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Presidential Ambassadors

Eleanor A. Axt is a sociology major  from Edina, Minnesota serving as a Senior Intern for the Office of Admission. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Women's Fraternity and has served as both the philanthropy and recruitment chairwoman. Eleanor is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, has participated in several DePauw Theatre productions, and has been a WGRE DJ every semester since her sophomore year. Eleanor wrote for The DePauw newspaper, was a first-year mentor, and has led campus tours.  During Winter Terms, she has traveled to Tanzania and has interned with a crafting blog called Merrimentdesign, written by a DePauw alumna. This past summer, Eleanor interned for Shirley Hamilton Talent Agency in Chicago.  She loves to sing and act, is an avid movie-quoter and the number one fan of the Green Bay Packers!  After graduation, Eleanor plans to live in Perth, Australia with her sister before seeking a career in the theatre community of Chicago.

Jillian C. Balser is a biology major from Brentwood, Tennessee and is the captain of the DePauw Women’s track and field team, holding the school record in the pole vault.  She was the vice president of chapter operations and is currently the director of chapter facilities for Alpha Phi Sorority. Jillian serves as the philanthropy chairperson for the Order of Omega National Honor Society and is a member of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society.  She was a member of the DePauw women’s diving team during her freshman year and has been an active part of Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society since 2012.  For two summers, Jillian worked as a research intern in a nephrology laboratory and served as a mentor to high school students from across the U.S. studying biochemistry in the Aspirnaut program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Her clinical interests led her to a research project related to Autism Spectrum Disorders and sleep patterns with a Vanderbilt neurologist during a Winter Term.  Because of her interests in the biological sciences and medicine, Jillian plans to seek a Masters of Public Health upon graduating after which she plans to attend medical school.

Senior class president of St. Scholastica Academy, Lia Berhane is a first generation college student from Niles, Illinois and a Posse Scholar.  Her love for different cultures and dream to be a doctor motivated her to study anthropology and biology at DePauw.  Lia’s commitment to scholarship inspired her to become the scholarship chair for the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc., after which she served as president, and is currently the alumni relations chairperson.  She has volunteered and interned at two hospitals, Putnam County Hospital and Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elk Grove, Illinois and studied, during her 2013 winter term experience, Emergency Medical Technician training.  Lia traveled to California during her 2011 winter term to study the culture of Hollywood and what it meant to be living the Golden Dream.  She has served as a resident assistant, DePauw Student Government representative, and was a member of Wamidan cultural dance group.  Lia is a Connections mentor, Lambda Alpha Honor Society member and serves as the multicultural Greek counsel secretary.  Recently, she has been involved with Professor Janet Vaglia in a research project on salamander tail regeneration.  After graduation, Lia plans to take a year to prepare and apply to medical school.  

Jack E. Burgeson is a biochemistry major and philosophy minor from Saint Louis Park, Minnesota.  He is a captain of the DePauw men’s swim team and a three-time All American Honorable Mention.  He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and serves as president of DePauw’s chapter of Order of Omega National Honor Society, an organization dedicated toward community service and the recognition of Greek leaders on campus.  He is very involved in the campus community, working as a first-year mentor and as the campus coordinator for the American Red Cross blood drives.  He also founded a student-led group, DePauw Donors, that raises awareness about the importance of organ donation.  Jack is a member of the Science Research Fellows Program and has presented his research in cognitive psychology at three national conferences.  An interest in medical research led him to The Ohio State University for a summer to study the effects of inflammation on spinal cord injury recovery.  He is an avid golfer, biker, and snowboarder, and loves to be outdoors.  Jack is passionate about utilizing research to help better the lives of others, and intends on attending medical school after graduation.

