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Campus Ambassadors are trained students, staff, and Wikipedians in the area who are available on-campus to help students. Campus Ambassadors are assigned to each class; click your university's name in the table of contents at right to see which Ambassadors are working with your course, or visit your course page.

Online Ambassadors are also available to help students regardless of university.

We have a variety of resources for ambassadors, which may also be useful for independent efforts to use Wikipedia as an educational tool.

Interested in becoming a Campus Ambassador? More information is available here:

Campus Ambassadors[edit]

CUNY Graduate Center[edit]

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Profdrew101 I am currently working at the City University of New York Graduate Center's New Media Lab developing a digital humanities undergraduate course that will incorporate Wikipedia writing/research assignments. The course blends online collaborative commenting with "live" weekly seminar discussions and will ultimately include multiple international cohorts collaborating simultaneously on a common wiki from distant academic enclaves around the English-speaking world.

The George Washington University[edit]

The George Washington University[edit]

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Pjthepiano I am a graduate student at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy. In September 2010 I joined the Congressional Research Service as an intern in the Government and Finance Division. In addition, I hold a B.S. in Political Science, a B.A. in Philosophy, and a minor in Economics from the University of Scranton. I am a Campus Ambassador in the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative.
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Adam Hi all. My name is Adam and I'm a Wikipedian in Washington, D.C. I am a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and currently work for the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. I will be assisting as a Campus Ambassador for Prof. Michael Cornfield in two courses: Fundamentals of Political Management at GWU and Grassroots Politics and Public Policy at George Mason University School of Public Policy.

Georgetown University[edit]

Georgetown University[edit]

Ambassador Name Description/Profile
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Kelsey Brannan This fall I will be working for Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown University, on the Commons project (which involves blogs, wikis, and other tools for teaching and learning). I'm beginning my MA at the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown this fall. This past June I received my BA in Film and Media Studies as an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara -- so DC is a very new and exciting area to me! I practice Bikram Yoga, love cooking, and play Words with Friends on my iPhone and explore DC's biking trails in my spare time.
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Rob Pongsajapan I'm a new media designer for the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown University, where I work on the Commons project (which involves blogs, wikis, and other tools for teaching and learning). I graduated in 2009 from the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown and studied business as an undergraduate at Indiana University. I play volleyball, obsess over interface design, and shoot photos in my spare time.
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Benjamin Tarsa I am a masters candidate in the Communication, Culture, and Technology program at Georgetown University. In addition to previous work with the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, I currently work with an education-focused non-profit called the Saylor Foundation.
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Steve Fernie I'm the Web Services Coordinator for Georgetown University Library. (I couldn't let Benjamin get away with having the biggest picture.)
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Christina I am a recent graduate from the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown University and currently work at the World Bank on the Microfinance Gateway project. I will serve as a Campus Ambassador to George Washington University.
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Anna Kruse I am currently coordinating the Apprenticeship in Teaching program and working on the Commons project at Georgetown University’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). I completed my MA at Georgetown in 2009, with the majority of my graduate work focused on the early modern and nineteenth-century literatures of Britain (whenever possible exploring topics related to architecture, domestic life, and material culture). I'll be serving as a Campus Ambassador to Georgetown University.

Harvard University[edit]

Harvard University[edit]

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Michael Chen My name is Michael Chen, and I'm a campus ambassador to Harvard University. I've long used Wikipedia and made minor edits, but have only recently started to contribute more significantly. I'm interested in the ways in which the Internet affects society, and how the sharing of information can accelerate innovation and advance culture more rapidly. I'm also curious about how technology can improve government transparency and change the way citizens interact with their leaders and elected officials. This fall, I'll be starting my sophomore year at Harvard College, where I (currently) plan to major in computer science and minor in government.
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Antony-22 I'm Antony–22, a graduate student in chemistry at Harvard with a research interest in DNA nanotechnology, and a campus ambassador for Harvard University. I've been editing Wikipedia since fall 2006, and in that time I have generally spent my time improving articles related to science and science policy, as well as topics of local interest.
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Jen I'm Jen, a lawyer who graduated from Harvard Law School a few years back, and I'm a campus ambassador for Harvard University. I began editing Wikipedia in 2005, and I became an administrator around 2007. Since then I've contributed to a wide range of articles, particularly on topics that are underrepresented on Wikipedia, such as those related to the developing world and those of interest to women.

