President's Office

  • Presidential Student Ambassador

    Worcester State University's Presidential Student Ambassadors promote the University at select on- and off-campus functions throughout the academic year.

  • Meet the 2021/2022 Presidential Student Ambassadors
    Lizbeth Alcantara-Ruiz

    Lizbeth Alcantara-Ruiz

    My name is Lizbeth Alcantara-Ruiz and I am from New Bedford, MA. I am a sophomore at Worcester State University in the Occupational Therapy program with a minor in Spanish for Health Professionals. I am involved in Student Senate, Amnesty International, and the Student Occupational Therapy Association on campus. I am also a first year Presidential Student Ambassador. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school to become an occupational therapist.


    Charles Bray

    Charles Bray

    My name is Charles Bray, and I’m a senior at Worcester State University from Shrewsbury, MA. I’m studying Biotechnology with a concentration in Pre-Med and a minor in Philosophy and Law. In addition to being a second-year Presidential Student Ambassador, I serve as a Resident Assistant on campus. I also run the sprint hurdle events as a member of the Men’s Track and Field team, and serve on the Leadership Team for Christian Fellowship. I like to stay involved on campus by volunteering in community service projects in CLEWS and the Student Support Network (SSN). Outside of WSU, I also mentor students through the Massachusetts Science and Engineering fair and CovEd nonprofit. I hope to pursue a postgraduate research degree and an M.D. in the future to become a medical scientist.


    Nicholas Giovino

    Nicholas Giovino

    My name is Nick Giovino and I am a senior at Worcester State University from Westford, MA. I am a Psychology major with a concentration in Mental Health. I am the Vice President of the Psi Chi, International Honors Society in Psychology. I am a Resident Assistant on campus, a Peer Mentor for incoming first-year students, and involved in a variety of different clubs. I am a first-year Presidential Student Ambassador and I hope to pursue a postgraduate degree in clinical psychology.


    Margaret (Maggie) Gurney

    Margaret (Maggie) Gurney

    My name is Maggie Gurney and I am a senior nursing student at Worcester State University from Douglas, Massachusetts. I am the Secretary of the Massachusetts' Student Nurses' Association and involved in the Student Support Network. I am a third year Presidential Student Ambassador. I hope to become a critical care nurse and eventually work with newborns in the NICU. I would like to eventually complete my doctorate degree to become a nurse practitioner.


    Christopher Heintz

    Christopher Heintz

    I’m Chris Heintz, a first-year Presidential Student Ambassador and I am entering my senior year at Worcester State University. I came from Cape Cod to study Criminal Justice and, eventually, add a minor in Business Administration with a Honors concentration. My greatest accomplishment in college so far has been the work that my team and I have completed through Worcester State Enactus. We delivered our Financial Literacy program both in-person and virtually during the current pandemic.


    Anna Johnson

    Anna Johnson

    My name is Anna Johnson, and I am going to be a senior this year at Worcester State University. I am from Worcester, Massachusetts. I am a Sociology major with a minor in Pre-Law. On-campus I am actively involved with so many different activities like planning events centered around promoting diversity on campus and advocating for students on campus. I am a chair for the Third World Alliance club, and the Student Trustee on campus. I am a second-year Presidential Student Ambassador. I hope to attend law school in the future to help find justice for the underrepresented populations in my country and community.


    Kimberly-Ann Lang

    Kimberly-Ann Lang

    My name is Kimberly-Ann Lang, but most people call me Kim. I am a junior at Worcester State University and from Marlborough, MA. I am in the Nursing Program with a minor in Communications. I am involved in the Commuter Activities Board and the new Boba Club where I act as the treasurer for both clubs. Along with clubs, I am also entering my third year of working at Thea’s Food Pantry at Worcester State. This is my first year as a Presidential Student Ambassador. I hope to pursue either postgraduate studies to become a nurse anesthetist or a career in travel nursing.


