Student to Alumnus: How Do I Give Back Right Out of School?

Written by: Katie Fox

Every year, colleges graduate thousands of qualified individuals in hundreds of majors, not to mention the graduate, professional and doctoral degrees. Universities depend on their alumni network to get their graduates prepared enough for the real world and help them network for good jobs and strong connections in new cities.

So as a student, you have been reaping the benefits of your school’s alumni network (even if you didn’t know it) and it’s about time to become part of that group. What do you do? Everyone’s first thought is, “Oh, now they’re going to ask for my hard earned money. I just gave you four years worth of tuition!” Well that’s just not true. Your alumni association wants very diverse things from the alumni network and giving back doesn’t have to be a financial endeavor.

You’re probably wondering how your school can benefit from your “alumni-ship,” if you will. Just to prove to you that it’s true, here’s a list of a few ways you can help your school, future graduates and other alumni.

  1. Give Your Time

There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? Wrong. Many graduates struggle to make the adjustment to working life right after college, but once you’re set, it’s time to take a chunk of spare time and show your alma mater some love. Great ways to do this are emailing your old professors, chairpersons, administrators or even the alumni association and offering time. Many students are looking to connect with graduates to ask questions about their field or career and that quick email could turn a student’s life around. If you’re around campus, there are always networking events and career fairs or individual visits to attend as well. Eventually, you could find yourself helping your major’s college or the alumni association on campus initiatives!

  1. Give Your Advice

This goes hand in hand with time. Students want to know what it’s like out there. They want to know their sweat and tears and hardcore studying will pay off. They want to know that people are going to be successful in their desired field. Things like job shadowing and helpful phone calls are great steps in becoming an active alum.

  1. Spread the Word

Be proud of your degree and tell people about it! The more your school’s name is out there in a positive way, the better. It’s like a brand name; you want people to recognize it. A great way to show off your school and education is to be a fantastic worker! Employers want educated a dedicated workers, and they will look to your school to find them if you exemplify that. Prospective students will then want to go to your school because employers are recruiting there and great alumni (like yourself) are helping out.

There are a lot of ways to be a great alumnus/a, but being active and staying in touch are the two best things you can do. By the way, congratulations on finishing your degree!

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Emily Waggoner

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Name: Emily Waggoner

Major: Early Childhood and Special Education, urban track

Minor: Educational Psychology

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Don’t check out. There will times in your next few years at school that are overwhelming. Classes will ask a lot of you, professors will not be nearly as helpful as you want, clubs are going to take up all of your free time that you should be doing homework and really all you want to be is sitting at home binge watching episodes of Shameless. It’s all going to hit you and you’ll feel like you’re drowning for a minute (or a month). But my advice is don’t check out. Stay active within Ambass, and stay engaged in your classes. Put the extra effort in to make sure you have protein in your diet so you’re not falling asleep. And those times when you are about to fall off the edge, grab a friend, facetime a friend, call your mom, and go for a walk. Get outside even if it’s by yourself and remind you that there is a whole world you want to be a part of and that’s why you’re doing this whole college thing in the first place. Take it from me, it’s so much easier to push through when you’re surrounded by people who motivate and push you and when you take a second to remind you why you’re pushing yourself. Just don’t check out. Don’t let opportunities pass you by or give up because it’s hard. Don’t lose touch with the friends who could potentially carry and drag you through these times. It’s hard enough already, don’t do it alone.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Naeyc, CEC, Kappa Delta Pi, IUP Student Cooperative Association Exec. Board, Best Buddies, Student-PSEA

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

I like to move it. Because essentially I would get a kazoo solo and I don’t think I’ve ever wanted something off my bucket list more.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

My very first spring retreat, we were at an outdoor camp during team building activities. One of the activities was trying to get through a (fictitious) mine field with the help of our team members, who couldn’t actually talk or help you. I wasn’t last to go or anything, but I vaguely remember there being pressure if I stepped on a mine. When I did (because of course I did), I remember a fellow ambassador (name being removed for face-saving reasons) squealed like a stepped-on pig at a decibel that I’m not sure my brain processed fully. It was the first time I really laughed with fellow ambassadors, and was ultimately the feeling I have maintained and tried to grow with ambassadors ever since.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Crunch Berries!

What are your plans after graduation?

