2020-21 CAES Ambassadors

first_imgThis year’s slate of student ambassadors at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) face a much different semester from previous years, but they are on hand to help the college’s prospective and current students navigate both new challenges and traditional back-to-campus activities.Thirty-nine students will serve as 2020-21 CAES Ambassadors on both the Athens and Tifton campuses. The program gives ambassadors the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills by representing the college at events, helping with activities such as Orientation 2.0, and speaking to other students and the community on topics related to admissions and student opportunities at CAES.Students who don the signature red blazer that identifies ambassadors have a broad knowledge of the college, their respective campuses and the university as a whole, said Pam Cummins, director of student recruitment for the college. They also benefit from weekly meetings that provide professional development activities that prepare them for careers after graduation.“The CAES Athens ambassadors are involved in student recruitment and assist at college and university-sponsored events. CAES Ambassadors normally have the opportunity to travel, meet and network with college leaders, expand communication and leadership skills, meet potential students and network with alumni,” Cummins said. “This year will be a little different as ambassadors will not have the college and university-sponsored events to attend like they usually do. The professional and leadership development will still take place during their weekly meetings, however all will be adhering to UGA’s on-campus social distancing policies.”This is the second year as an ambassador on the Athens campus for senior biological science major Zion Eberhart.“Being a CAES Ambassador has provided me with a platform to advocate for and share my experiences with others for a college that has poured so much into me and my future endeavors. This program has allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and develop a broader perspective of the importance of agriculture and environmental sciences in our everyday lives,” Eberhart said.Returning ambassador Amelia Payne, also a senior biological science major, recalls the first campus tour she gave to prospective students as an ambassador.“As an ambassador for CAES, I thoroughly enjoy meeting alumni, current students, and prospective students. Through providing advisors’ contact information as well as major brochures, I appreciate the opportunity to answer questions and alleviate concerns of prospective students and their families while tabling at campus events such as the First Look and Scholar’s Preview Admissions events,” Payne said. “I will never forget sharing about how my two study abroad experiences and internship at the UGArden have enhanced my medical school application through my biological science degree within such a supportive college.”While traditional fall semester events like Orientation 2.0 and alumni relations events will be held on virtual platforms this year, Payne said that ambassadors will continue to build community and increase networking opportunities for students throughout the college.“With the presence of COVID-19 and to ensure everyone’s safety, this upcoming school year will look very different in terms of our programs and outreach,” said Eberhart. “Nevertheless, we are prepared to follow the guidelines set in place by CAES and UGA.”Below is a list of 2020-21 CAES Ambassadors for the Athens and Tifton campuses:Athens campus:Pope Arline, Sophomore, Agribusiness and Risk Management and Insurance, Saint Simons Island, GeorgiaKatelyn Bickett, Senior, Agricultural Communication, Chickamauga, GeorgiaLaurabeth Bland, Junior, Agricultural Communication, Statesboro, GeorgiaCourtney Cameron, Senior, Agriscience and Environmental Systems, Valdosta, GeorgiaAynslee Conner, Sophomore, Applied Biotechnology and Entomology, Madison, GeorgiaEdith Copeland, Senior, Agribusiness, Fort Valley, GeorgiaJared Daniel, Graduate Student, Agribusiness, Bogart, GeorgiaMaggie David, Senior, Agricultural Communication, Statesboro, GeorgiaGrace Dodds, Senior, Agricultural Communication, Columbus, GeorgiaKristen Dunning, Senior, Agricultural Communication, Summerville, GeorgiaBenjamin Easter, Sophomore, Agricultural Communication, Peachtree City, GeorgiaZion Eberhart, Senior, Biological Science, Ellenwood, GeorgiaLily Gerrell, Junior, Hospitality and Food Industry Management, Gainesville, GeorgiaCarter Henry, Senior, Agribusiness and Agricultural and  Applied Economics, Valdosta, GeorgiaKenne Hillis, Senior, Animal Science and Dairy Science, Evans, GeorgiaNicole Hofland, Fifth year, Agriscience and Environmental Systems and Agricultural Engineering, Suwanee, GeorgiaMorgan Jones, Senior, Animal Science, Americus, GeorgiaBailey Lawson, Senior, Agriscience and Environmental Systems, LaGrange, GeorgiaDavis Mathis, Senior, Agribusiness and Agricultural and Applied Economics, Valdosta, GeorgiaTristan Melton, Senior, Biological Sciences, Dawsonville, GeorgiaAmelia Payne, Senior, Biological Sciences, Euharlee, GeorgiaTaylor Pearson, Sophomore, Applied Biotechnology and Entomology, Reidsville, GeorgiaBrooke Raniere, Sophmore, Environmental Economics and Management, Peachtree City, GeorgiaLindsey Smith, Senior, Biological Sciences, Lithia Springs, GeorgiaBrantley Swindell, Sophomore, Agriscience and Environmental Systems, Claxton, GeorgiaHamp Thomas, Junior, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Summerville, GeorgiaKelly Tims, Graduate Student , Entomology, Canton, GeorgiaMary Logan Tostenson, Senior, Agriscience and Environmental Systems, Moultrie, GeorgiaDouglas Vines, Sophomore, Applied Biotechnology and Plant Science, Marietta, GeorgiaJackson Wadsworth, Senior, Agribusiness and Agricultural and Applied Economics, Monroe, GeorgiaRebecca Wallace, Senior, Agricultural Communications, Alpharetta, GeorgiaMakayla West, Senior, Biological Science, Comer, GeorgiaTifton campus:Courtney Conine, Junior, Senior, Agricultural Education, Camilla, GeorgiaMarlyn Grantham, Senior, Agricultural Education, Columbus, GeorgiaMakenna Mabrey, Senior, Agricultural Education, Baldwin, GeorgiaGrace Padgett, Junior, Agriscience and Environmental Systems, Abbeville, GeorgiaSummer Steele, Junior, Agribusiness, Concord, GeorgiaMorgan Sysskind, Junior, Agricultural Education, Valdosta, GeorgiaJosh Thrift, Senior, Agricultural Education, Alma, Georgialast_img

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