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What is a Family Ambassador?

The Penn State Parents Program is seeking a diverse cohort of enthusiastic and passionate student leaders for its Family Ambassador Program. Family Ambassadors are undergraduate students at the University Park campus who serve as student liaisons between the Parents Program office and Penn State parents and families at large, assist in routine office tasks, and assist with key parent and family programming throughout the year.

    Responsibilities of Family Ambassadors include:

    • Serve as a team member alongside the Parents Program and as a representative of Penn State
    • Work collaboratively alongside both the Parents Council and Parent Ambassadors, which consist of parent and family volunteers
    • Participate in Parents Program annual events, including but not limited to Parents and Families Weekend, Fall Arrival, and Welcome Week
    • Serve as a knowledgeable resource to parents and families about Penn State using relevant personal experiences in a professional manner
    • Work collaboratively within a team of fellow student leaders

    Additional Expectations

    • Passion for Penn State
    • Positive role model
    • Warm, supportive, and enthusiastic attitude
    • The ability to work comfortably with diverse populations
    • Knowledge of the university’s structures, supports, and resources
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

    Time Commitment

    • Term: January – November
    • Attendance at biweekly meetings during the spring and fall semesters
    • Requirement of 4 volunteer hours per month
    • Additional requirement of 6-10 volunteer hours during Parents and Families Weekend
    • Preference is that ambassadors will be in State College for the summer but is not necessary to apply or be accepted

    Benefits

    • Great resume builder!
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Networking opportunities with other student leaders, Penn State Student Affairs staff, Parent Council members, and Parent Ambassadors
    • Personal and professional development
    • Gain teamwork and communication skills
    • Meal cards during events and other meals throughout the year

    Application Timeline

    • Applications are closed until Fall 2019

    2019 Family Ambassadors

    Alyssa Clever
    Class of 2019, Criminology with Emphasis in Legal Studies
    Campus Involvement: Penn State Justice Association
    “Being a Family Ambassador has been a highlight of my college career. It has been an awesome experience that I have learned so much from. Also, it has been super fun planning events such as Parents and Families Weekend and getting to know the office staff, Parents Council, and the other Family Ambassadors. We all really have become our own little family.”
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    Bella Bulone
    Class of 2021, Marketing & Psychology
    Campus Involvement: Grass Roots and Game Day Intern, Intramural Volleyball
    “My family has made my Penn State experience so special. My parents have enriched it by staying involved with Penn State. They frequently send me interesting articles to keep me informed and send me opportunities on campus that I didn’t find on my own. They have been a great help and resource for me these past two years.”
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    Cameron Sotoodeh
    Class of 2022, Cybersecurity
    “Students should join the Ambassador program because it is a great, unique opportunity to be able to share valuable insight about your personal experience in college to help make the Penn State transition the best it can be for students just like you.”
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    Chanya Anderson
    Class of 2019, Criminology & Sociology
    Campus Involvement: Ronald E. McNair Undergraduate Scholar, Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team
    “My favorite part of being a Family Ambassador is being consistently surrounded by an amazing group of people who bring such a diverse array of ideas, conversations, and laughs to brighten up my day.”
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    Kylie Stuhltrager
    Class of 2020, Biobehavioral Health
    Campus Involvement: Bioneurogentics Research Lab Assistant, Delta Gamma Sorority
    “My favorite thing about being a Family Ambassador has been the people! Whether I am working with Penn State families, or the other Family Ambassadors, everyone is SO fun and welcoming. The program really helped me to feel more at home at Penn State.”

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    Jasmine Blades
    Class of 2020, Psychology & Media Studies
    Campus Involvement: OPPerations Thon Committee, Infinity Thon Org, Psi Chi Honor Society
    “My family has impacted my Penn State experience greatly. Both of my parents and my brother attended Penn State and I love when they visit me and tell me about their time at Penn State. That is the main reason I became a Family Ambassador. I wanted to share that same passion and joy about Penn State with other families as I do with my own. Penn State has an incredible community, and I am so glad I get to be able to share that with so many families!”
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    Lauren Whitley
    Class of 2020, Psychology & Sexuality and Gender Studies & Deafness and Hearing Studies
    Campus Involvement: HDFS Lab Research Assistant, Student Supervisor at Penn State Berkey Creamery
    “My mom has had a huge influence on my time at school. Without her support, I probably would not still be in school. I wouldn't have a Penn State experience to reflect on if it wasn't for her.”

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    Malia Schimminger
    Class of 2019, French & Journalism
    Campus Involvement: Penn State Football Community Relations & Player Development Intern, Penn State Orchestra violinist, Fresh Start Day of Service Team Leader
    “Being a Family Ambassador has given me weekly opportunities for professional development by being around Cyndy, Brenda, Maria, and the Parents Council. I think that campus often becomes a bubble of young people, so it’s great to connect with people who work and live in the real world.”

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    Marlie Shaw
    Class of 2020, Biology & Psychology, Emphasis in Neurology
    Campus Involvement: Dark Storm Step Team, HIV Counselor at University Health Services, Penn State’s Minority Health Initiative, BBH Research Lab on stress’ impact on wound healing
    “I have learned so much by being a part of this program and I am truly grateful for all of the experiences that this program has afforded me. My favorite part of being a Family Ambassador is helping to plan Parents and Families Weekend. Last year, I helped plan the Student Pop-up Dance Performances and I performed in the show. I could not think of a better way to share my love for Penn State.”
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    Miracle Collington
    Class of 2021, World Language Education & Spanish
    Campus Involvement: Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team
    “My favorite thing about being a Family Ambassador is the fact that I can answer questions that families have about being at University Park and I get to help plan Parents & Families Weekend.”

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    Vydeepthi Dhulipalla
    Class of 2020, Applied Data Science
    Campus Involvement: Lead Intern at Surge Business Development, Nittany Data Labs
    “I think the Ambassador program is a great way for a student to help parents to understand their students and to keep the parents involved in the community.”
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    Penn State Student Affairs
    Penn State Parents Program