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.
|Vice President:||Danae Sandoval|
|Ag Council Rep:||Brenda Recalde|
|Ag Council Rep:||Kathleen Trinidad|
|Social Chair:||Michelle Reyes|
|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!|
Name: Lorrin Cheeney
Major: Animal Science, Pre-Vet
Year in School: 4th
College Activities: I am involved in many extracurricular organizations at Cal Poly Pomona which include the Equestrian Team, Pre-Vet Club, Foal Watch, Poly Nights Resident Advisor, Ag Council, and Ag Ambassadors.
Hobbies: I love to ride horses, play sports, hang out with friends, and meet new people.
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
High School: Crescenta Valley Senior High School
Career Plans: I plan to attend vet school so I can fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a large animal or equine veterinarian.
Work: Andrew’s Square Pet Clinic, Huntington Beach, CA
Career Plans: Go to vet school to become a large animal or emergency veterinarian.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience: I would have to say that my favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience would be the challenging and rewarding classes that have given me insight to pursuing my future career goals. I also love the hands on animal experiences that our campus has to offer because it makes learning about the different animals very personal and rewarding.
Personal Statement about being an Ag Ambassador: The leadership opportunities of being an AG Ambassador has encouraged me to be a positive role model for Cal Poly Pomona, to promote and continue the College of Agriculture’s excellent academic reputation, and to encourage other potential students to experience the endless opportunities the school offers for lifelong success.
Name: Jennifer Cotton
Major: Animal Science
Year in School: 2nd
College Activities: I am part of Kappa Delta sorority as a Set Leader, Part of PR Committee, and as Academic Chair of Excellence. I’m also part of EOP, Pre-Vet club, National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for freshmen, and of course Ag Ambassadors.
Hobbies: Reading, hanging out with my boyfriend and friends, going to the beach to swim, and to play with animals.
Hometown: Las Flores, CA
High School: Tesoro High School
Work: Full time student
Career Plans: I plan on being a small animal or exotic animal veterinarian.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience: My favorite experience at Cal Poly Pomona was when I got to experience my first hands on lab with animals. It was amazing to interact and gain knowledge on how to handle them.
Personal Statement About Being an Ag Ambassador: As an Ag Ambassador I truly hope to inspire others to reach their full potential and try to fulfill their dream by using the amazing resources at Cal Poly Pomona so as to make them better students that have endless opportunities.
Name: Lindsey Dueker
Major: Animal Health Science
Year in School: Junior (3rd year)
College Activities: AHSTA, Ag Ambassadors, Pet Therapy
Hobbies: I enjoy playing hand bells for my church, baking, spending time with family and friends, working with animals, and going to the beach.
Hometown: Hemet, CA
High School: Hemet High School
Work: Summer day camp employee at St. John’s Lutheran School in Hemet.
Career Plans: My career plans include finishing school at Cal Poly Pomona, taking my exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technologist, and then getting a job in a small animal practice.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience: My favorite experience at Cal Poly was all of the animal labs. They were all very hands on and I learned a lot of real life lessons from getting to perform veterinary technician procedures.
Personal Statement about being an Ag Ambassador: Being an Ag Ambassador was important for me so that I could share my experiences about Cal Poly with future students and let them know all the wonderful hands on learning they will gain from going to school here. I hope to spark an interest about Cal Poly to students who had never thought about it before and let them know all the opportunities they have when getting degree in agriculture.
Name: Olivia Haslim
Major: Apparel Merchandising and Management, Fashion Retailing
Year in School: Sophomore
College Activities: Four-Year Pledge, AMMA, Ag Ambassadors
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, travelling, listening to music, sewing, shopping, running, taking pictures and nature walks.
Hometown: Rowland Heights, CA
High School: John A. Rowland High School
Work: Customer Service Associate at Old Navy, Puente Hills and Administrative Volunteer at the Workman & Temple Homestead Museum, City of Industry.
