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Michael Ponce

Student Lead

Hi Everyone! My name is Michael Ponce and I am a Student Assistant at the Students First Center. I am a first year Mechanical Engineering major here at UC Merced. I grew up in Los Angeles and love spending time outdoors. I love running and was part of the XC team at my high school and have ran two Los Angeles Marathons, each 26.2 miles. I hope to continue running marathons. I chose UC Merced because it is a very environmentally friendly campus and it is new! Follow me and all the SFC staff on twitter to keep up to date on deadlines and events. We are always hereto help at the SFC so stop by and say Hey!

Anna Kucherova

Student Assistant

Hello, my name is Anna Kucherova and I am a Student Assistant at the Students First Center. Currently, I am a first year student at UC Merced who is undertaking the challenge of pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree by majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Applied Mathematics. I consider myself easy-going and approachable; if you recognize me on campus and have any questions, don't be shy, I'll be as helpful as possible! My ambitions currently consist of persevering in my pursuit of knowledge and intending to take absolute advantage of the opportunities that lie here within UC Merced. Bobcats, I suggest you do the same! Although the route you may take towards your aspirations may diverge several times, I hope your tenacity remains constant. Follow me on Twitter for upcoming deadlines and events or stop by the Students First Center for urgent questions. Hope you see you around.

Elizabeth Callahan

Student Assistant

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Callahan and I am a Student Assistant at the Student First Center. I am a first year majoring in Psychology and I plan to become a Psychiatrist. I grew up in Bakersfield, California. I chose to attend UC Merced because of the positive atmosphere of the campus, and the unique opportunities that come with attending a growing campus. Follow me and all the SFC staff on Twitter to get up to date with deadlines and events. Stop by the Student First Center if you have any questions.

Reeza Gonzales

Student Assistant

Hello, my name is Reeza Gonzales and I’m a Students First Center Student Assistant and currently a second year here at UC Merced. Currently, I’m a public health major and one day I hope on going into the medical field and pursuing a career as a nurse or pharmacist. I also enjoy meeting being adventurous and exposing myself to new opportunities and experiences. As of right now, I’m currently involved with INTRO Movement, one of the many dance companies on campus as well as Pilipino American Alliance, a cultural Filipino club. These organizations have allowed me to find the creative side of me that I hope one day every student at UC Merced is able to find throughout their time here. I’d also like to say that I’m very friendly and open-minded. If you see me around campus, don’t be afraid to ask questions or say hello, I’m very easy to get along with!

Nathan Huizar

Student Assistant


Hello Bobcats! My name is Nathan Huizar, a third-year CSE student from West Covina California. I currently hold the position of Student Assistant at the Students First Center. The transition from Southern California to the Central Valley was a big one, but staying engaged in school and having fun along the way has made it nothing but a smooth transition. I can now safely say that UC Merced is my home away from home and I would not envision myself anywhere else. Make sure to follow me on Twitter for important updates on deadlines and events. Be sure to drop by the Students First Center if you have any questions, hope to see you there!