Loyola University Chicago

ACE: Achieving College Excellence

Student Academic Services

Meet the ACE Mentors

 

‌‌‌‌ACE has two primary mentoring programs:

Below is a brief introduction to our mentors.  If you are an ACE student with questions about the mentoring programs, please e-mail us at ace@luc.edu.


ACE Scholar Mentors:

Name: Ruqiya Abdulle
Hometown: Mogadishu, Somalia
Degree currently being pursued: Environmental Science: Public Health
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: Send Scholars Organization
Favorite aspect of ACE: The people and community that we have within Ace.
 
Name: Lejla Alibasic
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Degree currently being pursued: International Studies and Political Science
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: Loyola Refugee Outreach
Favorite aspect of ACE: Diversity of the program
 

 

Name: Samantha Bejarano
Hometown: San Jose, California
Degree currently being pursued: Psychology
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: ACE, CLC (Christian Life Communities), servant leader at mass
Favorite aspect of ACE: The connections you receive to be successful in your college experience. Also, Kathleen is awesome!!

 

 
Name: Monica Cabrera
Hometown: Berwyn, IL
Degree currently being pursued: Nursing
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: ACE & Alternative Break Immersion
Favorite aspect of ACE: The welcoming atmosphere, awesome staff, and friendly students.
 
 

 

Name: Paresa Chowdhury
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Degree currently being pursued: Psychology
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: Only had time for A.C.E (Trio).; plan to join American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Best Buddies, and Loyola University Psychology Association (LUPA)!
Favorite aspect of ACE: The Summer Transition Program; STP not only informed me of what ACE has to offer, it also allowed me to gain a broader and historical perspective on the Rogers Park area and its traditions, as well as the city I was raised in itself. I got to learn about the Trio program and its history and substantial impact towards the student community of color/struggling status/first generation. Most importantly, STP is where I met my family!

 

 
 
Name:  Daniel Collazo
Hometown: Chicago (Avondale neighborhood)
Degree currently being pursued: Majoring in Multimedia Journalism and double Minoring in Sociology and Sports Management
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: Latin American Student Organization (currently on the E-Board for LASO as the Publicity Chair)
Favorite aspect of ACE: The Peer Mentorship aspect. My peer mentor for my first-year at Loyola truly made an impact in my life and helped guide me.
 
 
 
Name:  Tonyisha Harris
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Degree currently being pursued: Environmental Science
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: Student Environmental Alliance; Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
Favorite aspect of ACE: Free printing and down-to-earth staff
 
 
Name: Anita Machuca
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Degree currently being pursued: Management & Human Resources
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: Co-President of LASO (Latin American Student Org), Target New Transitions College Coach, Loyola 4 Chicago Volunteer
Favorite aspect of ACE: The Community. I've never met a more loving, accepting, and motivating group of people. There is so much support from peers and everyone wants each other to excel.
 
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Name:  Jamie McDowell
Hometown: Munster, IN
Degree currently being pursued: B.A. Psychology and B.A. Sociology
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: Womxn in Leadership Loyola, and TNT
Favorite aspect of ACE: The sense of community fostered by everyone at ACE
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Name: Suha Moten
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Degree currently being pursued: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: FYRE, Honors, Ace, MSA
Favorite aspect of ACE: ACE lounge, and ACE tutoring, and the friendly environment.
 
 
Name:  Isaac Rivera
Hometown: Elgin, IL
Degree currently being pursued: Biology B.S and Social Work Minor
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: Brothers for Excellence (B4E), American Medical Student Association, Wellness Community, Research Assistant
Favorite aspect of ACE: The inviting atmosphere and good vibes.
 
 
Name: Roshandeep Singh
Hometown: Queens, New York
Degree currently being pursued: B.S. Environmental Science
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: Indian Student Association (ISA)
Favorite aspect of ACE: My favorite aspect of ACE is how helpful and friendly everyone is. From faculty to each ACE student, everyone is willing to give advice to each other.
 
 
Name: Cade Turro
Hometown: Kankakee, IL
Degree currently being pursued: Finance and Sports Management
Programs or Clubs you are involved in: ACE, Club Sports, Intramural Sports
Favorite aspect of ACE: Family aspect
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACE Master's Mentors:
Master’s Mentor: Savannah (“Vannah”) Aldridge
 
ACE Lounge Office Hours:  Monday’s 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Hometown: Lenoir, North Carolina
Previous Degree(s) & School(s): Bachelors of Social Work, Bachelors of
Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, MSW Appalachian State
University
Anticipated Degree: Masters of Gender Studies and Women's Studies
Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2020
Favorite things to do in Chicago: I just moved here and I am so overwhelmed by the options! I like to do karaoke!
 
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Master’s Mentor: Danny Khananisho

ACE Lounge Office Hours:  Tuesday ’s 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Previous Degree(s) & School(s): Loyola University Chicago, BSc –
Psychology
Anticipated Degree: M.A. – Philosophy
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Favorite things to do in Chicago: Visit museums and old bookstores!

 

Master’s Mentor: Nicole Morino

ACE Lounge Office Hours:  Tuesday’s 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Previous Degrees/Schools: BA Global Studies War & Peace/Political Science
from Ohio University
Anticipated Degree: MA Women Studies and Gender Studies/Certificate
Public Affairs and Management
Graduation Date: May 2019
Favorite things to do in Chicago: Walk my dog, Rosie through Lakeview! I am always looking for dog-friendly restaurants and activities.

 

Master’s Mentor: Alana Warren

ACE Lounge Office Hours:  Thursday’s 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Previous Degree(s) & School(s): B.A. in English, minor in Political Science from Tennessee State University
Anticipated Degree: Master’s in Public Policy
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2019 (graduating in Spring 2020 commencement)
Favorite things to do in Chicago:  Attending events (such as art, music, festival, community-centered), Internet Cafes to focus on my writing, Traveling to new parts of the city outside of the downtown area.