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Presidential Ambassador Program

The Presidential Ambassador Program is a small group of select volunteer students who represent both the University of La Verne student body and the Office of the President at various events throughout the year. These students gain skills in real-life settings that enhance their preparation for the professional world upon graduation.

What are the benefits of being a Presidential Ambassador?

Presidential Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to interact and engage with a wide spectrum of people. University trustees, donors, parents, and friends of the university are people with whom ambassadors are able to hone their networking and professional etiquette skills. All ambassadors receive a certificate of appreciation and letter of recommendation from President Lieberman at the end of a successful service.

Who can apply to become a Presidential Ambassador?

Any current University of La Verne student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Previous and/or current involvement in other university co-curricular activities and programs and/or volunteer work is recommended.

Students apply to serve as a Presidential Ambassador for one-year terms (academic years) and must re-apply at the end of every term.

How do I apply to become a Presidential Ambassador?

To apply to become a Presidential Ambassador, complete an application, include a one-page letter of introduction, and list two academic or professional references. Supplemental letters of recommendation are optional.

For more information about submitting an application, please contact Emily McMahan.

2018-2019 Ambassadors

Gerald Badet Gerald is a senior majoring in international studies and minoring in history. He is in the Campus Accelerated Program for Adults and has been on the Dean’s List continuously beginning with his first semester on campus in 2016. In addition to his Presidential Ambassador responsibilities, Gerald is active in Model United Nations, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, and The National Society of Leadership and Success. In his free time, Gerald enjoys hiking, running and weightlifting. He is currently learning to speak Russian.
Christopher Calzada Christopher is a junior majoring in psychology and is part of the Campus Accelerated Program for Adults. He is on the Dean’s List. Once he completes his undergraduate studies, Christopher plans to seek admission into the university’s doctor of psychology program with the goal of becoming a licensed clinical psychologist. He is co-president of the Psi Chi Honor Society, an inducted member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Society. He is a mentor in the ELS Mentorship Program and a member of the Gay Straight Alliance. In addition to being a student, Christopher is employed as a full-time admissions counselor at Western University of Health Sciences. Christopher is passionate about education and appreciates the opportunity to attend the University of La Verne, where the education, culture, and college-going experience are things he will value and benefit from the rest of his life.
Lesly Fuentes-Soriano Lesly is a senior majoring in economics and Spanish. She was drawn to the University of La Verne by its core values, which resonated with her. She has a passion for advocating and learning, which made the university feel like home. Lesly has been active in student-led organizations. The TELACU Scholar is an Associated Students of University of La Verne senator representing the College of Business and Public Management. She has been involved with the Latino Student Forum, First Generation Club, and Summer Service. She is a past recipient of the Landis LEAD Scholarship.
Isaac Gómez Isaac is a junior majoring in business administration. He has maintained a 3.8 grade point average during the last four semesters and in each one made the Dean’s List. In addition to being involved in student government and other extracurricular activities, he holds part-time jobs as a student assistant in the university’s Office of Advancement and as a barista at Starbucks.
Andrew Im Andrew is a senior majoring in business administration. After graduation he plans to attend graduate school and earn a law degree. Andrew is active in campus organizations. He has been involved with the Associated Students of University of La Verne, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and the Interfraternity Council for three years. He held the positions of president and vice president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. For two years he has been active in the Order of Omega, which is the national Greek leadership honor organization. He is a past recipient of the Landis LEAD Scholarship.
Henry Jimenez Henry is a senior business administration major who will be graduating in February 2019. The East Los Angeles native was raised in loving home by immigrant parents. In his low-income neighborhood, there were few people who could offer the guidance he needed as he sought to attend college and earn a degree. Henry is committed to giving back to underserved communities and assisting younger generations achieve their educational goals. This summer, Henry worked with Upward Bound, a program that provides educational support to low-income students who are part of the first generation in their families to attend college. Henry was involved in providing students tutoring, assisting them with the college application process, offering information on scholarships, and familiarizing them with programs that will help them have a successful college experience. Henry plans to use his education and skills to develop new ways of assisting residents of underserved communities to improve their circumstances.
Renu Katoch Renu is a second year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in educational counseling. She works full-time as an education advisor at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), where she holds leadership roles in committees and groups such as the Mountie Food Pantry Committee, Homeless and Basic Resources Committee, senator of the Classified Senate, and the Mountie Mentor Committee. At Mt. SAC she volunteers with groups such as Adult Basic Education, Upward Bound, the DREAM Program, the REACH Program, and the Pride Center. Renu is the recipient of a Student Champion Award. At the University of La Verne, Renu was a Presidential Ambassador in 2017-18 and is a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.
Jackie Ku Jackie is a senior majoring in political science and a member of the Dean’s List. He is involved with multiple campus organizations including Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Barbershop Choir, Model United Nations, and Associated Students of University of La Verne, of which he is currently president. In addition to these, Jackie is a delegate and interim vice president of the Interfraternity Council. Off campus, he volunteers at the Chinatown Service Center.
Andrew Moreno Andrew is a senior majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance. He is currently eminent archon, or president, of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a member of the Gay Straight Alliance, a member of the Model United Nations, and a 3-year Business 101 mentor. His hobbies include listening to music – Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Rap, and Alternative – going shopping, reading suspense and romance novels, and makeup artistry.
Jonathan Rios Jonathan is a senior studying economics and music while being part of the Global Ideas Honors Program. On campus, he has been the concertmaster and advisory board member for the La Verne Symphony Orchestra since his sophomore year. Off campus, he is a freelance musician and plays full time with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra. With career aspirations in arts administration, Jonathan enjoys bringing his skills in economics into the arts industry. This summer, he was an L.A. County Arts Commission intern working full time at A Noise Within Theatre in Pasadena as a group sales and community outreach associate. Jonathan participated in the 2018 Association of California Symphony Orchestras Annual Conference in Sacramento, were has was speaker in a conference session. During the semester you can find him in the shop of Jim Brown, a Claremont violin maker.
Melissa Salmo Melissa is a graduate student in educational counseling. She is employed at Chaffey College, where she is a counseling apprentice. She is also conducting fieldwork/internship at Chaparral Middle School in Walnut. She enjoys volunteer work and advocating for populations that need support and guidance to succeed.
Amani Sayed Amani is a senior majoring in biology who was recently named a Landis LEAD Scholarship recipient. Amani worked as a teaching assistant for the last year in the Cell Biology Lab in addition to being an asset management technician in the university’s Office of Information Technology. For more than two years he has been volunteering at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton. This summer he was in Lebanon, where he volunteered at Syrian refugee camps assisting with healthcare related tasks and other daily needs. While in Lebanon, he shadowed an anesthesiologist and surgeons. He learned about their work and the pressure under which the physicians deliver care to patients. Amani is a returning Presidential Ambassador.
Victoria Valle Victoria is an undergraduate student working toward a degree in accounting with a concentration in finance. She expects to graduate in the Fall of 2019. She has consistently made the Dean’s List since starting college. In addition to being a Presidential Ambassador, Victoria is active in three campus organizations and holds leadership positions within each. She is vice president of finance for Delta Sigma Pi; treasurer of The National Society of Leadership and Success; and public relations officers of the Society of Accountants. In addition to her studies and campus involvement, Victoria works for the Los Angeles Department of Aging.