What is the Dean's Leadership Council?

The Dean’s Leadership Council is made up of academically-distinguished students who serve as ambassadors for the College of Science to the University and communities in the New River Valley. 


DLC Officers

Michael Corbin

President

Anita Yang

Vice President

Con-ning Yen

Secretary

Amber Yanas

Treasurer

Natalie Zazzara

Director of Communications


DLC Committees 

Description

 

Committee Leaders

Moira Miller

Jesse Barber

Members

  • Cayleen Smith
  • Stacey Karetnyi
  • Asmin Singh
  • Ian Babb
  • Talor Zeman
  • Liz Thielen

Description:

 "The Current Students committee works to engage students and addresses issues of the student body. Our goal is to foster a sense of community among College of Science students through programs promoting inclusive events and to help them thrive as Hokies in the sciences, establishing connections that will last a lifetime. Our future goals are to create events that bring together the College of Science Hokies into a community that they will reflect back on and cherish when they become alumni. The events we have planned are the College of Science Fall Kickoff Event and LinkedIn and Networking Workshop with Smith Career Center collaboration. Future events that we are planning are the following: Percentage night at Cafe de Bangkok to being together the international students, a Stargazing Night with Astronomy Club collaboration, Mentoring Program that provides support for incoming freshmen, international students, and transfer students, and Finals Study Break event to encourage students to be able to have a positive environment for studying." - Con-Ning Yen  

Committee Leaders:

Golzar Yazdanshenal
Con-Ning Yang
Melvin Amos

 

Members:

  • Jaeo Han
  • Caitlin VanWicklin
  • Katherine Burke
  • Taylor Roberts
  • Blake Askenas
  • Idil Yonis
  • Joshua Reiss
  • Matthrew Remson
  • Miao Wang

Description:

 "The fundraising committee works to maintain and raise funds for projects completed by the Dean's Leadership Council throughout the school year. These fundraisers range from conducting bake sales to hosting percentage nights. All proceeds go towards DLC projects such as a science fair day for prospective local high schoolers interested in the College of Science at Virginia Tech!" - Natalie Zazzara 

Committee Leaders:

Natalie Zazzara

Amber Yanas

Description:

 "The outreach and community committee focuses on dynamically interacting with and providing key services to the Blacksburg/ Christiansburg Virginia Tech community.  We strive to help others and impact the community positively by making a difference each semester." - Michael Corbin 

Committee Leaders:

Michael Corbin

Joshua Feazell

Members:

  • Camila Vargas
  • Tom Givens
  • Katie Leivy
  • Wayne Glore 
  • Anna Buhle 
  • Brandon Nader 
  • Brandon Chang  

Description:

"The Recruitment Committee of the College of Science Dean's Leadership Council has the opportunity to speak with prospective freshmen. We interact with high school students and their parents, sharing our stories and advice with them. Our goal, put simply, is to recruit future Hokies; we aim to convince them to both attend Virginia Tech and to join the College of Science. Serving on this committee gives us a rewarding way to give back to the institution we all love. In interacting with potential students, we are able to watch both our university and our college grow into ever brighter and more thriving communities." - Katherine Wagner 

Committee Leaders:

Anita Yang

Katherine Wagner

 

Members:

  • Sandie Nunez
  • Valerie Schnapp
  • Matt Lynch
  • Mary Rose Lunde
  • Casey Smith
  • Ami Patel
  • Erin Flannery
  • Hannah James
  • Justin Conduff
  • Natalie House
  • Oliver Stratton

Description:

"The goal of the School Enrichment Committee is to inspire students to pursue a career in Science.  We strive to involve students from local elementary, middle, and high schools in science-related curriculum through demonstrations, lessons, and experiments. We have been working diligently to communicate with several different contacts and resources so that we can carry out an in-class, SOL-related curriculum experiment in a high school during the Spring 2017 semester." - Madison Jones

Committee Leaders:

Taylor Hall

Madison Jones

Megan McRae

 

 

Members:

  • Matt Hoch
  • Precious Abayesu
  • Josh Godby
  • Colleen Harvey 
  • Mackenzie Huber
  • Ryan Adams
  • Sweta Kakadia

Benefits of Membership

As a Science Ambassador, have the opportunity to be involved in service, leadership, fund raising, social events, and outreach for the College of Science. Members also provide support and assistance with alumni events and programs for students in the college.

Ambassadors may be asked to assist with open houses, campus tours, career fairs, recruiting events, alumni functions, scholarship lunches or dinners, and college tailgates. It is an amazing program to involved with the College of Science and enhance your resume for future careers in science. 


2016 Spring Awards

Distinguished Scholar Award:

  • Madison Jones
  • Jessie Barber

Exemplary Ambassador Achievement Award:

  • Kristen Fisher
  • Melvin Amos

How to Apply

Read more about the Dean's Leadership Council in this downloadable guidebook.

 

Have questions about the DLC?

Contact Katie Lafon:

Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Science & Faculty Advisor to the Dean's Leadership Council