To pursue a career in urban school districts as an upper elementary school teacher with the intent on going back to school to earn my master’s in school psychology.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

As corny as it sounds, I’ll take away the friendships I made here. The relationships with all of these crazy passionate people who have changed me for the better. Without Ambass, I don’t think I would have been as proud of myself and my collegiate accomplishments as I am, nor do I think I would be so ready to tackle the chaos that is impending graduation.

Maddie Trego Senior Interview

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Name: Maddie Trego

Major: Clinical Laboratory Science with a double Minor in Biology and Chemistry

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): current member

Joined Ambassadors: I joined Ambassadors in the Spring of 2015, my freshman year spring semester.

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

The advice I would give to fellow Ambassadors would be to put all your effort into this organization. The more that you put into it, the more you are going to get out of it and make an effort to be connected with all your fellow ambass members.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

I am involved in Phi Eta Sigma as well as a member of the Health and Human Services Student Advisory Board, and a campus tour guide.

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why? 

If I were on American Idol the song I would choose to sing would be Forever Country. I would sing this because my life is going to be filled with many journeys through these next two years and this song helps me remember where my support comes from through those times.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

My favorite Ambassador memory was Spring retreat my first year that I was in Ambassadors. I loved how everyone connected as a family and spent the day having fun together while working on leadership skills.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

The cereal that best describes me as a person I feel would be Honey Nut Cheerios.

What are your plans after graduation?

After leaving IUP, I plan to complete my internship year at St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and then finding a job in the Philadelphia Area as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.

What will you take away from Ambassadors? 

Ambassadors has given me so much in the three years that I have been involved with it that it is hard to put into words. Not only did it help me branch out and become a better leader and student, but I have made some of the best friends that have turned into family that I will have for the rest of my life. Ambassadors has given me so much more than I could have imagined.

Elizabeth Stackhouse Senior Interview

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Name: Liz Stackhouse

Major: Biochemistry

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General member

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Take advantage of networking opportunities! You never know when those will help.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Professional Chemistry Fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire, Because it is fun to sing and also because it is about a dragon…

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

Brennan coming late to the “What’s in your pocket” ice breaker and then sending sparks across the room because he had a fire starter in his pocket.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Count Chocula

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m heading to medical school in the fall. Probably will be attending Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

A lovely medley of professional development and some life-long friends.

Stephanie Sorage Senior Interview

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Name: Stephanie Sorage

Major: Psychology (Minor – Statistics)

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Member (Finance, Student Engagement)

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Enjoy your time here, it’ll end more quickly than you think.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Tabletop Gaming Club

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

Probably “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, because I am mildly obsessed with Moana.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

The Hogwarts-themed Spring Retreat where I had to act as another ambassador who I didn’t know. Good times.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Honey Bunches of Oats because I love honey a lot.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on going to grad school for forensic psychology. I’ll have to get my doctorate, and after that I hope to become a professor to do research and teach.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

Volunteering and doing service projects can be really fun, and I find them very fulfilling.

Julia Snickles Senior Interview

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Name: Julia Snickles

Major: Nursing

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Current General Board member, Former Vice President of Administration, Former Alumni Engagement Chair

Joined Ambassadors: April 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Get involved! You get out of Ambassadors what you put into Ambassadors. The more you get involved, the more you’ll enjoy this organization and all it has to offer!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in? None

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

I would sing pretty much any song from Les Miserables because they all have such a strong sense of hope and strength to them which is important to keep in mind when things get stressful or tough.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory? 

There are so many!! But my favorite would probably be CASE ASAP 2014 in St. Louis. Besides getting to present at the conference as a brand new member, it was fun getting to know all of the older members. We went to an interactive museum and went down a slide that went through multiple floors of a building.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Fruit Loops because I can be a bit loopy?

What are your plans after graduation?

Pass my nursing boards and get a job as an RN so I can help save lives!

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

The sense of family and community! Ambassadors really is a family away from home and I love knowing that I can reach out to anyone at any time. I hope to help foster this feeling in the future at places at work, volunteer, etc.

