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Meet Your UC Merced Tour Guides

UC Merced Tour Guides

Tour Guides 2018
UC Merced Tour Guides, 2018-2019

Student Tour Guide Leadership Team


Alondra C.

Alondra C.

Greetings future and current college attendees! My name is Alondra Calderon and I am currently a third year, first generation political science major with a double minor in psychology and cognitive science. I am from a small town known as Porterville, CA which is two hours away from campus. Besides being a fellow tour guide, I am also part of the campus community through my involvements that include, but are not limited to: The Fiat Lux Program, UROC Scholars Program, and Vice President of Best Buddies. If you choose to take a tour I will be very excited to share my journey and a little more about myself as well as being a part of your decision on whether UC Merced is a place you can call home for the years you come to study here! Other than that always remember to stay hydrated and try your best!


Derrick V.

What's up Bob-kitties,

My name is Derrick from Roseville, CA, and I'm a third year psychology major at UC Merced! I love dancing, writing poetry, and helping people! I'm an aspiring psychiatrist (which makes me a pre-med student) with big goals to reinvent psychiatric treatment and social stigma surrounding mental disorders.

On campus, I am a part of various clubs/organizations, such as Global Brigades, the American Medical Student Association, Phi Delta Epsilon pre-medical fraternity, Lambda Alliance, and Best Buddies! I live my life in constant hopes that I am able to better someone else's life with compassion and empathy. The University helped me with this by assisting in my evolution as a person and as a student. I have never been more interested in the actual knowledge that I harvest from the various classes/research labs here at the UC! I hope you have a great time at our campus!


Student Tour Guides

David A.

Good morning/afternoon everybody.

My name is David Ian; you can just call me by my middle name, Ian, like everyone else does. I’m a second year computer science and engineering major at UC Merced.  That means I spend a majority of my time doing critical thinking and a ton of math. If anyone has any questions regarding the engineering department and what classes you’d be taking, feel free to ask me. I welcome you, future perspective Bobcats, and can’t wait to see you!



Dianna L.

Hello fellow Bobcats!

My name is Dianna Liakos, and I'm a third year molecular biology major, pursuing a career in the medical field. I am from Roseville, CA, but I typically like to say I am from Sacramento! Some of my interests include dancing, shopping, and going to the gym. In addition to being a tour guide, you can see me on campus serving as Vice President of Programming for Phi Delta Epsilon, working at the Recreation Center, or a part of other on-campus organizations such as Global Medical Training, Breaking the Stigma, and Campus Activities Board. Some fun facts about me are that I love to travel and recently visited Panama and Spain; I plan to travel much more in the future. I am so proud of the achievements of UC Merced and am excited to be representing a University that is constantly improving and giving back to their students! UC Merced has been an amazing place to embark on my journey to medical school, and I can't wait to share my experiences with you.


Erika M.

Hello to all!

My name is Erika and although I was born in Mexico I have lived in Merced for most of my life! I am a proud first gen college student. Currently, I am a second year student studying under the cognitive science major. If I’m not in class or at the Lantern Cafe waiting for my iced coffee, I’m probably at a concert.

I love live music vibes and adore music, in general. I hope to conduct research of my own one day and plan on working with children and the different ways that the human brain develops over time. UC Merced is the perfect environment for me to accomplish all of my goals and I am excited to see what my journey holds! I hope to see you very soon!



Filiberto D.

Hey peeps! My name is Filiberto, but I also go by Fili.

I am a second-year majoring in human biology and minoring in psychology. I was born and raised in Merced. Yes, I am a proud native. On-campus, I take part in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and volunteer at the Early Child Education Center (ECEC). I have partaken in a research internship called Primary Care Research associated with Livingston Community Health. My team and I worked on researching and understanding heart disease and strokes.

Later we added that information onto an app to make healthcare more accessible to people. My goal after UC Merced is to go to medical school. I aspire to one day become a physician maybe with a specialty in cardiology, neurology, or pediatrics. Fun fact, I love being in a hospital environment, helping those in need, and love hospital food so much that I invested 3 years of my life volunteering at Mercy Medical Center. UC Merced's faculty made my experience here amazing. From my caring advisors to my biology professors they all helped guide me in the correct academic path leading me closer to my professional academic goals. I can’t wait to share with you my love for this campus. See you soon!


