FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 28, 2011
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: Lisa Lunde, Public Information & Marketing Assistant
File: NR: Mendocino College Student Ambassador Program
Photo: Emily Houghton, Jane Khoury, Peter Marshall
Student Ambassador Program
Over the past three years, there has been a small but diversified program developing at Mendocino College. The Student Ambassador Program was established by the Career & Transfer Center director and counselor, Candie Dickinson. With the help of former assistant Tara Mari, they crafted a unique program that helps develop leadership qualities in students, hones their public speaking skills, puts some money in their pockets and by all accounts is fun! “It’s students talking to students,” says Dickinson, “and it helps breach the difficulty of communicating information to students.” According to current Center Specialist Candi Whitman, the students go into classes to discuss upcoming events such as the annual Career Fair, College & University Day or the recent essay writing workshop. “The ambassadors greet busloads of 8th graders during the Be My Guest Day and 5th graders on I Went To College Day,” stated Whitman. “They also assist at the Mendocino College Foundation’s annual gala fundraising event.” She also commented that the program is “constantly changing with the personalities of the students involved. They work as a team and are an integral part of what’s happening on campus.”
Sophomore Emily Houghton has been an Ambassador for the past two years. “I like working behind the scenes helping students figure out what they want to do. I know because this program really helped me,” she confirmed. Tara and a friend from high school encouraged her to join. After being involved in the Ukiahi Leadership Program and serving as the Student Body Secretary, becoming an Ambassador seemed like a natural progression for her when she got to Mendocino College. “Involvement in this type of program helps you stay in school by being connected to the campus community.” Emily is considering a transfer to Sonoma State or Cal Poly as a Business major.
Peter Marshall played soccer and lacrosse at Ukiahi and as a freshman is a first-year Ambassador. “It looks good on a resume, is great for helping with your public speaking skills and is an awesome experience,” Peter enthused. He’s been involved in College & University Day, the Foundation Gala and several other events including the groundbreaking for the new College Library/Learning Center. “I’ve never had a dull moment.” Peter is currently interested in an English or Culinary Arts major and would like to transfer to a UC or go on mission to the Sudan. “I like to take advantage of the opportunities that I can. I feel super blessed.”
Jane Khoury is co-president of MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Club) and was the Student Body President during her senior year at Ukiahi. “As an Ambassador I’m more connected to the College and it’s a great way to meet people who can help you,” said Jane. During the two years she’s been an Ambassador she’s given campus tours to young kids, and helped out at the Career Fair, College & University Day and many other fun events. “I’m really happy I got involved. It’s been a great experience and a way to help others.” As a Chemistry major, Jane hopes to go on to Pharmacy or Med School. “I’m looking at UC Davis or Berkeley.”
The Ambassador Program is supported by a grant from the Mendocino College Foundation that allows participants to be paid $8 to $9 an hour. According to Foundation Executive Director Katie Wojcieszak, the Student Ambassador program “supports our mission to provide the highest quality education programs to ensure student success.” If anyone would like to make a contribution to the Mendocino College Ambassador Program, or knows of an interested student, they should contact Candie Dickinson by calling 707.468.3044, emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or stopping in at the Career & Transfer center in Room 1200 of MacMillan Hall on the Ukiah Campus.
UKIAH, CA –
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Created: January 28, 2011 @ 09:34 AM
Last Modified: February 23, 2011 @ 04:26 PM