    Matheus Montenario

    Matheus Montenario

    My name is Matheus Montenario and I’m a senior Biology major, with a minor in Chemistry, and a Pre-Medical concentration. I am a member of the following groups on campus: Enactus, Haitian Student Union, Student Support Network, Christian Fellowship, Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society, and the Pre-Health Club. I am also a first-year Presidential Student Ambassador and a second-year Residential Assistant on campus. I plan on pursuing medical school post-graduation and specializing in pediatrics.


    Caitlyn Oliveira

    Caitlyn Oliveira

    My name is Caitlyn Oliveira and I’m a sophomore at Worcester State from Berkley, MA in the Elementary Education and English B.S program. I am in the Honors Program and an Ambassador in that program as well. I am a first-year Presidential Student Ambassador. I hope to pursue my masters in Elementary Education and work towards my dream of becoming a teacher.


    Marc-Kendy Paul

    Marc-Kendy Paul

    My name is Marc-Kendy Paul and I am from Sharon, MA. I am a senior here at Worcester State University. I major in Liberal studies and minor in Spanish for Health Professionals, Business, Chemistry, and I am also on the Pre-Medical track. I am a fourth-year Resident Assistant, serve on the E-board for the Christian Fellowship group, and the President of the Haitian Student Union on campus. I hope to pursue an M.D after completing my undergraduate.


    Emma Polak

    Emma Polak

    My name is Emma Polak and I am from Ware, Mass. I am a second-year student here at Worcester State. I am an Environmental Science major with a minor in Biology. In addition to being a first-year Presidential Student Ambassador, I am also in the Honors Program. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy volleyball, being outdoors, skiing, snowboarding, and spending time with friends. After college, I hope to work in a laboratory doing biological research.


    Abbigail Poplawski

    Abbigail Poplawski

    My name is Abbi Poplawski and I am a junior at Worcester State University from Webster, MA. I am an Elementary Education and Psychology double major with a concentration in Developmental Processes. On top of being a second-year Presidential Student Ambassador, I am a member of Best Buddies and an AmeriCorps Volunteer through JumpStart. In the future, I hope to become a third-grade teacher and share my passion to make a difference with every one of my students.


    Karen Shalev

    Karen Shalev

    Shalom! My name is Karen Shalev, I am a nontraditional senior from Worcester in the Honors program double majoring in Visual and Performing Arts and Communication. This is my second year as a Presidential Student Ambassador. I am also the SGA President, co-founder and President of Chabad on Campus, and President of Delta Alpha Pi, Gamma Chi chapter. I am starting my M.S. in Communication at Clark University this year thanks to a joint articulation program between our two schools. After graduation, I hope to work as a public relations specialist for a non-profit organization.


    Aspen Zheng

    Aspen Zheng

    My name is Aspen Zheng. I am an international student from China. I major in Biology with a Pre-Medical concentration. I am a member of the Student Government and Entrepreneurial Ambassadorship program. I am also a new Resident Assistant on campus. Additionally, I am a first-year Presidential Student Ambassador. I am hoping to go to medical school after college and become a surgeon.

    What Are Ambassadors?

    The purpose of Student Ambassadors is to:

    • Serve as student representatives of the University before a variety of important constituent groups as requested by the President.
    • Represent the University on- and off-campus and online positively, professionally and accurately at all times.
    • Represent and promote the Worcester State student body at special events both on- and off-campus.
    • Represent Worcester State in the surrounding community and actively participate in community-service projects.

    The goals/responsibilities of Student Ambassadors are to:

    • Enhance the reputation of the University and present ideas and suggestions that will improve the campus for generations to come.
    • Attend social functions, provide tours with visiting dignitaries, and speak about student life and academic experiences.
    • Inform prospective students, parents, and visitors about Worcester State’s mission, campus resources, and campus life.
    • Give campus visits credibility by being genuine and sincere with visitors. Make campus visitors feel welcome, comfortable, and well-informed.

