Jake Atteberry

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Major/Minor:
Business Administration (Marketing/Management)
College:
College of Business
Year:
Senior
Years of PA Service:
Three

Growing up in Fort Collins, I gained a lot of exposure to CSU. Whether it was athletics, summer camps, or community events, CSU has been the host for some of my favorite memories as a child. When it came time to choose where I wanted to pursue a higher education, I found myself constantly coming back to these strong memories. My consideration for CSU, however, was not to stay comfortable, but it was because I saw potential to challenge that comfort. New areas to learn and grow were pouring out of the seams and I knew it was my time to become a Ram.

Since taking on that challenge as a Ram, I have intentionally placed myself in organizations that impact both the community and campus. In addition to being a Presidential Ambassador, I am also a member of the Dean’s Student Leadership Council for the College of Business. I am thankful to be a part of a council that pushes so hard for philanthropic initiatives with great impact in our community – my personal favorite is Cans Around the Oval! I have also had the opportunity to serve as a Ram Welcome Leader and a Global Business Academy Camp Counselor. These are the best places to show my Ram Pride and help shape future Rams!

Although this will be my final year at CSU and as a Presidential Ambassador, I look forward to another year of growth and gratitude. Go Rams!

Savannah Babish

Hometown: Northglenn, CO
Major/Minor:
Business Administration with an Accounting concentration, Minor in Criminal Justice
College:
College of Business
Year:
Junior
Years of PA Service:
Second Year

From the moment I stepped foot on the Colorado State University campus, I knew that this was the University and community I wanted to be a part of. I had never had the chance to be around so many individuals who were interested in the success and goals of others, aside from their own. During my two years at CSU, I have met outstanding individuals who inspire me every day to push myself beyond what I ever thought I was capable of and to always look for opportunities to help others reach their own goals as well. The graciousness of CSU donors and alumni have assisted students like myself, in finding their paths and accomplishing their goals as part of the Ram family.

Over the course of my time spent at CSU, I have had the chance to be part of incredible organizations that have helped me grow in my educational and professional career. Aside from being a Presidential Ambassador, I serve as our District Representative of District VI, for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP). Through this program, I’ve gotten the chance to connect with leaders at several universities across the U.S. and learn about the unique skills and programs each university offers. This has helped further develop the leadership skills and activities performed on behalf of the PA team in repeating years. In addition to this role, I am a member of Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), a professional business Fraternity, which has allowed me to learn and grow professionally alongside other CSU students. Through DSP, I have worked with several community service initiatives and organizations in the Fort Collins community, including Junior Achievement, Adopt-A-Street, and CSU Special Olympics.

Collin Binkley

Hometown: Denver, CO
Major/Minor: Global Tourism/ Spanish and Business
College: Warner College of Natural Resources
Year: 4th Year / Senior / Class of 2020
Years of PA Service: First Year

I grew up living all across the country so when I began to look for universities, I knew that Colorado was where I wanted to be. The moment I first stepped foot on the Colorado State University campus I was enchanted. What I loved most was the diverse range of areas of study, ways to be engaged around campus, and true sense of togetherness you can feel amongst the students.

After moving into the dorms my freshman year I dove into the life of a CSU Ram. I focused on my studies and quickly discovered the importance of getting to really know your professors and how amazingly supportive they can be of your academic success. Furthermore, I developed a sense of CSU pride participating in homecoming parades, going to sporting events, and getting involved in several student organizations. Once I had a system figured out to achieving academic success, I have had the opportunity to be involved with the CSU Tourism Association, the club swim team, as well as being heavily involved with my fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, and our wider fraternity and sorority life community as a member of the Interfraternity Council executive board. Through these organizations I have had the privilege of sharing the stories of my fellow rams, while also working to solve complex issues on campus and making life long friends.

Taylor Heap

Hometown: Aurora, CO
Major/Minor:
Biomedical Sciences
College: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Year: Sophomore
Years of PA Service: First Year

My earliest memories of Colorado State University are the early mornings and late nights spent tailgating at every CSU home football game at Hughes Stadium. My parents are proud CSU alumni, and I grew up in my own little Ramily. When touring schools and finding where I wanted to be, I never thought I would attend CSU. I loved the beauty of the campus and the vibrancy of Old Town, but always thought that I would end up out of state. However, it wasn’t until I toured campuses across the country and realized that my heart belonged at Colorado State. On my first day of classes, I realized that I had made the perfect choice for me; I have found my community of researchers, scholars, sorority sisters, and campus leaders. I am pushed every day to challenge my preconceived notions of the world we live in. Most of all, CSU continues to demonstrate the importance of celebrating our individuality, growing through our diversity, and uniting us all in Ram Pride.