Career Plans: I anticipate on graduating Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in AMM as well as a minor in Marketing Management in four years and with honors. I plan on starting a professional career as a fashion buyer in a large corporation such as Nordstrom, Target or Gap upon my graduation. After a few years of valuable work experience, I aim to attend graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration or Fashion Merchandising.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience: Discovering the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden! I love doing everything at these gardens; the natural environment is so calm and tranquil. I make an effort to go to the Japanese Garden daily to relieve my academic and life stresses because the sound of the water falling is very relaxing. The Rose Garden’s gazebo is also a great place to stay outside when it’s warm because there’s plenty of shade under there. I enjoying going to these gardens to study, hang out with friends or to just people watch.
Personal Statement about being an Ag Ambassador: As an Ag Ambassador I plan to advocate my enjoyment and pleasure from my major in the College of Agriculture because I want others to feel the same satisfaction I have from what I learn in the Apparel Merchandising and Management major. I make it my goal to show awareness of the diverse majors we have within the College of Agriculture for those who show great interest and passion so they themselves have the ability to apply for that opportunity at our prestigious university. Our Ag Ambassador program is important because it continually create awareness of the College of Agriculture and its possibilities to prospective students who weren’t familiar with the majors we offer.
Name: Corinne Love
Major: Foods and Nutrition, Nutrition Science
Year: 2nd year
Age: 19 years old
College Activities: Ag Ambassadors, Foods and Nutrition Club, Campus Cru Christian Club, University Choir
Hobbies: I love playing the piano and guitar, singing, ballroom dancing, traveling with my family, baking, and jogging. I also love watching movies with friends and going to Disneyland. I love the outdoors, I love animals, and I love working with my hands during summer vacation at our family farm in Pennsylvania.
Hometown: Born and raised in Simi Valley, California
High School: Grace Brethren High School, Simi Valley, California
Work: I am a part time ballroom dance instructor and I also hope to get an on-campus job next year.
Career Plans: My career plans include attending graduate school and becoming an optometrist and eventually having my own optometry practice where I can also take time to give back to the community by offering free services for the underprivileged.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience: One of my favorite memories so far was participating in an intercollegiate choir competition where our university choir competed against about 15 other universities. It was amazing to hear the talent of all of the other schools and to see the camaraderie between the universities. I expected to experience a feeling of intense competition, but instead was pleasantly surprised and excited to hear other schools cheering and applauding each other as recognition of great performances instead of only being concerned about themselves and their own performance.
Another favorite memory was volunteering for the School of Agriculture’s annual Pumpkin Festival with my friends. When I was helping out at the game booths, it was so much fun watching and helping the families and little kids. The little ones get so excited about all the pumpkins and it is so cute when they try to pick up pumpkins that are bigger than they are! I am definitely planning on continuing to volunteer and I look forward to next year’s event.
Personal Statement About Being an Ag Ambassador: I am really excited to be involved with Ag Ambassadors and to get an opportunity to share my wonderful experiences with potential Cal Poly Students. I am hoping to gain not only friendships with my fellow Ag Ambassadors but also reach out to the people I am able to meet during our activities. I look forward to sharing my passion for agriculture with potential students interested in continuing on to a professional career. I know I am going to have a great time promoting a degree in Nutrition Science through the College of Agriculture by explaining that it is a better and more fulfilling alternative to the standard path of a degree in biology. My goal is to inspire and motivate students who have not been given the proper guidance in the importance of pursuing a college degree as a method to helping their dreams come true.
Name: Sarah Macy
Major: Food and Nutrition, Dietetics concentration
Year in School: 4th
Age: 21 years old
College Activities: Member of FN Forum
Hobbies: Counselor at Napa County 4-H summer camp
Hometown: Concord, CA
High School: Carondelet High School
Transferred From: Diablo Valley College
Career Plans: My career plans are to get my RD license and work in an organization or company that educates people in proper nutrition.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience: Ag beautification day has been my favorite CPP experience
Personal Statement About 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 going to be a great opportunity to get out into the community and to learn and teach about the college.
