August 13, 2022

Who are we?

You’ve seen us, walking around campus wearing name tags and matching shirts, or even sitting in our booth in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center; you may even know a few us. Are you wondering whom I am talking about? Did you guess that we are CEU’s Ambassadors?
You might be familiar with a few of our faces, or even the title of ambassador, but do you really know what we do? The Ambassadors program is an important part of The College of Eastern Utah. Our objective is to help students and families understand why CEU is a valuable school.

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You’ve seen us, walking around campus wearing name tags and matching shirts, or even sitting in our booth in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center; you may even know a few us. Are you wondering whom I am talking about? Did you guess that we are CEU’s Ambassadors?
You might be familiar with a few of our faces, or even the title of ambassador, but do you really know what we do? The Ambassadors program is an important part of The College of Eastern Utah. Our objective is to help students and families understand why CEU is a valuable school.
As an Ambassador, we introduce prospective students to the campus and its opportunities. We answer questions they have about CEU and live by this mission statement.
“The Eastern Utah Ambassador Program promotes school and public relations through a variety of activities for future and past alumni. By providing a professional environment, ambassadors will advocate positive change and help develop effective recruitment and campus visit strategies in partnership with the Office of Admissions and Scholarships to increase enrollment.”
Being an ambassador is a lot of fun, but there are many requirements. Ambassadors must attempt and complete at least 15-credit hours per semester, maintain a 3.0 GPA, take a twice a week class, keep a journal of all activities we participate in, and offer at least 5-8 hours of Ambassador service per week, just to name a few. Ambassador service can and may include booth hours, office hours, campus tours or high school tours.
There are many ways we help out in recruitment, such as Eagle Escapes, campus tours, high school tours, mailing lists and phone calling. Eagle Escape is the new name for bringing prospective students to campus on weekends. We set aside 24 hours for high school students to visit and experience College of Eastern Utah.
While they are here, Ambassadors give them a campus tour, take the prospective students to meet with their academic advisors, and meeting ASCEU Leadership. ASCEU entertains the prospective students with some fun and games. After their fun and games, they meet with Todd Olsen in the Office of Admissions and Scholarships to discuss scholarship opportunities.
Following their meeting with Olsen, they are treated to dinner at one of Price’s restaurants. Then the students are taken to an activity, either a basketball game or an ASCEU-sponsored activity. They will then hang out with the Ambassadors and sleep over in residential life.
The following morning they will be treated with breakfast and be free to go home. “It gives the students the opportunity to be a college student for a day and we hope that they will get excited about coming to CEU,” said Jesse Holt about Eagle Escapes.
Ambassadors are appointed each spring from a field of 150 applicants. They apply, attend an interview and are selected by a commitee each spring. This year’s crew includes: Jesse Douglas Holt, 19, from Tooele. He is a communications/public relations major and designs The Eagle ads for the newspaper. He enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and traveling. He is one of the program coordinators for the Ambassadors. His favorite thing about being an Ambassador is the friendships that he has made. After CEU he is planning on attending USU.
Jenalee Richens, 19, is from Roosevelt. She is a criminalistics major and enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend. Richens is one of the program coordinators this year. Her favorite part of Ambassadors is the wonderful people that she gets to work with. After CEU she has plans to transfer to Weber State University.
Robbie Jensen, 21, is from Ferron. He is a pre-physical therapy major who enjoys being outdoors. He is in charge of campus tours this year. His favorite thing about Ambassadors is being able to meet lots of people. After CEU he plans on furthering is education at U of U.
Jill Stokes, 18, is from Wellsville. She is a business major and enjoys spending her time outdoors. She is one of three historians serving the Ambassadors this year. Her favorite part about Ambassadors is the unity and her plans after CEU include more education, unless a ring comes along.
Jessica Holdaway, 18, is from Price. She is a cosmetology major and loves hanging out. She is also serving as a historian this year. Her favorite part about Ambassadors is the friends and people that she is always with. Her plans after CEU include working, finishing her education, and being adventurous in all that she does.
Melissa Marie Spencer, 19, is from Salt Lake City. She is a communications major who enjoys acting, reading, quilting, CSI, and of course, underwater basket weaving. She is serving as one of the Ambassador’s historians. Her favorite part about Ambassadors is seeing students excited about coming to CEU. After graduating from CEU she plans to start working, go on a mission, finish school at the University of Utah, get married, have a family, and work for an advertising agency.
Joshua Stam, 18, is from Murray. Stam is a physics major, who enjoys movies, music, concerts and dating. He is one of the three Ambassadors in charge of campus visits. His favorite part about Ambassadors is the environment and the friends. After CEU he plans on serving an LDS mission and then transferring to a university.
Blake J. Merrell, 21, is from Emery, Utah. Merrel has not decided on a major, but likes camping, playing racquetball and hiking. He is another one of the Ambassadors in charge of campus visits. His favorite part of Ambassadors is being able to be around fun people all the time. After CEU he plans on attending Brigham Young University.
Brittnie Leonard, 18, is from East Carbon. She has not decided on a major, but enjoys fly fishing, Sonic, and hanging out with her friends. Leonard is also in charge of campus visits. Her favorite part about being an Ambassador is being involved. After CEU she plans on attending Southern Utah

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