Alyssa Schaard Senior Interview

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Name: Alyssa Schaard

Major: Accounting/ Pre-Law Interdisciplinary minor

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Student Engagement Committee/ Development Committee

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

My advice to fellow Ambassadors is to get involved as much as you can at IUP and take advantage of every opportunity that you get. You never know where one networking event or luncheon will lead you to! My 4 years at IUP has flown by and it will for you too, so make the most of your time here. The more you put yourself out there, the more friends and memories you will make along the way!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

College of Business Student Advisory Council (COBSAC), Student Accounting Association (SAA)

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

It’s My Life by Bon Jovi because I can really relate to the lyrics. The message in the song is what I try to live by. I try to make the most of every day and do things that will make me happy. Life is too short to worry about the opinions of others. I would also pick it because the song is very catchy and I love Bon Jovi!

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

My favorite memory from Ambassadors was my first spring retreat. I got to know all the ambassador members and made a lot great friendships.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Lucky Charms

What are your plans after graduation?

This summer I will be interning in the Tax department at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). Starting in August, I will be attending Temple’s Master of Accountancy program for one year and taking the CPA exam.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I have learned a lot through my time in Ambassadors. I learned the importance of networking and getting involved in different events held on campus. I made so many great friendships with people I would not have normally met, since I am normally just in the business college. Everyone had something unique to bring to the organization and that is what makes Ambassadors so great. I am so happy I joined Ambassadors and met such amazing people!

Amanda Rice Senior Interview

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Name: Amanda Rice

Major: Marketing

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Special Events Committee, Historian, Student Engagement Committee

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Get involved!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Her Campus Media intern

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

Something Disney of course, probably “Under the Sea” from the little mermaid

What is your favorite Ambassador memory? 

Everything about CASE-ASAP in DC and Atlanta, and doing the Escape Room with the rest of the E-board!

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Honey Nut Cheerios

What are your plans after graduation?

Interning with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts for a few months, then going to Grad School for my MBA

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

The best friends of my college career and a home away from home. I literally can’t imagine what my college experience would have been without these people.

Caitlin Paterson Senior Interview

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Name: Caitlin Paterson

Major: International Business & Marketing

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Member, Alumni Engagement Committee

Joined Ambassadors: 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

This experience is what you make of it.  Don’t be just another body in the organization, be an active member.  This organization wouldn’t be what it is without the people involved in it.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in? N/A

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

“When Will My Life Begin” from the movie Tangled because I love Rapunzel more than life itself.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

CASE ASAPs in D.C. & Hotlanta

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Honey Nut Cheerios

What are your plans after graduation?

Attend the University of Worcester for an MSc in International Management.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

Lifelong friendships, some of the best memories of my college career, and the confidence to become a leader no matter what situation I walk into.

Madison Ophaug Senior Interview

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Name: Madison Ophaug

Major: Natural Science, Pre-Dentistry

Minor: Chemistry

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board member

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Be open to new experiences, take on responsibilities, attend as many events as possible and get to know your fellow Ambassadors.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

I’m also an IUP Crimson Tour Guide and an Indiana County Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Volunteer.

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

“I Love Rock ‘n Roll” – the Joan Jett version.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

Attending CASE ASAP in Washington, D.C. in the summer after I joined Ambassadors. I learned a lot about the organization and made many lasting friendships.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Honey Bunches of Oats.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am currently planning on attending either a science-related Post Baccalaureate Program or a Biomedical Science Master’s program next year.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

In addition to the connections and friendships I have made through Ambassadors, I have also grown both personally and professionally because of this organization.

 

Kiani Lozada

 

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Name: Kiani Lozada

Major: Communications Media

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Member

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Have fun at all the great events that Ambass is responsible for, including Homecoming!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

IUP-TV (Producer of Press Start), Founding Sister of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Incorporated, Assistant Promising Scholars Coordinator for IUP Admissions.

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

Probably something by Lady Gaga, because she can sing and play an instrument similar to me. Except I don’t claim to be able to sing, but I can play many instruments.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

The retreats have always been a fun part of Ambass to experience and my favorite retreat featured a Hogwarts House themed lazor tag battle in the woods. Slytherin all day, everyday.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

I’d have to say fruity pebbles because they’re really small like me (I’m barely 5 feet tall on a good day) and they’re my favorite childhood cereal.

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m not entirely sure yet, as I have no definitive plans. I’m aiming to be in the media production field.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

It’s important to be connected as Alumni after graduation. Before Ambassadors, I wasn’t quite sure about anything related to Alumni, but now that I’m graduating, I know plenty of ways to be involved post-grad and am looking forward to Alumni events.

