Student Alumni Ambassadors

The Student Alumni Ambassadors were founded to strengthen the bonds and connections between alumni and the university, enlighten alumni on the current university culture, engage current students in the alumni community, and develop future alumni leaders.

The Student Alumni Ambassadors are DePaul’s most influential and exceptional undergraduate students. They serve as representatives of the Office of Alumni Relations and the entire student body at high-profile university and alumni events throughout the year. Students connect with alumni by sharing their DePaul experience and discussing current university news.

For more information about Student Alumni Ambassadors, contact OARstudents@depaul.edu or (773) 325-8941.

Meet the Current Student Alumni Ambassadors


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Benjamin Bui (LAS '18)
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Favorite thing about DePaul
My favorite thing about DePaul is the opportunities that are offered to you as a student. The truest statement that I have ever heard at DePaul is "The city is your campus." There are so many opportunities via community service, internships, jobs, leadership roles and positions that can inspire people.

Proudest Accomplishment
My proudest accomplishment at DePaul is being an orientation leader and helping students through the transition of high school to college.


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Taylor Gillen (CDM '17)
Major: Digital Cinema
Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Favorite thing about DePaul
My favorite aspect of DePaul is the ability to incorporate the city’s resources into my education and independent projects. As a student filmmaker, I draw inspiration from local artists, utilize urban locations, and benefit from the incredible talent of various actors. Such an urban setting allows me to cultivate my interests in a way that many other universities could not.

Proudest Accomplishment
I worked on the set of the first feature film produced through DePaul’s Bluelight program, “Bernadette.” I was a member of the crew that began in preproduction and continued through the entire summer shooting schedule. My involvement in this film is my proudest accomplishment at DePaul.

Plans after graduation
After graduation, I would like to continue working in the entertainment industry. Whether it is independent films, commercials, or graduate school, I want to be involved in creating visual stories.


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Abby Heck (BUS '17)
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Saint Francis, KY

Favorite thing about DePaul
My favorite thing about DePaul is being in the city, and all of the opportunities I have gotten.

Plans after graduation
Following graduation, I plan to work in the FBI as a forensic accountant and eventually become a special agent.


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Anna C. Henderson (CDM '19)
Major: Digital Cinema
Hometown: Manteno, IL

Favorite thing about DePaul
My favorite thing about DePaul is the people here. I have made so many great friends and had so many great experiences in and outside of the classroom.

Proudest Accomplishment
My proudest accomplishment is achieving and maintaining a good G.P.A., making new friends, and taking advantage of exciting opportunities during my first year at DePaul.

Why am I a Student Alumni Ambassador?
I am a Student Alumni Ambassador because I believe that even though you are enrolled in college for four short years, you are an alumnus/a for the rest of your life. I want to be a part of building that bridge between current students and alumni.


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Kate Hohenstatt (CMN '18)
Majors: Public Relations and Advertising, Organization Communication
Hometown: Lindenhurst, IL

Favorite thing about DePaul
My favorite thing about DePaul is the urban campus. There is never a dull moment in Chicago with the free events and concerts.

Why am I a student Alumni Ambassador?
I think alumni are the best resources that a student could use in terms of life, school and career advice. It is important to give back to the alumni and keep a strong relationship with them. If DePaul did not have dedicated alumni, we would not be the successful university we are today.



Name: Adriana Kemper (CSH '17)
Major: Environmental Studies Sustainability
Hometown: Peoria, IL

Favorite thing about DePaul
The People—students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The community is very welcoming and diverse, and the umbrella of our Vincentian Mission connects us all.

Plans after graduation
I am enrolled in the 4+1 graduate program where I will be working on my Masters of Sustainable Management. However, once I finish my masters I hope to begin a career in sustainability consulting either here in the states or, if my dreams come true, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Why am I a Student Alumni Ambassador?
I LOVE DEPAUL! Once I graduate I want to stay up to date with the university and I look forward to getting to learn about what DePaul was like when alumni attended the university.


John Manuel (CSH '17)
Major: Biochemistry/Medicinal Chemistry
Hometown: The Philippines

Proudest Accomplishment
Being able to start researching with my mentor, Kyle Grice, PhD, since my freshman year. Together, we published a scientific paper in February 2015.