Originally from The Bahamas, Kortney Cartwright moved to Johnstown, Ohio in the summer of 2007 where he graduated from Johnstown Monroe High School.  He chose DePauw, hoping to not only receive an outstanding education but to also build new relationships.  A history major, Kortney is the recipient of the William Wallace Carson Academic Scholarship for his work in the history department.  For two years, he has worked with the Campus Living and Community Development staff as a first-year resident assistant.  Kortney is now a community resource assistant, first-year resident assistant mentor and a member of the DePauw Global Partner where he works with first-year international students.  Athletically enthused, he participated in track and field and played on the football team as a defensive back. After completing the Emergency Medical Technician training winter term class, Kortney discovered his passion for working in health care and volunteers at Putnam County Operation Life (911) as an Emergency Medical Technician. This past summer, he interned as a crew member on an ambulance at Plain Township Fire Department.  Upon graduation, Kortney intends to pursue a career in health care.

Rachel S. Dauenbaugh is from Bloomington, IL where she attended University High School. She is a history major with a double minor in European studies and French, as well as an Honor Scholar.  Rachel is an active member in Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and a Senior Intern in the Office of Admission.  Taking advantage of the School of Music resources, she has continued her studies in violin by participating in the University Orchestra and Chamber Music while taking private lessons.  Rachel has been involved in many activities throughout her collegiate years including WGRE, College Mentors for Kids, Toastmasters, HerCampus DePauw and interning with Rent the Runway Incorporated on campus. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Women’s Fraternity where she has served as treasurer.  Furthering her studies of Europe, Rachel spent a Winter Term traveling extensively through Italy and a semester abroad in Paris. She spent last summer interning focusing on social media at the Chicago History Museum. After graduation, Rachel intends to pursue a career in marketing or international policy.

Olivia Flores grew up in Naperville, Illinois where she was engaged in music ensembles and leadership-focused activities at Neuqua Valley High School. A member of the Honor Scholar Program, she is currently completing an English literature major with a minor in educational studies. At DePauw University, Olivia exercises her passion for development as executive vice president of the Student Body, music as a member of The Keynotes female a capella group, and mentoring as a first-year mentor. She enjoys being a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, meeting new students, and learning phrases in other languages. Olivia has flourished from the rich abroad opportunity she received in January 2013 as a reflections leader on a Winter Term in Service trip to Tena, Ecuador, where she facilitated a medical brigade for DePauw students. Olivia was also honored to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the spring of 2013. During the summers, Olivia cherishes the opportunity to inspire and work with children as a counselor at Camp Tecumseh YMCA in Brookston, Indiana. After participating in her second year as a teaching assistant for DePauw's English Summer Immersion Institute for first-year international students, Olivia has found a passion for educating, as well as for studying language's role in cognitive ability. She looks forward to completing her Honors Thesis exploring this topic and delving into language further as a teaching assistant in a Spanish-speaking country upon graduating from DePauw.

Paige Gooch is from Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and attended Beechwood High School.  She is pursuing a double major in economics and mathematics.  As a member of the Management Fellows Program, Paige interned for a semester in both the Contract Administration and Treasury departments at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.  She then returned to Eli Lilly for the summer to intern with the Corporate Financial Planning and Global Services groups.  As a member of the women’s golf team, consistently ranked in the top five nationally, Paige is privileged to be a part of three conference titles and three trips to the NCAA championships.   She is a three-time second-team All-American, three-time NCAA All-American Scholar, the NCAA Division III Freshman of the Year, and was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team.  Passionate about golf, Paige enjoys all aspects of being a varsity athlete, such as developing patience, self-control, perseverance, leadership skills and most importantly, teamwork.  Lastly, she is an active member of Alpha Chi Omega, where is currently serving as the chapter president.  Paige plans to pursue a career in corporate finance upon graduation.

Max Guenther, an economics major with minors in communication and business administration, is from Floyds Knobs, Indiana where he was a member of the National Honor Society and named Mr. Floyd Central High School.  Max was a three-year starter at quarterback in high school and played two years of football at DePauw.  During his time at DePauw, Max has served as a first-year mentor and vice president of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He also started a volunteering partnership with Tzouanakis Intermediate School where he helps coordinate 10+ DePauw students to weekly tutor 3rd-5th graders.  Max spent his summer in Charleston, South Carolina as a financial advisor intern with Edward Jones where he gained invaluable experience serving individual investors. Max plans on joining the financial services industry following graduation.