Heather Kwolek Senior Interview

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Name: Heather Kwolek

Major: Psychology

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Member of University Relations, then a member of Student Engagement Committee

Joined Ambassadors: I joined Ambassadors in the Spring of 2014.

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

This is a great organization. Take advantage of the opportunities provided – meet alumni, develop yourself as a professional, gain skills and leadership experience, make friends, and have fun!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

I am a member of Psi Chi, and beyond that I helped found the Tabletop Gaming Club at IUP and have been both President and Vice President of it since its inception.

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

I would choose to sing the song “Down” by Thousand Foot Krutch if I were on American Idol. I really like a lot of the lyrics in it, especially those about when people say that you can’t do something, or that plenty of others can do it (and so you’re nothing special), the best response is to use that as further motivation towards your goals – to show them that they were wrong. I like the idea of focusing on your goals and passions and never letting other people bring you down. It’s something I need to remember, much of the time!

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

My favorite Ambassador memory actually comes from Spring Retreat the year I joined. I was doing a rope activity where I had to balance on one rope while a partner balanced on another rope, and we could use each other as support. Slowly, though, the ropes moved farther apart. The rest of the group was there to catch you when you fell. As someone who is afraid of heights, and has no sense of balance, this wasn’t my greatest strength. However, the best part was that when I fell, the group actually caught me. This might sound silly, but I’ve been dropped in trust falls before! The fact that I was caught here meant something to me, because it impressed on me that I could actually trust everyone to be there when something went wrong.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

None, because I don’t like cereal! But really, though, I don’t know too many cereals because I don’t eat them. Maybe Cocoa Puffs? Because they’re sweet and chocolaty, and I adore chocolate!

What are your plans after graduation?

I am planning to go to graduate school for school psychology and get at least my Ed.S., although I may continue and get a Ph.D. After that, I want to return to Virginia, hopefully around the Northern Virginia area, and practice as a school psychologist!

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I am going to take away that the knowledge that a group of people, when dedicated and well-organized, can truly do amazing things. Further, you never truly know what exactly you are capable of until you push yourself – and having a group of capable, dedicated people behind you pushing you is one way to help you find out!

Kelsey Hagens Senior Interview

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Name: Kelsey Hagens

Major: Dietetics

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Active member

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Don’t be afraid to step up and take a leadership role in Ambassadors. Don’t let yourself be intimidated. Also, get to know as many members as possible. These are some of the best friendships you’ll make in college.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics and Student Philanthropy Council

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

I’d probably pick a song from The Lumineers because I’ve been enjoying their music lately.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

My favorite Ambassador memory would be spring retreat in the spring of 2015. This was my first retreat and when I really started to make friends in this organization. Team Hufflepuff #1.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Cookie Crisp because chocolate chip cookies are my favorite thing in the world.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will hopefully be enrolling in a dietetic internship or nutrition-related job, in pursuit of my overall goal of being a registered dietitian.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I will first take away the importance of staying involved and dedicated in whatever I do. Ambassadors allowed me to always be an active IUP student. I will also take away the networking and communication skills that I have gained from the many events that we are able to attend. And last, I will take away the many friendships I have gained from the awesome people of this organization.

Katelyn Fox Senior Interview

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Name: Katelyn Fox

Major: Marketing, minor:  Applied Statistics

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Past VP of Development

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Get involved as possible. There’s never going to be an opportunity for something great through Ambass unless you put the work in to get there. Ambassadors can be really great for professional development and networking as well as leadership, but you have to make those opportunities happen for you by volunteering and showing love and pride for IUP!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Phi Gamma Nu and COBSAC

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

I was asked this question in my interview and I can’t really remember what I said. But now, I think I would sing Jordan Belfort because I know all the words and it’s not really singing. I wouldn’t make it very far otherwise!

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

My favorite memory would have to be the 2015 Spring Retreat. I worked very hard along with my Development committee and we did an awesome job putting on an extremely fun and educational day. Not to mention laser tag!

What cereal best describes you as a person?

