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Connie Gao


Year: Junior, 2013
Major: Business Administration major, English Literature minor
Hometown: Arcadia, CA

I am a cat lady—I have a particularly soft spot for animals. My favorite "Planet Earth" episode is Freshwater. I love watching The Office but know that I am a VH1/MTV reality TV junkie!! I enjoy going to the beach and swimming and recently went camping for the first time. I joined A.L.I.V.E. because it's a dedicated but fun organization where I could really make a difference. It has changed my perspective on sustainability and you can now find me nagging my friends and family to be more eco-conscious. My celebrity crush is Kristen Stewart and my dream is to bump into her in a store and get a hug.

Nikki Yep

Vice President of Programming

Year: Senior, 2012
Major/Minor: Communication major, Music Industry minor
Hometown: Honolulu, HI

I love outdoor events such as stand up paddle boarding, bodyboarding, and hiking. I joined ALIVE because of my passion for using music and art to create interest in becoming environmentally conscious.

Sharon Chhan

Vice President of Communications

Year: Junior, 2013
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

ALIVE was the first student-run organization I heard about that raised environmental awareness. From corporate farming to the bottled water industry, I learned how many things affect the environment through this organization. It also introduced me to beautiful hiking spots, great volunteer opportunities, and delicious eats around the area. Since joining ALIVE, I became more aware of the impact I made on the environment, and at the same time, I had fun! 

Will Roper

Vice President of Finance

Year: Junior, 2013
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Having joined A.L.I.V.E. as its Secretary/Treasurer in my first semester at USC, I have not only learned a great deal about.html managing this organization's assets, but have also been given a rare opportunity to share my college experience with people who share my passion for the environment. Now, as A.L.I.V.E.'s Director of Finance, I am excited to help this organization reach its potential in spreading its creative message, and make the 2010-2011 school year its most successful year yet!

Jessica Lam

Vice President of Advocacy

Year: Senior, 2012
Major: Psychology major, Business Law minor
Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Hi everyone! :) Growing up in the beautiful and green Pacific Northwest, I have grown a passion for preserving the environment we all love and share and being sustainable with our living styles and choices. I love nature and the outdoors and so if you ever wander out into the wilderness, let me know because I will gladly explore it with you! ALIVE is environmental activism with a twist. We strive to promote and educate preservation of our environment and sustainable practices through unique opportunities held on campus and in the surrounding Los Angeles area. Come save the world with us this year! I hope to see you at our next event or meeting! [And just so you know: I LOVE avocado, tofu, edamame and white chocolate.]

Christine Zhang

Social Events Director

Year: Junior, 2013
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: El Monte, California

Hi! After interning for a website that promotes sustainable luxury living items, I became aware of how
easy it is to make sustainable lifestyle choices. One can continue to enjoy life while saving one tree at a
time. I joined ALIVE because not only does this organization raise environmental awareness, I hope to
relay my interests into influencing more eco-friendly decisions. Looking forward to hikes, volunteer trips,
and vegan foods next year!

Amanda Ongko

Service Events Director

Year: Sophomore, 2014
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia

Hey guys! This is my second year at USC and I am glad to finally have the opportunity to join an environmentally conscious organization. Living in LA for the past year has made me more Eco-friendly conscious and I would like to help ALIVE spread awareness of important enviromental issues to both USC and it's surrounding community. I am excited to contribute for the upcoming year and I hope you are too!

Sophie Cottle

Special Events Director

Year: Junior, 2013
Major: International Relations and Environmental Studies
Hometown: Irvine, California

I joined ALIVE because of its unique approach to environmentalism. As an environmental studies major, I am particularly interested in the social and governmental aspects of the environment. I also like being able to participate in outdoor activities, such as hikes and tree planting, with ALIVE.  Some of my favorite things to do include traveling, reading, and cooking (and especially eating) delicious food! 

Alyssa Tang

Publicity Director

Year: Sophomore, 2011
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Yancheng, China

My legal name is Haoyuan Tang and I love the environment! I love being a part of the organization and working with my peers till very late. I am confident that we will have fun time at ALIVE, where we get to become close brothers and sisters. I love eating ice cream and playing the piano~ I am sure we will have really fun time in ALIVE the big family~

Wing Lee


Year: Sophomore, 2013
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA

Heya! My name is Wing and .. if you like this website - THANKS! I love watching Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, & Private Practice during my free time! I joined ALIVE because so many opportunities to help the environment are showcased and ALIVE strives to raise awareness about.html things going on that we might not even know about.html. Educate! YOU (since you're reading this) should check us out! Stay fly! :)