University at Albany - State University of New York

Members of Purple & Gold serve as ambassadors for the University. Their diverse backgrounds and interests reflect the diverse culture of the University and its student body

Name: Morsal Abawi
Class Status: Sophomore
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Activities: Secretary of R.A.C.E Organization (Reclassifying All Children Equally, ALPFA and NABA.

Name: Tom Buonincontri
Class Status: Senior
Major: Accounting
Minor: Business Administration
Activities: External Vice President for Beta Alpha Psi, Senior Resident Assistant for Residential Life, Deanís List, Presidential Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi.


Name: Matthew Curran
Class Status: Senior
Major: Public Policy
Activities: Rockefeller College Dean's Leadership Council, University Auxiliary Services (UAS) Board of Directors, Deanís List, Presidential Honor Society (PHS), National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Legislative intern in the office of Senator John J. Flanagan, Albany Business Leaders Emerging (ABLE), Pre-Law Association.


Name: Ryan DeVoe
Class Status: Junior
Major: Accounting and Business Administration (Financial Analyst Honors)
Activities: University at Albany School of Business Investment Group, Housing Manager for Residential Life, Circle K, Presidential Honor Society, Dean's List, Student Staff Advisory Board (Residential Life), Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Name: Colin Gerner
Class Status: Junior
Major: Accounting
Minor: Business Administration and Computer Science
Activities: Honors College, University at Albany Business Mentor Program, Vice President of Finance of Delta Sigma Pi, Ernst and Young LEAD Scholar Program, Career Fair Co-Host, DSP Open Chairman, Dean's List, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Former President of Delta Sigma Pi, Tax Intern at PwC Summer 2013.

Name: David Gold
Class Status: Junior
Major: Psychology (Pre-Dental)
Minor: Chemistry
Activities: Former Pre-Dental Club president, Dean's List recipient, Pre-Dental Club Treasurer, Presidential Honors Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Pre-med Club, Hillel, Albany Business Leaders Emerge (ABLE)

Name: Michael J. Gray II
Class Status: Junior
Major: Political Science
Minor: English
Activities: ASUBA Political Action Committee, SA Senator, SA Constituent Relations Committee, Information Desk Manager

Name: Emma J. Guzman
Class Status: Senior
Major: Human Biology
Minor: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Activities: President of Tau Sigma National Honor Society and Knemesis Dance Crew, Project Excel Mentor, Presidental Honor Society, Chi Alpha Epsilon, Pre-Dental Club, Fuerza Latina, C-STEP, Researcher at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Housing Manager for University Apartments, Recipient of the Presidents Award for Leadership (Spirit Award) and Spellman Academic Achievement Award.

Name: Cassandra Hamdan
Class Status: Junior
Major: Journalism
Minor: Political Science and Women's Studies
Activities: Resident Assistant on State Quad, Orientation Assistant for Residential Life, Teaching Assistant for Feminism 101, President of JAPPA (Justice and Peace in Palestine Alliance), Fuerza Latina

Name: Monica Kotowski
Class Status: Junior
Major: Honors Financial Analysis and Accounting
Activities: Delta Sigma Pi: Professional Business Fraternity, University at Albany School of Business Investment Group (UASBIG)

Name: Nick Moore
Class Status: Junior
Major: Financial Analyst Honors Program.
Double Minor: Economics and Financial Market Regulation
Activities: University at Albany Business Investment Group, Delta Sigma Pi: Professional Business Fraternity, University at Albany Business Mentoring Program, Intern at The Ayco Company

Name: Meghan Nyman
Class Status: Senior
Major: Public Policy (Urban Issues Concentration)
Minor: Spanish
Activities: Recipient of the 2012 Presidentís Award for Leadership (Great Dane Award), the Rockefeller College Public Service Scholarship, member of the Rockefeller College Deanís Leadership Council. Orientation Assistant, Tour Guide, Honors College, Presidential Honors Society, College Democrats, University Dance Council, Dean's List.

Name: Tulia Palacios
Class Status: Sophomore
Major: Political Science
Minor: Social Welfare
Activities: Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, Vice President Cornerstone Campus Ministry, Pre-law Association, Recipient of Spellman Award, Deanís list


Name: Kay Peat
Class Status: Senior
Major: Human Biology
Minor: Communication
Activities: Tour Guide, Dean's List, C-STEP, Chi Alpha Epsilon


Name: Smiley Rojas-Nunez
Class Status: Junior
Major: Accounting
Minor: Communication
Activities: Latin American Caribbean Studies & Business Administration


Name: Ryan Selock
Class Status: Grad Student
Major: BA/MA program for Criminal Justice, Psychology 
Activities: Vice President of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, UAlbany Dance Team, University Dance Council, University Chorale, National Society for Collegiate Scholars,
Students of Albany Against Cancer


Name: Emma Spalti
Class Status: Junior
Double Major: Chinese and English Studies
Activities: Student Assistant for State Quad, Honors College,
National Society of Collegiate


Name: Lauren Stern
Class Status: Senior
Major: Theater (Concentration in Stage Management)
Minor: Theatre
Activities: Office of Student Involvement Leadership Coordinator, Production Stage Manager for UAlbany Theatre Department, President of Theatre Council, Omicron Delta Kappa,
General Management intern at The Public Theater.

Name: Lauren Ursaki
Class Status: Senior
Major: Accounting, Business Administration
Minor: Business Administration
Activities: President of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, Dean's List, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Young Entrepreneurs Academy Business Mentor, Tax Intern at the Ayco Company

Name: Sara Ventura
Class Status: Senior
Majors: Journalism and Documentary Studies
Minor: Japanese Studies
Activities: Founder and President of the UAlbany Society of Professional Journalists, Editor-in-Chief of the UAlbany Sentinel, Public Relations chair of the Japanese Student Association, Albany Student Television, University Dance Council, Emerging Student Leaders Program

Name: Arianna Lyn Wedin
Class Status: Senior
Majors: Biology and History
Activities: Recipient of 2011 President's Award for Leadership-Great Dane Award. Recipient of 2012 President's Award for Leadership-Community Service Award. Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, President of Circle K, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Honors College, Founder of
I Care Kits-Honors College Service Project, Pre-Med Club, Newman Association, St. Peter's Hospital Volunteer

Name: Sophie Whalen
Class Status: Senior
Major: History
Minors: Education and Psychology
Activities: Housing Manager on Liberty Terrace, Orientation Assistant, Future Educators of America

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