Indiana University[edit]

Indiana University[edit]

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ifmicecouldfly I am an Instructional Technologies Consultant at Indiana University Bloomington's teaching & learning center. I'm new to editing Wikipedia, but have spent several years helping instructors determine how technologies can help meet their teaching objectives. Before joining the at IUB I served as an agroforestry agent in Peace Corps Mauritania, and I'm currently working toward an M.S. in Therapeutic Outdoor Programs.
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Saeed My name is Saeed Moaddeli and I am a graduate student of Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington. I am very happy to be part of Wikipedia Campus Ambassador Program. I am looking forward to work with a class of students during the spring semester.

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis[edit]

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis[edit]

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LoriLee I am a museum studies graduate student at IUPUI and recently served as the Teacher Assistant for the Collections Care and Management course. Over the past two years this course has helped to create WikiProject Public Art, which includes a variety of tools that can be used in the classroom. I am currently the Wikipedian-in-Residence at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis where I am assisting with museum-Wikipedia collaboration, including a student program to create Wikipedia articles for the museum's notable objects.
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Bburk My name is Brenda Burk and I am the Philanthropic Studies Archivist at the IUPUI University Library. I just completed Campus Ambassador Training and welcome the opportunity to expand the program at IUPUI by working with faculty members.

Koavf I have degrees in philosophy and political science from IUPUI and assisted in the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012. I have had several jobs on campus and I am still recognized from when I worked at the bookstore in 2005–2006.

James Madison University[edit]

James Madison University[edit]

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Austin Dixon Hello everyone! My name is Austin Dixon. I am an undergraduate student at James Madison University, currently studying English. I am from the Northern Virginia area, but I have lived in various places across the country. Outside of school I enjoy hanging out with friends and family. I am typically a very active person. I enjoy a lot of outdoor activities like snowboarding, camping, going on long motorcycle trips, and usually anything of that nature. I think that the motives behind Wikipedia are great, and I am excited to be a part of the Wikipedia community!


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Mike Surowiec

I am an undergraduate at James Madison University studying business administration with a concentration in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship and I'm also studying computer science.

I love snowboarding, motorcycling, skim boarding, riding my bicycle, playing the guitar, and staying healthy and active.

I am an artist. I like to draw and I like to design but since I'm colorblind I focus on line, flow, and shape.

I am a programmer. I develop for Android, iOS, and the web.

I am a self starter and right now I'm starting a business that I'm really excited about!


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Maureen Abernathy Hello! My name is Maureen Abernathy and I am a junior at James Madison University. I am double majoring in SMAD, with a concentration in Digital Video and Cinema, and WRTC, the TSC concentration with a web design track. I love reading, film, music, doodling on my notes, good food, traveling, and studying languages. I hope to travel a lot after college! I want to see and experience new cultures, foods, ways of life/living, and my time after college might be the best time for it. I'm very excited about joining the Campus Ambassador team, and I'm looking forward being involved in many upcoming projects!



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Peter Riggs I'm an undergrad at James Madison University working on a degree in Technical and Scientific Communication—in short, I'm a career grammar nazi. I have a background in computer science, web design, and general nerdiness, and I'm fairly involved in wikiwork outside of Wikipedia itself. On Wikipedia, you can expect to find me fixing grammar and hanging out around the pages of obscure Scandanavian metal bands.
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Spencer Adams Hello! I'm so excited to have this opportunity and I hope I can be of help to anyone that needs it. I am a junior at JMU, majoring in WRTC (Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication) and live with three of my best friends in Sunchase Apartments. I'm originally from the Northern Virginia area (Manassas). I love the Outer Banks, skiing, playing video games (in the process of building my computer), discovering new indie music, and making the most of my weekends.
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Dean Stubbs Hello! I'm Dean Stubbs, a sophmore at JMU, majoring in Computer Information Systems. I'm looking forward to helping you all throughout the semester.

