Bucky Wiech Senior Interview

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Name: Bucky Wiech

Major: English/Pre-Law / Philosophy minor

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board, Treasurer (2015)

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors? This organization maintains its tradition of excellence because of excellent people like you. Ambassadors is, has been, and always will be a flagship organization at this university, and similarly its members are among the finest students to have ever set foot in Indiana. As such, my advice pertains less to the organization and more to you as individuals with a gift. Take your talents, whatever they may be, and use them to improve this university and this community. Volunteer as a tutor, take up leadership roles elsewhere, or found an entirely new organization as you see fit. Perform in theater, paint the next great IUP masterpiece, or simply lend a hand to a favorite professor. Whatever you do, never idle. Years ago, similarly savvy students paved the way and made this university appealing to our generation. Today, it’s your turn to do the same.

Besides Ambassadors organizations are you involved in?  IUP Pre-Law Society (2015-2017), IUP Mock Trial Team (2015-2017), Student Advisory Council to the President (2017), IUP Student Co-op Finance Committee (2017), Salvation Army Financial Literacy Tutor (2015-2016)

If you were on American Idol what song would you chose to sing and why? Flying by The Beatles. I chose this because 1) it’s by my favorite band of all time, and 2) it’s an instrumental, so no one will have to suffer through my singing.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

There are so many to choose from, some a little less “PG” than others. Given that this will be published, I’ll opt for the more “PG” memories. That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun than when we got to do laser tag for one of the Spring Retreats. I think it was in Spring 2015. This was my second Spring Retreat, so I also got to watch the end-of-retreat charades from the other side, which is a lot more fun and a lot less terrifying.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Despite my deadly peanut allergy, I’d have to say Honey Nut Cheerios. Like the cereal, I’m a little sweet and a little nutty; a real honey nut, if you will.

What are your plans after graduation?

Well, I’d ideally like to make some money before plunging myself further into debt with law school. We’ll see how that works out. Come fall of next year, I will hopefully be enrolled in law school at Penn State in State College (not Carlisle). After a year of law school, I will enroll in the Joint Degree Program, where I will work towards a Ph.D. in Higher Education while working towards my J.D. If this all goes as smoothly as I’ve written it here today, I should have all of my education completed by the time I’m 30. From there I’ll work as attorney for a few years before switching to my true dream job as a professor.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

Two things come to mind…

  • A wealth of experience – I came into the Ambassadors as a wide-eyed Freshman ready to take on the world, but woefully unequipped to do so. From observing former Ambassadors like Tim Lynch, Mike Calhoun, and Tori Buzzeli, I learned what a real leader looked like and I aspired to be just that. By sophomore year, I was in charge of a 50 person, $40,000 fundraising operation known as Tuition Raffle. With Ambassador support, we accomplished our goals without a hitch, and I walked away with a newfound confidence in my abilities. Though I would never have the opportunity to serve on the Ambassador Exec Board after that, I took my experiences and used them to flourish in a number of other organizations.
  • A pride in my Alma Mater – This one’s a bit more self-explanatory. When your involved in events like Kidz Korner, YAAA, and Distinguished Alumni you meet an incredible ensemble of people who all share one key commonality with you: they too attended this institution. And at radically different times. I remember meeting with the Class of ’50, as in 1950, and hearing stories of IUP when it was just a teaching school. The dorms weren’t co-ed, and about 80% of the buildings around today didn’t exist then. I’ve also met with NASA Safety Engineers, Wall Street Journal Editors, and world-renowned artists. Most recently, I hosted Jen Boyer, a former criminal defense attorney, who is now becoming a professor; my exact aspirations. All of these experiences have made me incredibly thankful for the split second decision I made as a Senior in High School. My work with the Ambassadors has instilled in me an unwavering pride in this institution. Though my four (and a half) years are up, I look forward to returning to IUP as a proud alumnus.
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Jordan Wang Senior Interview

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Name: Jordan Wang

Major: Marketing / Studio Art minor

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?  Respond to e-mails asking for volunteers! It’s not necessarily about what activity you’re doing, it’s about doing it with your ambassador family and getting to know them better, and it makes the rest come more naturally.

