Animal Biology Major Amber Parle Selected Commencement Speaker
June 7, 2012
|Amber Parle has been selected the student speaker for the College of Ag's commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. June 17.|
DAVIS--Animal biology major Amber Parle, who will be graduating with honors on Sunday, June 17 from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been selected the student commencement speaker for one of the two ceremonies.
Parle will speak at the 2 p.m. commencement in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) Pavilion, where the College of Ag will confer degrees to students from 21 departments, including animal biology and entomology.
The other College of Ag commencement ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at the same site, and encompasses the other nine departments, including plant sciences and environmental horticulture and forestry.
Forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey serves as the master advisor of the animal biology program, which includes some 350 students. "Amber has a first-rate mind," he said, "and she led her study group."
Parle, born and reared in Southern California, is a 2008 graduate of Big Bear High School, Big Bear City, San Bernardino County. The valedictorian of her class, she was one of seven students, countywide, selected to participate in the first Governor’s Academic Recognition Program. She was among 177 students chosen statewide.
Parle enrolled at UC Davis immediately after high school. During her time at UC Davis she explored several interests including painting, acting, drawing, photography, fitness, writing, and singing. She is currently working on her first novel and a collection of poems -- both of which she hopes to get published soon.
In 2011 Parle completed her first full marathon, only a year and two weeks after being hit by a car while walking in downtown Davis.
“After this, I realized that life is too fragile to let dreams slip away, and so I decided that after college I would travel the world – spending a year in each country for a total of ten years,” she said.
Parle will be leaving for South Korea in fall of 2012, where she has a yearlong contract to teach English.
After that “I will go wherever my heart takes me.”
Her dream job? Working at a wildlife preserve somewhere in Africa. "However, I want to see the world first. My plan is to work my way around and have various jobs, such as teaching English, working on sustainable farms, and working at zoos or rehab facilities," she said. "I'm more interested in the experience than I am the money. I would also like to eventually become an active novelist."
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology