Spotlight on: UTSA Ambassadors

The UTSA Ambassadors is a campus organization dedicated to serving the UTSA community. Student members act as hosts for university-sponsored events and have provided over 7,800 hours of service during the 2009-2010 academic year.

    “Our organization is one of great traditions at our school, having been established in 1988,” Cesar R. Lopez, chair of public relations for the UTSA Ambassadors said.

“Leadership, Service and Integrity are our values, and we demonstrate it day to day with our assistance to Dr. Romo’s events and other activities around campus.

“We are also a widely diverse organization with members from every college, numerous ethnic backgrounds and five continents,” Harrison K. Pierce, mentee of student recruitment for the UTSA Ambassadors said.

The UTSA Ambassadors participated in numerous university events this year: the Governer Rick Perry signing, Alumni Gala, President’s Dinner, as well as Fall Convocation and Commencement.

“The Ambassadors also hold an Etiquette Dinner, Graduating Ambassador Celebrations, Ambassador Banquet and the Amber Dinner, where we honor a faculty member that has meant a lot to us,” Pierce said.

In addition to their contributions to the UTSA community, the UTSA Ambassadors also take time for themselves.

    “The UTSA Ambassadors is not ‘all work and no play,'” Pierce said.
“We have monthly socials, two retreats, and large social events like the Ambassador Olympics. We like to have fun and many times the friends you make in the UTSA Ambassadors become lifelong friends.”

Lopez and Pierce say there are benefits to joining the UTSA Ambassadors, such as developing leadership and public speaking skills and being able to network with influential people around the community. Members are also trained in CPR and first aid.
This year the UTSA Ambassadors inducted 48 new members.

Recruitment for the UTSA Ambassadors begins each January. To join, students should fill out an application on the UTSA Ambassadors’ Web site at Applicants are interviewed between February and March.

To be eligible, students are required to complete six hours of service each month, maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher, and have at least one full semester remaining at UTSA.

  For more information, contact the UTSA Ambassadors at [email protected]