Thursday, September 29, 2016

Alumni Ambassadors: Dan Tracy

This week’s blog post is a feature on an Alumni Ambassador, who went from his red vest to a suit jacket. Dan Tracey graduated from UMSL in December 2015 after successfully completing the MAcc Program. Dan went on to pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam and currently works for KPMG, one of the big four accounting firms. Dan holds his time at UMSL and as an Ambassador in high regard and took time to offer some advice and insight for current students/Ambassadors.

Q: What was the most important thing you learned as an Ambassador?
AI think the most important thing I learned as an Ambassador was how to approach and talk with people I had no prior interaction with. At Ambassador events (as I'm sure it is now), you see public figures, head administrators, and special guests and might hold conversations with them. I remember one of the last events I worked was a graduation and ended up having a 20 minute conversation with the keynote speaker about microphones (he was a famous maker of them and did custom designs for famous musicians like Katy Perry and Beyonce). The training and experience I got working as an Ambassador helped me to be comfortable in any situation because you never know when that great opportunity may arise out of a simple conversation.

Q: What advice would you give to current Ambassadors/students?
AMy advice would be to work as many different types of events as you can. Work the Address to the Community, work at the big fundraisers. But find the smaller events that interest you too. Make sure you're getting the best and fun experiences you can while representing UMSL. 

Q: What do you miss most about UMSL?
A: I think what I miss most about UMSL is the people. I worked in the Cashiers Office while I was in school and the Ambassadors program and the thing I'm always curious about is how everyone is doing. I recently had the privilege to represent my employer at UMSL for a networking night and some of my favorite experiences were seeing friends and fellow students and how far they've come in the time I've been gone. 

Q: What is the best part of having earned your degree & starting your profession?
A: The best part of earning my degree and starting in the accounting profession is that I can say, no matter how rough and bumpy the road was, I set a goal, achieved it, and seeing the opportunities that come from it.

Q: What is your best memory of being an Ambassador?
AMy best memory from being an Ambassador was in my first semester as an Ambassador. I attended the Chancellor's Address to the Community and, unbeknownst to me, the Ambos had won a prestigious award as a student organization. We got up on the platform next to the Chancellor, U-System president, and got our picture taken as a group. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

UMSL Ambassador Fall Orientation

We’ve done it! We’ve got our new Ambassadors for the 2016 Fall semester. 

We had a great Fall orientation with our new team and are so excited to share some photos from our first orientation with you all.
One of the first things on the agenda for New Ambassadors was to meet their fellow Ambassadors. With the assistance of some sweets, we all got to know each other better by answering random questions about ourselves. We found that many of our fellow Ambassadors did some recent traveling! From visiting friends in Idaho, to visiting Germany for study abroad, our Ambassadors have been all over. Other common hobbies included trying delicious food at new locations and reading interesting books.

Although we did have a lot of fun at this year’s orientation, we also did a bit of training! To prepare ourselves for an intense game of UMSL Ambassador Jeopardy, we reviewed the membership packet in our new committees. Our membership packet reviews our many responsibilities as well as tips for being an Ambassador.

Overall, the orientation was a great success that was both fun as well as educational. We can’t wait for the year ahead as our team becomes the face of the university, providing assistance at major events on campus! The university has placed their trust in us to represent the school in a positive manner. And we plan to do just that!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Become an Ambassador and Work the State of the University Address

So you call yourself a Triton, but do you really know what’s going on at UMSL?

If you want to know more why not try out the UMSL Ambassadors??? We work on so many fun events and it’s a great way to learn more about the campus and community that create UMSL.

One of the super fun events we work on is the upcoming State of the University Address. Chancellor Thomas F. George hosts the campus faculty and staff to welcome them back to campus and talk about the previous year’s highlights and discuss what the year ahead has in store. Topics from finances to construction of new facilities are addressed.

After his report to the group, he and the interim provost present awards to the much deserving UMSL faculty and staff. The State of the University Address allows you to see the amazing leadership at UMSL and all the accomplishments this school has achieved. It makes you proud to see your own school’s staff and faculty working so hard to make your own college experience that much better. It makes you proud to be a Triton!

Even if you don’t join us, just know UMSL is getting its yearly physical and Chancellor George is sharing the results with all in attendance on September 14th!