China, and have lived in Miami for about 2 years. University of Miami is a magic place full of energy and diversity. I am looking forward to helping you have a smooth transition from to this school. Welcome to our ’Canes Family.”

JP BECERRIL

JP BECERRIL
j.becerril@miami.edu
Commuter Group: C6

“Hey! My name is JP Becerril, and I am a junior majoring in Health Sector Management and Policy on the Pre-Med track. This is my first year as a Commuter Assistant, so I am pretty excited to start the school year and meet all of you! I've switched my major six times (so far), and I am pretty involved on campus so if you have any questions, or just feel like talking about anything, please feel free to contact me!”
CHI-CHI MADUKA

CHI-CHI MADUKA
c.maduka@umiami.edu
Commuter Group: C7

“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 senior majoring in Microbiology & Immunology.  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.”
LAURA PUENTES

LAURA PUENTES
lxp462@miami.edu
Commuter Group: C8

“Hi! My name is Laura Puentes.  I was born in Bogota, Colombia, but I am a Florida girl at heart!  I am a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering on a pre-med track. My hobbies include running, eating, and Netflix.  I am so excited to welcome you all to the ’Canes family! Go ’Canes!”
CARLOS ROHL

CARLOS ROHL
car240@miami.edu
Commuter Group: C9

“Hey! My name is Carlos Rohl, and I am a sophomore here, at the University of Miami. I am double majoring in Psychology and Economics, but more than that I love getting involved. Because of these involvements I gladly consider myself to be one of the first commuters on campus and one of the last ones to leave each day. So do not be afraid to contact me if you have any questions on life as a commuter here at The U!  As a Commuter Assistant I hope to give the incoming class tools which they need to make their time here at the university a great one. I am really excited to work with this incoming class! Welcome to the ’Canes family, and Go ’Canes!”

AMANDA SUAREZ

AMANDA SUAREZ
a.suarez18@miami.edu
Commuter Group: C10

“Hi, everyone! My name is Amanda Suarez, and I am a junior double majoring in political science and psychology. I am originally from Miami and love being a commuter at UM, as it allows me to take advantage of everything the University offers and then go home to my family. This is my first year as a Commuter Assistant, and my goal is to help the incoming students in any way that I can and to make your first year at the U one to remember!”


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.