By Bridget Walsh
Upperclassmen at DeSales might recall seeing flyers posted around campus or emails in their inbox highlighting the D.A.W.Gs program. Now, the D.A.W.Gs has a new name to go along with the new branding the university underwent last year.
The Bulldog Ambassadors are student volunteers that work under the guidance of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
“[It] has always played an integral role in the recruitment of incoming freshmen,” said admissions counselor Jaime Malandra. “Bulldog Ambassadors are responsible for representing DeSales with integrity, knowledge and poise.”
The more obvious examples of Bulldog Ambassadors around campus can be seen during campus tours and information sessions during the day. They are also an integral part in all of the other major recruiting efforts made by the university, including open houses, scholarship days, and Bulldog Bash. Additionally, ambassadors accept the daunting task of hosting a prospective student for overnight and day visits.
Along with all of the positive aspects the Bulldog Ambassadors provide to prospective students, the program also has perks for current undergraduate students as well students to get involved on campus and in the school community and to take on a leadership role during their time as students.
“My favorite part of the program is seeing the community grow and strengthen,” Malandra said. “Many ambassadors have also expressed that their confidence has grown as they have pushed themselves to get out of their comfort zones and interact with new people on a regular basis.”
In regards to their presence on campus and expansion of the program, the Bulldog Ambassadors have expanded their marketing and advertising to both prospective and current students who wish to get involved. According to Malandra, the program has grown under the new name and the continued efforts of all those associated with the program, including more ambassadors and a growing interest.
The future of the program looks promising, as well. As interest grows, the program will match the needs of the students. It will also focus on finding ways to most effectively and efficiently reach prospective DeSales students. Most importantly, the program hopes to strengthen its ties both within the DeSales community and within the members of the program.
“We continue to see the impact that our current students have on the prospective students who are considering DeSales,” Malandra stated. “As a collective, the ambassadors are incredibly kind, friendly and warm people who truly love our university. It is evident that their genuine care for prospective students and their families has made an amazing impact on the students’ overall recruiting experience.”
If interested in becoming a Bulldog Ambassador, stop by the front desk of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to pick up an application or contact Malandra at jaime. firstname.lastname@example.org.