At Shippensburg University, students are recommended to join at least one organization on campus to gain experience and become part of the community. Homecoming King Ramses Ovalles knows this all too well as he is a part of seven different organizations.
“I am pretty involved on campus,” Ovalles said. “I always have to thank the Office of Multicultural Affairs (MSA), Ms. Diane Jefferson and Mrs. Kapri Brown for making me into the leader I am on campus today.”
The seven organizations Ovalles is involved with include being the president of the Latino Student Organization, the diversity facilitator for the Building Bridges program and a student-worker for the First-Year Experience and Community Engagement Office.
He is also involved as the vice president of finance for the Student Government Association (SGA), a board member for the Shippensburg University Student Services Inc. (SUSSI), a chair member for the Student Government Association Budget and Finance Committee and is a member of B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S.
Each letter of B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. represents a different accomplishment or goal.
Born in the Bronx, New York, Ovalles began his SU journey as a biology pre-med student before transitioning into studying law.
“I would probably continue to pursue medicine if I didn’t study law,” Ovalles said.
“I attended Shippensburg University because I had mutual acquaintances from my hometown that already attended the university, and many of my graduating class in high school planned to attend Ship as well,” Ovalles said.
Ovalles, a senior, plans on staying at SU to receive a master’s degree in public administration before moving on to law school.
Overall, Ovalles deemed homecoming as a great experience and passed on advice to future runners.“Enjoy the experience, and remember that you are serving a greater purpose by raising money and committing to service,” Ovalles said.
He said homecoming allowed him to engage with people on homecoming court and serve the Shippensburg area through service.
“Homecoming was definitely challenging, but such a great, fulfilling opportunity at the same time,” Ovalles said.
Like any student, Ovalles enjoys spending his free time with friends, catching up with sleep and watching Netflix.