TU creates new ambassador program
Sophomore Rachael Bensley said she loves promoting Towson.
Bensley served as an orientation last semester and is a new student director in the Office of New Student Programs.
“As an orientation leader, we are the first step that freshmen will take in college, and we have to be a good stepping stone for them,” she said.
Students like Bensley may have a new outlet for student leadership with the Presidential Ambassadors program.
Students selected for the program will function as a voice for the Office of the President, attending community events and being a general liaison on Towson’s behalf.
Director of Special Events Teresa Hardin finalized the program for the 2013-14 school year. The program’s goal is to promote components of student philanthropy that President Maravene Loeschke has said she wants to implement at Towson.
“We are looking for someone who is driven, is a leader, someone who has passion and determination, and most of all, just loves Towson University,” Special Events Coordinator Lauren Averell said.
Bensley said she will apply for the program, and would be honored if she was selected.
“I love promoting Towson, and I think I’m pretty good at it because I try to be real with all the freshman that I meet, and share with them my personal experience,” she said.
Hardin said a presidential ambassador is considered someone who “… is academically successful, who has the qualities of leadership, integrity and loyalty.”
“Ultimately these students are representing the president of the University,” Hardin said.
Presidential ambassadors will need to attend events, monthly meetings and an orientation in the fall.
“They are a Presidential Ambassador 24/7,” Averell said. “They are expected to always represent the University to the best of their ability, to spread the word about what is going on at Towson and to explain why it is important to give back to the school.”
Presidential ambassadors will learn more about the institution and gain other professional skill sets, Averell said.
The hope is that students will also make connections through the networking opportunities that arise.
“A lot of times, students will get business cards,” Averell said. “Alumni love talking to students and a big part of this is keeping TU students at the forefront of their minds.”
Hardin researched other Universities with the program to figure out what was and was not successful.
A pilot program is in place involving current students with leadership positions. Averell said that the overall response to this has been great.
Applicants must have junior or senior status, maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, and commit to serving a minimum of one year. Applications for the 2013 to 2014 academic year are due Friday, March 22.
– Jonathan Munshaw contributed to this article