Student Ambassadors

“For All Wahoos – Past, Present, and To Be” 

The University of Virginia’s Office of Engagement established the Student Ambassador program in 2010 to connect UVA alumni, parents and friends to the University through interactions with current students. The group’s student leaders are responsible for developing and implementing the program in collaboration with the Office of Engagement and UVaClub volunteers. The Student Ambassadors are in a unique role as a link between the University and its alumni.

Ambassadors create a connection between prospective students, alumni, parents and friends of the University while actively promoting the UVA Clubs Global Network. Ambassadors are active year-round and participate in Student Send-off parties, Congratulatory Calls to accepted students, Winter Social events, Cavaliers Care volunteer activities, the UVA Express and Welcome Dinner for international students, on-Grounds activities and more. The Office of Engagement is proud to host such a talented and professional group of student volunteers.

These students are dedicated to establishing connections, providing enrichment and spreading the University’s tradition of service. The UVA Club Student Ambassadors share their student experience with incoming students, alumni, parents and friends in their home community.

Where You Live
UVA Clubs Student Ambassadors participate in programming coordinated by the University’s Office of Engagement. Additional opportunities are often available to ambassadors through the Office of Admission and the University’s Development Office.

The primary goal of these student volunteers is to serve as a liaison to their hometown UVA Club by:

  • Sharing their experience with accepted students through congratulatory calls.
  • Greeting incoming students and their parents at Student Send-offs in their home community.
  • Visiting with University alumni, parents and friends during UVA Club Winter Socials.

On Grounds
Student Ambassadors promote the UVA Clubs Global Network at key University events, including:

  • Cavaliers Care projects
  • UVA Express for international students
  • International Student Welcome Dinner
  • More than the Score Lecture Series
  • Representing the Office of Engagement at various functions on Grounds
  • Family Weekend Breakfast and Social

For more information, please contact:

Beverly Wakefield, Senior Associate Director for Alumni and Parent Engagement and UVA Clubs Student Ambassador Advisor.

Executive Board:

President: Bhavya Maheshwari
VPO: Megan Porter
VPA: Karina Payerhin
Class Co-Chairs: Aidan O’Keefe, Becca Pifer
Activities: Sam Magnes, Michael Kamer, Natalie Conners, Caroline Harvey, Ashley Gailey
Social: Tori Hanway (co-chair), Nana Minder (co-chair), Rachael Smith, Bryan Pfirrmann, Sofie Niziak, Sydney Harrison, Jen Goldshtein
Recruitment: Aaku Tamrakar (co-chair), Gus Breen (co-chair), Natalia Buenaventura, Bryan Solvie, Naana Ewool, Marco Chen
Marketing: Emily Lesmes (chair), Niab Chanakan Sirisukhodom, Haley Durmer, Hagan Rushton, Noor Waheed

The UVA Clubs Student Ambassadors are advised by staff in the University’s Office of Engagement.

Congratulations to the new UVA Clubs Student Ambassadors
Alex Cheung, Alexander Rigby, Alexandra Williams, Amanda Crowell, Austin Underwood, Caitlin St. Amour, Eliot Sperling, Erik Morlock, Haley Grau, Jack Nichting, Kai Cheng, Krish Aggarwal, Luke Hutcherson, Luke Shields, Madalene Danklef, Maeve Curtin, Mason Hawkins, Meghan Jones, Parker Moore, Peilin He, Rahul Gupta, Ricki Libby, Sanat Malhotra, Sarah Lamont, Sumer Seghal, Talia Sion, Tatiana Kersten, Taylor Zimmerman