Thomas and Deborah (10/02/2012)

The Office of Multicultural Affairs wants you to meet:

New Student:

Spotlight-Thomas Barbano

Thomas Barbano

Hometown: Ashland, WI

Year: Freshman

Major/Minor: Elementary Education

What drew you to UW-Superior?: The highly reputable Educational Leadership department, diverse campus population, small campus size, and proximity to home were all of the reasons why I chose to come to UWS.

What student organizations/ extracurricular activities are you planning to be a part of?: Right now, I am planning to join the Future Teacher Association and Circle of Native Nations.

What are you looking forward to most during this upcoming year?: Seizing opportunities and meeting new people. I want to challenge myself to consider every opportunity that I come across this year (and in the rest of my years in college) and to make new, lasting friendships.

What is one "Fun Fact" about you: I am a member of the Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians in Odanah, Wisconsin. I enjoy learning about my heritage and my current educational plan includes earning a degree in American Indian Studies.

Returning Student:

Student Spotlight-Deb Yam

Deborah Yam

Hometown: Hard to say since I've moved to four countries besides my stay in the states since last year. But I'd have to say Hong Kong. My parents are there currently and I'm most familiar with that place compared to the other ones.

Year in School: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Art Therapy and Art Education with a minor in Special Education

What drew you to UW-Superior?: Art Therapy Major. Cheap. That's also what's keeping me from transferring, in addition to the awesome people and friends I've made on campus.

What student organizations/extracurricular activities are you a part of and/or planning to be a part of: WSA, BSU, InterVarsity, and a couple of other ones I can't really think of at the moment.

What are you looking forward to most during this upcoming year?: I'm looking forward to doing really well and redeeming myself from last year, really. I want to try and get straight A's (yes I know it's a bit of a stretch, but hey). Also
getting to know my new roommate. She's really the sweetest.

In one sentence, what is your advice to your peers about succeeding in college?: Time Management and Scheduling. Never ever ever miss class. Never. Oh, and buy warm clothing. It'll be hard to get out of bed in winter if you don't have an alternative "blanket" to keep you warm while you walk to class.

What is one "Fun Fact" about you: I'm a half-Filipino, half-Chinese American citizen. I've learned around nine languages so far, but I'm only fluent in English and Tagalog.  


The Office of Multicultural Affairs is incredibly excited to announce our new "Student Spotlight" program. We will spotlight both new and/or returning UW-Superior students each week throughout the academic year. We will spotlight these students on our office website, Facebook page, and student/staff digests. UW-Superior students are the reason we are here and we truly want students to be successful. The Student Spotlight will help students to connect to various faculty, staff, students, and programs on this campus and vice versa. Having these connections will help students become successful.

Students if you would like to participate in the "Student Spotlight" please answer the following information and email to