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Student Ambassadors Train for 2015-16 Roles

PCC ambassadors spent three days on campus last week preparing the 2015-16 academic year. This year's group is comprised of 10 students. They are (seated/kneeling, left to right): Jill Berry, Jarred Purvis, Allison Lennon and Keena Champion. (Standing, l-r): Allison Knox, Bryce Fleming, Justice Payton, Hannah Moore, Hannah Cooke and Cody Beachum.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s newest group of student ambassadors was hard at work this week, taking part in three days of training to prepare for their duties during the 2015-16 academic year.

In addition to participating in team-building activities and honing their public speaking skills, the 10 students—six newcomers and four returnees—learned how to dress for success and give tours of the state’s seventh-largest community college.

They also heard from various college staff members, including PCC Director of Business and Industry Mary Paramore, who led them through the “Promises! Promises!” team-building exercise. The activity emphasized the importance of achieving individual and group priorities through effective communication, understanding roles and fostering a trusting environment.

On their final day of training, ambassadors elected officers, scheduled meetings, and selected a community service project for the upcoming year. Last year’s group raised $1,800 for the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina.

Allison Lennon, a 2015 graduate of J.H. Rose High School, is preparing for her first year with the ambassador program. The 18-year-old nursing student originally from Vacaville, Calif., says she enjoyed training on campus last week, learning everything from ambassador expectations to the best spots to park for classes.

“The greatest thing for me has been learning about each other,” Lennon said. “I live for relationships, and now I feel like I have nine new best friends.”

Lennon says she is looking forward to interacting with the campus and community through the ambassador program and developing leadership qualities.

“For me, leadership is about excitement,” she says. “Excitement is contagious, and when a leader is excited about a cause, others are prone to follow.”

Jarred Purvis, a 20-year-old nursing student from Nashville, N.C., says the ambassador program has opened many doors for him to develop leadership skills and give back to the community. Now in his third year as an ambassador, he says balancing schoolwork with program obligations has been relatively easy.

“It’s not hard to do, because the ambassador program puts school first,” he explained. “School always comes first, and then your obligations to the ambassador program.

PCC ambassadors are chosen each year through an application and interview process. Those selected receive scholarships from the PCC Foundation to attend Pitt.

In return, the students conduct campus tours, recruit, and assist with school-related events and activities. They must also perform weekly service hours and maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better.