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Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Ambassadors, a student group that stimulates communication and interaction between students and alumni, was recognized at a district level by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Programs for the 17th year.
According to the organization’s website, CASE is an international association that serves educational institutions and their groups involved in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and other related fields.
CASE presented the IUP Ambassadors with three district awards: Outstanding Organization, Outstanding Internal Program and the Tried & True Program Award for the Young Alumni Achievement Awards. Fifty-two schools competed for these awards in the Mid- Atlantic District II. States in this district include Delware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in addition to District of Columbia, Ontario, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the CASE website.
Because it has been awarded on a district level, the Ambassadors will now be considered for national awards. The results of the national competition will be revealed in August.
IUP Ambassadors is a closed group of 50 students who function as the link between prospective students, current students and alumni. They work closely with the admissions and alumni offices.
Alexandra Hilditch (senior, history/ pre-law), who joined IUP Ambassadors as a freshman, said the tuition raffle is “one of the most prominent things [the organization] does as far as fundraising goes.”
“We do it in the fall, and basically we sell raffle tickets to students and then pay for a student’s tuition for one semester,” she said. “The raffle has raised over $20,000 that has helped us give back to the university.”
Along with the tuition raffle, Hilditch said ambassadors are also involved with homecoming activities, campus tours during academic expos and networking events with the alumni office.
Ambassadors graduate adviser Marissa De Lucia said IUP ambassadors have attended a national and district conference every year since their foundation in 1993.
“They are really an outstanding group of students, and I am privileged and honored to work with them on a regular basis,” she said. “They shine at everything they do, and I’m really very proud of them.”