Monday, October 31, 2016

Weekly Updates!

Reminders and updates for this week:
  • Check the "Chapel Hosting" tab
  • Sign-up for Overnight hosting and Spotlight day tours/greeting!
    • The November overnights are posted

Thank you for a great day at the Open House!
You gave a total of 59 tours to over 375 guests! 

The admissions staff has commented that there is more energy from Ambassadors this year than ever before! Keep up the good work!



 
Hospitality & Inclusive Excellence
  • It was great seeing most of you at the professional development events this week! Here are a few reminders and takeaways from Kevin's session:
    • Be mindful and aware of the way you are representing the college and how your own biases may be impacting the way in which you interact with others.
    • Home is not so much a place as it is a feeling. What can you do to help make Messiah feel more like home for prospective students & their families?
    • As a Christ-follower and an Ambassador, you have the ability to bring Christ's kingdom with you wherever you go
    • "Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by accidents of time, or pace, or circumstance, are brought into closer connection with you." - St. Augustine of Hippo
 
Upcoming Events
  • Calling Campaign
    • As mentioned during training, we are holding our yearly calling campaign on November 7, 8, 9, 10 to contact all accepted & deposited students AND to encourage inquiries to submit their application
    • We would love for each Ambassador to call students from your school/major for at least 1 hour during this week.
    • Sign-up here!
      • You can use your Messiah email address to access the Google doc!
      • 50 points will be awarded for 30 minutes of calling time, 100 points for 1 hour, etc.
  • Spotlight Day lunch
    • If you would be available to eat lunch with prospective students this Friday for the School of the Arts Spotlight Day, please email ambassadors@messiah.edu to let us know
    • Lunch runs from 12:00-12:50 in the Martin Commons
    • If you do not have a meal plan, we will provide a meal ticket
    • We would prefer students from the School of the Arts to help out with this. Thanks!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekly Updates!

Reminders and updates for this week:
  • Check the "Chapel Hosting" tab
  • Sign-up for Overnight hosting and Open House day tours/greeting!
  • The final Open House of the semester is happening this Saturday! Sign-up for tours/greeting, if you haven't already done so.
    • Wear your Ambassador jacket/t-shirt & name tag on Saturday!
Upcoming Events
  • Ambassador Professional Development is happening Tuesday, October 25 from 4:00-5:00 in Frey 150. You are expected to attend unless you have class during this time. 200 points will be awarded for attendance at this event.
    • RSVP if you haven't already done so.
  • Calling Campaign
    • As mentioned during training, we are holding our yearly calling campaign on November 7, 8, 9, 10 to contact all accepted & deposited students AND to encourage inquiries to submit their application
    • We would love for each Ambassador to call students from your school/major for at least 1 hour during this week.
    • Sign-up here!
Contact us at ambassadors@messiah.edu if you have any questions. Hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Weekly Updates!

Reminders and updates for this week:
  • Check the "Chapel Hosting" tab
  • Sign-up for Overnight hosting and Open House day tours/greeting!
    • We still need quite a few hosts for the October 28 overnight!

Upcoming Events
Ambassador Professional Development
  • RSVP by Wednesday for the fall professional development event!
    • On Tuesday, October 25 from 4:00-5:00 PM
    • Frey 150
    • Kevin Villegas will be leading a session on Hospitality & Inclusivity
    • You are expected to attend, unless you have class during this time
    • 200 points will be awarded for attendance at this event
    • Snacks and drinks will be provided!
      • We will provide pizza dip & chips and guac!


Contact a Student
  • The contact a student page is ALMOST updated with all of your new information. Sorry for the delay!
  • As you receive email communication from students, please forward your response to ambassadors@messiah.edu so we can confirm that a response has been sent.
  • We will send an email to the contact a student representatives once the page is completely updated. Thanks for your patience!


Enjoy your fall break!
 
 

Weekly Updates!

Reminders and updates for this week:
  • Check the "Chapel Hosting" tab
  • Sign-up for Overnight hosting and Open House day tours/greeting!
    • The October 18th and 28th overnights are posted - we need quite a few hosts, especially for the 28th!

Thank you for a great day at the Open House!
We welcomed 298 students to campus!
    Thanks Sierra, Devin, & Dani for a great panel yesterday!

