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San Diego State University

Mortar Board

17-18 Members

1st Years

 

Mustafa Alemi is a Political Science major. He is recipient of the Hostler Institute of World Affairs Scholarship and is a member of Scholars Without Borders. Mustafa is a Justice on A.S. Judicial Affairs, President for Students for Justice in Palestine, and Student-at-Large Representative on the A.S. Board of Directors. He has volunteered as a Youth Counselor at the Muslim Community Center of San Diego and is co-founder of SDSU CommUNITY. After graduation, Mustafa plans to complete a joint degree program for his law degree and master’s in Public Policy.

 

Chelsea Best is a Television, Film, and New Media major double minoring in Theatre Arts and International Studies. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Scholars Without Borders, Phi Kappa Phi, and Golden Key honor societies. She was Vice President of Membership and Executive Vice President for the Professional Studies and Fine Arts Civil Core. This semester, Chelsea is studying abroad in the United Kingdom. After graduation, she would like to have a career related to writing or directing in the entertainment industry.

 

Christine Budds is a Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy major and is on the Dean’s List. She is a founding member of Kappa Alpha Theta, an officer in Aztec Adaptive Sports, and a member of the Future Physical Therapist Organization. Christine is an active volunteer with Rady Children’s Hospital and SoCal Rehab and Sports Therapy. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy to become a physical therapist and open her own physical therapy clinic.

 

Olivia Carrillo is a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences major. She a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and is President of the Spanish Club. Olivia volunteers with Circle K and the SDSU Audiology Clinic. After graduation, she plans to earn her doctorate in audiology to help others maintain their ear health.

 

Daraja Carroll is a Political Science major with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Daraja is a member of Scholars without Borders and the Weber Honors College. She is Vice President of Community Service for Rotaract, the Morale Chair for the SDSU Ambassadors, and the Speaker Chair for the SDSU Pre-Law Society. After graduation, Daraja plans to attend law school and eventually work in either litigation or criminal law.

 

Ashlyn Coen is a Child and Family Development major with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Weber Honors College. Ashlyn has volunteered as a tutor with the International Refugee Committee, the SDSU Children’s Center, and as a volunteer with adults who have disabilities. After graduation, Ashlyn plans to become an Occupational Therapist who works with children with disabilities in an elementary school.

 

Alejandro Contreras is a Criminal Justice and Spanish double major. He is a Resident Advisor, member of the Criminal Justice Student Organization, and is an ISEP Ambassador. He volunteered extensively while studying abroad in Costa Rica and continues to volunteer with Build-A-Miracle. After graduation, Alejandro hopes to teach English overseas and earn a master’s degree in Higher Education.

 

Shannon Crowley is an International Security and Conflict Resolution major with a double minor in Spanish and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a member of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society and the Weber Honors College. Shannon is Sergeant at Arms for Alpha Gamma Delta, Vice President of the Women’s Club Lacrosse, and Treasurer of the SDSU Dance Club. She has volunteered with the Campus Community Cleanups, beach cleanups, and at Relay for Life. After graduation, Shannon plans to work in intelligence analysis, hopefully for the FBI.

 

Marisa Cubing is a Communications major with a minor in Marketing and is on the Dean’s List. She is the Marketing and Communications Commissioner for Associated Students and Vice-President of Communication for the Epsilon Sigma chapter of the Delta Gamma Fraternity. She was named the most dedicated member of SDSU Rotaract. She is a member of the Delta Sigma chapter of the Order of Omega and Phi Eta Sigma. After graduation, Marisa plans to intern at Google and attend graduate school in San Francisco.

 

Erin de Leon is a double major in Kinesiology and Dance. She is on the Dean’s List and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society. She is a member of the Future Physical Therapist Organization, Pi Beta Phi, and a volunteer with Flying Samaritans. After graduation, Erin plans to become a physical therapist.