Plans after graduation
Following graduation, I plan to enroll in medical school or the chemistry graduate assistantship at DePaul.


Jenna McDonnell (CMN '17)
Major: Communication and Media
Hometown: McHenry, IL

Favorite thing about DePaul
I love the diversity and uniqueness of each student at DePaul. There are so many possibilities for growth and learning, both within the classroom and through social experiences.

Why am I a Student Alumni Ambassador?
I am a Student Alumni Ambassador because I enjoy meeting DePaul alumni and learning more about our great university!


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Name: Michael Mulligan (LAS '18)
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Cass City, MI

Favorite thing about DePaul
My favorite thing about DePaul is its dedication to the mission of serving marginalized communities. It is easy for students and people to get lost in all of the moving parts that are present in college and life, so having a university dedicated to more than just educating is incredible.

Why am I a Student Alumni Ambassador?
I wanted to become a Student Alumni Ambassador because I love DePaul. I think it is one of the best universities on the planet, and I never want to pass the chance to share that fact.


Name: Kathryn Naranjo (BUS '17)
Major: Finance
Hometown: Vancouver, WA

Favorite thing about DePaul
My favorite thing about DePaul is that it is located in the heart of Chicago. There are so many opportunities and resources available for students to be successful here.

Proudest Accomplishment
My proudest accomplishment is completing four marathons, two of which were the Chicago marathon!

Plans after graduation
After graduation, I plan to stay in Chicago and work in corporate finance, financial analysis, or in financial consulting. Eventually, I would like to return to school to obtain my MBA.


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Kyla Patterson (CMN, LAS '17)
Majors: Public Relations and Advertising, Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse
Hometown: Durango, CO

Proudest Accomplishment
My proudest accomplishment at DePaul would definitely have to be being a Chicago Quarter Mentor. As a CQM I'm responsible for co-teaching a group of 20+ DePaul freshmen about the university and what it takes to be a student. Seeing my students after this class become hyper-involved on campus and embodying the DePaul and Vincentian mission makes me so proud. And while I cannot claim complete credit for their success at the university, I take pride in being the one who first introduced them to what DePaul is all about.

Why am I a Student Alumni Ambassador?
I am a Student Alumni Ambassador because I love DePaul. The things I have done through this university and the opportunities it has given to me have changed my life for the better. I am so thankful to be a part of such a vibrant and caring community and being a SAA is the perfect way for me to show that appreciation to the people who make this university possible.


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Mike Pucci (LAS '18)
Major: Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite thing about DePaul
My favorite thing about DePaul is the diversity of the student body—the individuals at DePaul look like the world around you. Interactions with fellow students, it allows you to gain an insight to a vast number of worldviews and experiences.

Plans after graduation
My plans after graduation include moving back home to Minneapolis, where I would like to work with individuals with special needs. Specifically, I would like to find a way to reach out to families in low income areas whose children need special care, but may not be able to afford it.


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Name: Rebecca Zagorski (BUS 19)
Major: Finance
Hometown: Lemont, IL

Favorite thing about DePaul
DePaul is a great facilitator for opportunities and experiences throughout Chicago. There are always so many activities offered through DePaul for students to discover the city around them.

Proudest Accomplishment
My proudest accomplishment would have to be winning a Shark Tank style business plan competition, and being the only all-female group to do so.

Plans after graduation
After graduation, I hope to accomplish my lifelong goal and work in the music industry. My dream job is to work at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, but hopefully after college I will get some kind of job in the music industry.


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Andrew Zion (LAS '19)
Major: Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse
Hometown: Northville, MI

Proudest Accomplishment
My proudest accomplishment for this academic school year was successfully completing my first Service Immersion trip over spring break. My service group and I traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to participate in a multi-generational service while also learning about the American civil rights movement.

Plans after graduation
After I graduate from my undergraduate studies here at DePaul, I would like to explore a number of potential options. I would like to consider attending graduate school either here at DePaul or elsewhere, and I am exploring various law schools as a potential way to progress my career interests.