Meet Western's Student Ambassadors!

Get to know Western’s Student Ambassadors 

One of these students could be your tour guide on your campus visit!

Haley Barnard: "I am confident that I will get the career I want in my desired field because of the quality of Western's programs, faculty, and location."

  • Hometown: Monument, CO
  • Year at Western: Freshman
  • Major: Environment and Sustainability
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Honors Program, Tri-Beta, and Wildlife Society
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

"Get involved! Joining clubs, sports, study groups, etc. will help you meet new people and form strong friendships."

 

Hannah Braden: “I love how nice and welcoming all the students at Western are!”

  • Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major: Biology with a Pre-Med emphasis; Minor: Chemistry
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Orientation Leader and member of the Honors Program   
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it's needing help finding a classroom or help with homework, the people and professors here are always more than willing to help with anything. So, make your life easier and be willing to ask for help when you need it!"

 

Amanda Campbell: “I’m a city girl gone Mountaineer. I love being here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains!”

  • Hometown: Westminster, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Environment and Sustainability, Anthropology
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Honors Student Advisory Board, Anthropology Club, and Mountain Sports Trail Running Team
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Try new things and be spontaneous! Say “yes” to adventures and exploring new places. My favorite memories in college were all spur-of-the-moment ideas!”

 

Kendall Cox: “I love how enthusiastic the students of Western are about what they do here!”

  • Hometown: Montrose, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Exercise & Sport Science and Environment & Sustainability; Minor(s): English and Environmental Science

“Originally, I was an English major and changed it to a minor two weeks into college.”

  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Honors Program, Mountain Sports Train Running Team, and a Western Social Media Ambassador  
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people! Everyone at Western is so friendly and welcoming, so just be yourself and you’ll fit right in!”

 

Liz Grindle: "Western has helped me grow into the person that I am today and provides me the necessary skills to succeed in the future."

  • Hometown: Union Grove, WI
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Studio Art with a Printmaking emphasis and Art History; Minor: Business Administration
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Student Art League Representative and Student Art Sale Coordinator
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

"Don't panic; get organized and remember to breathe. It can be difficult to transition from high school and living at home with your parents, but if you find an organizational method that allows you to stay on top of things, you'll be golden!"

 

Josh Hirschman: "Western has inspired me to be the best student I can be. The learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, are phenomenal!"

  • Hometown: Northampton, MA
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major: Computer Science; Minor: Recreation and Outdoor Education
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Geiman Fellows, University Innovation Fellows, ICE Club, and Mountain Sports Freeride Snowboard Team
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

"Clean your room and dress nicely for class. If you keep you and your room looking good, your mind will feel clean, organized, and confident."

 

Allie Huizenga: “Western has truly helped me find my passion and break out of my shell.”

  • Hometown: Elizabeth, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major: Business Administration with an Energy Management emphasis; Minor: Spanish
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Honors Program, President of the Western Association of Professional Landmen, Geiman Fellows, Model United Nations, Energy Management Work-Study, and a Western Social Media Ambassador  
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Make a new friend your first day, that isn't your roommate! It isn't the easiest, but everyone is in the same boat and college is a brand new experience. If you find a friend right from the start, you'll have that person to go through orientation with, go to events on campus, and someone that gets you out of your room!”

 

Paige Jones: "Western always has open arms!"

  • Hometown: Meeker, CO
  • Year at Western: Sophomore
  • Major: Communication Arts with a Strategic Communication emphasis; Minor: Art
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of The Gunnison Sockeyes (Fly Fishing) Club. She also enjoys anything in the outdoors and Art.
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

"Get as involved as you can and find your home."

 

Anna Kaiser: “I have learned that I am able to work well with people who have different views and opinions than I do.”

  • Hometown: Pocatello, ID
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Mathematics and Environment and Sustainability; Minor: Economics
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: NCAA DII swimmer and member of Sustainability Coalition
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Keep your room key and ID on a lanyard!” 