Gisselle R.

Hello and welcome future Bobcats! My name is Gisselle.

I am a second year public health major and I am from Los Angeles, CA. A little more about me - I am Director of Academic Affairs for ASUCM and I am part of the archery team on campus!. Anytime I am not running up and down campus, I am most likely studying on the fourth floor of Kolligian Library, hanging by the Lantern Café, or I am on a nature walk at Yosemite Lake.

During my time at UCM I hope to partake in research focused around public health to gain more knowledge about the factors that can influence health of status of a community as whole. I also hope to one day attend grad school in the future and thank this amazing campus for the all the plentiful opportunities it has given me to grow and thrive. Without further ado, I hope you enjoy this incredible journey here at UC Merced!


Husnar Tanver

Hello everyone. My name is Husnar Tanver.

I an a third year public health major. I am from Madera, CA. I am involved in MSA which is the Muslim Student Association and currently the President and SSA which is the Sikh Student Association. Some things I enjoy doing on my free time is hanging out with my friends, going to the gym and playing tennis. I am very excited to get to meet you all and looking forward to an amazing year.



Jaquelin G.

Hi future Bobcats!

My name is Jaquelin, but most people call me Jackie. I am a second year studying anthropology. I was born and raised in Echo Park, CA, a small town near Downtown Los Angeles. Besides being a new tour guide, I am a part of the Yosemite Leadership Program, and I'm excited to begin my Capstone project this year. I am also a part of a Christian Fellowship on campus called Chi Alpha. I was involved in the Conversation Partner Program this past year. I'm a Fiat Lux Scholar as well! A few of my passions include electronic dance music (EDM), Marvel, traveling, nature, and reading fantasy books. My dream is to become a park ranger and focus on Native American history and culture. I am excited for you all to visit the school and like it as much as I do!


Jose G.

What’s good!

My name is Jose Galvan and I am currently a third year mechanical engineering major. I am from Newport Beach, CA, and I love playing soccer. This will be my first year as a tour guide, and I am excited to give you a tour because you are reading my bio :D. I have also been apart of a multitude of organizations on campus such as: Resident Hall Association, Community Council, Campus Activities Board, and National Residence Hall Honorary. My personal goal as a tour guide is to ensure you’re leaving the tour with the hopes of one day being enrolled at UC Merced. Have an amazing day and don’t forget to sign up for a tour!


Jude G.

Hey y'all!

My name is Jude Gonzales and I am currently a second year with a political science major. I was born in the Philippines, then moved to Lake County, CA. I was raised there for my entire life until I moved over to Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County during my senior year of high school. I found that dancing was a newfound passion of mine. I ended up joining two of the dance teams at UC Merced, the INTRO Movement Dance Team, and the Pilipino American Alliance Modern. I enjoy socializing as I am part of the social fraternity, Pi Lambda Phi. Ultimately, I want to pursue higher education and become a lawyer in the future!


Kimberly C.

Hello Bobcats!

My name is Kimberly Castaneda, I'm a third year majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. I am from Baldwin Park, CA, located in Los Angeles County. What I plan to do with my major is go into developmental psychology and work alongside kids/babies. Some of my interests include running, playing volleyball, and doing community service with kids. I've grown to love UC Merced and I'm honestly always learning more each day so I can't wait to share my journey & experience with you all. If you know me, you know I always have a smile on my face so never hesitate to come chit chat or say hi when you see me around!


Kyndra K.

Kyndra K

What's up future Bobcats!  Welcome to UC Merced! My name is Kyndra and I'm from Manteca, CA, which is about an hour north of Merced - Central Valley born and raised! I'm currently a third year cognitive science major and also a member of the women's soccer team at UC Merced. Go Bobcats! After UC Merced, my hope is to attend grad school to receive my master's degree in behavior and then work in behavioral analysis, specializing in the behavior of children with Autism. I love UC Merced because it offers countless opportunities that other UCs couldn't even dream of. I originally came to UC Merced to play soccer, but over time I fell in love with the campus. From its diversity, to our awesome research programs, to our rapidly expanding campus, it's everything an incoming college student could dream of and more!