Become an Ambassador
Student Activities Ambassador Description
What is a Student Activities Ambassador?
The Office of Student Activities utilizes student ambassadors to help further the mission of the office. SA Ambassadors have four main purposes:
- Serve as Certified Event Planners for student organizations and student organization leaders.
- Serve as Peer Involvement Educators through involvement consultations with new and current students.
- Assist the office with special events and projects, as needed—including leadership initiatives, speaking opportunities, and involvement fairs.
- Participate in monthly leadership training and development meetings within the office.
Who is eligible to participate?Any full-time undergraduate students who are active student leaders on campus in good academic standing should apply!
- In good academic standing with Southern Miss—2.0 GPA or higher.
- You must be able to commit office hours each week.
- Be involved in at least one registered student organization.
- You must have a desire to help students find their niche on campus and want to seek to help students connect with student organizations on campus that meet their interests.
- Participate in leadership training several times a year.
- Participate in office initiatives such as Move-In Day, Involvement Fairs, Student Leadership Workshops,etc.
- Meet with students about opportunities for involvement on campus.
- Meet with student organizations to help them plan large events on campus.
- Visit freshmen courses to talk to students about the importance of involvement to their success outside of the classroom and overall retention as a student at Southern Miss.
- Being a Student Activities Ambassador allows YOU to develop skills as a leader on campus in areas such as communication, motivation, goal setting and more.
- Being a Student Activities Ambassador also allows YOU to give back to the university through helping other students succeed through successful involvement on campus.
- You also get some pretty cool Student Activities Ambassador attire.
- And… you get to work with the Office of Student Activities to make sure students feel connected to their university through involvement and leadership opportunities.
Ambassadors are expected to:
- Provide a positive environment for students and student organizations by being hospitable, friendly, outgoing, and willing to answer student questions.
- Possess strong communication skills and ability to communicate with both students and student organizations about their involvement experience at Southern Miss.
- Check e-mail daily for involvement consultation opportunities, meeting updates and other important information.
- Have ability to engage student conversation regarding the college involvement process and student life at Southern Miss.
- Be willing to go above and beyond basic responsibilities of Ambassador. This can include, but is not limited to: providing e-mail address for student follow-up, helping the Student Activities staff plan and implement events, and writing follow-up postcards to students.
- Attend ALL Student Activities Ambassador meetings (scheduled during summer training).
- Serve on one of three committees (Social Media Team, Leadership Development Team, or Involvement Team) and commit to attending committee meetings as they are established.
- Attend the events, meetings, and trainings for 2014-2015 Student Activities Ambassadors (see tentative ambassador schedule).
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014-2015 AMBASSADOR TEAM ARE CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW!
These are some of the expected dates/events required of ambassadors:
- January 2014: Applications available for 2014-2015 SA Ambassadors
- Monday, January 27 & Monday, February 3: SA Ambassadors Interest Meetings 5:30 pm in the Student Activities Hub
- Monday, February 10: Applications for 2014-2015 Ambassador Team Due
- February 2014: Interviews scheduled for qualified SA Ambassador Candidates
- February-March 2014: Selection of 2014-2015 Ambassadors
- April 2014: Newly Selected Ambassador Meeting & committee appointments made—TBA
- Wednesday, April 16, 2014: Student Activities Leadership Speaker
- Tuesday, April 29, 2014: Student Activities Presidents and Advisors Luncheon—announcement of new SAA and recognition of 2013-2014 SAA
- May 2014—after finals week: Student Activities Ambassador Boot Camp and Orientation
- June through August 2014: Attend at least one (1) Student Activities Session during Orientation for new students
- July through September 2014: Assist with Student Activities Orientation Sessions for Student Organization Leaders. Ambassadors will be expected to lead at least one session with one-two other ambassadors
- August 2014: Golden Eagle Welcome Week Involvement Fair
- Wednesday, August 20: Fall 2014 classes begin and SAA Office Hours begin.
- August 2014: First meeting of fall 2014 semester (scheduled at Boot Camp and Orientation)
- August 2014: Student Activities Involve Me! Involvement Fair
- August 2014: Union and Programs Retreat
- August through October: Involvement consultations scheduled with new and current students
- August through November: Speaking opportunities with freshmen success and leadership courses
- October 2014: Host leadership workshop
- October 2014: Begin planning Student Activities Leadership Retreat
- November 2014: Host leadership workshop
- December 2014: Host leadership workshop
- December 2014: Assist in recruitment of SA Ambassadors 2015-2016
- January 2015: Student Activities Involve Me! Involvement Fair
- January/February 2015: Student Activities Leadership Retreat
- February 2015: Ambassador Interviews for 2015-2016
- February 2015: Host leadership workshop
- March 2015: Selection of 2015-2016 Ambassadors
- April 2015: Student Activities Presidents’ and Advisors’ Luncheon—recognition of 2014-2015 Ambassadors announcement of 2015-2016 Ambassadors
- May 2015: Boot Camp and Orientation for 2015-2016 Ambassadors