 

Ron Deming is a Psychology major with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. He is mentor for the Aztec Mentor Program, Peer Training Advisor in Psychology and a Volunteer for the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) for the United States Navy. He was inducted into Psi Chi International Honor Society, PsyMORE National Honor Society, and Scholars Without Borders. After graduation, Ron plans to attend graduate school to become a Marriage and Family Therapist and eventually earn a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology.

 

Emma Fulford is a Business Administration (Accounting) major. She is Vice-President for Scholarship for Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and Recruitment Counselor for Panhellenic Rho Gamma. She is a member of the Student Accounting Society at SDSU and Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society. She has volunteered with the JDRF Diabetes Foundation and the Aztec Dance Marathon. After graduation, Emma plans to obtain licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and seek employment at an accounting firm.

 

Hannah Garrett is a Construction Engineering major. She is a member of Construction Management Association of America and was the project manager for SDSU’s Electrical Team during the Reno competition. She volunteered at the Helping Hands Animal Sanctuary. After graduation, Hannah plans to earn a Master’s in Business Administration and work in the construction industry through project management.

 

Dominic Gialdini is a Recreation Administration and is on the Dean’s List. He is a SDSU Ambassador, SPEAR Vice-President, and Zura Hall Council Vice-President and Treasurer. He is a member of the Weber Honors College, Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key, and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. He is an Elks National Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, and a National Hispanic Scholar. After graduation, Dominic plans to pursue a career in the sustainable tourism industry.

 

Ryan Goff is a Business Administration (Accounting) major and an Honors Interdisciplinary minor. He is the Director for Brotherhood for Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. He was awarded the Foster S. Post Memorial Scholarship. This past year he was a Student Researcher for Eco Alianza Mexico in Loreto, Mexico. He has tutored with the International Rescue Committee. After graduation, Ryan intends to seek employment at a public accounting firm where he currently serves as an intern.

 

Alexandra Henriques da Silva Bauernschmitt is a Business Administration (Accounting) major. She is Founder and President for Aztecs Out in Business, former Senior Vice-President for the International Business Society, Audit Committee Member for Associated Students and Student Accounting Society, and a Resident Advisor at SDSU. After graduation, Alexandra plans to obtain licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and seek employment in the banking industry.

 

Charmagne Jones is a Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy) major and is on the Dean’s List. She is President of the Weber Honor College Student Society, an officer on the Student Leadership Council, and is a member of SDSU Rotaract and Golden Key. She is a SDSU Sophomore Surge mentor and a MESA Leader in Chemistry. Charmagne was awarded the prestigious Terry L. Atkinson and Stephen and Susan Weber Best & Brightest Local Student Endowed Scholarships. After graduation, she plans to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and serve the disabled community.

 

Leona Koxha is an International Security and Conflict Resolution major with a minor in Political Science and is on the Dean’s List. She is a member of SDSU Rotaract, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Leona is the reigning Miss California Collegiate America 2017 where she runs the BRAVE (Building Respect and Values for Everyone) anti-bullying campaign. She is part of the organization Community Dialogue for Change teaching ESL to refugees. After graduation, Leona plans to pursue work with the UN and her former home country of Kosovo.

 

Willow Lark is an Environmental Engineering major with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a recipient of the Conrad Prebys Scholarship, Cheng-Mo Sun Memorial Scholarship and is a member of Green Love and SDSU Music as Medicine. Willow has volunteered with International Rescue Committee and Reality Changers. She plans to earn a master’s degree and eventually a Ph.D.

 

Rachel Logue is a Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy) major and an Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor. She is on the Dean’s List. She is a member of the Weber Honors College and Order of Omega Greek Honors Society. She is President and former Vice-President of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and is on the College of Health and Human Services Student Council. After graduation, Rachel plans to attend graduate school and earn a master's degree in Biomechanics.

