Student Alumni Association
What is the Student Alumni Association (SAA)?
Florida Atlantic University’s Student Alumni Association is a student organization that works closely with university alumni and emphasizing that even though you are a student today, you are an owl for life. The Student Alumni Association, also referred to as SAA, proudly holds the title for the largest student organization on campus. The Student Alumni Association houses two branches: the prOWLers, and the Ambassadors. Now this can get a bit confusing, so allow us to break this down for you! By becoming a member of the Student Alumni Association you have the ability to choose a branch that develops what you want out of your college experience. Both branches focus on maintaining the traditions and values of our institution, highlighting the diverse environment that is Florida Atlantic University.
Meet the Ambassadors
Michelle “Levi” Robles
Senior, Biological Sciences (Pre Health)
Michelle “Levi” Robles is a fourth year senior in the College of Science’s Biological Sciences (pre health) study and an Ambassador in Training (AIT). They became an ambassador in the spring semester of 2020 with the hope of becoming a well known member of the Ambassadors program and developing connections with others. Levi enjoys spending time in nature, animals, art of various mediums. They are in college with the intention of becoming a Psychiatrist.
Carisse Joseph is a sophomore here at FAU majoring in finance. She is a cheerleader and also loves to play soccer. It is her first year being in SAA and she is an Ambassador-in-Training. She joined SAA to be a part of a great club that brings positivity and fun to FAU. In the future she would like to go to law school and eventually open up her own law firm.
Sophomore, Computer Science
Bartholdy is very passionate about technology and pursues new knowledge every day to make positive impacts to better our society.
Senior, Management, Minor in Business Law
Anne is a Senior and Ambassador-in-training majoring in Management Leadership and doing a minor in Business Law. Her goal is to become a Human Resource Generalist as she grows in her career path. Anne chose to become an Ambassador with the hope of improving her leadership and professional skills while also being involved in an organization. Her goal, as being part of the organization, is to grow and foster new relationships and becoming involved with the FAU community.
Sophomore, Computer Engineering
Bethlyn Joseph is a sophomore at FAU and is majoring in Computer Engineering. She became an Ambassador last Fall because she saw it as a good opportunity to meet and interact with other students. She would encourage others to join because it is a great way to network and meet others.
Dominic Valenzuela is a third-year Finance Major and has been a Student Alumni Association Ambassador since Spring 2019. Dominic became an Ambassador to enhance his involvement on campus at FAU, while also hoping to gain networking opportunities and have fun in the process. Dominic is a student in the FAU Honors Program, as well as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at FAU. He credits his success in student involvement to the leadership and networking skills he obtained through being an SAA Ambassador and hopes to continue seeing this organization grow.
Junior, Business Management
Victoria Hidalgo is a Junior majoring in Business Management and minoring in Health Administration. Victoria has been a Student Alumni Ambassador since Spring of 2019. She became an ambassador to become more involved within her community as well as the networking opportunities SAA had to offer. Victoria’s experience while being an ambassador for the Alumni Association has been an exciting and hands on opportunity that allows her to connect with people within the alumni community. Along with being a member of Student Alumni Association, Victoria holds a position as the Public Relations Chair of the Kappa Phi Chapter of her sorority, Sigma Kappa. Victoria encourages all students interested in finding a way to network and connect to others to branch out and join this association. It has brought many valuable and enriching experiences that will prepare others for future networking opportunities in the future.
Sophomore, Multimedia Studies & Political Science
Cassie is a sophomore student alumni association ambassador at FAU! She hopes to meet as many new people as possible and make meaningful connections through the organization as well as have a leadership role, which she has already accomplished as the (*please insert exact title of my e-board position) for 2020-2021! She recommends signing up and giving it a try to anyone interested- SAA has been her favorite part of FAU so far!
Senior, College of Social Work and Criminal Justice
My name is Neal Sinha. I’m a senior in the Bachelor of Social Work Program at FAU, and I’m an Ambassador-in-Training. I wanted to become an Ambassador when I was walking down the Breezeway, and I saw someone tabling for the Student Alumni Association. I had wanted to become involved in something, and when they told me about the Ambassadors, I thought, “This is it!” I wanted to become part of the University environment, but as a non-traditional student, opportunities felt limited to me. However, representing the school, volunteering, networking, and gaining leadership experience seemed like a beautiful opportunity. And that’s what I want to experience. During my time at FAU, I’ve had some notable achievements that I never dreamed were possible. I have been a regular member of the President’s List since I have returned to school as an adult. I was recently elected to be the Florida State Bachelors Student Representative to the National Association of Social Workers. And, last year, I was published in a national Social Work newsmagazine. To other students who are considering joining, my advice to you: “Don’t say no; try new things.” You’re in college. You don’t know what you might end up loving. But, don’t say yes to too much; you do have classes to pass.
Senior, Public Management
My name is Ce’Coya Paulk, I am a first generation college student and I am only 19 years old. Entering my senior year with my major as Public management and I have a double minor in health administration and nonprofit management. I am involved in several clubs here at FAU and work for the university as a Tour Guide and currently serve as the Associate Director of PEP Talk!
Junior, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Admin
Greetings, my name is Matt Wilder. I am a junior studying criminal justice and public safety administration from the beautiful Jacksonville Florida. I am involved all around campus, from SAA, Student Orientation, as well as a brother of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Junior, Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
My name is David Gonzalez and I am a junior at FAU studying Ocean Engineering. I longboard, bike, and work in a lab, so my days can get pretty crazy. Currently I am the Community Service Coordinator for the SAA Ambassadors. I became an Ambassador back in Fall 2019 and I loved every second of it. I met many great people during my time with the SAA. I encourage whoever wants to meet a dependable group of great individuals join SAA Ambassadors.
Alexa La Bruyere
Junior, Health Science
Alexa has been apart of the SAA Ambassadors for two years. Alexa’s goal for this year is to leave a positive impact on everyone she meets. Her favorite event is going to President Kelly’s watch party. Alexa was just awarded the Rotary Scholarship for her leadership and academic performance. She is also apart of the prOWLers and loves to attend the football games!
Senior, Political Science
Bridgette Palman is an FAU senior majoring in Political Science. She has been a Student Alumni Association (SAA) Ambassador since Spring 2019. She joined SAA to become more involved in campus activities and to develop professional skills through the ambassador experience. As an SAA Ambassador, she hopes to build a connection between the FAU student community and the alumni community. Bridgette is a student in the FAU University Honors Program. She also competes in National Model United Nations (NMUN) conferences as a member of the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program. She and her fellow delegates representing FAU won 1st place in the 2018 NMUN-D.C. Conference. Bridgette encourages others to join the SAA Ambassadors because it is an opportunity for students to develop skills they will need as professionals. It is also a chance for students to be involved in campus activities and meet new friends.