Tours

  • When talking about language requirements on tour:
    • Instead of saying - the language placement test/study abroad allows you to "get out of taking a language", be sure to say that:
      • the language placement test "allows you to be placed in the level of a language that is right for you"
      • study abroad/cross-cultural courses "allow you to fulfill your language requirement by being immersed in another culture".
    • We always want to avoid speaking about ways to "get out of" courses, because that communicates that they are not valuable.

Upcoming Events
Ambassador Professional Development
  • RSVP now for our fall professional development event!
    • On Tuesday, October 25 from 4:00-5:00 PM
    • Frey 150
    • Kevin Villegas will be leading a session on Hospitality & Inclusivity
    • You are expected to attend, unless you have class during this time
    • 200 points will be awarded for attendance at this event
    • Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Additional Professional Development Opportunity!
  • All Ambassadors are invited to attend the event advertised below (attending this event is OPTIONAL, but if you plan to attend, you must RSVP)
  • If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Yonette Schneider at YSchneid@messiah.edu by tomorrow, October 12
  • We'd love to see you there!



Update to points system
  • Assisting with additional recruitment events (such as - Uprise, College Fairs, Dual Enrollment social, etc.) you will be awarded 200 points
  • Hosting a prospective student overnight (not in conjunction with Admissions overnight visits) you will be awarded 200 points
    • This does not include hosting a friend who is coming to hang out with you on campus; however, if you host a friend, family member, etc. who is a prospective student, we would love to reward you for going above and beyond, so please let us know!
  • Assisting with departmental or major presentation/panel during event day
    • Let us know if you are involved with event day presentations for your specific major

Greeting students on Open House days
50 points
Giving a tour on Open House days
100 points
Tours given in addition to OH day requirements
250 points
Chapel hosting
100 points
Professional development attendance
200 points
Overnight hosting
300 points
Additional overnight hosting (after the required 2)
500 points
Turn in completed contact card to overnight visits
250 points
Assisting with additional recruitment event
200 points
Hosting a prospective student overnight (not in conjunction with Admissions overnight visits)
200 points
Assisting with departmental presentation/panel during event day
200 points


There are lots of exciting things happening this fall! If you are in touch with any prospective students, remind them that the application is free until November 1.

Have a great week!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Weekly Updates!

Reminders and updates for this week:
  • Check the "Chapel Hosting" tab
  • Sign-up for Overnight hosting and Open House day tours/greeting!
    • The October 9th and 19th overnights have a few students needing hosts!

    Thanks for a successful first overnight visit! 

  • Join the Ambassador Facebook group!
    • The purpose of this group is to post photos from fun events/overnights, but all announcements will be communicated through this blog and sign-ups will take place on the Ambassador website.

Open House next Monday!
Opportunities to help out:
  • We are still in need of Ambassadors to help out in the following ways at the October 10 Open House:
    • 9:50 AM walking guests from opening session to first breakout session (will only take about 15 minutes and does not count as volunteering, but you will receive some points!)
    • 12:00 and 1:00 tour guides
    • Sign-up HERE!

Dress code for Open House:
  • Ambassador t-shirt/jacket, jeans or khakis
    • No athletic shorts or leggings!
  • Ambassador nametag
  • New Ambassadors - If you did not receive your jacket after your practice tour or stop by to pick up your name tag, please stop by the Admissions Office by Wednesday so you are prepared for the first Open House

Show hospitality!
  • Help to make this Open House the BEST experience for all of our prospective students & guests!
  • Hospitality is:
    • Sincere
    • Empathetic
    • Respectful
    • Visible
    • Engaging everyone, every time
  • Find ways to engage prospective students throughout the entire day, not just during your greeting and tour times! :)
 

Help with Admissions Events!
Give a tour on Homecoming!
  • We are still in need of two experienced tour guides to give campus tours to alumni on Saturday, October 15, Homecoming weekend. The tours are at 1:00 pm and start in Eisenhower.
  • Please contact Kristin at Ambassadors@messiah.edu if you are available!


Pizza & Soccer Game with Dual Enrolled Students!
  • On Tuesday, October 11, the Admissions Office is hosting a pizza party for Dual Enrolled students (high school students taking college courses at Messiah)
  • We could use 10 Ambassadors to mingle and eat pizza with the students from 5:30-6:30, and then walk down to the soccer game
  • Please email Rachel at ambassadors@messiah.edu if you are available!


Have a great week & get ready to welcome guests to campus next Monday!