2020 H&S Student Ambassadors

Alexandra Berna

Alex Berna

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2023

Major: Biology, Genetics and Evolution concentration

Minor: Anthropology

Department/Program Representative: Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Native American Studies

Organizations & Activities: 

  • H&S student Ambassador
  • I would like to get more involved on campus despite my commuting schedule!

Hometown: 

  • Florence, Montana
  • Ronan, Montana

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite spot on campus: Definitely the big booths in the back of the UC Commons. I have taken many naps there, which I highly recommend.

Favorite H&S Experience: Getting to know other students that give me insight into their own experiences with H&S. There are so many wonderful stories of companionship and discovery, and I enjoy getting to know people with such great passion.

Devin Hunt

Devin Hunt

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Major:

  • Biology, Human Biological Sciences concentration
  • Microbiology, Microbial Ecology concentration

Minor: Biochemistry

Department/Program Representative: Anthropology, Biology, Math

Organizations & Activities

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Peer Advisor for the Division of Biological Sciences
  • Peer Leader for Anatomy and Physiology 2019-2020
  • Student Outreach for the Davidson Honors College
  • H&S Student Ambassador

HometownColville, Washington

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Favorite spot on campus: The second floor of the Payne Family Native American Center, overlooking the Oval. In the spring, you can look out over the oval and see everyone enjoying the sun. It's a wonderful place to study. You can also find me in the lab. It's the place where all of my classroom-based education can be applied to relevant topics in the world of biology, so I try to spend as much time as I can at the bench

Favorite H&S Experience: I had the opportunity to organize an outreach event for students from my former high school to visit UM this year. We were able to tour labs, attend lectures, and meet with students and faculty. It was an incredible opportunity to share our campus with some superstar students.

Kat Jackson

Kat Jackson

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Major: English, Creative Writing and Literature concentrations

Minor: Philosophy

Department/Program Representative: African-American Studies, English, History, World Languages & Cultures

Organizations & Activities: 

  • Forward Montana volunteer
  • Davidson Honors College (DHC)
  • Reader, writer, horse girl, and cat enthusiast
  • H&S Student Ambassador

Hometown: Kemmerer, Wyoming

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite spot on campus: The atmosphere in the DHC study lounge makes it easy to focus and the couches are perfect for napping. 

Favorite H&S Experience: I enjoy being able to meet and learn from a vast array of academic opportunities.

Peris Ochsner

Peris Ochsner

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022

Major: Environmental Studies

Minor: Spanish

Department/Program Representative: Communication Studies, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Native American Studies

Organizations & Activities: 

  • Delta Gamma Fraternity
  • H&S Student Ambassador

Hometown: Spokane, Washington

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite spot on campus: The Oval! It is literally the center of campus life. When the weather is warm, you can find all kinds of people and activities there – from as simple as people studying or sunbathing to fly fishing instruction and a spikeball tournament – it could even all could be happening at once.

Favorite H&S Experience: For my Intro to EVST class, we visited the UM FLAT. It’s one of my favorite H&S experiences because the people living there were in all in my major but going completely different directions with their degrees! It was inspiring to hear about the amazing opportunities the students have experienced to fulfill their major requirements and develop their resumes. And on top of all of that, the FLAT is so well-connected to Missoula that it makes me feel motivated and supported knowing that people share my passions.

Shaina Ore

Shaina Ore

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Major: Psychology

Minor: Biology

Department/Program Representative: Communication Studies, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Native American Studies

Organizations & Activities:

  • Betterside Rugby
  • Dr. Bryan Cochran’s Lab (work on LGBTQ Use and Abuse of Drugs project)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula
  • Volunteering at St. Patrick Hospital
  • Grizmed
  • H&S Student Ambassador

Hometown: 

I have several:

  • Mesa, Arizona
  • Silver City, New Mexico
  • Ely, Nevada
  • Spring Creek, Nevada
  • Kamloops, British Columbia (my favorite)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite spot on campus: The Branch Center is my favorite place on campus because the artwork is amazing and I love the giant wall of windows that gives a view of campus. I have fond memories of studying with my girlfriend there.

Favorite H&S Experience: My favorite H&S experience has been the ability to work with both my research lab and everyone involved with the H&S Student Ambassador program. My research lab is comprised of so many amazing people that push me to succeed in all aspects of life and expand my knowledge like never before. The H&S Student Ambassador program has expanded my involvement on campus and has given me opportunity to work with some of the most amazing individuals on campus – students and staff.

