Ag Ambassadors

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About This Club

Ag Ambassadors are a chartered organization with the University and as such, elect an officer team; participate in the College of Agriculture's student government, Ag Council; and conduct fundraising activities.

Students wishing to be an Ag Ambassador must go through a selection process.  Applications are accepted in January each year.  Applicants then participate in a selection workshop and an individual interview during the month of February.   Ag Ambassadors are announced in March and training begins in spring quarter.  Ag Ambassadors serve a one year term beginning with summer quarter and continuing through the following spring quarter.

2013 - 2014 Officers & More

President: Sarah Macy
Vice President: Olivia Haslim
Secretary: Vannesa Junqueira
Treasurer: McKenna Chui
Publicity: Clara Cisneros
Ag Council Rep: Tony de Veyra
Ag Council Rep: Luke Lightbody
Social Chair: Jasmin De Luna
Historian: Clara Cisneros
Advisor: Rhonda Ostrowski
Club Email: agambassadors@csupomona.edu
Club website: www.csupomona.edu/agambassadors
Meeting date/time/location: Tuesdays/12-1pm/2-201
Club majors: All College of Ag majors
Number of members: 17
Club Events & Activities: Outreach and recruitment activities
Annual Trips/Travel: Retreat and Ag Ambassador conferences
General Information: Outreach recruitment club
History of Club: Established in 1993
Club Goals: Inform students about college and Cal Poly Pomona
Mission: To promote the College of Agriculture and have fun!

Meet Our Ag Ambassadors

McKenna Chui McKenna Chui

Major : Animal Science

Year in School : Second

Age : 19

College Activities : Member of Pre-Vet Club

Hobbies : Horseback riding, hiking

Hometown : Duarte, CA

High School : La Salle High School, Pasadena

Work : Part Time Impactor at Abercrombie & Fitch and Volunteer at San Gabriel Valley Humane Society

Career Plans : I hope to graduate from Cal Poly in four years and then move onto vet school to eventually become a doctor at an animal shelter. I also want to open up my own riding school for all ages and skill levels.

Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience : Taking the AVS114L was a really hands on course with incredibly smart and experienced professors. Starting from the first day, we got to learn how to ultrasound swine and by the end of the course we were giving sub-cutaneous shots to sheep and castrating piglets. I learned so much in that lab that I don't think I would have learned anywhere else.

On being an Ag Ambassador : By being an Ag Ambassador, I will represent the College of Agriculture and be able to show off all of its great qualities. I also believe it is important to show people that we have passionate and hardworking students at Cal Poly who are also part of the College of Agriculture. I think that some people under estimate agriculture and I want to be able to show them that it is more than just farming.

Clara Cisneros Clara Cisneros

Major : Animal Science

Year in School : Third

Age : 19

College Activities : Orientation Leader and Welcome Week Leader (Summer 2012), PreVet Club, Ag Ambassador

Hobbies : working out, tumblr, shopping, hanging out with friends and family, playing with my dogs, doing my nails, messing around with different make up ideas, horseback riding (when I can)

Hometown : Santa Clarita, more specifically Canyon Country

High School : Canyon High School

Work : Not working currently, however when I go back home I help out at my dad's veterinary clinic (although that's more volunteer work)

Career plans : Become a licensed veterinarian and either open up my own practice or take over my dad's and expand it.

Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience : I'd have to say my very own freshman orientation in the summer of 2011. I loved being in a completely new environment and being able to meet a lot of new people.

On being an Ag Ambassador : I hope that I am able to help guide future students in the right direction, especially when it comes to furthering their education. My goal is to inspire students to come to Cal Poly Pomona. Being an Ag Ambassador is very important to me because I love being able to inspire and help people in any way possible.

Jasmin De Luna Jasmin De Luna

Major : Food Marketing and Agribusiness Management

Year in School : 3 rd

Age : 20

College Activities : Hermanas Unidas, Food Marketing Team

Hobbies : Horseback riding, arts and crafts, swimming, dancing, creating cakes

Hometown : Compton, CA

High School : Paramount High School

Work : Los Olivos Commons & De Luna's Wood Works

Career Plans : To start off working for an agricultural business related to animals and then over the years start my own equine therapy program to help horses and people.

Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience : Living at the Dorms with all my friends and going on random adventures such as Midnight Madness and getting free goodies!

