August 28, 2014

Students Hit TV Airwaves to Support Their School

Andrea Avila Ruiz, Rielly Rose, Tim Galluzi
Andrea Avila Ruiz, Rielly Rose, Tim Galluzi

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 WNC’s “Start Here, Go Anywhere” 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.

“Being given the opportunity to be a part of the Western Nevada College commercials was an honor,” said Ruiz, who is working toward acceptance into WNC’s nursing program. “This 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.”

For Rose, the commercial gave him an opportunity to explore an area that interests him.

“Participating 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,” he said.

Ruiz said the biggest challenge for her was being natural on camera. “The 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 WNC’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.

“The most rewarding part,” said Ruiz, was knowing that “with these commercials, students will have the confidence that I now have to go back to school and graduate.”

The new commercials will debut in mid-November to promote registration for spring 2015 classes.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198

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