If you have been in Breezedale lately (or if you haven’t) you’ll notice a new face in the office!
Madison Sabo joined the Alumni Association staff over the week of Spring Break. Recently I got the chance to sit down with Maddie and learn a little bit about her.
Maddie is a former ambassador (’11-’12) who excitedly has returned to work in the Alumni Office and with the Ambassadors. She grew up in Indiana, Pa and graduated from Indiana High School in 2009. She attended IUP where she earned her undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management. While at IUP she worked in the University Events office and was a member of the IUP Ambassadors.
After graduation she moved to Pittsburgh where she worked in catering for Giant Eagle Market District, and then returned to Indiana where she worked as the Rustic Lodge event manager, as well as manager at the Grape Vine before joining us in the Alumni Office.
As a former ambassador, Maddie said that she enjoys seeing that things have and have not changed within the organization. The structural change that took place this year being the most notable difference. She agrees that the family aspect is an important factor, and is happy that it remains. She is proud that the organization continues to be a group of students that are involved with the university in so many different ways, and that it continues to have such a high standard of students.
Besides working with the Alumni Office, Maddie is also heavily involved in the Indiana community. She sits as President of the Indiana Arts Council, and Vice President of QUOTA which is a non-profit organization that works to empower women, children, deaf, and speech-impaired people in communities around the world.
Maddie said that she has enjoyed all of her jobs, but always liked her job on campus the best, which is why she is very excited to be back here working with the ambassadors.
October 9, 2015
- The annual Crimson Huddle and Kidz Korner was a huge hit! A big thank you to Morgan Huey and the Special Events committee for their tremendous efforts in making Kidz Karnival a success!
- Be sure to say hi to the various Ambassadors giving tours around campus Saturday, October 10 for the Admissions Expo!!
- If you know or are a very active IUP student, be sure to consider applying to attend the Young Alumni Networking Dinner on the evening of November 8. If you have any questions, ask Mike Griffith, our VP of University Relations.
- A huge thank you to Jessica for giving us a presentation of how to dress for a professional event. The Ambassadors will be sure to consider this for our etiquette dinner coming up October 21!
- Be sure to check out Ambassador Hannah Simon in the IUP Lively Arts production of “She Kills Monsters” coming in November! Check out the Lively Arts home page for more information on dates and ticket sales.
- The Paranormal Society, which includes Ambassador Nicole Bradley, will be holding their annual Boo for Boobies fundraiser for the Indiana Regional Medical Center Women’s Imaging Center on October 24 and October 31. Participants will get to experience a ghost-hunt of Keith and Leonard Halls while donating to a great cause. Tickets will be sold in Keith 130 or the Keith entrance near McElhaney.
- Kyle Kackley has been approved to start his new organization on campus “Young Americans for Freedom”. Best of luck Kyle!
OUR AMBASSADOR OF THE WEEK is jeremy risinger! Jeremy is an active member of the development committee and a very big help to the organization over all. congrats jeremy!!
September 25, 2015
- IUP will be holding a career expo at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex for all students from 10:00-3:00 on September 30. Refer to the career development center for more information or if you have any questions. Be sure to check it out!
- A huge thanks to our guest Jessica (?) for speaking about the SAHE program (?) at our general board meeting. We really appreciate it!
- The Ambassadors will be giving tours at the first Admissions Expo of the year on October 10. If you know any interested, prospective students looking to learn more about IUP, please go to iup.edu for more information!
- The Indiana County Humane Society is currently having a “Donate Your Soles” shoe-drive fundraiser. For every 25 pairs of shoes collected, they will donate $10 to the Humane Society. A big thanks to Brooklynne Sharbaugh for telling us about this great fundraiser!
- As many know, we are almost exactly one week from one of the biggest events of the year: Homecoming! IUP will be celebrating with a homecoming spirit week for the week leading up to homecoming. Be sure to show your IUP pride!! Here are the themes:
- Monday: Pajama Day
- Tuesday: Animal Print
- Wednesday: Crazy hat
- Thursday: Twinsy Thursday
- Friday: IUP spirit
- The annual homecoming parade will be held from 10:00-11:00 on Philadelphia Street October 3rd. Support the various IUP students who worked hard preparing to take part in the parade!