On being an Ag Ambassador : I want to help others find their path/ passion and encourage them to pursue higher education. It is very important to know what resources are available and outreach to others so that you can successfully reach your goals. I want to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Tony de Veyra Tony de Veyra

Major : Plant Science

Year in School : Fourth

Age : 24

College Activities : Los Robles Horticulture Club, Los Rancheros Agronomy Club

Hobbies : Gardening, Cooking, Exercise, MTG

Hometown : Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA

Community College : Los Angeles Pierce College

Work : Jardinero

Career Plans : Small-Scale Urban Agriculture, Alternative Agriculture, Local Foods, Waste Diversion and Composting

Favorite Cal Poly Experience : Eating my first cherimoya. I found it on the ground under a row of neglected trees by the horse pastures. I never thought that something so delicious could have ever existed.

On being an Ag Ambassador : It is my sincere hope to recruit more students that are interested in becoming small-scale sustainable farmers. We already have the knowledge and technology necessary to grow all of our food in a sustainable manner. We need more farmers to steward the land. Moreover, I believe that farming is among the most honorable professions we could pursue. To quote Masanobu Fukuoka: “the ultimate goal of farming is not the raising of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Olivia HaslimOlivia Haslim

Major : Apparel Merchandising and Management, Fashion Retailing Option

Year in School : Third

Age : 20

College Activities : Ag Ambassadors, Apparel Merchandising and Management Association (AMMA), Golden Key International Honor Society, 4-Year Pledge

Hobbies : Spending time with family and friends, watching the television, taking pictures, visiting local attractions, shopping, trying new places to eat and nature activities

Hometown : Rowland Heights, CA

High School : John A. Rowland High School

Work : Customer Experience Associate at Old Navy

Career Plans : To graduate from Cal Poly Pomona and find a career in the corporate fashion industry as a buyer or merchandiser for a large retailer.

Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience : Getting involved with the organizations on campus! At first, it was really difficult to find clubs that I wanted to associate myself with but when I finally made the decisions of what clubs I wanted to participate in, it became a new and rewarding experience that I still cherish to this day. I've been grateful enough have served as Secretary for the Ag Ambassadors and Event Coordinator for the Apparel Merchandising and Management Association. These positions have greatly improved my skills as a responsible adult and have also given me new qualities I never know I would encompass. I truly believe that “you get out what you put in” because I've created so many opportunities for myself and it makes me want to pursue more involvement within our campus community.

On being an Ag Ambassador : I'm excited to return and serve another year as an Ag Ambassador because I want to help the incoming Ag Ambassadors as they learn their duties as Ag Ambassadors and also to become an improved Ag Ambassador myself because having one year of experience will help me avoid mistakes I made my previous year. Also, it has been such a great experience for me my first year that I could not pass up an opportunity to serve a second year. The activities and events that Ag Ambassadors get involved with in the agriculture industry was very eye opening for me, especially as an Apparel Merchandising & Management student. It has me curious as to what else they have to offer. I am very excited and looking forward as to what my second year as an Ag Ambassador has to bring!

Vannesa Junqueira Vannesa Junqueira

Major : Food Science and Technology, Minoring in Culinology

Year in School : Third

Age : 20

College Activities : A member of the Food Science Society and now an Ag Ambassador!

Hobbies : I enjoy reading, drawing, soccer, watching animated movies, going to theme parks, traveling, spending time with family and friends, cooking, catnaps, spontaneous adventures, hiking, going to museums/art galleries, long walks, karaoke, bowling, going to the beach, and listening to all sorts of music.

Hometown : Born in Miami, FL, raised in West Covina, CA

High School : Walnut High School

Work : Full time student

Career Plans : I plan to graduate with my BS in FST and minor in Culinology and work in product development for the food industry. I love food and cooking but I would really love to work with sweets since I have such a huge sweet tooth! Also, I've always wanted to try out interior designing (completely different from food science but another one of my passions).

Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience : My favorite CPP experience would probably be living in the dorms my freshman year. Living on campus was the best way to meet new people and create your first lasting college friendships. It gave me more freedom as a young adult as well as all the responsibility that went along with it; but I learned a lot about what it means to be all grown up and had a ton of fun at the same time. It was also my first step in breaking out of my shell and becoming a bit more of an outgoing person. Dorm life is a true college experience I will never forget.