    The commitments of Student Ambassadors include:

    • Develop a connection with Worcester State to strengthen engagement as an alumnus or alumna
    • Attend mandatory bi-weekly meetings
    • Attend mandatory special on- and off-campus events
    • Lead campus tours
    • Demonstrate a willingness to learn historical and general interest information about the University
    • Show active campus involvement
    • Work as a team member and actively participate in all Ambassador events
    Benefits of an Ambassador

    Student Ambassadors benefits include:

    • The opportunity to learn from and work with the Worcester State University President, Board of Trustees, Worcester State Foundation, and Alumni.
    • Networking with University and community leaders to enhance interpersonal and group communication, as well as professional and social skills.
    • Networking opportunities with distinguished alumni, donors and friends of the University.
    • Gaining confidence and HAVING FUN working with other talented student leaders.
    • Members will be provided with official WSU attire for their personal use when representing the University.
    • Compensation. Participation should be viewed as an honor, but as this position is first and foremost a job, Student Ambassadors will be paid.
    • Developing a lifelong, rewarding and reciprocal relationship of service and giving with their alma mater.
    • Student Ambassadors will receive training in the following areas:
      • Professionalism
      • Etiquette
      • Leadership
      • Philanthropy
      • Public Relations
      • WSU history and current University priorities
    Expectations and Eligibility

    Eligibility:
    Students must:

    • Be a currently enrolled undergraduate at Worcester State
    • Maintain at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA
    • Have at least twelve (12) completed credits at Worcester State
    • Maintain good judicial and academic standings
    • Be available to start this program in the Fall of 2019, Full Academic Year Commitment 2019-2020
    Responsibilities and Expectations: 


    Mandatory Bi-Weekly Meetings
    Attend all regularly scheduled bi-weekly meetings during the academic year which will be held at a time TBD. You are allowed one excused absence per semester, however you must notify the coordinator in advance. This does not include class schedule conflicts.

    Attend all Mandatory Events
    If you sign-up for an event, we expect you to be there on time and stay for the entire assigned shift. Leaving early or coming late for any reason other than class schedule will not be allowed.

    Meet the Minimum Event Requirement per Month
    Hours will vary depending on the time of year, and events can take place during evenings and weekends.

    Respond to all E-Mail Communications!!

    Be Part of the Team
    Active participation in the group is expected. Our team will not function effectively without every one's cooperation. You should always display a positive and cooperative attitude at all events and meetings.

    Demonstrate Professionalism
    Conduct all Ambassador business in a professional manner in-person and online. Wear Ambassador clothing and name tags to all events, unless otherwise specified by the coordinator.

    Have a Favorable Semester Performance Review
    Each Ambassador will meet with the staff coordinator at the end of each semester to review their performance.

    Failure to adhere to these responsibilities and expectations will result in either a reduced semester salary or your termination from the program.

    Becoming an Ambassador

    There are a few simple steps to follow to become a Presidential Student Ambassador. Please refer to the information below. Also, please review the student ambassador description of responsibilities before you submit your application.

    Selection

    • Students seeking selection must meet the qualifications and submit a completed application.
    • Selection will be made by review of the applications and interview by a selection committee.
    • Selection will be made in the spring semester.

    Application Process
    Begin the application process by filling out the Student Ambassador Application. Once you complete the online application, it will be emailed to the selection committee. You will receive an email within 48 business hours notifying you that your application has been received.

    • Applications are due Monday, March 1, 2021
    • Interviews will be March 4-12, 2021
    • Acceptance letters will be sent out April 2, 2021
    • Tentative meeting will be May 7, 2021

    Please provide the name of 2 faculty or staff members you would like to use as a reference, they should each submit a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation can be submitted via email to studentambassadors@worcester.edu or by interdepartmental mail to Julia Demkowicz in the President's Office. Letters of recommendation should answer the following questions:

    • How has this student displayed initiative?
    • What would you consider this student's key strengths?
    • Explain how this student is a team player.
    Resources for More Information
    If you have any questions, please contact us:

    Presidential Student Ambassadors
    508-929-8020
    studentambassadors@worcester.edu

    Nikki Kapurch
    508-929-8201
    nkapurch@worcester.edu

    Patrick Hare
    508-929-8335
    phare@worcester.edu