 

Nicole Marr is a Psychology major. She is a member of the Weber Honors College, Golden Key, Order of Omega, and Psi Chi honor societies, and Pi Beta Phi sorority. Nicole is a volunteer at Sharp Memorial Hospital. After graduation, she plans to earn her joint master’s and doctorate degree in Health Psychology.

 

Nader Mehregani is a Kinesiology major. He is a recipient of the Associated Students Leadership Scholarship, Iranian-American Scholarship, Biology Department Scholarship, and Board of Trustees Scholarship. Nader is a mentor for the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment program. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school.

 

Lelani Melendrez is a Speech Language and Hearing Science and Spanish double major. She is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, National Residential Hall Honorary, and Integrative Preschool Project. After graduation, Lelani plans to attend graduate school to earn her master’s degree in Bilingual Speech Pathology.

 

Dania Mumtaz is a Journalism and Media Studies major with a Political Science minor. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Dania volunteers for the American Cancer Society and for Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence. In the future, she sees herself working in the White House.

 

Ryan Murphy is a Psychology major. He is a member of Aztec PRIDE, First Year Leadership Experience, and the Psychology Club, and is a volunteer for The Noble Path Foundation and the San Clemente Wellness and Prevention Center. Ryan plans to attend law school after graduation.

 

Nancy Nguyen is a Sociology major. She is President of Gates to Success, a Peer Leadership Consultant, a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow, and a Research Assistant. She volunteers with Traveling Stories and the Center on Policy Initiatives. After graduation, Nancy plans to earn a master of Public Policy degree.

 

Grecia Nolasco is a Psychology major. She is a recipient of the Osher Scholarship and serves as the Associated Students representative for the College of Sciences, a Behavioral Neuroscience Research Assistant, and a Peer Health Educator at Calpulli Center. After graduation, Grecia plans to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist.

 

Anna Peabody is a Biology major. She is a SDSU Ambassador and a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity and the Aztec Professional Pre-Health Organization. She has volunteered at the Braille Institute and Sharp Memorial Hospital. After graduation, Anna plans to attend medical school and work towards becoming a pediatrician and opening her own practice.

 

Alyssa Pitts is a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences major with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a member of the Weber Honors College and the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. Alyssa is a research Assistant in Dr. Jessica Barlow’s Phonological Typologies Lab and volunteers with Ride Above Disability and Rosa Parks Elementary School. After graduation, Alyssa plans to earn a master's degree in Speech Therapy and work as a Speech Therapist in a public elementary school.

 

Justine Poulin is a Statistics major and a double minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and International Studies. She studied abroad at the Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea. Justine is a Susan K. Weber BRIDGES Scholar, a member of Society of Statisticians and Actuaries, Circle K, and was the Public Relations Officer of the Korean Student Association. After graduation, Justine plans to earn a master’s degree in Public Health or International Studies and work as a research analyst in the public health or international fields.

 

Jamie Pugh Newman is a Psychology major. She was the production assistant for Vagina Monologues, is a member of the Membership Development Committee for Kappa Alpha Theta, and volunteers at the Women’s Museum and for “Love Volunteers.” She is a member of Psi Chi and Phi Eta Sigma. After graduation, Jamie plans to become a counselor for disadvantaged children or have her own private practice specializing in family therapy.

 

Cristal Ramirez is an Interdisciplinary Studies major studying Psychology, Sociology, and Counseling and Social Change. She is a Guardian Scholar and interns at Foster Club All-Star. Cristal is a member of Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, Hispanic Business Student Association, United Latino Students Association, and the Guardian Scholars Student Advisory Board. After graduation, Cristal plans to earn a Ph.D. in Education and serve as an advocate for youth in the foster care system.

 

Claire Reidy is an Economics and Communications double major. She is Treasurer of the Piedra Del Sol Hall Council and member of the Prelaw Society and SDSU Global Aztec Alliance. She is the recipient of the Chubb Foundation Scholarship and Gracie Mae Ogden Memorial Scholarship and has been awarded membership into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Eta Sigma. After graduation, Claire plans on attending law school and becoming a practicing attorney.

