The Presidential Ambassador (PA) program is a student leadership program at NMSU-Las Cruces created to offer emerging NMSU leaders with fun, impactful, professional development and leadership opportunities. While executing special university functions and representing the university at events both on campus and elsewhere, Presidential Ambassadors' main role is to assist the NMSU President with alumni relations and stewardship, supporting academic initiatives, promoting new programs and engaging members of the local business community.
The PA program is an incredible way to showcase NMSU student talent and create a sense of pride. There is nothing more influential than showing alumni, donors, and business partners that NMSU’s caliber of students is exceptional. Alumni and friends of the university love to engage students and hear about their interests, involvement, and aspirations. The powerful rapport that often develops between outside supporters and engaged students is inspiring.
Students serving as PAs participate in the weekly University Course 395/495, with monthly sessions taught be President Floros. PAs reflect the diverse body of NMSU and are drawn from all academic colleges, programs and class years.
Professional networking opportunities that Ambassadors experience include the chance to foster Aggie relationships with external donors, school supporters, and business community members. These contacts are an important vehicle for internship opportunities and, ultimately, career employment. Internally, the exposure that comes from interaction with deans, administrators, and faculty can also create a powerful reference base when needed. Serving as a Presidential Ambassador is a strong resume builder, particularly when employers today are looking for candidates with leadership, management and social responsibility experience.
- Have and maintain a 2.5 semester and cumulative grade point average from NMSU as an undergraduate student; 3.25 as a graduate student. If the minimum grade point average is not maintained, you will be denied benefits as a Presidential Ambassador.
- Commit to a full academic year of service.
- Exhibit leadership.
- Be in good standing with the university and free of any disciplinary actions.
- Be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people and personalities.
- Be able to visually explore the campus with visitors and help with the recruitment of undergraduates.
- Demonstrate capacity for future leadership.
- Desire to be of service: to your NMSU community, University Advancement and the NMSU Alumni Association
- Embody Aggie Pride.
Terms and conditions of serving as a Presidential Ambassador
- Length of term
- One full academic year (fall and spring semesters)
- New Presidential Ambassadors will begin their duties at the beginning of the fall semester.
- Required event attendance as scheduled (including, but not limited to):
- Presidential Ambassador Training Retreat.
- NMSU Foundation events, Homecoming activities, Alumni Relations programs and events, etc.
- As a new Presidential Ambassador the program must be taken for class credit.
- Training may include the following:
- Team building
- Campus/College Tours
- NMSU history, traditions and mission
- Attire/Personal Presentation
- Presidential Ambassadors will receive a shirt but will be required to wear their own jeans, khakis or black pants to complete their uniform. The appropriate clothing will be determined prior to events, tours, or special functions.
- Presidential Ambassadors will receive a name tag to be worn at all events.
- Every Presidential Ambassador is a representative of the university and is expected to present a positive image reflected in attitude, speech and dress.
- Presidential Ambassadors are representatives of New Mexico State University and are expected to present exemplary behavior during all working hours. This includes, but is not limited to: timeliness, positive attitude, and professionalism.
- Any violation of the NMSU Student Code of Conduct may result in expulsion from the ambassador organization.
- Conduct well-organized friendly tours of the university for; parents, prospective students and other visitors.
- Become well versed in NMSU’s history, traditions, marketing, etc., for answering questions on tours and at NMSU events.
- Represent all areas and organizations of NMSU equally and accurately to tour participants.
- Meeting requirements
- Weekly class/meetings with sponsor and ambassador group
- Monthly meetings with NMSU President Floros
- Your resume will be enhanced as a direct result of involvement in leadership and community service activities. This reflects positively on future applications for employment and will transfer to graduate school institutions.
- Letters of recommendation will be made available, upon request, to student ambassadors, in appreciation for their service to the campus and the college.
- Leadership opportunities available to Presidential Ambassadors provide additional experience in community service, politics, social and cultural experiences, and develop relationships with administrators on all levels.
- Training and actual experience provides opportunities to develop communication, interpersonal, organizational, public speaking, and problem-solving skills.
- Community service experience develops a sense of belonging and contributing to the community, as well as provides opportunities for personal/professional satisfaction in the knowledge that efforts have improved the lives of others.
Presidential Ambassadors Application