Our TeamGet to know the Student Engagement Network interns.
Rachel Brettler, Senior, Class of 2019
Rachel Brettler is a senior majoring in Biobehavioral Health and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies and Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies. She started and currently presides over Child Life Club, an organization on campus created to build a community for future pediatric medical professionals and provide volunteering opportunities with children. Rachel does research with the Child Health Study looking at health outcomes of child maltreatment while working directly with participants and their families. She is also involved in THON as a Family Relations Captain and through the organization, Springfield. After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school and eventually work in the field of child advocacy or child life.
Seun Babalola, Senior, Class of 2019
Seun is a senior majoring in Political Science. Seun’s major involvements have been being a member of the Black Student Union (BSU) and the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) at Penn State. He has used his involvement in these student organizations to ensure that underrepresented students at Penn State have the ability to have a memorable and safe college experience and are not limited to any opportunities because of their underrepresentation in certain spaces. Seun is also committed to doing activist work both in the Penn State community and beyond as he co-founded his own non-profit to create a mentorship and development space for young men of color called The Men of Excellence Project (MOE). After Penn State, Seun plans to work for IBM in Washington, D.C., joining their global business services team.
Julianna Rush, Senior, Class of 2019
Julianna Rush is a senior majoring in Public Relations. She has been involved in clubs on campus including Lion Ambassadors and the Public Relations club. This year, Julianna is the THON 2018-2019 fundraising chair for her organization, DASH. Julianna joined the Student Engagement Network to help others who want to be involved achieve their dreams and to make the most out of their college experience. After graduation, Julianna plans to work in the public relations or marketing field and toward her goal of working in the sports industry.
Molly Borowski, Junior, Class of 2020
Molly Borowski is a junior majoring in supply chain management with a minor in International Business. Molly has been involved in a number of student clubs and organizations, such as the University Park Undergraduate Association, Penn State College Democrats, and Penn State Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Most recently, she has become a Lion Ambassador where she communicates the University’s personality and history while instilling Penn State pride in current and future students, alumni and friends. Molly believes in the power of engagement opportunities as they can help students grow socially, personally and academically. The next step in Molly’s journey is to travel to London to complete a study abroad internship.
Leah DeLancey, Junior, Class of 2020
Leah DeLancey is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Sociology. Throughout her undergraduate career, Leah has been involved in a number of activities on campus. She is a part of the National Political Science Honor Society, as well as the Women in Politics Club. She had the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill last summer where she learned valuable lessons about the legislative process, as well as working cohesively on a team. During her second year at Penn State, Leah worked as a teaching assistant for a class on the sociology of family. Leah holds leadership positions in her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, including Policy and Standards Board Chairman and Leading with Values committee member. She was drawn to the mission of the Student Engagement Network and hopes to help students at Penn State grow through their opportunities on and off campus.
Celeste Fernandes, Junior, Class of 2020
Celeste Fernandes is a junior majoring in Business Management with a concentration in Human Capital. She is also working towards two minors in Spanish and International Business. Throughout her time at Penn State, Celeste has been involved in a number or organizations such as the THON and the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). More recently, Celeste served as a Dancer Relations committee member for THON, and an Executive Board member for UPUA’s Outreach Committee. She currently serves as UPUA’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Freshman Council Director. Celeste is spending her next semester studying abroad in Madrid.
Jaclyn Rothenberg, Sophomore, Class of 2020
Jaclyn Rothenberg is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with a minor in Business. Jaclyn has been a Captain for Penn State’s Homecoming Committee for two years. She currently serves as an Alumni and Community Liaison where she communicates with and organizes alumni and community groups for the annual homecoming parade every fall. She joined THON’s Dancer Relations Committee in 2017 where she served as a Fundraising Specialist “For The Kids.” Previously, she has completed two internships—one with her local Senator and one through her Governor’s internship program. Jaclyn values the power of speech in advocacy work, and she plans to continue her education in law school after graduation.
Jon Westlake, Junior, Class of 2021
Jon Westlake is in his third year of the five-year Science BS/MBA program, where he will study biology for three years before matriculating into the Smeal College of Business for the final two. Jon has spent most of his time at Penn State working with Reflexion, a cognitive screening startup, where he handles marketing and business development tasks. He is currently working on his honors thesis in genetics and has done previous research in the application of neuronal repair using in-vivo cell conversion therapy. He spent a portion of his freshman year doing biological field research in Costa Rica’s rainforests and tropical beaches. After Penn State, Jon plans to attend medical school, which will allow him to combine his interests in science and passion for business to lead innovation in the surgical field.
Brian Davis, Senior, Class of 2018
Brian Davis is a senior majoring in African American Studies with minors in International Studies, Civic and Community Engagement, and Sociology. Over his four years at Penn State, Brian has completed five study abroad programs in Haiti, Cuba, Amsterdam, Australia, and Curaçao. He has received over 37 awards for his ethical leadership, domestically and internationally. Brian has held over 20 leadership positions on campus, which includes being a Resident Assistant and the Evening Celebration Director for the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. In August 2016, Brian created a yearly publication for Penn State titled, “Penn State Treasure,” which is a resource guide for first-year and change-of-campus students to navigate campus. His TED Talk has won him national recognition for his thoughtfulness and sophistication on issues of inequality, racism, and the criminal justice system. Brian plans to teach elementary school in the San Francisco Bay Area through Teach For America.