- IUP will be taking on Edinboro for the homecoming game, beginning at 2 pm on October 3rd. Be sure to come out and cheer on the Crimson Hawks!
Our ambassador of the week is new member courtney warren! courtney is an active member on the administration committee and has also been going above and beyond helping other committees. great work courtney!!
September 14, 2015
Welcome back iup!!
- It may only may be a few weeks into the semester, but the Ambassadors are already working hard this new year!
- Before the semester even started, the Ambassadors were working hard at Breezedale stuffing and labeling envelopes for the annual Tuition Raffle. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we have already been receiving raffle tickets back! Great job to Bucky and the finance committee for their hard work and success!
- IUP Day was a success for the Ambassadors! It was a great way to get our name out there and we were very well received!
- Be sure to check out the Ambassadors in the Oak Grove on September 23 for Goal in the Grove from 11-3! Come learn about all the alumni opportunities IUP has to offer!
Case asap 2015!
- 15 IUP Ambassadors represented IUP (District 2) at the CASE ASAP National Convention in Washington D.C. from August 6-8. They learned helpful tips to help improve our group for even better success!
- Sara Lawer was nominated for Most Outstanding Adviser for District 2. Congrats Sara!
- Mike Calhoun, Katie Fox, Matt O’Hara, and Kelly Evangelista gave a presentation about our retreat programs and how they enhance bonding, teamwork, and professionalism. We heard great feedback! Great work!!
May 1st, 2015
Vice President of Special Events
- Morgan Huey, Junior, Pre-chiropractic
- Billie Michaeux, Senior, Interior Design
- Sam Baydar, Senior, Education
- Aaron Douthit, Senior, Nursing*
- Marcus Hewitt, Junior, Pre-Med
- Allison Rabon, Junior, Chemistry
- Rachel Doig, Sophomore, Communications
- Amanda Rice, Sophomore, Marketing
- Porter Mitchell, Junior, Exercise Science
- New members: Caitlin Paterson, Kyle Kackley, Hannah Simon*, Virginia Njenga*
The Special Events committee is busy year-round planning different social events for the Ambassadors. During this time of the year, they are busy planning the annual spring formal, which is a “thank you” to the Ambassadors for their hard work during the year. In the fall, they are responsible for planning the Kidz Karnival. This is help during homecoming weekend for the children of the returning alumni. There are games, face-painting, and other activities for all the kids and families as well as lots of prizes to be won! Later in the year, they plan the Progressive Dinner, which is an event where different ambassadors offer to cook a soup or salad, appetizer, entrée, or dessert at their house/apartment and all the move from house-to-house to enjoy the delicious food prepared by their fellow ambassadors! Lastly, they finish out the year with the Holiday Gathering. It’ s a fun, relaxed event held the week before finals at the end of the fall semester. There is a potluck and tons of great Christmas movies, it is a great time!
April 24, 2015
- Last week, 7 Ambassadors acted as hosts for Distinguished Alumni who were returning to the university to receive awards for their services and accomplishments. On April 18, an award ceremony and dinner was hosted in the blue room of Sutton Hall where the hosts were invited. It was a great weekend! A huge thank you to the hosts and congratulations to the award recipients!
- On May 2nd the Ambassadors will be having their annual formal. Members are invited to come lend a hand setting up at 3 pm!
- Katie Fox and the development committee have done an excellent job planning the annual spring retreat which will be held April 26 at Ligonier Camp and Conference center. It’s a great way to build teamwork and for new members to become acquainted with the older members!
- Hannah Simon announced that the Office of Procurement, where she and Matt O’Hara are currently employed, are looking for a new student worker. Contact Hannah for more information!
- Nicole Bailey recently held a conference she has been organizing.
- Katie Fox accepted a job as a playground leader at Blue Mountain Rec. Congrats Katie!
- Aaron Douthit has accepted an RN position at Geisinger hospital following graduation. Best of luck Aaron!
- Gabby Bradshaw has accepted a position with the Literacy AmeriCorps in Tampa Bay, Florida following graduation. Congrats and best of luck Gabby!