Benjamin “Ben” J. Hazen is a sports medicine major, originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who two years ago moved to Morganton, North Carolina. He is currently a varsity outside mid-fielder for the men’s soccer team, as well as a 400m runner for the men’s track and field team. Outside of athletics, Ben is the president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, a first-year mentor, and was a resident assistant his junior year.  He is also a member of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, Order of Omega National Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma Athletic Honor Society, Kappa Omicron Nu Kinesiology Honor Society, and recipient of both the Wylie Condit Science and Randall L Wilson Scholarships. Hoping to better the DePauw experience, Ben is the founding father of Phi Delta Epsilon, an international medical fraternity that will help pre-medical students with schedule advisory, MCAT preparation, and the medical school application process. Chasing his dream of becoming a doctor, he became a certified EMT his freshmen year during Winter Term and volunteers in the Putnam County Emergency Room while at school and in the Emergency Room at Grace Hospital when he is home. This past summer he conducted cardiac research at the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.  Ben hopes to attend medical school back in North Carolina at Duke University, Wake Forest University, or the University of North Carolina.

Kristin H. Jonason graduated from Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota and is a psychology major who studied positive psychology in Copenhagen, Denmark during her junior year. While at DePauw, she has been involved with and has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations.  Kristin is currently serving as the chief education officer of Kappa Alpha Theta and vice president of Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society.  She is a member of the Order of Omega and a past president of Civic Fellows, a selective service-based leadership development organization of 20 students who commit to engaging in civic service for all four years at DePauw.  Some of Kristin’s favorite experiences during her time at DePauw include her Winter Term course called “Happiness,” and her Winter Term trip to Cozumel, Mexico for two weeks of SCUBA diving. She loves working with children and has spent the past five summers as a staff member at Camp Olson YMCA in Longville, Minnesota. This past summer she also interned at Prouty Project, a creative strategic planning and leadership development consulting firm in Minneapolis.  In her free time, Kristin enjoys hiking, sailing, canoeing, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. After graduation, Kristin plans to work for a few years before seeking a graduate degree in positive psychology or leadership development.

Johnny McGinness, from Carmel, Indiana, is majoring in sociology with a minor in Spanish and business administration.  He is the president of Sigma Chi Fraternity and spent this past summer interning at the Sigma Chi International Headquarters.  Johnny is proud to be serving as the campus campaign coordinator for Teach for America during the 2013-2014 academic year and is a member of the Information Technology Associates Program.  Some of his favorite experiences at DePauw have been a Winter Term trip to Chile and a service trip to Costa Rica through the Servício in Las Américas Program. Johnny likes to spend his free time outdoors enjoying hiking, camping, and cycling and after graduation intends to pursue a career in business.

Paul R. Mpistolarides is a kinesiology major from Indianapolis where he attended Bishop Chatard High School.  He is currently one of the baseball team captains and a first-year mentor. Committed to a safer drinking culture at DePauw, Paul served as the vice president of risk management on the Interfraternity Council last spring and currently heads a student lead initiative, BACk Down, working to find unique and creative solutions to decrease high-risk drinking on campus. As a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, he has served in numerous positions including president, treasurer, messenger, and philanthropy and rush chairman. In addition to coordinating and managing philanthropy events for Phi Kappa Psi, Paul volunteers on a regular basis at the Senior Center in Greencastle.  With an interest in sports medicine, he has completed research and shadowed physicians at OrthoIndy during Winter Term.  Paul is planning on a career in Physical Therapy.


Benjamin “Ben” J.  Roess is a history major and Honor Scholar from Dayton, Ohio, where he was class president at Oakwood High School.  Following two years serving as a first-year mentor, he currently works as a peer mentor in DePauw’s First-Year Experience program.  In 2012 Ben was named DePauw’s first GOLD Scholar, is a member of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, Order of Omega National Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.  He has served as both president and vice president of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and was a member of the DePauw baseball team his first year.  Pursuing his passion for music and art, Ben co-hosts a weekly specialty radio show on WGRE and volunteers with JumpstART, a hands-on art education series for Greencastle elementary school students.  His 2013 Winter Term trip to China inflicted a self-described case of wanderlust, and he hopes to further his interest in international culture and history in the future.  Ben plans to seek employment and eventually attend law school following graduation. 

