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Student Ambassadors

The mission of the Student Ambassador program is to honor the students who best embody the mission, vision, and values of the College of Education and Allied Professions. The CEAP Student Ambassadors are the premier student representatives. These students personify the dedication and commitment we have for educating future leaders in the fields of parks and recreation management, psychology, and teacher education.

Current Ambassadors

Portrait of Michael Bonen Clark

Michael Bonen Clark

Major: Inclusive Education

I am the current president of WCU’s chapter of SNCAE (Student North Carolina Association of Educators) and serve on WCU’s Professional Education Council (PEC) that meets to discuss educational issues on campus and in the curriculum.
Initially, I chose Western because I love the mountains and outdoor activities available here, but it was the right choice because the community and professors here are also amazing!
Ask me about my educational experiences in Jamaica!

portrait of Morgan Brown

Morgan Brown

Major: Secondary Science Education

I grew up in a home with an educator and have always been passionate about learning. I want to become a science teacher in order to spread my passion for learning and specifically science!
I have had wonderful experiences living and working on campus. Western has a close-knit community that immediately felt like home!
Ask me about the Honors College or the Writing and Learning Commons!


Portrait of Grace Houston

Grace Houston

Major: Middle Grades Language Arts Education, minors in English and Teaching English to Speakers of Others Languages (TESOL) 

Middle Grades Language Arts Education, minors in English, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Teaching is all I have ever wanted to do. Western caught my eye for how well known and well respected their education department is. I knew I was going to come to Western the first time I stepped onto campus; it felt like home.
Ask me about the differences in living on vs. off-campus!

Portrait of Caitlin Lambert

Caitlin Lambert

Major: Elementary Education, English concentration, minors in English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

During a gap year before college, I was deciding whether I wanted to be a nurse or a teacher, and ultimately, I knew in my heart that education was my passion.
I chose WCU because when I came for a tour, I felt at home immediately. There are so many ways to get involved! I am an honors student, lead a small group at the Biltmore college ministry, and have worked several on-campus jobs.
Ask me about working on-campus or my study abroad trip to Peru!

Portrait of Emily Grace Nytko

Emily Grace Nytko

Major: Elementary Education, Natural Science concentration

I have always dreamed about being a teacher and would like to give our future generations a foundation of knowledge that will help them throughout their lives, not only intellectually but emotionally. I chose WCU because of the small class sizes and personal learning environment. At Western, I have had the opportunity to learn from professors who are former teachers. I have learned about so many real-life experiences that I know will help me in my future teaching journey.

Ask me about Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity!

Portrait of Dom Pinkney

Dom Pinkney

Major: Elementary Education, Mathematics concentration

I chose Western because of the amazing professors in the Elementary Education program. I was worried there are not a lot of other people of color within the education program, but I definitely feel very included and comfortable here.

I hate hiking and the outdoors, but Cullowhee has access to so many different things! I am never bored while I'm here and I love that about this campus.

Ask me about indoor activities and the best food places!  

Portrait of Alyssa Potts

Alyssa Potts

Major: Middle Grades Social Studies Education, Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Add-on Licensure

I chose WCU because my great-grandma always loved to travel to the mountains and Cherokee, and this is where I feel closest to her. I love the neighborly atmosphere in Cullowhee and the connections I have made with my professors and advisors. Western truly makes you feel like you are not a number and that your success is of the utmost importance.

Ask me about getting involved on campus, or football games (I haven’t missed a single home game yet)!

About the Ambassador Program

Selection of CEAP Ambassadors who will represent future Catamounts, their families, and the community is of the utmost importance to us. The ambassadors selected by a committee of faculty and staff are the students who represent us best.

The CEAP Student Ambassadors act as official representatives of the college and are part of a legacy of professionals who all had their start as a Catamounts. The following are some potential Ambassador duties:

  • Meet with prospective students
  • Provide support at orientations activities
  • Support outreach and recruitment initiatives
  • Provide strong student support as events such as teachers for tomorrow, open houses, welcome-back events, convocation, and other recognition ceremonies.
  • Facilitate the "Purple and Gold Day"

The CEAP Leadership Council often requires and actively seeks student input and feedback. When appropriate, the CEAP student ambassadors will be invited to share their thoughts, experiences, and provide feedback on pending issues. Ambassadors are liaisons between the student body and the CEAP leadership.

Application Process

If you have any questions about the CEAP Student Ambassador Program, please contact Preston Springer ( Applications are accepted through October 14th, and interviews to follow. 

If you are interested in becoming a CEAP Student Ambassador, please note that you must be an undergraduate student in good standing with WCU and have at least 30 credit hours.

Submit the following application materials to Preston Springer in Killian Suite201 for review by the Selection Committee. (ATTN: CEAP Student Ambassador Program):

  1. A formal letter of interest in the program (why you will make a great Ambassador).
  2. One-page resume of your education thus far, awards and work history.
  3. Three reference forms (faculty, staff or supervising teachers highly preferred over personal).

A faculty or staff member may nominate you to the selection committee. This does not give you preference, but it does make the honor more special when someone else noticed great leadership qualities in you! After a referral has been made using the referral form, you will be contacted to submit the application if you wish to follow through. If you accept the offer to apply, you will complete steps one through three, adding only two additional references forms. You will be notified via email once nominated by a faculty or staff member. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All applications should be submitted to Preston Springer in Suite 201 by October 14th.

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