SaeJah Peak

SaeJah Peak

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2023

Major: Sociology, Inequality and Social Justice concentration

Minor:

Department/Program Representative: African-American Studies, Neuroscience, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Organizations & Activities:

  • H&S Student Ambassador

Hometown: Billings, Montana

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite spot on campus: During the fall or spring, I like spending time on the Oval, enjoying the sun with some friends!

Favorite H&S Experience: My favorite experience so far has been in Dr. Rooks course “Race, Gender, Class” during the discussion of hegemonic masculinities. We had the opportunity to name off celebrities who we thought would make “People” magazine's Sexiest Man Alive List. The whole class was in uproar calling out the names of men who we thought would make the list. We had the chance to discuss what traits society deems as most attractive and why this may be the case. I saw it as a wonderful chance to dissect the American notion of beauty and what it means for our society as a whole. This particular session stuck out to me, but the integrated pedagogy is something I greatly admired about the class as whole.

Cole Read

Cole Read

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2023

Major: English

Minor: Latin

Department/Program Representative: Communication Studies, English, History, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Organizations & Activities: 

  • Working at YMCA
  • Tutoring
  • Swimming
  • H&S Student Ambassador

Hometown: Helena, Montana

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Favorite spot on campus: My favorite place on campus is the pine trees outside the University Center. I enjoy studying outside in that area when the weather is good and throwing around Frisbees with my friends.

Favorite H&S Experience: My favorite H&S experience has been taking Dr. Velasco's “Intro to Philosophy” class. It was a really wonderful and engaging learning experience!

Logan Robinette

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Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Major: Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry concentration

Minor: Astronomy

Department/Program Representative: Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Physics & Astronomy

Organizations & Activities:

  • Research Assistant, Dr. Orion Berryman’s organic synthesis lab
  • Honors Student Association
  • Davidson Honors College
  • Chemistry Club Member
  • Teaching Assistant for Stellar Astronomy 135 Lab
  • Hiking
  • H&S Student Ambassador

Hometown: Born and grew up in a suburb of Portland, Oregon between Oregon City and Milwaukie

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Favorite spot on campus: The 11th floor lounge in Jesse – it has a beautiful view looking over the city of Missoula and the surrounding mountains. Great for storm watching, too

Favorite H&S Experience: I did an astronomy lab one semester, in which we explored the surface of Mars with U.S. Geological Survey maps and made deductions about Mars' geological past. I enjoyed it so much I picked up an Astronomy minor.

Julia Ronney

Julia Ronney

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Major: Biology

Minor: Psychology

Department/Program Representative: Chemistry & Biochemistry, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Psychology

Organizations & Activities: 

  • University of Montana Women’s Tennis Team
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • H&S Student Ambassador

Hometown: San Diego, California

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite spot on campus: I always look forward to going to Think Tank (coffee ❤️)! College is incredibly busy, and the day-to-day grind can be stressful so I typically grab coffee in between classes – it’s something I get really excited for. Their coffee is delicious, they're always kind and welcoming, and it’s a warm place to take a break and relax for a few minutes.

Favorite H&S Experience: Pre-vet club meetings! I get the emails from the Biology department. Through the pre-vet club, I got to talk to the admissions director of the WSU veterinary school, which was an awesome experience and opportunity.  

Jenny Taylor

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Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2022

Major: Neuroscience

Minor:

Department/Program Representative: Math, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics & Astronomy

Organizations & Activities: 

  • Flagship Volunteer
  • Missoula Food Bank Volunteer
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula
  • Green Burial Council Member
  • Neuroscience Club
  • Grizzly Stomp Swing Dance Instructor
  • Hiking, skiing, climbing
  • H&S Student Ambassador

Hometown: Wolf Creek, Montana

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite spot on campus: The second floor of the Education Building is my favorite spot to do homework and relax in the comfy chairs. It is always so bright from all of the windows and has such a calm environment.

Favorite H&S Experience: I have greatly enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful group of students and staff within the neuroscience program. We were able to put together many different groups and programs to help build a community for students and staff within the program. I have been able to learn, grow, and build friendships with so many diverse and wonderful people within the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Kennedy Yost

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Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2020

Major: Biology, Human Biological Sciences concentration

Department/Program Representative: Biology, Environmental Studies, Native American Studies, Political Science

Organizations & Activities:

  • University of Montana Women's Soccer Team
  • H&S Student Ambassador

Hometown: Pocatello, Idaho

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite spot on campus: The second floor of the library is my favorite spot - it's a warm and peaceful place to study, listen to music, and relax in between classes.

Favorite H&S Experience: My favorite experience so far has been hanging out and interacting with the other ambassadors. This overall experience has introduced me to some awesome people!