One of five women to be named Gold Ambassador Saturday

Five women are in the running to have the title as the 2012 Gold Ambassador.

One of the five will be voted by students and faculty members as Gold Ambassador, to be announced during halftime at Saturday’s football game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Co-chair of Homecoming Committee Kelly Schiess said registered student organizations had the opportunity to nominate a male and female in the spring to represent Central Michigan University as a Gold Ambassador.

The nominees filled out an application through the Office of Student Life and a panel chose the top 10 males and top 10 females. From there, an interview process elects five males and five females who are competing for the official title and participating in Homecoming festivities.

Big Rapids senior Michelle Vanhala said it's an honor to have been chosen to represent CMU as a Homecoming ambassador.

“I am so excited to spend this next week hanging out with other students who care about Central Michigan University as much as I do,” she said.

Vanhala is a Leadership Safari guide, site leader for the Alternative Break Volunteer Program, senate leader for the Student Government Association Senate, a REACH peer mentor through Career Services, campus ambassador through the admissions department, president of the Honors Outreach Network and is involved in the CMU Honors Program.

She works as a consultant in the Writing Center and as a BIO 110 Supplemental Instruction Leader. She was nominated by the SGA E-council.

Grand Rapids senior Jamie Herrygers said receiving the title as Gold Ambassador would be a symbol of her hard work.

“I would not be the person that I am today without the individuals that I have been blessed to meet, mentor, work with and look to as role models,” she said. “The people that I have met are what matter most in this whole experience because they will forever be memories in why I am proud to call myself a Chippewa."

Herrygers is a resident assistant and involved with Delta Phi Epsilon. Trout Hall nominated her.

Britton senior Jessica Osterhout said the best part about her nomination by Zeta Tau Alpha is being able to represent the student body.

She is president and a new member educator for Zeta Tau Alpha, Leadership Safari guide, student mentor for Academic Orientation, member of the Mortar Board Honor Society, a Greek 101 facilitator and a Greek Alpha facilitator.

Sterling Heights senior Rose Stokes and Rochester Hills senior Lisa Zelenak are in the running but were unavailable for comment before publication.

Voting on is open until Friday.


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