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Who are the Student Ambassadors?

UIW Student Ambassadors assist the Office of Admissions in recruitment, retention, and orientation of new students. They foster a sense of community among students and visitors and act as official representatives of UIW. As Ambassadors, students gain valuable leadership skills, develop pride in the university, and meet new people.


Become a Student Ambassador

Think you have what it takes to be a student ambassador? Do you like to have fun and meet new people? Do you want to be involved on campus?

Email our member's chair, Whitney Bell, for more information and an application. You can reach Whitney at wbell@student.uiwtx.edu


Contact the Student
Ambassadors

Do you have a question for our student ambassadors? Ask our ambassadors about their experiences as students and leaders at UIW. 

Contact them on Twitter.

Student Ambassadors - Executive Leadership Team

Amanda

Amanda Gamez

Coordinator

The Coordinator is responsible for the overall supervision, operation, and direction of the Student Ambassadors and serves as the official liaison for the organization with university administrators.

  • About Amanda

    Hometown: San Antonio

    Major:
    Community Health Education

    Class:
    Junior

    Advice for incoming students:
    "Take notes even when told 'don't worry about taking notes."

    Random Fact: "I was the tallest girl in my class from 2nd grade through my senior year in high school."

Alex
Alex Ramos

Co-Coordinator

The Co-Coordinator assists the Coordinator in monitoring and implementing duties and responsibility of Student Ambassador officers.

  • About Alex

    Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

    Major: Business/Marketing

    Class: Junior

    Advice for incoming students: "Never doubt yourself, and never give up!"

    Random Fact: "I am part of four different organizations on campus."

Whitney
Whitney Bell

Members Chair

The Members Chair organizes the recruitment and retention activities of the organization, schedules interviews with potential members, and monitors participation of members.

  • About Whitney

    Hometown: Austin, Texas

    Major: Athletic Training

    Class: Freshman

    Advice for incoming students: "Definitely weigh your options and make wise decisions."

    Random Fact: "I am half Cuban!"

Taylor
Taylor Medina

Members Co-Chair

The Members Co-Chair assists the Members Chair with all scheduling for the organization and monitoring member participation. 

  • About Taylor

    Hometown: Alpine, TX

    Major: Kinesiology, Minor in Special Education

    Class: Sophomore

    Advice for incoming students: "Don't procrastinate, and be involved"

    Random Fact: "I play sudoku every day."

Ivanna
Ivana Olivares

Fundraising and Sponsorship Chair

The Fundraising and Chair plans and implements organizational fundraising ventures as well as securing community or university sponsorship as required by the organization. 

  • About Ivana

    Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

    Major: Nursing

    Class: Sophomore

    Advice for incoming students: "Be open to the people you meet because you will make some of your life long friends in college."

    Random fact about me: "Iam currently a cheerleader for the university and I have been cheering for seven years." 

Brenda
Brenda Herring

Fundraising and Sponsorship Co-Chair

The Fundraising and Sponsorship Co-Chair assists with planning and implementing organizational fundraising ventures as well as security community or university as required by the organization. The co-chair also acts as treasurer for the organiation. 

  • About Brenda

    Hometown: Long Beach, California

    Major: Criminal Justice

    Class: Senior

    Advice for incoming students: "Don't forget where you came from - your city, teachers, friends, and family. Have respect for the place that nurtured you."

    Random Fact: "I started playing Tennis when I was six years old."

Kelia
Kelia Lopez

Events Chair

The Events Chair is responsible for working with the Campus Visit Coordinator to plan all Student Ambassador functions including Cardinal Overnighter, Cardinal Preview Day, Campus Visit Day, and Campus Tours.

  • About Kelia

    Hometown: Harlingen, TX

    Major: Biology 

    Class: Senior

    Advice for incoming students: "Embrace everything the university has to offer and make the most of being a cardinal. the sky's the limit; fly cardinal high." 

    Random Fact: "I have a hair bow in all colors for every occasion!"

Silke
Silke Gonzalez

Events Co-Chair

The Events Co-Chair assists the Chair with planning and promoting Student Ambassador events and also serves as the official historian for the organization. The Co-Chair also plans the Ambassador spring retreat.

  • About Silke

    Hometown: Laredo, TX

    Major: Psychology

    Class: Freshman

    Advice for incoming students: "Get as involved as you can!"

    Random Fact: "I love pink!" 

David
David Caballero II

Public Relations Chair

The Public Relations Chair organizes public relations, advertising, and marketing for the organization. They monitor and contribute to social media accounts for the organization. They also keep records of events and socials throughout the semester and compile a "Scrapbook" and a history of the UIW Student Ambassador Organization, and any other duties deemed necessary by the organization. 

  • About David

    Hometown: Pleasanton, TX

    Major: Government

    Class: Sophomore

    Advice for incoming students: "Get and stay involved! As soon as you do that, you'll start networking around campus!"

    Random Fact: "I can play six different instruments and I'm on the UIW Drum Line...but I'm not a music major."

Casey
Casey Warford

Public Relations Co-Chair

The Public Relations Co-chair organizes public relations, advertising, and marketing for the organization. They monitor and contribute to social media accounts for the organization. They also keep records of events and socials throughout the semester and compile a "Scrapbook" and a history of the UIW Student Ambassador Organization, and any other duties deemed necessary by the organization. 

  • About Casey

    Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

    Major: Communication Arts

    Class: Senior

    Advice for incoming students: "These four years are the best of your life. Don't waste them. Use them to shape your future."

    Random Fact: "I have a titanium plate in my head." 

Jessica
Jessica Medina

Student Ambassador Advisor / Campus Visit Coordinator

The Campus Visit Coordinator serves as the advisor for the Student Ambassadors, assisting them with planning, fundraising, and recruiting for the organization.

  • About Jessica

    Hometown: San Antonio, TX

    Advice for incoming students: "Let the choices you make today be the choices you can live with tomorrow."

    Random Fact: "I was homecoming queen at the university I attended."