 

Jenna Rogenski is a Journalism major with a double minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Political Science. She is Director of Scholarship for Delta Gamma Fraternity, a Peer Leadership Consultant, and a member of the Pre-Law Society. Jenna is secretary of Order of Omega and is a member of the Weber Honor College and Phi Kappa Phi. Her goal is to attend law school and become either a civil rights or education attorney.

 

Michelle Sabin is a Communications major with a minor in Biology. She is the PSFA College Council President, Lend a Hand Campaign Director, Social Event Chair for the Pre-Dental Organization, Peer Mentor for HPAO, and a member of Rotaract. Michelle is a member of Golden Key, Phi Eta Sigma, and Scholars Without Borders. After graduation, she plans to attend dental school where she will obtain a D.D.S. and specialize in Orthodontics.

 

Janella Samson is a Economics - Quantitative Analysis major with minors in Accounting and Honors Interdiscplinary Studies. She is Vice-President of Academics for the Weber Honors College, a student senate intern, and research assistant. She volunteers as a Peer Leadership Consultant and with the International Rescue Committee. After graduation, Janella plans to earn a graduate degree in International Affairs.

 

Lindsey Servold is a Nursing major. She is a Peer Mentor for the California Nursing Student’s Association, Student Volunteer at the Department of Homeland Security, and is a member of Breakthrough to Nursing Committee and Community Health Nursing Committee. After graduation, Lindsey plans to pursue a Doctorate in Nursing Practice specializing in Family Practice, utilizing her degree to promote health and healing within families and the community.

 

Jeremea O. Songco is a Psychology major with an English minor. She is a KIPPs to College mentor and is a Crisis Counselor. She has also volunteered with Sharp Memorial Hospital and the Wounded Warriors Home. After graduation, Jeremea plans to pursue a doctorate in either Psychology or Neuroscience and conduct research on the relationship between the brain and behavior and what role culture plays in this interaction.

 

Jenna Stearns is a Kinesiology major with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. Jenna is the New Member Director for Kappa Alpha Theta Women’s Fraternity, Secretary for the HeadSTRONG Club, Action Team Member for Greenfest, and is a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma, and Golden Key. Jenna volunteers at the San Diego Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Clinic, Flying Samaritans Club, and Casa Colina Rehabilitative Hospital. After graduation, Jenna plans to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

 

Jamie Steckbeck is an Accounting major and Interdisciplinary Goals minor. He is a member of the Weber Honors College and holds leadership positions in Delta Sigma Pi and Associated Students. Jamie is a tutor in the Educational Opportunity Program and mentors refugee high school students. After graduation, he plans to earn his MPA and work at an accounting firm.

 

Austin Swisher is a Kinesiology major with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy minoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is Vice Chair of the Parent Board at SDSU Children’s Center, Research Assistant at the SDSU Exercise Physiology Lab, and volunteers at the Monarch School and Grant Elementary School. Austin is the recipient of the Brad Fowler Memorial Scholarship, La Mesa Kiwanis Scholarship, Nancy Fazio Scholarship, and Aela and Donald Morgan Foundation Scholarship. After graduation, Austin plans to attend medical school.

 

Sara Torres Robles is a Biochemistry major with a double minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Chinese. She is a member of the Weber Honors College, Phi Eta Sigma, Scholars Without Borders, and is a Compact Scholar and volunteers extensively with them. She is President of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and is an undergraduate research assistant. After graduation, Sara plans to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and pursue a career as a research scientist.

 

Meghan Ursa is a Psychology major with minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Counseling and Social Change. She is a Peer Adviser for the Psychology Undergraduate Peer Advising program, Research Assistant for the Center for Healthy Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Chief Operating Officer for Kappa Alpha Theta, and a member of the Neuroscience Club and Student Health Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Weber Honors College, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key and is a recipient of the Panhellenic New Member Scholarship. After graduation, Meghan intends to pursue a Clinical Ph.D. in Neuropsychology.

