College Ambassadors: Face of the DVM Program

Twenty-six students at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine represent the college as Student Ambassadors. The group promotes pride and diversity within the college and helps increase understanding of its various programs.

College Ambassadors College Ambassadors include (front row, l-r) Lauren Trager, Catherine Claxton, CarlingSitterley, Lucy Lee, Jamey Butala, Virginia Yarrington; (middle row, l-r) Charlie Alex,Kate Sharon, Eve Waters, Sara Waltz, Laura Janovsky, Camille Coleman, Katie Pike,Katy Lamb; and (back row, l-r) Tom Rogers-Cotrone, Hunter Dorman, Jeffrey Milner,Patti Brown, and Melani French.

The Office of Academic Affairs established the Ambassador program for student recruitment and public relations in the Fall of 2009. The program is designed primarily to connect prospective students with current students.

"Our ambassadors are a passionate and outgoing group who are excited to share their experience," said Jill Wells, coordinator of the ambassador group. "While leading tours are one of their primary responsibilities, they also provide help with special events such as student interviews and orientation sessions."

A college tour typically lasts about an hour, so each ambassador has a short amount of time to spend with a prospect and share information about the college. With special training sessions, they learn more about the college than the average student. "Their job is to be the face of the DVM program to prospective students," Wells said.

Ambassadors also visit high schools, assist with awards programs and graduation, and are involved in various community outreach activities.

First, second, and third-year students are selected for the program each fall after submitting an application. Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership abilities, dependability, a positive attitude about the college, excellent communication skills, and strong academic records.

Some benefits of being an Ambassador include giving back to the college, meeting college leaders, developing friendships, expanding communication and leadership skills, meeting potential students, and networking with alumni.

Class of 2014 Ambassadors, their tracks and hometowns include Katy Lamb, food animal, Chesapeake, Va.; Carling Sitterley, public/corporate, Lynchburg, Va.; Tom-Rogers Cotrone, public/corporate, Drakes Branch, Va.; Katie Pike, food animal, Cornish, Maine; Patti Brown, equine, Mission Viego, Calif.; Brian Neumann, mixed animal, Bethesda, Md.; Monica Tarantino, small animal, Burke, Va.; Hunter Dorman, small animal, Centreville, Va.; Melani French, small animal, Manassas, Va.; Gabe Mills, public/corporate, San Diego, Calif.; Lauren Trager, equine, North Potomac, Md.; Rachel Dunn, mixed animal, Waterford, Va.; and Raj Naik, small animal, Gaithersburg, Md.

Class of 2015 Ambassadors, their tracks and hometowns include Catherina Claxton, food animal, Womeisdorf, Penn.; Charlie Alex, public/corporate, Dunn Loring, Va.; Katie Howard, mixed animal, East Greenwich, R.I.; Eve Waters, mixed animal, Silver Spring, Md.; Kate Sharon, equine, Landenberg, Penn.; Lucy Lee, public/corporate, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Ellen Weaver, equine, Lovettsville, Va.

Class of 2016 Ambassadors and hometowns include Jamey Butala, Latrobe, Penn.; Camille Coleman, Baton Rouge, La.; Jeffrey Milner, Valley Stream, N.Y.; Sara Waltz, Raleigh, N.C.; Virginia Yarrington, Winchester, Va.; and Laura Janovsky, Fairfax, Va.