While I have attended Colorado State for only a short time, I have taken advantage of every involvement opportunity available to me. I am a member of the University Honors Program, and spend time in the Sleep and Metabolism Lab as an undergraduate research assistant. Outside of academics, I am a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and I serve as the Co-President of the Best Buddies Club. CSU has allowed me to follow my passions, wherever they may take me.

Mahalia Henschel

Hometown: Manitou Springs, CO
Major/Minor:
Communications Studies Major, Leadership, and Role of Sustainability in Peace and Reconciliation Minors
College:
College of Liberal Arts
Year:
Senior
Years of PA Service:
Second Year

My decision to pursue an education at Colorado State University was sparked by my time spent on campus as a high school student, during a summer leadership camp. I thought I wanted to go out of state, but something was so different about the community of Fort Collins. Once I looked past having the same school colors from elementary school through college; I embraced the opportunity and began to understand what a dynamic and unique place CSU could be. I am able to wear Green and Gold with so much pride because of the amazing people who also found a home in the “Ramily”!

Not only has CSU strengthened my admiration for traditional education, but this school has pushed me outside of the classroom as well. My passion for communication, leadership, and service, have been amplified through the President’s Leadership Program, Public Achievement, Reisher Scholars Program, and Multi-Faith and Belief Student Council. The opportunities for growth that CSU and the Fort Collins community have provided me, leaves me with a deep appreciation and desire to give back.

As a returning Presidential Ambassador, and Membership Chair, I am excited to continue to serve the CSU community and share my deep gratitude for the opportunity to be a RAM!

Brad Johnson

Hometown: Kit Carson, CO
Major/Minor: Agricultural Business – Farm and Ranch Management, Minor in Environmental Economics.
College: Agricultural Sciences
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: Second Year

After graduating high school with only nine other students I had apprehensions about coming to a large university, but once I was given a tour of Colorado State University, I quickly fell in love with the friendly atmosphere of the campus and community. There hasn’t been a moment where I’ve regretted coming to Fort Collins. A few years ago, CSU was just an institution to me, but now it is my second home and I could not be more proud to be a CSU Ram.

When my college experience began, I was timid and afraid to get out of my comfort zone. The amazing students, staff, and friends of Colorado State helped me grow and reach a higher potential than I ever thought possible. These connections encouraged me to become the Treasurer for the Livestock Association, the Community Service Chair for Farmhouse Fraternity, and a member of the Honors Student Association. I am so grateful to be returning to the Presidential Ambassador program for a second year to help serve our amazing University.

William Joyce

Hometown: Bethlehem, CT
Major/Minor: Social Studies Education
College: College of Education
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: First Year

Colorado State University is 1,800 miles away from everything I knew back home in Connecticut. When viewing colleges, I had a strong desire to receive my undergraduate degree at an institution where I could experience something new, learn about myself, and grow as a young man. I was confident that CSU was going to be the place where I could achieve all these things independently, and so far, it has. Early on I made the decision that I would get involved on campus in whatever way I could to compensate for my nonexistent network. Being involved in Orientation & Transition Programs, serving as a Residence Assistant, and working in four separate University departments; all contribute to the best decision I made during my time at Colorado State University.

CSU has given me as much as I have given to it and this would not have been possible without generous support from alumni and university affiliates. As I near the end of my time at Colorado State University, it is important for me to express my gratitude to those that made my educational experience possible. The Presidential Ambassador position is the last stop on my involvement journey, and I will remain a proud Ram wherever life takes me next. GO STATE!

Jordan Marsh

Hometown: Liberty Hill, TX
Major: Animal Science
Minor: Biomedical Science
College: College of Agricultural Sciences
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: First Year

With National College Decision Day, May 1, breathing down my neck, I finally made the decision to attend Colorado State University on April 30 of my senior year in high school. So nervous to attend an out-of-state institution far from my family and friends, I procrastinated making, ultimately, the best decision of my life. My parents were beaming when I told them of my decision, already knowing that CSU was the best place for me. Reflecting back on that day, I laugh at myself for the unnecessary stress when it was obvious from my first engagement with the University that CSU was certainly in my future.

Since commencing my studies at CSU in Fall 2016, I have been afforded nothing but opportunities to grow and thrive. Generous scholarship donors have supported my educational ambitions and allowed me to pursue my goal of a professorship in veterinary academia. During this journey, I have had the honor of serving as an Ag Ambassador for the College of Agricultural Sciences advocating for agriculture through various levels of university engagement. Holding a resident assistant position in the residence hall for two years also solidified my desire for a future career involving service to younger people invested in education and self-growth. Various undergraduate research projects within the Department of Animal Sciences have also highlighted my time at CSU. This year, I will continue my work at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Food Animal Medicine and commence a future in teaching as I hold my first teaching assistant position in Principles of Animal Nutrition.