Louisiana State University[edit]

Louisiana State University[edit]

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Kari Walters I am a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador at Louisiana State University. My course will be participating in the U.S. Public Policy Project during the Spring 2011 Semester. Students enrolled in ISDS 4120 - Data Communications will be working on improving and adding articles for computer networking. This is my first semester to be working with the US Public Policy Project. I look forward to teaching so I can learn more about Wikipedia myself.
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Dylan Staley I am a student mentor for LSU Communication across the Curriculum's Studio 151 and a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador at Louisiana State University.

As an ambassador, I serve as a resource to all students in our courses using Wikipedia as a core component. I hold office hours throughout the week so that I am available to students who need my assistance. I have been a trained Ambassador since January 2011.

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Becky Carmichael I'm a biological sciences graduate student at Louisiana State University.
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Kevin DiBenedetto I am the Studio Coordinator for LSU Communication across the Curriculum's Studio 151 and a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador at Louisiana State University.

I work with students and faculty to help them in the creation of multimedia based assignments through the resources and expertise housed in our Communication Studios.

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Carey Hamburg I am currently working as an educational technology consultant in the Faculty Technology Center at Louisiana State University.
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Rebecca Burdette I am the Assistant Director of LSU Communication across the Curriculum and a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador at Louisiana State University.

I work with LSU faculty in every discipline to design innovative assignments that help undergraduates learn and retain course content at a higher level, while also enabling the students to advance their writing, speaking, visual, and technological communication skills.

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Kimberly Bourque I am the Program Coordinator of LSU Communication across the Curriculum and a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador at Louisiana State University. As the CxC coordinator, I primarily support LSU undergraduates who are seeking the LSU Distinguished Communicator certification. I enjoy helping students improve their communication skills and working with them to build digital portfolios focused on personal learning and professional growth.

I love exploring new technology and look forward to supporting LSU students learning with, and contributing to, Wikipedia.

Michigan State University[edit]

Michigan State University[edit]

Ambassador Name Description/Profile
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Anna P. Chlopecki Hello Wikipedians! I am a new, but quick learning Wikipedian. I am excited to work with professors to spread their knowledge and the knowledge of their students to the world. I am a Campus Ambassador at Michigan State University. Hope to hear from some of you soon!

Montana State University[edit]

Montana State University[edit]

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Mike Cline I am Mike Cline, Vice President Operations, Venturist Inc. I have worked as a software and presentation designer, programmer and strategic planning consultant with Venturist, Inc. since 1996. I have experience with Visual Studio .NET, ToolBook and many other software applications. I currently program strategic planning tools to support consulting operations and teach strategic planning concepts to global companies. Before that, I was a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for 23 years with experience in major felony fraud and criminal investigations; and counterintelligence investigations and operations.

I am a Lt. Col. Retired from the US Air Force after 28 years of service. Over the years I have lived happily in San Antonio, Texas, Tacoma Washington, Great Falls, Montana, Anchorage, Alaska, Washington DC., Watford England, Woodbridge England, Sembach, Germany, Istanbul, Turkey, Angeles City, Philippines, Saigon Republic of Vietnam and Slapout, Alabama. I recently and proudly purchased a second home in Bozeman, Montana where I now live in which to spend my autumn years.

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kmpolacek I'm delighted to serve as a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador. Among other endeavors, the MSU WCA team is working with Writing 101 students to integrate neutral, verifiable writing into their coursework, and ultimately contribute this content to Wikipedia. Thus far, we have helped students expand approximately 50 stubs and create content for 3 new articles. We hope to double those numbers in the Spring 2012 semester.
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McMormor I work in the MSU-Bozeman Libraries and my job responsibilities include: PHP and MySQL coding, web analytics, and project support for web-based digital and electronic-information distribution projects.

My previous professional experience includes working as an Information Architect (IA), Tech Writer, and Corporate Librarian for a semiconductor micro-engineering firm; working as an IA Consultant, Project Manager, and Web Content Editor for an IT consulting firm; and as an Applications Developer for a financial firm.

I create sculptures and paintings.

