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CAES Ambassadors - Athens

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Academic Affairs established the CAES Ambassador program for student recruitment and public relations in the Fall of 1988. The mission of the CAES Ambassadors is to recruit potential students, represent the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in a professional manner, and develop relationships which foster growth and leadership.

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Ambassador Duties and Expectations

While student recruitment is the ambassadors' main goal, CAES Ambassadors also assist at College and University sponsored events and are available to speak on topics related to agriculture, the environment, or student opportunities. CAES Ambassadors have the opportunity to travel, give back to CAES, meet and network with college leaders, develop friendships, expand communication and leadership skills, meet potential students and network with alumni.

Events, both on and off campus, may include:

  • College recognition ceremonies and lectures
  • South Campus Tailgate
  • Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition
  • Alumni events
  • Georgia National Fair
  • Georgia Agribusiness Council Harvest Celebration
  • CAES Welcome Back Party
  • Tour of Agriscience
  • 4/H - FFA Pacesetters Luncheon
  • Phone-a-thon
  • Career days
  • Campus visits with potential students

CAES Ambassadors are available to speak before groups, schools, clubs, assemblies, banquets, or similar events during the week and weekends.

All CAES Ambassadors are expected to do the following:

  • Ambassadors are required to attend class on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Class is not held during Summer Semester.
  • Ambassadors are required to have an e-mail account and to access the account daily for any news or events. It is expected that the ambassadors maintain close communication with the CAES Academic Affairs staff, both in person and by e-mail.
  • Ambassadors are expected to be knowledgeable about our campus and college.
  • Ambassadors are required to attend an off-campus weekend workshop the first weekend after Fall Semester begins. (August 18-20, 2017)
  • Ambassadors must register for a one hour class (AESC 4950) for a grade each semester. Ambassadors must reapply if they wish to continue the program.
  • Course grade will be based on attendance and participation.

Application and Selection

Applications are available for download online after January 1.

Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Requirements

  • Have a major in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate enrollment before the upcoming Fall Semester.
  • Have at least a 2.8 overall GPA.
  • Plan to be enrolled in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the following Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • Ambassadors must be enthusiastic, personable, and possess good communication skills.

Selection

Because positions are limited, CAES looks for individuals who will devote time and effort to the program. In addition, we are also looking for individuals who bring diversity to the group (career plans, hometowns, majors, race, gender, talents, year in school, etc.) Approximately five to seven new ambassadors are selected each year to fill positions made vacant by graduating ambassadors.

Interested students are required to:

  • Attend a mandatory information session
  • Submit an application
The selection process includes:
  1. Group interviews current ambassadors.
  2. Interviews with faculty, staff and/or alumni.
  • Applicants selected for this round will be notified via email.
  • Applicants should come prepared to present a three-minute presentation on a topic provided prior to your interview.

2017 Selection Timetable

Date

Event

February 14 or 23

MANDATORY information session for all students wanting to apply – ONLY NEED TO ATTEND ONE SESSION – 6:00 PM @ Four Towers CAES Activity Center

March 1

Applications due online

March 16

First round of group interviews held in Conner Hall

March 30

Individual interviews in Four Towers CAES Activity Center

April 13

Selected Ambassadors notified

April 20

Attend first meeting (6:00 PM in Conner Hall)

  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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