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Become A Mentor/Orientation Leader
Who Are the UWM Campus Ambassadors?
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Campus Ambassadors (CAs) are a prestigious group of students who are called upon for their leadership and contributions to the life and culture of the University. CAs participate in a variety of campus activities, initiatives, and mentoring designed to enhance the experience of all new students, help achieve the University’s goals, and further promote its schools, colleges and other campus units.
The 2012-2013 Campus Ambassadors have been a dynamic group of individuals who helped welcome about 5,000 new students and their families to the UWM community. In the 2013-2014 school year, a new group of student leaders will serve as part of the Campus Ambassador team. You could be part of the team!
To better connect new students to UWM during Orientation programs.
- To provide positive mentoring to new students throughout the academic year.
- To contribute a sense of UWM community, pride, spirit and tradition.
- To provide student perspective and leadership in shaping UWM campus initiatives.
- To represent the best of UWM at on and off-campus UWM sponsored activities and functions.
There are three main roles within the Campus Ambassador program:
Welcoming and acclimating new students to the campus during Orientation programs as an Orientation Leader.
Providing continuous mentoring and programming to engage all students during the academic year as a First Year Mentor or Student Success Advocate.
- Supporting the efforts of the Student Success Center office through specialized skills of customer service, technology support and artistic design as SSC Ambassadors.
During the summer at New Student Orientation, Orientation Leaders will lead small group discussions, assist students with the PAWS registration system, and help them find classroom locations. Orientation Leaders will also welcome the families of new students and inform them about student life at UWM. Through a variety of experiences and opportunities, Orientation Leaders have the power to make a positive and lasting difference in the UWM community and develop great leadership and résumé-building skills in the process.
The other components to the Campus Ambassador program extend beyond the summer to the following academic year. Students who engage with the academic and social aspects of college are much more successful and satisfied with their college experience than those who do not.
An effective way to help students engage is through mentoring and supportive activities. UWM is committed to providing active mentoring to all of its students throughout their entire college experience. First Year Mentors and Student Success Advocates are an integral part of the mentoring process at UWM. They work with an assigned group of new students and the SSC staff to accomplish goals set by UWM which ultimately help build a better campus community.
The SSC Ambassadors are crucial to the day to day office functions of the SSC and provide the highest level of customer service to our students and UWM community. Additionally, some SSC Ambassadors are able to put specialized skills such as graphic design, database management and website development to use to support the SSC.
The requirements to apply are:
- You must be a full-time student
- You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Campus Ambassador role at UWM will encompass the following positions:
SUMMEROrientation Leader: Orientation Leaders (OL) engage and welcome new students and their families at the New Student Orientation (NSO) programs during the summer months. As an OL, you will lead groups of new students through the program, give tours, implement evening social activities, and/or help students register for classes during any one of our NSO Programs. Especially positive, enthusiastic, school spirited and motivated students are encouraged to apply.
*This position will have a live-in component for the months of June and July. Room and partial meals will be provided. This position will receive a stipend to be paid out every 2 weeks.*
Orientation Office Support: Staff will be responsible for helping students and families navigate university processes via phone, email and in person with a high level of customer service. These students will also network with university administrators, assist with Orientation phone calling and the preparation and execution for each NSO program.
First Year Mentor: After students have been to NSO, the FY Mentors will be charged with helping new freshmen acclimate to campus. As a FY Mentor you will be focusing on connecting with these students via phone, email and face-to-face throughout the academic year and helping them adjust to campus life. Especially creative, adaptable, organized and dedicated students are encouraged to apply.
Student Success Advocate: Student Success Advocates do similar work as the First Year Mentors, but work with a non-traditional population of students including returning adult, military and transfer students. Especially creative, adaptable, organized and dedicated students are encouraged to apply.
Office Manager: This position is only available for a junior/senior student with high levels of customer service and leadership experience. The Office Manager will be responsible for weekly production logs and mentor productivity tracking.
Graphic Artist: The Graphic Artist is responsible for creating, editing and updating current and future marketing, schedules and other materials for the Student Success Center and New Student Orientation programs. A background in graphic design is required.
Web Assistant: The Web Assistant is responsible for updating the Student Success Center website on a regular basis. A familiarity with Content Management System is desired.
Database Manager: The Database Manager is responsible for maintaining several databases including the Cattrack system and mentor assignment database. Strong skills with Microsoft and Access and Excel are required. Position has a priority application deadline of December 3.
Campus Ambassador Application Form
The application is now closed
Orientation Leader Required dates:
May 20 - 31 Training and Preparation
16 2-day NSO programs throughout June and July
Mentor/SSA Required dates:
August 12 -16 Training
August 19 - 23 Fall Welcome preparation
August 26 - September 2 Fall Welcome Week
ALL applicants must also submit two recommendation forms. Your first form must come from an academic dean, professor, TA or academic advisor. The second form may come from a professional reference, another academic dean, professor, TA or academic advisor. Other UWM students or current Campus Ambassadors may not serve as a reference for this position.
Recommendation Form for 2013-2014 Campus Ambassador Applicants
Applicants must submit two recommendation forms. The first form MUST be from an academic dean, professor, TA or advisor. The second form may be from a professional reference, academic dean, professor, TA or academic advisor. NOTE: Undergraduate students, former Campus Ambassadors or family members are NOT acceptable references.
For off-campus references, applicants may hand deliver the form in a sealed and signed envelope or may provide their reference with a self-addressed stamped envelope address to:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Student Success Center
Attn: CA Selection
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI, 53201
UWM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
Campus Ambassador Nomination Form
This form is for University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee faculty and staff use ONLY. By completing this form, the student noted below is being nominated for the Campus Ambassador program.
Students nominated by any one individual will be contacted about the Campus Ambassador program and encouraged to apply. These students will need one recommendation form to be completed by someone other than the individual that nominated them.