Three Western Nevada College students will show up on local television commercials to share the positive experiences they have had at the college. Now being featured in WNCâ€™s â€œStart Here, Go Anywhereâ€ marketing campaign are sophomores Andrea Avila Ruiz, Timothy Galluzi and Rielly Rose.
The college marketing team selected a group of students for the second time in the past three years to promote the college for the coming school years.
All said they enjoyed the unique experience and opportunity of serving as role models for their college.
â€œBeing given the opportunity to be a part of the Western Nevada College commercials was an honor,â€ said Ruiz, who is working toward acceptance into WNCâ€™s nursing program. â€œThis experience helped highlight the fact that I am not alone throughout my college journey. On the set, I was surrounded by college staff and students who also admire the many opportunities that this campus has to offer. Being able to speak not only for myself but for the majority of our students was very rewarding.â€
For Rose, the commercial gave him an opportunity to explore an area that interests him.
â€œParticipating in the commercial showed me how a scripted TV set really works. I am very interested in film and production, so it was awesome to see it done professionally,â€ he said.
Ruiz said the biggest challenge for her was being natural on camera. â€œThe most difficult part was trying not to sound like a robot. I had six others watching me, and it was definitely out of my comfort zone. After a few water bottles and short conversations here and there, I felt confident enough to stand with pride and speak for many students at WNC.
Galluzi was in the U.S. Marine Corp for eight years, serving two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, prior to enrolling at WNC. He fulfilled a key role on campus as a freshman, serving as the president of the Student Veterans Club as the college opened a Veterans Resource Center. He was also named WNCâ€™s Student Veteran of the Year.
Rose has been active with student government at WNC. He was a senator for the Association Students of Western Nevada last year and will fill the same role as a sophomore.
â€œThe most rewarding part,â€ said Ruiz, was knowing that â€œwith these commercials, students will have the confidence that I now have to go back to school and graduate.â€
The new commercials will debut in mid-November to promote registration for spring 2015 classes.