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 HDFS Student Ambassador Program

In the College of Education at Winthrop University, we believe active student involvement is directly related to high quality programs. One way to be actively engaged in the HDFS program is to serve as an HDFS Student Ambassador. An ambassador is defined as “a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity”. Since the original Family and Consumer Sciences program was developed to increase opportunities for student engagement, service, leadership, retention, and academic excellence, we are seeking individuals to serve as HDFS Student Ambassadors for the program. If you are interested in serving as an HDFS Student Ambassador, please contact Dr. Moyer.

BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN AMBASSADOR

Ambassadors…

  • are expected to promote and be representatives for the HDFS program.
  • will attend at least three meetings per semester planned by the student organizations in HDFS. They will assist with the programming in a variety of ways and encourage student participation in the organization.
  • will help select guest speakers for monthly meetings, Film Series, promoting Family Life Education Month, preparing for academic conferences, and other related events.
  • will help their advisor plan the end of semester celebration and other recruitment and social events planned by the HDFS program.
  • will attend at least one university recruitment event per semester. These events include assisting with set up and answering questions about the program. As the need arises, ambassadors will be called upon to assist faculty with recruitment trips to high schools and other programs.

BENEFITS FOR AN AMBASSADOR

Ambassadors…

  • will build stronger bonds with peers and faculty advisors in the program.
  • will add experiences with leadership, event planning, service, and peer relationships to their resume.
  • will get a unique and advantageous perspective of Winthrop’s recruitment process.
  • will have the opportunity to improve their confidence in public speaking and presentation skills.
  • will receive a t-shirt 
RESPONSIBILITIES OF YOUR FACULTY ADVISOR(S)

Faculty Advisor…

  • will provide support for the ambassador by assisting them with planning events and building leadership skills.
  • will provide materials to students that will enhance their knowledge about opportunities in Family Life Education and the field of family Science.
  • will provide support for maintenance of academic excellence at Winthrop.
  • may consult with student about midterm/final grades and performance in class to ensure that they are meeting expectations.
  • will encourage students to engage in undergraduate scholarly endeavors as applicable.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Eligible Students must…

  • be a sophomore through first year senior who has at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and has successfully completed a min. of 30-hours of coursework.
  • be mature, outgoing, and well-respected students on campus.
  • provide a positive recommendation letter from at least one professional outside of the program area (FACS/HDFS advisors cannot serve as a reference).
  • be approved by the CLES department chair and faculty advisors in the HDFS program
*WU-CFR and PHI U officers may be considered for participation in the Ambassador program
CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Adrienne Edwards
Program Director
232-D Withers Building
Rock Hill, SC 29732
803/323-2190
803/323-4369 (fax)
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