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Meet the COBE Ambassadors

Radford University's College of Business and Economics (COBE) is introducing a team of student ambassadors.

The group is made up of approximately 25 COBE students whose purpose to provide a "student perspective at various campus and COBE functions, such as major/minor fairs, Highlander Days and open houses," said Shannon Porter, the college's assistant advising coordinator.

While working closely with the COBE Advising Center, the ambassadors also will "provide COBE Building tours for prospective faculty and students as well as VIP guests," Porter noted.

"We have had the great opportunities of meeting prospective new students and prospective faculty members," said COBE Ambassador Rene Carling, a senior management and marketing double major from Norfolk.

COBE Ambassadors are juniors and seniors who have successfully completed pre-business requirements and are in a full business major. "Additionally, it is expected that they will maintain 3.0 overall and in-major GPA," Porter explained. To be considered for membership. Students must be nominated by a faculty member, a current COBE Ambassador or COBE Advising Center Staff.

"Since joining the program, I have met some of Radford's best and brightest students," said COBE Ambassador Rodney Hall, a management major from Pleasant Garden, N.C. "Everyone works as a team and feels like a valued part of our group. I would encourage any student that is recommended to join, it looks good on a resume and the opportunities are endless. I have gained work study employment through this organization and further developed my professional and interpersonal skills."

The COBE Ambassadors program launched in the spring of 2013, and in the fall adopted a constitution that addressed expectations and objectives.

In the summer of 2013, COBE Ambassador Amber Ehrett, a senior economics major, worked closely with Porter and Advising Coordinator Nasim Schwab to help move the program forward.

"The number of students who were interested in being a part of the program was astounding," said Ehrett, a native of Milwaukee. "It was great to see so many students willing and excited to become a part of the Ambassadors, where they would not only be representatives of the College of Business and Economics, but students with the drive and ambition to better the College and find new ways to reach out to prospective families, students, and RU staff." 

Porter said many opportunities exist for students to develop professionally and to work on their leadership skills. "The ambassadors program seemed like a natural way to go to build those opportunities."

The COBE Ambassadors will be involved in the upcoming COBE Experience Fair, which will provide information about all of the college's majors and minors, as well as study abroad opportunities and internships.

The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the COBE Building's Multipurpose Room. At the fair, ambassadors will be stationed at advising tables to talk with students who seek more information about COBE.

"By hosting information fairs and other programs, we hope that our organization will be well-known amongst the RU Community," Carling explained. "As we start to think about our future Ambassadors and recruitment, we want a great pool of students to choose from."

Mar 18, 2014