Name: Yoni Kallman
Major: Nutrition Science
Yoni is a senior in Nutrition Science and is from El Paso, Texas. Yoni is currently applying to medical school and hopes to specialize in dermatology or radiology. Yoni has been very involved on campus in the last four years. As a freshman he joined the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society as well as the fraternity, Chi Phi. As a sophmore he became Chi Phi’s New Member Educator. As a junior, Yoni became the Scholarship Chair at Chi Phi. For the last two years, Yoni has been volunteering at the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic located in the Women’s Building on campus. He helps participants exercise as well as provides moral support. Yoni also joined the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, which provides volunteer opportunities to those in the society as well as the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, which is a professional networking organization. During his third year, Yoni became involved in the organization SACNAS which focuses on science-based methods. Yoni ended up going to the SACNAS National Conference this year as well as ran for office and become the Communications and Membership officer for SACNAS.
This year, Yoni was very involved in the Clinton Global Initiative University and with two other team member, submitted proposals to host two different events on campus. Through the Clinton Global Initiative University, Yoni was able to bring down 50 middle schoolers from Portland to participate in Ag-Day activities. Yoni also helped to plan the recent event, Mi Famillia Weekend which celebrates cultural heritage and provides activities for the whole family.
When asked what he has gained from his campus involvement, Yoni said “I have learned to work well with others and how to mesh with a team, these are real-world skills which I use every day. I have also developed my problem-solving and brainstorming skills which will greatly help me in the future.”
When asked what advice he would give to students wanting to get involved on campus, Yoni said “you have one shot to get it right. Four years to the make the most of your time here. You can get out of your comfort zone, meet people from all backgrounds, and come together for a common goal.” When asked what his personal definition of leadership is, Yoni said “leadership is the ability to go out and do what you think is right and make a difference.”
Yoni said his most influential experience at OSU was volunteering in the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic because he “truly could see the difference that I was making, and that was the most rewarding.” Yoni plans to move back to Austin this summer after he graduates and train to be a EMT while waiting to find out his acceptance results for medical school.