New York University[edit]

New York University[edit]

Ambassador Name Description/Profile
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Pharos My name is Richard Knipel, and I am campus ambassador to New York University, and Evan Hill-Ries' Copyright, Commerce, and Culture course. I am a longtime Wikipedian, and an organizer of the Wikimedia NYC local chapter, with a focus on outreach to academia, cultural institutions and nonprofits.
MalikaZ SPRING 2012. I am the current campus ambassador for Michael Mandiberg's Interactive Technology and Pedagogy class at CUNY Graduate center and Evan Hill-Ries' Copyright Commerce and Culture assignment at NYU. I took part in Evan's Spring 2011 project (Richard was our Campus Ambassador) and am now helping students navigate Wikipedia and understand the community

Occidental College[edit]

Ambassador Name Description/Profile
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Wadewitz My name is Adrianne Wadewitz and I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College. I spend my time teaching faculty how to use technology in the classroom and in their research. I have been involved in the Wikipedia Education Program since its inception and have taught courses of my own. I have been active on Wikipedia since 2004 and am the author of many high-quality articles.

Rice University[edit]

Rice University[edit]

Ambassador Name Description/Profile
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Ana Builes I am currently a sophomore at Rice University, where I TA for the Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities program. I am interested in issues of poverty, social justice, gender empowerment, and french literature and culture. I will be working as a campus ambassador for the SOCI 280 class: Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities with Dr. Kim Hoang this spring semester.
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Maggie Andersen I am a student of Poverty, Social Justice, and Human Capabilities at Rice University and am excited to be working as a Campus Ambassador. My primary interests are social justice, public health, and human rights. I also study history and have traveled to Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Morocco, and Honduras.

San Francisco State University[edit]

San Francisco State University[edit]

Ambassador Name Description/Profile
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Derrick Coetzee I'm a PhD student in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. I received my masters from the Georgia Institute of Technology and worked for five years as a software developer at Microsoft. I've been with Wikipedia since 2003 and I'm an administrator on the English Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Max Klein and I will be helping Prof. Sheldon Gen integrate Wikipedia into his class on environmental policy.
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Maximilian Klein Pirate, Mathematician, Traveller, Collective Anarchist, Inventor, Poet, Porridge Eater, and Dustman.

As an Senior Undergradute at University of California, Berkeley I also run a student-lead course that--confusingly--also participates in the Public Policy Initiative known as Politics of Piracy.

Simmons College[edit]

Simmons College[edit]

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Dominic Hi, I am Dominic. I am equal parts history buff, word nerd, news junkie, and pedant. At Simmons, I am a student in the dual History & Archives Management master's program. I graduated in 2009 from Reed College with a degree in history, and have a particular interest in Latin American history. Before coming to Simmons, I worked at the Scottsdale Public Library in Arizona, and also have a few years of experience as an undergraduate research assistant. Here on Wikipedia, I have been an administrator for several years (and also one at our sister project, Wiktionary). I will try to be as approachable and helpful as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with me. On IRC, I am Dmcdevit, but email works fine, too.

Syracuse University[edit]

Syracuse University[edit]

Ambassador Name Description/Profile

Gabrielm199 My name is Gabriel Mugar. I became interested in Wikipedia as an observer of online collaborative cultures. I got involved with Wikipedia in 2009 as an intern at Wikimedia NYC where I produced video for articles and worked on WikiProject Lights Camera Wiki and videoonwikipedia.org. I am a first year PhD student in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University. I have a M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Boston University. In my past life I was a high school teacher and founder of the Boston based nonprofit organization, Press Pass TV Inc.

Troy University[edit]

Texas Southern University[edit]

Texas Southern University[edit]

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Lisa Spiro I direct the Digital Media Center at Rice University, where I help students, faculty and staff create multimedia and use digital resources in their research. I edit the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki and author a blog called "Digital Scholarship in the Humanities." I'm looking forward to working as a Campus Ambassador.
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Kinu Panda I am a freelance programmer/web designer/consultant currently living in San Antonio, Texas. I graduated with a BA in Economics from Yale University. I am also a certified high school mathematics teacher, and have an interest in the role of online collaboration in education. I have been editing the English Wikipedia since March 2005 and have been an administrator since January 2007.