I look forward to starting the new fall semester with my team of Presidential Ambassadors demonstrating Ram pride and advocating for CSU. I have found my State. Go RAMS!

Mercedes McCue

Hometown: Limon, CO
Major/Minor:
Animal Sciences, minor in Agricultural Literacy
College:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Year:
Senior
Years of PA Service:
First Year

With my grandparents and parents being alumni of Colorado State University, it was easily thought that I was expected to attend; however, it was a choice that I made entirely on my own. Stepping onto campus for the first time, my senses were invigorated in a visceral experience resulting in a flood of gratitude. I not only experienced gratitude, but I also experienced the feeling of being home. I was raised as an empowered young woman, and it’s refreshing to feel that same sense of empowerment from CSU faculty, staff, and students.

Creating a culture of inclusivity and empowerment is an important mission of Colorado State University, and it has been such an honor to be involved on campus, dedicating time to generating and furthering that space. I am grateful for the privilege to cultivate relationships through my time in the College of Agricultural Sciences Ambassador Program, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agriculture Future of America, and LuMin. I am elated to work alongside students from all backgrounds as a CSU Presidential Ambassador and help pay forward the countless contributions that have been made to Colorado State, ensuring that we are able to foster a learning environment conducive to inclusivity and empowerment for the students now and in the coming years.

Camila Silva Monroe

Hometown: Estiva, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Major/Minor:
Chemical and Biological Engineering / Food Science and Safety; Technical and Science Communication
College:
Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Year:
Junior
Years of PA Service:
First Year

I had always dreamt of going to college, even though money was a big obstacle to that dream. In my last year of high school, I was awarded a full-ride scholarship to the Methodist University of Sao Paulo and started working for a science magazine right away. I published many articles about Education, Politics, Entertainment, and Science for some big Brazilian publications – I was even nominated to the Brazilian equivalent of the Pulitzer during that time. While my career seemed prosperous and bright, I still had the deep desire of living abroad and learning English – which I knew I would never do if I stayed in my comfort zone. So, I decided to take a break from my journalism career to come to the US. Here, I discovered many new things about myself, including a passion for the beautiful state of Colorado and the field of research and development.

With the support of my loving fiancé, I decided to go back to school and start a brand-new career as a chemical and biological engineering. I opted to transfer to Colorado State University in the fall 2018 due to our school’s tradition of research and core values related to student’s mental health, diversity, and sustainability – the beautiful campus was just a plus!

After a first semester of adaptation, I finally felt it was time to get involved at CSU. Since then, I have helped start the Algae Club, been involved in undergraduate research, and mentored other international students. CSU has provided me with so many opportunities and I look forward to sharing my gratitude as a Presidential Ambassador this year!

Eric Paricio

Hometown: Centennial, CO
Major/Minor:
Vocal Music, minors in Mathematics and Physics
College:
Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences
Year:
Senior
Years of PA Service:
Second Year

Few places offer programs flexible enough to study Music, Mathematics, and Physics – all while pursuing a teaching license – and even fewer provide as high quality academics in all these disciplines as Colorado State University. When my sister -a Presidential Ambassador alum- decided to attend CSU, I began to look closer at the University’s amazing programs, extraordinary opportunities, and spirited student life. Everywhere I looked, I found successful students, organizations I wanted to join, and a great place to build the foundations for the rest of my life.

On campus, I have served as President and Music Director of Bassic A Cappella, arranging music for and directing one of CSU’s all-vocal music student organizations. Last year, my passion for education led me to the Public Achievement program out of CSU’s Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office, a program that reaches into classrooms in the community to increase young people’s involvement in the Fort Collins community. Additionally, I work as a tutor for music theory for first, second, and third year music students. I also occasionally perform on stage in the operas at CSU through the Ralph Opera Center and School of Music. I am so thrilled to be part of the Presidential Ambassadors team for a second year as the Philanthropy Chair, and I’m eager to meet the many people that have made and continue to make my journey here at CSU possible!

Will Sharpe

Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Major/Minor:
Natural Resource Tourism – Global Tourism. Minors in Spanish and Leadership
College:
Warner College of Natural Resources
Year:
Senior
Years of PA Service:
First Year

As cheesy as it sounds, I fell in love with Colorado State University and its wide green campus when I first visited as a senior in high school. It was during that first tour that I began to imagine my life as a CSU Ram, picturing how exciting and wonderful it would be to be a student here. Although I was still unsure with what exactly it is that I wanted to study or pursue professionally, I had a strong feeling that I would find my answers here. Three years and six semesters have passed since then and I still could not be more proud to call this University my home.

