Tau Sigma National Honor Society

Meet the Officers

Matt Varakian, President

Hey guys, I’m Matt and I’m from New Jersey. I transferred to UMD in the fall of 2015 to pursue a major in astronomy and I’ve also added a minor in planetary science. I love anything space related (big surprise there) and I’m also really into sports and the outdoors. I’m involved in the Terrapin Trail club and the Astroterps, and I also play intramural sports and volunteer at the campus observatory. If you ever want to talk space then I’m your guy, I love answering questions. I’m really excited about this upcoming year with Tau Sigma, and I hope you guys are too! With a year now under my belt I want to be able to help out anyone who may be experiencing the struggles of transferring. So whether you transferred here a year or two ago or are just starting now, believe me when I say Tau Sigma is great way to get involved and meet people that are probably in similar situations to your own. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible and I wish you all the best of luck. Go Terps!

Nancy Padden, Vice President

My name is Nancy and I transferred to UMD for the fall 2015 semester. I am pursuing a degree in Sociology with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. I am interested in just about everything and I really enjoy having long conversations with people. I love reading, cooking, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and going on adventures. I can't wait to meet more Tau Sigma members and help plan some really cool events!

Kerin Webber, Secretary

My name is Kerin Webber and I am a senior majoring in Public Health Science with a minor in Spanish. I have spent my entire life in Annapolis, Maryland, and I commute to UMD from the house I grew up in. I transferred to Maryland after attending Penn State and Anne Arundel Community College. The wonderful transfer student community at Maryland is what really made me love UMD. Aside from being secretary of Tau Sigma, I work for the Health Center as a member of SHARE (Sexual Health and Reproductive Education). In my free time I enjoy traveling, trying out different restaurants, reading nerdy books, running, and coffee. If you're reading this, take my word for it and come join us in Tau Sigma!

Garett Unger, Treasurer

Hi Everyone! My name is Garett Unger and I am from Hancock, Marylandóa small community in Western Maryland. I transferred to UMD in the fall of 2016 from Christopher Newport University, a liberal-arts university in Virginia. I am a Senior majoring in History, and plan to attend law school after graduation. My goal is to pursue a career in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law. In addition to Tau Sigma, I am a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, a professional fraternity at UMD, and I also served as a student legislator with the Student Government Association during my first year at UMD. Iím looking forward to carrying out my officer role this year and canít wait to meet more of my fellow Tau Sigma Terps!

Ellen McDaniel, Director of Communications

Hey all! My name is Ellen and Iím a senior English major from Laurel, Maryland. In Fall 2016, I transferred to UMD from Howard Community College where I got my Associates degree. I love reading, movies, volunteering, friends and traveling! Iíve studied abroad multiple times and am always looking for the next adventure. Currently, I work as a writing and communications intern with the UMD Clark School for Engineering writing articles for their website. I hope my passions and skills will help me excel as Director of Communications, and help make your experience in Tau Sigma so worthwhile!

Michael Anthony Moran, Director of Community Engagement

Hi TSrp fam! The name's Anthony. I'm a transfer from Florida International University in Miami Florida studying biology to one day become a Physical Therapist. What drove to peruse physical therapy was my recovery from a herniated disc prior to transferring to UMD. I was born in Honduras and moved into the US at around four years old. My family has been hopping around the country since I first entered, some of the cities I seen are: Houston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando, and Tampa just to name a few. Thanks to my travels I am deeply aware of how important a community and family is to newcomers. I will do my best to ensure that transfer students feel at home here in Tau Sigma.

Christyana Wood, Community Service Chair

My name is Christyana Wood and I am from Prince Georgeís County, Maryland. I am a senior majoring in Criminology & Criminal Justice with a minor in Professional Writing. Outside of the classroom, I am actively involved in UMDís community as the Hunger Education and Social Media Chair of Terps Against Hunger (TAH), as well as the Fundraising Chair for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I am also a mentor for Justice 4 Juniors Club and a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and Sigma Alpha Pi honor societies. My goal as Community Service Chair is to contribute and exceed the duties of my job and welcome others into this organization.

Mohamed Khaial, Professional Greek Council Representative

Hey! My name is Mohamed Khaial, but I usually go by Mo. I am a Junior Aerospace Engineering major with a minor in Astronomy. I transferred to UMD in the Spring of 2016 from Towson University. I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and moved here about 10 years ago. I love soccer and have been playing it since I was 3 years old. Other things I like to do in my spare time are reading and rocketry (though I have never built a rocket that flew over 5 feet). I am very excited to be part of the Tau Sigma board, and I will do my best to make sure everybody's needs are satisfied.