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Academic Engagement 2018-02-20T17:40:42+00:00

Academic Engagement Commission


The Academic Engagement Commission is dedicated towards bridging the gap between faculty and students in order to help students make connections and build a stronger relationship. These events are hosted with the intention that students are able to feel comfortable approaching their professors outside of an academic setting in order to ask for but not limited to research opportunities, letters of recommendation, and teaching assistants openings.

Diana Ho

Major: Public Health Policy & Minor in Business Management

Hi all! I will be an upcoming 4th year and going into my final year is both surreal and exciting because there are so many different things I hope to accomplish. One of my goals for the commission this year is to host meaningful and impactful events that students can benefit from. I also strive to host events that will encompass a wider range of majors and encourage more students to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented through our Engagement events. 

Name: Jennifer Van

Major: Public Health Policy & Management Minor

Hello hello! My name is Jennifer and I’m currently a 4th year Public Health Policy major (as you probably read from above). I’m super excited to be the Academic Engagement Co-commissioner for the 2017-2018 year! My goal for this commission to is expand and create events that will make an positive impact on students lives. I hope that Academic Engagement events will excite our student body and that it will be a useful resource for students for many more years to come. 


Name: Michelle Nguyen

Major: Biology

Hello everyone! As a second year, I have learned that the greatest benefit of attending a public four year university is the opportunity to surround yourself with a diverse group of students, professors, and administrators. This commission allows me to enrich my learning outside of a classroom through planning a variety of events regarding different majors, careers, resources, and even cooking! My goal is to create a more open-minded, well-informed study body with every event we plan.

Name: Tina Tran

Major: Biological Sciences

*Record scratch* *Freeze frame* Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I got here. I’m a 3rd year (yikes), and I joined the Academic Engagement Commission as an intern to ensure that students are equally represented and to provide them with opportunities to connect with faculty outside of the classroom. Navigating the college terrain can be treacherous, but we’re hoping that our events make the journey to your destination a little bit easier.

Name: Carmen Yu

Major: Business Economics and Psychology and Social Behavior & Management Minor

Hello friends! You are amazing! A little bit about me: I am currently a second-year and I am from the bA(E), San Francisco if you are wondering! I joined Academic Engagement as an intern because I wanted to give back to the community that has provided me with the space for personal growth. As a commision, we strive to create more fun, informative, and meaningful events to provide opportunities for every student to meet and connect with faculty members. So don’t miss another great opportunity and come out to our events! We hope to see you there:)

Name: Darren De Leon

Major: Political Science

 *Record scratch* *Freeze frame* Yup, that’s me. Hewwo! I’m a second year from Los Angeles. I joined Academic Engagement as an intern because I wasn’t really sure what ASUCI was, and what it had to offer. Since then, I’ve learned that there is a great need for all of us to be equally represented, and to provide undergraduate population with opportunities to connect with faculty outside of the classroom. So don’t miss another great opportunity and come out to our events! We hope to see you there! (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

Name: Ashley Lee

Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley Lee and I am a fourth year Pharmaceutical Sciences major.

I am super excited to be working as an intern in the Engagement Commission this year. As my second year working in the Academic Affairs Office, I look forward to working with these amazing individuals to create experiences that embody the Anteater spirit.

When I’m not on campus, you’ll either find me studying at a coffee shop or re-watching Friends for the thousandth time. But no matter where I’m at, I’m always eager to meet new people so don’t be afraid to say hello! 

Name: Corey Nguyen

Major: Public Health Sciences

Hello friends! My name is Corey Nguyen and I am a 4th year from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ( #FlyEaglesFly ). I am very excited to be apart of this years Academic Engagement commision.  As I am set to graduate spring ‘18, this commision provides me the opportunity to help integrate undergraduate population and creating last memories with the anteater staff and faculty. Hope to see you at some of our future events! 

Name: McKenna Reeves

Major: Business Economics and a double Minor in Statistics & Management

Hi everyone! My name is McKenna Reeves and I am a 3rd year from right here in Orange County! This is my first year being involved in ASUCI and I am so glad I’m able to be an intern under the Academic Engagement Commission. Throughout my time at UCI, I have come to realize there is so much academic growth and learning that takes place outside the classroom. As a part of Academic Engagement, we have the opportunity to facilitate this through fun and exciting events. Hopefully we will see you at the next one! 

Name: Ilene Lutap

Major: Art Minoring in Informatics

Hello hello everyone! My name is Ilene and I am a third year here at UCI. I’m from Torrance, CA (whoop whoop) and I’ve been fortunate enough to be in Academic Engagement for two years which brought me a lot of learning experiences in terms of leadership, team-work, organization, and more. If you have any questions or ideas for future events, please don’t hesitate to contact us or even stop by the office! 

Skyrocket Your Way With The PAAs

To kick off the 2017-2018 school year, the Academic Engagement Commission hosted an informal meet and greet with a few of the Peer Academic Advisors from each academic department for undergraduate students to ask questions and meet their PAAs. This has been Academic Engagement’s tradition for a few years now and we are happy we got to bring it back again during Fall 2017 and to serve our students with some rocket pops!

Let’s Get Down to Business

Our second event of Fall Quarter targeted the Business department where we invited Professors McLaughlin and Eppel to come and speak on behalf of their experiences within the business field. From life lessons to emphases within the Business major, the students were able to enjoy coffee and croissants while attending the event.

Paging Dr. Katzer: The Path to Emergency Medicine

We were honored to have Dr. Katzer, an Emergency Medicine Doctor and a Professor at UCI Medical Center, to come speak at our event in the different paths in medical school. Dr. Katzer also brought two medical students who were able to come and share their experiences with medical school. This event was geared towards those who wanted to pursue higher education in health sciences and those who want to be healthcare providers in the future.

Dishing Up Degrees with Professors

As an opportunity to for students to talk to professors in a more casual setting, we hosted Dishing Up Degrees with Professors. Here we had Professors Jonathan Lui, Keith Murphy, Susan King, and Lee Kucera come to the Anteater Recreation Center mingle and cook with students. The goal was to help students develop a relationship with these professors and network with them.

Pathways in Public Health

Pathways in Public Health is in a collaboration with the Public Health Association. Professor Bic will come and speak to students about careers in Public Health and what students can do with the major. This event was made in hopes to help students become more engaged and excited to be a Public Health major.