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A Northwest student ambassador leads a visiting family on a tour of the Northwest campus. Eighteen new student ambassadors have been selected to join Northwest's recruiting efforts in the fall.

A Northwest student ambassador leads a visiting family on a tour of the Northwest campus. Eighteen new student ambassadors have been selected to join Northwest's recruiting efforts in the fall. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

Jan. 29, 2013

18 student ambassadors join Northwest recruiting team

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Northwest Missouri State University has added 18 student ambassadors to its recruiting team for the 2012-13 academic year.

As ambassadors, these qualified students embody Northwest’s friendly campus by conducting tours with approximately 2,700 families per year, help facilitate Green and White Visit Days, assist with scholarship and department open house days, and actively participate in Northwest online chats and student blogs.

The Northwest student ambassadors are an integral part in the recruitment of high school and transfer students, and their ability to showcase the campus while discussing the benefits of attending Northwest make a strong impression on families considering the University, Associate Director of Admissions Jeremy Waldeier said.

Applicants are selected after a two-part interview process. Student ambassadors must go through a trimester-long training program before they are approved to conduct tours on their own. These campus representatives must maintain a 2.9 grade-point average and may serve as student ambassadors for the duration of their enrollment at Northwest.  

“Often the student ambassadors represent the first impression of Northwest for families and must have knowledge about a wide breadth of topics in order to connect with the range of interest of our prospective students,” Waldeier said. “The ambassadors must be able to communicate with a wide array of personalities, adapt to the varying conditions while on tour and work to connect on a personal level with each family. While they are expected to be at their very best each and every time they lead a tour, this is a group of students who truly represent the best of Northwest.”

Alaina Balano, a junior accounting major from Kansas City, Mo., serves as student ambassador president.

“We work hard to ensure the families have a positive experience while on campus whether that is providing them with accurate information or simply making them feel at home,” Balano said.

Students listed below are the newest additions to the Student Ambassadors team. They are currently in training but will be active ambassadors by next fall and serve until graduation.

Sydnie Adier

Sydnie Adler, freshman pre-physical therapy major from Smithville

Morgan Brown

Morgan Brown, freshman elementary education major from Trenton

Kelsey Buyert

Kelsey Buyert, sophomore biology and psychology major from Sheldon, Iowa

Carli Calia

Cari Calia, freshman public relations major from Kansas City, Mo.

Savannah Cox

Savannah Cox, junior merchandising of textiles, apparel and furnishings major from Jamesport

Austin Diedoichs

Austin Diedrichs, freshman vocal music education major from Norwalk, Iowa

Kayla Etherton

Kayla Etherton, junior psychology and Spanish major from Lexington, Ky.

Josh Gusak

Josh Gusak, senior organizational communications major from Omaha, Neb.

Madison Harpst

Madison Harpst, freshman international business major from Platte City

Alyssa Jelinek

Alyssa Jelinek, freshman deciding major from Omaha, Neb.

Kelsey Lenhert

Kelsey Lenhert, sophomore elementary education major from Parkville

Leni Parks

Leni Parks, freshman international business major from Waynesville

Abby Peitzmeier

Abby Peitzmeier, sophomore pre-dental hygiene major from Omaha, Neb.

Taylor Roulett

Taylor Rowlett, freshman business management and marketing major from Lincoln, Neb.

Jordan Shawhan

Jordan Shawhan, sophomore elementary education major from Lee’s Summit


Emily Snodgrass

Emily Snodgrass, junior industrial psychology major from LaPlata


 Matthew Tohl

Matthew Tohl, sophomore zoology major from St. Louis

 Dallas Welch

Dallas Welch, sophomore mathematics major from Grain Valley


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468