New student group serving in development, administrative areas

PLAINVIEW – Just a few months into its inception, a new student group at Wayland Baptist University has already logged several hours of service meeting needs for WBU administrators. 

The President’s Ambassadors began this fall and includes ten students, all juniors or seniors, whose purpose is to provide assistance and be student liaisons for the offices of the university president and institutional advancement.

Hope English, director of development since July, started the group to assist the president and other university administrators at various functions. Students were nominated first by faculty or staff members on campus, then invited to apply for the group. Administrators were looking for well-rounded students who are strong academically, socially adept and overall good role models and representatives of the university.

They found what they were looking for.

“This first year is a good group, a diverse group of majors and interests and backgrounds, and they’ve already enjoyed lots of great opportunities to serve,” said English.

The group is outfitted with matching navy blue blazers, light blue button-down shirts and khaki slacks, a uniform look designed on purpose to identify them to campus visitors.

“We want folks to know when they’re at a Wayland event, that these students are here to help and can provide information or assistance if needed,” English said.

Primarily, the Ambassadors will work closely with the president’s office and assist at regular functions like the Board of Trustees meeting in October, where they served as table hosts, or at other gatherings on campus or in the president’s home. They also worked Wayland’s booth at the Baptist General Convention of Texas in Amarillo recently and attended the alumni gathering.

English said the ambassadors will also provide assistance with donor and alumni relations, specifically at homecoming each year, where they will serve as campus guides and assistants to distinguished alumni honorees and help at other functions.

Besides filling a need at the university, English points out that the President’s Ambassadors provides a benefit to the students as well, giving them great experience in public relations and speaking in social situations.

“The kind of experiences they will have during their time here will really prepare them for their future careers, no matter what they will be doing,” English said. “Speaking in front of people or carrying on a conversation with adults they don’t know is a skill all students really should have.”

The inaugural group of President’s Ambassadors includes seniors Mario Munoz of Crosbyton, Amy Rendon of Midland, and Brandon Urlaub of Wickenburg, Ariz.; and juniors Hannah Dillard of Lubbock, Heather Dillard of Lubbock, Blake Durand of League City, Dean Kellum of Plainview, Sarah Ketchem of Lubbock, Jordan Kuss of Lubbock, and Carrie Strickland of Brenham.