Extending Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom

Student Engagement

University Ambassadors

Description:
University Ambassadors are a group of highly involved and highly recognized students who are responsible for representing the University of South Carolina by welcoming visitors to campus.  They engage in different activities around campus and also serve as the “front door” to the campus.

Recruitment:
September

Qualifications:
None, however you must be in good standing with your academic department, enrolled as a full time student and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75

Class Requirements:
None, however you must be in good standing with your academic department, enrolled as a full time student and maintain a GPA of 2.75.

Training:
Tour Certification: Ambassadors are required to become “tour certified.” Certification involves a factual test on University stats and information, a skills test on the Visitor Center, peer tour shadowing, videotaping, and shadowing by a full-time staff member.  There are other “tour certification” programs (Horseshoe Tour, Ghost Tour) for Ambassadors who are interested in contributing at a higher level.
Mentor Program: New Ambassadors are paired with a seasoned ambassador that will serve as a mentor for their first semester. To graduate from the mentor program, new ambassadors will demonstrate both confidence and knowledge about university facts and figures, Visitor Center skills, the map of the university, and the City of Columbia.  New ambassadors will also refine their presentation skills through videotaping, self critiquing, and shadowing at least two campus tours. 
NOTE: All incoming Ambassadors are required to enroll in the mentoring program their first semester as an Ambassador, involving some additional training time, typically on Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:15 PM

Meetings:
Meetings are held on Wednesdays, from 7:30-8:30 pm throughout the fall and spring semesters.  Seasonal training takes place at the beginning of each semester.  At the meetings, ambassadors hear from campus wide speakers; conduct training for on-campus events for the Athletics Department and Admissions Office, learn professional skills, customer service skills, and enhance their public speaking abilities. A variety of assessments are utilized throughout the year to assess Ambassador knowledge and confidence.

Time Commitment:

  • Three hours of volunteering at the Visitor Center and one hour of professional development and training per week.
  • Seasonal training and retreats in both the spring and fall.
  • Two special events per semester (athletic recruitment, admissions events, weekend tour support).

Contact:
Denise Wellman and Janie Kerzan at 803-777-0169

Website:
web.sa.sc.edu/ambassadors

Pay:
None