University of California Berkeley[edit]

University of California Berkeley[edit]

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Joni Spigler I am a graduate student in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley. I will be assisting as a Campus Ambassador for two classes in the Spring of 2011 - one on Cyberlaw with Brian Carver and another on the Politics of Piracy with Max Klein. Feel free to contact me if you wish to hear more about using Wikipedia as part of your course at Berkeley. The email button <-- over there doesn't actually work so just email me at jspigler at berkeley dot edu and write "Wikipedia Classroom Question" in the subject line.
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Matt Senate I recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in mathematics. I also will be assisting as a Campus Ambassador in the Spring of 2011, both for Cyberlaw and another the Politics of Piracy (the latter I used to facilitate as an undergraduate). Please contact me about encouraging participation in, learning with, and support of Wikipedia at Berkeley or elsewhere in the bay area!

University of Kentucky[edit]

University of Kentucky[edit]

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Ben Norton I'm Ben Norton, and I'm the Campus Ambassador at the University of Kentucky. I'm both a graduate and an undergraduate student (it's a little unusual :p ), working on an M.M. in composition, along with B.A.s in Spanish, film studies, and music, and a minor in mathematics. I'm a fervent supporter of the freedom of information, and I believe Wikipedia is one of the most noble and important projects of our day.
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Jon Tennent I'm currently a graduate student at the University of Kentucky. I enjoy travel; I've worked abroad in Egypt and Thailand and volunteered time in India and Malawi. I am interested in working with classes related to foreign policy and communicating across cultural boundaries. Like Ben, I believe in the freedom of information and hope to continue supporting Wikipedia as we work together to make the sum of human knowledge available to all.
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Desirae Duncan I'm Desirae Duncan, and I'm one of the Campus Ambassadors at the University of Kentucky. I'm an undergraduate student majoring in journalism with a focus in broadcast. I enjoy reading, editing videos, and watching cartoons. I'm a big Wildcat fan and enjoy wearing blue and white every where I go. C-A-T-S! Cats! Cats! Cats!

University of Maryland College Park[edit]

University of Maryland College Park[edit]

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lisadforeman My name is Lisa Foreman and I am a Campus Ambassador at the University of Maryland, College Park. I will graduate in May with a B.S. in Information Systems and Marketing. I am excited to increase the appreciation for and the awareness and usage of Wikipedia on such a large campus. I have been reading articles for as long as I can remember but am fairly new to editing Wikipedia and am eager to learn more. I am a vegan and enjoy promoting animal rights and a sustainable lifestyle.

University of San Francisco[edit]

University of Southern California[edit]

University of Southern California[edit]

Ambassador Name Description/Profile
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Hi! I'm David, a first year biology major here at USC, and an administrator/bureaucrat on Wikipedia. I've been editing for over five years now, and I joined this Campus Ambassador project to share my own Wikipedian experiences. I firmly believe that Wikipedia isn't just a place to find out about stuff; it's a place to share your own knowledge as well. Be bold and don't hesitate to fix any errors or share your knowledge! Besides Wikipedia, my other passions include Komodo dragons, Bang!, and sonnets.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse[edit]

Western Carolina University[edit]

Western Carolina University[edit]

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Kasey Baker Kasey Baker, a 2012 MPA Graduate of Western Carolina University with a concentration in Environmental Policy, is a long time user of Wikipedia. Recognized for his work on his outstanding article Nuclear energy policy of the United States as part of Wikipeida's 2011 Public Policy Initiative, Baker has now transitioned his efforts in helping future Wikipedias as a Campus Ambassador for WCU. Always ready to help students and/or fellow Wikipedians out in any topic, be sure to email him or write on his talk page, if you have any questions!
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Laura Cruz Laura Cruz is an Associate Professor of History and currently serves as the Director of the Coulter Faculty Commons at Western Carolina University. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001. She is long-time supporter of Wikipedia and her research focuses on social and economic networking in the seventeenth-century Netherlands.

Winona State University[edit]

Winona State University[edit]

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Elissa Hall Part of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Services team at Winona State University, I work with faculty transforming courses and pedagogy. I am supporting Dr. Lindaman’s course as her students engage in research.