The SHSU Agricultural Ambassadors represent Sam Houston State and the Department of Agricultural Sciences at various activities on and off campus. The Ambassadors serve as student representatives for the department in a number of public relations events. In addition to providing tours of facilities, the Ambassadors staff recruiting and information booths at various career fairs, stock shows, and agricultural conventions. The Ambassadors also attend high school career and college fairs to inform prospective students about SHSU. They also visit schools throughout the year to talk to groups of students.
The Ambassadors are a recruiting tool for the Agriculture Department, by giving prospective students the opportunity to talk with experienced and informed college students about what our college, campus, and Huntsville have to offer.
The Ambassadors are made up of students, which are selected by application and interview, who volunteer their time and often their money to travel to places to promote higher education and agriculture while boosting alumni relations and university support. Ambassadors visit high schools, career days, livestock shows, FFA & 4-H meetings, and also lending a helping hand to Undergraduate Admissions. The Ambassadors also assist professors and Undergraduate Admissions with on-campus tours for potential students, help at Saturdays @ Sam! and Sam Ag Day. They also attend conferences to network with over 300 Ag Ambassadors from universities across the nation to participate in professional development activities and seminars while learning new recruitment techniques to bring back to Sam Houston State.
Awards and Recognition:
- Ambassadors recently returned from the National Ag Amabassador Conference in North Carolina where they were selected to be the 2009 host for the NAAC Conference.
- 2007 Sammy Award Recipient for the Outstanding Special Interest Group
- Representatives have attended the Annual Ag Ambassador's Conference at the University of California, San Luis-Obispo.
Expanding Leadership In Agriculture:
- Explanding Leadership in Agriculture, or ExL, is a special interest organization that is targeted towards freshman and transfer students. ExL is led by the Ambassadors and meets the second Wednesday of every month to discuss any problems that the students might be facing. Guest speaker topics include Alcohol Abuse, registration, scholarships, relationship problems, Resumes, and the dangers of Myspace and Facebook. The goal of the Ambassador team is to increase the retention rate within the department as well as the university by encouraging them to become involved with other organizations.
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