Suzanne E. Spencer is an English writing major from Lafayette, Indiana, where she was the captain of the cross country team and editor of the yearbook at Central Catholic High School. She is currently a Hillman student intern at The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, where her interests lie in journalism ethics.  Passionate and committed to pursuing a career in broadcast journalism and bettering media outlets on campus, Suzanne is a television reporter and anchor for D3TV.  She also worked for both The DePauw and WGRE.  Suzanne was an assistant copy editor for DePauw’s bi-annual travel publication, Eye on the World. She is a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, where she served as vice president of member recruitment, and currently serves as assistant director of recruitment.  Committed to Greek unification, Suzanne is a panhellenic Greek leadership intern at the Campus Living and Community Development Office.  She pursued Winter Term internships that led to summer opportunities, working for Fox59 in Indianapolis as a feature and news intern and for CBS4 in Denver as a news and investigative intern. Following graduation, Suzanne plans to enter the workforce as a broadcast journalist.

Jacquelyn Stephens attended St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois. She is a psychology major, a French minor, and an Environmental Fellow.  In the summer of 2012, Jacquelyn enjoyed being a camp counselor and naturalist intern at the Dunes Learning Center residential camp on the Indiana shores of Lake Michigan.  Most recently, she spent the summer examining topics of worry in expectant mothers with DePauw faculty member Susanne Biehle and she will present research findings at the American Psychological Science conference in Chicago in May 2014.  During Winter Term 2013, Jacquelyn traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii to study sustainability, permaculture and renewable energy, which introduced her to the importance of examining social and ecological effects of food production.  She has been a resident assistant on campus for three years and is currently a community resource assistant, a mentor to first-year resident assistants and serves on the Community Standards Hearing Board.   Committed to serving the community, as well as the campus, she has been involved with the America Reads America Counts, DePauw College Mentors and Big Brothers, Big Sisters programs.  Jacquelyn is a Hillman student intern at The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics where she is most interested in topics related to environmental ethics.  After DePauw, Jacquelyn plans to teach abroad and gain professional experience before eventually pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Sandy Tran is a conflict studies major from Chicago and was chosen out of a pool of 2,100 nominees to become a Posse Scholar.  She is also a Bonner Scholar who has completed over 1,300 community service hours over the past three years, and still counting.  Sandy volunteered many of this time at Ridpath Elementary School, Hickory Creek at Sunset Nursing Home, and the Greencastle Housing Authority.  She worked as a resident assistant in Hogate Hall during her sophomore year and is currently working as a first-year mentor.  Sandy is a member of the Order of Omega National Honor Society, the Restorative Justice Program, Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative, and the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.  Pursuing her passions for serving others and inspired by an organization she learned about during a May Term in Service trip, she created her own internship with a non-profit called the Monarch School Project exploring homelessness in San Diego.  With her passions for social justice and culture, Sandy studied abroad in Yunnan, a province of China, where she conducted an independent research study on the advancement of Tibetan women through tourism in Shangri-la.  Continuing her love for travel, Sandy will be the reflections leader for a Winter Term in Service trip to Nepal in January 2014.  Following graduation, Sandy hopes to pursue a masters degree in conflict resolution and negotiation.

(James) Cameron Wiethoff is a biology major from Seymour, Indiana, where he graduated in the top 1% of his class, led his swim team as an Academic All-American, and studied classical piano for twelve years.  He is a Senior Intern for the Office of Admission and the president of DePauwCappella, a student-run a cappella group at DePauw.  Cameron is the director of recruitment for College Mentors For Kids, a member of the Lilly Scholars Network, and a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.  He also spends his time advising a fellow DePauw student, hired independently to counsel this student through academic probation. Cameron was a member of the DePauw men’s swim team his first and second years at DePauw.  Pursuing his passion for European cultures and natural sciences, he studied abroad in London, England, Paris, France, and Grado, Italy.  Interested in strategic business planning, Cameron interned for Eli Lilly’s Oncology Business Unit throughout the summer of 2013, working on a future customer engagement project.  After graduation, Cameron hopes to gain work experience before completing future graduate studies in business.