- This week was a bitter sweet meeting for the Ambassadors. We had our annual “Senior Send-off”, which was coordinated by Julia Snickles and the administration committee. Each senior received a “memory bag” that had different memories written by fellow ambassadors. Every senior was honored and had the opportunity to read a memory of their choice. Best of luck seniors! We are all so proud of you!
This week we have a very special ambassador of the week: all of the 15 seniors!! Thank you all for your hard work throughout your years in Ambassadors. We are all sad to see you go, but know you are moving on to amazing things in your lives. Thanks for all the memories and best of luck!
April 10th, 2015
Vice President of Finance
- Bucky Wiech, Sophomore, Undeclared
- Faith Elmes, Senior, Chemistry
- Zach Russell, Senior, Nursing
- Kassie MacKinnon, Senior, Natural Sciences
- Paige Davies, Senior, English
- Daryl Klingensmith, Sophomore, Pre-Optometry
- Lauren Ashurts, Senior, Education
The Finance Committee has been busy making sure the Ambassadors can do all their activities throughout the year. The Committee makes sure the budget is balanced and up to date. During the fall semester, the Committee spearheads the Tuition Raffle. The raffle serves as the organizations only fundraisers. Ambassadors keeps the money needed for our yearly expenses and gives the recent of the money received back to the University. The winner of the raffle receives free tuition for a semester. The Finance Committee helps out with the Salute to Grads held in Fall and Spring as graduation nears.
- During this week’s General Board Meeting, a number of Ambassadors shared some of their good news
- Mark Ament will be spending the summer at a mechanical engineering internship
- Lauren Ashurst has been accepted into the PDS program for student teaching
- Brook Bachy has an interview in the coming week for a teaching position in Virginia
- Tim Lynch has been accepted into the University of Cincinnati law school
- Amanda Rice is applying to be the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus for the coming year
- Erin Wright will be attending Cornell University next year to purse a Masters in Archaeology
- Ambassadors will be a part of the following events:
- Nicole Bradley will be a part of the Professional Development Day hosted by Maple/Ruddock on April 17th from 11-4
- Faith Elmes informed the Ambassadors of the Ally Training on April 17th from 1-5
- Heather Kwolek will be helping the Tabletop Game Club with their Game Olympics April 11th from 12-6
- Jeremy Risinger will participating in Greek Sing April 12th at 2
Congratulations to our Ambassador of the Week: Brendan Boyle. Brendan serves on the Development Committee but has been active in all Ambassador activities.
March 26, 2015
- A huge thank you to Kelsey Adams from the IUP Philanthropy Council! She talked to the Ambassadors about the importance of philanthropy for our university. If you get the chance, text NORM to 90947 to learn more about IUP philanthropy and for the opportunity to win prizes!
- Thank you to Faith Elmes for informing the Ambassadors of two important dates: LGBT Ally training is April 17th and the Lavender Graduation (a graduation ceremony for LGBT students and their allies) will be held April 24th.
- Senior Brooke Bachy has been offered two teaching jobs, one in Orange County, Florida and one in Union County, North Carolina, following graduation. Congratulations Brooke!
- Last but not least, the Ambassadors welcomed 20 new members to the Ambass Family! A huge thank you to Matt O’Hara and the recruitment committee for all their hard work. Next week, the Ambassador “buddies” will be revealed at the annual “Buddy Reveal”. A current member takes on the role as a mentor to the new members and helps them to get acquainted with the group as their “buddy”.
Congratulations to our Ambassador of the Week: Rachel Doig!
Rachel serves on the Special Events Committee and has been very active planning the Ambassador formal. Congrats Rachel!
March 20th, 2015
- This past Sunday, the New Member Application Committee met and reviewed the fifty-two applications received from potential new members. After reviewing the applications, the Committee granted 30 applicants interviews.
- On Tuesday those applicants were invited to come to Breezedale for the Mock Meeting. They had the opportunity to learn more about the Ambassadors and to sign up for their interviews.
- Saturday, Ambassadors will be giving tours to prospective students during the Admissions Expo in the morning.
- Saturday and Sunday, Ambassadors will be interview prospective members. Stay tuned for more information about our new members!