Meet Your 2017 Transfer Ambassadors!


Sydney Rosengarten, Transfer Transitions Intern

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This campus has such a huge breadth of resources available to you, don’t be afraid to take advantage of this at every turn.”

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Previous Institution: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Fun Fact: My favorite place to eat in Madison is Miko Poke.


William (Bill) Viviano, Transfer Ambassador

“I would recommend you do things that push you out of your comfort zone or try things that you never would have thought you would.”

Major: Finance and Accounting

Hometown: Wausau, WI

Previous Institution: University of Wisconsin – Marathon County

Fun Fact: My favorite place to eat is The Coopers Tavern, and my favorite things to do on-campus are play ultimate frisbee and sand volleyball with friends.


Allison Severin, Transfer Ambassador

“A brief piece of advice for incoming transfer students- Be sure to step outside of your comfort zone whether that be joining new clubs or meeting your neighbors! It pays off so much in the end and allows you to grow more than you could ever imagine.”

Major: Social Work and Psychology

Hometown: Whitefish Bay, WI

Previous Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Fun Fact: My favorite study break is going to Memorial Union Terrace and hanging out by the water (when it’s warm). When it’s cold, I love to cozy up on the couch and relax with some tea.


Sarah Woller, Transfer Ambassador & New Student Leader

“My biggest piece of advice would be to be your own self advocate – don’t be afraid to do what’s best for yourself, whether it’s staying in on a Friday night and skipping out on hanging out with friends to study or standing up for yourself when someone has treated you unfairly, don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself (and others) and ask for help when you need it. There’s nothing wrong with getting tutoring, joining a study group, going to UHS to help deal with anxiety, or going to office hours. So many people at UW and beyond want you to succeed, but it’s up to you to seek out the resources and tools to help yourself succeed.”


Major:Political Science and Communication Arts

Hometown: Wausau, WI

Previous Institution: Edgewood College

Fun Fact: I once ate Babcock ice cream four different times during the day. Chocolate chip cookie dough, of course.


Sammy Schneiker, Transfer Ambassador

“If at first you don’t feel like you’re fitting in, don’t give up because I truly believe there is a place for everyone at UW-Madison!”

Major: Pre-Nursing

Hometown: Muskego, WI

Previous Institution: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Fun Fact: My favorite class so far is probably Physiology 335. The professors were amazing and I find the human body fascinating! Also, on game day I always look forward to the wave. I am just amazed how tens of thousands of people can work together to send the wave forward, slow, fast, reverse, and criss-cross!


Ali Kennelly, Transfer Ambassador

“Take your transition one step at a time!”

Major: Undecided

Hometown: New Glarus, WI

Previous Institution: University of Wisconsin- Whitewater

Fun Fact: I’m really into astrology, and my favorite ice cream flavor is peanut butter chocolate.


Scott Lai, Transfer Ambassador

“The more you involve in this campus, the higher your GPA will be.”

Major: Statistics & Economic

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida.

Previous Institution: University of Florida

Fun Fact: I’m a Hoofer member and a big fan of windsurfing. Let me know if you are interesting too! I’d love to share my experiences with you.


Bri Huettner, Transfer Ambassador

“Take advantage of as many opportunities as you possibly can right away! Don’t be afraid to jump in being new to the campus.”

Major: Conservation Biology

Hometown: Iola, WI

Previous Institution: University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point

Fun Fact: My favorite study break is belting out ballads with my friends, and my favorite study spot is Memorial Union.

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