Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Association

Carnegie Mellon Highland Ambassadors

The Highland Ambassadors is an exclusive group of students within the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association who help promote student-alumni connections and are student philanthropy advocates. They are role models for their peers and lifelong supporters of the university. Through an application and interview process, Ambassadors are chosen for their enthusiasm and school spirit as well as their demonstrated leadership and commitment to the university.

Highland Ambassadors are leaders on and off campus. They serve as official student representatives at VIP events locally and nationally as well as hosts to important university guests and prospective students on campus. Highland Ambassadors participate in a wide array of events and special projects as assistants, volunteers, or paid workers, and they also advocate for student philanthropy from the peer-to-peer perspective. They have numerous opportunities and obligations to interact with high profile alumni and top university officials — such as the Board of Trustees, the Alumni Association Board, and the Senior Leadership Team of the university — and they work closely with the staff of the Alumni Association and other University Advancement departments to fulfill their mission.

Although the Highland Ambassador program is reserved for students only, it is expected that upon graduation, those that were Highland Ambassadors become the future volunteer leaders of the Alumni Association and continue to role model the expected behavior of a Loyal Scot.

Apply to be a Highland Ambassador for 2016-2017

Applications are available now for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please download and complete the application before March 28, 2016 at noon. All applications require a letter of recommendation, so please do not wait until the last minute to apply.

2016-17 Highland Ambassador Application (.pdf)

Request a Highland Ambassador for Your Event

Highland Ambassadors may be requested for events with significant student-alumni interaction or for tours for VIP guests. Highland Ambassadors are to serve as official student representatives but may assist with brief program logistics if appropriate. The benefit of having Highland Ambassadors present at your event is that they are highly trained and deeply knowledgeable students and will represent your department and the university with great pride.

Highland Ambassador Request Form

Questions? Contact Tim Leonard in the Office of Alumni Relations 412-268-7190.

Current Highland Ambassadors

Evan Wineland (Lead Highland Ambassador) Click to expand

Austin, TX
Senior, Dietrich College
Major: Information Systems

  • Undergraduate Student Senate
  • President's Advisory Committee
  • Survivor Support Network
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
  • Proud to be Plaid Committee
  • Interests include: politics, current events, soccer, running, piano

Siriana Abboud Click to expand

Solon, OH
Senior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Psychology and Francophone Studies

  • Alumni Association Board Student Representative
  • International Student Union
  • Orientation Counselor
  • Student Government Cabinet
  • Proud to be Plaid Committee
  • Modern Languages Student Advisory Council
  • French Teaching Assistant
  • Active Minds
  • Phi Sigma Iota honorary fraternity
  • Interests include: painting, poetry, all things plaid

Kyra Bachmakova Click to expand

Furth, Germany
Graduate Student, Heinz College Public Policy & Management

  • International Development Group
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • German National Merit Foundation
  • Heinz Merit-Based Scholarship
  • Interests include: piano, violin, recorder, traveling, languages, nature, museums, volunteer with Steel City Greyhound Rescue

Laurel Beatty Click to expand

Apollo, PA
Junior, College of Fine Arts
Major: Saxophone Performance (student-define Music Business minor)

  • Head Music Admissions Ambassador
  • Mudge Mentor Program
  • Orientation Leader
  • Student Senate - CFA Senator
  • Scotch'n'Soda Theatre
  • Pre-College
  • Interests include: playing music, listening to music, going to concerts, skiing, sudoku, baking, reading

Olivia Cannizzaro Click to expand

Fair Lawn, NJ
Mellon College of Science
Major: Mathematics (concentration in operations research & statistics)

  • Proud to be Plaid Committee
  • Mellon College of Science Student Advisory Committee
  • Delta Gamma sorority
  • Lambda Sigma
  • Orientation Counselor
  • Mellon College of Science Dean's list
  • Interests include: Swimming, debate, hiking

Stephanie Chung Click to expand

San Francisco, CA
Tepper School of Business
Major: Business Administration; Marketing (Human-Computer Interaction minor)

  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Order of Omega National Honor Society
  • Rho Lambda National Panhellenic Recognition Society
  • Andrew Ambassador
  • 1000+ Executive Board
  • Odyssey
  • Dean's List (Spring 2015)
  • Quantitative Social Science Scholar
  • CMU Bookstore Sales Associate
  • Interests include: Part-time Bosch intern, J. Crew College Rep, market research, traveling, photography, sports, languages, Greek Sing, and Booth

Christophe Combemale Click to expand

Wexford, PA
Master's Student, Heinz College
Major: Accelerated Masters Program (BS in Ethics History & Public Policy '15)

  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
  • CMU University Honors
  • Dietrich College Honors
  • Science and Humanities Scholar
  • Interests include: Speculative historical/science fiction, Dungeons & Dragons, amateur mechanical design, case competitions

