Honors Student Council

Kendra Hale

Kendra Hale is the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Liaison.  She is a junior studying Environmental Policy and Planning and Public and Urban Affairs with a minor in Leadership and Social Change.  She serves as a 4th Low Apartment Fellow in the Honors Residential Commons.  Kendra also is the 4-year Public University Representative for the Executive Student Board of the Virginia Collegiate Honors Council, where she helps plan the state Honors conferences.  Her passion for Honors is evident through her work on many Honors working groups and committees to help encourage growth and expanded opportunities within Honors.

 

The Honors College has encouraged Kendra to pursue many opportunities both in and out of Honors.  After pursuing an internship in the environmental consulting field, she used an Honors Enrichment Grant to attend the International Conference on Climate Change in London.  Her interests in planning and policymaking were further impacted through a study abroad in Europe on sustainable policymaking this past summer.  Kendra was excited when Paul Knox decided to teach an Honors Discovery and Innovation Studio about Smart Cities.  This class has pushed her to further develop her passions and actively work with teams to solve challenging and complex issues.  She has enjoyed helping freshmen Honors students while serving as a Freshman Honors Seminar Peer Educator for the past two years.

 

Kendra is grateful for an Honors College that has pushed her to experience new things.  She is excited to chair the Honors College Student Council Programming Committee, where she can help plan events for Honors students! She is also excited to share her passion for Honors within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies!

Willow Pedersen is a Class of 2020 Accounting and Information Systems major within the Pamplin College of Business. She enjoys being a member of Rotaract, the college level of global service organization Rotary International; Horn Ensemble, an all French horn musical group; and Chamber Singers, a faculty-led choir in which she traveled to perform at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2017. In the 2017-2018 year, Willow will serve as Vice President of the Honors Residential Commons (HRC) Council and as an Apartment Fellow on the Fourth High hall of the HRC.

 

Willow is earning Honors credit through her internship and through being an Honors Peer Advisor. She is grateful to have attended the inaugural Microsoft Data Science Summit, in which she learned about real-time insights, data visualization, and more, thanks to Honors College. The Honors College also helped her attend the Southeast Horn Workshop, where she learned about the history of the natural horn and listened to first chair horn of the National Symphony Orchestra, Abel Pereira. Being a member of the Honors College has shaped Willow’s VT experience, and she looks forward to increasing students’ knowledge of and ability to access all that the Honors College has to offer.

Willow Pedersen

Alexa Vergelli

My name is Alexa Vergelli and I’m one of two representatives for the Pamplin College of Business. I’m a member of the class of 2019, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in International Business. I joined Honors as a freshman in 2015, and lived in the Hillcrest Living-Learning Community for my first two years of school.

 

I stay busy on campus serving as the Director of Special Events for the Hospitality Management Association, Head of Catering for VTHacks, and Treasurer for Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society. I also work as a lead event planning specialist in VT’s Event Planning Office, where I help student organizations and departments schedule many different events.

 

For me, the Honors College has provided the opportunity and motivation to push myself into new and exciting experiences. I’ve earned Honors credit through my summer study abroad experience in France, serving as an undergraduate research assistant in the Marketing department, and through my internship experiences. There is such a variety of ways to earn Honors credit that every student’s experience is completely unique.

 

My focus as a representative on the Honors College Student Council is twofold. First, I aim to connect other Honors students in the Pamplin College of Business with as many interesting opportunities as possible, despite being one of the smaller populations in Honors. Second, I strive to advocate for the large population of Honors students living off-campus, who have a more difficult time feeling represented in many Honors conversations. I hope that my involvement with the council will help the Honors College to continually improve and move forward in promoting students’ interests.

 

 

My name is Will Campbell and I’m one of the representatives for the College of Engineering. I’m majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in French. I live in the Honors Residential Commons in East Ambler Johnston, and I am the Editor-In-Chief of the HRCulean, a satire newsletter for the HRC. Additionally, I’m a member of the BOLT Electric Motorcycle Design Team, on the Controls sub-team. I’ll also be abroad in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland this spring as part of Presidential Global Scholars.

 

Will Campbell

Nyle Rodgers

My name is Nyle Rodgers, and I am one of the representatives for the College of Engineering. I a getting a dual degree in Computer Engineering and Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. I joined honors as an incoming freshman, lived in the Hillcrest community for my first two years at Virginia Tech. Additionally, I am the head of logistics for VTHacks, Virginia Tech’s annual inter-collegiate hackathon. In my spare time I enjoy folding and studying complex mathematical origami, especially of insects.

 

Sophie Campos

Hi! My name is Sophie Campos and my majors are Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in International Trade and Development.  I represent the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences on the Honors College Student Council. Outside academics, I’m on Club Swim, the Pre-Law Society, the Honors College Student Council, and served as the Vice-President of the Honors Residential Commons (HRC) in 2017. In the Spring of 2018, I have the opportunity to intern at a prestigious law firm in D.C.

Andrew Pregnall

Hello! My name is Andrew Pregnall, and I represent the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences on the Honors College Student Council. When I’m not strategizing with Paul and other representatives, I split my time between pursuing a dual degree in Microbiology and History with a minor in Medicine and Society, serving as a Resident Advisor in the Honors Residential Commons, writing and editing for The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ+ magazine, and serving as co-chair of Housing and Residence Life Student Staff Council. Upon graduating, I plan on pursuing an MD-MPH so that I can work in the fields of emergency medicine and public health.