During my time at CSU I’ve joined several different organizations and communities where I’ve established life-long friendships and created hundreds of unforgettable memories. Some places I have been involved around campus include Kappa Sigma Fraternity, ASCSU, President’s Leadership Program, Students for Holocaust Awareness, and the Tourism Association. As an incoming freshman I never could have imagined the experiences and opportunities that would be provided to me during my time here and how dramatically they would shape and influence me as both a person and a Ram. As I enter into my final year of my undergraduate studies, I can not wait to serve this wonderful institution as a Presidential Ambassador and to share my story with you all.

Briana Tangredi

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major/Minor:
Animal Sciences
College:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Year:
Senior
Year of PA Service:
First Year

Starting at a young age my family traveled to Colorado for vacation so it was no surprise when I said that there was no other place that I wanted to attend school. When it came time for me to apply to colleges I looked into Colorado State University because every alumnus that I spoke with spoke so highly of the University. I did my research and discovered this was a place where I could fulfill my dreams of becoming an Animal Scientist. I immediately fell in love with the beauty of it all. At first I was nervous about being far away from home and knowing only a few people. However, I’m excited about all the opportunities and the ability to experience the different seasons that California lacked. Now I don’t want to leave.

My first year at CSU I joined the professional Sigma Alpha Sorority and the Ram Handler Team. These opportunities have helped me grow and expand my knowledge base in ways I had never explored before. My sophomore year I really dove into the different organizations that the College of Agricultural Sciences offered which lead to becoming a member of the Animal Nutrition Group and working in the Dean’s Office. By becoming involved I not only was able to gain new experiences outside the classroom but I also got to connect with my fellow peers and faculty. Since then I have grown to be a leader amongst my peers and now help conduct transfer orientation sessions for the Animal Science Department. I love being able to mentor new students and help provide a welcoming and community-like atmosphere to this school. These programs have given me the opportunity to give back to the institution that has given me countless opportunities and above that, a home away from home, which I will be forever grateful for. I am humbled to be able to serve as a Presidential Ambassador and represent CSU in such a positive way. With countless opportunities I have been offered, I am excited to give back by extending the same mentorship I received when I came to CSU.

Hunter Thorn

Hometown: Kersey, CO
Major/Minor:
Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing/ Sports Management
College:
College of Business
Year:
Sophomore
Years of PA Service:
First Year

Both of my parents graduated from Colorado State University, attending countless football games and other University events, and having a wardrobe full of Ram gear would almost guarantee that I would attend CSU, right? It wasn’t until a former Presidential Ambassador gave me a campus tour that I had made my decision. The pride and excitement within her when talking about the University was something that I wanted to have for the school I attended, and I fell in love with CSU.

Fast forward to September of my first year at Colorado State, I was enjoying living in Fort Collins, loving my classes, and was making great friends. One evening after an exam, I was riding my bike across campus and it finally hit me – I really go here. Seeing the beauty of the sun setting behind the “A,” hundreds of my peers participating in various activities throughout the IM fields, and knowing that I am proud to be a CSU Ram are all reasons why I will never forget the day that I knew Colorado State University was my home.

Throughout my first year on campus, I was involved in the Finance Club and was elected Intramural Sports Chair for FarmHouse Fraternity. I have enjoyed getting to meet so many great people already as a CSU Ram. I look forward to all the amazing relationships and experiences that are to come in my time here at CSU. I am excited to serve the University, my peers, and all of those in the “Ramily,” as a Presidential Ambassador!

Sarah Wakumoto

Hometown: Golden, CO
Major/Minor: Chemical and Biological Engineering
College: Walter Scott Jr College of Engineering
Year: Senior
Years of PA Service: First Year

My parents first met while living on the same floor in Braiden Hall, so you could say that my Colorado State University story started before I was even born. I first visited CSU when I was about 9 years old. My dad took me to the oval, and I remember being in awe of the beauty of the campus and wondering how people ever got any studying done. To my parents’ dismay, when it came time for me to decide on a university, I chose a small engineering school on the east coast. I gave it my best shot, but ultimately decided to return to Colorado and to CSU. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to experience college in a very different environment, but I am equally thankful to have returned to Colorado State. I have found a wonderful community here where I am continually pushed to grow personally, professionally, and academically.

As a transfer student, I wanted to get involved in my new university as quickly as I could. Soon after I started at CSU, I got involved with the Women’s Club Soccer team and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). I have been fortunate enough to serve as an officer and peer mentor for SWE and as an officer in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. I am also an active member in Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor fraternity. These positions have allowed me to participate in and lead outreach activities. They have also provided me with a community of inspiring peers that have shaped my CSU experience. Additionally, I am involved in research in Dr. Chris Snow’s protein engineering and crystallography lab. I have learned so much from my involvement at CSU and am extremely excited to serve as a Presidential Ambassador this year.