Micah Fenner Click to expand

San Rafael, CA
, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Cognitive Science and Human-Computer Interaction
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
  • Interfraternity Council President
  • Scotch'n'Soda Theatre
  • Orientation Leader
  • Psi Chi
  • Haptics researcher at Disney Research
  • Dean's List with High Honors (Spring 2014, Fall 2015)
  • Nominee for Greek Man of the Year
  • Interests include: playing drums, running, surfing

Colleen Hamilton Click to expand

Pittsburgh, PA
Junior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Statistics and Decision Science

  • Kappa Alpha Theta sorority
  • SDS Research Assistant
  • 1000Plus
  • SDS Office Assistant
  • Dean's List with High Honors (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
  • Quantitative Social Science Scholar
  • Interests include: reading, singing, swimming, playing with dogs

Karen Irvine Click to expand

Villanova, PA
Junior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Information Systems (Business Administration minor)

  • Varsity track & field (pole vault & sprints)
  • Kappa Alpha Theta sorority
  • Student Athlete Advisory Council
  • CMU Plaidvocates founder
  • Odyssey
  • Interests include: exercise, travel, food

Divya Kothandapani Click to expand

San Diego, CA
Senior, College of Engineering
Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering (Business Administration minor)

  • Student Government (ex-Student Body VP for Finance, Senate)
  • CMU Bhangra
  • CMU Payal
  • CIT Community Building Committee
  • Mudge House Ambassador
  • Interests include: eating out, running, traveling

Thomas (TJ) Murray Click to expand

Clarks Summit, PA
Junior, College of Engineering
Major: Mechanical Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy (Arabic minor)

  • Varsity Football
  • PIKE Fraternity
  • Buggy
  • CMU Solar Racing
  • CMU Sports Analytics Club
  • CMU Fishing Club
  • 1000plus group leader
  • EPP Tom Johnson Fellow 2015
  • Interests include: football, basketball, golf, hunting, fishing, boating, politics, hiking, traveling, other cultures

Allyn Pasiliao Click to expand

New York, NY
Senior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Policy & Management/Professional Writing

  • Delta Delta Delta sorority
  • Resident Assistant
  • Undergraduate Marketing Organization
  • Humantiies Scholars Program
  • SafeZone
  • Dietrich College Dean's List
  • Interest include: traveling, trying new foods, marketing research

Shalini Ray (S'15) Click to expand

Ellicott City, MD
Master's Student, Heinz College
Major: Healthcare Policy & Management

  • Former Student Body Vice President
  • Kappa Alpha Theta sorority
  • Lunar Gala
  • CMU Competitive Bhangra
  • Proud to be Plaid Committee
  • Group X Fitness Instructor
  • Orientation Counselor
  • Rho Lambda Honor Society
  • Women in Sceicne
  • Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE)
  • Doctors of Carnegie Society (DOCS)
  • Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • CMU OM
  • Bhangra in the Burgh
  • First Lecture Series Speaker Recipient
  • Greek Award of Distinction in Leadership Nominee
  • CUC Expansion Keynote Speaker & MC
  • Senior Leadership Recognition Award Recipient
  • Deans List with High Honors
  • Kappa Alpha Theta Scholarship Award and Pearls
  • Leading Women's Luncheon Invitee
  • Go Greek Women's Leadership Initiative Ambassador
  • Interests include: eating, dancing, sports, watching football, hanging out with friends

Alex Reed Click to expand

Perris, CA
Sophomore, College of Fine Arts
Major: Costume Design (Media Design [IDEATE] minor)

  • Emerging Leaders
  • Orientation Staff
  • Interests include: rollerderby, animal outreach, dance, urban adventuring

Geoffrey Root Click to expand

Des Moines, IA
Junior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Economics & Statistics (Chinese Studies minor)

  • Modern Languages Student Advisory Council President
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
  • Prospective & Accepted Student Programs
  • Martha B. Pickering Scholarship
  • Interests include: automobiles and motorsports, swimming, meteorology, art history

Abigail Smith Click to expand

Ellicott City, MD
Junior, Mellon College of Science
Major: Mathematics (statistics) (Machine Learning & Biomedical Engineering minors)

  • Varsity Cross Country
  • Varsity Track & Field
  • Andrew Ambassador
  • Circle K
  • Orientation Counselor
  • Project Rwanda
  • 1000+
  • Catholic Newman Club
  • Odyssey
  • Andrew Carnegie Society Scholarship
  • UAA Conference Academic honors
  • Interests include: Eating insane amounts of pasta, running/triathlons, anything outdoors, jump rope

Justin Yan Click to expand

Hong Kong
Junior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Computational Finance (Economics minor)

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
  • The Tartan
  • Tartan Student Fund (investments)
  • Interests include: Soccer, writing, travel, Buggy
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