Name: Brenda Janeht Recalde
Major: Food and Nutrition, Dietetic Option
Year in School: Junior
Age: 29 years old
College Activities: Participant of “Estudiante Dietético,” a Spanish emphasis program designed to provide optimal nutrition counseling and services to the Latino community through the use of culturally sensitive dietetic care.
Hobbies: Cooking, trying new recipes and restaurants with my family, playing with my 4 year old daughter and 1 year old son and enjoying watching them grow as they reach their milestones.
Hometown: Born in East Los Angeles, raised in Alhambra, and currently living in Perris, California.
High school: Rosemead High School, Rosemead, CA. Goooo Panthers!!!!!
Transferred From: Mount San Jacinto College in Menifee, CA.
Work: Certified Nursing Assistant
Career Plans: My ultimate goal is to become a Physician Assistant and a Registered Dietitian. I would like to incorporate my nutrition knowledge in my treatments for my patients. I love food and understand how it is such an integral component of a person’s culture and health. I also believe that the nutrition education I receive at Cal Poly Pomona will allow me to serve patients better and make me a valuable asset in the healthcare team.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience: My favorite Cal Poly Pomona experience was my first day of school this past winter quarter. It felt wonderful driving onto campus, seeing the marquee welcoming students, and just feeling truly happy to know that I was accepted into the university and could now call myself a Bronco!
Personal Statement About Being an Ag Ambassador: I am very excited that I was selected as an Ag Ambassador, and I am looking forward to learning more about the history of the school and all the different disciplines and resources the school and the College of Agriculture have to offer. I hope to reach out to transfer students and students who have families like me so that they can feel encouraged to stay motivated and continue to pursue their collegiate goals. More than anything I want to share with everyone I encounter that Cal Poly Pomona wants every student to succeed and they have resources in place to help a wide range of students. The university’s philosophy, “learn by doing” will truly prepare students for the real world; give them a competitive edge and lifelong success. I am extremely honored to have been given the opportunity to represent such a wonderful university.
Name: Michelle Reyes
Major: Animal Science, Pre-Vet option
Year in School: 2nd
College Activities: Cal Poly Pomona Cheer Team, Suites Council Chair of Philanthropy
Hobbies: Golfing, hiking, eating, hanging out with my friends and boyfriend, going to Havasu, fishing, paddle boarding, watching movies, shopping, solitaire and much more!
Hometown: Canyon Lake, CA
High School: Elsinore High School
Work: Full-time student.
Career Plans: I plan to go to vet school, graduate, and be a large animal veterinarian.
Favorite Cal Poly experience: Welcome Week; the excitement of moving in and meeting people that later become your best friends.
Personal Statement About Being an Ag Ambassador: I am so excited to be an Ag Ambassador! I feel so lucky that I am able to help prospective students learn about all the opportunities that await them at CPP and all the amazing experiences they could have at the College of Ag. I just want to make a good time out of this experience and if the information I present at school visits could be the deciding factor for someone ultimately attending Cal Poly Pomona, that would just be a mega bonus!
Name: Danae Sandoval
Major: Animal Science, Pre-Vet
Year in School: 4th
College Activities: Ag Ambassadors, Foal Watch, Kappa Delta Sorority, Welcome Week Leader
Hobbies: Reading, horseback riding, baking, and hiking.
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
High School: Cornelia Connelly High School
Work: Full-time student
Career Plans: Possibly go on to vet school and work in equine medicine or go into field research and/or conservation work.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience: I’ve had so many great experiences that it’s hard to just choose one! I think one of the things I love the most about Cal Poly is all the animal experience you get with animal science labs. You really do get a “hands-on” experience with learning how to hold and restrain all different types of animals, how to vaccinate, how to draw blood and so much more!
Personal Statement about being an Ag Ambassador: As a veteran this year, I hope to help guide the new ambassadors in making their experience enjoyable and worthwhile. I had a lot of fun learning new things about what the College of Agriculture has to offer and then sharing the information with prospective students. Knowing that in many cases, as an ambassador you are letting high school students know about resources and information on how to continue their education is really rewarding.
