Deanna Armas, a senior majoring in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality, chose to come to UNC because of “the positive vibes students and staff gave off when I visited the campus in 2010.  I liked the feedback I received from graduates expressing their excitement towards UNC.  One thing that was appreciated was how they really enjoyed the teacher to student ratio. They also mentioned the dedication faculty members have towards their students, the diversity on campus, the safety procedures law enforcement obtained towards students, and how close the UNC community is.”

During her first year at UNC Deanna struggled with transitioning from high school to college.  She reports that sadly she did not make great decisions about study habits, but soon realized how important education was to her.  With the support of friends, family, and her Denver Scholarship Foundation mentor Adam Alirez, Deanna turned things around.  Now she has some great experiences to share about her program including a course on facility design and operations with Dr. Diane Gaede and her practicum at the Greeley Recreation Center, which gave her valuable event coordinating and management experience.  Deanna credits her success to the numerous academic resources offered at UNC, faculty in her program, and the staff at UNC’s four cultural centers.

Aside from coursework, Deanna is a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority.  Both organizations provide Deanna the opportunity to participate in community outreach and education.  “Giving back to the UNC and Greeley community gives me great joy.  Seeing individual’s faces brighten up is priceless.”

After graduation from UNC, Deanna aspires to work at a hotel as a manager or as a special event coordinator for the Pepsi Center, Denver Zoo, or a small wedding venue.  “I enjoy making people happy, and strive to make them feel comfortable and safe in an environment.”