2015-2016

Adam Walker

Adam Walker
President
English major
Fall 2015

I am a senior at UF majoring in English Literature with a minor in German Language. After graduation, I plan to continue my research in 19th century literature in graduate school. Currently, I’m working on an undergraduate honors thesis on the English Romantics, and a University Scholars project, which offers a new approach to biographical criticism on the German Romantic poet, Novalis. I’m also involved with the Gator English Society and Shakespeare in the Park at UF. I transferred to UF from Santa Fe College in 2014, and joined Tau Sigma after my first semester. I was impressed by the idea of a community that acknowledged and supported the success of transfer students, and gave opportunities to connect with other high-achieving transfer students. As president, I hope to work with UF to help Tau Sigma gain recognition on a university level by increasing our presence and availability. I look forward to furthering Tau Sigma as a society that gives outstanding transfer students the resources to make a difference on campus as well as the greater Gainesville community!

Ashely Sutton

Ashley Sutton
Vice President
Communication Sciences and Disorders major
Fall 2015

I am a senior majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders working on attaining a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) in May of 2016. Concurrently, I am pursuing a master of science in management (MSM) degree in a combined program through the UF Hough Graduate School of Business and I look forward to earning it in December 2016. When I transferred to UF in 2014, I knew little about the opportunities UF has to offer and I recognized a need for support within the transfer community. Therefore, I applied to be a Tau Sigma officer so that I could do my part in serving new transfer students. My vision for Tau Sigma is a place where transfer students can meet, get acquainted, and support one another as gators through university and community involvement. When I am not working with Tau Sigma, I enjoy spending weekends traveling, visiting new restaurants, and staying active.

Jonathan Gutierrez

Jonathan Gutierrez
Treasurer
Finance major
Fall 2015

Hello, I am Jonathan L. Gutierrez, the current Treasurer for Tau Sigma’s Delta Chapter. I am a senior at the University of Florida, and I will graduate in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Finance. I transferred from Santa Fe College to the University of Florida in the fall of 2014. My father emigrated from Cuba in 1961. My mother’s ancestors immigrated to North America in the 18th and 19th century from Germany. I speak English fluently, have basic proficiency in Spanish, and beginning to learn how to speak and write in Mandarin. I am actively involved in a startup that operates out of the Gator Hatchery. Also, I work at Ameris Bank as a credit intern part-time while going to school full-time. In my free time, I enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal, articles about Asia, and astronomy.

Sandra Chavez

Sandra Chavez
Service Co-director
2015-2016

As a first generation college student, I have realized the importance of a support system we all need. I am pursuing a Masters of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, minoring in Latin American Studies and Business Administration. Being a transfer student has taught me valuable lessons, and I have made it my mission to always give back. I first arrived at the University of Florida in the Summer of 2015, and since Fall 2015 have been an active member of the prestigious Tau Sigma National Honor Society. Currently, I serve as the Director of Service and have implemented new programs within our chapter. I am genuinely enjoying watching fellow Tau Sigma members grow into great humanitarians and professionals. The future is bright, Go Gators!

Vrinda Shah

Vrinda Shah
Service Co-director
2015-2016

I am a senior, majoring in Microbiology and Cell Science and minoring in Business Administration. I plan to continue on to graduate school and pursue a degree in Dental Medicine. I was born in India, raised in St. Lucia (a small Caribbean island) and now live here in the US. I became strongly attracted to the idea of community service at the age of 13 and have made that a huge part of what I do in my day to day life. I became very involved in particular, in providing assistance at homeless shelters, and mentoring and tutoring my peers. Tau Sigma provides an excellent platform for engaging with other like-minded transfer students, and sharing my passion for service with them. We are a growing population at the University of Florida, and being a part of an organization like Tau Sigma not only recognizes our academic achievement but gives transfer students a voice on campus when it comes to decisions being made by the University of Florida. When I’m not buried with my head in textbooks, or planning service events, I’m out golfing, painting or providing henna tattoos.

Alejandra Sposito

Alejandra Sposito
Social Director
2015-2016

My name is Alejandra Sposito I am a senior political science student with a minor in anthropology. As the Social Director of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, I am in charge of creating and promoting social events in order to enhance the companionship between the members of the organization. I enjoy being part of Tau Sigma because is an excellent way of connecting and networking with talented and hardworking people that come from different institutions and share similar experiences. At the same time, I am an active officer at Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and in my free time, I enjoy attending to Gator Salsa classes, cooking and reading books.

Robert Kwong

Robert Kwong
Tau Sigma Advisor
Academic Advisor
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
University of Florida

I am the advisor for the Delta Chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society at UF. I also work as an academic advisor for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition to providing general advising for CLAS majors and Exploratory students, I also am involved in programming support services for CLAS Transfer Students. I have worked with non-traditional college students from the time I taught Biology as a lecturer and I understand that Transfer Students need a different set of support services, and this is why I chose to serve as an advisor serving the Transfer Student population. My family emigrated from Hong Kong, and I am the first in my family to attend college. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Chemistry and then my M.S. in Biomedical Science at Barry University in Miami, FL. I taught Biology courses at Loyola University of Chicago, and also worked as a Learning Assistance Counselor. At UF, I previously worked as a pre-health advisor and have taught courses in the Honors Program. I believe education provides the tools to help us discover our talents and passions and the opportunities to use those gifts to serve to others.

2014-2015 Executive Board