Community Scholars

Community Scholars 

Community Scholars do the following:

  • Empower students to make a successful academic and social transition at UC Merced during their first year on campus.
  • Serve as a College Transition Coach for first-year scholars participating in the Fiat Lux Living Learning Community.
  • Through formal and informal experiences, community scholars assist in building an on-campus community that recognizes and embraces the identities, values, and beliefs of all students.
  • Promote resources and opportunities for active participation to enhance student development. 

Community Scholar Office Hours will be held in Tenaya 184 (1st Floor Lounge of Tenaya Hall) 

 

 

Community Scholar Team

 

Ariana Padilla 

Hi, my name is Ariana Padilla and I am a second-year at UC Merced. I am from San Jose, CA and my major is Human Biology. My favorite things to do are binge-watching Netflix and scrapbooking. My favorite show is Criminal Minds and I aspire to be a doctor or a physician's assistant. I also have a son named Randall who happens to be a crested gecko and I have two dogs named Pookies and Daisy Mae.

Office Hours: Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Thursday, 11:45 AM -

2:45 PM, Friday, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM & 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM. 

Location: Tenaya 184 (1st Floor Lounge of Tenaya Hall) 

Schedule an appointmenthttps://calendly.com/apadilla42

 

Steaven Gutierrez Guerrero 

Hello! My name is Steaven Gutierrez Guerrero and I come from a small town known as Los Baños, CA. I will begin my third year here at UC Merced earning my degree in Psychology. I enjoy drawing and painting as well as planning fun road trips with my friends to different places. I look forward to meeting you all this year!

Office Hours:  Monday, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Tuesday 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM, Thursday, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM, Friday 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Tenaya 184 (1st Floor Lounge of Tenaya Hall) 

Schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/sgutierrezguerrer

 

Justin Mapanao 

My name is Justin Mapanao and I am a second-year double majoring in Political Science and Business. I am from Trabuco Canyon, CA a city located in southern California. During my first year at UC Merced, I became involved in  ASUCM's Campus Activities Board, a student-run organization that hosts campus-wide events such as Cowchella, CABsterical, and Winter Ball. Additionally, I am active in PAA, the Pilipino American Alliance. After college, some of my biggest aspirations are to go to graduate school and work within the business/legal side of the entertainment industry. In my personal time, I am a person of many diverse interests. Whether it's talking about sports, keeping up with the latest streetwear trends, listening to music, or watching anime, I am your guy. Lastly, I want to mention that I am always eager to connect with new people; don't hesitate to reach out to me!

Office Hours: Monday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Wednesday, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM & 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM, Thursday 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM. 

Location: Tenaya 184 (1st Floor Lounge of Tenaya Hall) 

Schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/justinmapanao

 

Ayra Valerie Agluba

Hello! My name is Ayra Valerie Agluba, you can call me Ayra for short. I am a second-year student pursuing Psychology as a major at UC Merced. I was born in the Philippines and moved to Orosi, CA, a small town in the Central Valley. Some of my hobbies are reading books, watching movies, music (playing, listening), and also spontaneous adventures friends. I'm also a huge Marvel fan, as well as a binge-watcher of Netflix and Youtube! I love and enjoy helping people in any way I can. I'm a great listener and I'm here to assist and help you succeed as a first-generation student here at UC Merced.

Office Hours: Monday, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Tuesday, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Thursday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. 

Location: Tenaya 184 (1st Floor Lounge of Tenaya Hall) 

Schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/aagluba