Alumni Highlight: Alex Ela '12

Major: Management

Current residence: Lake Elsinore

Occupation: General manager at Cherished Memories Photography

Alex Ela (Management/BS/2012) never shied away from opportunities while a student at UC Merced.

Throughout his undergraduate career, Ela participated in several clubs and organizations. He was a part of The Prodigy Newspaper and served as the layout editor, then photo editor and finally the Web editor.

Through The Prodigy he met a friend who got him interested in joining Alpha Kappa Psi, and from there he got interested in ASUCM. He was a senator from 2010-2012 and the Internal vice president in 2012. In additional to all of that, he was also a part of the Campus Activities Board.

It was through and because of his leadership opportunities at UC Merced that Ela was able to chair the UC Leaders Conference in 2012, one of his proudest moments. More than 250 high school students attended to develop leadership skills and learn from UC Merced students like Ela. Regarded as a great success, the conference continues.

After graduating in December of 2012, Ela has stayed in touch with UC Merced as a proud alumnus because he thinks it is important to stick together and continue the lifelong relationships he started as a student. Ela continues to serve UC Merced as a donor, volunteer and friend, helping to recruit new students and looking to start an alumni chapter in Southern California.

Largely due to Ela's efforts, the UC Merced Southern California Alumni Chapter was approved by the UC Merced Alumni Association Board at its Dec. 7, 2013, meeting.

Words of wisdom: Push on and be successful in everything you do.