 

Sebastian Wallat is an International Business major with minors in French and Computer Science. He is the CFO of Aztecs Out In Business, President of International Business Society, a Marketing and Business Administration Intern for Invictus Advisors, and a Student Athletic Academic Tutor at SDSU. Sebastian is in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is the recipient of the Greater San Diego Business Association Charitable Foundation’s Stammp Corbin Scholarship. After graduation, Sebastian plans to earn a Ph.D. in Finance.

 

Whitney Whitehill is a Journalism: Public Relations major with a minor in Leadership. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Vice President of Stupidcancer SDSU. She volunteers at the Greyhound Adoption Center. After graduation, Whitney plans to work at a Public Relations firm and earn her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).

 

 

2nd Years

 

Mikaila Constable is a Kinesiology major and a Psychology minor. She is a member of the National Society of Colligate Scholars, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, and the Greek Life Activities Board. In addition, she served as a Fitness Clinic Volunteer, and is Vice President of Programming for the College Panhellenic Association. After graduation, Mikaila plans to become a certified nursing assistant.

 

Dakota De Cecco is a Biology major. He is a volunteer for the SDSU Adaptive Fitness Clinic, and an intern at Palomar Hospital, La Jolla Veterans Hospital, Rehabilitation United Physical Therapy, and CAP Alternative Therapy. He also served as a Lab Assistant for Scripps Research Institute, and was Treasurer for the Future Physical Therapists Organization. After graduation, Dakota plans to attend medical school and become an emergency medical physician. He hopes to one day work for Doctors Without Borders.

 

Christopher Deutschman is a Mechanical Engineering major with minors in Interdisciplinary Studies and German. He is a member of the Weber Honors College, a student representative on the College of Sciences Student Council, a teaching assistant in the Mechanical Engineering Department, has interned for a biomedical engineering start-up, and is President and Founding member of oSTEM. He studied abroad in Germany for one year. After graduation, Christopher plans to pursue a Ph.D. or MD-Ph.D. and enter a research career in biomedical engineering.

 

Marco Sanchez-Lisboa is a Mechanical Engineering major. He is Project Coordinator for the SDSU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the SDSU Triathlon Team, a Student Intern in the Department of Undergraduate Studies, and was an Intern at the Cardiology Clinic in San Antonio. Last semester Marco studied at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. He was also a US Soccer Foundation representative in Chile.

 

Mark Sanders is a Microbiology major with minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Chemistry. He is in the Weber Honors College, a course instructor for Camping and Outdoor Skills, Adventure Leadership, a College of Sciences Peer Mentor, a Health Professions Advising Office Peer Mentor, and a volunteer for Project Access San Diego through the San Diego Country Medical Society Foundation. He studied Social Work and Public Health in Thailand during the summer of 2015. Mark plans to attend medical school.

 

Okaro Shinn is a double major in Economics and Public Policy. He is a member of Rotaract, the Debate Team, Associated Business Student Council, Vice President of Alumni Relations for Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, and Operations Vice-Chair for the Aztec Student Union Board. He is in the Weber Honors College and studied abroad at the University of Oxford. Okara is currently an intern for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. After graduation, Okaro plans to attend law school.

 

Trevor Smith Jr. is a Nursing major. He is a member of the California Student Nurses Association and the International Council for Certification of Cardiovascular Specialists and Assistants. Trevor serves as a tutor for San Diego City College for the Life Sciences and Chemistry. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Trevor plans to earn a master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia. Brent Zoucha is a Civil Engineering major. He is Vice President of Residential Learning Community, Interfraternity Council Liaison, and Accreditation Chair for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He also is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, volunteers as a Mathematics and Science Tutor for local refugees, and works as a student engineer for the City of San Diego.