KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is welcoming seven new
student ambassadors for the first time in the college’s history. Four ambassadors were selected at the Kokomo campus while three ambassadors were selected at the Wabash campus. The students were mainly chosen based upon their academic performance and ability to communicate confidently and effectively to a diverse group of current and future Ivy Tech students and stakeholders. Each student had to apply to become an ambassador. In their role, ambassadors will assist the admissions office with new student orientation among other things.
“Most of the things that we will be doing are assisting admissions with a lot of outreach to the local schools in the area, doing new student orientations, that sort of thing. It’s pretty broad because they’re going to try to add things as they go because this is a new program for this particular Ivy Tech,” said DaJuan White, a student ambassador.
Student ambassadors also offer mentoring and peer guidance to current and prospective students, provide campus tours, staff inbound and outbound phone calls and assist with recruitment activities on and off campus.
“By being a part of this program, our student ambassadors have the opportunity to enhance their leadership, networking and communication skills while developing confidence and providing knowledge and service to others,” said Mike Federspill, director of admissions.
Stacia Giles, a 1985 Northwestern graduate, is currently seeking an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Ivy Tech. Giles says her goal is to one day be involved with a family practice. After Ivy Tech she wants to pursue a BSN and possibly a MSN degree.
DaJuan White, a 1992 graduate of Kokomo High School, is currently pursuing an Associate of Science and Nursing degree from Ivy Tech. White already has a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Indiana University-Bloomington, but wanted to study nursing to help people. After obtaining licensure as a registered nurse, White would like to work in an emergency room someday.
Emily Fisher, a 2010 graduate of Kokomo High School, is currently seeking an Associate of Science in Agriculture degree. Fisher plans to transfer to Purdue University next fall to pursue a degree in animal science. Her goal is to one day become a veterinarian and someday own her own practice.
Meghan Maroney, a 2010 graduate of Northwestern High School, is currently seeking a degree in agricultural business. Maroney says her lifelong goal is to have a good job she can enjoy. She likes to ride horses, hunt, fish and help out on her family’s farm.
Blair Tiffany began studying at Ivy Tech after he lost his job at Trelleborg Automotive in Peru after the company closed its doors in 2008. He received a degree in business administration from Ivy Tech last May, but returned to pursue a degree in general studies. Tiffany is happy to be an ambassador so he can connect with students and the community.
Amber Richey is working on her first semester at Ivy Tech. She is hoping to be in the nursing program at Ivy Tech by next fall. She chose Ivy Tech because of its top-rated program and high passing rate. Richey says while being an ambassador she wants to help students get the best education and experience during their time at Ivy Tech.
Kelly Stout says her passion for wanting to help kids in any way is why she chose a career in juvenile probation. She chose Ivy Tech because it was close to home and affordable. Stout says the student ambassador program is a great way to help incoming students make their transition from high school to college as easy as possible. Having a son in college herself, Stout says she knows how stressful it can be for students and parents.