Meet Your Campus Ambassadors

Noor Altaai

Noor Altaai

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Majors: Chemistry (pre-med), with minors in Biology and Communication
Favorite thing about UMKC: Its diversity that teaches me something new every day!
Ask me about: Honors College, National Society of Leadership and Success, Pre-Med Society, Alpha Phi Omega, tutoring, Study Abroad
Roda Awili

Roda Awili

Hometown: Kansas City
Majors: Health Sciences (pre-physician’s assistant)
Favorite thing about UMKC: The people! The people here at UMKC have always made we feel like I belong.
Ask me about: Student organizations, campus life, basically anything you are curious about!
Mark Babcock

Mark Babcock

Hometown: Shawnee, Kansas
Majors: Accounting, with a minor in Spanish
Favorite Place in KC: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Ask me about: Enactus, the UMKC Bookstore
Hayley Benton

Hayley Benton

Hometown: Bellevue, Nebraska
Majors: Elementary Education
Favorite Place in KC: City Market
Ask me about: The School of Education
Dev Bhakta

Devvrat (Dev) Bhakta

Hometown: Liberal, Kansas
Majors: Biology (biomedical sciences emphasis) and Economics
Favorite thing about UMKC: The diverse campus community – everyone is nice and inviting to each other.
Ask me about: Research and pre-med
Patric Bumgarner

Patric Bumgarner

Hometown: Neosho, Missouri
Majors: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Place in KC: Jax Fish House
Ask me about: Engineering!
Abbey Burdiek

Abbey Burdiek

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
Majors: Political Science (pre-law), with a minor in Spanish
Favorite Place in KC: The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden
Ask me about: Greek life, Christian student groups, College Democrats or Enactus
Victoria Cegielski

Victoria Cegielski

Hometown: Auburn, Washington
Majors: Medicine (Six-year B.A./M.D.)
Favorite thing about UMKC: The campus community and the loving atmosphere
Ask me about: Honors College, intramural sports, and Greek life
Emma Czar

Emma Czar

Majors: Biology
Favorite thing about UMKC: Being so close to downtown KC! There's so many opportunities and fun experiences.
Ask me about: Greek life
Jacob Furry

Jacob Furry

Hometown: Monett, Missouri
Majors: Music Education
Favorite Place in KC: Crossroads Arts District
Ask me about: Honors College, Trustee's Scholars Program, the Conservatory, Study Abroad
Katie Henshaw

Katie Henshaw

Hometown: Olathe/Overland Park, Kansasri
Majors: Business (entrepreneurship emphasis)
Favorite thing about UMKC: When all the vibrant colors come back to life on campus, and how awesome my work team is at the Welcome Center!
Ask me about: KC Scholars and anything business!
Johnny Holtzman

Johnny “Levi” Holtzman

Hometown: Cassville, MO
Majors: Medicine (Six-year B.A./M.D.)
Favorite thing about UMKC: The library is a combination of hangout/study space designed to help students perform at their best.
Ask me about: Freshman year, college life, and any other scary question you have about college
Evelin Irigoyen

Evelin Irigoyen

Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Majors: Nursing, with a minor in Spanish
Favorite Place in KC: Country Club Plaza
Ask me about: Nursing!
Lakshmi Kasi

Lakshmi Kasi

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Majors: Medicine (six-year B.A./M.D.) with a minor in Chemistry
Favorite Place in KC: First Fridays
Ask me about: Restaurants in KC and Supplemental Instruction tutoring
Harman Kaur 

Harman Kaur 

Hometown: Shawnee, Kansas
Majors: Chemistry and Psychology (pre-dental)
Favorite thing about UMKC: The location of our campus in the heart of KC!
Ask me about: Pre-professional programs
Michelle Lawson

Michelle Lawson

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
Majors: Theatre and history with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies
Favorite Place in KC: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Ask me about: The UMKC Women’s Center, the University Theater Association, and Study Abroad
Chela Martinez 

Chela Martinez 

Hometown: Garden City, Missouri
Majors: Health Sciences (pre-nursing)
Favorite Place in KC: Arrowhead Stadium
Favorite thing about UMKC: There are so many clubs to join!
Ask me about: Commuting to campus
Dumebi Okocha

Dumebi Okocha

Hometown: Weddington (Charlotte), North Carolina.
Majors: Medicine (six-year B.A./M.D.) with a minor in Chemistry
Favorite thing about UMKC: There are so many clubs to join!
Ask me about: School of Medicine, Student National Medical Association and African Student Association
Toluwanimi Daniel Olatunde-Salawu 

Toluwanimi Daniel Olatunde-Salawu 

Hometown: Nigeria
Majors: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Place in KC: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Chipotle
Ask me about: Enactus, National Society of Black Engineers, African Student Association, and life as an international student at UMKC!
Josie Pennington

Josie Pennington

Hometown: Neosho, Missouri
Majors: History (emphasis in U.S. History), with a minor in Cultural Anthropology
Favorite thing about UMKC: The people. From my first tour of campus, people were so welcoming here.
Ask me about: Enactus and the Honors College!
Daphne Posadas

Daphne Posadas

Hometown: Independence, Missouri
Majors: Business Administration (emphasis in management and pre-law)
Favorite Place in KC: Rooftop Garden at P&L
Ask me about: Residential life, Association of Latin American Students, RooNation, Orientation
Erica Rodriguez

Erica Rodriguez

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Majors: Accounting
Favorite thing about UMKC: Our different clubs and organizations that can provide a home away from home
Ask me about: Greek life, Honors College and how to get involved in the Bloch School
Hope Romero

Hope Romero

Hometown: Raytown, Missouri
Majors: Music Therapy
Favorite Place in KC: Saturday morning at the River Market
Ask me about: Honors College, Enactus, Greek life, Gamma Alpha Lambda
Kimberly Romero

Kimberly Romero

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Majors: Pre-dental Chemistry with minors in Spanish and Biology
Favorite Place in KC: The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
Ask me about: Dental school, being a transfer student, supporting the Latino community
Hannah Shackles

Hannah Shackles

Hometown: Grain Valley, Missouri
Majors: Communications
Favorite thing about UMKC: How easy it is to get involved on campus. It’s almost impossible to NOT find something you’re interested in!
Ask me about: Greek life
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Doniesha Simmons

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Majors: Psychology, with a minor in Communication Studies
Favorite Place in KC: The Plaza – I enjoy the eating, shopping and relaxing. I find peace there, especially near the fountains in Mill Creek Park.
Ask me about: Miller Nichols Library
Marcus Thieu

Marcus Thieu

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
Majors: Chemistry (pre-dental)
Favorite Place in KC: Westport
Ask me about: Greek life, Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity), television shows relating to D.C. Comics
Grace Troesser

Grace Troesser

Hometown: Mexico, Missouri
Majors: Music therapy, with minors in Entrepreneurship and Psychology
Favorite thing about UMKC: The faculty and staff. Every one of my professors is here to help me be the best student I can be. They are all very welcoming and down-to-earth people.
Ask me about: Greek life, the PROPEL Program, Mortar Board, music groups on campus, Gamma Alpha Lambda (Christian Organization), and more!
Daniel van Wilpe Arcega

Daniel van Wilpe Arcega

Hometown: Curitiba, Brazil
Majors: Electrical and Computing Engineering
Favorite thing about UMKC: Rooftop of the Student Union during the fall
Ask me about:

Anything technology related and residential life!

 

Adi Velarde

Adi Velarde

Hometown: Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Majors: Biology, with a minor in Chemistry
Favorite thing about UMKC: Favorite thing about UMKC: The supportive staff and environment
Ask me about: Some great study spots on campus