The first meeting of the 2013-2014 school year brought a speaker to Breezedale. IUP Career Development Center Graduate Assistant, Zac Saeva, came to speak to the Ambassadors about services provided by the center. Some of the services include mock interviews, job fairs, career coaching, resume reviews, and networking.Today, the CDC had an event in the Oak Grove called “Goal in the Grove,” to provide students with information about the CDC and the importance of using its services. Ambassadors volunteered at the event by demonstrating how students can contact alumni using LinkedIn.
Last semester Ryan Egan, president and Carly Lewis, vice president decided to start bringing speakers to Ambassador meetings. They did this to add variety to the meetings and connect Ambassadors to other campus groups and alumni in a different manner than we’ve done before.
In February, Mary Jo Ludwig from the Office of Annual Giving came to speak. She shared with us the importance of Ambassador’s work from the university’s perspective. Philanthropy is a big part of what Mary Jo does, and our work sometimes overlaps with hers. She thanked us for what we do and discussed her role at the university. She deals a lot with alumni connections and managing financial gifts that are given to the university so that the gifts will have a lasting impact. She is involved with the senior class gift and organizes volunteers and donations for the gift to help seniors contribute to a meaningful cause.
Ryan Renz, a past Ambassador, spoke in March. He gave a good-natured talk about being engaged in the Alumni Association and making the best of every situation even if the situation isn’t the best. It was easy to see that Ambassadors meant a lot to him and his college experience. He seemed excited to be back in Breezedale for Ambassador activities. Ryan’s appreciation for Ambassadors even after graduation showed the importance of our community and the great group we have around.
The Ambassadors are looking forward to more speakers throughout the year.