I’d probably be Fruity Pebbles because I’m colorful and sweet and I grew up with the Flinstones.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be attending University of Pittsburgh School of Law to achieve my J.D. on a full scholarship.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I will always remember to stay active and that IUP is always there for me. As an alumna of a university, I will know how to connect with my fellow alums, give back to my school, and ensure that students always have access to me for advice and help. Ambassadors has also given me some of the best friends I could ask for. I’ll always remember the fun times we’ve shared at events and outside of the group and I hope to see them all again!

Erika Fenstermacher Senior Interview

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Name: Erika Fenstermacher

Major: Psychology (Minor in Sociology and Certificate in Gerontology)

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Alumni Engagement Committee Member 2017, Vice President 2016, Administration Committee Member 2015

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors? To my fellow Ambassadors: Get involved. Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Support each other, this is a family. Most importantly, enjoy the ride; it flies by!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in? IUP’s Council of Trustees, the Co-Op Board of Directors, Psi Chi, Active Minds

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

Hmmm. I would probably sing Best Mistake by Ariana Grande because 1. She is a queen and so fun to sing & 2. I know Big Sean’s rap verse by heart

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

My favorite Ambass memory is probably when Derek Hanely gave his senior speech or any one of Mo, Maddie, and I’s premeets!

What cereal best describes you as a person? Frosted Cheerios!

What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I intend to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. My ultimate goal is to obtain a Ph.D. and become a clinical geropsychologist.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

Being a member of the IUP Ambassadors has taught me how to properly network in professional settings and has given me an appreciation for the role of IUP Alumni within this university, both through service as well as monetarily. I am also grateful to the Ambassadors for giving me friendships with people I may never have met otherwise!

Kelly Evangelista Senior Interview

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Name: Kelly Evangelista

Major: Nursing

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Student Engagement Chair 2016, General Board

Joined Ambassadors: 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Get as involved as possible! Getting involved helped me to have a better appreciation for IUP and learn about all its great attributes! I also got to know my fellow ambassadors much better. I would definitely say get to know everyone in the organization. I have met some of my best friends who are more like family to me, so don’t be afraid to get to know people!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Alpha Tau Delta (nursing fraternity), Sigma Theta Tau (honors nursing organization), Student Nurses’ Association of PA, Nursing Student Advisory board (senior representative), Crimson Guide

If you were on American Idol what song would you sing and why?

Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood! It is such a powerhouse!

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

I’d have to say both CASE-ASAP conventions I attended! I really got to know everyone better on the trip and learned so much while exploring a new city!

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Trix because I secretly want to be a kid forever haha!

What are your plans after graduation?

Move back home to Pittsburgh and hopefully secure an RN position at Children’s Hospital of Pgh in either the NICU or ER.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I will never forget my Ambassador family. Each and every person and experience helped me to grow as a person and professional. I have made so many memories that I am so thankful for. Every other Wednesday night at 9:15, I’ll be wishing I was at Breezedale hall with my family. I’ll never forget the Ambasslove.

Rachel Doig Senior Interview

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Name: Rachel Doig

Major: Communications Media Minors: English & LGBT&Q Studies

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Member

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Participate in what you can, while you can! As a senior, I rarely have the time that I used to have to help out at different events. It’s a great overall experience, and there’s almost always a good time (and often food) involved at events.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

IUP-TV, Center for Media Production and Research, Phi Eta Sigma

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

I’m really into Tame Impala right now, so probably the song “Let It Happen.” I’m at a point in my life where I’m feeling pretty nostalgic about the future, so this is a good fit.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

My favorite Ambassador memory is when I attended CASE ASAP in the summer of 2015 in Washington, DC. This is my favorite city, and we got to do a lot of really cool things while we were down there. It was a great experience.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

I used to be OBSESSED with Scooby-Doo when I was little, and the cereal they used to make based on the show, so I’d say that. It was “Cinnamon Marshmallow Scooby-Doo cereal.”

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on doing some fun stuff over the summer, then getting a job in communications. I’d really like to move back to Washington, D.C.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I’ll definitely take away all of the professionalism that I’ve learned as a member of this organization. It’s helped me so much during job interviews, my internship, and I have no doubt that my engagement with alumni with help me in my future career.