Jessica Malerman, Senior, Class of 2018
Jessica Malerman is a senior majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences with a minor in Women’s Studies. Jessica joined the Student Engagement Network as a member of the first internship program cohort, and has worked on the development of the grant program, Student Engagement Expo, and Engagement Space during her time as an intern. In addition to her work with the Student Engagement Network, Jessica has served as the Executive Director of the State of State conference, a deliberative conference aimed to start a dialogue about the Penn State community. An avid supporter of local and national civic engagement, she has worked as a campus organizer and volunteer for a number of political campaigns. Jessica attributes much of her success to her own experiences with engaged scholarship, and is grateful to have the opportunity to promote these opportunities to other Penn State students.
Jorge Zurita-Coronado, Senior, Class of 2018
Jorge Zurita-Coronado is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. Throughout his time at Penn State, Jorge has served Penn State students with his role as an At-Large Representative, Vice-Chair, and Director within the University Park Undergraduate Association, Penn State’s undergraduate student government. He has also been a THON volunteer and stood for 46 hours “For The Kids” at THON 2018 during his senior year. Jorge has served as President of the Latino Caucus, the representative voice for all Latino students at University Park. Academically, Jorge has conducted research under the supervision of Professor Amir Fairdosi within the department of Political Science. The research looked into the effects that democratic schools have on student civic engagement and participation in the future. Jorge plans to attend law school to defend the civil rights of all Americans.
Kyleigh Higie, Graduate, Class of 2018
Kyleigh Higie is a recent alumna of Penn State with a bachelor’s in Supply Chain and Information Systems and a minor in Legal Environment of Business. She began her involvement with the Student Engagement Network by participating in an independent study course where she supported research efforts on the barriers to student involvement. During her senior year, she was involved in the University Park Undergraduate Association as the chair of the Student Life Committee and served as the vice president of membership for the Blue & White Society. She was active in the Penn State Alumni Association as a student and plans to stay involved in the association during the next phase of her life.
Mandy Lin, Junior, Class of 2019
Mandy Lin is a junior majoring in Marketing. She founded a student organization at Penn State Behrend, The Chinese Cultural Advancement Club. The club has successfully managed several events and hosted 500+ students and faculty members. Mandy has won the Most Outstanding Student Organization Officer Award for 2016-2017 at the Excellence in Leadership and Service Award Ceremony. She was also a teaching assistant for CAS 100A and taught students public speaking techniques. At the 2017 Penn State Behrend Leadership Conference, Mandy was a speaker and presenter, and led a session about how to become a founder and leader. Mandy has held three internships in the past, and has two upcoming internship opportunities with Samsung Electronics and The Hershey Company, both in the marketing field. Mandy plans to continue to work with her passion in business and marketing after graduation and toward her goal to make an impact as a business leader in the future.
Carmina Rogelio, Senior, Class of 2019
Carmina Rogelio is a senior majoring in Psychology. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has sought out a number of diverse experiences. Her love for visual arts is evident as she taught arts and crafts at a summer camp and worked at the Palmer Museum of Art. Additionally, she received first place for a creative piece that conceptualized her support for young girls pursuing STEM fields. Fostering an interest in science, Carmina has assisted in neurobiology research under Dr. Lara LaDage, and has helped students develop problem-solving skills as a learning assistant for Physics 251. She has also participated in a summer program at UVA School of Medicine, volunteered at the emergency department at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, and volunteered at Centre Volunteers in Medicine, a free clinic in State College, which has further inspired her ambitions of a career in medicine. Over the summer, Carmina looks forward to tackling materials challenges through polymer synthesis in an organic chemistry research group.
Kelly McCready, Senior, Class of 2019
Kelly McCready is a senior studying Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies. Throughout her time at Penn State, Kelly has been heavily involved as a THON volunteer, and she currently serves as the executive director for THON 2019. Kelly has also been involved in Camp Kesem as a camp counselor, which is a camp for children affected by their parent’s cancer. She has served as the president of the Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Student Organization to help connect students with academic information and opportunities. She aspires to become a child life specialist in a children’s hospital in the future, and is volunteering at Penn State Children’s Hospital over the summer.
Jacquelin Vera, Senior, Class of 2019
Jacquelin Vera is a senior majoring in Labor Employment Relations. She helped found the Ecuadorian Student Association, a student organization that gathers Ecuadorian and non-Ecuadorian students to interact and gain insight into the culture and values in Ecuador. As an alumnus of Philadelphia Futures, a non-profit organization in her hometown, Jacquelin works actively with organizations around campus to ensure inclusiveness for first-year students. Philadelphia Futures helped Jacquelin through the process of entering college and she strongly believes giving others guidance and a safe space is fundamental to a successful future. Throughout her years at Penn State, she has received several scholarships, including being a Lenfest Scholar. Jacquelin joined the Student Engagement Network to help students create their innovative ideas, projects and desires into reality. After graduation, Jacquelin plans to begin her career in Miami.