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What is a Family Ambassador?

Family Ambassadors are undergraduate student volunteers 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.

    Meet the Family Ambassadors

    Anis Abdic

    Class of 2024, Molecular Biology 

    Campus Involvement: American Society for Microbiology and Family Ambassador 

    “I chose to be a Family Ambassador because it helped me develop new connections in the Penn State community and to help families since personally, my family and I did not feel very knowledgeable about the college experience when I started as a freshman.” 

    Amanda Brodsky

    Class of 2025, Biobehavioral Health 

    Campus Involvement:  HHD Ambassadors, First Year THON Committee, Family Ambassador, CHAARG, Alpha Delta Pi 

    "I chose to be a Family Ambassador because coming to college is a huge change not only for the student but for families as well. Being a Family Ambassador to me helps aid this change. My family is an important part of my college experience as they are very supportive of me to do my best and push me to achieve my goals. I want families to know that after their child goes off to college, there still is support for them as well to become involved within the Penn State community. "  

     

    Alessia Burns

    Class of 2024, Mechanical Engineering 

    Campus Involvement:  Women in Engineering Program, Society of Women Engineers, Serve State, Family Ambassador 

    “My parents and my family are my biggest supporters in my college career. Family is something that is extremely important to me. By becoming a Family Ambassador, I hope to aid families in creating a strong support system for each and every one of their students from their first day on campus to the day they graduate.” 

    Nicole Criscuolo

    Class of 2024, Biology 

    Involvement: THON Dancer Relations Committee, Sigma Kappa, Family Ambassador 

    “I wanted to be a Family Ambassador because I wanted to become more acclimated to Penn State, and I wanted to be able to interact with different parents and families to offer assistance to them and form new connections.” 

    Michael Grogran

    Class of 2023, Industrial Engineering 

    Campus Involvement: Vice President of my fraternity, Active member of Penn State Investment Association, Family Ambassador, love doing anything that keeps me active like surfing, snowboarding, going to the gym. 

    “I love working with people of all different backgrounds and upbringings. I come from a family of four consisting of my dad, mom and younger brother. My family is one of the most important things in my life and I understand the massive changes that comes along with sending a member to college. I would not be in the position I am today without my family, so I am extremely excited to be able to help other families adjust to their new lives.” 

     

    Bianca Mazzarella

    Class of 2023, Economics & Political Science with a minor in Italian 

    Involvement: Lion Ambassadors, Liberal Arts Ambassadors, CHAARG, Schreyer Honors College Student Council, Schreyer for Women, Serve State, Centre County Centre PACT, Family Ambassador 

    “I have chosen to serve as a Family Ambassador within the Parents Program to allow me to develop new relationships with students, administration, and parents, creating connections that enable an exchange of knowledge and endless opportunities. “ 
     

    Aisling McShane

    Class of 2025, Business 

    Campus Involvement:   I am involved in multiple organizations and clubs at Penn State this semester because I wanted to become even more involved. I am fellowship chair of the service organization Circle K. I am members of Women in Business, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship society, Blue and White Society, CHAARG, and this summer I will be a New Student Orientation Leader for incoming freshmen. 

    “I got involved with Family Ambassador because my mom is on the parents council and I wanted to become closer with the Penn state family on a closer level by being a direct connection between student and parents.” 

    Adrianna (Anna) Miksch

    Class of 2023, Chemical Engineering 

    Involvement: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Women in Engineering Program (WEP), the Undergraduate Research Society (URS), Penn State Thespian Society, Delta Phi Epsilon, Family Ambassador 

    “I have chosen to be a Family Ambassador so I can reach out to other families that might have questions about Penn State and so I can further my leadership skills within the Penn State community.  I'm excited to engage with a team while communicating my experiences to others seeking perspective from Penn State.” 

    Abi Nafus

    Class of 2024, Molecular Biology 

    Campus Involvement:  THON Dancer Relations Committee, Happy Valley Worm Lab, American Society for Microbiology, Family Ambassador 

    " I chose to be a part of the Family Ambassadors Program because of the role my family played in my college decision and continues to play in my academic career. From helping to decide where I should go to school, to sending me flyers of campus activities when I may be too busy to check for myself, to just plain encouragement, my family plays a huge role in keeping me a well-rounded student and I'd love to be able to facilitate that between other families this year!" 

     

    Anthony Zimmerman

    Class of 2024, Biological Engineering 

    Campus Involvement:  Blue & White Society, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) , NSLS (National Society of Leadership & Success), Family Ambassador 

    I chose to be a Family Ambassador in the Parents Program to share the experiences I have had with my family throughout my college experience thus far. The importance of having a strong connection with your family while in college is often overlooked, and I want to work to raise awareness and establish those connections with parents and students." 

    Responsibilities of Family Ambassadors include:

    • Serve as a team member and representative of the Parents Program and Penn State
    • Work collaboratively alongside  the Parents Council and Parent Ambassadors
    • Participate in Parents Program annual events, including but not limited to Parents and Families Weekend and New Student Arrival
    • 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
    • Ability to work comfortably with diverse populations
    • Knowledge of the University’s structures, supports, and resources
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • Willingness to learn

    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
    • T-shirt

    Application Timeline

    • Applications will be open Fall 2022

    Family Ambassadors

    Family Ambassador Application
    The Parents Program is seeking passionate student leaders for its Family Ambassador Program. Family Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the Parents Program office and Penn State parents and families, assist in routine office tasks, and are crucial in the execution of Parents & Families Weekend, Fall Arrival, and other events.
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