Nicole Bradley Senior Interview

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Name: Nicole Elizabeth Bradley

Major: English Education and Music

Ambassador Role: Admin Committee, Alumni Committee, General Board

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Take advantage of all the amazing opportunities the Ambassadors present. Further have fun!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

During my time at IUP, I’ve been a member and student leader of many organizations. For my last year while student teaching I’ve moved on from many to focus on teaching, but in general I’m a member of (or been a member of) the following:
-IUP Marching Band
-Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
-Residence Hall Council (3rd floor representative of Whitmyre Hall)
-Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educator Association (Chapter Secretary, State Region II Coordinator)
-Academic Success Mentor
-Summer Crimson Guide
-Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society (Fundraising and Awards Chair)
-Paranormal Society of IUP (President)
-National Council of Teachers of English
-National Society of Leadership and Success
-IUP Quidditch Club

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

I really love Florence and the Machine and her new album, so I’d probably go with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

I’d say it’s a toss up between CASE-ASAP in St. Louis or attending the Young Alumni Achievement Networking Dinner. Though any Ambass memory is a great Ambass memory.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Frosted Flakes because “They’re Great!” Though, in general, that’s my favorite cereal.

What are your plans after graduation?

Teaching – where I don’t know yet, but teaching somewhere. I also hope to complete a graduate degree online in Educational Leadership to one day perhaps become a school principal.

What will you take away from Ambassadors with you?

The Ambassadors has provided me with so many opportunities and lessons learned in life, but honestly what I will take away the most from the Ambassadors are the memories and appreciation and also the sense of lifelong friendship and Ambass-family. I’ll be a proud IUP Ambassador alumna.

Michael Belko Senior Interview

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Name: Mike Belko

Major: Biochemistry

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board Member

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors? Get involved as much as you can as an underclassman before you have to worry about graduating etc. and are super busy all the time.

Besides Ambassadors organizations are you involved in? Alpha Chi Sigma

If you were on American Idol what song would you chose to sing and why?

“Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” by the Temptations was the first song to come to mind. For reasons unknown…

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

Team Goofy at the Spring Retreat 2014. Or the time somebody threw an egg at Zinc and we don’t ever talk about it.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Marshmallow Mateys or Fruity Dino Bites. The obvious knock off cereal names always crack me up.

What are your plans after graduation?

Med School at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I gained a lot of professional skills I’ll be able to use in medical school and made a lot of great memories.

Young Alumni Networking Dinner

In conjunction with the Young Alumni Achievement Awards, the IUP Ambassadors are hosting this year’s annual Young Alumni Networking Dinner on Sunday, October 22 in Sutton Hall, Blue Room.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award was created to recognize recent IUP graduates identified as being outstanding in their fields and to present such alumni to current IUP students as examples of exceptional achievement. All recent graduates of IUP, less than fifteen years, who have recorded notable accomplishments in their chosen profession are eligible for this award. The Young Alumni Award recipients are invited to hold seminars, presentations, and panel discussions on topics related to their professions.

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2016 Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients

The Young Alumni Networking Dinner (YAND) is an opportunity for students to meet and mingle with winners of the 2017 Young Alumni Achievement Awards, and special alumni guests from a variety of fields and majors. There will be at least one representative from each college in attendance at this event.

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Students having dinner with 2015 recipient David Andrews

Students that apply and are accepted will be assigned a table and table host to share with several other students and alumni. Before dinner, students will have the opportunity to mingle with all guests at the event. Once dinner starts, students will have the opportunity to have discussions with their table hosts in a smaller group setting. Students will be assigned tables based on their field/major and the experiences of the alumni in attendance. The award winners and alumni guests will share their experiences, answer questions, and discuss with students how they got to where they are with the skills they learned from IUP.

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Students networking with alumni before dinner

 

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Students and Alumni – 2016 Young Alumni Networking Dinner

Dinner is a plated three course meal and free of charge to the student. During the meal there will be ice-breaker questions provided at each table, should they be needed to help facilitate discussions. The purpose of this event is to foster the relationship between students and alumni and improve students’ networking skills. An attendee list will be available before the event, should students want to learn more about the award recipients and alumni attendees. There is a business professional dress code for this event.

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IUP Ambassadors at the 2016 Young Alumni Networking Dinner

Students may apply to attend by filling out the Club and Organization Application 2017 and submitting it to iupambassadors@gmail.com or by submitting an application online at www.alumni.iup.edu/yand.  All applications must be received by Monday, October 16th.