Student Ambassadors celebrate an active year

Published 20 October 2010

Student AmbassadorsStudent Ambassadors for the University of New England have helped to inform people about the University by travelling to more than 30 destinations around Australia this year.

The Ambassadors gathered at UNE last week to celebrate their achievements in representing the University at career expos – including expos in Sydney, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Adelaide – and talking to students at secondary schools around NSW. They were also involved in UNE’s annual Open Day and dozens of other on-campus events, and could often be seen taking potential students on tours around the campus in the University’s brightly-decorated vehicles.

The Student Ambassadors are a group of around 30 enthusiastic students who are interested in assisting the University’s marketing team. They come from different backgrounds and home towns (from Germany to Glen Innes) and are enrolled across the Faculties.

John Kauter, the supervisor of the Student Ambassador Program, said he was grateful for the “invaluable contribution and assistance” from the students. “As they themselves have so recently left school, they are able to communicate extremely well with students who are preparing to leave school,” he said. “They have so much energy, and love to tell others about their UNE experiences.”

“Student Ambassadors add a unique vibrancy to our team,” Mr Kauter said. “They certainly keep us on our toes.”

Ruth Bartlett-Taylor, the coordinator of the Student Ambassador Program, said she hoped that more on-campus students would become involved in the program. “The program allows students to gain valuable work experience – both paid and voluntary – in a huge range of activities, from public speaking to administrative work,” she said. “They also develop valuable networks, as they work so closely with UNE staff members at all levels.”

“And it’s fun,” Mrs Bartlett-Taylor said. “We get to meet some fantastic people when we are out and about, and we go to some really interesting and beautiful places. I know the Ambassadors get a lot out of the program.”

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here shows UNE’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Graham Webb, with Student Ambassador Tessa Roe. It expands to include another Student Ambassador – Daniel Ryan.