Spring Retreat

spring retreat

Last Sunday, April 26th, 2015, the Ambassadors participated in their annual Spring Retreat event which was hosted at Ligonier Camp & Conference Center in Ligonier, PA. As tradition holds, a theme was selected for the retreat, and this year happened to boast a Harry Potter theme as determined by the Development Committee. All of the Ambassadors were split up into their respective Hogwarts Houses, and one Ligonier Camp counselor was assigned to each group to facilitate team-building activities and exercises. The day was filled with a wide assortment of fun activities including low-ropes courses, initiatives, group games and challenges, and laser tag. All of the Ambassadors—old and new alike—had the opportunity to get to know each other better and work/communicate with each other more effectively. It was a fantastic learning opportunity, and our facilitators did an excellent job of providing interesting and enjoyable activities that incorporated useful information for student leaders including topics such as trust, the importance of teamwork, communication, etc.

We would like to send out a special thank you to the Vice President of Development Katie Fox and the entire Development Committee for their hard work and dedication in preparing this very successful event.  Also, we acknowledge the Ligonier Camp staff for making this event possible and an all-around enjoyable experience. This event marks the beginning of the new Ambassador family’s journey in the coming year, and we look forward to the good work that is to come from them.


Hawk Squawk

February 13th, 2015

  • Less than two weeks until Philanthropy Day! Watch out for the Twitter Bingo Board on our Twitter feed and we will see you on Feb. 26!
  • We are still accepting nominations, so download and submit your form today!
  • The Ambassadors are gearing up for CASE in two weeks by making our role call video. Watch out for bloopers!
  • Winter Warmup is only one week away. See you at the KCAC on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.!
  • Happy Valentine’s Day! #AmbassLove

Development Committee

From left to right: Erin, Katie, Kiani, Derek, Jeremy, Chris, Brendan. Not pictured: Kelly.


  • Vice President of Development
    • Katie Fox, Sophomore, Marketing
  • General Board
    • Brendan Boyle, Sophomore, Music Education
    • Kelly Evangelista, Sophomore, Nursing
    • Derek Hanley, Junior, Mathematics and Economics
    • Kiani Lozada, Sophomore, Communications Media
    • Jeremy Risinger, Junior, Computer Science
    • Christopher Wagner, Senior, Disability Services
    • Erin Wright, Senior, Anthropology/Archaeology

As the name entails, the Development Committee works to promote the improvement of the IUP Ambassadors internally. Tasked with planning the Fall and Spring retreats, the committee works hard to engage the rest of the organization in activities designed to foster professional advancement and bonding among the members.  Development also coordinates the organization’s various social media, so check us out on Twitter. Currently, the committee is planning the Spring Retreat, which focuses on leadership, teamwork, and friendships in the organization. The committee has chosen to hold the retreat at Ligonier Camp and Conference Center. Now, Development is planning several  team building initiatives and challenges for the day of the event. Traditional activities, such as Charades and The Coming of the Rain, are sure to make the list.