 

Katie Lyons: “I feel right at home in a small university with a tight-knit campus. The students here have adventurous and risk taking personalities that have drawn me deeper into the community!”

  • Hometown: Greeley, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major: Psychology; Minor(s): Biology and Communication
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Mountain Sports Trail Running Team
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Explore the Gunnison Valley! This area has so much to offer and you'll fall in love with it if you take the time to adventure outside.”

 

Paige Massey: "Everyone at Western and in the Gunnison Valley is so friendly and welcoming. There's also many activities to do on and off campus."

  • Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: NCAA Women's Soccer Team
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

"Go to as many events as you can. Whether it's a sporting event, Rail Jam, or pool party, you'll have a great time and meet a lot of new friends if you put yourself out there."

 

Dillon Post: "I came to Western not sure what I wanted to be, but overtime and with guidance from the professors, I found myself."

  • Hometown: Havelock, NC
  • Year at Western: Sophomore
  • Major(s): Exercise & Sport Science, Chemistry
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Boxing Club. He also enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and music. 
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

"Build relationships with your professors and NETWORK!"

 

Josh Strickland: "Western is the right fit for me. At Western, I've been successful in areas that I once failed at before."

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Year at Western: Sophomore
  • Major: Undeclared/Exploratory
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Baseball and Rugby Club Teams, Intramural Sports, and is a teacher's assistant 
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

"Don't be afraid to meet new people. The college experience is short. There are so many awesome people and clubs to join!"

 

Brenda Suárez González: “Getting involved is so easy to do on campus! It really helped me break out of my shell and meet new people!”

  • Hometown: Olathe, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major(s): Art with a Graphic Design emphasis and Computer Science; Minor: Business Administration
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: NCAA DII Cross Country and Track runner, member of Amigos, Top O’ the World Newspaper, IT Services Work-Study, and member of Omicron Delta Kappa  
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“When setting your alarm, make sure it is set for AM, not PM.”

 

Brandon Supernaw: “I’ve learned that I control my future and can do anything that I put my mind to and Western is here to support me every step of the way!”

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major: Chemistry with a Biochemistry emphasis
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: NCAA DII Wrestler and enjoys being active whether playing another sport, hiking, or biking. He also has a dog who keeps him busy!
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Come to Western with a computer and bike, enjoy the process, go to school events, and meet new people.”

 

Dallas Thurston: “I found a home in this unique and small community!”

  • Hometown: Brush, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major: Psychology; Minor: Sociology
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Public Relations Specialist for Love Your Melon, Treasurer of Psychology Club, and member of Psi Chi
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Get involved, go to sporting events, use your resources, and don't forget to have some fun!”

 

Francesca Rand: "I'm from a place completely opposite from Gunnison, yet it is a second home!"

  • Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Chemistry, Sociology with a Criminal Justice emphasis
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Captain of the NCAA Women's Soccer Team and loves participating in any kind of sport or outdoor activity
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

"The best thing you can do is participate in anything and everything that the school puts on and explore with new people. Even if you are not 100% all in, go anyway. You could find something you are passionate about and it could end up changing your life!"

Dannette Vensel: “Western is special because we have the Rocky Mountains in our backyard!”

  • Hometown: Palisade, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major(s): Exercise Sports Science with a Clinical emphasis and Psychology with an Experimental emphasis 
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Captain of the Cheerleading Team, President of Psi Chi, has two independent studies (involving stress, canines, and adverse responses to exercise), and works at Western’s Mail Center and City Market
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Get involved with anything here on campus no matter what it is.”

 

Carly Zimmerman: “I love the atmosphere and the educational opportunities. It’s so easy to get involved and do fun things!”

  • Hometown: Aurora, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Business Administration and Spanish
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Captain of the Dance Team   
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Take advantage of all of the opportunities offered at Western! Embrace and enjoy your time as a student here!”