Name: Nazanin Sattari
Major: Food and Nutrition, Option: Nutrition Science
Year in School: Third
College Activities: Food and Nutrition Forum, Ag Ambassadors, and Phi Upsilon Omicron.
Hobbies: I enjoy exercising, playing video games with my brother, spending time with my family, and sports. I am also fond of doing arts and crafts, watching movies, listening to music, and baking.
Hometown: Azusa, CA
High School: Azusa High School GO AZTECS!
Work: I am a full-time student at Cal Poly Pomona. I would like to volunteer at the WIC near my home.
Career Plans: After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, I would like to attend pharmacy school. My dream career is to be a community pharmacist. In addition, I enjoy giving back to the community. I hope that one day I can teach a nutrition class to young children. Also, I want to travel to other countries and give vaccinations to children who are sick.
Favorite Cal Poly Pomona Experience: Too many to keep count of! Cal Poly Pomona’s diverse setting is a fantastic way to meet new people. It created a comfortable feeling for me since I am Iranian. Freshman orientation was another exciting experience. I had my first glimpse of what college would be like and met one of my best friends there. Doing school visits are fun as well. I love reaching out to students who dream of going to college. Joining a club was another thrilling moment. The new people I have met are amazing, offer good advice, and are always willing to help. Aside from new friends, the staff at school had made my transition from high school to college a bit easier.
Personal Statement About Being an Ag Ambassador: I must say that I am blessed and honored to be selected as an Ag Ambassador again. During my first year, I saw myself grow as a person and in a professional manner. I never thought that I would like public speaking, but now I do! This experience has given me the opportunity to be more involved in school. As an Ag Ambassador, I held my first leadership position and hope to have another in my second year. Cal Poly Pomona is known for having a hands-on approach and being an Ag Ambassador is one way of doing that. When I was in high school, I was not able to have someone come and talk to me about college. It is significant for me to have this opportunity to share with younger students how college is a positive step towards building their future.
Name: Kathleen Trinidad
Major: Food Science and Technology
College Activities: Hall Council (Publicity Co-Chair), Filipino American Student Association, Multi-Cultural Council, Welcome Week Leader, Resident Advisor Encinitas Hall (11-12), and Resident Advisor Aliso Hall (12-13)
Hobbies: Eating, thrifting, searching for the ultimate food adventure, spending time with friends and family, reading, and listening to music (90’s R&B all day!).
Hometown: La Puente, CA
High School: El Dorado High School, Go Hawks!
Work: Resident Advisor
Career Plans: After graduating from Cal Poly, I hope to continue my education in graduate school and pursue a career as a food scientist. I am very interested in research and want to focus especially in product development.
Favorite Cal Poly Experience: I was very fortunate to have been chosen as a Resident Advisor for the residence halls because the job has allowed me see first-hand how the guidance of an individual can impact another. Incoming freshman are shown so many opportunities in their first year of college that it can be overwhelming to find their niche. Being able to act as a support system for my residents as they ventured out of their comfort zone has also challenged me to also do the same. This job has given me the ability to network, multiple friendships, an understanding of various cultural backgrounds, increased confidence and most importantly, a love for helping others.
Personal Statement About Being an Ag Ambassador: As an Ag Ambassador, I have the opportunity to learn and offer a more in-depth knowledge about the history, opportunities, and organizations that the College of Agriculture has for prospective students who might not be able find these resources elsewhere. Making the transition from high school to college is an intimidating one and I was fortunate to be able to have older students guide me in the right direction. My main goal is to be a support system for these younger students who may not have the support of their family and friends and lend them some advice about the array of options that Cal Poly Pomona has to offer.
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:
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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By accepting an Ag Ambassador position, a student agrees to fulfill the following responsibilities:
Ag Ambassadors will receive:
For more information, contact:
Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
College of Agriculture