On being an Ag Ambassador : As an Ag Ambassador I hope to make some sort of positive lasting impression to the many people that I will meet as well as become a good role model to the prospective students that I will be speaking to. It is important that these prospective students know that they have options and Cal Poly is one of them. I hope to inspire the students I meet and if they decide that the College of Ag at Cal Poly is just right for them that would be really awesome! I know this experience will be one that I will forever love and learn a lot from.

Luke Lightbody Luke Lightbody

Major : Animal Science

Year in School : Second

Age : 19

College Activities : Sigma Nu Fraternity, Foal Watch, Pre-Vet Club, Greek Council, Ag Ambassadors, Sports, football, Track & Field, exercising, hiking, and pretty much anything involving outdoors and animals

Hometown : San Diego, CA

High School : Bonita Vista High School

Work : Full time student

Career Plans : My goal is to graduate from Vet School and open up a small private animal clinic in my hometown.

Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience : My favorite experience here at Cal Poly Pomona was accepting my bid for Sigma Nu Fraternity on bid day at the Old Stables. The excitement and the anxious moment where we all first realized that this is the beginning of the rest of our lives was more than I could ever ask for here. This is one of my favorite moments ever, and possibly one of the best decisions I possibly could have made.

On being an Ag Ambassador : I joined the Ag Ambassadors because I wanted to help represent the college of Agriculture and help other new and incoming students feel welcomed here at Cal Poly Pomona. I want to share my experiences and stories I have made here with hopes of inspiring our future successors to have as much pride and enthusiasm for our school as we do!

Sarah Macy Sarah Macy

Major : Food and Nutrition, option in Nutrition Science-Nutrition and Health

Year : Senior

Age : 23

College Activities : Member of FN Forum, Counselor at Napa County 4-H summer camp

Hometown : Concord, CA

High School : Carondelet High School

Career Plans : My career plans are to work in an organization or company that educates people on proper nutrition and healthy living.

Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience : Ag Beautification day has been one of my favorite experiences because it gives everybody the opportunity to work in the ag facilities for a few hours. You can't help gain some pride in your campus after spending time to fix it up. My other favorite experience was attending the World AG Expo as an Ag Ambassador. It was such a unique experience and opportunity.

On being an Ag Ambassador : My hopes for being an Ag Ambassador is that I will be able to get at least one person to pick nutrition and pick Cal Poly Pomona. I want to be able to give people the tools needed to make informative decisions when entering college. I believe being an Ag Ambassador is a great opportunity to get out into the community and to teach about the college and learn a bit about agriculture.

Selection Process

Ag Ambassador Application Packet 2014-2015 (pdf)

All applicants will be required to complete an Ag Ambassador application and two evaluations, with at least one from a Cal Poly Pomona faculty or staff member. All applications will be screened and qualified candidates will be required to participate in a selection workshop and complete an interview.

Selection criteria will include the following:

  • evidence of good academic standing and satisfactory progress in the student's major
  • excellent oral communication skills and the ability to transmit factual information about the College with enthusiasm and sincerity
  • active involvement in extracurricular activities.

Ag Ambassadors will be selected to be representative of the programs within the College of Agriculture and to reflect diversity in gender, age, ethnicity, and national origin. There is no set minimum or maximum number of Ag Ambassadors that will be selected.

The application and selection process takes place during Winter Quarter of each academic year, with training in Spring Quarter, and activities commencing Summer Quarter.

Students who have previously served as an Ag Ambassador are eligible to re-apply. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.  

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Responsibilities

By accepting an Ag Ambassador position, a student agrees to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • attend weekly Ag Ambassador meetings, Tuesdays at noon
  • be available one morning per week each quarter for recruitment activities
  • participate in a minimum of 5 recruitment activities each quarter
  • participate in the Ag Ambassador class during spring quarter, Fridays 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • participate in the Ag Ambassador retreat
  • work a minimum of one shift at the annual Pumpkin Festival
  • wear the appropriate attire during all official Ag Ambassador activities
  • exhibit appropriate behavior consistent with that of a representative of the College of Agriculture and the University during all official Ag Ambassador activities

Benefits

Ag Ambassadors will receive:

  • two units of credit for the spring quarter training course
  • quarterly scholarship, depending on funding
  • priority registration
  • a shirt to be worn at designated events
  • use of the Ag Embassy
  • opportunities to travel
  • reimbursement of expenses incurred as a result of recruitment activities, such as overnight lodging, meals, and mileage

Program Coordinator

For more information, contact:

Rhonda Ostrowski
Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
College of Agriculture
2-114
(909) 869-3718
rlostrowski@csupomona.edu