Besides Ambassadors organizations are you involved in?  I am a brother and former president of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

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

When I first interviewed for ambassadors in 2014, this was actually one of my interview questions, and I still remember what I answered. I said “Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran” almost immediately. It’s been a few years and my music taste hasn’t changed a little bit since then.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

My favorite Ambassador memory might still have to be the absolute shock and pride in receiving Ambassador of the week last year. I was so proud of it and was showing the stuffed Norm to my friends. And then—I don’t want to blame everything on Em Waggoner, but I’m going to blame everything on Em Waggoner…or Maria Newton… she was there, too—I had her and a couple other friends over at my house at Homecoming and, lo and behold, I somehow lost the Norm doll. In the span of about 3 days I had managed to embody all that was NOT the Ambassador of the Week. I still maintain that Em stole it to make me look bad!

What cereal best describes you as a person?

I would definitely be Cap’n Crunch Oops! All Berries cereal because I make a lot of things seem like they’re accidents but I’m really very deliberate in what I do. Additionally, I like to think I’m a fairly colorful person… But I mean, they release Oops! All Berries at like the same time every year. I feel like at this point it’s not an accident that the cereal turns out all berries OR at the very least, Cap’n Crunch has a very serious logistical flaw in his cereal manufacturing process, and if this is the case, I think they could stand from a change in management.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am currently getting ready to get a job doing marketing in a large corporate setting and have interviews lined up for when I get home. Further down the road, I hope to be doing more work with creative media such as graphic design and, if I’m being even more honest, I really want my music career to be something that I can make a living off of because it’s something I truly enjoy and think I could be successful with.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I will take away the sense of community. There really is nothing else like it on campus. Everyone is truly there for each other and it’s extremely touching. Also, everyone—and I mean EVERYONE—in Ambassadors is so accomplished! I’m really proud of this group of stellar human beings and I wish that I could have given back more to the organization.

Virginia Njenga Senior Interview

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Name: Virginia Njenga

Major: Biology Pre-medicine / Women and Gender Studies and Chemistry minor

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?  The advice I would give to my fellow ambassadors would be- Take advantage of the time and the opportunities that are provided  to you during your years here at  IUP. Take risks,  learn or try new things, if you fail, always try again

Besides Ambassadors organizations are you involved in?  In the past I have been a member of P.O.I.Z, Her Campus, Diversity Counts, and IUP Chorus. I’ve spent a majority of my time volunteering as a community assistant, an office worker, or participating/ volunteer in events in are sponsored through Student Involvement at IUP.

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

If I were on American Idol, I would sing ‘Bodak Yellow’ by CardiB, and if they aren’t pleased with that I would try ‘Lost Boy’ by Ruth B and if that would be a no go I could try ‘Skinny Love’ by Bon Iver.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

My favorite Ambassador memory happened during the fall retreat following our induction in Spring 2015. For the retreat we were all divided into different Hogwarts houses, this was the first time the organization got the chance to get to know new members with icebreakers and team-builders. We also had the chance to play outdoor laser tag in the woods, the Hufflepuff house (my team) won and to this day remain undefeated.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

The cereal that best describes me as a person is Fruity pebbles. Sweet, colorful, outgoing.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on moving back home after graduation for a year to explore different prospects for life and as well as career prior to returning pursuing graduate school. One major plan I have after graduation if to volunteer Peace Corps for two years. Currently working on the application.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

Through my time here I have learned importance of being involved in a community that serves and furthermore the importance of  giving back to the community for the benefit of the future.

Kyle Kackley Senior Interview

 

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Name: Kyle Kackley

Major: International Business / Economics minor

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Alumni Relations Chair, Alumni Committee, Special Events Committee

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?Get involved and stay involved. Ambassadors got me through some difficult times and that’s what brought me close to those I joined with. You really can make your lifelong friends through this Organization.

Besides Ambassadors organizations are you involved in? Phi Sigma Kappa, IUP College Republicans, Phi Gamma Nu

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

I Wanna Dance with Somebody just because Mike G., Kelly, Katie and a group of us sang karaoke to this quite a few times.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

I think any “Milk and Cookies” event at either Robs or Mike Griffiths. Or when Caitlin Patterson tried to kill me with the coconut biscotti.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Cinnamon Toast Crunch, simply put, it’s the best cereal ever. Plus, you can’t beat the taste of the milk after all the cereal is eaten.

What are your plans after graduation?

No clue yet. Hopefully travel some more and continue to be friends with the great people of Ambassadors.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I met some of my best friends in college through Ambassadors. The networking opportunities I’ve had have been innumerable. Ambassadors took this kid who didn’t know where he was going, into a well-developed and prepared young man. I will miss my Ambass family deeply, but know that we bond extends beyond state and country borders. #AmbassLove

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!