Thirteen Marian University students were selected to serve this year as the first class of Presidential Ambassadors. Coming from different classes and degree programs, including one medical student, they have been acting as representatives at various university-sponsored events with the president, alumni, and Office of Institutional Advancement staff. If you attended an event recently, it was likely an ambassador who welcomed you at the door or checked your coat.
This program goes beyond basic event assistance, however. The ambassadors’ intended purpose is to promote and introduce the mission, vision, values, and traditions of Marian University to students, parents, alumni, and current and potential friends of the institution. “The Presidential Ambassadors are a powerful reminder to our Board of Trustees of the importance of the donation of their time, talent, and treasure to Marian University. Interacting with these students at special events keeps them feeling connected and helps them promote our mission to other community leaders,” explained Deborah Lawrence, vice president for administration and general counsel.
Robert Dazé, second-year medical student enjoys being able to represent the college of osteopathic medicine and appreciates the opportunity to interact with the undergraduate students while carrying the spirit of Marian University to the surrounding community. “I would recommend this program to others to encourage solidarity and fellowship on campus,” Dazé said.
“Being a presidential ambassador has allowed me to meet interesting people, hear stories, and share mine,” shared Katie Jones ’16. She particularly recognizes the value of seeing the impact of her own stories on others who are in the position to support Marian University’s continued growth.
While serving as stewards of the university, the ambassadors will also be further developing transferable leadership skills as they network at high caliber events throughout the year. Morgan Stricker ’18 recommends the program because of the leadership and networking opportunities. “I have been challenged to improve my professionalism and communication skills and was especially excited to practice those skills in a conversation with the CEO of St.Vincent while working in the president’s suite during Homecoming this fall,” she said.
“This first class is a stellar group. They are doing a wonderful job of showcasing the Marian University student experience, and we are very much looking forward to recruiting another class of ambassadors for the 2016-17 academic year,” said Karen McNulty ’12, assistant director of housing and residential life.
In order to become an ambassador, students must have completed one year of study at Marian University, be in good standing with a GPA above a 3.0, submit an application, provide two references, interview with the advisors and selection committee, and attend the retreat/training session before the start of the academic year.