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 2020/2021 Presidential Student Ambassadors
    Diara Canton

    Diara Canton

    My name is Diara Canton and I am a junior at Worcester State University from St. Croix USVI. My major is biology with a pre-med concentration. I have been involved in Jumpstart, Enactus, Third World Alliance and am a second year Presidential Student Ambassador. In the future, I hope to attend medical school after I graduate in hopes to become a pediatrician.


    Julia Fitzpatrick

    Julia Fitzpatrick

    My name is Julia Fitzpatrick, I am a senior at Worcester State University from Charlton Massachusetts. I am majoring in Biology and Environmental Science. I am a member of the Commuter Activities Board, and am part of the club’s E-board for the upcoming year. I am part of the Worcester State’s Honors Program, and have been involved in the Honors Program Student Advisory Committee for the past two years. I also am a member of the Tri Beta Biological Honors Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society. I am a first year Presidential Student Ambassador. I hope to attend graduate school for either biology or environmental science.


    Margaret Gurney

    Margaret Gurney

    My name is Margaret (Maggie) Gurney and I am a junior at Worcester State University from Douglas, Ma in the Nursing Program. Aside from being a second year PSA, I am the secretary for the Massachusetts Student Nurses' Association and a member of the Peer Health Educators program. I hope to become a nurse in a hospital and make a difference in people's lives.


    Anna Johnson

    Anna Johnson

    My name is Anna Johnson, I am an incoming Junior at Worcester State University. I am a native of Worcester MA. I am majoring in Sociology with a minor in Pre-law. I am currently the Student trustee of Worcester State University as well as a first year Presidential Student Ambassador. In the future, I hope to go to law school and become a Child defense attorney.


    Tyanna McCaulsky

    Tyanna McCaulsky

    My name is Tyanna McCaulsky and I am a Junior at Worcester State University. I currently reside in Springfield, Ma. I am a history major with a minor in political science. I am a second year PSA and hopefully one day I’ll become a vibrant lawyer/politician.


    Erin Murphy

    Erin Murphy

    My name is Erin Murphy and I am a senior at Worcester State University from Sutton, MA. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education and Psychology with hopes of teaching kindergarten in the future. I like to stay involved on campus by participating in campus conversations with peers and volunteering for various community service projects in CLEWS. Along with those activities, I also work in the DGCE Office in Worcester State's Administration building. I am a first year Presidential Student Ambassador. Outside of the Worcester State community, I am a lead instructor at the Murphy Academy of Irish Dance.


    Lydia Osuagwu

    Lydia Osuagwu

    My name is Lydia Osuagwu. I am a senior at Worcester State University majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. I was born and raised in Boston, MA. I am a first year member of the Presidential Student Ambassadors, a Chair member for Third World Alliance, and a part of the CLEWS Community Action Program here at Worcester State University. In my near future, I hope to pursue a medical career as an OB/GYN.


    Amiya Phillips

    Amiya Phillips

    My name is Amiya Phillips and I am a rising junior at Worcester State University from Springfield, Massachusetts. I am a psychology major with a concentration in Mental Health services and a minor in Sociology. I am in many clubs including Third World Alliance, CLEWs and WooServe. I am a first year Presidential Student Ambassador. I want to be a licensed therapist in the future.


    Abbigail Poplawski

    Abbigail Poplawski

    My name is Abbigail Poplawski and I am a sophomore at Worcester State University from Webster, MA in the Elementary Education and Psychology programs. Along with being a first year Presidential Student Ambassador, I am an Americorps member who is a part of Jumpstart. In the future, I hope to become a teacher or a school psychologist.


    Yomari Rivera

    Yomari Rivera

    My name is Yomari Rivera, a junior at Worcester State University from Worcester, majoring in Biotechnology on a Pre-med track. When I'm not tied up in my studies, I am interning at the BioPharmaceutical company, AbbVie. I am a first year Presidential Student Ambassador. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in the medical field as a pathologist.


    Juliana Rosa

    Juliana Rosa

    My name is Juliana Rosa and I am an undergraduate, rising senior at Worcester State University from Wilmington, MA as a dual major in Elementary Education and Psychology. I am a second year Presidential Student Ambassador, tour guide, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and I am a member of the clubs CLEWS and Best Buddies. In my future, I hope to become a second-grade teacher.


    Karen Shalev

    Karen Shalev

    My name is Karen Shalev and I am a nontraditional sophomore from Worcester, Massachusetts. I am in the Honors program working on a double major in Visual and Performing Arts & Communication plus a concentration in Global Studies. On campus, I am a first year Presidential Student Ambassador, Senate Parliamentarian, co-founder and current President of Chabad on Campus at Worcester State University, President of DAPi’s Gamma Chi chapter, and in the Entrepreneurship Ambassador Program. In the future, I hope to work in public relations.


    John Shields

    John Shields

    My name is John Shields and I am a junior at Worcester State University from Chelmsford, MA majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Philosophy and Law. I am a second year Presidential Student Ambassador, a Resident Assistant, and a Tour Guide. I was also an Orientation Leader in 2019. I hope to go to law school and become an attorney in a branch of the United States Armed Forces and/ or work in federal law enforcement.


    Hoang Vo

    Hoang Vo

    My name is Hoang Vo, I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at Worcester State University majoring in biology from Worcester, MA. I am involved in athletics as a member of the Varsity Track and Field team and am an active member of the campus community as a second year Presidential Student Ambassador and the president of the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. After graduation, I plan to work at a research lab to gain additional experience before attending medical school.


    Charles Bray

    Charles Bray

    My name is Charles Bray and I’m a Junior at Worcester State from Shrewsbury, Ma in the Biotechnology B.S. program on the pre-med track. I’m involved in TWA, Christian fellowship, Student support network and the Pre-health club on campus. I’m also an RA and a hurdler on the Men’s track and field team. I am a first year Presidential Student Ambassador. I hope to pursue postgraduate research degrees and an M.D. in the future to become a medical scientist.

    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 March 1, 2020
    • Interviews will be March 3-13, 2020
    • Acceptance letters will be sent out April 3, 2020
    • Tentative meeting will be May 6, 2020

    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