Emily Reasor

I am a wildlife conservation major and will graduate in spring 2019. I’m representing the College of Natural Resources and Environment. I also have two minors in biology and equine science. I joined honors at the same time I got into college and lived in Hillcrest my freshman year. I really love to travel and the summer after my freshman year I went on a study abroad to Ecuador, which is how I've earned some honors credit. I've also earned credit through honors classes in the biology department, being a volunteer animal care technician in a lab, and participating in a summer internship. Apart from the Student Council I am also a member of the Wildlife Society, Block and Bridle, and the VT Horse Judging Team while also holding jobs at both Deet’s and the 4-H extension office. During my time as a liaison I hope to bring more awareness of Honors and the opportunities it offers to the students of the CNRE.

Dominique Ngo

Dominique is a current junior pursuing a dual degree in Biology and Spanish. Dominique hails from Centreville, VA. Dominique has interests in public health in a global context as well as emerging and neglected infectious diseases. Dominique will be studying abroad in Chile the spring of 2018 for honors credit. Dominique enjoyed earning honors credit in the Integrated Science Curriculum. Dominique loves the Honor College for the numerous funding opportunities, volunteering opportunities, fun events, and taking part in the council.

 

You can catch Dominique in the research lab researching on infectious diseases’ effect on adult neurons, playing with her bunny, running, or taking pictures of anything and everything. Dominique is very excited for the rest of her time and senior year in the Honors College, and would love to help anyone out in their honors experience, so feel free to reach out to her.

Reilly Scott

My name is Reilly Scott and I am one of the two representatives for the College of Science. I am a member of the class of 2019 majoring in Clinical Neuroscience, with a minor in Medicine and Society. I joined Honors as an incoming Freshman in 2015, but I chose to live in the Residential Leadership Community (RLC) instead of Honors housing because I was interested in studying leadership. I have earned Honors Credit by taking and teaching the first-year Honors Seminar, being part of the Integrated Science Curriculum, doing a research internship the summer of 2016, and doing undergraduate research in the Buczynski lab at VT. In the future, I plan to earn more Honors credit through Honors Colloquia classes.

 

Emily Barritt

Emily Barritt is a junior at Virginia Tech and she serves at the Presiding Member of the Honors College Student Council. Emily is currently studying Chemistry and Neuroscience. Since coming to Tech, Emily has embraced Honors’ priority of experiential learning. She is expanding her skills while earning Honors credit through her current work in the Sontheimer Translational Neuroscience Lab. As an undergraduate researcher she is currently pursuing a project studying Alzheimer's Disease. Through a last minute opportunity, Emily had the chance last summer to intern with an congressman on Capitol Hill. During this internship, she had hands on experience working in politics. Several people, including herself, initially questioned what a scientist would get out of interning on Capitol Hill. Part in thanks to Honor’s drive to push students outside of their comfort zones, she realized that her background in science equipped her with an unique important perspective. From this experience, Emily found an area of work that she has since become increasingly passionate about; science policy.

 

In addition to her involvement in academia, Emily has maintained her passion for music. Emily performs with several music groups on campus and currently serves as the President of the Moss Art Center Ambassadors. Her passion for music lead her to found and organize Music Day, a campus wide music event that occurs annual in the spring.

 

Emily has benefited immensely from her experience in the Honors college. It has now become her mission to share her how Honors has shaped her experiences and help to spread the priorities of Honors and expand the scope of opportunities for other students in Honors to experience.

 

Galina Belolipetski

Emily Barritt is a junior at Virginia Tech and she serves at the Presiding Member of the Honors College Student Council. Emily is currently studying Chemistry and Neuroscience. Since coming to Tech, Emily has embraced Honors’ priority of experiential learning. She is expanding her skills while earning Honors credit through her current work in the Sontheimer Translational Neuroscience Lab. As an undergraduate researcher she is currently pursuing a project studying Alzheimer's Disease. Through a last minute opportunity, Emily had the chance last summer to intern with an congressman on Capitol Hill. During this internship, she had hands on experience working in politics. Several people, including herself, initially questioned what a scientist would get out of interning on Capitol Hill. Part in thanks to Honor’s drive to push students outside of their comfort zones, she realized that her background in science equipped her with an unique important perspective. From this experience, Emily found an area of work that she has since become increasingly passionate about; science policy.

 

In addition to her involvement in academia, Emily has maintained her passion for music. Emily performs with several music groups on campus and currently serves as the President of the Moss Art Center Ambassadors. Her passion for music lead her to found and organize Music Day, a campus wide music event that occurs annual in the spring.

 

Emily has benefited immensely from her experience in the Honors college. It has now become her mission to share her how Honors has shaped her experiences and help to spread the priorities of Honors and expand the scope of opportunities for other students in Honors to experience.

 

 

Djamila Lou

Djamila Lou is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Nanoscience and Russian, and minor is Leadership. She is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) and Air Force ROTC. Djamila serves as the Director of Marketing for the VTCC Hall Council, Honor Court Representative, and member of the Regimental Band, the Highty Tighties.

 

Djamila earned honors credit through her leadership positions in the VTCC, and her undergraduate research. She is currently conducting undergraduate research in Nanoscience with Dr. Vinh Nguyen. Djamila earned honors credit by serving as a Fire Team Leader and Platoon Sergeant. She also plans on earning credit through Air Force Field Training and future ROTC classes.

 

She hopes to integrate more cadets into the Honors College by opening more opportunities for cadets to earn honors credit, and educating them about the opportunities provided by the College.

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Blacksburg, VA 24061

 

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