July 17, 2009

Abigail Somuah, Ambassador

hometown: Accra-Ghana
year in school: Freshmen
major: Planning on doing an individualize major called BIS with three majors combined which is Communication Studies, Life Sciences and Finance.

As incoming Freshmen be open to new things, ideas and people. Do not get caught up in all the excitement and lose focus of your education. This school is huge, I'm sure you have noticed, majority of us have found a way to make it small either joining one of the 600 groups on campus or another way. Do not keep to yourself, Freshmen year is all about discoveries and the beginning of a new journey. I hope you all enjoy your year like I did mine.

Isiah Dennis, Ambassador

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College: CEHD
Major: Youth Studies and Theater
Minor: Afro and African Amercian Studies, Social Justice

Kristian King, Ambassador

Hometown: Chicago,IL

Nae Ree Yang, Ambassador

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Year: Sophmore in fall 09
Major: Biology
Hometown: Stacy, MN

July 14, 2009

Teresa Gonzalez, Ambassador

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Hometown- Milwaukee, WI
Year- Junior
Major(s)- Anthropology,Spanish
Minor- Chicano Studies

Sarah Beraki, Ambassador

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Brooklyn Park/ Minneapolis
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Anthropology, Communications, Art Minor
Do what makes you happy :) get involved your freshman year and ask questions!

Leon Cassidy, Ambassador

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Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Status: Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering

Jessica Kendall, Ambassador

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Northeast Minneapolis, MN
Year: Junior
Major: Sociology and Leadership (minor)

Shan K. Chikonka, Ambassador

Hometown: Fridely, MN
Year: Senior
College/Major: CLA, Communication Studies Major, Business Management Minor
Additional comment:I'm very excited for the Kickoff!! I can't wait to meet all the students this year, it will be a blast.

Samantha Fung, Ambassador

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Saint Paul, MN
Senior (fall 2009)
Retail Merchandising, Management

June 29, 2009

Cymone Fuller, Ambassador

High School: Osseo Senior High
Year: Sophomore
Major: Mass Communications

I'm very excited to meet every single one of you incoming freshmen! The kickoff was an amazing experience for me last year and I know it'll be the same for you guys! See you September 1st

Pablo Garcia, Ambassador Group Leader

Hometown: Crookston MN
Year: Senior
My major: Marketing, Economics, Communication Studies.
Quote: "It is only after we've lost everything, that we are free to do

June 17, 2009

Prachi Mishra, Ambassador

Hometown: Eden Prairie
Sophomore at the U
Majors: International Business & Marketing
Minor: Political Science

Joohee Han, Ambassador

Joohee Han, Ambassador
Plymouth, Minnesota

Kaitlin Ellis, Ambassador

Year: Second
Major: Nursing
College: CLA
High School: Minneapolis North High

June 12, 2009

Maria Rios, Ambassador Group Leader

Woodbury, MN (Originally from Mexico)
Major: Family Social Science

The MCAE Kick Off has been one of the best things I have ever done! The experience of meeting people and getting to know them makes the whole event a never to forget experience. The people you will meet will become your future classmates and your future friends.

Jasmine Omorogbe, Student Assistant Coordinator

> hometown North Mpls
> year in school Junior
> major Communication Studies

I can't wait to meet all of you on September 1st. College is where it's at. Come prepared for lots of fun. Let's get it in!

Jevita Baheriy, Ambassador Group Leader

Hometown- St.Paul, Minnesota Junior Major- B.I.S. in Sociology of Law, Youth Studies and Classical and Near Eastern Studies.

Sherief Elabbady, Ambassador

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Major: 3rd year Electrical Engineering
Minor: Management
School: Institute of Technology

June 9, 2009

Dionne Dillard, Ambassador Group Leader

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Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Major: Political Science/African & African-American Studies/Italian

Additional Comments *I'm so excited to be a student at the University of Minnesota because of the numerous opportunities and resources available! I do not expect Fall 2009 to bring anything less but even better experiences while getting to know people and utilizing what I have learned for my last year! GO GOPHERS!

I look forward to seeing/hearing from you soon!

Kiara Malone, Ambassador

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Hometown:Ithaca, New York but Raised in Minneapolis, MN
Intended Major: Psychology and Youth Studies

Lynn Huynh, Ambassador

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Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Major: Aerospace Engineering.

Chardae Kimber, Ambassador

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Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Major: Biology, Society & Environment (BSE) w/ Spanish minor

My word of advice to the incoming students: "Getting involved outside of your academics is the funnest part of attending the university, so volunteer, do service learning and join organizations! You'll be amazed at the great and intelligent people you'll meet."

Jokondo Anthony Jokondo, Ambassador

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Hometown: Brooklyn Center, MN
3rd year
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Marketing and Management

Additional Comments: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am ENTHUSED about the GREAT kickoff coming up!

Thomas Toley, Student Assistant Coordinator


College/Major: CLA, Communications Major, Art Minor

Additional Comments: I'm really looking forward to the Kickoff! It's a blast every year and I know this year won't be any different!

Tien Le, Ambassador

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Hometown: Burnsville, MN
Major: Undecided

Favorite Quote: "Don't kill the dream-execute it" -anonymous

Karlette Miguel, Ambassador

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Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Major: Kinesology & Pre-Med Student

Bee Yang, Ambassador

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Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Major: Elementary Education
Minors: Child Psychology & Youth Studies

Additional Comments: Hi there! I am very excited about being an MKO ambassador! My words of advice to the incoming class of 2013 can be quoted from Karen Ravn: “Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” I look forward to seeing everyone there, have a safe and fun summer.

Nadine Abou-Karam

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Hometown: St.Paul, Minnesota (Originally from Alexandria, Egypt)
4th Year
Major: Biology, Society, and Environment and Plan on going to Law School

Noel Le, Ambassador

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Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
Major: Biology

Kiara Gary, Ambassador

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Hometown: Detroit, MI
Major: Marketing

Huy Nguyen, Ambassador

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Kaonue Xiong, Ambassador

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Hometown: New London, WI
Major: Accounting

Larissa Miralles, Ambassador

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Major Anthropology with a Minor in Geology

Additional Comments: I think one thing that incoming freshmen should keep in the front of their minds when coming the U is to not be afraid. Anything and everything is possible at U and by keeping a positive attitude at whatever obstacle he or she may face, it will make all the difference and no matter what, they will never be disappointed with themselves.

Maria Pham, Ambassador


Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Favorite quote: "How swiftly our dreams soar on the wings of imagination!" - The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

Grace Peterson, Ambassador

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Richfield, MN
Major: Family Social Science

June 1, 2009

Andrew Le, Ambassador


Bloomington, MN
Maor: Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry

The kickoff to me is all about a fun experience, fun people, and a fun time, so there's a picture of me in my fun clothes.

Emily Ngoc Huynh, Ambassador


Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Major: Family Social Science

Additional Comments: "We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own."- Ben Sweetland With that I want you to understand that this is not just a experience for you but also a learning experience for /us/ so lets make it the best for the both of us!"

Dorothee Tshiela, Ambassador


Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
SENIOR!!! Graduate Spring 2010
Major: Psychology Minors: Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Family Social Science and Family Violence Prevention

Additional Comments: Explore new things, have fun while doing it and take chances. Always remember to stay true to yourself and find what makes you happy. College will be one of the best times of your life!