Meet the Ambassadors

The Guinfluencers, formerly known as Social Media Ambassadors, is a group of students who work with our social media team to show what life is like as a YSU student across social media. Between their own Instagram accounts and creating content for all of our social media channels, our students are focused both inside and outside of the classroom. They represent several areas on campus, bringing fresh perspectives to the Youngstown State community. Check out more about them in their bios below!

 

Alyssa Osman » @ysugram_alyssa

Sophomore, Communication Studies

Hometown: Lowellville, OH
Favorite place to study on campus? By the fountain
Pete or Penny? Pete
If you could go back to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? Don't be afraid to be yourself and have fun! Get involved and go to as many campus events as possible. Everyone is here to grow, learn and make memories.
Fun Fact? My family owns a restaurant 10 minutes away from campus!

 

 

 

Lauren Cooper » @ysugram_lauren

Senior, Social Media Communication

Hometown: Hubbard, OH
Favorite spot to eat on campus? Melt Lab or Connections Cafe
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
Why did you choose Youngstown State? It's close to home!
Fun Fact? I can sing!

 

 

 

Francine Hazy » @ysugram_fran

Grad Student, Counseling (Student Affairs)

Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Favorite place to study on campus? Maag Library
Coffee or Pop? Coffee
If you could go back to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? Take advantage of opportunities to learn more about yourself!
Fun Fact? I'm a little bit psychic and I know how to read palms!

 

 

 

Avery Howard » @ysugram_avery

Junior, Biology

Hometown: North Augusta, South Carolina
Favorite place to study on campus? The Penguin Plugin
Coffee or Pop? Pop
Why did you choose Youngstown State? My dad works here, and he convinced me to attend. I'm so glad he did!
Fun Fact? I auditioned for American Idol when I was 12

 

 

 

Ian Ward » @ysugram_ian

Sophomore, Biology

Hometown: Canfield, OH
Favorite spot to eat on campus? Wendy's
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
If you could go back in time to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? Learn how to study, and map out your time better.
Fun Fact? I've played in bands and orchestras for eight years, and now am taking on a new challenge in Biology!

 

 

 

Anthony Nakley » @ysugram_tony

Senior, Finance

Hometown: Lowellville, OH
Favorite place to study on campus? 6th floor of Maag Library (south window facing Jones Hall and downtown!)
Pete or Penny? Impossible, I love them both!! #GoGuins
Why did you choose Youngstown State? Youngstown State provided me with an opportunity to join the Honors College and scholarships to attend. I'm also a legacy :)
Fun Fact? I'm 6'3"

 

 

 

Sarah Dubos » @ysugram_sarah

Senior, Theatre Studies

Hometown: Newton Falls, OH
Favorite spot to eat on campus? Hissho Sushi
Instagram or Snapchat? Snapchat
If you could go back to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? Spontaneous moments make the best memories
Fun Fact? I fell in the fountain during IGNITE my freshman year

 

 

 

Katie Biller » @ysugram_katie

Senior, Human Resource Management (minor in Marketing)

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, PA
Favorite place to study on campus? First floor of Jones Hall
Coffee or Pop? Coffee
Why did you choose Youngstown State? I didn't choose YSU, YSU chose me. Just kidding! I chose YSU because of the welcoming community from my campus visit. I loved everything about it — the size of the school and all the amazing people I met that day!
Fun Fact? I taught myself to crochet!

 

 

 

Breana Serve » @ysugram_breana

Freshman, Criminal Justice

Hometown: Poland, OH
Favorite spot to eat on campus? Chick-Fil-A. I eat there all the time — gained 5 lbs from it!
Pete or Penny? Pete
If you could go back to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? You got this! Don't stress so hard.
Fun Fact? I'm from Colorado

 

 

 

Bri Williams » @ysugram_bri

Senior, Communication Studies

Hometown: Hubbard, OH
Favorite place to study on campus? The fountain
Instagram or Snapchat? Snapchat
Why did you choose Youngstown State? YSU is close to home with a smaller campus that offers many opportunities to meet and make friends.
Fun Fact? My hair has been seven different colors in the last year

 

 

 

Janae Johnson » @ysugram_Janae

Sophomore, Pre-Business

Hometown: Copley, OH
Favorite spot to eat on campus? Republic Pizza
Coffee or Pop? Half-lemonade, half-tea
If you could go back in time to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? You miss all the chances that you didn't take
Fun Fact? LeBron James' house is 12 minutes away from mine

 

 

 

Morgan McGowan » @ysugram_morgan

Senior, Social Media Communication (minor in Advertising & PR)

Hometown: Hubbard, OH
Favorite place to study on campus? Pressed
Pete or Penny? Penny
Why did you choose Youngstown State? Affordability and the wide variety of majors because I was undecided at the time
Fun Fact? One of my favorite drinks (behind coffee) is 1% milk!

 

 

 

Shelby Dodge » @ysugram_shelby

Senior, Social Media Communication

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Favorite spot to eat on campus? Chick-Fil-A
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
If you could go back to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? Be more involved with clubs
Fun Fact? I can play piano and guitar

 

 

 

Maguire Franko » @ysugram_maguire

Freshman, Exercise Science

Hometown: Poland, OH
Favorite place to study on campus? The fountain
Coffee or Pop? Pop
Why did you choose YSU? It's affordable! 
Fun Fact? I have two cats named Budder and Pants

 

 

 

Noah Cline » @ysugram_noah

Senior, Music Performance

Hometown: Warren, OH
Favorite spot to eat on campus? Collections Cafe
Pete or Penny? Pete
If you could go back to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? Breathe, always take time to have lunch, and don't lose your water bottle!
Fun Fact? I have the same middle name as President Tressel!

 

 

YSU Ambassador Jessie Hood outside during golden hour

 

Jessica Hood » @ysugram_jessie

Senior, Marketing Management

Hometown: New Middletown, OH
Favorite place to study on campus? Sixth floor of Maag Library
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
Why did you choose Youngstown State? The business program is unbelievable. The connections that can be made/have been made are amazing!
Fun Fact? I have over 2,000+ volunteer hours

 

 

YSU Ambassador Alyssa Weston poses outside while holding a Jambar newspaper

 

Alyssa Weston » @ysugram_alyssaw

Senior, Journalism

Hometown: Warren, OH
Favorite spot to eat on campus? Pressed
Coffee or Pop? Coffee
If you could go back to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? Take advantage of every opportunity outside of the classroom.
Fun Fact? I've driven to AND from California!

 

 

YSU Ambassador Morgan Conley poses on the campus of YSU

 

Morgan Conley » @ysugram_morganc

Sophomore, Pre-Business Administration

Hometown: Columbus, OH
Favorite place to study on campus? Third floor of Maag Library
Pete or Penny? Pete
Why did you choose Youngstown State? I came here for a visit on a whim one day while visiting family up here in Youngstown. The second I stepped onto campus I felt so welcomed and it felt like the perfect fit for me.
Fun Fact? My favorite animal is a giraffe!

 

YSU Ambasador Noor Kalayleh stands in the street at YSU

 

Noor Khalayleh » @ysugram_noor

Senior, Psychology

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Favorite place to eat on campus? Chic-Fil-A
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
If you could go back to your first day of college, what would you tell yourself? Buckle up, you're about to have the time of your life!
Fun Fact? My research on critical thinking was awarded and nationally recognized this past November!