Transfer Ambassador Program

TRANSFER YOUR POTENTIAL

 

TRANSFER AMBASSADOR PROGRAM:

Making the decision to transfer to a new college/university can often be an overwhelming experience for many students.  During the spring semester, we also work with new beginner students too.  Through the Transfer Ambassador Program (TAP), incoming transfer students will be assigned a Transfer Ambassador, a current WMU student. The Transfer Ambassador will assist incoming students as they make their transition to the University by helping to facilitate a supportive network through regular communication (phone, email or in-person).  In addition, the Transfer Ambassador will help to raise awareness of services/resources available on campus and throughout the Kalamazoo community.  Ambassadors are responsible for planning regular programs, activities, workshops and events specifically for transfer students.

Take a minute to meet our staff.  As you read the biographies, you may find yourself with a question or two, go ahead and reach out to that ambassador. 

 

MEET THE STAFF:

 

Tara Schafer

Position: Graduate Assistant

Class standing: Graduate Student

Master's Concentration: Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Concentration

Email:  ost-graduateassistant@wmich.edu

Words from Tara: I transferred to WMU from Lansing Community College my sophomore year. During my undergraduate studies, I worked in the Office of Student Transitions as a Transfer Ambassador and a Fall Welcome Ambassador. After I graduated with my bachelor's degree, I took a semester off to work and then started the higher education and student affairs (HESA) concentration in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program in August, 2018. Outside of class and work, I love reading, board games/card games, hiking, kayaking, and hammocking. The best thing I did for my college experience was getting involved, which can be done in so many different ways, from getting a job on campus to interacting with your classmates.

Strengths: Input, Restorative, Intellection, Responsibility, Context


 

Tori (Victoria) Stevens

Position: Transfer Student Services Intern

Class Standing: Senior

Major/Minor: Music Therapy

 Email: transfer-services@wmich.edu

 Words from Tori:  Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; mso-ansi-language:EN;} As a fifth year here at Western, I have grown to love this campus and its people. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Office of Student Transitions as an Orientation Student Leader, FYS co-facilitator, Orientation Co-Coordinator and now as the Transfer Student Services intern. These positions have given me a deep connection and love for WMU and leadership. Outside of the office, I spend most of my time with the Bronco Marching Band. I adore hammocking and making music and will always say yes to a game or movie night. I urge you to make the most of your time here and dive in! Even though I am not a transfer student, I am so excited to work with you all and please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have!

Strengths: Relator, Empathy, Activator, Woo and Communication

Allie Adent

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Aerospace Engineering/Mathematics

Transfer from: Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana

Email:  ost-transfer2@wmich.edu

Words from Allie: Hi, everyone! I love playing soccer, running, as well as hanging out with the amazing friends that I've made here. I am always out and about enjoying the many things there are to do on campus, as well as the countless number of clubs here for us students to join! You'll never have a dull moment at WMU, so make sure you get out, have some fun, and see how much this school has to offer!

Strengths: Restorative, Futuristic, Arranger, Significance, Learner

(Jack) Tuiasi Burgess

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Computer Information Systems

Transfer from: Tarrant County College - Fort Worth, Texas

Email:  ost-transfer6@wmich.edu

Words from Tuiasi:  Talofa and Malo Lelei, welcome to WMU.  I transferred to WMU after receiving my Associates degree in Texas.  One of my favorite things to do (when I have time away from school and work) is to be outdoors. Michigan gives me a lot of chance to be out, although as an islander walking in flip-flops in February is tough.  I love that Kalamazoo is a college town but also keeps its small-town feel.  The school seems to welcome you in like family.  The four-year world is very different from the community college, but part of the college experience is to step outside your comfort zone.  As a Polynesian just coming so far North away from my friends, family and culture was part of that experience.  My advice to incoming students is to explore yourself, your culture and your perceptions by stepping outside your box too!

Strengths: Restorative,Individualization, Connectedness, Learner, Relator

FaithAnn Harp

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Elementary Education Special Education

Transfer from: Muskegon Community College - Muskegon, Michigan

Email:  ost-transfer3@wmich.edu

Words from FaithAnn: I've found my future to be in Elementary Education. I am also getting my TESOL certification to allow me to work with ESL students in my future classroom! Western's campus is beautiful, but my favorite spot has to be Heritage Hall. I love to take picnics or a hammock and read there any day. When I came to campus I found the spot by exploring with new friends from class. A new campus can be intimidating, but the students on our campus are so inviting and friendly- don't be afraid to make new friends or get involved to meet new people!

Strengths: Restorative, Harmony, Consistency, Empathy, Developer

McKenzie Reilly

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Early Childhood Education

Transfer from: Kalamazoo Valley Community College - Kalamazoo, Michigan

Email:  ost-transfer1@wmich.edu

Words from McKenzie: In my spare time I like to hammock around campus, hangout with friends, and do DIY projects. My advice to incoming transfer students is to get involved and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Choosing to come to Western to further my education was the best decision I could have made and I am looking forward to helping other transfer students with their transition. Go Broncos!

Strengths: Harmony, Restorative, Arranger, Discipline, Individualization

Sam Jimenez

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Music Education Major with s General Business Minor

Email:  ost-transfer5@wmich.edu

Words from Sam: In my free time I enjoy dancing, roller balding, playing trumpet, and meeting new people. During my time at campus, I’ve been involved with Bronco Marching band, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Western Student Association, and The Office of Student Transitions. A couple short little quotes that I love are “Tweak and Recover”. Tweak and recover means that no matter how challenging life may seem in the moment, it’s always possible to bounce back.  #tweakandrecover

Strengths:  Strategic, Communication, Futuristic, Developer, Positivity

Grace Hearl

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Secondary Education

Email:  ost-transfer6@wmich.edu

Words from Grace: I have been an Orientation Student Leader, FYS Co-Facilitator, Fall Welcome Ambassador, Student Orientation Coordinator, and Peer Mentor. Additionally, I am a part of a few registered student organizations on campus including Alpha Xi Delta and Leadcorp. I love dogs, running and iced coffee! My biggest advice is to not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and get involved!

Strengths: Achiever, Communication, Developer, Learner, Restorative


Stephanie Hauser

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Family and Consumers Sciences Education Major and English Minor

Transfer from: Ivy Tech Community College - Valparaiso, Indiana

Email:  ost-transfer5@wmich.edu

Words from Stephanie:  Hello! I am a transfer student with an associate’s degree in education. My favorite activities are listening to live music, baking, sewing, and meeting new people. My advice to other transfer students is to get involved on campus in order to network and feel more connected to your university. Western has so many great opportunities to explore your interests and meet others who are interested in the same things. I feel this is beneficial to have an enjoyable campus experience. I hope to see you on campus and help to forge a path for you to have a great time as a student at Western Michigan University!

Strengths:  WOO, Communication, Activator, Input, Achiever

Jillian Brown

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: English and Music Education Majors

Transfer from: Loyola University Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

Email:  ost-transfer4@wmich.edu

Words from Jillian: I’ve loved every minute of being a Bronco since then. My advice to transfer students would be to put yourself out there and trust yourself. I know it can be really hard to take chances and try new things, but it’s the best way to make friends and adjust to a new environment. Just be yourself and do what you want to make college fun and rewarding!

Strengths: Intellection, Input, Learner, Strategic, Discipline